VFW KITCHEN IS OPEN

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up a fish and shrimp dinner tonight from 4:00 to 6:00. The Sunday breakfast is chicken fried steak from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

BREAKFAST AT COPPER MOUNTAIN MESA

It’s a new year and a new month! It’s time for the First Saturday Breakfast at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center this Saturday, January 3. The Community Center is located at 65336 Winters Road in North Joshua Tree. Serving all your breakfast favorites from 8 am to 11 am

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RETIRED TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS

Attention students and teachers: The California Retired Teachers Association is offering scholarships for Morongo Basin graduates and teachers. Here with the information on who qualifies, and how to apply, is reporter Sara Snyder… The California Retired Teachers Association, Hi-Desert Division 62, is currently accepting applications for two scholarships, each in

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RETIRED TEACHERS TO MEET

And the California Retired Teachers Association will hold their first meeting of 2015 Friday, January 9, at 10 a.m. at the Helen Gray Center on Whitefeather Road. Members will enjoy a talk on “Travel Extends Your Life,” to be presented by Steve Kanold. Please call Gay Smith at 760-369-2211 no

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CONVICTED FELON ATTACKS TWO PROBATION OFFICERS

A convicted felon who is on probation for a robbery in 2012 was arrested Monday for assaulting two probation officers. According to a Sheriff’s report, Yuriy Abaryants, 27, of Morongo Valley, was at the probation office in Joshua Tree when he broke a water cooler, punched Sergeant Patrick Norris in

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SENIOR NUTRITION CENTERS AND TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY CLOSED TODAY AND TOMORROW

The Senior Nutrition centers in Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and Twentynine Palms will be closed today. They will reopen Friday. The Twentynine Palms Cemetery District offices will be closed today New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The grounds will remain open sunrise to sunset.

WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER BASEBALL BAT ATTACK IN JOSHUA TREE

A Joshua Tree woman was arrested Saturday after her neighbors said she attacked them with a baseball bat. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 2:30 Saturday afternoon, Kristen O’Conner, 30, of the 61500 block of Valley View Drive in Joshua Tree, was arguing with her neighbors. The neighbors told deputies

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND 4TH DUI

A Joshua Tree man who has three prior conviction for driving under the influence was arrested for DUI and domestic battery following a fight with his girlfriend Saturday night. According to a Sheriff’s report, Robert Utter, 38, was arguing with his girlfriend in the 60400 block of Natoma Trail in

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER OFFERING FREE EDUCATION CLASSES

Free medical educational classes are being offered at Hi-Desert Medical Center. Reporter Taylor Thacker checks out this month’s offerings… Hi-Desert Medical Center hosts free education classes for newly diagnosed diabetes patients, or for those who could benefit from review of basic disease management. Instructor and registered dietitian Jean Kaduk-Gallagher at

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LOW-COST PET VACCINE AND MICROCHIP CLINIC TOMORROW IN JOSHUA TREE

Animal Action League will hold an additional vaccine and microchip clinic at its new clinic in Joshua Tree on Tuesday, December 30. Clinics are held from 10 to 2. For spaying and neutering appointments, call 760-366-1100. The Animal Action League is located just west of the dinosaurs on the north

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ADDITIONAL CLINIC ADDED FOR ANIMAL VACCINES, MICROCHIP, AND SPAY/NEUTER

Animal Action League will hold an additional vaccine and microchip clinic at its new clinic in Joshua Tree on Tuesday, December 30. Clinics are held from 10 to 2. For spaying and neutering appointments, call 760-366-1100. The Animal Action League is located just west of the dinosaurs on the north

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JOSHUA TREE VFW TAKING WEEKEND OFF

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post is taking the weekend off, but don’t forget Taco Wednesday on New Year’s Eve from 11 to 1.

SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATING NUMEROUS BURGLARIES

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating an attempted burglary at a Yucca Valley bank Tuesday. According to a Sheriff’s report, a burglar tried to retrieve night deposit bags from the drop box by using rodent glue trap tied to a string. The bank manager told investigators it appears nothing is missing

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FIRST TWO HOMES NAME FOR REACH OUT’S PARADE OF HOMES

The 11th Annual Parade of Homes organized by Reach Out Morongo Basin announces two homes on this year’s parade route and seeks one final Joshua Tree home to complete the lineup. Here’s reporter Rebecca Havely with all the details… The largest fundraiser of the year for Reach Out Morongo is

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VFW TAKING THE WEEKEND OFF

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post is taking the weekend off, but don’t forget Taco Wednesday on New Year’s Eve from 11 to 1.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Copper Mountain College will be closed for winter break December 25 through January 1 and will reopen on Friday, January 2, with normal operating hours. Be aware that services such as the Online Help Desk and waitlist notifications will not be operating during the break. Online registration will continue through

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EFFORTS BEING MADE TO PROTECT COYOTE HOLE IN JOSHUA TREE

There’s a new fence stretching along the northeast side of Quail Springs Road in Joshua Tree from Onaga Trail to Alta Loma, and then around the corner on Alta Loma. Our reporter Dan Stork asked around about it, and found it’s part of an effort to protect Coyote Hole… Back

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A CARJACKING IN JOSHUA TREE, WITH THE VICTIM STILL IN IT

An argument between a Twentynine Palms man and his girlfriend over a car resulted in an arrest for carjacking Saturday. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, the woman told deputies that Darrious McCoy, 24, was arguing with her over her car and threatened her with a knife in the 61600

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CMC FALSE ALARM RESULTS IN ARREST FOR STOLEN QUAD

Deputies responding to a burglar alarm at Copper Mountain College Saturday afternoon found a Joshua Tree man with a stolen off-road vehicle. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, deputies determined the burglar alarm was a false alarm, but while investigating, they found an RV with a stolen 1986 Suzuki quad.

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DISTRACTED DRIVING FACTOR IN FRIDAY MORNING CRASH

The California Highway Patrol says a man checking himself out in his rear-view mirror for shaving cuts is responsible for causing a two-vehicle crash that sent two women to the hospital Friday morning. According to the CHP, Katrin Mayer, 40, of Berlin, Germany, was driving a 2007 Toyota eastbound on

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