JOSHUA TREE TREENIAL UNFOLDS THIS WEEKEND

A new art event is coming to Joshua Tree at the end of May. Reporter Dan Stork points the way to the Joshua Treenial… BoxoPROJECTS has announced the inaugural Joshua Treenial. This is an international art event whose focus and locus is Joshua Tree, and surrounding areas. Featuring installation and

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CIF FIRST-ROUND WIN FOR YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojans Softball Team defeated Desert Christian Academy in round one of CIF play, 7-1, in seven innings. Coach Dennis Priest said freshman Jaqueline Bolha gets the win in the circle, throwing a two-hit, three-walk complete game. The hot bats of Sierra Scali, Savanna Fowlkes,

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MEMORIAL SERVICES SET FOR DUI VICTIMS LONNIE AND PAT TINER

A Memorial service for the victims of a Sunday night DUI hit-and-run in Joshua Tree has been set. The family of Lonnie and Pat Tiner said the service will be Saturday, May 30, at 10:00 a.m. at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Twentynine Palms. Granddaughter Keliana Tiner thanked the community

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CALTRANS HEARS FROM MORONGO VALLEY RESIDENTS ABOUT HIGHWAY 62

A modestly-sized, but vocal group of Morongo Valley residents showed up to hear what CalTrans had to say about the Route 62 median project. Reporter Dan Stork tells about the give-and-take…

Caltrans officials conducted a public meeting at the pavilion in Covington Park in Morongo Valley Wednesday night, to update

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CHP ON MAXIMUM PATROL THIS MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND

More drivers on the road for the Memorial Day weekend means the California Highway Patrol will conduct a maximum enforcement period. From 6 p.m. Friday, May 22 through midnight Monday, May 25, CHP officers will be out in force, enforcing speed limit laws, click-it-or-ticket, and looking for DUIs. Last year,

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CONGRESSMAN COOK GETS $4 MILLION GRANT FOR YUCCA VALLEY SEWER

Some good news for property owners in Yucca Valley. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says a federal grant will help pay for the new sewer system…

The Hi-Desert Water District has been awarded a $4 million grant from the Bureau of Land Reclamation—with the assistance of Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca

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TWO ARRESTED AFTER A MORONGO VALLEY BURGLARY

Two people were arrested Tuesday morning, accused of stealing firearms and electronics from a home in Morongo Valley. According to the Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called to a home May 1 in the 52600 block of Altadena Drive in Morongo Valley to investigate a burglary. The homeowners said tool and

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER HOLDS ALTA MIRA LETTER DURING DROUGHT ORDERS

Last August, Joshua Basin Water District passed a conservation ordinance in response to the State Water Board’s call for reductions in wasteful water practices such as over-irrigation. Now the state is imposing more stringent measures. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us how one local water agency is coping with the new

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MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE SET FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS

The Twentynine Palms cemetery will host a Memorial Day service on Monday, May 25. The service will start promptly at 9 a.m. Major General Lewis Craparotta will be the guest speaker. The Marine Color Guard and Firing Detail will also be present. The public is invited to attend. The cemetery

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SCHOOL BOARD PART 2: NEGOTIATIONS AND DISPUTES

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education began its May 19 meeting with presentations and recognitions. Then it turned to regular business. Reporter Dan Stork broke his report into two parts. In this story, the progress of labor negotiations, teacher transfers, an eliminated position, and a disputed board policy…

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HOSPITAL BOARD MEETS ABOUT CEO SALARY TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors will hold a special meeting at 6:00 tonight to discuss a performance evaluation of its Chief Executive Officer Bob Tyk. The directors will then go into negotiations over the CEO’s salary. The meeting will be held in the Helen Gray Education Center board

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SAND TO SNOW MEETING TONIGHT

There will be a meeting tonight to update the community about the Sand to Snow National Monument and the California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act. It will be held from 5:45 to 7:15 at Morongo Valley Elementary School. For more information, contact information can be found with this story at

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HARRISON HOUSE WEEKEND WORKSHOP AND SHOW

A weekend Workshop and show at Harrison House in Joshua Tree. Reporter Cassie Zimarik has more on this special offering…

Harrison House Music, Arts, and Ecology will be presenting an indoor workshop on Saturday, May 23, from 2-4 p.m. and a free performance on Sunday, May 24, from 2-6 p.m.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Yucca Valley High School Trojan baseball team traveled to Tahquitz High School in Hemet and lost their CIF bid 9-0. Coach Brian Schoenborn said he was “proud of how this young team bounced back and played good baseball down the stretch to make the playoffs.”

Isaiah Kinder will be

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FEES ARE GOING UP AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Many fees at Joshua Tree National Park will increase as of June 1, the park service has announced. Park officials said that while the public was generally in support of higher fees, the park received many public comments about increasing the fees in smaller increments than originally planned. In consideration

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS; PART 1 OF 2: A MURAL AND AWARDS

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education began its May 19 meeting with presentations and recognitions, before getting on to regular business. Reporter Dan Stork broke his report into two parts. Today, in part one, a mural-in-a-day and employees of the year…

Onaga Elementary School teacher Heather Possehl opened

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MULTIPLE REPORTS OF VANDALISM IN MORONGO VALLEY

The Sheriff’s Department received five calls concerning vandalism in Morongo Valley Tuesday. According to Sheriff’s reports, a barbecue at Covington Park was damaged, as well as skylights, security lights, and a freshly seeded area, among other items. Roofing tar was poured on all five slides at Morongo Valley Elementary School,

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COUNTY TO CONSIDER MAKING LANDERS CELEBRITY MOTEL LEGAL

A long running celebrity-operated Landers Motel is looking to go legit. Reporter Mike Lipsitz highlights an item on tomorrow’s County Planning Commission agenda…

Seems another Landers commercial development will go before the Planning Commission this week; and while it’s bright and shiny, it’s not a commercial solar plant. At Thursday’s

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COUNTY MOVING FORWARD ON SUNBURST ROAD IMPROVEMENTS

In a consent agenda item in its May 19 meeting, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors gave the go-ahead on a road project in Joshua Tree. The Supervisors authorized staff to apply for a Caltrans grant to widen a major artery in Joshua Tree, and to build a bicycle

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER MEETS, USE REDUCTION, CONSERVATION, ALTA MIRA

The Joshua Basin Water District Board of Directors meets in regular session at 7 p.m. tonight. Near the top of the agenda, the board will receive an update on the District’s chromium-6 compliance effort, next on the agenda, is a briefing on the state mandated 28 percent reduction in consumption,

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