YUCCA VALLEY MAYOR HOLDS OFFICE HOURS MONDAY

Yucca Valley Mayor George Huntington holds “office hours” at the Town Hall every Monday from 4 to 5 p.m. This is an opportunity for residents to meet with the mayor to discuss concerns, ideas for the community, or to learn more about the activities going on in the town. Meetings

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HARRISON HOUSE CONCERT TO MARK ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

There will be a very special concert at the Harrison House in Joshua Tree this Sunday. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the Chamber music concert will commemorate the Armenian Genocide… Harrison House will commemorate the centennial of Armenian genocide with a performance by the Pogossian family string quartet and quintet.

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HOLLYWOOD KNOCK-OUTS AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO IN OCTOBER

A one-of-a-kind special event will be coming to Tortoise Rock Casino in October. It’s Hollywood Knockouts, featuring gorgeous women, exciting dance performances, oil wrestling, and hot cream mania. The production is 8 p.m. October 3. Tickets for Hollywood Knockouts are $20 and are available at TortoiseRockCasino.com or call 800-585-3737. Doors

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ENJOY THE NIGHT AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Sometimes you just don’t feel like going out to explore our neighboring national park during the heat of the summer. Park Ranger Sarah Jane Pepper says that night time is a good time to experience your national park too… At Joshua Tree National Park summertime temperatures often climb above 100

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RUBBER DUCKIES ARE BACK

The Rubber Duckies are back! The Center for Healthy Generations, formerly the Morongo Basin Senior Support Center in Yucca Valley, is hosting a Rubber Ducky fundraiser September 18 at 6 p.m. The Center for Healthy Generations is located at 57121 Sunnyslope Drive. Call 760-365-9661 for more information.

HUNKS COMING TO TORTOISE ROCK CASINO IN SEPTEMBER

Las Vegas-style show will be coming to Tortoise Rock Casino in September. It’s Hunks: The Show, featuring chiseled men that have been hand-picked from around the world. The production is 8 p.m. September 19, and includes choreographed dance numbers, elaborate costume changes, acrobatics, comedy, and singing, with everything from “A

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RIDE YOUR OFF-ROAD VEHICLE RESPONSIBLY

Next weekend is Labor Day, and the Morongo Basin will experience an increase in off-road activity and illegal trespass. Make sure that your actions do not ruin the off-road experience for others. Reporter Sara Snyder has some tips on how to ride responsibly… According to county, state, and federal laws,

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SAVE THE DATE FOR TASTE OF MORONGO BASIN

Mark your calendar to save the date for the Eighth Annual Taste of Morongo. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Joshua Tree’s Foundation, the extremely popular event will be held Saturday, September 12 at the Bell Center at Copper Mountain College. Taste of Morongo features food from about a dozen

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MAJOR EXERCISE STARTS SUNDAY ABOARD THE TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE

The Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center will hold a battalion-level exercise on the Twentynine Palms Marine base starting today, August 30, through September 8. Marines and sailors of Battalion Landing Team 2/1, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Pendleton, will take part in the

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SUSPECT IN CUSTODY FOLLOWING ARSON FIRE AT WALMART

A suspect is in custody following an arson fire at Wal-mart early this morning. About 1:30 a.m., propane tanks stored outside the garden area caught on fire in front of the store. When firefighters from Yucca Valley, Yucca Mesa, Joshua Tree, Wonder Valley, the Combat Center, and Morongo Valley arrived,

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HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT ENDS IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH, ARREST

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested following a high-speed pursuit through residential streets and crash. Shortly after 2 p.m., a deputy tried to make a traffic stop on Rene Ruiz, 19, near Highway 62 and El Rey Avenue in Twentynine Palms. A Sheriff’s report states that Ruiz fled on his

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STATE SUSPENDS EXIT EXAM REQUIREMENTS FOR HIGH SCHOOL

Since 2006, all California high school students have been required to pass the California High School Exit Exam, or CAHSEE, before they could receive their diploma. The exam tests students’ knowledge and competency in math and English. However, with the change over to Common Core standards, the testing was abruptly

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MORONGO BASIN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL KICKS OFF TONIGHT

High school sports are back today with three football games. The Yucca Valley High School Trojans will host Granite Hills at home at 7 p.m. The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats will host a scrimmage against Temple City at home. The junior varsity game starts at 5, with the varsity

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PIONEER DAYS CONTESTS KICK OFF THE EVENT SEPTEMBER 19TH

The 55th annual Pioneer Pass Challenge sees the unique event returning to its roots. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells you how to sign up for this very extreme golf event… The 2015 Pioneer Pass Golf Challenge returns to the original site of the Blue Skies Golf Course and the new Hawk’s

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL PART 2: TRAFFIC LIGHTS AND A SCULPTURE

During a three-hour meeting Tuesday night, the Twentynine Palms City Council received an update on future traffic signals on the highway. CalTrans will install a signal at Utah Trail and Highway 62, with the state agency bearing 100 percent of the costs due to it being deemed a “safety issue.”

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL PART 1: A DOG PARK AND LATE TAXES

At its regular meeting last night, the Twentynine Palms City Council upheld a penalty for the late payment of transient occupancy taxes by the owner of three hotels in the city because he was out of the country, saying it would set a precedent for other hotel owners if they

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GOOD PROGRESS MADE ON THE SUMMIT FIRE IN BIG BEAR

Firefighters are making good progress on the Summit Fire in nearby Big Bear. Monday afternoon, the U.S. Forest Service lifted mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders for all but one street: Knickerbocker Road, south of Pennsylvania Avenue. If all goes well, that evacuation order will be lifted sometime today, said Forest

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THE LATEST ON THE SUMMIT FIRE IN THE BIG BEAR AREA

Hundreds of firefighters battled a 100-acre blaze near the Snow Summit resort in Big Bear as darkness fell Sunday. Evacuations were ordered, and hundreds of homes were threatened by what is being called the Summit fire. Containment of the blaze was reported at 50 percent today as plane after plane

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SCHOOL BUS ROUTES NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

School bus routes have been updated and some revisions have been made. Bus route information is available on the Morongo Unified School District website at www.morongo.k12.ca.us under the Transportation tab and also on the front page. Please check your child’s route and bus number to make sure you have the

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED FOR SPOUSE ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Thursday evening following a report of spouse abuse. According to a Sheriff’s report, a man called police about 8 p.m. Thursday night to say that he had been tied up and beaten by four men and his ex-fiance because they wanted money. The man

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