PRESCRIPTION DRUGS BLAMED FOR WRONG-WAY SPEEDER

Prescription medication was blamed for a wrong-way speeder on Highway 62 Tuesday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 6:25, multiple drivers started calling 911 to report that a man, later identified as Henry Holguin, 73, was driving eastbound on the highway in the westbound lane, starting at Park Boulevard

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT PUBLIC HEARING ON STANDBY CHARGES

The Joshua Basin Water District meets tonight in regular session. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says a hearing on standby charges new trucks, and a raise are on the agenda… The Joshua Basin Water District Board of Directors meets tonight in regular session beginning at 7:00 at District offices on Chollita Road

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17TH ANNUAL BASIN-WIDE FOUNDATION AWARDS SUNDAY

The 17th Annual Basin Wide Foundation Gala Celebration Awards Dinner and Meeting will be this Sunday, June 9, at 4 p.m., at the Helen Gray Center, at Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree. The awards will honor basin-wide stars of the Desert with dinner, awards, and a silent auction. The

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MORE VICTIMS FOUND IN CHILD MOLESTATION CASE

A Joshua Tree man who was arrested two weeks ago, accused of having sex with minor girls, had two more victims added to his charges. On Monday, Sheriff officials determined two more juveniles were victims of child molestation by Sean Turner, 38, of the 6700 block of Park Boulevard. On

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SUPERVISORS RAISE WATER RATES, ESTABLISH REGIONAL MACS

While the approval of the Dollar General Store in Joshua Tree was the hot point issue at yesterday’s County Supervisors meeting, the Board also took a number of other actions which directly affect residents here in our Morongo basin. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there all day and has the rest

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SUPERVISORS UPHOLD PERMIT FOR JOSHUA TREE DOLLAR GENERAL STORE

In a 4-to-1 decision yesterday, County Supervisors upheld the Conditional Use Permit for a Joshua Tree Dollar General. More than two dozen local business owners and residents testified against the development in a public hearing in San Bernardino and from the new Teleconferencing Center at the County building in Joshua

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PARENT VISITATION DAY AT LA CONTENTA TOMORROW

La Contenta Middle School invites all parents to visit the school for our monthly parent visitation day tomorrow, Wednesday, June 5. Parents may come for all day or part of the day. Parents may also stay for lunch. The school hours are 7:15 to 1:50. Seventh grade lunch is at

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LA CONTENTA TALENT SHOWCASE TONIGHT

For one night only, La Contenta Middle School is having a talent showcase for the community hosted by the Parent Involvement Committee. Chanda-Lyn Fraschetti has the information… Come and enjoy the various talents of La Contenta Middle School students who will perform in the Lion Showcase, tonight only from 5

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT TO APPOINT NEW SUPERINTENDENT TONIGHT

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Directors will meet at Friendly Hill Elementary School tonight. The meeting starts at 5:45 at which time the board will formally appoint Dr. Cecilia English as the new superintendent, effective July 1. The board will go into closed session at 6:30 to discuss

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BREAKING NEWS: DOLLAR GENERAL COMING TO JOSHUA TREE

This just in… A Dollar General store will be coming to Joshua Tree. The County Board of Supervisors followed staff recommendations and denied the appeal against the Dollar General store during their meeting today. Following the County Planning Commission’s approval in January of a conditional use permit for the chain

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS MEET, THREE ITEMS IMPACT MORONGO BASIN

In addition to hearing an appeal on Dollar General in Joshua Tree, the County Board of Supervisors will also consider a Joshua Tree land use moratorium, and plans for regional Municipal Advisory Councils, and a replacement for a newly-vacant Planning Commission slot. Reporter Dan Stork tells where they will fall

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CHARGES EXPECTED AGAINST MARINE WHO KILLED YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN IN HUMVEE CRASH IN APRIL

The California Highway Patrol has confirmed that it has recommended that the District Attorney file charges against the Marine who killed a Yucca Valley woman in a crash in April. Juan Lira, 19, an active-duty Marine, was driving a humvee in a convoy traveling from Camp Pendleton to Twentynine Palms

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CHICKEN-FRIED STEAK AT JOSHUA TREE VFW SUNDAY MORNING

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will hold a Sunday breakfast of chicken-fried steak special from 8 to 11.

FREE BREAKFAST IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW

Joshua Tree Community United Methodist Church will provide a free community breakfast buffet Saturday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. Used clothing, shoes, coats and blankets are free to those in need as supplies last. The community is invited. The church is located at 6213 East Parkway.

THREE LOCAL RESIDENTS AWARDED CAL STATE SCHOLARSHIPS

Morongo Basin students were among 16 awarded a prestigious scholarship from Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert campus. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the kudos… Three Morongo Basin residents are among 16 recipients of the prestigious Mary Stuart Rogers Scholarship from Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus for the

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COPPER MOUNTAIN MESA BREAKFAST TOMORROW

The Copper Mountain Mesa Community Association will host their first Saturday breakfast tomorrow morning from 8 to 11 at the Center located at 65336 Winters Road in North Joshua Tree. All of your breakfast favorites will be served up with a healthy portion of good old fashioned neighborliness for $5

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SPORTSMAN CLUB SWAP MEET TOMORROW IN JOSHUA TREE

The Sportsman Club in Joshua Tree will hold its monthly swap meet tomorrow. Shop for great bargains on new and used items, crafts and collectibles, books, and eclectic artwork. Admission is free, and vendors are always welcome. Spaces rent for just $20; for non-profit organizations, the space is free. Call

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED FOR CHILD CRUELTY

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Wednesday after school officials notified law enforcement that his children said he punched them as punishment for misbehavior. Keith Viera, 34, of Joshua Tree, was arrested for investigation of misdemeanor child cruelty, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $5,000.

SUPERVISORS TO HEAR JOSHUA TREE DOLLAR GENERAL STORE APPEAL

The County Board of Supervisors has scheduled a public hearing on the Dollar General store planned for Joshua Tree. Reporter Dan Stork has the date… After the San Bernardino County Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit for a Dollar General store in Joshua Tree, a local group including an

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BAND CONCERT AT LA CONTENTA MIDDLE SCHOOL TOMORROW

La Contenta Middle School Band will perform in Concert tomorrow, May 30, at 6 p.m. in the school’s multi-purpose room. Admission is free.