JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The next clean-up for the Joshua tree Clean Team will be tomorrow, August 13, at 7 a.m. at the Joshua Tree Post Office. Anyone interested is encouraged to join them for one short hour of work. There will be trash bags, grabber sticks, gloves, and water available to make the

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DRUM CIRCLE THURSDAY IN YUCCA VALLEY

Nationally known Joshua Tree percussionist Sam Sloneker will facilitate a community drum circle Thursday, August 14, at 10 a.m. in the fellowship hall of St. Joseph of Arimathea Episcopal Church, Onaga at Church Street in Yucca Valley, during Dr. Lou Gerhardt’s weekly Positive Living seminar. The drum circle and seminar

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FREE BACKPACKS AND SCREENINGS FRIDAY AT BACK-TO-SCHOOL DAY

To help students—particularly those from low-income families—prepare for the quickly-approaching school year, a community back-to-school day will be held in the center of the Morongo Basin. Reporter Dan Stork tells you what will be available this Friday… On Friday, August 15, from 9 a.m. to noon, several local organizations will

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HOW TO APPLY FOR FREE AND LOW-COST MEALS AT SCHOOL

The federal government provides free or reduced meals for students. There are several ways that public school students can qualify for free or reduced-price meals at school. Households that receive food stamps, CalWORKS, Kin-GAP or FDPIR benefits may not have to complete a separate application. Instead, school officials will use

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION LOOKS AT HOOKAH LOUNGE, CODE AMENDMENTS TONIGHT

Adding a hookah lounge to an existing restaurant, development code amendments, and a time extension are all on the agenda for the Yucca Valley Planning Commission meeting tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff takes a closer look… The Yucca Valley Planning Commission has a full agenda for its meeting tonight. The

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TWENTYNINE PALMS ROTARY TO HOST OPENING OF “THE 39 STEPS” AT THEATRE 29 FRIDAY

The Twentynine Palms Rotary Club will host the opening night gala of “The 39 Steps,” Friday, August 15, at Theatre 29 in Twentynine Palms. “The 39 Steps” started as a World War I espionage novel and became an Alfred Hitchcock film in 1935 before being adapted for the stage. In

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WE CORRECT INFORMATION ON A BIG BEAR FIELD TRIP

This correction today. Earlier we announced the Morongo Basin Historical Society will be offering a Beat the Heat Day in Big Bear. The Big Bear Valley Historical Society is home to one of only two operating stamp mills in California! It is $10 for members, $20 non-members (we said earlier

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DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL, JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT FILING DONE, FIVE RUN FOR MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Reporter Dan Stork has the current list of candidates for positions that will be on the November ballot for Twentynine Palms City Council, Joshua Basin Water District, and the Morongo Unified School District… Five candidates are vying—so far—for the three seats up for grabs on Twentynine Palms City Council. Standing

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CANDIDATE FILING PERIOD FOR YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL, HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER EXTENDED, FIVE FOR HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT

All three incumbents are running for re-election for the Hi-Desert Water District—Sheldon Hough, Roger Mayes, and Dan Munsey—as well as challengers Gina Orban and Margo Sturges. Managing editor Tami Roleff fills in who has filed—so far—for the Town of Yucca Valley and the Hi-Desert Medical Center… Since several incumbents for

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SIX WEEKS MISSING, STILL NO EVIDENCE OF CRIME IN ERIN CORWIN CASE

After 6 weeks of intensive investigation and searches on-foot, 4-wheel-drive vehicles and helicopter, there is still nothing on the whereabouts of Erin Corwin, the pregnant wife of a Twentynine Palms Marine, who went missing June 28. Her husband, Marine Cpl. Jonathan Corwin reported her missing June 29 after she did

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WOMAN RECEIVES MINOR INJURIES AFTER FALLING OUT OF TRUCK

A woman received minor injuries Saturday when she fell out of the back of a pick-up truck while helping a friend move. According to a Sheriff’s report, the woman, identified as Kaylee Ledford, was sitting in the back of the truck holding on to a mattress, while the driver, identified

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849 STOPPED, TWO ARRESTS MADE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS DUI CHECKPOINT

Twentynine Palms Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint Sunday at Twentynine Palms Hwy and Encelia Ave between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. 849 Vehicles were Screened, 8 Drivers were cited and 2 arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked. Twentynine Palms PD

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MORONGO BASIN MAC MEETS TONIGHT IN JOSHUA TREE

Special Districts and a scenic highway proposal fill out the agenda of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council for tonight. Reporter Dan Stork has the details… In the featured informational presentation at the August meeting of the Morongo Basin MAC, County Special Districts Regional Manager Tim Millington will touch on

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SERVICES AVAILABLE FOR VETERANS TOMORROW

The San Bernardino Vet Center (SBVC) offers readjustment counseling, benefits counseling, and referral services to veterans in the Morongo Basin every Tuesday. A Vet Center counselor is available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays at Copper Mountain College, 6162 Rotary Way, in Joshua Tree, Calif., in the Office

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WRITING COURSE OFFERED BY DESERT INSTITUTE

The Desert Institute is offering writing courses in September. Reporter Cara Conway says these classes fill up fast so register soon… Write your heart out! Joshua Tree National Park is offering courses in Desert Haiku Writing, Observational Writing, and Unique Desert Writing! Grab a friend and enroll today in these

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SUPPORT GROUP FOR THOSE WHO HAVE LOST A CHILD MEETS WEDNESDAY

The Morongo Basin Chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child), announces their monthly meeting. The support group, which meets every second Wednesday of the month from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., will hold its meeting at the Helen Gray

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SOME LOCAL CANDIDATE FILINGS EXTENDED, INCUMBENTS NOT RUNNING

Because incumbents have not filed for reelection, filing deadlines have been extended for some local elected offices. The City of Twentynine Palms announced that as a result of the non-filing of incumbent Council member Jay Corbin, the nomination period for filing papers for the Office of Twentynine Palms City Council

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT POSTPONES ASSESSMENT DISTRICT BALLOT

An overflow crowd sat through more than 3 ½ hours of discussion on the Yucca Valley sewer project and assessment district vote at a special meeting held last night by the Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors. Managing editor Tami Roleff says that even after all that discussion, not much

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BELLFLOWER MAN HELD IN JOSHUA TREE KIDNAPPING

A Bellflower man is behind bars today, accused of kidnapping his former girlfriend. Sheriff’s press release said Galo Zurita, 35, went to the Valero station in Joshua Tree about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and hit Kayla Smith, 22, pushing her into his car. Zurita drove off with Smith westbound on Highway

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18-YEAR-OLD LANDERS MAN ARRESTED IN RAPE OF 15-YEAR-OLD

A Landers man was arrested Thursday afternoon, accused of raping a 15-year-old girl. Sheriff’s investigators say, the girl’s father reported that his daughter had been raped about three weeks ago, and identified the suspect as Johnny Alaniz, 18. Deputy Shauna Ables contacted Alaniz at his home, and obtained evidence to

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