STATE REVISES LOCAL WATER CONSERVATION GOALS DOWN

Morongo Basin residents will be getting a little break in how much they are mandated by the state to reduce their water usage. The State Water Resources Control Board met Tuesday in Sacramento and extended its emergency drought regulations through October. But the water board also revised the state’s mandated

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT TOLD, “GIVE SOLAR PROJECT WATER OR THEY WILL DRILL THEIR OWN WELLS”

The Joshua Basin Water District finds itself between a rock and a hard place on providing water for a controversial commercial solar development. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what happened at last night’s board meeting… At last night’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, the board approved a vendor

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ANOTHER CONEX BOX STOLEN IN JOSHUA TREE

Three Conex storage containers have been stolen in Joshua Tree since mid-December. On Tuesday, the owner of a home in the 62100 block of Two Mile Road called deputies about 4:10 p.m. to report a burglary. While surveying the damage to the home and yard, which included a ransacked home,

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MBTA BOARD MEETS TOMORROW WITH POSSIBLE LITIGATION AND REORGANIZATION

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority Board of Directors will meet Thursday, February 4, at the MBTA Operations Center on Verbena Road in Joshua Tree. After a 4:30 closed session in which directors will discuss anticipated litigation, the directors will meet in open session at 5 p.m. and recognize the employee

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT LOOKS AT WELL REHAB, NEW TRUCKS, EMPLOYEES, AND NEXTERA SOLAR TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water District board of directors meets tonight. Well rehab, new trucks and employees, and a report on a solar project are all on tap. Reporter Mike Lipsitz takes a closer look at the agenda… At tonight’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District the board will consider

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RETIRED TEACHER MEETING SET FOR FEBRUARY 12

The California Retired Teachers Association will meet Friday, February 12, at 10:00 a.m. at the Helen Gray Center on Whitefeather Road in Joshua Tree. Members will honor past presidents of Hi Desert Division 62 and will welcome Rob Breyer, Director of CalRTA Area 9. Members for whom 2016 marks their

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS IN CLOSED AND OPEN SESSION

The Morongo Unified School Board will meet in closed and open sessions tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff checks their agenda… Board members will receive an update on negotiations between the Morongo Unified School District and teachers’ union. In other business, the school board will consider a resolution guaranteeing equal educational

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25TH ANNUAL KIWANIS SPELL-A-THON PLANNED

The Kiwanis Club of Twentynine Palms has announced the date of its 25th annual spell-a-thon. The spelling bee for adults will be held from 9 to noon March 12 at the Helen Gray Education Center on the campus of the Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree. Teams of three people

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SCHOOL DISTRICT, TEACHERS, AT AN IMPASSE IN CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

Local teachers have reached an impasse in their contract with the Morongo Unified School District. Reporter David Haldane says a statement from the district outlines the two side’s positions… Contract negotiations between the Morongo Unified School District and the union representing its teachers have ended in an apparent impasse, according

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GLADYS CAROL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION SUBMISSION IS OPEN

Applications are now being taken for the Gladys Carol Scholarship program. The scholarship is open to high school seniors, graduates, and undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in a full-time science, technology, engineering or math field of study. The scholarship, which is awarded based on merit and financial need,

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HEALTHCARE OPEN ENROLLMENT ENDS TOMORROW

If you want to sign up for health insurance – and get help paying for it – you only have until Sunday to get it done. The health care marketplace’s annual open enrollment period closes January 31 and won’t reopen until the fall. If you don’t have insurance, there’s a

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TRANSITION JOSHUA TREE MEETS SATURDAY

Transition Joshua Tree will hold its general membership meeting. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the details…

The general meeting of Transition Joshua Tree has had a date change, and will now be held Saturday, January 30. The meeting will consist of potluck, team reports, and general socializing from noon to

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ANIMAL ACTION LEAGUE OFFERING LOW-COST VACCINES AND MICROCHIP SERVICES

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in February for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spaying and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you

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BOXOHOUSE ARTIST TO GIVE PRESENTATION TONIGHT

A featured artist will give a very unique presentation tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff invites you to hear from the Boxohouse artist-in-residence…. The artist-in-residence at BoxoHouse in Joshua Tree will host a discussion on his current project Wednesday, and the public is invited to contribute. Angus McCullough lead a discussion

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The next regular meeting of the Joshua Tree Clean Team will be tomorrow, Wednesday, January 27. The hard working volunteers will meet on the north side of Hwy 62 and La Contenta from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Grabbers and gloves and bags will be provided. Afterward, the Clean Team

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PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT

Joshua Tree National Park Ranger Pam Tripp asks you to keep your park clean… Many visitors to Joshua Tree National Park make efforts to reduce the amount of waste they produce by re-using or recycling. While it is great to use a compost heap for kitchen scraps or organic waste

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HDMC OPEN ENROLLMENT

The Hi Desert Medical Center’s open enrollment ends this month. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has the remaining dates and times… Open enrollment for Covered California and the Affordable Care Act ends January 31st. If you’ve not secured health insurance, then plan to attend one of the upcoming enrollment events at Hi-Desert

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ANOTHER CONEX BOX STOLEN IN JOSHUA TREE

Just a month after a Conex storage box was stolen in Joshua Tree, a second Conex box was also stolen in Joshua Tree. According to a Sheriff’s report, the owner of a 10-foot long shipping container with a roll-up door, in the 600 block of Sunfair Road, called the Sheriff’s

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SIGN UP FOR THE HEALTHY HEARTS RUN

Attention runners: It’s time to get signed up for the annual Healthy Hearts run in Yucca Valley. Reporter David Knutson gets out his running shoes… It’s time to put that New Year’s resolution to work! The “Healthy Hearts 5k Run and 2k Community Health Walk” will be on Saturday, February

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER BITING HER PARENTS, ENDANGERING A CHILD

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested early Wednesday morning after her parents said she bit and threatened them during a fight over custody of her child. Laura Hendrickson, 35, went to her parents’ home in the 7800 block of Quail Springs Road in Joshua Tree just before 1 a.m. to

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