JOSHUA TREE COMMUNITY JAZZ BAND LOOKING FOR PLAYERS

The Joshua Tree Community Jazz band is still in need of some key players. The fun group is looking for sax, trumpet, trombone and guitar players who can read music. For more information contact Jesse Henry at 760-574-5212, or via Facebook at Jazzband page. Rehearsals are every Sunday from 2

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VICTIMS OF MAILBOX THEFTS NOW GETTING FRAUDULENT TRANSACTIONS

In the wake of a mailbox theft rampage in December, fraudulent transactions have now shown up in the bank accounts of several area residents and victims. Dan Stork tells of the repercussions…

During the night of December 20, many locked community mailboxes in the Morongo Basin were vandalized and emptied.

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COMMON TOYS ENDANGERING JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK WILDLIFE

What we may think of as a common toy is bringing real danger to the wildlife in Joshua Tree National Park. Park Ranger Pam Tripp has this precaution……. Something commonly used for celebration or as a memorial, and thought of as a harmless decoration is one of the most hazardous

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LOW-COST SPAY AND NEUTER SERVICES AVAILABLE LOCALLY

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine clinics in January 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 in Joshua Tree, behind the dinosaurs on Highway 62,

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FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN SOME LOCATIONS THIS WEEK

Some areas of the Morongo Basin will receive distributions of surplus federal food on dates other than the regular second Monday. Reporter Dan Stork has the times and places… The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin. The locations and

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DEPUTIES IDENTIFIED IN NEW YEARS DAY PATROL CAR CRASH

The CHP and Sheriff’s Department released more information on the crash of two Sheriff’s patrol cars in Joshua Tree New Year’s Day. Two deputies, Brandon Abell and Scott Andrews were returning to the Sheriff’s station westbound Highway 62 about 6:35 p.m. when the driver of the patrol car in the

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A REVIEW OF THE TOP JOSHUA TREE STORIES FROM 2013

As we start the new year of 2014, here are highlights of some of the top news stories for Joshua Tree in 2013…

The Bobcat Protection Act outlaws the trapping of bobcats in the area surrounding Joshua Tree National Park. The act is a result of a Joshua Tree resident

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HELP SOUGHT FOR LOCAL HOMELESS VETERANS

There are many homeless veterans in the Morongo Basin who are lacking the necessities to keep warm and fed. A new organization, Vets Cruzin for a Cause, is collecting jackets, blankets, and food to distribute to these homeless vets. If you have old jackets, blankets, and food you can spare,

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1ST BABY OF THE YEAR BORN AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER

It turns out Isaac David McKeown wasn’t the first baby born in the Morongo Basin after all. Isaac, born to Casey and Gunnery Sergeant Todd McKeown at 12:14 a.m. January 1 at the Naval Hospital, was about 14 minutes too late to claim the title of First Baby of 2014.

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SPORTSMAN’S CLUB SWAP MEET TOMORROW

The Sportsman Club in Joshua Tree will hold its monthly swap meet tomorrow, Admission is free, and vendors are always welcome. Spaces rent for just $20; for non-profit organizations, the space is free. Call Jose at 760-275-6876. the Sportsman’s Club, is on Sunburst Avenue just off the highway in Joshua

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FIRST SATURDAY BREAKFAST AT COPPER MOUNTAIN MESA TOMORROW

The First Saturday Breakfast at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Association is tomorrow from 8 to 11 am at 65336 Winters Road in North Joshua Tree. Five Bucks still covers a real belly full. As always, a great big helping of old fashioned neighborliness is added at no charge.

RETIRED TEACHERS TO MEET

The California Retired Teachers’ Association meet Friday, January 10, at 10:00 a.m. at the Helen Gray Educational Center. The Twentynine Palms High School Select Choir, which is rehearsing for an upcoming performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall, will provide the entertainment. Please call Sherry Craft at 760-881-5275 no later than

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TWO DEPUTIES ESCAPE SERIOUS INJURY WHEN THEIR PATROL UNITS COLLIDE WEDNESDAY EVENING

Two deputies escaped serious injury when their patrol cars collided Wednesday evening. About 6:35, the two cars were traveling westbound on Highway 62 at Arizona Street, just east of the CHP station, when one unit was rear-ended by the other. One patrol car rolled over, landing on its roof in

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WE HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THE TOP STORIES OF 2013

Several highly-visible and (mostly) highly-compensated administrative positions in public agencies turned over this year. Dan Stork says you can’t tell the players without a scorecard… The parade of changes in the highest-level administrative posts in public agencies in the Morongo Basin began in March, when Tamara Alaniz became the General

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APPLY NOW FOR THE GREENLEAF SCHOLARSHIP AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

And in more current news… Attention high school seniors: Applications are being taken for a prestigious local scholarship that can pay the entire cost of your college education. Z107.7’s Diana Jones tells you how to apply for the Greenleaf Scholarship from Copper Mountain College… Local high school seniors are invited

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REACH OUT MORONGO BASIN AWARDED $5,000 GRANT

Reach Out Morongo Basin was awarded a $5,000 grant Monday from the Opus Community Foundation for its Senior Safety Program.

Opus Bank manager Jay Kanner from the Twentynine Palms branch presented the check to Reach Out Morongo Basin executive director Robin Schlosser, who expressed her appreciation and said Reach

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APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED FOR COUNTY GRAND JURY

There’s a great opportunity for public service for those who have the time to devote. Assignment reporter Katie Baker describes what it takes to be a grand juror… Volunteers for the 2014-2015 San Bernardino County Grand Jury are now being requested. Successful applicants will serve as Grand Jurors for the

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CHP SATURATION PATROLS START TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY

The California Highway Patrol will have a saturation patrol out from 6 p.m. tonight through midnight, Wednesday, January 1. The CHP and the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department reminds residents, don’t drink and drive.

ENERGY-SAVING TIPS

Although winter has been fairly mild so far, it still pays to winterize your home to save on your energy bills. Assignment reporter Katie Baker offers these energy-saving tips for your home…

With skyrocketing energy costs, understanding how much energy you use in your home can help you make better

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CHP OFFERS START SMART CLASS FOR TEENS AND NEW DRIVERS

The Morongo Basin CHP is offering another FREE Start Smart class for teen drivers and new drivers. These classes provide valuable safety information, and classroom instruction on collision avoidance techniques, collision-causing elements, and driver responsibilities. The class will be held on Tuesday, January 21, in the CHP offices on the

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