CHILI COOK-OF AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW TONIGHT, BREAKFAST SUNDAY

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Joshua Tree will host a chili cook-off tonight. Drop off your chili at the Post, 6402 Veterans Way, by 3 p.m., and stop by from 4 to 6 to enjoy a bowl of your favorite chili. Sunday’s breakfast from 8 to 11 is

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FREE FEDERAL SURPLUS FOOD DISTRIBUTION MONDAY

The second Monday of January is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Dan Stork has the times and places…

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, January

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MORONGO BASIN DEMOCRATIC CLUB MEETS SATURDAY

The Morongo Basin Democratic Club meets Saturday, January 11, at Bruce’s Coyote Kitchen on the Copper Mountain College campus in Joshua Tree. Fellowship and a $10 full breakfast begin at 9 a.m.; the meeting begins at 10 a.m. Following a brief presentation, the Club will consider a resolution opposing plans

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CONTROVERSIAL SOLAR DEVELOPMENT IN JOSHUA TREE TAKING PUBLIC COMMENTS

Now that the moratorium by San Bernardino County on solar development projects has been lifted, previously-announced plans are moving forward. Dan Stork has the notice for public comments on one controversial development in Joshua Tree…

Parcel map showing location of proposed solar energy generating facility in Joshua Tree, between

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE CLOSED PART OF TOMORROW

Copper Mountain College will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for staff training and development. If you have any questions please feel free to call and leave a message; all messages will be returned when the campus re-opens. The General Ernie Reid Bookstore will be open for students

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JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY OFFERS CHILDRENS PROGRAMS

With the new year, the children’s programs at the Joshua Tree Branch Library are back in swing. Dan Stork reviews all that’s in store…

The Joshua Tree Branch Library will be offering Preschool story time every Tuesday and Toddler Boot Camp every Wednesday. During preschool story time kids will be

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BINGO AND SILENT AUCTION TO BENEFIT YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL SWIM TEAM

Bingo at the Sportsman’s Club in Joshua Tree will benefit the Yucca Valley High School swim team on Sunday, January 19. There will also be a silent auction. Money raised from the bingo and silent auction event will go toward paying the team’s bill for use of the pool. Doors

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT ON ALTA LOMA TOMORROW MORNING

Start the new year out by pledging to join the Joshua Tree Clean Team every second, fourth, and fifth Wednesday of the month with their goal to keep the community clean. The first scheduled clean-up in 2014 will be held tomorrow morning. Clean Team members will meet at the Rock

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JOSHUA TREE COMMUNITY JAZZ BAND LOOKING FOR PLAYERS

The Joshua Tree Community Jazz band is still in need of some key players. The fun group is looking for sax, trumpet, trombone and guitar players who can read music. For more information contact Jesse Henry at 760-574-5212, or via Facebook at Jazzband page. Rehearsals are every Sunday from 2

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VICTIMS OF MAILBOX THEFTS NOW GETTING FRAUDULENT TRANSACTIONS

In the wake of a mailbox theft rampage in December, fraudulent transactions have now shown up in the bank accounts of several area residents and victims. Dan Stork tells of the repercussions…

During the night of December 20, many locked community mailboxes in the Morongo Basin were vandalized and emptied.

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COMMON TOYS ENDANGERING JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK WILDLIFE

What we may think of as a common toy is bringing real danger to the wildlife in Joshua Tree National Park. Park Ranger Pam Tripp has this precaution……. Something commonly used for celebration or as a memorial, and thought of as a harmless decoration is one of the most hazardous

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LOW-COST SPAY AND NEUTER SERVICES AVAILABLE LOCALLY

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine clinics in January for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines; appointments are required for spay and neutering services. Clinics will be held in Joshua Tree, behind the dinosaurs on Highway 62,

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FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN SOME LOCATIONS THIS WEEK

Some areas of the Morongo Basin will receive distributions of surplus federal food on dates other than the regular second Monday. Reporter Dan Stork has the times and places… The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin. The locations and

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DEPUTIES IDENTIFIED IN NEW YEARS DAY PATROL CAR CRASH

The CHP and Sheriff’s Department released more information on the crash of two Sheriff’s patrol cars in Joshua Tree New Year’s Day. Two deputies, Brandon Abell and Scott Andrews were returning to the Sheriff’s station westbound Highway 62 about 6:35 p.m. when the driver of the patrol car in the

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A REVIEW OF THE TOP JOSHUA TREE STORIES FROM 2013

As we start the new year of 2014, here are highlights of some of the top news stories for Joshua Tree in 2013…

The Bobcat Protection Act outlaws the trapping of bobcats in the area surrounding Joshua Tree National Park. The act is a result of a Joshua Tree resident

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HELP SOUGHT FOR LOCAL HOMELESS VETERANS

There are many homeless veterans in the Morongo Basin who are lacking the necessities to keep warm and fed. A new organization, Vets Cruzin for a Cause, is collecting jackets, blankets, and food to distribute to these homeless vets. If you have old jackets, blankets, and food you can spare,

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1ST BABY OF THE YEAR BORN AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER

It turns out Isaac David McKeown wasn’t the first baby born in the Morongo Basin after all. Isaac, born to Casey and Gunnery Sergeant Todd McKeown at 12:14 a.m. January 1 at the Naval Hospital, was about 14 minutes too late to claim the title of First Baby of 2014.

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SPORTSMAN’S CLUB SWAP MEET TOMORROW

The Sportsman Club in Joshua Tree will hold its monthly swap meet tomorrow, Admission is free, and vendors are always welcome. Spaces rent for just $20; for non-profit organizations, the space is free. Call Jose at 760-275-6876. the Sportsman’s Club, is on Sunburst Avenue just off the highway in Joshua

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FIRST SATURDAY BREAKFAST AT COPPER MOUNTAIN MESA TOMORROW

The First Saturday Breakfast at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Association is tomorrow from 8 to 11 am at 65336 Winters Road in North Joshua Tree. Five Bucks still covers a real belly full. As always, a great big helping of old fashioned neighborliness is added at no charge.

RETIRED TEACHERS TO MEET

The California Retired Teachers’ Association meet Friday, January 10, at 10:00 a.m. at the Helen Gray Educational Center. The Twentynine Palms High School Select Choir, which is rehearsing for an upcoming performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall, will provide the entertainment. Please call Sherry Craft at 760-881-5275 no later than

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