JOSHUA SPRINGS BOYS BASKETBALL IN CIF PLAY AT HOME TONIGHT

Joshua Springs Lightning boys’ basketball hosts the Providence Patriots tonight at 6:00 p.m. The Lightning, 12-0 Victory League champions, take on the Patriots from Santa Barbara with the momentum of a 10-game win streak. Joshua Springs looks to advance to the CIF Division 6 Quarterfinals for the third straight year.

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TOWN CONSIDERING CONVERTING BLACK ROCK CANYON ROAD INTO A DIRT ROAD

The Town of Yucca Valley is considering removing the failed asphalt and turning the troubled Black Rock Canyon Road into a graded dirt road. According to a release from the Town, a grant application to repair the road submitted by the town and Joshua Tree National Park in April 2013

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PALM SPRINGS TO ALLOW FOURTH MARIJUANA DISPENSARY

While Yucca Valley prohibits Marijuana Dispensaries, Palm Springs will get another dispensary after a 4-1 vote Wednesday night by the City Council that paves the way for a fourth dispensary within city limits. Besides approving a comprehensive regulatory program that adds a fourth dispensary, the council also approved measures that

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MORONGO VALLEY COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT HIRES GENERAL MANAGER, APPOINTS VOLUNTEERS

The Morongo Valley CSD officially hired a new general manager last might as well as made volunteer appointments. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was at last night’s meeting and files this report…

At last night’s regular meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, The board approved an employment contract with Donna

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JOSHUA TREE MAN HIT BY VEHICLE EARLY THIS MORNING

Area law enforcement agencies are investigating a pedestrian who was hit by a vehicle early this morning in Joshua Tree. According to Fire Captain Steve Lasiter, about 2 a.m., a 19-year-old Joshua Tree man was walking with his family and friends northbound on Sunburst Circle when he was hit by

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VEGETATION FIRES ON YUCCA GRADE LAST NIGHT

Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree firefighters were called to several vegetation fires on the Yucca Grade about 11 p.m. last night. Fire Captain Steve Lasiter said that four small vegetation fires were burning on the south shoulder of eastbound Highway 62. The fires started about 50 feet from the bottom

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MAN CAUGHT ON SECURITY CAMERA DISABLING A SECURITY CAMERA

Smile. You are on … surveillance camera. A Yucca Valley man apparently thought if he ripped a camera off the outside wall of a pawn shop in the 56400 block of 29 Palms Highway, and then threw the camera away, that he would escape detection if he broke into the

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AN ARREST FOR FIREWORKS AND DRUGS IN YUCCA VALLEY

Two people were arrested Tuesday afternoon after fireworks and drugs were found in their vehicle. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 12:20 Tuesday, a deputy stopped a vehicle at Airway Avenue and Highway 62 for having expired registration tabs. The driver, Michael Mack, 47, of Landers, was driving on a

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CAST ANNOUNCED FOR THEATRE 29 COMEDY MURDER MYSTERY

Casting is complete for the second production at Theatre 29, the Morongo Basin’s premiere playhouse. “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery: Murder at Checkmate Manor,” directed by theater veteran Marty Neider, is a comedy by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jr. about a drama group

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JOSHUA TREE E-ZINE “ARTHUR” ENDING OPERATIONS

“Arthur,” the counterculture/psychedelic-music online magazine run out of Joshua Tree, is ceasing operations. According to “stranger” online, “Arthur” had made a strong three-issue comeback in 2013 after a long hiatus, but publisher Jay Babcock is retiring the title, for the foreseeable future, anyway. “For many reasons, it’s now time for

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LEARN ABOUT PHYSICS SATURDAY AT HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM

The Science Saturday Series continues at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley. Reporter Taylor Thacker invites you learn about physics this Saturday…

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum continues their popular education program, Science Saturdays, with exciting topics for the month of February. On Saturday, February 22, from 11:00 to 11:30

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER LOSES CIF 1ST ROUND

The Yucca Valley High School girls’ soccer team traveled to Baldwin Park to take on the Braves in CIF Playoff action. Coach Scott Phillips said the Lady Trojans fought hard, but had their season ended by a 4-0 score. Highlights for the year included senior Teresa Nava having a De

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JOSHUA SPRINGS GIRLS’ BASKEBALL CIF PLAYOFF AT HOME TONIGHT

Joshua Springs girls’ basketball hosts Coastal Christian from Arroyo Grande in the first round of CIF Division 6 Playoffs tonight at 7:00 p.m. Led by Courteney Roberts, who averaged 26 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 steals per game, the number 6 Lightning look to advance past the first round for

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FOUR MARINES DECORATED FOR HEROISM YESTERDAY

Four Twentynine Palms Marines from 1st Battalion, 7th Marines were decorated for heroism in Afghanistan during a ceremony yesterday aboard the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center. First Lt. Kenneth Conover III and Sgt. Kenneth Rick were awarded a Silver Star for their leadership actions, while Staff Sgt. Joshua Brodrick and

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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICES ISSUES WIND ADVISORY FOR MORONGO BASIN

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory until 10:00 tonight. West winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour, with gusts to 50 mph are expected with winds increasing this morning, peaking during the afternoon, then decrease this evening. Winds this strong can make driving difficult due to

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD EXPECTED TO HIRE DONNA MUNOZ TONIGHT

The Morongo Valley Community Services District Board meets in regular session tonight. A new general manager and volunteer nominees will be approved. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has an overview of the meeting…

At tonight’s regular 7 p.m. meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, directors are expected to approve an

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REACH-OUT PARADE OF HOMES CALLED “A WONDERFUL SUCCESS”

Reach Out Morongo Basin’s 10th Annual Parade of Homes, held Sunday, was heralded as “a wonderful success” according to Executive Director Robin Schlosser. Schlosser said that 210 parade goers enjoyed the homes and raised $9,000 for Reach Out Morongo Basin’s community programs. She added, “The pit stop at Park Rock

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MET: GRANTS, TARGETED CODE ENFORCEMENT, PROJECT NAMING

The Yucca Valley Town Council met in a busy session last night. They gave block grants to the Town, worked on appointment and rotation issues, and came up with names for the new senior housing project. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was there and files this report…

After an hour of

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THE DESERT’S DEEP DARK SECRETS AT SKY’S THE LIMIT SATURDAY

Sky’s The Limit and Joshua Tree National Park will explore the desert’s dark secrets during a lecture and presentation Saturday. Park Ranger Sarah Jane Pepper will talk about “The Dark Side of Joshua Tree National Park” and the animals that come out after the sun goes down, and how light

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT TO CONSIDER A RAISE FOR THEMSELVES AND MANAGERS CONTRACT

The Joshua Basin Water Board will consider giving themselves a raise tonight and are expected to formally hire Curt Sauer as the General Manager. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more…

At tonight’s regular meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, the board of directors will likely approve an employment contract with

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