JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM GROWING, OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The next regular Joshua Tree Clean Team pickup will be held tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. at Alta Loma and Olympic. The team will work for one short hour. The Joshua Tree Clean Team is now up to a total of 23 members. Coordinator John Stannard said the team had

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MORONGO BASIN MAC PUTTING TOGETHER PRIORITY LIST TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin MAC is putting together a comprehensive list of local concerns. Reporter Dan Stork says you can be part of the brainstorming process…

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council has a committee compiling a list of Basic Regional and Community Enhancements (or BRACE, for short). The committee will

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DUAL TWENTYNINE PALMS AND YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL CONCERT THURSDAY

The Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley High School music departments will hold a combined concert Thursday in the Twentynine Palms Wildcat Gym. Doors open at 6:15 and the concert starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $5. The concert will feature band and choral songs with both schools performing together, with

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DEADLINE FOR HOSPITAL BOARD TOMORROW

The deadline to apply for an open seat on the Hi-Desert Medical Center board is approaching. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has this reminder…..

At Hi-Desert Medical Center, the deadline is 5 p.m. tomorrow for applications for the board seat vacated by Paul Hoffman earlier this month. Interested and eligible candidates may

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JOSHUA SPRINGS BOYS AND GIRLS BASKETBALL IN CIF PLAYOFFS TONIGHT

Joshua Springs Lightning boys’ basketball hosts Hesperia Christian Patriots tonight at 7:00 at Joshua Springs in the CIF Division 6 quarterfinal. Spokesman Adam Evergart says the match-up between former league rivals should be a good one, as Hesperia is the number 6 ranked team, while Joshua Springs is ranked number

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FORMER COMPTON POLICEMAN ARRESTED FOR YUCCA VALLEY SPOUSAL ASSAULT

A former Compton police officer who used to help put criminals in jail is himself behind bars today. Retired officer Thomas Zampiello, 67, of Yucca Valley, was arrested Friday afternoon after his wife told Sheriff’s deputies he threatened her and rammed her car. According to a Sheriff’s report, Zampiello went

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COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDERS CLASS OFERRED BY COUNTY FIRE

If a disaster happened in your community, who would be there to help? Well, it could be you. Managing Editor Tami Roleff invites you to sign up for the Community Emergency Response Team…

If an earthquake, flash flood, fire, or other disaster was to hit the High Desert, would you

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ON GOLDEN POND OPENING A RESOUNDING SUCCESS

The St. Joseph’s Players held their opening weekend of “On Golden Pond” this past weekend at St. Joseph’s of Arimathea Church in Yucca Valley. The opening night Gala on Friday was sponsored by the Gladys Carols Scholarship Program. Ticket sales, donations, and auction proceeds raised more than $2,300 for the

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS TO DISCUSS HELENDALE SOLAR FIELD TOMORROW

While there is nothing on the agenda of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors’ Tuesday meeting that directly impacts the Morongo Basin, there is an item that may be a preview of coming attractions for our area. Reporter Dan Stork focuses on a solar project in Helendale that is

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DESERT GUILDS QUILT SHOW SET FOR PALM SPRINGS MARCH 7-8

“Quilting Seasons” is the theme for this year’s Desert Guilds’ Quilt Show to be held in Palm Springs March 7 and 8. The show will feature 150 quilts made by members of three quilt guilds, including Cactus Sewables in Yucca Valley, Coachella Valley, and Pass Patchers, from the Banning/Beaumont area.

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OUR DESERT IS BEING INVADED

Our desert and Joshua Tree National Park are being invaded. Park Ranger Pam Tripp tells you how to be a defender…

Did you know that an invasion of the desert is occurring right below your feet? Sahara mustard is a non-native plant that invades our desert’s natural areas. Sahara mustard

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TWENTYNINE PALMS BASKETBALL BOOSTER REVERSE RAFFLE SATURDAY

The Twentynine Palms Boys Basketball Booster Club is holding a Reverse Raffle on March 1, beginning at 5:00 pm. The Grand Prize is $5,000 and tickets include a great Tri-Tip dinner for two prepared by Chef Larry Bowden. We are only selling 200 tickets at $100 each. All 200 tickets

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JOSHUA SPRINGS BOYS BASKETBALL ADVANCES TO CIF QUARTER FINALS

Joshua Springs boys’ basketball advances to the CIF Quarterfinal Tuesday, defeating the Providence Patriots 53-47 on Friday night. The win pushes the Lightning to a 19-4 record, best in school history. Dylan Hadley scored 23 points to lead the Lightning to a season high.

LOCAL SCHOOL CUSTODIAN ACCUSED OF PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

A Morongo Unified School district custodian was arraigned last week by a federal grand jury with production of child pornography. According to the FBI, Matthew Frazer, 42, of Yucca Valley, was arrested January 31 at his place of employment. Sheriff sources say he was arrested at Twentynine Palms Junior High

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FIVE ARRESTED IN JOSHUA TREE ON WARRANTS

Five people were arrested in Joshua Tree Wednesday on various warrants. About 11:50 a.m., Sheriff deputies went to a home in the 61000 block of El Reposo, looking for Justin Morrow, 20, who was wanted on two warrants for drug-related charges. The deputies determined that four other people at the

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2-1-1 SERVICE PROVIDING FREE REFERRALS COUNTYWIDE

San Bernardino County is part of a nationwide service that provides free referrals to Californians who need help for everything from basic needs to job training or tax filing. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains how dialing 2-1-1 could help you…

Each year in California, about 2 ½ million people turn

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MOTORCYCLE RIDE TOMORROW TO BENEFIT LOCAL HOMELESS VETERANS

Attention motorcycle riders: Vets Cruzin’ for a Cause will be taking donations to Martha’s Kitchen in Indio with a 30 percent veteran population, and come back to Yucca Valley to give out more donations to MB Haven this Saturday, the 22nd. The run starts at 9:00 a.m. from Razor Fades,

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COUNTY OFFERING FREE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH FOR MILITARY

A San Bernardino County program offers free behavioral heath services for military service members and their families. All active duty and retired military personnel, reservists, or National Guard who have served on or after September 11, 2001, and their families are eligible. Services include confidential behavioral health assessments, rehabilitative support,

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ROTARY CLUB FOOD DRIVE COLLECTED 59,633 MEALS

The four Rotary Clubs of the Morongo Basin collected enough food to provide more than 59,600 meals for residents during its first annual food drive last week. The Valentine’s Day food drive collected bags of food at Stater Brothers East in Yucca Valley; each bag contained 10 food items that

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NATIONAL PARK SERVICE OFFERS ANNUAL AND SENIOR PASSES

With the Visitor season starting out with big crowds at Joshua Tree National Park we are reminded that park annual passes are a bargain. With details here is Park Ranger Pam Tripp…

Looking for a great way to save money and have fun, too? Regular admission to Joshua Tree National

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