RETIRED TEACHER MEETING NOVEMBER 8

The California Retired Teacher Association will meet Friday, November 8, at 10 a.m. at the Helen Gray Educational Complex at the hospital in Joshua Tree. The program will be presented by Pete Wood and Sandy Smith, representing the Copper Mountain College Foundation, and will be followed by lunch. All educators

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SAFETY TIPS ABOUT HEATING AS THE WEATHER TURNS COLDER

As the blustery storm brings in the cold weather, many of us will be looking for extra heat. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the County Fire Department is offering seasonal safety tips… Fall often brings the need extra heat from a fireplace or space heater. Accidents involving fireplaces and heating equipment

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REACH OUT SEEKING PARADE OF HOMES SPONSORS

Reach Out Morongo Basin needs sponsors for its 10th Annual Parade of Homes, one of its biggest fundraising events of the year. Proceeds from the Parade of Homes, set for February 16, 2014, will support its Neighbors Helping Neighbors program, which supports services to the elderly and disabled in the

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COUNTY COURTS CHANGE FAMILY LAW CASE SCHEDULING

The San Bernardino County Court System is changing the way it puts on its calendar family law cases that involve custody and visitation disputes. The new system takes effect Monday, October 28. With details on the new system, here’s managing editor Tami Roleff…

A new calendar system at the county

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HALLOWEEN EVENTS PLANNED IN YUCCA VALLEY AND JOSHUA TREE

The Town of Yucca Valley is planning several activities for Halloween. Today is the free Halloween Flashlight Candy Scramble on the community center’s soccer field. Children in grades kindergarten through sixth are invited to bring a flashlight and a container for goodies, and hunt for candy in the dark. Costumes

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AS THE WEATHER COOLS, A REMINDER ABOUT FURNACE SAFETY

As the weather gets cooler, we will start heating our homes for the crisp desert winter months. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the County Fire Department has some furnace safety tips… San Bernardino County Fire offers the following tips before real cold weather arrives. Change furnace filters now to keep equipment

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OKTOBERFEST DINNER AT JOSHUA TREE VFW TONIGHT

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post is holding a weekend double treat. It’s Oktoberfest tonight from 4:30 to 6:30. They’re serving up bratwurst, German potato salad, sauerkraut, rye bread, and apple crisp, all for $8. Sunday breakfast is all you can eat pancakes plus other delicious breakfast items,

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YUCCA VALLEY AMATEUR ASTRONOMER SAM DAVIDSON PASSED AWAY TUESDAY

Sam Davidson, a 30-year resident of Yucca Valley, died at home October 22. He was 86 years old. Sam Davidson is survived by two daughters, Caryn Davidson of Joshua Tree, and Dale Davidson of New York, NY; granddaughter Claire Davidson, of Hemet; and his former wife and life-long friend, Inge

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SHERIFF CRACKING DOWN ON SYNTHETIC DRUG SALES

A Sheriff’s Department task force served warning letters to businesses throughout the county advising them the sales of “bath salts” or “spice,” as they are commonly called, are not permitted in the county. Five teams of deputies served notices at 21 locations in San Bernardino County to give them the

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JOSHUA TREE FIRE RESCUES CAMPER WITH NUT ALLERGY

A teen camper in Joshua Tree National Park mistakenly ate nuts yesterday and needed help from the Joshua Tree fire station paramedics. According to Fire Captain Mark Murphy, about 1 p.m., a teen, who was with a group camping at Sheep Pass campground, ate some nuts and suffered an allergic

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HIGHWAY 62 ART TOURS 2ND WEEKEND, EVENTS IN JOSHUA TREE AND TWENTYNINE PALMS

The Hi-Desert’s best visual and performing artists will be a part of the 12th Annual Hwy 62 Art Tours, a self-guided tour of more than 200 galleries, shops, homes, and private studios. This final weekend, October 26 and 27, features Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms, and Wonder Valley. In addition, there’ll

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JOSHUA TREE PRE-SCHOOL LIBRARY LOUNGE NOW OPEN

The Joshua Tree Preschool Literacy Lounge is open. This free early reading education for preschool aged children is made possible by Joshua Tree Recreation and Parks District in partnership with First 5 of San Bernardino County. Joshua Tree Recreation received a grant to make available a Preschool Literacy Lounge as

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FIVE CMC STUDENTS FINISH LOCAL INTERNSHIPS

The Copper Mountain College Community Partners program is seeing success with five more interns completing. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has the kudos… Some five Copper Mountain College students recently completed the 100-hour Community Partners Internship Program. Sarah Gardiner and Darin Sandin interned at Parrten Products; Dustin Freeman spent his 100 hours

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SEARCH IS ON FOR STOLEN, LIFE-SIZED, BRONZE STATUE

A bronze, life-size statue was stolen out of a Joshua Tree yard sometime this summer. According to a Sheriff’s report, the residents of a home in the 62200 block of Cummins Way reported that sometime between May 30 and October 18, a statue by the renowned Palm Springs artist John

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LARGE JOSHUA TREE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT REARS ITS HEAD AGAIN

It’s déjà vu all over again. A story we first aired on February 2, 2009, on Z107.7 can be aired again with very few changes. Dan Stork remixes news of a large residential project planned for Joshua Tree… With no media notification, county planners are in the process of reviewing

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK REOPENS JUMBO ROCKS CAMPGROUND

Joshua Tree National Park announced Jumbo Rocks Campground is open after extensive repairs due to a September storm. A Park Spokesman said Maintenance crews worked around the clock to mitigate damage and reopen the popular area for the busy season. Work continues on the section of road from the north

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BLOOD DRIVE IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW

Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive Wednesday, October 23 at Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree from 10 to 2. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. All prospective donors should be free of infections

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MORONGO BASIN BIG MAC SWORN IN, LIPSITZ NAMED CHAIRMAN

An enthusiastic group of citizens gathered in the lobby of the County Services Building in Joshua Tree to take the first bite of the Big MAC – as we just have to refer to the new Municipal Advisory Committee for the unincorporated areas of the Morongo Basin. Dan Stork adds

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VENDORS SOUGHT FOR HUMANE SOCIETY BENEFIT GARAGE SALE

Make money for the holidays, and help our communities’ homeless pets too, by reserving a space at a garage sale to benefit the basin’s no-kill shelter in Joshua Tree. The garage sale takes place Saturday and Sunday, October 26 and 27, in the Elks Lodge parking lot on Yucca Trail

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DNA MATCHES LEAD TO ARREST OF JOSHUA TREE SERIAL RAPIST

A Joshua Tree man suspected in four rapes is scheduled to be arraigned in court today. According to a Sheriff’s Department press release, an unidentified woman went to High Desert Medical Center July 22, and said Thomas Cole, 40, had raped her.

Cole was arrested that day for investigation

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