JOSHUA TREE VFW OFFERING HOT MEALS

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up a fish and shrimp dinner, tonight from 4:00 to 6:00. Sunday breakfast is chicken fried steak. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

AN EDITORIAL OPINION: TEACHERS SETTING A BAD EXAMPLE

The following is an editorial opinion by Z107.7 reporter Dan Stork, occasioned by a school board meeting he covered recently… A few years ago, a policeman in Orange County stopped me after he saw me running across a street against a red light. He said, “I’m not going to give

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COURT RULING BLOCKS JOSHUA TREE DOLLAR GENERAL, FOR NOW

It ain’t over ’til it’s over. The effort to build a Dollar General retail store in Joshua tree has been halted—at least for now—by a San Bernardino County court. Reporter Dan Stork explains what the judge agreed with, and what he didn’t… According to court minutes released Tuesday morning, Judge

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WE REVIEW THE FARNDALE COMEDY AT THEATRE 29

The hilarious “Farndale” comedy opened last weekend at Theater 29 and runs through March 29. Managing Editor Tami Roleff offers this review of the comedy… How do you review a play that’s SUPPOSED to be badly acted? In Theatre 29’s current production, the Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR THEIR YOUTH CONSERVATION CORPS

Joshua Tree National Park is taking applications again this year for its Youth Conservation Corps program. Youth between the ages of 15 and 18 are encouraged to apply for this intensive, hands-on work experience. Proposed projects include trail construction and maintenance, habitat improvement, and resource restoration. Corps members work 7

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LOCAL DEMOCRATS TO MEET, TOWN COUNCIL CANDIDATE TO ANNOUNCE

The Morongo Basin Democratic Club meets Saturday morning at Bruce’s Coyote Kitchen on the Copper Mountain College campus in Joshua Tree. Fellowship and a $10 full breakfast begin at 9 a.m.; the regular meeting begins at 10 a.m. On the agenda: an outspoken critic of the Yucca Valley Town Council

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School and Twentynine Palms High School girls’ softball teams will be competing in a two-day tournament in Palm Springs.

The Joshua Springs baseball team will host Victor Valley Christian School at home. First pitch is at 3:15.

The Twentynine

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LIMITS TO SENIOR MEALS HAVE BEEN LIFTED

Limits that were placed on the senior meal programs in the Morongo Basin have been lifted, effective Monday, according to a spokesman at the Family Service Association, which funds the program. Tom Donahue said about $300,000 in federal funds for the senior nutrition program had been cut this fiscal year

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water District Board meets tonight in regular session. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the agenda… Prior to tonight’s regular meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, the board will meet in closed session in connection with labor contract negotiations. Then the 7 p.m. open session gets underway with

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RETIRED TEACHERS MEET NEXT WEEK

The California Retired Teachers’ Association will meet at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 14, at the Helen Gray Center in Joshua Tree. Guest speakers will be Mary Reeves and Kelly Lomax, of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Please call Sherry Craft, 760-881-5275, no later than Monday, March 10, if you

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT, SUBSTITUE TEACHER PAY ON AGENDA

Financial review, Measure O oversight, substitute teacher pay, and four Board policies are on the school board agenda. Reporter Dan Stork has details… Following a closed session at 5:30 p.m. to deal with pupil and personnel issues, and employee bargaining discussions, the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education will

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK NAMES INTERIM SUPERINTENDANT, GENERATING $62 MILION ANNUALLY

Without fanfare, the National Park Service has moved a Joshua Tree National Park official into the position of acting superintendent. Reporter Dan Stork tells about the appointment of Andrea Compton… With the retirement of Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent Mark Butler, the National Park Service has started the recruitment process

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TOMORROW IS THE DEADLINE FOR SPELLING BEE TEAM REGISTRATION

Tomorrow is the deadline to register for the Morongo Basin Coalition for Adult Literacy’s 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

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RETIRED TEACHERS MEET NEXT WEEK

The California Retired Teachers’ Association will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 14, at the Helen Gray Center on White Feather Road in Joshua Tree. Guest speakers will Mary Reeves and Kelly Lomax, of the California Emergency Response Team (CERT). Please call Sherry Craft, 760-881-5275, no later than Monday,

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JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY ADULT BOOK CLUB MEETS TUESDAYS

A new program at the Joshua Tree Branch Library combines book discussion with local history. Reporter Dan Stork joins us again, and invites you to join the adult book club, starting up today… The Joshua Tree library will host a series of adult book club meetings Tuesday evenings at 6:00

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LOW-COST ANIMAL VACCINE AND MICROCHIP CLINIC

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in March for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spay and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you

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TRANSITION JOSHUA TREE FORMING PERMACULTURE TEAM

Transition Joshua Tree is moving forward, looking for participants in its permaculture project. Dan Stork tells you how to get in on it… Transition Joshua Tree is forming a permaculture team. Whether you’re experienced in this approach to sustainable agriculture and ecosystem regeneration or are new to it, there’s a

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HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE PROGRAM AT HARVEY MUDD COLLEGE

Juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply for the Future Achievers of Science and Technology (FAST) program at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont. The FAST program includes class visits, research lab demos, an overnight stay in one of the residence halls, hands-on experiments and workshops, and more. Participants will have

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NUNSET AUDITIONS

With the run of the second production of the year at Theater 29 underway, preparations are starting for its successor. Mike Lipsitz has the audition call for “Nunset Boulevard”… Auditions for the latest in the hilarious musical comedy series, “Nunset Boulevard – The Nunsense Hollywood Bowl Show,” start at 6:30

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STATE GAS TAX ADJUSTMENT

Californians might not be paying as much in excise taxes at the gas pump starting this summer, but don’t expect to spend less overall. The California State Board of Equalization voted Tuesday to reduce the excise tax rate by 3 ½ cents, or 10 percent, effective July 1. California motorists

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