HOW TO APPLY FOR FREE, REDUCED SCHOOL LUNCHES

The federal government provides free or reduced-cost meals for eligible students at school. There are several ways that public school students can qualify. Reporter Sara Snyder outlines the eligibility requirements, and how to apply for the program…

Households that receive food stamps or CalWORKS may not have to complete a

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SAVE THE DATE FOR TASTE OF MORONGO BASIN

Mark your calendar to save the date for the Eighth Annual Taste of Morongo Basin. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Joshua Tree’s Foundation, the extremely popular event will be held Saturday, September 12, at the Bell Center at Copper Mountain College. Taste of Morongo Basin features food from about

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MEET YOUR MAC MEMBER MARY HELEN TUTTLE

We continue our series, “Meet the MAC,” short profiles of the members of the Municipal Advisory Council who are appointed by the County Supervisor to bring him the concerns of residents in unincorporated areas of the Morongo Basin. Today, reporter Dan Stork profiles Mary Helen Tuttle…

Mary Helen Tuttle, a

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VFW SEEKING PRIZES FOR POKER RUN RAFFLES

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 is seeking donations for prizes for its third annual Poker Run fundraiser. The poker run, set for Saturday, September 26, will be 110 miles with five stops in the Morongo Basin. Prizes will be awarded for best poker hand, worst poker

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CHICKEN BREAST ON MENU FOR THURSDAY NIGHT AT JOSHUA TREE VFW

Chef A.C. and the Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up a Thursday night dinner tonight from 4:00 to 8:00. On the menu is a chicken breast with roasted red pepper sauce, potatoes, veg, and salad, for $9. The VFW post is located at 6402 Veterans

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TONIGHT'S PERSEID METEOR SHOWER PROMISES TO BE SPECTACULAR

The Perseid meteor shower promises to be the most spectacular in years as it peaks late tonight through dawn tomorrow. The shower that appears to emanate from the constellation Perseus—the source of its name—typically delivers 50 to 100 shooting stars per hour. They are some of the brightest meteors you’ll

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COMMUNITY BACK TO SCHOOL DAY TOMORROW

A community back-to-school day tomorrow will be held in Joshua Tree tomorrow. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says free supplies and health services will be offered… Student backpacks will be given away, and T-Dap vaccines and dental screenings will be some of the many services offered during a community back-to-school day

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JUVENILE ARRESTED FOR FALSE 9-1-1 CALLS ALLEGING RAPE

A juvenile girl was arrested Monday after making false calls to 911 stating she had been raped. According to a Sheriff’s report, 911 received text messages from a cell phone, starting about 10:25 a.m., that a friend had been raped. The messages described being in a basement and a name

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LANDERS MAN ARRESTED FOR DRIVING UNDER INFLUENCE OF HEROIN

A Landers man was arrested Tuesday afternoon, accused of driving while high. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy was patrolling and following a black pick up truck on Reche Road in Landers about 3:30 when the truck abruptly turned north onto Single Tree Road at about 60 miles per

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MEET YOUR MAC, TODAY THERESA SITZ

The members of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council are not elected, but are appointed by the District Supervisor. Since they hadn’t been subject to voter scrutiny, we thought Morongo Basin residents should know something about the people representing the unincorporated areas of the Morongo Basin. Reporter Dan Stork asked

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HOPE ACADEMY EXPANSION APPROVED

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission voted at its meeting last night to approve the request to expand Hope Academy Charter School in the Yucca Valley Town Center Mall. The commission voted 3-1, with Jeff Evans recusing himself, to approve the 14,000 square-foot addition of 10 classrooms and a multi-purpose room.

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YUCCA VALLEY AIRPORT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

Some of the items the Yucca Valley Airport District Board of Directors will discuss at their meeting tonight, (Wednesday, August 12), are correspondence with the Local Agency Formation Commission, the HI-Desert Water District and the fall conference of the Association of California Airports. Under old business, the directors will discuss

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD MEETS TOMORROW

The Copper Mountain College board of trustees will meet in open session tomorrow. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says an agreement with the Red Cross, contracts and renewals are all on the agenda…… Following a 1:30 p.m. study session, the Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees convenes in regular open session at

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BLOOD DRIVE IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Thursday, August 13, at Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley from 11 to 3. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream now offers free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. Those aged 18 to 44 years may register for Be The Match bone marrow

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COLLEGE OFFERS OUTDOOR ART CLASS

Copper Mountain College is offering a community art class with noted artist and muralist, Art Mortimer. The outdoor sessions will begin at the college and move throughout the landscapes of the Basin. Reporter Rebecca Havely has more details … Enrollment is now open for Art Mortimer’s outdoor art class, “The

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MOVIE UNDER THE STARS IN LANDERS SATURDAY

Join the Morongo Basin Historical Society for a movie under the stars this Saturday, August 15. The historical society will screen “Last Chance,” Bryan Cranston’s 1999 movie that was filmed and set in Pioneertown and the Yucca Valley bowling alley. “Last Chance” is set in a California desert where a

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SEVEN CITED IN STING TARGETING PROVIDING ALCOHOL TO MINORS

Seven people were cited in Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms Thursday, accused of purchasing alcohol for—or selling it to—minors, and three others were arrested or cited on other charges. During a shoulder-tap sting operation, minors—under the supervision of Sheriff’s deputies—visited several liquor and convenience stores and asked strangers to buy

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JOSHUA TREE FIREFIGHTERS GO TO ARIZONA TO HELP FIGHT WILLOW FIRE

Three firefighters from Joshua Tree spent most of Saturday helping out at the Willow Fire, just east of Needles on the Arizona side of the Colorado River. The fire was first reported at 10:30 a.m. burning scrub and vegetation alongside the river Saturday. County Fire Captain Donnie Valoria said Station

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ONE MAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH THIS MORNING

One man was injured during a motorcycle crash in downtown Joshua Tree early this morning. About 3 a.m., a motorcycle rider crashed at Highway 62 and Park Boulevard. He was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs with moderate injuries.

CANDIDATE FILING EXTENDED FOR MORONGO VALLEY CSD

Last Friday was the deadline for candidates to file for the November 3rd Consolidated Election; however, that deadline must be extended when an incumbent does not file and that’s exactly the case for one local special district office. Assignment reporter, Mike Lipsitz, has details… In Morongo Valley, long-time Community Services

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