IT’S WILDFIRE SEASONS; TIPS ON HOW TO PROTECT YOUR HOME

The beautiful scenery of the Morongo Basin offers serene settings for homes. Unfortunately, it also provides ideal conditions for wildfires. Wildfires often begin unnoticed and spread quickly, sometimes changing direction with the wind and igniting brush, trees and homes, and, as recently seen in Arizona, killing those sent to fight

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LEARN ABOUT THE MINES OF JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK AT HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM TOMORROW

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum kicks off its Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series tomorrow, Thursday, July 11, with a lecture on the mines of Joshua Tree National Park. About 300 mines were developed in what is now Joshua Tree National Park. Miners dug for gold, silver, and other minerals. D.D. Trent,

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COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS MEET TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Chapter of the Compassionate Friends, a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child, meets every second Wednesday of the month from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Helen Gray Education Center on the campus of Hi

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WE REVIEW “THE PERILS OF GOLDILOCKS” AT THEATRE 29

The summer youth theater production of “The Perils of Goldilocks” is running through July 27 at Theatre 29. In his review of the play, special correspondent Les Taylor says the delightful production is not just for kids… John Wright has directed another winning youth theater show with “The Perils of

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MORONGO VALLEY MAN ARRESTED AFTER DUI CRASH

A Morongo Valley man was arrested early Saturday morning after police say he crashed into a vehicle while driving under the influence. According to a Sheriff’s report, Tommy Gonzales, 20, was driving a white Dodge Dakota truck southbound on Old Woman Springs Road about 1 a.m. when he crossed the

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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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