TWO INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH IN MORONGO VALLEY SUNDAY

Two people were injured, one seriously, during a single-vehicle rollover crash in Morongo Valley Sunday. Morongo Valley Fire Engineer Andrew Behrens said that shortly before 7 p.m., rescue personnel were called to a crash in the eastbound lane of Highway 62, just east of Sundown Trail. A Ford Focus had

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CYBER SCAMS TARGETING LOCAL VICTIMS

We know that scam artists use phony websites and email to try and gain access to your credit cards and banking information, but few people are aware the cybercriminals also look for victims via the telephone. That’s what recently happened to a Twentynine Palms woman when, according to the Sheriff’s

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER TO TAKE UNWANTED PRESCRIPTIONS AND NEEDLES SATURDAY

Hi-Desert Medical Center is hosting a drop-off event for unwanted prescription drugs and used sharps/needles. The event takes place Saturday, August 22, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in front of the Helen Gray Education Center on the hospital campus in Joshua Tree. Every year, thousands of pounds of prescription

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SPEECH SCREENING OFFERED FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS

The Morongo Unified school District is offering speech screening for kids from 3 to 5 years old tomorrow and Wednesday. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says don’t miss this important opportunity… The Morongo Unified School District is offering speech screening for preschool children, aged 3 to 5 years old. Speech screenings

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SCHOOL BUS ROUTES NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

School bus routes have been updated and some revisions have been made. Bus route information is available on the Morongo Unified School District website at www.morongo.k12.ca.us under the Transportation tab and also on the front page. Please check your child’s route and bus number to make sure you have the

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RED CROSS, REACH-OUT OFFERING A RE-CONNECTION WORKSHOP FOR MILITARY

The American Red Cross and Reach Out Morongo Basin have teamed up to offer a free workshop for military families. The “Communicating Clearly Workshop” is for service members, veterans and their families. Reporter Rebecca Havely has all the details… Communicating clearly is the focus of this family rebuilding workshop. Valuable

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VETERANS COUNSELING AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TOMORROW

The San Bernardino Vet Center (SBVC) offers readjustment counseling, benefits counseling, and referral services to veterans in the Morongo Basin tomorrow and on the first and third Tuesday of every month. A Vet Center counselor is available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays at Copper Mountain College, 6162

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MEET YOUR MAC: TODAY GAYLE SWARAT

The members of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council are not elected, but are appointed by the District Supervisor. Since they hadn’t been subject to voter scrutiny, we thought Morongo Basin residents should know something about the people representing the unincorporated areas of the Morongo Basin. Reporter Dan Stork asked

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ART SOUGHT FOR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART EXPOSITION

Entries are now being accepted for the third annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition, to be held in November at the Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms. A panel of jurors will select about 50 artists for inclusion in the show. Entry is open to all artists 18 years

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LIVE LIKE A DESERT NATIVE

The monsoon rain came a little early this summer, and the desert is blooming again. Joshua Tree National Park Ranger Cathy Bell says all desert residents should make an effort to be water wise… It is amazing how fast the desert responds to the monsoon rains of summertime. Immediately after

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TACO WEDNESDAY AT JOSHUA TREE VFW

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post has expanded its Taco Wednesday to include not only your choice of chicken or beef tacos, but also nachos, tostados, burritos, and more. Taco Wednesday is served from 11 to 1 at VFW Post 7264, 6402 Veterans Way in downtown Joshua Tree.

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FREE FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION MONDAY

The third Monday of August 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, August

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COUNTY SUPERVISOR AT HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING MONDAY

Third District County Supervisor James Ramos will make an appearance at the Homestead Valley Community Council meeting Monday, August 17. Ramos will give updates on the county’s ban on new construction of private property that relies on hauled water, and on the campaign for scenic highway status for Highway 247.

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT NEEDS VOLUNTEERS FOR PUBLIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The Hi-Desert Water District is looking for volunteers to serve on its public advisory committee. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains its responsibilities and how you can sign up… The Hi-Desert Water District is looking for customers who are interested in volunteering to serve on a public advisory committee. The committee

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WILDFIRE SAFETY TIPS

Pets are vulnerable to high temperatures, and are unable to cool down their bodies as humans can. Puts left outside in high heat temperatures can suffer from heat-related stress, burned paws, sunburn, and even death. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers the following tips to keep your pet healthy, safe, and

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SKY’S THE LIMIT HOSTS STAR PARTY TONIGHT

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, August 15. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 8:45 p.m. and end about 1:30. The highlight of the evening will be Saturn and its rings along with the bright summer Milky Way, and the Perseid meteor

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY TO HOLD MOVIE UNDER THE STARS TONIGHT

Join the Morongo Basin Historical Society Saturday for a movie under the stars Saturday, August 15. The historical society will screen “Last Chance,” Bryan Cranston’s 1999 movie that was filmed and set in Pioneertown and the Yucca Valley bowling alley. “Last Chance” is set in a California desert where a

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COMMUNICATING CLEARLY WORKSHOP FOR MILITARY AND THEIR FAMILIES

Reach Out Morongo Basin and the American Red Cross are co-sponsoring a communication workshop for military service members and their families. Managing editor Tami Roleff speaks up with the details… Today’s military faces repeated deployments around the world. Families sometimes feel like strangers after months of separation. A Communicating Clearly

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VFW SUNDAY BREAKFAST

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up a Sunday (August 16) breakfast of all-you-can-eat pancakes, in addition to the regular menu, from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday. The VFW post is located at 6402 Veterans Way.

YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL REGISTRATION BEGINS MONDAY

Registration for Yucca Valley High School begins next week. Monday, August 17, is reserved for freshmen only. All grade levels may register Tuesday and Wednesday, August 18 and 19. Register in the high school library from 7 to 11 a.m. or 4 to 7 p.m. If you received a notice

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