TONIGHT'S PERSEID METEOR SHOWER PROMISES TO BE SPECTACULAR

The Perseid meteor shower promises to be the most spectacular in years as it peaks late tonight through dawn tomorrow. The shower that appears to emanate from the constellation Perseus—the source of its name—typically delivers 50 to 100 shooting stars per hour. They are some of the brightest meteors you’ll

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COMMUNITY BACK TO SCHOOL DAY TOMORROW

A community back-to-school day tomorrow will be held in Joshua Tree tomorrow. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says free supplies and health services will be offered… Student backpacks will be given away, and T-Dap vaccines and dental screenings will be some of the many services offered during a community back-to-school day

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JUVENILE ARRESTED FOR FALSE 9-1-1 CALLS ALLEGING RAPE

A juvenile girl was arrested Monday after making false calls to 911 stating she had been raped. According to a Sheriff’s report, 911 received text messages from a cell phone, starting about 10:25 a.m., that a friend had been raped. The messages described being in a basement and a name

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LANDERS MAN ARRESTED FOR DRIVING UNDER INFLUENCE OF HEROIN

A Landers man was arrested Tuesday afternoon, accused of driving while high. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy was patrolling and following a black pick up truck on Reche Road in Landers about 3:30 when the truck abruptly turned north onto Single Tree Road at about 60 miles per

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MEET YOUR MAC, TODAY THERESA SITZ

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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SMOKE FROM A FIRE NEAR ANZA DARKENS OUR SKIES

Smoke from a fire in the Anza area is coming into the west end of the Morongo Basin. A motor home fire burned one person and spawned the 500-acre wildfire that prompted an evacuation in the mountains east of Anza. The injured victim suffered second-degree burns over about 3 percent

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SCHOOL DISTRICT BREAKS GROUND ON MASSIVE SOLAR PROJECT

More than a year after discussions began about using solar energy, the Morongo Unified School District Board of Directors will hold a ground-breaking ceremony tomorrow morning, Wednesday, August 12, at 9 at Twentynine Palms High School. The solar photovoltaic system by NextEra will generate 3.7 megawatts of solar power from

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MAJOR YUCCA VALLEY EXPANSION REQUESTED BY HOPE ACADEMY

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission meets in regular session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the commission will look at a major expansion for Hope Academy Charter School… The Yucca Valley Planning Commission will hold a public hearing tonight about a request from Hope Academy to expand its school. Hope

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MAN SUFFERS MINOR INJURIES AFTER DRIVING THROUGH BLOCK WALL AT FRIENDLY HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

A man escaped serious injury when he drove a truck through a brick wall and chain link fence, flew off an embankment, and landed on another truck Monday evening. About 7:25 p.m. the unidentified man was driving northbound on Sunny Vista, south of Friendly Hills Elementary School, when he lost

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TWO CRASHES IN 30 MINUTES IN TWENTYNINE PALMS MONDAY

We have few details about two traffic collisions in Twentynine Palms yesterday. At 5:53 p.m., a 2013 Dodge Ram truck and a 1997 Honda collided in the 6600 block of El Sol. One passenger complained of arm and head pain and was taken to a local hospital. Exactly a half

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BACKPACKS, VACCINES AND SCREENINGS OFFERED IN BACK-TO-SCHOOL EVENT

Student backpacks will be given away, and T-Dap vaccines and dental screenings will be some of the many services offered during a community back-to-school day in Joshua Tree. In addition to the backpacks and health screenings, the event will provide information on how to sign up for the school lunch

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MORONGO BASIN MAC MEETING TONIGHT

The informational presentation at the Morongo Basin MAC meeting for this month is about the mental health. Reporter Dan Stork says the new member who could not make last month’s meeting will be seated, also… The August 10 agenda of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council features an informational presentation

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SEVEN CITED IN STING TARGETING PROVIDING ALCOHOL TO MINORS

Seven people were cited in Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms Thursday, accused of purchasing alcohol for—or selling it to—minors, and three others were arrested or cited on other charges. During a shoulder-tap sting operation, minors—under the supervision of Sheriff’s deputies—visited several liquor and convenience stores and asked strangers to buy

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JOSHUA TREE FIREFIGHTERS GO TO ARIZONA TO HELP FIGHT WILLOW FIRE

Three firefighters from Joshua Tree spent most of Saturday helping out at the Willow Fire, just east of Needles on the Arizona side of the Colorado River. The fire was first reported at 10:30 a.m. burning scrub and vegetation alongside the river Saturday. County Fire Captain Donnie Valoria said Station

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ONE MAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH THIS MORNING

One man was injured during a motorcycle crash in downtown Joshua Tree early this morning. About 3 a.m., a motorcycle rider crashed at Highway 62 and Park Boulevard. He was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs with moderate injuries.

YOUTH CONSERVATION CORPS

The trails in the National Park are heavily used. Ranger Cathy Bell says teenagers can get paid for helping maintain them…

Baby, it’s hot outside! But that doesn’t stop the dedicated teenagers who work in Joshua Tree National Park for the Youth Conservation Corps, or YCC. Every summer, YCC hires

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WASTEWATER DESIGN PRESENTATION

The Hi-Desert Water District Public Advisory Committee will meet Monday to hear a presentation on the wastewater reclamation facility’s basis of design. The basis of design provides the engineers with the district’s initial requirements and recommendations for the wastewater reclamation facility’s design and construction. The meeting is set for 5

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HDWD NEEDS VOLUNTEERS FOR PUBLIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE

If you would like to be on the public advisory committee, managing editor Tami Roleff says the water district is looking for volunteers… The Hi-Desert Water District is looking for customers who are interested in volunteering to serve on a public advisory committee. The committee will discuss and provide input

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THEATER 29 AUDITIONS FOR THE MUSICAL “THE ADDAMS FAMILY”

Theater 29 is holding open auditions for the smash hit musical comedy “The Addams Family.” Reporter Rebecca Havely tells you how to prepare…

Veteran director Kathryn Ferguson is seeking performers for the musical, “The Addams Family.” The story of the familiar family has an original twist: Wednesday wants to get

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AQUAPONICS WORKSHOP IN YUCCA MESA

The Yucca Mesa Improvement Association will hold an aquaponics workshop Tuesday, August 11. A suggested donation of $5 for members, $10 for non-members is requested. Call Dion at 760-221-6769 for more information.