A BUSY KITCHEN AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up a fish and shrimp dinner tonight from 4:00 to 6:00. Sunday breakfast is pancakes, eggs, omelets, breakfast burritos, and quesadillas from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

FREE MEALS OFFERED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

Tomorrow, the Desert Congregational Men’s Ministry will be preparing and hosting the Food for Life meal. The meal will be served from 3 to 5 p.m. at Little Church of the Desert Community Hall in Twentynine palms. If you are a shut-in and need a meal to be delivered, call

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STAR PARTY AT SKY’S THE LIMIT TOMORROW NIGHT

A star party tomorrow night at Sky’s the Limit. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells you where the telescopes will be focused… Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, June 21. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 8 p.m. and end about 1 a.m.

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YUCCA VALLEY CAR WASH TO BENEFIT HEAT COMPETITION DANCE TEAM

The Heat Competition dance team from Star Struck studio in Yucca Valley will hold a car wash, tomorrow, Saturday, June 21, at Ultimate Motors on the highway in Yucca Valley, starting at 9 a.m. The dancers will also hold a bake sale Sunday, June 22, at the Yucca Valley Walgreens,

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CAR WASH TO BENEFIT HOMELESS VETERANS

Vets Cruisin’ for a Cause will hold a car wash Saturday to raise funds to buy beds and mattresses for the homeless shelters. The car wash is from 9 to 2, or until the last car is washed, at the Change for Vets thrift store, 5758 Adobe Road, Suite B,

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD GENERAL MANAGER CUTS HER OWN SALARY

The Morongo Valley Community Services District will be paying its new general manager less than originally planned. Reporter Dan Stork explains how this happened… At the Wednesday night meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, the Board of Directors approved a one-year compensation package for General Manager Donna Munoz.

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OPEN MIC AT 180 MINISTRIES TONIGHT

One 80 Ministries will hold an open mic night tonight (from 6 to 9 p.m. at the church in downtown Joshua Tree. Live bands and local talent are all welcome to participate in the free event. One 80 Ministries is located on the highway in Joshua Tree.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN FACES LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE IN FATAL BURNING OF EX-GIRLFRIEND

A Yucca Valley man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend in 2011 by setting her on fire will face life without parole, and not the death penalty, if he is convicted at trial. Last week, Deputy District Attorney Kent Williams announced at a preliminary hearing for Hector Meza, 41, that the

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LANDERS MAN ARRESTED FOR THREATENING TO KILL WIFE

A Landers man was arrested Wednesday after he threatened his wife with a pellet gun. According to a Sheriff’s report, a witness reported about 4:45 p.m. that Gary Zumwalt, 61, of the 5600 block of Handley Road, was beating up his wife and threatening her with a pellet gun, and

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SPECIAL DISTRICT BUDGET APPROVED, OVER LANDERS PROTEST

At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Landers-area residents and agency officials protested a County Special District spending plan for a County-run water district, whose details were revealed publicly this past Friday. Reporter Dan Stork chronicles the back-and-forth… Third District Supervisor James Ramos questioned County staffer Jeff Rigney closely about the

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SUPERVISORS APPROVE SIDEWALKS IN JOSHUA TREE, MULTI-USE BUILDING IN LUCERNE VALLEY

A new sidewalk in Joshua Tree and a multi-use building in Lucerne Valley are among local items included in the budget adopted by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. The supervisors approved a one-time funding of $100,000 to construct sidewalks from the Joshua Tree National Park Visitor’s Center to the highway

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COUNTY REVISES BUDGET ANNOUNCEMENT

On the day after the county supervisors passed its budget for the coming fiscal year, the county issued a press release revising some points of its initial announcement of the passage. The revision removes public safety cuts as an option in the event concessions by unions do not materialize, because

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SUMMER IS ALMOST HERE, DON’T LEAVE KIDS IN THE CAR

The first day of summer is this Saturday, but we’ve already seen triple-digit heat here in the Morongo Basin, and more is on the way. Managing editor Tami Roleff urges residents to be extra careful—especially with children—in the summer heat. Those at the greatest risk of heat-related illnesses are seniors

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD CALLS SPECIAL MEETING TO EVALUATE SUPERINTENDANT

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education has called a special meeting for today, June 19, at 5 pm. The meeting’s agenda is a closed session for the purpose of evaluating the performance of Superintendent Dr. Cecilia English. The meeting will take place at Joshua Tree Elementary School.

WARREN VALLEY WATERMASTER MEETS TONIGHT

The Warren Valley Basin Watermaster board of directors will meet at 6:00 tonight (Thursday June 19). On the agenda, the board will be asked to approve a budget for fiscal year 2014-15, and then adopt a code of ethics. The meeting will conclude with directors’ comments. Tonight’s meeting will be

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TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR RIVETING DRAMA, A DOLL’S HOUSE, AT THEATRE 29

The riveting drama, “A Doll’s House,” is now playing weekends at Theatre 29. With show details and how to get tickets, here is reporter Sara Snyder… Regular tickets are now available for the fourth production of the Theatre 29 season, the classic, “A Doll’s House,” a gripping drama by Henrik

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FREE LUNCHES FOR STUDENTS OFFERRED IN YUCCA VALLEY AND TWENTYNINE PALMS

Morongo Basin students up to age 18 can receive a free lunch in Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms. The free lunch program begins Monday, June 23, and runs through Friday, August 1. Lunches will include a sandwich or pita, fresh fruit, vegetable, and milk. The free lunches will be available

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FREE MOVIE IN LUCKIE PARK IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TONIGHT: “ENDERS GAME”

The free “Movies in Luckie Park” series continues tonight in Twentynine Palms. Reporter Taylor Thacker invites you to kick back on the cool grass and watch “Enders Game”… The City of Twentynine Palms Recreation Department presents their free event, Movies in Luckie Park, with “Ender’s Game” playing on Thursday, June

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WOMAN RESCUED FROM TEETERING CAR ON YUCCA GRADE THIS MORNING

A woman had to be rescued early this morning after her car went into a ditch in the Yucca Grade. Shortly after 5:30 a.m., a woman driving eastbound on Highway 62 going up the Yucca Grade drove off the side of the road, with her car perched precariously over the

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS APPROVE $4.8 BILLION BUDGET, STILL SHORTFALLS

It’s the time of year when bodies at many levels of government grapple with budgets for the following fiscal year. Tuesday, San Bernardino County announced approval of a balanced budget for 2014-2015. Reporter Dan Stork describes how that is to be achieved… The $4.8 billion San Bernardino County budget for

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