TWO ARRESTED IN JOSHUA TREE FOR TRANSPORTING HEROIN

Two people were arrested Tuesday, accused of transporting heroin. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies made a probation compliance check at the home of Julie DaSilva, 29, in the 62200 block of Dennis Avenue in Joshua Tree about 5:15 yesterday. There they found DaSilva and Shawn Lucero, 33, of Yucca

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ONE ARREST, TWO PENDING, AFTER RECOVERY OF STOLEN CAR IN JOSHUA TREE

One man was arrested, and two others are under investigation, after they were found to be in possession of a stolen car. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 3:30 a.m. Friday, a man saw his stolen Honda parked in an apartment complex in the 64800 block of Chollita Road in

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ACCUSED MURDERER CHRISTOPHER LEE IN COURT, NO NEW JUDGE…YET

The former Marine accused of killing his on-base neighbor, who he was having an affair with, and dumping her body into an abandoned mine east of Twentynine Palms, was in court yesterday. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was in the courtroom as Christopher Lee’s lawyer seeks another judge…

The judge hearing

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COLLEGE WANTS HELP IN DEVELOPING LONG-RANGE EDUCATION PLAN

Copper Mountain College is seeking your input on their education plan. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says a series of public meetings are planned…

Copper Mountain College seeks community input to assist in development of a long term Education Master Plan. If you can help assess how the college is

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ANIMAL ACTION LEAGUE OFFER LO-COST VACCINE AND MICROCHIP SERVICE

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in August 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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MARINES COME TO THE AID OF JOSHUA TREE FLOOD VICTIM

Last Sunday’s deluge brought severe problems to some local residents. Reporter Dan Stork relates how a Joshua Tree resident reached out for help, and how some Marines will be helping out…

Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council Chairmen Mark Lundquist said that a friend of his reached out for help when

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DO’S AND DON’TS OF RATTLESNAKE BITES

Summertime walks and hikes can sometimes bring you up closer than you’d like to desert rattlesnakes. Reporter Rebecca Havely has some do’s and don’ts to keep you safe… California has eight different species of rattlesnakes. Rattlers strike when they are threatened, deliberately provoked, or accidentally touched by someone walking or

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NO ACTION EXPECTED ON JOSHUA TREE SPEED LIMITS

Recently, we reported on a letter from Caltrans to Supervisor James Ramos, in which a state transportation agency official said that Caltrans would not lower the speed limit in downtown Joshua Tree, despite recent serious pedestrian-involved accidents. A while back, we reported that another Caltrans official said he would look

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JOSHUA TREE VFW LOOKING FOR BIKE RUN PRIZES

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 is seeking donations for prizes for its third annual Poker Run fundraiser. The poker run, set for Saturday, September 26, will be 110 miles with five stops in the Morongo Basin. Prizes will be awarded for best poker hand, worst poker

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF CHILD MOLESTATION

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Tuesday, accused of lewd acts with a child in March. According to Sheriff’s reports, Gregory Howlind, 68, of the 61400 block of Division Street, went to a neighbor’s home where a female juvenile was home alone on March 15. The report states that Howlind

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The Joshua Tree Clean Team meets on the second, fourth, and fifth Wednesday of the month. The next scheduled date is tomorrow, Wednesday, July 22, at 7:00 a.m. The volunteers will meet at Yucca Mesa and Security Road. There will be grabber sticks, trash bags and gloves available to make

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FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE FAMILY STUCK IN FLOODED WASH ON SUNFAIR ROAD

Firefighters helped rescue a family in Joshua Tree Sunday afternoon when their car got stuck in a wash during a rainstorm. County Fire Captain Mark Murphy said a Joshua Tree husband and wife, along with their daughter and her young son, were traveling northbound on Sunfair in a Honda sedan

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CALTRANS REPLIES ABOUT SPEED IN DOWNTOWN JOSHUA TREE

Following recent pedestrian-related accidents in downtown Joshua Tree, the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council prevailed upon the county to go to Caltrans with community safety concerns about that stretch of Highway 62. Reporter Dan Stork relates that a Caltrans’ reply said that new signage can be expected, but that’s all…

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TWENTYNINE PALMS ROTARIAN TO TALK ABOUT BRAZIL TRIP

The Twentynine Palms Rotary Club recently sent an International Vocational Training Team to Brazil. On Thursday, July 23, from noon to 1, Rotarian Sandy Smith will give a presentation on the trip and their experiences, along with photos and a Q-and-A session. Bring your lunch to the Copper Mountain College

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PROSECUTION RESTS IN PHIPPS MURDER TRIAL

After 8 days and nearly three dozen witnesses, the prosecution rested its case yesterday in the murder trial of Joseph Phipps. Phipps, 42, is accused of shooting his wife, Christy Phipps, 35, in the head in their Joshua Tree home in January 2013. Phipps testified in his own defense Wednesday

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER ISSUES ALTA MIRA PROJECT WILL SERVE LETTER

The Joshua Basin Water District board issued a conditional will-serve letter for the controversial Alta Mira housing development last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz said the board was reminded they were not a land use agency…… At last night’s standing-room-only meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, members of the public

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TENET HAS TAKEN OVER OPERATION OF HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER

After literally years of planning, months of working out the fine print, and approval by the voters, Tenet Healthcare officially took over the operation of Hi-Desert Medical Center yesterday. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains what that means… Tenet Healthcare Corporation began operating Hi-Desert Medical Center and its related healthcare facilities as

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER CONSIDERS TWO “WILL SERVE” LETTERS TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water District Board will meet in regular session tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says, among items of interest, is the consideration of two controversial “will-serve” letters… At tonight’s 7 p.m. meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District board, directors will consider approval of a “conditional will-serve letter” for

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER MAY CHANGE ITS NAME TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board meets tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the healthcare district may get a new CEO, and a new name…

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors holds the regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. today following a 5:45 closed session for labor negotiations in connection with

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FIRE DESTROYS MOTORHOME IN JOSHUA TREE

A motorhome was a total loss following a fire in north Joshua Tree Wednesday afternoon. Shortly before 3 p.m., firefighters from Yucca Mesa, Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, the Combat Center, and the National Park Service responded to a motorhome on fire in the 63000 block of Lakeview Road. County Fire

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