JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT MEETS TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water District Board meets tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says they will consider appointments and a wastewater contractor… Two appointments are on the agenda at tonight’s 7 p.m. meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District Board of Directors. Up first is consideration of a replacement for former Board

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION CANCELS ONLY PUBLIC AGENDA ITEM WITH NO EXPLANATION

With no notice and no explanation a Public Hearing on a a proposed tattoo parlor was pulled off the agenda for the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission meeting last night. Reporter Taylor Thacker said the item was removed from the agenda for further review. The cancelled hearing was for a conditional

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MAKE PLANS NOW FOR THE TASTE OF THE MORONGO BASIN

Save the date of September 13; that is when the hugely popular, annual “Taste of Morongo Basin” event is set. Reporter Taylor Thacker gets out her napkin… Taste what the Morongo Basin has to offer at the Joshua Tree Rotary Club’s sixth annual Taste of Morongo Basin. Local restaurants will

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COUNTY TO HELP PAY FOR SPAY AND NEUTER OF PIT-BULL MIX DOGS

Residents who own pit bull dogs and who live in unincorporated areas of the county will receive a little extra help from the county to spay or neuter their dogs. The County Board of Supervisors accepted a $15,000 grant at their meeting yesterday that will translate into a $30 voucher

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD MEETS IN OPEN AND CLOSED SESSIONS TOMORROW

The Copper Mountain College Board will meet in both regular and closed sessions tomorrow. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the College Board’s agenda… The Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees convenes in open session tomorrow at 3 p.m. On the action agenda, trustees will consider and likely approve the naming of

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RELIEF FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES AS FURLOUGHS CUT BACK AGAIN

Hundreds of thousands of Defense Department civilian employees who have had to take a weekly unpaid day off from work since July 8 are getting some relief, as the total number of furlough days has been reduced from 11 to six. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Tuesday that a combination

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEMBERS EXAMINE THEIR OWN COMPENSATION

Responding to criticism about the cost of its salary and benefits, the Yucca Valley Town Council took a close look at its compensation at its meeting last night. Managing editor Tami Roleff says while the Council as a whole agreed not to change its compensation, one council member is having

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SUSPECT IN MARINE BEATING USES LEGAL MOVE TO AVOID JAIL

An interesting legal loophole is keeping a man out of jail, and in fact, is keeping him from being arrested. According to Sheriff records, on Saturday, July 20, Dustin Crowder, a Marine stationed at the Combat Center, was at the Adobe Deli in Twentynine Palms about 10 p.m. when he

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FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES IN TWENTYNINE PALMS SATURDAY

Every year Spirit and Truth Worship Center Church of Twentynine Palms has given away school supplies to area children. This year’s give-away will be held this Saturday, August 10 from 7 to 10 a.m. In addition to the free school supplies, children can also receive gently used clothing. In previous

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YUCCA VALLEY ROTARY TO HOST “SCRAMBLE” GOLF TOURNAMENT

Some golfing fun for good cause is being planned for one month from today. Reporter and Landers Honorary Mayor Mike Lipsitz gets out his putter… Golfers, hold the date Friday, September 6, for the Rotary Club of Yucca Valley’s Scramble for Charity Golf Tournament. It’s traditional golf at Mission Lakes

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HOT AUGUST NIGHTS CAR AND TRACTOR SHOW AT YUCCA VALLEY ELKS LODGE

It’s Hot August Elks Car and Tractor Show at the Yucca Valley Elks Lodge Saturday night (August 10). The event goes from 4 to 8 p.m. Sign up for the horseshoe tournament before 4:30; the first bracket will start at 5. Entry fees for the car and tractor show are

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ANOTHER MEETING, ANOTHER TATTOO PARLOR FOR TNPPC

A permit for a tattoo parlor is the subject of a public hearing at the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission meeting. Reporter Dan Stork has the agenda… In addition to another study session on the review and revision of the Development Code, the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission has a public hearing

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FREE SURPLUS FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

The Santa Fe Social Clubhouse will have a USDA Food Distribution tomorrow from 3 p.m. until they run out of food. The free distribution will take place at the front of the building where there is sufficient parking. Please wear proper attire for the weather and remember there are no

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT BOARD CALLS SPECIAL MEETING FOR TOMORROW

The Hi-Desert Water District has called a special meeting for tomorrow afternoon. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells us why… The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors will hold a special meeting Wednesday, August 7, starting at 5 p.m. Among the items on the agenda, directors will be asked to consider

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UFO CONFERENCE AT THE JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER

A UFO conference this weekend at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center will feature top UFO authors and researchers. Jim Marrs, a best-selling author on UFOs and aliens, author of “Alien Agenda,” will give a lecture on ancient astronauts and man’s future during “Contact in the Desert,” a weekend of exploration

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PERSEID METEOR SHOWER THIS WEEKEND

A big treat in the desert sky this weekend. Saturday and Sunday, this majestic night sky will host the Perseid meteor shower. Meteors will appear to “rain” into the atmosphere from the constellation Perseus, rising in the northeast sky around 11 p.m. The waxing crescent moon will be setting just

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT AT NEW JOSHUA TREE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

The new Joshua Tree Elementary School will be graced by the presence of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education. Reporter Dan Stork has the agenda for the August 6 regular meeting… At a 6 p.m. closed session, the MUSD Board of Education will confer with legal counsel on

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TRAFFIC COLLISION CAUSES NORTH JOSHUA TREE POWER OUTAGE

A woman who lost control of her car on a dirt road in north Joshua Tree crashed into a power pole, causing 689 homes to go without power for most of the night. About 6:18, a woman driving eastbound on La Brisa lost control and slammed her car into a

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells us what items for decision will be in front of the Council… The Yucca Valley Town Council will meet at 6 p.m. tonight. Among the items on the consent agenda, the Council will be asked to approve the

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MISSING MAN FOUND DEAD IN THE LANDERS AREA NEAR GIANT ROCK

A missing man was found dead Friday near Giant Rock in Landers after sheriff’s deputies searched for two days and asked area residents to check their properties. Friends reported the man, whose name has not yet been released by the coroner, missing from a residence where he had been staying

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