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JOSHUA TREE — Hundreds of Morongo Basin families came out to the Joshua Tree Sportsman’s Club Friday morning for the Community Back to School Day, an annual event hosted by the Morongo Unified School District that aims to help school-aged children have a successful school year.

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JOSHUA TREE — Eric Branske said his longtime friend, Rafael Ari Aikens, approached him after an early-morning formation for their platoon aboard the combat center on March 24, 2017. Branske and Aikens were Marines who both lived in barracks building 1412. Their platoon had just come back fro…

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JOSHUA TREE — Of the roughly 250 miles of pipe conducting water to Joshua Basin Water District’s customers, two-thirds needs to be replaced, according to interim General Manager Mark Ban.

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JOSHUA TREE — A feline frenzy would describe the “Pussy Galore” exhibit at La Matadora Saturday. The small gallery was packed with visitors who came to see the work of Kat Johnson, Kay Lyons, Kat Green and Cat Celebrezze and listen to the loud “Guerrilla Gig” by Pussy Riot Act.

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JOSHUA TREE — Seven bullets: one was fired into Christy McKissic as an assailant hovered over her on her bed. Two were shot from a similar position and went through the wall, through the doorway in the neighboring bedroom and into the hallway.

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JOSHUA TREE — A 13-year-old witness took the stand at the Joshua Tree Superior Courthouse Monday morning to testify against Rafael Ari Aikens, the man accused of killing her mom and grandmother in their Twentynine Palms home in 2017. Bringing several jurors, court workers and audience member…

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JOSHUA TREE — Hundreds of Morongo Basin families came out to the Joshua Tree Sportsman’s Club Friday morning for the Community Back to School Day, an annual event hosted by the Morongo Unified School District that aims to help school-aged children have a successful school year.

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YUCCA MESA — A fire destroyed 25.6 acres of desert vegetation off Old Woman Springs Road and La Brisa Drive Saturday afternoon.

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WONDER VALLEY — Two Wonder Valley residents were rescued by county firefighters Thursday night after their Ford Mustang was stranded by rising water on Barbara Lane north of Amboy Road.

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YUCCA VALLEY — More than 100 people participated in a second design workshop for the new aquatics and recreation center Thursday. The workshop was held to gather public input on both pool types and location.

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MORONGO BASIN — The monsoon storm that swept through parts of the Basin knocked out power to around 23,400 Southern California connections all day Thursday and into Friday morning.

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The interactive exhibit “Sonic Sensation” at Yucca Valley’s  Hi-Desert Nature Museum gives people of all ages a chance to experience the sonic world and the sensation of everyday sounds. The educational exhibit lets people explore booths to test their own hearing, make a movie soundtrack, co…

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YUCCA VALLEY — “I’ve been here since 2 o’clock,” said Richard Menzie. He was the first person in a very long line of people waiting for the opening of the new Grocery Outlet Thursday morning. He was referring to 2 p.m. the previous afternoon.

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JOSHUA TREE — Sweet and savory pies, breads, cookies and more. Marylee “Boo” McIntyre is bringing her long-established bakery business to a brand-new storefront in Joshua Tree: Boo’s Organic Oven.

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YUCCA VALLEY — A fire erupted in a field at the corner of Warren Vista Avenue at Lisbon Drive in Yucca Valley this morning. Quick action from the San Bernardino County Fire Department stopped the fire from damaging neighboring homes.

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YUCCA VALLEY — The Summer Music Festival will continue with the music of the Neil Morrow Band at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Yucca Valley Community Center ballfield at 57098 Twentynine Palms Highway. From the highway, go north on Dumosa Avenue to the end of the street. Gates will open at 6:30. Pe…

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YUCCA VALLEY — Five-year-old Noah Reed was admitted to Loma Linda University Medical Center five years ago with a severe head trauma that left him wheelchair-bound, unable to speak and requiring around-the-clock care. Now, a San Bernardino County jury has found the Department of Children and…

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Visitors to Joshua Tree’s Downtown Nights Saturday found a Pride month exhibit in the Art Queen’s mirrored gallery and a light-hearted circus-themed show at La Matadora.

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PIONEERTOWN — The pipeline project bringing Hi-Desert Water District water into Pioneertown is almost done, after a delay in supplies pushed back the project completion date from June 30 to the end of July.

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JOSHUA TREE —The Desert Split Open-Mic Tuesday invited participants to speak their truth around the theme, ‘What is liberty to us, to them, to you?”

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A few technical troubles could not stop a marionette maker from delighting young and old alike at the Twentynine Palms library Thursday.

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YUCCA VALLEY — Town officials honored Jim Powell with the second Spirit of Yucca Valley Award Tuesday night for his dedication to youth and community service both locally and far away.

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JOSHUA TREE — Commuters between Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley may have noticed that, last week, the speed limit along the highway has been reduced from 65 mph to 55 mph. A representative of Caltrans said the change was made after several motorists in the Morongo Basin claimed the speed limit …

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Students in the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program learned everything from French to first aid during Kaleidoscope Days June 17-27 at La Contenta Middle School. Kids in grades three through nine participated.

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YUCCA GRADE — California Highway Patrol officers responded to a fatal automobile accident at 9:44 p.m. Sunday night on Twentynine Palms Highway on the Yucca Grade just east of Samel Road.

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YUCCA VALLEY --— Sheriff’s deputies believe a shoe repair shop in the Von’s Shopping Center, in the 57500 block of Twentynine Palms Highway, was serving as a front for an illegal gambling operation.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS — - The deaths of two Twentynine Palms women whose bodies were found in the ashes of a house fire in the 75600 block of Valle Vista Road June 9 are being called homicides.

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YUCCA VALLEY — The San Bernardino County Bomb Squad, the Special Weapons and Tactics team and several deputies from the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department responded to the 4700 block of Warren Vista Avenue on Wednesday after learning that a woman was being held against her will in the residence. 

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JOSHUA TREE — It was a night of transition at the Joshua Basin Water District Wednesday. JBWD Director Mickey Luckman died suddenly June 9 and a floral arrangement was placed in her usual spot on the directors’ table in her honor.