COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS MEET TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child(ren), announces their monthly meeting Wednesday from 4:30 pm to 6 p.m., at the Helen Gray Education Center on the campus of the Hi-Desert Medical Center. For more information, Kristin

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MAN THOUGHT LOST IN MINE FOUND WANDERING, DIVERTS FIRE RESOURCES

An Orange County man who got lost in the desert for 11 hours near Johnson Valley Friday night diverted fire crews from a large house fire in Yucca Valley. About 5:30 p.m. Friday, fire fighters and search and rescue teams from Lucerne Valley, Hesperia, and Yucca Mesa, and the Sheriff’s

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COUNTY’S MORONGO BASIN MUNCIPAL ADVISORS MEETS TONIGHT

The Big MAC has its first regular meeting this evening. Dan Stork says that most of the agenda is about start-up issues for the group… The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meets at 7 p.m. tonight for an initial organizing meeting. The MAC is charged with assessing community input on

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DEPUTIES ASK HELP IN SEARCH FOR VIOLENT RAPIST

Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a suspect in a violent rape. Wednesday, deputies responded to Hero’s Market in Landers after woman had been assaulted. Deputies found the victim who reported she had been beaten, tied up and sexually assaulted by 42-year-old Louis Ontek. Deputies located Ontek later the same day

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SMALL BUSINESS ADVICE THURSDAY AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

Small business owners, and those hoping to start their own business, can get advice and information at an expo at Copper Mountain College Thursday the 14th. Representatives from SCORE, a non-profit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow, and achieve their goals, will be at the

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LOCAL GROUP ISSUES ADVICE ON SOLAR DEVELOPMENT

While San Bernardino County staff was preparing a draft ordinance intended to govern commercial solar energy generation in the County, a local group, working at the behest of Supervisor James Ramos’ office, generated its own Renewable Energy Analysis. Reporter Dan Stork says, the BEAT goes on…

The Basin Energy Assessment

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NATIONAL PARKS AND FORESTS FREE THIS VETERANS DAY WEEKEND

In honor of Veterans Day, all national parks and national forests will offer free admittance to everyone this weekend, from Saturday, November 9 through Monday, November 11. Fees for camping and tours of Key Ranch in Joshua Tree National Park will still be collected. Active duty military are eligible for

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UNITY HOME OFFERS STATE MANADATED TRAINING TUESDAY

Morongo Basin Unity Home will offer its 40-hour California state-mandated training class beginning November 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Classes will be every Tuesday and Thursday for 5 weeks. This class is offered at no charge. Call Unity Home’s Outreach Office at 760-366-1247 to sign up.

SHERIFF TALKS ABOUT INFLUX OF AB109 PRISONERS, PART 2 OF 2

With county jails at capacity, and having to add another 300 inmates a month due to the Inmate Realignment Act, or AB109, Sheriff John McMahon told the Yucca Valley Town Council at its meeting Tuesday night that something’s gotta give. In part 2 of two, managing editor Tami Roleff said

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MORONGO BASIN DEMOCRATS MEET TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Democratic Club will meet Saturday, November 9, 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 letter-writing campaign with some suggested

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SERRANO CULTURE PROGRAM AT JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER TOMORROW

In honor of Native American Month, Harrison House Music and Arts will present a free event showcasing the Serrano culture in Joshua Tree. The program, “Serrano Culture and Serrano Bighorn Sheep Songs” will feature elders and members of the Serrano people including tribal historian Ernest Siva, County Supervisor James Ramos,

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6 CHICKS ART GALLERY POPS-UP IN JOSHUA TREE

Saturday, November 9th, will mark the opening of “6 Chicks,” the new POP UP art gallery in Joshua Tree featuring art by six local women artists: Bonnie Brady, Janis Commentz, Esther Shaw, Suzanne Ross, Diana Shay-Diehl, and Alita Van Vliet. The gallery will specialize in original works including gift items.

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2013 TOYS FOR TOTS PROGRAM HAS STARTED

An annual tradition for the Marine Corps Reserves is gearing up in our Morongo Basin area. Reporter Taylor Thacker says… Toys for Tots has started! The Marines will be accepting toy donations and money donations starting now for this Christmas season. To donate money, go online to http://29-palms-ca.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx and then

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VFW TO HONOR MARINE BIRTHDAY WITH A STEAK DINNER

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will not hold a Friday night dinner or Sunday breakfast this weekend. Instead, in honor of the Marine Corps’ 238th birthday November 10, the Post will hold a special rib-eye steak dinner Sunday. The cost is $15. The grilling starts at 3

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CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE IN JOSHUA TREE

Sky View Chapel Church of God will hold a Christmas boutique sale Saturday, November 9, from 8 to 2. The sale will include baked goods and homemade craft items. The church is located at 7475 Sunny Vista Road in Joshua Tree.

5TH ANNUAL TURKEY AND POKER BIKE RUN SATURDAY

Attention bikers: Bikers for Christ and 180 Ministries will hold their Fifth Annual Turkey Run Saturday, November 9. Sign up starts at 9 a.m. at the 180 Ministries on the highway in Joshua Tree, 61858 29 Palms Highway. Kick stands up at 10. The poker run will include raffles and

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE HONORS VETERANS TOMORROW

On Veteran’s Day, we pause to honor those who served and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the nation. Join Copper Mountain College at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow in in Bruce’s Coyote Kitchen to honor our veterans and all who serve today. CMC Superintendent/ President Dr. Roger Wagner will speak.

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER CEO ADMINISTRATOR TELLS IT STRAIGHT, WARTS AND ALL

Last night at Hi-Desert Medical Center, outgoing CEO Chad Chadwick gave a candid examination of the Hospital District’s fiscal health to a diverse dozen people, all past participants in a District-sponsored community outreach program. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz has more… In his review, Dr. Chadwick highlighted the District’s admirable strengths

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HI-DESERT AND JOSHUA BASIN WATER BOARDS MEET TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Water District Board meets tonight. Among items of interest is a $5,000 a month consultant. Managing editor Tami Roleff takes a closer look… Among the items on the agenda for tonight’s regular meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors, the Board will be asked to authorize

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SEVEN ARRESTED FOR BUYING BOOZE FOR TEENS IN STING OPERATION

Seven people were arrested Saturday for buying booze for minors during a “shoulder tap” sting operation in the Morongo Basin. According to a Sheriff’s Department press release, between 4 p.m. and midnight Saturday, minor decoys approached adult customers in front of businesses licensed to sell alcohol, and asked the adults

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