LOCAL BUSINESSES HIT WITH DISABLED ACCESS SUITS

The American Disability Act was created to guarantee access to places of business for people with disabilities. It has given rise to a group of lawsuit-creators who claim to fighting a good fight against scofflaw businesses. A lot of small businesses, including many in the Morongo Basin, don’t see it

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SMALL VEGETATION FIRE IN JOSHUA TREE MONDAY NIGHT

Joshua Tree firefighters were woken up Monday night to put out a small vegetation fire near the highway in Joshua Tree. About 11:45 p.m., dispatchers received multiple calls about the blaze, which was visible from the highway near Sunset Avenue. Firefighters found dead Joshua trees and other debris burning in

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WEST MOJAVE ROUTE DEADLINE APPROACHES

June 4 is the deadline for public comment on the “West Mojave Route Network Project Draft California Desert Conservation Plan Amendment and Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the California Desert District,” or WEMO Route Project, for short. Reporter Dan Stork tells what the project is about, and how some

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BASIN-WIDE FOUNDATION BREAKFAST FEATURES 29 PALMS ART GALLERY

This Thursday’s Basin Wide Foundation breakfast meeting will feature the 29 Palms Art Galley. The breakfast meeting—sponsored by Copper Mountain College—will be Thursday, June 4, at the Helen Gray Center on the Hi-Desert Medical Center campus on White Feather Road in Joshua Tree. The meeting starts at 7:00 a.m. For

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HEAT IS GOING UP, DON’T LEAVE DOGS IN HOT CARS

The weather is heating up as summer approaches; temperatures are expected to be in the 100s this weekend. Managing editor Tami Roleff has this urgent reminder about leaving dogs in a hot car…

On a hot day, temperatures inside of a vehicle can quickly rise to dangerous levels. The temperature

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COUNTY SUPERVISORIAL CANDIDATE TO BE REVEALED TODAY

In a stunning, live announcement on this morning’s Z107.7 Up Close Show long-time community activist and civic leader Donna Munoz told host Gary Daigneault she aims to win the County Board of Supervisor’s 3rd District seat currently held by James Ramos in the November 2016 election. Reporter Mike Lipsitz files

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JOSHUA TREE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MIXER THIS EVENING

The Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce will hold an open house and mixer for new and current members on Friday, May 29. There will be door prizes and raffles, refreshments, and opportunities to network. Music will be provided by Bonnie and Slyde. The reception will be held from 5 to

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE STARTS SUMMER HOURS MONDAY

Copper Mountain College will begin its summer hours as of June 1. The college will be open to the public 8 to 5 Monday through Thursday and will be closed on Fridays. The Bell Center’s gym will be open 7 to 7 Monday through Thursday.

MYSTERY MEAL TONIGHT AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW POST

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up something special for dinner tonight-a mystery meal with salad and garlic bread, from 4:00 to 6:00. There is no Sunday breakfast. But don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

MBTA BOARD MEETS THIS AFTERNOON

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority Board of Directors will meet at 5 p.m. today, May 28, at the MBTA Operations Center on Verbena Road in Joshua Tree. After administrative and operations reports, the board will appoint an interim general manager. The board will then go into closed session to discuss

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TORTOISE AVERSION TRAINING FOR DOGS OFFERED

In an effort to keep our desert tortoise population safer, aversion training for dogs will be offered by the Mojave Desert land Trust. Reporter Cassie Zimarik has details…

Most desert-dwelling dog owners have likely had their animals trained to avoid rattlesnakes. Tortoise aversion training is very similar to rattlesnake aversion

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TRIBUTE TO TIM KELLY IN JOSHUA TREE SATURDAY

The passing of Joshua Tree violinist Tim Kelly in a bicycle-versus-car crash last Sunday night has brought out tributes. A parade with marching band will be held Saturday morning, along with a tribute, at the Joshua Tree farmers’ market. Community members may express condolences and share memories in a book

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JOSHUA TREE WATER PARK OPENS TODAY

The Joshua Tree water park will open today for the summer. The water park’s hours will be Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Water from the water park is recycled to irrigate the park district’s baseball field, and irrigation of the park is being

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JOSHUA TREE MUSICIAN ON BICYCLE HIT AND KILLED SUNDAY NIGHT

A Joshua Tree musician was killed Sunday evening when the bicycle he was riding was hit by a car. According to the California Highway Patrol, Tim Kelly, 58, was riding his bike northbound on Sunburst Avenue near Jericho Lane about 8:15 p.m. A 2014 Chevrolet Sonic, driven by Derek Burnham,

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CHP OFFERS TEEN “START SMART” DRIVERS CLASS TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin CHP is offering another free Start Smart class for teen drivers and new drivers. These classes provide valuable safety information, and classroom instruction on collision avoidance techniques, collision-causing elements, and driver responsibilities. The class will be held on Wednesday, May 27, in the CHP offices on the

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER IN TWO COMMITTEE MEETINGS TOMORROW

With ballots on the Hi-Desert Medical Center affiliation with Tenet Healthcare due to reach mailboxes this week, public interest in the governing board is likely to increase. Two committees meet this week. The Finance Committee meets tomorrow (Wednesday) to look at the Medical Center’s April financials, and March financials for

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The Joshua Tree Clean Team cleaned up Turtle Island and surrounding areas including the post office field two weeks ago. Tomorrow they will tackle the Alta Loma and Sherwood area just east of the Friendly Hills Elementary School. Volunteers will meet at Alto Loma and Sherwood Wednesday, May 27 at

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MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVATIONS IN JOSHUA TREE AND TWENTYNINE PALMS

The Joshua Tree Memorial Park will observe Memorial Day with an official military ceremony Monday, May 25. The event begins at 11 a.m. and will be followed by a free community barbecue with kids’ games, a bounce house, and vendors. Bring blankets or lawn chairs to sit on the grass

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CALTRANS TO REVISIT JOSHUA TREE SPEED LIMIT SIGNS

One year ago, CalTrans altered the speed limits coming into Joshua Tree from both directions on Route 62, perplexing many locals who thought the change from a gradual slowdown in 10 mile per hour increments to an abrupt 20 mile per hour change was unsafe, even with a warning. Reporter

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JOSHUA TREE MAN HELD AFTER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Wednesday, accused of punching his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman called deputies about 10 p.m. to say Jay Tchakerian, 24, was drinking and punched her in the face. She said he then left the residence in the 62400 block of 29

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