WILDERNESS PROTECTION ACT ANNIVERSARY

Before there was an officially-designated Joshua Tree National Park, there was Federal action to protect and preserve it. Ranger Pam Tripp celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Protection Act…

The Wilderness Protection Act of 1964 established federally-managed lands preserved as large, roadless tracts where there are no mechanized vehicles

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING POSTPONED

The regular meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council, scheduled for this Monday, June 16, has been postponed. The Homestead Valley Community Council Scenic 247 Committee plans a public meeting 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at the Johnson Valley Community Center. Members from the Save Our Skyline group from Lucerne

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HI-DESERT WATER WASTEWATER INFO MEETINGS

The Hi-Desert Water District will hold informational meetings about the wastewater reclamation project every Tuesday, starting June 17, through August 26. Information about the cost, financing, funding, construction, and the district assessment vote will be presented at these meetings about the sewer project. Two meetings will be held each Tuesday

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CALL FOR ART IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Desert artists are invited to submit one piece of original art for the summer Art in Public Places exhibition at the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center. The theme is “Water in the Desert: Scarcity and Abundance.” Artwork must depict or be inspired by the theme of water in the desert, focusing

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HAPPENINGS AT DESERT HILLS PRESBYTERIAN

Desert Hills Presbyterian Church in Yucca Valley will feature a dinner and family game night Wednesday, June 18, at 6:00 p.m. RSVP to the church office at 760-365-6331. The church’s men’s group will meet for breakfast at Carrow’s at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, June 21.

The artist of the month at

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REACH OUT SPONSORS “A DOLL’S HOUSE” OPENING AT THEATRE 29

“A Doll’s House” opens next weekend at Theatre 29. Managing Editor Tami Roleff describes the opening gala for the production…

Opening night for Theatre 29’s next production, “A Doll’s House,” is Friday, June 20. The opening night gala will be sponsored by Reach Out Morongo Basin. The doors open at

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JOSHUA TREE ART CRAWL

The Joshua Tree Art Gallery will hold its opening reception tonight, Saturday, June 14, during the Saturday night Art Crawl from 6 to 8 p.m. More than 72 artworks were entered for the open show, Abracadabra, that shows the magic of art. Magician Dean Apple will perform during the show

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JOSHUA TREE GAY PRIDE FESTIVAL

The 6th annual Joshua Tree Gay Pride Festival is taking place today, June 14th, behind Coyote Corner at Highway 62 and Park Boulevard. It runs from 11 am to 11 pm. The cost is fee, with a suggested donation of $5. It’s a hometown community festival with local eateries, stage

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YUCCA VALLEY FAMILY HOMELESS AFTER KITCHEN FIRE

A Yucca Valley family is homeless after a kitchen fire Thursday afternoon. According to Fire Captain Wayne Thompson, a resident of a home in the 56000 block of Navajo Trail had something cooking on the stove, and stepped out of the room for a few minutes. The resident came back

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LOCAL CHP OFFERS START SMART CLASSES FOR TEEN DRIVERS

The Morongo Basin Station of the California Highway Patrol will offer free “Start Smart” classes for teen drivers next week. Reporter Sara Snyder tells you how to enroll… The Morongo Basin Area of the California Highway Patrol will be holding a FREE Start Smart Class on Tuesday, June 17th at

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JOSHUA TREE GAY PRIDE MOVES TO NEW LOCATION TOMORROW

The 6th Annual Joshua Tree Gay Pride Festival will be going on all day tomorrow, from 11 to 11, with arts, music, vendors, games, and refreshments. Because Joshua Tree Gay Pride is bigger than ever, it’s moved to a new location, behind Coyote Corner at Highway 62 and Park Boulevard.

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MILITARY SERVICES AND FAMILY SUPPORT OFFERED LOCALLY

As a public service, Z107.7 News is publicizing the availability of a wide range of programs that focus on areas of mental and behavioral health. Today, Reporter Dan Stork describes the Pacific Clinics Military Services and Family Support program … The Pacific Clinics Military Services and Family Support in Yucca

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COLLEGE FOUNDATION TAKING SETS OF QUARTERS FOR PRIZES

When you find all 50 State Quarters and turn them in to Copper Mountain College Foundation, your name will be entered in a weekly drawing for prizes. Check your piggy bank, pockets and friends’ cars. Get your quarters in early for the greatest chances to win. Multiple entries are allowed.

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SECOND SUSPECT, FATHER OF 5-YEAR-OLD, ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY CHILD ABUSE CASE

A second suspect has been arrested in a Yucca Valley child abuse investigation. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Christopher Reed, 27, was arrested Tuesday afternoon, accused of felony child abuse and neglect in the case of his 5-year-old son. On Sunday, May 18, Yucca Valley paramedics and Sheriff’s deputies were

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WATCH FOR DOOR-TO-DOOR SCAMMERS

With the warmer weather that comes along with summer, so do the door-to-door solicitors. And while many operate fairly and honestly, there are ways to spot those who are simply looking for a quick buck. Reporter Diana Jones gives some tips on how to protect yourself from unscrupulous solicitors… Gary

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NEW CHROMIUM-6 STANDARDS MAY COST JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT AND TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT BIG MONEY

Chromium-6 is a cancer-causing chemical made famous in the movie “Erin Brockovich.” Chromium-6 is a pollutant from chemical factories, but in the Morongo Basin, it occurs naturally, dissolving from rocks into the groundwater. Federal standards for total chromium, which includes chromium-6 and non-cancer-causing chromium-3, are 100 parts per billion. California

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MENTAL AND BEHAVIOURAL HEALTH SCREENING OFFERRED

As a public service, Z107.7 News is publicizing the availability of a wide range of programs that focus on areas of mental and behavioral health. Today, Reporter Dan Stork describes the Screening Assessment Referral and Treatment program … Screening Assessment Referral and Treatment (SART) is a medical program of specialty

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PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SCREENINGS SET FOR YUCCA VALLEY

The Palm Springs International Film Festival will present two free screenings of short films in the Morongo Basin this month. The first screening will be Saturday, June 14, at 2:30 p.m. in the Yucca Valley Community Center. The second screening will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at the Joshua

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FORMER YUCCA VALLEY MANAGER ANDY TAKATA IS INTERIM TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY MANAGER

“Three” proved to be the charm for the Twentynine Palms City Council at its regular meeting last night. Dan Stork explains why, and reports that a familiar figure will be filling the post of interim city manager… After celebrating the remodeling of the Senior Center with an open house before

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FOUR ARRESTED FOR DRUGS IN LANDERS, WONDER VALLEY

Four people were arrested on drug charges in two separate incidents yesterday. About 7:20 a.m. Tuesday, deputies executed a search warrant on a home in the 900 block of Trail Way in Landers. Deputies located methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and cash. Russell Ford, 48, was arrested for investigation of possession for

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