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YUCCA VALLEY — The Yucca Valley Senior Center in the Town Hall closed this morning due to an emergency gas line maintenance at the site. All staff members and participants have been safely evacuated and maintenance and utility personnel are on site to assess the situation.

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JOSHUA TREE — The farmers market has a numbers problem. Every Saturday, around 35 vendors sell food and goods on a lot parallel to the highway. But the permit from San Bernardino County only allows 12 vendors. Since county code enforcement found out about that gap a few weeks ago, a lot of a…

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PIONEERTOWN — The Gunfighters For Hire group opened their season last weekend with a wild west show and a check presentation of $500 to Happy Trails Children’s Foundation Director Joel “Dutch” Dortch. The foundation manages a 44-bed facility for abused boys.

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JOSHUA TREE — After 33 years of providing food for the hungry, the Way Station has run into a chain of roadblocks in the form of state regulations.

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YUCCA VALLEY — The Yucca Valley Senior Center in the Town Hall closed this morning due to an emergency gas line maintenance at the site. All staff members and participants have been safely evacuated and maintenance and utility personnel are on site to assess the situation.

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MORONGO BASIN — Close to 2,000 people took part in a month of events tied to the Morongo Basin Big Read in September, program director Marie Bobin reported.

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JOSHUA TREE — The farmers market has a numbers problem. Every Saturday, around 35 vendors sell food and goods on a lot parallel to the highway. But the permit from San Bernardino County only allows 12 vendors. Since county code enforcement found out about that gap a few weeks ago, a lot of a…

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JOSHUA TREE — It was a night of celebration at the Morongo Unified School District board of education meeting Tuesday night as students in special education were recognized for their achievements both in and out of the classroom.

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MORONGO BASIN — Southern California Edison may shut off power for parts of Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree and other Basin communities today.

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JOHNSON VALLEY — Two men from the Morongo Basin died in unrelated off-roading crashes just about a half-hour apart Friday night in Johnson Valley, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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JOSHUA TREE — Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith thanked the community Thursday for loving the park and enduring shutdowns and growing pains.

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JOSHUA TREE — Residents and business owners came down on both sides of the question of a 55-unit Airstream hotel proposed for downtown Joshua Tree.

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The 44th annual Joshua Tree Gem, Mineral and Craft Show is back at the Sportsman’s Club of Joshua Tree this weekend and organizers say that with new craft vendors, jewelry and grab bags for kids, there’s something for everyone at the show.

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YUCCA VALLEY — The sewer project made a leap forward Thursday morning as officials from Yucca Valley and the state of California cut the ribbon and opened the wastewater reclamation facility, the first of its kind in the high desert.

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JOSHUA TREE — The 18th Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours Collective Show opened with a reception Saturday. Joshua Tree Art Gallery and Gallery 62, both now managed by the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council, hosted the two exhibits.

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SAN BERNARDINO — The new fire tax charged to most county property owners was back on the table for the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors as they met Tuesday morning and discussed different ways to fund the fire district after the FP-5 expansion area sunsets next year.

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JOSHUA TREE — More than 35 nurses from Hi-Desert Medical Center demonstrated with signs across from the hospital during a one-day strike Friday, Sept. 20.

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SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY — Dawn Rowe’s seat on the Board of Supervisors is in question after Judge Janet M. Frangie of the San Bernardino County Superior Court ruled on Wednesday that her appointment was unlawful and in violation of the Ralph M. Brown Act.

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MORONGO BASIN — Dawn Rowe, the 3rd District supervisor for San Bernardino County, announced this week that she will be seeking reelection to her seat in the 2020 primary election.

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PIONEERTOWN — After over 30 years of community effort, Pioneertown now has clean, potable drinking water straight from the tap and on Friday morning, Sept. 13, people from across the Morongo Basin gathered outside of Pappy & Harriett’s to celebrate the achievement.

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JOSHUA TREE — Bluegrass-style music floated over the courtyard as people ate mesquite flour muffins, made their own zines and learned about coming performances and workshops. It was a low-tech, high-creativity kick-off for Big Read Morongo Basin Saturday at Mojave Desert Land Trust in Joshua Tree.

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YUCCA VALLEY — The Hi-Desert Cultural Center has opened a new show at its Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center. Actually, it’s three shows in one.

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JOSHUA TREE — School principals outlined their plans to improve students’ graduation rates and English and math abilities in the coming year during the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting Tuesday night.

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JOSHUA TREE — The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council met Monday to discuss public safety and changes to the dark skies in the desert.

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JOSHUA TREE — About 50 Morongo Basin residents gathered in the Bob Burke Government Center to partake in a public forum Thursday morning on possible changes to short-term rental ordinances in the mountains and deserts.

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The Morongo Unified School district is kicking off the 2019-20 school year with a batch of new administrators. Eight new principals and assistant principals will be leading schools throughout the district.

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YUCCA VALLEY — During public comments at Town Council meeting Tuesday, two Yucca Valley residents voiced their views against a new ban on displaying signs or collecting signatures for petitions on the enclosed field during the summer concerts in the park.

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YUCCA VALLEY — The first ever Family Fun Fair at the Yucca Valley Airport took place Sunday. Event coordinator Angela Leggett wanted to give families one last summer event together. Leggett plans to hold the fair annually. “We’ll make it even bigger and better next year,” she said.

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JOSHUA TREE — Two weeks after a man’s burned body was found in the dry lake bed in Joshua Tree, three people, including his former stepdaughter, have been arrested for murder.

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JOSHUA TREE — The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education met Tuesday to look at the success of students through reports on standardized testing, AP classes, college readiness and more.

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JOSHUA TREE — “We are having a great day with our new teacher, Miss Jones!” A brightly dressed first-grader chatted happily with her friends while lunching on pizza at Joshua Tree Elementary School Monday. The girls agreed they liked school, although one was slightly disappointed her mom had…