VFW SEEKING PRIZES FOR POKER RUN RAFFLES

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 is seeking donations for prizes for its third annual Poker Run fundraiser. The poker run, set for Saturday, September 26, will be 110 miles with five stops in the Morongo Basin. Prizes will be awarded for best poker hand, worst poker

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CHICKEN BREAST ON MENU FOR THURSDAY NIGHT AT JOSHUA TREE VFW

Chef A.C. and the Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up a Thursday night dinner tonight from 4:00 to 8:00. On the menu is a chicken breast with roasted red pepper sauce, potatoes, veg, and salad, for $9. The VFW post is located at 6402 Veterans

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD MEETS TOMORROW

The Copper Mountain College board of trustees will meet in open session tomorrow. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says an agreement with the Red Cross, contracts and renewals are all on the agenda…… Following a 1:30 p.m. study session, the Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees convenes in regular open session at

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COLLEGE OFFERS OUTDOOR ART CLASS

Copper Mountain College is offering a community art class with noted artist and muralist, Art Mortimer. The outdoor sessions will begin at the college and move throughout the landscapes of the Basin. Reporter Rebecca Havely has more details … Enrollment is now open for Art Mortimer’s outdoor art class, “The

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JOSHUA TREE FIREFIGHTERS GO TO ARIZONA TO HELP FIGHT WILLOW FIRE

Three firefighters from Joshua Tree spent most of Saturday helping out at the Willow Fire, just east of Needles on the Arizona side of the Colorado River. The fire was first reported at 10:30 a.m. burning scrub and vegetation alongside the river Saturday. County Fire Captain Donnie Valoria said Station

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ONE MAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH THIS MORNING

One man was injured during a motorcycle crash in downtown Joshua Tree early this morning. About 3 a.m., a motorcycle rider crashed at Highway 62 and Park Boulevard. He was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs with moderate injuries.

JOSHUA TREE FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT LOCAL FOOD PROGRAM

In addition to permaculture, death cafes, and healing circles, the Transition Joshua Tree umbrella includes a local food program. Reporter Dan Stork says it’s having a fundraiser with multiple features… Under the banner of the Transition Joshua Tree’s Transition Enterprise, there will be a fundraiser on Sunday August 9, from

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF BEING A FELON WITH A WEAPON

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Tuesday afternoon, accused of being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped James Lane, 38, who was walking near Sun Valley Drive and Bagley Avenue about 5 p.m. The deputy states that Lane initially gave him

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HI-DESERT AND JOSHUA BASIN WATER BOARDS MEET TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water Board is expected to write off bad debt and increase some security deposits tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more… At tonight’s 7 p.m. meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District board, directors will consider a resolution to write off $15,000 of bad debt accumulated in 2014.

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LASAGNA ON MENU FOR THURSDAY DINNER AT JOSHUA TREE VFW

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 will now offer Thursday night dinners, starting August 6. Tomorrow’s dinner, prepared by Chef A.C., is white lasagna with chicken or red lasagna with sausage, complete with salad and garlic bread, for $9, or a chef salad with garlic bread

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UPDATE: WIDESPREAD VERIZON OUTAGE HAS BEEN RESTORED

As of 3:53 this afternoon, it appears that all cellular and internet services, emergency services, as well as ATMs and credit card networks are back online. According to San Bernardino County Fire Division Chief John Chamberlin, a trunkline was struck in the Palm Springs area at approximately 10:15 this morning.

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DAMAGED TRUNKLINE IN PALM SPRINGS RESPONSIBLE FOR MAJOR WIDESPREAD CELLULAR OUTAGE

According to San Bernardino County Fire Division Chief John Chamberlin, a trunkline was struck in the Palm Springs area at approximately 10:15 this morning. This is affecting all Verizon landline and cell service, including 911. The San Bernardino County Office of Emergency Services is in the process of making arrangements

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

In the first meeting of the 2015-1016 school year, the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education takes on board policies from head lice to travel expenses, approves some improvement contracts, and more. Reporter Dan Stork has the list… In a 5 p.m. work/study session on August 4, the Morongo

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK BOUNDARIES MEETING TOMORROW

The fate of land that was once removed from the then-Joshua Tree National Monument for mining, and almost became home to a huge landfill, and still could host a hydroelectric project, is up for discussion. Reporter Dan Stork says the public is invited to join the conversation in Joshua Tree…

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EDUCATION PLANNING AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TOMORROW

Copper Mountain College wants you to help it develop a long-term education master plan. It will hold a public meeting Tuesday, August 4, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center. On Wednesday, August 5, CMC will hold another meeting from 6 to

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MORONGO BASIN LIVE THEATERS NET 59 DESERT STAR NOMINATIONS

The Community Theaters of the Morongo Basin have been recognized by the Desert Theatre League for a combined 59 Desert Star Award nominations for the 2014/2015 theater season. The awards cover the entire Coachella Valley and include both the Hi- and Low-Desert theaters. Twentynine Palms’ Theatre 29, Joshua Trees’ Hi-Desert

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RAIN AND LIGHTNING BRING FIRES, FLOODS, AND POWER OUTAGES

Monsoonal rain and lightning storms slammed parts of Morongo Basin again yesterday, flooding roads, sparking fires, and causing power outages. Thousands of residents in Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, and Yucca Mesa were without power for 10 hours or more, starting about 1 p.m. In Twentynine Palms, Adobe Road, Utah Trail,

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ONE ARRESTED, TWO SOUGHT, IN JOSHUA TREE CAR THEFT

One man was arrested Wednesday, and Sheriff’s deputies are searching for two other suspects in an attempted vehicle theft. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, a neighbor saw a man acting suspiciously around a Chevy pick up truck parked in the 62200 block of Verbena Road

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SUNDAY BREAKFAST, TACO WEDNESDAY, AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW POST

Sunday breakfast of eggs, potatoes, biscuit and gravy, in addition to its regular menu, from 8 to 11. Don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1. And new, starting next week, is Thursday night dinners, prepared by Chef A.C., from 4 to 8 p.m.

HEALTHCARE DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The local healthcare district board meets tonight at their new headquarters in Yucca Valley. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the agenda… The newly reorganized Hi-Desert Memorial Healthcare District Board of Directors meets in special session at 6 p.m. tonight. Following a staff report from new CEO Jackie Combs, the board will

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