JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK’S PINTO BASIN ROAD OFFERS MANY WONDERS

A beautiful drive awaits you in your own backyard. Joshua Tree National Park Ranger Pam Tripp says Pinto Mountain Road through the park holds many wonders… Joshua Tree NP consists of two desert ecosystems. Though many people come to see the unique Joshua Trees and boulders of the Mojave Desert,

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NEW WAL-MART SET TO OPEN NEXT WEDNESDAY

You may have noticed the shelves at the Yucca Valley Wal-Mart are getting a little bare, as the store prepares for its relocation next week. The new Super Wal-Mart, at 58501 29 Palms Highway, next to Home Depot, plans to open its doors July 17 with a ribbon cutting at

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NEW PRINCIPALS AT TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH, JUNIOR HIGH, AND LANDERS ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

The Morongo Unified School District is shifting some of the administrators. New principals will start this year at 3 area schools… The Morongo Unified School District will be making four administrative changes at the principal level for the coming school year. According to retiring Superintendent of Schools Jim Majchrzak, Twentynine

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GRAND JURY ASKS COUNTY TO REVIEW GANG ENFORCEMENT PLAN

The Grand Jury says the County Sheriff’s and Probation departments should revisit their plan on gangs to see if it addressed the growing epidemic of gang activity. The report says in 2005, gang warfare raged in the county after a migration of gang members in search of affordable housing. In

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HDMC ROSE GARDEN

A new feature will grace the grounds of the Hi-Desert Medical Center in a few months. Reporter Mike Lipsitz previews the Rose Garden… When the Hi-Desert Medical Center’s Memorial Rose Garden is unveiled this fall, the courtyard installation’s focal point will be a cascading water feature set amid natural stone.

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SUMMER CLOUDS

In the midst of the continuing heat, we are teased – and occasionally blessed with relief – by celestial billows. Ranger Pam Tripp talks about summer clouds… They gently move in, sometimes from the east, sometimes from the west. And sometimes they just seem to stall and gather off in

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MORONGO UNIFIED ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGES

The Morongo Unified School District will be making four administrative changes at the principal level for the coming school year. According to retiring Superintendent of Schools Jim Majchrzak, Twentynine Palms High School Principal Amy Woods will become the Director of Secondary Curriculum for the District. Replacing her at TPHS will

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RESIDENTS RECEIVING FIRE TAX BILLS

Bills are going out from the state for last year’s fire prevention tax. Reporter Dan Stork explains what you’re obliged to do with them, as well as how to appeal them…

The Board of Forestry adopted new boundary lines in May that will exclude some property owners from fee assessment

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JOB FAIR ANNOUNCED FOR NEW TURTLE ROCK CASINO IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

The desert’s newest casino, Tortoise Rock in Twentynine Palms, will hold its first job fair Tuesday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will take place at the Little Church of the Desert located at 6079 Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms. Interviews will be held on site,

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BURRTEC REGULAR THURSDAY PICKUP TO BE FRIDAY

Burrtec Waste and Recycling Services will be closed in Independence Day, July 4. Waste and recycling collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week.

NO MBTA BUS SERVICE ON FOURTH OF JULY

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority will NOT operate service on Thursday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day and will resume its regularly scheduled service on Friday, July 5.

KEEP YOUR DOGS SAFE DURING 4TH OF JULY FESTIVITIES

When the fireworks boom for the Independence Day celebration, it’s a lot of fun for people, but not for your dogs. Managing editor Tami Roleff says keep your dogs safe during the Third and Fourth of July events… While most people love the fireworks on the Fourth of July, the

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FIREWORKS SHOWS SET FOR LANDERS, YUCCA VALLEY, AND TWENTYNINE PALMS

Third of July festivities are planned today at Homestead Valley Park in Landers. The gates open at 4:30 p.m. Enjoy tasty food, beer and margaritas; stroll among the vendors and displays, and move to music by the Big Fat Steve Band and Henry Fencepost. Following a presentation by the Marine

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MORONGO VALLEY PEDESTRIAN HIT AND KILLED CROSSING HIGHWAY

A Morongo Valley man was hit and killed while trying to walk across the highway last night. According to the California Highway Patrol, Gerald Cross, 64, was crossing State Route 62 northbound at Lanning Lane, toward the Country Market, in Morongo Valley at 9:45 p.m. Melvin Smith Jr., 50, of

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TRAVEL TRAILER FIRE IN MORONGO VALLEY SUNDAY EVENING

A fifth-wheel travel trailer is a complete loss after a fire Sunday evening. About 6:30, Yucca Valley firefighters responded to a fire north of Highway 62 at Scholl Drive, between Morongo Valley and Yucca Valley. The blaze was well involved when they arrived, but fire fighters were able to knock

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A REMINDER THAT FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

With the 4th of July not that far off, County authorities are reminding residents that they face steep fines and arrest for illegal fireworks. Managing editor Tami Roleff has details… Many people have fond memories of celebrating the Fourth of July by twirling sparklers, watching firework fountains, and snakes. But

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE, PALM DESERT WOMAN, FATAL CRASH VICTIMS

The County Coroner has identified two women, one from Palm Desert and the other a Marine from the Twentynine Palms Marine Base, who were killed Sunday night in a head-on collision on Highway 62. Niccole Holly, 31, and Amelia Miller, 23, were pronounced dead at the scene of the 10

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TWO KILLED IN MORONGO VALLEY CRASH LAST NIGHT

Two people were killed in a high speed head-on crash in Morongo Valley shortly before 10 p.m. last night. Investigators from the California Highway Patrol said the driver of a 2009 Dodge, a 23-year- old from Twentynine Palms, was driving eastbound on State Route 62 approaching North Star Trail In

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IMPAIRED DRIVER INJURES WELL-KNOWN LOCAL REPORTER

Hi-Desert Star reporter, Courtney Vaughn, of Morongo Valley, suffered a minor injury late Wednesday afternoon when an impaired driver, Casey Hallabrin, 32, of Joshua Tree, veered into oncoming westbound traffic on State Route 62 just east of Saddleback Road in Joshua Tree. Hallabrin was driving a 2006 Hummer H3 which

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DOG REUNITES WITH OWNER AFTER 6 MONTHS

Amanda Hernandez had almost given up hope of finding her lost dog, Misty, who had been missing for nearly six months. Hernandez and her three dogs had moved from Morongo Valley to the Western Hills area of Yucca Valley last year, but shortly after the move, Misty dug out from

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