JOSHUA TREE VFW LOOKING FOR BIKE RUN PRIZES

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 is seeking donations for prizes for its third annual Poker Run fundraiser. The poker run, set for Saturday, September 26, will be 110 miles with five stops in the Morongo Basin. Prizes will be awarded for best poker hand, worst poker

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF CHILD MOLESTATION

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Tuesday, accused of lewd acts with a child in March. According to Sheriff’s reports, Gregory Howlind, 68, of the 61400 block of Division Street, went to a neighbor’s home where a female juvenile was home alone on March 15. The report states that Howlind

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The Joshua Tree Clean Team meets on the second, fourth, and fifth Wednesday of the month. The next scheduled date is tomorrow, Wednesday, July 22, at 7:00 a.m. The volunteers will meet at Yucca Mesa and Security Road. There will be grabber sticks, trash bags and gloves available to make

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FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE FAMILY STUCK IN FLOODED WASH ON SUNFAIR ROAD

Firefighters helped rescue a family in Joshua Tree Sunday afternoon when their car got stuck in a wash during a rainstorm. County Fire Captain Mark Murphy said a Joshua Tree husband and wife, along with their daughter and her young son, were traveling northbound on Sunfair in a Honda sedan

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CALTRANS REPLIES ABOUT SPEED IN DOWNTOWN JOSHUA TREE

Following recent pedestrian-related accidents in downtown Joshua Tree, the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council prevailed upon the county to go to Caltrans with community safety concerns about that stretch of Highway 62. Reporter Dan Stork relates that a Caltrans’ reply said that new signage can be expected, but that’s all…

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TWENTYNINE PALMS ROTARIAN TO TALK ABOUT BRAZIL TRIP

The Twentynine Palms Rotary Club recently sent an International Vocational Training Team to Brazil. On Thursday, July 23, from noon to 1, Rotarian Sandy Smith will give a presentation on the trip and their experiences, along with photos and a Q-and-A session. Bring your lunch to the Copper Mountain College

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PROSECUTION RESTS IN PHIPPS MURDER TRIAL

After 8 days and nearly three dozen witnesses, the prosecution rested its case yesterday in the murder trial of Joseph Phipps. Phipps, 42, is accused of shooting his wife, Christy Phipps, 35, in the head in their Joshua Tree home in January 2013. Phipps testified in his own defense Wednesday

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER ISSUES ALTA MIRA PROJECT WILL SERVE LETTER

The Joshua Basin Water District board issued a conditional will-serve letter for the controversial Alta Mira housing development last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz said the board was reminded they were not a land use agency…… At last night’s standing-room-only meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, members of the public

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TENET HAS TAKEN OVER OPERATION OF HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER

After literally years of planning, months of working out the fine print, and approval by the voters, Tenet Healthcare officially took over the operation of Hi-Desert Medical Center yesterday. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains what that means… Tenet Healthcare Corporation began operating Hi-Desert Medical Center and its related healthcare facilities as

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER CONSIDERS TWO “WILL SERVE” LETTERS TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water District Board will meet in regular session tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says, among items of interest, is the consideration of two controversial “will-serve” letters… At tonight’s 7 p.m. meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District board, directors will consider approval of a “conditional will-serve letter” for

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER MAY CHANGE ITS NAME TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board meets tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the healthcare district may get a new CEO, and a new name…

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors holds the regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. today following a 5:45 closed session for labor negotiations in connection with

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FIRE DESTROYS MOTORHOME IN JOSHUA TREE

A motorhome was a total loss following a fire in north Joshua Tree Wednesday afternoon. Shortly before 3 p.m., firefighters from Yucca Mesa, Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, the Combat Center, and the National Park Service responded to a motorhome on fire in the 63000 block of Lakeview Road. County Fire

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AS HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER RESTRUCTURES, CEO BOB TYK STEPPING DOWN

Since voters approved the hospital’s lease agreement with Tenet Healthcare in late June, there has been a lot of speculation over the future of current CEO Bob Tyk. Tonight’s special meeting of the Hi-Desert Memorial Healthcare District Board of Directors puts an end to the speculation. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains…

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FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW

There will be a distribution of surplus food on Friday, July 10, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Way Station in Joshua Tree, at 61722 Commercial Street.

JOSHUA TREE ARTIST HIT ON THE HIGHWAY LAST MONTH HAS DIED

The Joshua Tree artist who was hit by a car as he attempted to cross the highway in Joshua Tree last month died Sunday. According to the California Highway Patrol, Anita Barker, 53, was driving eastbound on the highway about 40 to 45 miles per hour in the number 1

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ALTERCATION LEADS TO ASSAULT AND SHOTS FIRED IN JOSHUA TREE TUESDAY AFTERNOON

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating an assault in which shots were fired in Joshua Tree Tuesday afternoon. According to preliminary reports, deputies were called to a home in the 59400 block of Cielito Drive about 1:30 p.m. for a report of a man beaten with a baseball bat. The victim told

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COLLEGE BOARD MEETS TOMORROW, TO CONSIDER EDUCATION SCHEDULE

The Copper Mountain College Board meets in open session tomorrow. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the agenda…

Following a 2 p.m. closed session for a president/superintendent performance evaluation, the Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees convenes in regular open session at 3:00 tomorrow in the Bell Center’s Community Room on the

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MORONGO BASIN TRANSIT AUTHORITY BOARD TO APPOINT NEW GENERAL MANGER TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority Board of Directors will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 9, at the MBTA Operations Center on Verbena Road in Joshua Tree. After a closed session in which directors will appoint a new general manager and discuss anticipated litigation, the directors will recognize the outgoing

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GAS STATION VIOLENCE, THEFT, LEAD TO ARREST

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Saturday, accused of attacking a woman and stealing her purse. About 11 a.m., a deputy saw Juanita Sharp, 50, punching a man at a gas station in the 61700 block of 29 Palms Highway in Joshua Tree. The deputy detained Sharp, at which time,

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ADA COMPLIANCE FORUM SET FOR THIS FRIDAY IN JOSHUA TREE

The Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce has selected the site for its informational forum about the American with Disabilities Act. The forum is set for Friday, July 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the chamber’s office, 6448 Hallee Road in Joshua Tree. Small business and ADA compliance strategies and

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