BDVWA AGENCY BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Big Horn Desert View Water Agency will meet in regular session tonight. Reporter Taylor Thacker says the Board will look at delinquent accounts……. The Bighorn Desert View Water Agency will have their regular meeting on Tuesday, July 22nd, starting at 6:00pm. At this meeting, the board will first have

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The next clean-up for the Joshua Tree Clean Team will be on tomorrow, Wednesday, July 23rd at 7 a.m. at the Sportsman’s Club on Sunburst in Joshua Tree. Anyone interested is encouraged to join them for one short hour of work. There will be trash bags, grabber sticks, gloves and

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BLOOD DRIVE IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORRROW

Desert Blood Service will hold a blood drive Wednesday July 23 in the Yucca Valley Vons parking lot, from 2:30 to 6:30 pm. Donors receive free cholesterol screening and donor reward points that may be redeemed in the online donor store at www.desertbloodservices.org. Healthy individuals at least 15 years of

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ENVIROMENTAL GROUP ASKS FOR REHEARING ON EAGLE MOUNTAIN PERMIT

Last month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted a license for the Eagle Crest project, which plans to pump Chuckwalla Valley water into pits in the Eagle Mountain area during low energy usage periods, and release it during high-demand times to generate electricity. Dan Stork says that a legal shoe

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LOCAL POULTRY OWNERS MEET TOMORROW

Attention Home Chicken owners… The Hi- Desert Homegrown Poultry Association will hold its quarterly meeting at 6pm on Wednesday, July 23, at Yucca Mesa Community Center, 3133 Balsa Ave., on the Mesa in Yucca Valley. Founder Charla Shamhart will show a Power Point presentation on ideas and techniques for dealing

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CUSTODIAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORN CHARGES

A Morongo Unified school custodian pleaded guilty today to Federal charges that he sexually abused a child over a period of several years and then posted the molestations online, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Matthew Frazer, 39, of Yucca Valley, as part of a plea

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK VISITORS GENERATE 63 MILLION IN 2013

A new National Park Service report shows that 1,383,341 visitors to Joshua Tree National Park in 2013 spent $62,929,90 in communities near the park. That spending supported 770 jobs in the local area. “Joshua Tree National Park welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said interim superintendent

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MBTA OFFERING TRANSPORTATION GRANTS FOR LOCAL CHARITIES

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority has leveraged fee income it gets from other agencies to fund a program of Transportation Assistance Grants — the TAG program. Dan Stork describes how to get in on the program…

Local government agencies or nonprofit 501(c)3’s who can define an unmet transportation need that

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACUSSED OF CHILD CRUELTY

A Twentynine Palms man has been arrested for beating up on a child. At 11:49 am on Thursday, Sheriff’s deputies received a report from a woman in a residence in the 6000 block of Bermuda Avenue that, according to her 11-year old son, her husband, Scott Barron, 29, had choked

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“RECEIPT SHOPPING” ARRESTS AT YV WALMART

The car of a couple arrested in Yucca Valley Sunday night showed a trail of “receipt shopping” retail crimes. About 8 pm, Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call from the Yucca Valley Walmart that a female had returned merchandise that had just been stolen. Detained were Raubin Brown, 43, and

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2ND ANNUAL UFO CONFERENCE COMING TO JOSHUA TREE

An upcoming UFO conference at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center will feature top UFO authors and researchers. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says tickets are now available… A best-selling author on UFOs and aliens will give a special presentation at a UFO conference in Joshua Tree. Erich Van Daniken, author of

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DOGGY DAY CARE OFFERRED BY CANINE RELIEF FOUNDATION

You’ve got errands to run, you decide to take your dog with you, and you know better than to leave your pet in a hot car for any length of time. You can leave your friend at Doggy Day Care, a service run by the Canine Relief Foundation. The Canine

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EDISON MAKING IT EASIER TO SAVE THE FAMILY CAT

Now you don’t have to risk your life and the neighborhoods power when your cat gets on the power pole. Assignment Reporter Cara Conway says, just call Edison…….. Saving your family cat just got easier! When you find them stuck on an electric pole, calling Southern California Edison, 800- 655-

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SERVICES SET FOR BOBBY KIRCHNER

Bobby Lee Kirchner, a 49-year resident of Twentynine Palms, died unexpectedly while working on the Marine Base Golf Course Tuesday July 15. He was 54 years old at the time of death. He had been employed at the Desert Winds Golf Course on board the Marine Base for 35 years.

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NEW JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SUPERINTENDANT NAMED

David Smith has been selected as the new superintendent for Joshua Tree National Park in California. Smith is currently the superintendent of Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, Kansas. He will begin his new position in mid-September, replacing former superintendent Mark Butler, who retired earlier this

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COMMUNITY DISASTER RELIEF ORGANIZATION MEETING

A group of local emergency agencies and providers are working to make sure we all have some help if a local disaster happens. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the Morongo Basin Emergency Management Council will meet Thursday the 24th……. When a disaster strikes, a coalition of community organizations works together

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HUMAN REMAINS FOUND IN DESERT AT LEAST A YEAR OLD

Human skeletal remains were found Wednesday near the desert community of Newberry Springs. The Sheriff’s Department says an off-roader in the open desert near Silver Valley Road and Bon View Avenue found the remains. The remains were not immediately identified, and it was unclear how they came to the location,

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FREE FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION MONDAY

The third Monday of July is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus Federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Dan Stork has the times and places… The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, July

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REALTORS ORGANIZATION ENDORSES YUCCA VALLEY SEWER ASSESMENT

Yesterday, The Desert Communities Association of Realtors voted unanimously to support the Hi Desert Water District’s sewer assessment district vote. The organization consists of Realtors for the entire Morongo Basin. The assessment district ballots will be sent out on August 14th and will require a simple majority vote to pass.

FREE LEGAL ASSISTANCE OFFERRED LOCALLY

Morongo Residents can now go online for limited legal assistance. Reporter Cara Conway has the URL….. Online legal assistance is being offered for Morongo Basin residents regarding traffic violations, domestic violence, harassment cases, how to change your name, as well as other topics. This free and low-cost site includes web

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