HOLIDAY CLOSURES FOR THE MORONGO BASIN

Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley municipal offices will be closed from Thursday, December 24, through Friday January 1. Municipal offices will reopen Monday, January 4. The Twentynine Palms Senior Center will be closed December 24 and 25. There will be no senior lunch on those dates. From Monday, December 28,

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RESULTS OF THE 2015 HOLIDAY BUSINESS DECORATING CONTEST

Results are in for the annual Holiday Decorating Contest which saw Morongo Basin businesses large and small compete for free local advertising from contest sponsors Community Radio Station Z107.7 and Hi-Desert Publishing.

For an incredible fifth consecutive year, Sunnyvale Garden Suites Hotel in Twentynine Palms takes first place for best

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF HEAD-BUTTING GIRLFRIEND

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Tuesday night, accused of beating up his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, Justin Morrow, 21, became upset when his girlfriend tried to wake him up just after 7 p.m. at a home in the 61500 block of Palm Vista in Joshua Tree. Morrow

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JOSHUA TREE FIREFIGHTERS ESCORT SANTA CLAUS TONIGHT

Joshua Tree Station 36 firefighters will be giving Santa a ride through Joshua Tree neighborhoods tonight, (December 23) from 5 to 8 p.m. Santa and his fire engine will visit neighborhoods on paved roads in north Joshua Tree, north of Highway 62, including Yucca Trail apartments and Joshua Tree Elementary

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JOSHUA TREE FIREFIGHTERS ESCORTING SANTA CLAUS NEXT THREE DAYS

Joshua Tree Station 36 firefighters will be giving Santa a ride through Joshua Tree neighborhoods tonight, (December 21), tomorrow, (December 22), and Wednesday, (December 23) from 5 to 8 p.m. each night. Tonight, Santa will be riding a fire truck on paved roads in South Joshua Tree, south of Alta

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE CLOSES FRIDAY FOR CHRISTMAS BREAK

Copper Mountain College will be closed for Winter Break December 25th through January 1st and will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2016 with normal operating hours. Please be aware services such as the Online Help Desk and waitlist notifications will not be operating during the break. Online registration will continue

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FREE ENTRANCE TO NATIONAL PARKS TO FOURTH GRADERS

The National Parks are offering a great opportunity for fourth grade students. Here’s Park Ranger Pam Tripp with more… There is exciting news for all fourth graders! You are eligible for a free annual pass to all National Parks, National Forests, and Bureau of Land Management sites. In order to

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MAN ARRESTED FOR VIOLATING RESTRAINING ORDER IN JOSHUA TREE

A China Hills man was arrested Thursday afternoon in Joshua Tree, accused of violating a restraining order against him. According to a Sheriff’s report, Felix Jackson, 38, went to the home of his former girlfriend in the 6200 block of Valley View Street about 12:30 p.m. and parked his vehicle

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ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY IN JOSHUA TREE WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man who attempted to rob a man in Joshua Tree late Wednesday night. According to a Sheriff’s report, an employee of a pizza restaurant in the 61700 block of 29 Palms Highway said he was taking the trash out to the dumpster behind the

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BI-LINGUAL LITERACY TUTOR NEEDED TO HELP TRANSLATE MEMOIR

Do you know someone who is good at reading and writing both Spanish and English and who would like to help move a literacy student’s project along? The Morongo Basin Coalition for Adult Literacy needs someone to help a native Spanish speaker translate his memoir into English. The memoir centers

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HOSPITAL TO HOLD OPEN ENROLLMENT EVENT FOR INSURANCE

It’s time to enroll for healthcare and Hi-Desert Medical Center is holding enrollment events. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz has the details… It’s open enrollment season for Covered California, and the Affordable Care Act and Hi-Desert Medical Center wants to help you receive the best healthcare for the lowest rate available.

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BOXOHOUSE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY

The BoxoHouse artist-in-residence will hold an open house Sunday in Joshua Tree. Reporter Rebecca Havely has your invitation… Artist-in-residence Hannah Hughes will present an installation incorporating live actions at BoxoHouse. Hughes lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is currently focused on performative work engaged with the vulnerability of the

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EARLY CHRISTMAS DINNER AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW TOMORROW

The Joshua Tree VFW Post will hold an early Christmas dinner Saturday, from 2 to 5 p.m. For $7, they will serve up turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, and pie. The VFW is located on Veterans Way in downtown Joshua Tree.

JOSHUA BASIN WATER WRESTLES WITH NEXTERA, PROBLEM WELL LAST NIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water District Board met last night. A controversial request for water for a solar field and a troublesome well dominated the meeting. Reporter Mike Lipsitz files this report… Last night in Joshua Tree, the Joshua Basin Water District board of directors drilled through an ambitious agenda. Highlights

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JOSHUA TREE FIREFIGHTERS TO ESCORT SANTA CLAUS THROUGH LOCAL NEIGHBORHOODS

Joshua Tree Station 36 firefighters will be giving Santa a ride through Joshua Tree neighborhoods THIS Monday, December 21, Tuesday, December 22, and Wednesday, December 23) from 5 to 8 p.m. each night. On Monday, Santa will be riding a fire truck on paved roads in South Joshua Tree, south

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER MEETS TONIGHT

Tonight’s 7 p.m. meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District will open with a likely dry presentation of the District’s 2014/2015 financial audit. On the other side of that, there will be an update on efforts by NextEra Energy to secure water in their quest to convert the old Joshua

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TWO JOSHUA TREE MEN HELD FOR BURGLARIZING MULTIPLE HOMES

Two Joshua Tree men were arrested Friday, accused of burglarizing homes in Joshua Tree. According to a Sheriff’s press release, deputies were called to the 62000 block of Desert Air Road in Joshua Tree shortly before 3 by a neighbor who saw two men force their way into a home,

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FOUR INJURED IN SATURDAY MORNING JOSHUA TREE CRASH

Four people were injured following a two-vehicle crash in Joshua Tree Saturday morning. According to CHP officer C. Miller, T.T. Ammal, 68, was driving her silver Toyota Camry southbound on Sunny Vista about 11:30 a.m. After stopping at Highway 62, she pulled out onto the highway to make a left

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COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO HEAR OF ROAD IMPROVEMENTS FOR JOSHUA TREE

At tomorrow’s 10 a.m. meeting of the County Board of Supervisors in San Bernardino, the board is expected to consider several items relevant to our Morongo Basin. Among them is the likely approval of $1.4 million for pavement reconstruction on Joshua Tree’s Park Boulevard, from Alta Loma Drive north to

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RAFFLE TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR STEVE RIEMAN SCULPTURE

The Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency program is offering the opportunity to win a Steve Rieman sculpture. Tickets for “Walking Critter” are $100 each, and proceeds benefit the program’s scholarship fund. The Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residence scholarship fun provides artists with accommodations, studio space, a stipend, and a gallery

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