FUNDRAISER FOR MORONGO VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT

A breakfast and rummage sale in Morongo Valley’s Covington Park will benefit the Morongo Valley Fire Department. The Fire Fighters Auxiliary is hosting breakfast, set for 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 4; tickets are $7 for adults, $3.50 for children. The breakfast will feature homemade pancakes, eggs, sausage

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PAINTING AND DRAWING COURSES OFFERED

The desert is an inexhaustible source of inspiration. Reporter Cara Conway says there’s a course that will help you realize your artistic yearnings…

Bring out your inner artist! The Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park is introducing residents to oil, watercolor, and clayboard painting and drawing! Learn to re-create

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JOSHUA TREE VFW BREAKFAST SUNDAY, TACOS WEDNESDAY

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will offer a Sunday pancake breakfast with breakfast burritos, omelets, and more from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1. The VFW post is located at 6402 Veterans Way in downtown JT.

MAJOR HIGHWAY PROJECT COMING TO STATE ROUTE 247

Motorists who drive on State Route 247, also known as Old Woman Springs Road, should prepare to be inconvenienced for the next seven months or so. CalTrans is planning an $8 million dollar project on eight miles of the highway, from El Cortez Road to Handley Road that will start

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AS ELECTIONS APPROACH, CAMPAIGN SIGN ISSUES

At least one candidate for a local office has complained about disappearing campaign signs. What can be done about it? Reporter Dan Stork says, not much … State law has a fair bit to say about the responsibilities of parties who put out campaign signs in the run-up to balloting.

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THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES THE PRODUCTION FOR THEIR 2015 SEASON

Theatre 29 announced its 2015 season at a special gala event hosted by the three Morongo Basin Chambers of Commerce last week. Managing editor Tami Roleff gives a run-down on the upcoming shows… Beginning the year is the comedy “An Ideal Husband” by Oscar Wilde and directed by Butch Pelfry.

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THEATRE 29 SELLING MEMORIAL BRICKS FOR “SERENITY GARDEN”

Theatre 29 has big plans for their new Serenity Patio being constructed to the east of the theater building. This area will include a giant sculpture, reminiscent of the iconic Comedy and Drama masks, a beautiful garden, and seating area. Theatre-goers will be able to enjoy the peaceful seating area

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DESERT RUN FUNDRAISER BENEFITS MORONGO BASIN SEARCH AND RESCUE

The annual Desert Run is a fund-raiser for the Morongo Basin Search and Rescue Team. Assignment reporter Cassie Zimarik says get your 4-wheel drive vehicle for some big fun for a good cause… It’s that time of year again! The Morongo Basin Search and Rescue will be holding their Desert

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ORCHID FESTIVAL OCTOBER 4TH AND 5TH SPOTLIGHTS LOCAL NON-PROFITS

In addition to the orchids, food, entertainment, wine and cheese tasting, bounce house, pottery, and art and jewelry vendors at the Orchid Festival, the festival is a showcase for participating non-profit organizations. Reporter Dan Stork tells which nonprofits are participating this year, and how you can help your favorite charities

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“SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE” GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP MEETS TOMORROW

A “Survivors of Suicide” Grief Support Group meets every Saturday at 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at the Hospice of Morongo Basin Office located at 61675 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree. Nancy Goudie, a psychiatric nurse, has offered to conduct this group at no cost to the members of our community.

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JOSHUA TREE VFW DINNER TONIGHT, BREAKFAST SUNDAY, TACOS WEDNESDAY

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will offer a spaghetti dinner tonight, from 4 to 6, complete with salad and garlic bread, for only $6. Sunday breakfast this week is a pancake breakfast with breakfast burritos, omelets, and more from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL CANDIDATES FORUM TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

An opportunity to be an informed voter is coming up next week. Managing editor Tami Roleff says a Yucca Valley Town Council Candidates forum is set for this coming Tuesday… With nine people running for Yucca Valley Town Council there are a lot of candidates to get to know before

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STAR TWIRLER SQUARE DANCING TONIGHT IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Star Twirlers Square Dance Club is hosting a plus-level square dance at the Yucca Valley Elks Lodge tonight. The lodge is located at 55946 Yucca Trail in Yucca Valley. Rob Grigsby will be calling squares from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Lines will be cued from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m.

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CHURCH’S MEN’S GROUP HOLDS FUNDRAISER SATURDAY

The men’s group at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church will hold their end-of-season fund-raiser tomorrow, Saturday, September 27, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to join them for hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, watermelon and soft drinks! All this for $8 for adults and $4 for kids. The church

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SLOW-PITCH SOFTBALL LEAGUES STARTING IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

The slow-pitch softball season kicks off next week in Twentynine Palms. ROP broadcast student Michael Gandara gets out his cleats… Twentynine Palms fall slow-pitch softball leagues begin October 1. The all-men’s league will be on Monday nights and the co-ed league will be Tuesday and Thursday nights. Anyone interested in

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

Coming up in high school sports tonight, the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat football team will travel away to play Rancho Mirage High School Rattlers. Kick-off is at 7 p.m.

The Joshua Springs Christian School Lightning football team will travel away to play Fulton College Prep. Game time is 7

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TWO HELD AFTER DRUGS AND EXPLOSIVES ARE FOUND IN A TWENTYNINE PALMS HOME

Sheriff’s Deputies and narcotics officers served a search warrant at 73958 Casita Dr. in Twentynine Palms yesterday. The search of the residence revealed a military grade explosive device, methamphetamine, and evidence of sales of methamphetamine. Michael Brown, 32, and Melissa Dollard, 36, were subsequently arrested for investigation of possession of

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SHERIFF’S PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY SATURDAY

The Sheriff’s Department will be holding their annual Drug Take Back Day this Saturday. Reporter Caitlin Logan tells you how to get rid of those old prescriptions… The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public the opportunity to prevent prescription pill abuse and

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HI-DESERT WATER TO GET 620 ACRE FEET OF STATE WATER

The Hi-Desert Water District has learned that it will be receiving just one-fifth of its usual water allocation from the State Water Project. According to the water district, it will receive 620 acre feet of water to recharge local water supplies. This is the lowest amount of water that has

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT TALKS ABOUT RAISING WATER RATES, APPOINTING BOARD MEMBER

The Twentynine Palms Water District met last night to discuss their current water rates. While the District currently meets minimum operating requirements, they said existing rates are insufficient for increasing capital costs, so they are considering raising the cost of water over the next five years. No action was taken

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