SHERIFF LOOKING FOR LAUNDRY BURGLAR

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman suspected of burglarizing Joshua Tree Laundry last November. According to a Sheriff’s press release, the woman broke into the Laundromat after hours November 19. Video surveillance shows the suspect stealing quarters from a locked box inside, and

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DRUM CIRCLE AT JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER FRIDAY

The Joshua Tree Retreat Center will host a New Moon Drum Circle Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. The circle will be held in the center’s sanctuary. There is no charge to attend, though donations will be accepted. The Joshua Tree Retreat Center is located at 59700 29 Palms Highway

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AUSTRALIAN MUSICIAN AT BOXOHOUSE SATURDAY

An Australian composer, singer, musician, and artist-in-residence, will present a musical performance Saturday at BoxoHouse in Joshua Tree. Biddy Connor will perform several pieces with a viola, saw, and electronic effects. Connor will also perform the soundtrack to Megan Evans’ video, “Stranger in the Desert,” which will be screened. The

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BEWARE OF GRAND JURY SCAM

The San Bernardino County Grand Jury warns residents that scammers are asking people to pay money due to missing a summons for a grand jury appearance. A resident was recently contacted by an alleged Sheriff’s lieutenant, who said an arrest warrant had been issued because the person had failed to

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JOSHUA BASN WATER DISTRICT BOARD NIXES RAISE, HIRES SAUER

Last week we reported that the Joshua Basin Water District Board of Directors were to consider a pay hike for themselves. Following a brief discussion, that proposal was roundly defeated. Directors there will continue to receive the same level of compensation they’ve received since 2008. At that same meeting, an

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NESTING RAPTORS CAUSE CLOSURE OF SOME JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK CLIMBING ROUTES

Seven climbing routes in the Indian Cove area of Joshua Tree National Park have been temporarily closed, the Park Service announced Monday. Park Superintendent Mark Butler signed a temporary emergency closure notice due to raptors who are nesting in the area. The closed climbing routes include Slatanic Area, Rattlesnake Buttress,

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM GROWING, OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The next regular Joshua Tree Clean Team pickup will be held tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. at Alta Loma and Olympic. The team will work for one short hour. The Joshua Tree Clean Team is now up to a total of 23 members. Coordinator John Stannard said the team had

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MORONGO BASIN MAC PUTTING TOGETHER PRIORITY LIST TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin MAC is putting together a comprehensive list of local concerns. Reporter Dan Stork says you can be part of the brainstorming process…

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council has a committee compiling a list of Basic Regional and Community Enhancements (or BRACE, for short). The committee will

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DEADLINE FOR HOSPITAL BOARD TOMORROW

The deadline to apply for an open seat on the Hi-Desert Medical Center board is approaching. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has this reminder…..

At Hi-Desert Medical Center, the deadline is 5 p.m. tomorrow for applications for the board seat vacated by Paul Hoffman earlier this month. Interested and eligible candidates may

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS TO DISCUSS HELENDALE SOLAR FIELD TOMORROW

While there is nothing on the agenda of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors’ Tuesday meeting that directly impacts the Morongo Basin, there is an item that may be a preview of coming attractions for our area. Reporter Dan Stork focuses on a solar project in Helendale that is

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OUR DESERT IS BEING INVADED

Our desert and Joshua Tree National Park are being invaded. Park Ranger Pam Tripp tells you how to be a defender…

Did you know that an invasion of the desert is occurring right below your feet? Sahara mustard is a non-native plant that invades our desert’s natural areas. Sahara mustard

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FIVE ARRESTED IN JOSHUA TREE ON WARRANTS

Five people were arrested in Joshua Tree Wednesday on various warrants. About 11:50 a.m., Sheriff deputies went to a home in the 61000 block of El Reposo, looking for Justin Morrow, 20, who was wanted on two warrants for drug-related charges. The deputies determined that four other people at the

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2-1-1 SERVICE PROVIDING FREE REFERRALS COUNTYWIDE

San Bernardino County is part of a nationwide service that provides free referrals to Californians who need help for everything from basic needs to job training or tax filing. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains how dialing 2-1-1 could help you…

Each year in California, about 2 ½ million people turn

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COUNTY OFFERING FREE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH FOR MILITARY

A San Bernardino County program offers free behavioral heath services for military service members and their families. All active duty and retired military personnel, reservists, or National Guard who have served on or after September 11, 2001, and their families are eligible. Services include confidential behavioral health assessments, rehabilitative support,

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NATIONAL PARK SERVICE OFFERS ANNUAL AND SENIOR PASSES

With the Visitor season starting out with big crowds at Joshua Tree National Park we are reminded that park annual passes are a bargain. With details here is Park Ranger Pam Tripp…

Looking for a great way to save money and have fun, too? Regular admission to Joshua Tree National

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JOSHUA TREE VFW OFFERING MEALS THIS WEEK

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 a pork chop special. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

JOSHUA TREE MAN HIT BY VEHICLE EARLY THIS MORNING

Area law enforcement agencies are investigating a pedestrian who was hit by a vehicle early this morning in Joshua Tree. According to Fire Captain Steve Lasiter, about 2 a.m., a 19-year-old Joshua Tree man was walking with his family and friends northbound on Sunburst Circle when he was hit by

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JOSHUA TREE E-ZINE “ARTHUR” ENDING OPERATIONS

“Arthur,” the counterculture/psychedelic-music online magazine run out of Joshua Tree, is ceasing operations. According to “stranger” online, “Arthur” had made a strong three-issue comeback in 2013 after a long hiatus, but publisher Jay Babcock is retiring the title, for the foreseeable future, anyway. “For many reasons, it’s now time for

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REACH-OUT PARADE OF HOMES CALLED “A WONDERFUL SUCCESS”

Reach Out Morongo Basin’s 10th Annual Parade of Homes, held Sunday, was heralded as “a wonderful success” according to Executive Director Robin Schlosser. Schlosser said that 210 parade goers enjoyed the homes and raised $9,000 for Reach Out Morongo Basin’s community programs. She added, “The pit stop at Park Rock

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT TO CONSIDER A RAISE FOR THEMSELVES AND MANAGERS CONTRACT

The Joshua Basin Water Board will consider giving themselves a raise tonight and are expected to formally hire Curt Sauer as the General Manager. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more…

At tonight’s regular meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, the board of directors will likely approve an employment contract with

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