LOST HIKER IN MORONGO VALLEY RESCUED BY HELICOPTER

A lost hiker was rescued by a Sheriff’s helicopter crew Saturday night in Morongo Valley. Sheriff’s Sergeant Mike Landavazo said Bonnie Smith, 65, from Riverside county had been hiking in Big Morongo Canyon Preserve Saturday afternoon with two bottles of water. Family and friends reported her missing to the Bureau

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YUCCA VALLEY FAMILY HOMELESS AFTER FRIDAY FIRE

A Yucca Valley family is homeless following a fire Friday morning. According to County Fire Captain Jay Dimoff, Yucca Valley firefighters were dispatched at 11:22 a.m. to a medical aid call in the 6300 block of Richard Drive, but on their way there, it was changed to a structure fire.

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DEADLINE NEARS FOR YUCCA VALLEY SEWER ASSESSMENT VOTE

Get those ballots in. Managing Editor Tami Roleff reminds Yucca Valley property owners that the sewer assessment vote deadline is approaching…

The deadline for returning ballots for the assessment district for the Yucca Valley sewer project is just over three weeks away. The ballots will be opened and counted following

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YUCCA VALLEY CHAMBER LOOKING FOR ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER NOMINEES

The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its annual awards dinner. Award categories are Yucca Valley Chamber Member of the Year; Business of the Year; Boss of the Year; Unsung Hero, and Heart and Soul of the Morongo Basin. Nominations must be received by May 7. Winners

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK CELEBRATES NATIONAL PARK WEEK

This is National Park Week and Joshua Tree National Park is celebrating. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to participate… Join Joshua Tree National Park in celebrating National Park Week, this April 18-26, with special celebrations for kids on National Junior Ranger Day, April 25. Visit Joshua Tree National Park

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AREA STUDENTS INVITED TO MARCH IN THE GRUBSTAKE DAYS PARADE

This year’s Yucca valley Grubstake Days Parade theme “Patriotic Parade – Celebrating the Past, Present and Future” creates an opportunity for any Hi-Desert student to participate in the parade. The parade on May 23, starting at 10 a.m., will travel down the highway 1.6 miles from Inca Trail in Old

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PHOTOGRAPHER DAVID MCCHESNEY OFFERS MORE PHOTO CLASSES

Noted local photographer David McChesney will offer two more photography classes in Morongo Valley. The April 25 and May 2 classes will focus on bird life in Covington Park. Managing editor Tami Roleff talked with McChesney about the classes, who says a lot of birds and bird behaviors will be

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LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION COURSE OFFERED IN YUCCA VALLEY

Registration is underway for the Town of Yucca Valley lifeguard certification course. This course provides entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies. Participants must be at least 15 years old and be able to pass prerequisite skills evaluation. The course fee

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TRANSITION JOSHUA TREE TO SHOW PERMACULUTRE FILM WEDNESDAY

Transition Joshua Tree is offering another opportunity to learn about permaculture, this time through a film. Reporter Dan Stork points the way to the screening… The Nourishing Tree and Transition Joshua Tree will jointly present the Southern California Desert Premiere screening of “Inhabit—A Permaculture Perspective,” on Wednesday April 22, at

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL BRINGS HOME VICTORIES

The Yucca Valley High School baseball teams both got victories at Desert Mirage High School Friday afternoon. Senior Isaiah Kinder pitched a complete game win in the varsity game. The Trojans scored a couple of runs in each of the early innings with hits by brothers junior Dovian Delgado and

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ST. MARY’S ANNUAL TEA PARTY FASHION SHOW

Put on your best party hat to attend St. Mary’s of the Valley Altar Guilds annual tea and fashion show. The tea is open to all young and young at heart, with the theme “A Tea for All Generations,” and will take place on Saturday, April 25, at the parish

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ST. JOSEPH’S PLAYERS GREEK DINNER FUND RAISER TONIGHT

Don’t feel like cooking tonight? Let the St. Joseph’s Players community theater group serve you dinner at their fundraiser this evening that benefits their upcoming play production. Reporter Diana Medley shares what’s on the menu…

The St. Joseph’s Players cast and crew of the upcoming Neil Simon comedy “Biloxi Blues”

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FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN MORONGO BASIN

The third Monday of April 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, April

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COYOTE SAFETY TIPS

Coyotes are part of our natural order here in our desert. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has some tips to keep you, your pets, and the coyotes safe…

Coyotes are smart, persistent, and put pets at risk. Follow these tips to protect your animals: Never feed coyotes. Secure trash cans and keep

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

In High School sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School tennis team will host Rancho Mirage High School at home; the match begins at 3:15. The Twentynine Palms High School tennis team will host Desert Hot Springs High School at home; first serve is 3:15.

YUCCA VALLEY FAMILY HOMELESS FOLLOWING FRIDAY MORNING FIRE

A Yucca Valley family is homeless following a fire Friday morning. According to County Fire Captain Jay Dimoff, Yucca Valley firefighters were dispatched at 11:22 a.m. to a medical aid call in the 6300 block of Richard Drive, but on their way there, it was changed to a structure fire.

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RAINBOW STEW ART FAIR THIS WEEKEND

Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley will be holding its third annual Art Fair today and tomorrow, April 18 and 19. Come and meet the artists in person who offer their work in gourd art, copper art, jewelry, painting, photography, and more. The art fair will be held outside the store,

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FREE ADMISSION TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

National Park Week starts today, Saturday, April 18, and entrance into Joshua Tree National Park will be free today and tomorrow. The theme of National Park Week is “Find Your Park”, and the public is invited to share their experiences, feelings, or sense of American pride about their parks at

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WILDLIFE AND PETS IN THE NATIONAL PARK

In other national park news, Here’s Park Ranger Pam Tripp sharing concerns about taking your pet inot the national park…

Imagine hiking a beautiful mountain in Joshua Tree National Park, and while taking in the scenery, you spot them. Big Horn Sheep. There is a herd nearby and you watch

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RATTLESNAKE AVERSION TRAINING FOR PETS

The Morongo Basin Humane Society is sponsoring rattlesnake aversion training May 2. Each dog is trained individually to avoid rattlesnakes that are native to our desert region; training is done by experienced dog trainers from Natural Solutions Wildlife Enterprises. The training cost is $75 per dog and the no-kill animal

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