NEW HOMELESS SERVICES WEBSITE GOES ON-LINE

The newly designed Web site of the Morongo Basin Haven goes on-line today. The homeless problem is complex, and related services are provided by so many organizations, both public and private, that improved coordination of these is a major concern. The goal of the Morongo Basin Haven is to identify

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JOSHUA TREE VFW OFFERING MEALS THIS WEEK

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up a fish and shrimp dinner, tonight from 4:00 to 6:00. Note the change in hours. Sunday breakfast is pancakes, eggs, omelets, bacon, sausage, breakfast burritos, and quesadillas from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11

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TOYS FOR TOTS LOOKING FOR CIVILIAN VOLUNTEERS

The annual success of the Marines’ Toys for Tots drives depends in part on civilian volunteers. Dan Stork tells you how you can be a part of the effort this year… The Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation relies on local volunteers in several areas, including, assisting in the transportation

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SUSPECTED RAPIST LOCATED AND ARRESTED

The Twentynine Palms man who is suspected of a rape last week was arrested without incident Sunday. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant James Porter, deputies received information that Louis Ontek, 42, was at a residence in the 75000 block of Encanto Drive in Twentynine Palms, where he was arrested without incident.

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CASA CULURAS HOSTS JOSHUA TREE INDIGENOUS FILM FESTIVAL

Casa de Culturas will host the 2013 Joshua Tree Indigenous Film Festival, three days of films, performances and presentations by local and indigenous artists and elders. This year the Festival will showcase the work of native scholar and elder Alfredo Acosta Figueroa, who will open the festivities with a new

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CHP LOOKING FOR TRUCK THAT LOST A COUCH

The California Highway Patrol is asking for the public’s help in locating the driver of a pickup truck that failed to stop in a collision that injured a little girl. According to a CHP press release, last Saturday about 5:20 p.m., Ariel Gilman of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, was driving

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HELP CLEAN-UP PIPES CANYON THIS SATURDAY

Save Our Desert will host a cleanup day in the Pipes Canyon Area this coming Saturday, November 16. Participants will meet at the corner of Highway 247 and Pipes Canyon Road, and disperse to several areas to clean up roadsides and open space area in the vicinity of Black Lava

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COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLE THIS SUNDAY

The Joshua Tree Retreat Center will host a community drum circle celebrating the full moon from 7 to 9 p.m. this Sunday, November 17. Well-known Joshua Tree percussionist Sam Sloneker will facilitate the gathering, which will be held in the center’s Friendship Hall. The event kicks off the sixth year

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RELAY FOR LIFE CRAFT BAZAAR AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER SATURDAY

Hi-Desert Medical Center’s Relay for Life team is sponsoring a community craft bazaar Saturday, November 16, from 8 to 2:30 at the Helen Gray Education Center on the hospital campus. Handmade soaps, jewelry, jams, cards, and homemade knitted, embroidered and personalized items will all be available for sale. More vendors

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD MEETS TOMORROW, VOTING FOR STUDENT REP ON AGENDA

The Copper Mountain College Board will meet tomorrow. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the agenda… The regular monthly meeting of the Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees begins at 3 p.m. tomorrow. Topping the action agenda is a possible decision on whether or not to grant voting privileges to the Student

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AN INVITATION TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK FOR SUNDAY

Family-Up! invites everyone to spend the day with them in Joshua Tree National Park Sunday, November 17. The group will picnic, hike, and rock scramble. Those interested in the event should meet at 11:30 a.m. at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, 56750 Mountain View Trail, or if you prefer to drive

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NEW, BASIN-WIDE MUNCIPAL ADVISORY COMMISSION MET LAST NIGHT

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council met for the first time last night. About two dozen members of the public turned out to weigh in on a handful of topics relevant to the County Board of Supervisors. The eight neophyte MAC members listened intensely to public comments on a proposed

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HOSPTAL BOARD EXPECTED TO NAME INTERIM CEO TONIGHT

The Hospital Board is expected to name a new CEO when they meet tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the Agenda… Tonight’s regular meeting of the Hi-Desert Medical Center Board begins with a 6 p.m. open session with just a single item on the action agenda, that being the expected approval

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMMORROW

The next regular Joshua Tree Clean Team trash and litter pickup will be tomorrow at Sunburst (north) and Hwy 62. The team will start at 8 a.m. and work for one short hour. Afterwards, the team will meet for optional coffee and conversation at the Park Rock Cafe. The volunteers

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COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS MEET TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child(ren), announces their monthly meeting Wednesday from 4:30 pm to 6 p.m., at the Helen Gray Education Center on the campus of the Hi-Desert Medical Center. For more information, Kristin

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MAN THOUGHT LOST IN MINE FOUND WANDERING, DIVERTS FIRE RESOURCES

An Orange County man who got lost in the desert for 11 hours near Johnson Valley Friday night diverted fire crews from a large house fire in Yucca Valley. About 5:30 p.m. Friday, fire fighters and search and rescue teams from Lucerne Valley, Hesperia, and Yucca Mesa, and the Sheriff’s

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COUNTY’S MORONGO BASIN MUNCIPAL ADVISORS MEETS TONIGHT

The Big MAC has its first regular meeting this evening. Dan Stork says that most of the agenda is about start-up issues for the group… The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meets at 7 p.m. tonight for an initial organizing meeting. The MAC is charged with assessing community input on

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DEPUTIES ASK HELP IN SEARCH FOR VIOLENT RAPIST

Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a suspect in a violent rape. Wednesday, deputies responded to Hero’s Market in Landers after woman had been assaulted. Deputies found the victim who reported she had been beaten, tied up and sexually assaulted by 42-year-old Louis Ontek. Deputies located Ontek later the same day

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SMALL BUSINESS ADVICE THURSDAY AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

Small business owners, and those hoping to start their own business, can get advice and information at an expo at Copper Mountain College Thursday the 14th. Representatives from SCORE, a non-profit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow, and achieve their goals, will be at the

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LOCAL GROUP ISSUES ADVICE ON SOLAR DEVELOPMENT

While San Bernardino County staff was preparing a draft ordinance intended to govern commercial solar energy generation in the County, a local group, working at the behest of Supervisor James Ramos’ office, generated its own Renewable Energy Analysis. Reporter Dan Stork says, the BEAT goes on…

The Basin Energy Assessment

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