CHP WANTS MOTORISTS TO NOT TEXT AND DRIVE

Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on California’s roadways. In 2011 alone, more than 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving crashes. The California Highway Patrol is encouraging all motorists to make the conscience decision that could literally save their life: “Do not text and drive.” Distracted driving is a

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MAKE YOUR SMARTPHONE PART OF YOUR DISASTER PLAN

Your Smartphone, now almost ubiquitous in our culture, can be a lifeline in a disaster or emergency. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says make it part of your disaster plan…

For Smartphone users, incorporating the devices into emergency plans can save lives. If you don’t use texting regularly, familiarize yourself with your

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RETIRED TEACHERS MEET FEBRUARY 14

The California Retired Teachers’ Association will meet on Friday, February 14, at the Helen Gray Center on White Feather Road in Joshua Tree. The meeting will commence at 10 a.m. Area Coordinator, Ralph Villani, will speak, and past presidents of CalRTA, Division 62, as well as members who are over

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STATE WATER EMERGENCY WILL DIRECTLY IMPACT THE MORONGO BASIN

The Governor’s declaration of a water emergency is trickling down to local levels. Dan Stork surveys the local impact of drastic measures by the state’s Department of Water Resources…

The California State Water Project (SWP) supplies water from the Feather River watershed and the Sacramento Delta water distribution area to

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED FOR DRUGS AFTER FOOT PURSUIT

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Friday evening after deputies found bags of drugs on him. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to a residence in the 6400 block of Valley View Street about 9 p.m. about someone living in a shed behind the home, and a stolen

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PARADE OF HOMES TO FEATURE A DESERT LILY IN JOSHUA TREE

The annual Parade of Homes to benefit Reach-Out Morongo Basin showcases six delightful homes here in our Morongo Basin, two in Twentynine Palms, two in Joshua Tree, and two in Yucca Valley. Managing editor Tami Roleff highlights one of the Joshua Tree stops…

One of the featured homes on Reach

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ROAD CONSTRUCTION STARTS SOON IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Joshua Tree National Park officials announced that construction will begin soon on Pinto Basin Road inside the park. The project will include widening, realigning, and modifying the road to 24-feet wide, with a speed limit of 35 to 45 miles per hour. It’s expected the realignment will improve sight distances

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SHERIFF’S CAPTAIN RICH BOSWELL RETIRING IN MARCH

Sheriff’s Captain Rich Boswell, who also serves as the Chief of Police for the Town of Yucca Valley and the City of Twentynine Palms, is retiring. Managing Editor Tami Roleff talked with Boswell, aka “Boz”, about his law enforcement career……

After serving as captain of the Morongo Basin’s Sheriff’s station

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10TH ANNUAL PARADE OF HOMES FEATURES FURSTWORLD

Tickets are available for the 10th Annual Parade of Homes to benefit Reach-Out Morongo Basin. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says one of the homes open for display is the unique “FURSTWORLD” in Joshua tree…

The 10th Annual Parade of Homes is set for February 16 from noon to 5 p.m., with

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MBTA GIVES $18,000 TO REACH OUT FOR TRANSPORTATION

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority donated $18,000 to Reach-Out Morongo Basin last week. Reach Out’s Executive Director Robin Schlosser said the donation will be used for the charity’s transportation program to provide rides for low-income, senior, and disabled neighbors in the Morongo Basin to health care providers and services in

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SPORTSMAN’S CLUB SWAP MEET TOMORROW

The Sportsman Club in Joshua Tree will hold its monthly swap meet tomorrow, February 1. Shop for great bargains on new and used items, crafts and collectibles, books, and eclectic artworks. Admission is free, and vendors are always welcome. Spaces rent for just $20; for non-profit organizations, the space is

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ICONIC BEVERLY DOOLITTLE HOME IN JOSHUA TREE FOR SALE

The spectacular iconic home of artist Beverly Doolittle and her husband Jay Doolittle in Joshua Tree home has gone on sale. Today’s Desert Sun newspaper says, “The 10-acre Doolittle estate is a rare study of organic architecture, offering a unique peek into the creative partnership between its owners and the

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FOUR-ROTARY CLUB FOOD DRIVE SET FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

The four Rotary clubs of the Morongo Basin have partnered together for the first annual Morongo Basin Meals Food Drive on Valentine’s Day. The drive is to collect thousands of pounds of food for local area food banks and organizations to help feed our needy in the Morongo Basin and

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PAUL HOFFMAN RESIGNS FROM THE HOSPITAL BOARD

Hi-Desert Medical Center announced the resignation yesterday of Paul Hoffman from the hospital’s Board of Directors. His current term expires in December 2016.

In his letter of resignation, Hoffman wrote: “I am grateful for having had the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors of this fine organization

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YOU’RE INVITED, THE JOSHUA TREE ROTARY CLUB SUPERBOWL PARTY

The Joshua Tree Rotary Club is holding its 27th annual Super Bowl Party at Copper Mountain College. Watch the Super Bowl Sunday, February 2, at Bruce’s Coyote Kitchen on the college campus with an all-you-can-eat super buffet. The doors open at 2 p.m.; kick-off is 3:25. Tickets are $25 each

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SCHOOL DISTRICT SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVISORS MEET TOMORROW

The Community Advisory Committee of the Special Education Local Plan Area for Morongo Unified School District will meet at noon Thursday at the new Joshua Tree Elementary School. Lorraine Loros from Pacific Clinics will present the topic, “How to Play.” Teachers, parents, school staff, and community members are invited to

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SHERIFF’S LOOKING WOMAN WHO ROBBED A YUCCA VALLEY BANK YESTERDAY

The Sheriff’s Department is looking for a woman who robbed the US Bank in Yucca Valley Monday morning. At 9:56, the woman walked into the bank and handed the teller a note saying “This is a robbery.”

 

The woman demanded money, and the teller gave her

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ONTARIO MAN ARRESTED IN JOSHUA TREE WITH METHAMPHETAMINE

An Ontario man was arrested Sunday in Joshua Tree after he was found with methamphetamine. According to a Sheriff’s report, Michael Tope, 26, was visiting family in the 61800 block of Clearview Road when he started arguing and pushing family members, who then called deputies. Tope locked himself in a

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAM TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The Joshua Tree Clean Team will meet 8 a.m. tomorrow morning at the corner of Olympic Road and Highway 62 on the north side of the highway. There will be trash bags, grabber sticks, gloves and water available. Following the clean up efforts there will be an optional get together

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NINE PEOPLE ARRESTED IN MORONGO BASIN WARRANT SWEEP

At least nine people were arrested last Wednesday during a warrant sweep of the Morongo Basin, and booked at the Morongo Basin Jail. Among those arrested from Joshua Tree were Nephateria Ary, 33, on drug warrants; George Bonney, 57, on a traffic warrant, with their bail set at $30,000 each;

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