JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT TO CONSIDER A RAISE FOR THEMSELVES AND MANAGERS CONTRACT

The Joshua Basin Water Board will consider giving themselves a raise tonight and are expected to formally hire Curt Sauer as the General Manager. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more…

At tonight’s regular meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, the board of directors will likely approve an employment contract with

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BLOOD DRIVES IN YUCCA VALLEY AND JOSHUA TREE TODAY

Desert Blood Services will conduct two community blood drives Wednesday, February 19. Residents may donate blood at High Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree from 8 to 5, or at the Yucca Valley Community Center from noon to 4. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT IN BUSY SESSION

Honors conferred by outside organizations, and numerous administrative actions are featured on the MUSD Board of Education meeting’s agenda tonight. Dan Stork lists the kudos and regulation topics…

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting on February 18 starts with a closed session at 5:30 to deal with

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TIME TO START GETTING YOUR SPELL-A-THON TEAM TOGETHER

The Morongo Basin Coalition for Adult Literacy has announced the date of its 23rd Annual Spell-a-thon. The spelling bee for adults will be held from 9 to noon March 8 at the Helen Gray Education Center on the campus of the Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree. Teams of three

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LEARN HOW TO GROW FOOD TREES IN OUR DESERT

Would you like to grow your own food trees in a desert-friendly way? Dan Stork tells about an upcoming workshop where you can learn how…

The Transition Joshua Tree Permaculture Project Team will present a free all-day workshop on Planting Food Trees in Arid Lands on Sunday, February 23. Participants

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MOTORCYCLE RIDE SATURDAY BENEFITS HOMELESS VETERANS

Attention motorcycle riders, Vets Cruzin’ for a cause will be taking donations to Martha’s Kitchen in Indio with a 30 percent veteran population and come back to Yucca Valley to give out more donations to MB Haven this Saturday, the 22. At the end of the ride, they will have

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DESSERT SOIREE TO AUCTION 3-DAY WINE COUNTRY VACATION

A three-day vacation package to California’s wine county in Sonoma is one of the items to be auctioned during the Dessert Soiree to benefit the Hi-Desert Boys and Girls Club. Managing editor Tami Roleff gets out her auction paddle…

The wine country vacation package includes airfare from LAX, three days

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CONGRESSMAN COOK SPONSORS BILL ON FOSTER CARE PLACEMENT

CONGRESSMAN COOK SPONSORS BILL ON FOSTER CARE PLACEMENT The area’s congressman has allied himself with a bill that has the potential to improve the process of placing children in foster care. Dan Stork explains… Rep. Paul Cook has signed on as an original cosponsor to H.R. 3923, the “Child Protection

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TO CELEBRATE CHOCALATE LOVERS MONTH NEXT WEEK

Copper Mountain College will celebrate Chocolate Lovers Month next week. Reporter Mike Lipsitz gets out his bon-bons… Copper Mountain College celebrates National Chocolate Lovers Month at a brown bag Cultural Series event from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 20, in the Bell Center’s Community Room in Joshua Tree.

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SPORTSMAN’S BINGO TO BENEFIT YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC PROGRAM

Bingo at the Sportsman’s Club Sunday, February 16, will benefit the Yucca Valley High School Music Department. The doors will open at 3 p.m., with early bird bingo starting at 4:30. The final game will end about 9 p.m. There will also be raffles. The music department is looking for

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SCHOOL DISTRICT EXPLAINS NEW COMMON CORE STANDARDS

MUSD curriculum specialist Dr. Deborah Turner explains the Common Core to parents.

“An Introduction to the Common Core Standard: What It Means for You and Your Children.” That was the title of a presentation at an informational meeting hosted by the Morongo Unified School District Office of Instructional Services

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THREE ARRESTED IN JOSHUA TREE WITH DRUGS AND WEAPONS

A Joshua Tree man, released on bail last week, was in court again Tuesday, accused of a new crime. Sheriff’s reports say, a search warrant was served in the 6400 block of Valley View Street in Joshua Tree at 8 a.m. Tuesday. Deputies discovered four firearms, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia,

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER COLLECTING OLD NEEDLES AND DRUGS

Prescription drugs and used needles end up in landfills and pose a danger to the environment and to people if not disposed of properly. The Hi-Desert Medical Center is sponsoring a collection drive for unwanted prescription drugs and used needles on Saturday, February 15, from 10 to 2 at the

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JOSHUA TREE ART GALLERY PART OF PALM SPRINGS MODERNISM WEEK

The Joshua Tree Art Gallery is participating in Palm Springs Modernism Week. Reporter Dan Stork directs you to where you can find its pop-up gallery…

Works from a baker’s dozen of artists will be on exhibit at a pop-up show established by the Joshua Tree Art Gallery down the hill.

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FREE ENTRANCE TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK THIS WEEKEND

Free admission, warmer weather, longer days, and fewer crowds make this day a great time to visit a national park. To celebrate Presidents’ Day weekend, Joshua Tree National Park is waiving entrance fees Saturday, February 15, through Monday, February 17. Presidents’ Day weekend is generally the start of the busy

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD BUYS HIGH-TECH MAMMOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board voted to purchase a high-tech piece of equipment last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there and files this report…

Last night’s meeting of the Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors kicked off with a presentation on the hospital’s medical imaging department. And in a related

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VALENTINE’S ACTIVITIES AT THE JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY TOMORROW

Children of all ages are invited to have some Valentine’s Day fun at the Joshua Tree Library Thursday, February 13. Activities will include, hearts bingo, making your own Valentine’s Day Card, and sweetheart box. Crafts and activities are provided at no cost through funding by the Friends of the Joshua

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD MEETS TOMORROW

The Copper Mountain College Board meets tomorrow afternoon in closed and regular session. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the agendas…

The regular monthly meeting of the Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees begins at 3 p.m. tomorrow, following a 2 p.m. closed session pertaining to evaluation of the president/superintendent. Once in

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BOLD BURGLAR TAKES A SHOWER, STEALS A QUAD

A bold burglar broke into a home in Joshua Tree over the weekend. After drinking some beers from the fridge, and taking a shower in the victim’s home in the 6400 block of Valley View Street, the burglar stole a Honda Quad off-road vehicle. The burglary was reported to the

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM AT POST OFFICE TOMORROW

The Joshua Tree Clean Team hopes to see volunteers at the Joshua Tree Post Office tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. Organizers say the surrounding area of our post office is always in need of their services. As always gloves, grabber sticks and water will be provided. New volunteers are always

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