FREE FEDERAL SURPLUS FOOD DISTRIBUTION MONDAY

The second Monday of February is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus Federal food in the Morongo Basin. 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 Monday, February

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CURT SAUER NAMED NEW JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT GENERAL MANAGER

The Joshua Basin Water District Board of Directors announced, pending contract approval, that they have appointed Curt Sauer as their new general manager. Sauer had retired four years ago as Superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park.

He recently served as the Department of Interior agency liaison and Incident Commander

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A LESSON ABOUT INVASIVE PLANT SPECIES

The price of freedom from the insidious desert invader, the Sahara mustard plant, is eternal vigilance. That’s one thing reporter Dan Stork learned at the recent Morongo Basin Conservation Association’s annual meeting…

Sahara Mustard, up close and personal.

 

London Rocket, –” tastes like arugula”

Morongo Basin Conservation

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FULL HOUSE AT THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING ASK FOR MORE PAY

Per usual, the agendized items of the Board of Education were dispatched in the blink of an eye, but its meeting was an hour long and spirited. Reporter Dan Stork explains why…

Teachers and other Morongo Unified School District employees attended the Board of Education meeting in force to

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MORONGO BASIN COUNTY MAC WANTS INPUT ON AREA ROADS

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council Committee on Roads will meet 10 a.m. Friday at the Bob Burke County Government Office in Joshua Tree. The committee is soliciting public comments on issues pertaining to roads in the unincorporated areas of the Morongo Basin.

JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water District Board meets in regular session tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the Board will update date water service rules and regulations and work on naming a new general manager…

The Joshua Basin Water District Board of Directors meet in regular session at 7 p.m. tonight in

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STUDENT ART SHOW WINNERS NAMED

MorongoBasin students in grades 7 through 12: submitted nearly 200 pieces of art in the 29 PalmsArtGallery’s Student Show. The opening reception was held Sunday where the category and scholarship winners were announced. The 29 Palms Artists’ Guild awarded the $500 Ada Bigler scholarship to the most promising artist, Sarah

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FREE PERMACULTURE LECTURE TONIGHT

Transition Joshua Tree believes sustainable agriculture has a place in the desert. Reporter Dan Stork invites you to a lecture that promotes that view…

The Transition Joshua Tree Permaculture Project Team will present a free lecture on Drylands Permaculture—”an introduction to the art of resilient desert dwelling for many generations

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SCHOOL BOARD WITH A BUSY SESSION TONIGHT

A lengthy agenda faces the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education tonight. Reporter Dan Stork lists the topics…

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education gets off to an early start in its February 4 with a 5 p.m. closed session devoted to student discipline issues, bargaining with

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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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