“SURVIVIORS OF SUICIDE” SUPPORT GROUP MEETING SATURDAYS

A “Survivors of Suicide” Grief Support Group meets every Saturday from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at the Hospice of Morongo Basin Office, located at 61675 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree. Nancy Goudie, a psychiatric nurse, has offered to conduct this group at no cost to the members of our community.

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TWO CHURCHES OFFERING BACK-TO-SCHOOL BACKPACKS

The United Methodist Church of Twentynine Palms is offering a free back pack with school supplies to school children in grades one through six on Saturday, August 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. The whole family can share in a 20-foot-long banana split. The back packs and banana split will

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER TO ENFORCE WATER CONSERVATION

The State of California is facing a major drought and local water agencies are being urged to put measures in place to prohibit wasteful water use. The state has authorized local agencies to fine water wasters up to $500 per day or violation until April 28, 2015 or drought conditions

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CANDIDATE FILING ENDS FRIDAY, BALLOTS ARE FILLING UP

With the deadline to file, local ballots are starting to fill up. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells us who has filed so far for Yucca Valley Council, Hi-Desert Water, Copper Mountain College, HDMC, and Mojave Water Agency…. The filing period for local elections closes Friday. So far, five candidates have

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WEEK-LONG MAJOR EXERCISE STARTS FRIDAY ABOARD THE MARINE BASE

The Marine Corps will hold a week-long expeditionary brigade exercise on board the Combat Center starting THIS Friday, August 8. The Large Scale Exercise 14, (LSE-14), will assess the ability of the expeditionary brigade to command ground, air, and logistics combat elements’ capabilities to conduct combined-arms maneuver warfare. Participating in

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FOUR TIRES AND RIMS STOLEN OFF CAR IN JOSHUA TREE

A Joshua Tree single mother is pretty upset after her tires and rims were stolen off her car Sunday night. Sometime between 6:30 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday morning, someone stole the tires and 17-inch Toro rims off Autumn Nulanz’s 2007 Chevy Aveo, parked in front of her home

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ORV INFORMATIONAL KIOSKS INSTALLED TODAY

The Barstow office of the BLM is installing informational kiosks today with a detailed map of the area and a list of relevant laws regarding off-road vehicle recreation in Landers (at Highway 247 and Reche Road) and at Gold Crown (off of Highway 62 in Wonder Valley). The kiosks are

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SUPERVISORS DENY APPEAL FOR APPLE VALLEY SOLAR FARM

County supervisors voted to uphold the San Bernardino County Planning Commission’s denial of a conditional use permit for a solar farm in rural Apple Valley. The proposed 3-megawatt photovoltaic solar farm went down on a 3-2 vote, with Supervisors Robert Lovingood, James Ramos and Josie Gonzales voting against the project.

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water District Board meets tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says a tax rate decrease and surplus property are on the agenda… The Joshua Basin Water District Board of Directors will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. tonight at district offices on Chollita Road in Joshua Tree.

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK READY FOR PERSEID METEOR SHOWER

Joshua Tree National Park campgrounds are expected to be fuller during the Perseid Meteor Showers which peak August 9-13. Visitors are welcome to view the showers at various places in the park. Remember camping must be in a campground or in the backcountry by permit. A reminder that Ryan, White

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SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES ADMINISTRATION CONTRACTS

In a departure from the pattern of recent meetings, the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education dispatched its open session business in under 40 minutes. Reporter Dan Stork summarizes the action… At its Tuesday meeting, the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education approved a one-year contract for Tom

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MORONGO BASIN THEATERS GET 32 DESERT THEATER LEAGUE NOMINATIONS

Hi-Desert theatrical productions have garnered 32 Desert Star Award nominations by the Desert Theater League for 2013-14. Leading the way with 16 nominations is Theatre 29 in Twentynine Palms. The nominations include “The Perils of Goldilocks” for Outstanding Production: Comedy/Drama—Youth Theatre, with Natalie Coughlin as Outstanding Lead Actress, and John

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LANDERS COUPLE ACCUSED OF FELONY CHILD NEGLECT

A Landers couple was arrested Thursday, accused of felony child neglect. According to a Sheriff’s spokesman, deputies went to a home in the 56800 block of Marquita Thursday afternoon on another matter. When they entered the home of Fredrick Gange, 59, and Joanne Gange, 52, they discovered there was no

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN HELD AFTER THREATENING TO KILL HIS WIFE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Sunday evening after he threatened to kill his estranged wife. According to a Sheriff’s report, Michael Ferrell, 46, started fighting with his juvenile daughter in the 5900 block of Encelia Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 8:30. The daughter left the home, and Ferrell told

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MORONGO VALLEY ASSAULT LEADS TO DRUG POSSESION ARREST

An assault in Morongo Valley resulted in an arrest for drug possession. According to a Sheriff’s report, a man had dropped off a boy at a home in the 10800 block of West Drive in Morongo Valley about 6:30 Saturday morning. While he was there, he was assaulted by the

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD GETS TO WORK TONIGHT

After a respite from public meetings, the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education gets back to work on August 5. Reporter Dan Stork says the long agenda is highlighted by upper-level administrative contracts… Following an open workshop/study session at 5 p.m., devoted to self-evaluation, the Board of Education of

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COUNTY SHERIFF ISSUES FITNESS CHALLENGE TO AREA WOMEN

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is holding a fitness challenge for women 21 years and older who want to see if they have what it takes to be a deputy sheriff. The event will consist of a “pursuit and rescue” obstacle course, push ups, sit ups, and a 1

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BLOOD DRIVE IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive on Wednesday, August 6, at Vons in Yucca Valley from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. All prospective donors should be free of infections

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY HOSTING FIELD TRIP TO BIG BEAR

The Morongo Basin Historical Society invites you to join them and beat the heat in Big Bear. Reporter Cara Conway has more… Cool down in Big Bear on August 16 with the Morongo Basin Historical Society! While enjoying a 20-degree temperature difference from the Hi-Desert, this field trip allows you

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BASIN-WIDE FOUNDATION BREAKFAST THURSDAY

The Basin Wide Foundation will hold their monthly breakfast meeting this Thursday, August 7, at the Helen Gray Center at the Hi Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree. The featured speaker is Paul Delaney Ph.D., Professor of Biology, and Chair of the Science and Mathematics Division at Copper Mountain College.

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