120 GATHER AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK GATE TO PROTEST SHUTDOWN

More than 120 people gathered at a rally in front of the west gate of the Joshua Tree National Park yesterday afternoon, protesting the government shutdown that has also shutdown their livelihoods. The peaceful protest, called “Shutdown the Shutdown,” demanded an end to the fiscal impasse in Congress, so that

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HIGHWAY 62 ART TOURS KICK OFF THIS WEEKEND

The first of two weekends of the Highway 62 Art Tours kicks off this weekend. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has your invitation… It’s one of my favorite events of the year—the Highway 62 Art Tours. The Highway 62 Art Tours is a self-guided tour of galleries, shops, homes, and private

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water District will consider hiring a firm to search for a new general manager. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the agenda… At tonight’s regular 7 p.m. meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, Directors are expected to approve an agreement with an as yet unnamed executive recruiting firm

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COUNTY TO REVIEW COMMERCIAL SOLAR ORDINANCE TOMORROW

During the summer, the County Board of Supervisors placed a moratorium on commercial solar development, while planning staff prepared guidelines for such projects. A draft county ordinance regulating commercial solar energy goes before the San Bernardino County Planning Commission tomorrow. Reporter Dan Stork previews the rules… San Bernardino County staff

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Board of Education will be briefed in closed session on staffing, and later will get a status report on enrollment. Reporter Dan Stork tells what else will be before the Morongo Unified School District Board at its October 15 meeting… The meeting of the Board of Education of the

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REACH-OUT LOOKING FOR PARADE OF HOMES SUPPORT

Reach Out Morongo Basin officials are looking for homes and sponsors for the 10th Annual Parade of Homes. During the annual event, set for Sunday, February 16, 2014, residents across the Morongo Basin open their homes to curious visitors. The Parade of Homes raises thousands of dollars to help the

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE CONCERT TO CELEBRATE HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

Copper Mountain College will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month this Thursday with a special concert. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has your invitation… October is National Hispanic Heritage Month and Copper Mountain College will celebrate with the lively sounds of Machin, at a brown bag concert event October 17 from noon to 1

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MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST LOOKING FOR VOLUNTERS TO CLEAN UP COYOTE HOLE

The maintenance of some lands held in the public trust is the business of people who care. Dan Stork says that people who care can help with the cleanup of Coyote Hole… On Saturday, October 19, Mojave Desert Land Trust invites you and stewards for a fun day of desert

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COUNTY TO MAKE IT EASIER TO RESERVE A COURT DATE

In a recent Public Safety Forum, the presiding judge of the San Bernardino County Superior Court said that the Court is streamlining its procedures to save money, using technology where it can. Dan Stork says that court date reservations are one example of this trend… Effective October 28, San Bernardino

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HWY. 62 ART TOURS START THIS WEEKEND WITH LAUNCH PARTY

The Hwy 62 Art Tours happens the last two weekends in October when some 8,000 visitors are expected to visit the Basin for self-guided tours of more than 200 sites. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us about some of the many sponsored events happening in conjunction with this year’s Art

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COUNTY TO CONTINUE TURNING ARRESTEES OVER FOR DEPORTATION

San Bernardino County announced it will continue turning over to immigration officials some people it books for crimes. Dan Stork explains the 287g program, and relays some county statistics on its use… San Bernardino County has renewed its participation in a federal program, under which people who have been booked

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A QUICK LESSON ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

There’s been lots of confusion about what the Affordable Care Act (or “Obamacare”) is, and what it requires Americans to do. Starting in 2014, all Americans will be required to have health insurance. Many people already have health insurance through their employers, and for them, no further action is required.

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DEMOCRATIC CLUB MEETS TOMMORROW

The Morongo Basin Democratic Club will meet in a special meeting tomorrow morning at Bruce’s Coyote Kitchen on the Copper Mountain College campus in Joshua Tree. Fellowship and a $10 full breakfast begins at 9 a.m.; the meeting begins at 10 a.m. with assembly candidate Karalee Hargrove at the top

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HOW TO PREVENT KITCHEN FIRES FOR THIS FIRE PREVENTION WEEK

This is fire prevention week. Most house fires start in the kitchen and reporter Taylor Thacker has some fire prevention tips… It’s time for fire prevention week! San Bernardino County Fire is joining forces with the non-profit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents to “Prevent Kitchen Fires.”

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JOSHUA TREE VFW OFFERS TONIGHT, BREAKFAST SUNDAY, TACOS WEDNESDAY

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up an Auxiliary dinner of country style ribs tonight from 4:30 to 6:30, for only $7. Sunday breakfast is a pork chop special with a full breakfast menu. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

FANTASY SPRINGS INVITES YOU TO TAKE THE CUPCAKE CHALLENGE

Are you an amateur baker who can make a cupcake like a pro? If so, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino wants you to participate in the Fantasy Cupcake Challenge. Managing editor Tami Roleff indulges her sweet tooth with the following report… On Sunday, November 17, the resort will play host to

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AQUIFIERS 101 OFERRED BY JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT

Just exactly how does the water get from deep underground to your tap? Find out all about it at a special presentation next week. Reporter Mike Lipsitz invites you to sign up for “Aquifers 101”… Aquifers: 101 is a special two-hour presentation which aims to clarify misunderstandings about aquifers and

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JOSHUA TREE ART CRAWL TO UNVEIL NEW MURAL

This Saturday’s Art Crawl in Joshua Tree will feature the official unveiling of a new mural.

Jacob Dudley, a painter from the Midwest, was a 2010 Joshua Tree Highlands Artist in Residence, who now lives in Los Angeles. Dudley painted the mural, depicting a contemporary and stylized scene of

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LEARN ABOUT THE DESERT QUEEN RANCH TOMORROW

In the high desert country that was to become Joshua Tree National Park, rugged individuals tried their luck at cattle ranching, mining, and homesteading. William F. Keys and his family are particularly representative of the hard work and ingenuity it took to settle and prosper in the Mojave Desert. Join

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COMMUNITY RESOURCE FAIR THIS SATURDAY

The Annual Morongo Basin Community Resource Fair will be held this Saturday, October 12, from 10 to 2. Representatives from Unity Home, Family Services Association, Sexual Assault Services, Pacific Clinics, and the Family Advocacy Program from the Marine Base will be at the resource fair to provide information on their

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