COUNTY SPERVISORS SET TO FINALIZE COMMERCIAL SOLAR ORDINANCE

The solar energy ordinance discussed at the last Board of Supervisors meeting is on the agenda for this week’s meeting. Dan Stork tells how you can view the meeting, and be a part of it… The ordinance on the regulation of commercial solar energy generation facilities, that was discussed at

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT IN SPECIAL MEETINGS ON GENERAL MANAGER APPOINTMENT

The Joshua basin Water Agency Board is still working on selecting a new General Manager to replace Joe Guzetta, who left to become the Twentynine Palms City Manager. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says some closed sessions are on tap… The Joshua Basin Water District board will hold two special closed session

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR GREENLEAF SCHOLARSHIP

Attention high school seniors, applications are now being taken for a very prestigious scholarship which could value up to $100,000. Reporter Taylor Thacker has more on the Greenleaf Scholarship… The Copper Mountain College Foundation is now accepting applications for the Roy Greenleaf, Jr. Scholarship for the 2014-2015 school year. The

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ANIMAL ACTION LEAGUE LOCAL LO-COST VACCINATIONS AND SPAY/NEUTER

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine clinics in December for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines; appointments are required for spay and neutering services. Clinics will be held from 10 to 1 on December 17 and 18

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COUNTY FIREFIGHTER COLLECTING TOYS AT WALMART

This will be the last weekend that Morongo Basin firefighters will be at Walmart during a “stuff the truck” event to receive donations of toys to distribute to needy children. Firefighters will be at Walmart Friday, December 13, from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday, December 14, 1 to 5, and

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A BUSY KITCHEN AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will not be serving up dinner tonight. Sunday breakfast is a pork chop special or a veggie omelet from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

WINTER SAFETY TIPS FROM COUNTY FIRE

Winter weather means you will be using more heat in your house. Reporter Taylor Thacker passes on the winter heating safety tips from the county fire department… Winter weather is on its way and during this time we like to lay by the fire or crank up our thermostats. However,

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HOSPICE TREE LIGHTING TOMORROW

Hospice of the Morongo Basin will hold its seasonal tree lighting ceremony this Saturday. Managing editor Tami Roleff says you still have time to get a light for your loved one… Light up a life Saturday, December 14, at the Annual Hospice Tree dedication ceremony at Copper Mountain College. Individuals

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HOLIDAY FUN AT THE JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY

A variety of holiday fun is planned for the Joshua Tree Library tomorrow. Reporter Dan Stork has your invitation…. The Joshua Tree Branch Library invites families to the library for holiday fun on Saturday December 14. The library will be hosting their “Santa’s Workshop” on December 14 from 1 to

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NEW CEO/ADMINISTRATOR NAMED AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER

At an Emergency meeting yesterday, the Hi-Desert Medical Center Board announced the new hospital CEO Administrator. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the new hospital boss is a familiar face… Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors has named a new chief executive officer. Following a closed session meeting late yesterday afternoon, the

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LOCAL DEMOCRATIC CLUB MEETS SATURDAY

The Morongo Basin Democratic Club meets this 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 is a brief review of the year, followed

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MORONGO BASIN TRANSIT AUTHORITY BOARD MEETS TOMORROW

Morongo Basin Transit Authority Board of Directors will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, December 12, at the MBTA Operations Center on Verbena Road in Joshua Tree. Among the items on the consent agenda are treasurer, ridership, operations, administrative and financial reports. The board will also be asked to approve a

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD MEETS TOMORROW

The Copper Mountain College Board will meet in regular session tomorrow. Reorganization, committee assignments, and where to spend money are all on the agenda. Reporter Mike Lipsitz takes a closer look… The regular monthly meeting of the Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees begins at 3 p.m. tomorrow with a

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HOSPITAL BOARD REORGANIZES

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board reorganized and heard from TLC last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was at the meeting and files this report… Mara Cantelo of Tender Loving Cause opened last night’s meeting of the Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors by recognizing some of the many volunteers whose programs

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The next regular Joshua Tree Clean Team pickup will be tomorrow morning at the Joshua Tree Library (at Park Boulevard and Highway 62). The volunteers will be cleaning up downtown Joshua Tree in preparation for the holidays. The team will start at 8 a.m. and work for one short hour.

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HOSPITAL BOARD TO HEAR FROM FIRM THAT MARKETS HOSPITALS

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board meets tonight. After a presentation by a company that sells hospitals, a board reorganization is set. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the rest of the agenda… Prior to tonight’s regular 6 p.m. meeting of the Hi-Desert Medical Center Board, directors convene a special 4:30 p.m. open

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FREEZE WARNING CONTINUES, PROTECT YOUR PIPES!

The National Weather Service has issued a hard freeze warning here in our Morongo Basin through tomorrow morning. With Temperatures in the 20’s, Reporter Taylor Thacker reminds you to watch for freezing pipes… Standing water in pipes and hoses expands as it freezes, possibly causing pipes and hoses to break.

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SUPERVISOR RAMOS RECAPS ACCOMPLISHMENTS

In his address to the Basin Wide Foundation’s breakfast meeting on Thursday, Third District County Supervisor James Ramos marked his first year in office with a recap of accomplishments and a peek at future aims. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz has highlights… Chief among accomplishments, Ramos described a new sense of

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MORONGO BASIN MAC MEETS TONIGHT

Having finished with installation and setting of priorities, the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council is ready for its first meeting in what should be its regular format. Assignment reporter Dan Stork has the agenda… The December 9 meeting of the Big MAC starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Joshua Tree

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COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS MEET WEDNESDAY

The Morongo Basin Chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child, will hold their monthly meeting Wednesday evening 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Helen Gray Center on the campus of the Hi Desert Medical Center. The group is

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