JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT SAYS GOODBYE TO BOLHA, PLANS FOR CHROMIUM-6 STANDARDS

The Joshua Basin Water Board will honor retiring Shirley Bolha and address new chromium-6 standards tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz takes a close look at the agenda… Following recognition of Shirley Bolha, who retires after 47 years with the Joshua Basin Water District, the board of directors will take up a

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FRIENDS OF YUCCA VALLEY AND JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY BOOK SALES START TOMORROW

The Friends of the Yucca Valley Library will have many gently used best-selling books, videos and DVDs, records and magazines for sale during its spring book sale. Customers can also bid on rare, old, and just plain interesting items on the silent auction table. All proceeds from the book sale

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RECYCLED ART CLASS SATURDAY AT THE 29 PALMS ART GALLERY

The 29 Palms Art Gallery is hosting a class on recycled assemblage for Earth Day with local artist Ed Keesling. The class will be held Saturday, April 18, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the art gallery on Cottonwood Drive in Twentynine Palms. The cost if $5, and pre-registration is

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD BOARD MEETS TONIGHT IN FULL SESSION

The Morongo Valley CSD Board meets tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the full agenda ranges from a line of credit to the possible censure of a director… At tonight’s regular 7:00 meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, directors will consider several items of new business, including possible extension

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SCHOOL PLAY AT YUCCA MESA ELEMENTARY TOMORROW

Tomorrow is a special day at Yucca Mesa Elementary School. Students there will strut their acting chops in three performances of the school play. Reporter Rebecca Havely has details… The Yucca Mesa Elementary School presents its annual play, “Haphazardly Ever After,” a modern retelling of classic fairy tales. Kings, queens,

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Twentynine Palms Wildcat golf team hosted Desert Hot Springs High School in a league match yesterday and came away with a 256-298 victory, to go 7-1 in the DeAnza League. Coach Grant Whipple said the ’Cats will take a week off and host Big Bear and Desert Mirage in

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VEHICLE FIRE BLOCKS THE EASTBOUND MORONGO GRADE YESTERDAY

A vehicle fire on the Morongo Grade Monday evening closed the eastbound lanes. Witnesses said a pick-up truck pulling a fifth wheel motor home going up the grade caught fire about 5:00 p.m. The truck was fully involved in flames by the time firefighters arrived. Fire and emergency vehicles blocked

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED AT GUNPOINT FOR STEALING TOW TRUCK

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested at gunpoint early Monday morning, accused of stealing a tow truck. According to a Sheriff’s report, Michael Calvert, 28, used a bolt cutter to break into a tow truck yard in the 7500 block of Baseline Road about 4:30 a.m. and stole a tow

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT, WE CHECK THE AGENDA

The decision items before the Twentynine Palms City Council at its next regular meeting concern environmental law, a lobbyist contract, and traffic light construction. Reporter Dan Stork has details…

The April 14 meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council starts off with multiple proclamations, including recognition of April as Child

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FOUR ARRESTED IN SHOULDER TAP STING OPERATION

Four people were cited during a shoulder-tap sting in Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms over the weekend. According to a Sheriff’s press release, underage juveniles, under the supervision of Sheriff’s deputies, asked strangers at several liquor stores to buy alcohol or tobacco for them. Deputies made four citations for furnishing

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CHAIN LINK FENCING TARGETED BY THIEVES

Chain link fencing is apparently a hot commodity in Joshua Tree. The Sheriff’s Department received two reports of stolen fencing Friday.

About 200 feet of chain link fencing had been stolen sometime between Monday, April 6, and Friday, April 10, from a location near Avenida Del Sol and Canterbury Street.

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION MEETS TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission meets in regular session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says a public hearing on a cell phone tower and a site plan review are on the agenda…

Among the items on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Planning Commission, is a public

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BLOOD DRIVE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT INFORMATION AT CMC TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Wednesday, April 15, at Copper Mountain College on Rotary Way in Joshua Tree from 10 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

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SIGN UP FOR AN ANTI-SEXUAL VIOLENCE FLASH MOB

Participants are being sought for a flash-mob event planned for next week. Reporter Cassie Zimarik says it is to call attention to an important subject…

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month and Morongo Basin Sexual Assault Services is organizing a flash mob to be held in the Wal-Mart parking lot

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BASIN-WIDE FOUNDATION SEEKING NOMINATIONS

The Basin Wide Foundation is now accepting nominations for its annual awards dinner. Award categories are: Together We Can, for the person or organization that best displays the BWF motto of “Together We Can”; Lifetime Achievement; Basin Wide Cultural Contributor; Volunteer of the Year; Youth Volunteer of the Year; and,

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors will recognize its Doctors of the Year at their meeting tonight, followed by consideration of an agreement between the district and the community health center. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz has the details… The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors holds the regular monthly

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TAI-CHI AT DESERT HILLS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Desert Hills Presbyterian Church will offer weekly classes in ancient Chinese meditation and breathing and movement exercises. A class in Tai chi and qigong will be taught by Janice Pask every Wednesday from 11 to noon. Pask has been teaching mindful meditation, and has many hours of qigong as part

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AUDITIONS FOR THEATRE 29 MUSICAL MOVED TO TONIGHT

Theater 29 auditions for “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” scheduled for last night, were postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. Reporter Rebecca Havely has more details… Theater 29 veteran director Charles Harvey was unable to make it up the Morongo grade last night due to a fire that caused traffic to

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OUR LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES ARE BUSY

It’s a busy day in high school sports tomorrow. The Yucca Valley High School Trojan softball, baseball, and track teams will host the Rancho Mirage Rattlers at home. Track starts at 3:15, baseball and softball at 3:30.

The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat swim team will host the Yucca Valley

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SUSPECT IN FOUR LOCAL ARMED ROBBERIES ARRESTED

Detectives with the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s station have arrested the man suspected of robbing three Twentynine Palms businesses in February and March, and a Yucca Valley business Friday afternoon. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Mike Landavazo, Ramirez Brown, 35, of Victorville, robbed the Check-n-Go in the Vons shopping center in Yucca

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