CHP TO HOLD A DUI CHECKPOINT TONIGHT, AND MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT PERIOD THIS WEEKEND

The California Highway Patrol will conduct a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint this Friday, September 4, at an undisclosed location in the Morongo Basin. Officers trained in the detection of alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers will provide on-the-spot assessments of drivers suspected of driving under the influence. Depending on traffic, all drivers can

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DON'T BE THE VICTIM OF “SMISHING” ANOTHER Z107.7 SCAM ALERT

With online and mobile banking skyrocketing, it’s no surprise that scams have quickly followed. One recent tactic is the use of scam texts. The practice is called “smishing,” a contraction of SMS Phishing. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains what it is and how to avoid it…

Smishing is designed to steal

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SALTON SEA STINK ALERT ISSUED

A Salton Sea stink alert has been issued. The Salton Sea belched sulfur-smelling gas Thursday, triggering an odor alert by the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Hourly average concentrations of hydrogen sulfide reached levels of 129 parts per billion in the community of Mecca in the morning. That is

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LIFESTREAM HAS NEW POLICY ON TATTOOS AND DONATING BLOOD

LifeStream blood bank has changed its policy about accepting blood donations from people with tattoos. Under the old policy, blood donors had to wait a year from their most recent inking to donate blood. As of August 31, donors with tattoos may give blood as long as the tattoo was

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HOLIDAY CLOSURES FOR THIS MONDAY’S LABOR DAY OBSERVATION

Many businesses and organizations will be closed Monday for Labor Day. Among those that will be closed are banks, post offices, schools—including Copper Mountain College—and government offices. Burrtec Waste and Recycling will not pick up trash on Monday; all pick-ups will be delayed by one day next week.

COPPER MOUNTAIN MESA BREAKFAST TOMORROW

Start the Labor Day Weekend off at the First Saturday Breakfast this Saturday from 8 am to 11 am with the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Association; located at 65336 Winters Road in North Joshua Tree. Home of the $5 breakfast that includes all your breakfast favorites served up by the

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER HONORS STAFF MEMBERS

Hi-Desert Medical Center recently honored their staff members. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has the kudos… Hi-Desert Medical Center recently honored staff who demonstrated the Medical Center’s core values in a profound way. Honorees were from both the hospital and Family Health Clinics. Awardees included Jillene Cranfill, Jacob Jones, Kimberly Johnson, Laurie

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JOSHUA TREE VFW SERVING RIBS TONIGHT

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up a Thursday night dinner tonight from 4:00 to 7:00. On the menu is ribs, potato salad or coleslaw, and barbecue beans, for $9. Its Friday dinner is fish and chips from 4 to 6 p.m. Two pieces are

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RETIRED TEACHERS MEET NEXT WEEK

California Retired Teachers Association will hold its first meeting of the year on Friday, September 11, at 10:00 a.m., at the Helen Gray Center on Whitefeather Road in Joshua Tree. Members will welcome Robert Anderson, Sheriff Service Specialist, who will share his expertise on general awareness and personal safety. Lunch

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN JOSHUA TREE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested following a fight with his girlfriend Sunday night. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman called the Sheriff’s Department shortly before midnight Sunday to say her boyfriend, identified as Brian Novak, had a knife, punched her in the face, and threatened her life. Deputies

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SUPERVISORS OK TRAILS IN JOSHUA TREE’S SECTION 6, PIONEERTOWN WATER INTER-CONNECTION PIPELINE

Two items from the consent agenda of the September 1 meeting of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors have direct local impact. Reporter Dan Stork says one is about a trail project in Joshua Tree, and the other is about bringing water to Pioneertown… The Board of Supervisors accepted

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER LOOKS AT DROUGHT SURCHARGE TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water District will meet in regular session tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says, among other items, the board will consider a drought surcharge… At tonight’s 7 p.m. meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, directors will receive an update on conservation efforts which look to be just short

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JOSHUA TREE VFW POST BROKEN INTO

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars post on Veterans Way in Joshua Tree was broken into Saturday night. Employees said sometime between 6 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. Sunday, thieves cut the lock off the gate and stole bags of aluminum cans, folding chairs with the VFW logo stamped

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WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER DRIVING INTO HER JOSHUA TREE BOYFRIEND

A San Bernardino woman was arrested Sunday morning, accused of running into her boyfriend with a vehicle. Sheriff’s reports say deputies were called to the 6100 block of Panorama Road in Joshua Tree about 8:30 due to a fight between a man and a woman, later identified as Jennifer Casas,

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15-YEAR-OLD ARRESTED AFTER STEALING GRANDMOTHER’S CAR

A 15-year-old boy who stole his grandmother’s car in Joshua Tree early Saturday morning was arrested several hours later in Landers. Sheriff’s reports say the car was reported stolen about 12:30 a.m. Saturday when a neighbor said someone ran into her awning in the 6100 block of Valley View Street

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT, TWO POLICIES UP FOR REVIEW

The Morongo Unified School District Board meets in closed and regular session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the school board will look at two policies involving parents… Following a 6 p.m. closed session meeting on student expulsions and re-admissions, public employee discipline, dismissal, release, the Morongo Unified School District

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COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION LOOKS AT JOSHUA TREE CELL TOWER

The county’s planning commission will be asked to give its stamp of approval to a conditional use permit for a 55-foot cell phone tower, designed as a sign, in Joshua Tree. The project will also include 12-panel antennas, a 30-foot by 30-foot block building, a 30-kilowatt generator, and two GPS

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TRAIL PROJECT, PIONEERTOWN WATER, ON AGENDA FOR COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING TOMORROW

Among items of local interest at the county’s board of supervisors meeting tomorrow, the Supervisors will be asked to approve a grant award of $200,000 to develop 3.1 miles of trail at Desert View Recreational Trails Project in Joshua Tree, over a five-year- period, along with a 20-year performance contract

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THEATRE 29, LOCAL CHAMBERS, TO ANNOUNCE 2016 SEASON

If you’re eagerly awaiting the announcement of the Theatre 29 2016 season, save the date of Wednesday, September 23. Reporter Rebecca Havely has all the details… In a special tri-chamber event, the local chambers of commerce will host an event announcing the highly anticipated Theatre 29, 2016 season. The event

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COLLEGE BOARD IN WORKSHOP SESSION TOMORROW

The Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees will hold a workshop/study session at 9 a.m. Friday, August 28. Among the items the trustees will discuss are trustee self-evaluation and goal setting, as well as goal-setting for the college superintendent/president. The workshop will be held in the community room of the

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