DESERT PROTECTION ACT CELEBRATION AT BIG MORONGO CANYON

Desert communities from all over California are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the California Desert Protection Act, which increased protection for over 8 million acres of the California desert. Reporter Caitlin Logan tells about an event in Morongo Valley…

In celebration, The SummerTree Institute and Morongo Valley Community Services District

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR HOMELESS COUNT

Volunteers are needed for a one-day count of homeless persons living in the Morongo Basin. The Point-in-Time count is headed by Morongo Basin Haven, an affiliate of the Basin Wide Foundation. Volunteers will help identify locations where homeless people live, spend time, and receive services. The Point-in-Time count will be

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SATURDAY NIGHT CHURCH AT DESERT CONGREGATIONAL

Desert Congregational Church in Twentynine Palms will hold a Saturday Night Church Saturday, November 8, at 7 p.m. Musicians of all types are invited to come and play country, bluegrass, and gospel music. The church is located at 5688 Sunrise Road. For more information, call Bob Pilgrim at 760-367-9429.

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DESERT HILLS PRESBYTERIAN HONORS MILITARY

Join Desert Hills Presbyterian Church 10 a.m. Sunday, November 9, for a special service honoring all those who served or are serving in the military. As you enter the church, notice our “Military Honor Roll – Memorial List” Window, which acknowledges those in or related to the congregation. The church

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29P PARK AND REC BASKETBALL

Twentynine Palms has a healthy youth basketball program. ROP Broadcasting student Chris White tells how vigorous it is…

For those of you thinking about playing basketball for Twentynine Palms Park and Rec I recently interviewed employee Kari Minatrea and asked her a few questions. I asked her how many kids

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ACTING CLASSES OFFERED AT THEATRE 29

Theatre 29 will offer on-going weekly acting classes for those who want to study and learn more about acting. The classes will be led by Abe Daniels, who has 30 years of acting experience and has received several awards from the Desert Theatre League. Students will explore acting techniques using

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SENATOR VOWS TO PROPOSE TWO NATIONAL MONUMENTS IN OUR AREA

Senator Dianne Feinstein said she would be introducing new legislation on the first day of the new Congress next year to establish two new national monuments in the Mojave Desert—totaling more than 1.1 million acres—with most of that land in San Bernardino County. Legislation that Feinstein will propose would create

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SUPERINTENDANT GETS PUBLIC INPUT ON PARK FEES

A small group at the Bell Center had a spirited back-and-forth about proposed fee increases for Joshua Tree National Park. Reporter Dan Stork says that Superintendent David Smith received some strong messages and constructive suggestions… David Smith, the Superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park, started the town meeting on proposed

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11-YEAR-OLD BRINGS KNIFE TO SCHOOL, THREATENS OTHER STUDENTS

An 11-year-old boy who threatened to stab another student at school was arrested in Yucca Valley Wednesday afternoon. The boy, who was not identified because of his age, brought a miniature, 5 ½-inch sword to Yucca Valley Elementary School Wednesday morning and threatened to stab the other student “a million

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MORONGO VALLEY WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER CHILD FOUND WANDERING

A Morongo Valley woman was arrested Wednesday after her two-year-old son was found wandering unattended about two blocks from home. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman on Rose Eden called the Sheriff’s department at 8:19 a.m. Wednesday to report she had heard what sounded like a cat screaming outside

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A CLEBRATION OF THE DESERT PROTECTION ACT IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW

Twenty years ago this fall, the California Desert Protection Act enlarged and re-designated Joshua Tree and Death Valley national monuments as national parks, established the Mojave National Preserve, and designated 69 new Bureau of Land Management wilderness areas. Reporter Caitlin Logan says the 20th anniversary of the California Desert protection

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ALCOHOL SUSPECTED IN CRASH OF VEHICLE INTO A BUILDING

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in a crash in Yucca Valley early Thursday morning. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matthew Yost, Richard Sanchez, 27, of Yucca Valley, was driving his 1995 Lexus northbound on Avalon Avenue about 2:18 a.m. when he lost control of the car rounding a curve.

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TWO SUSPICIOUS FIRES IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Sheriff’s arson squad is investigating two suspicious fires in Yucca Valley Thursday. About 5:45 p.m., fire fighters from Joshua Tree were on a medical aid call in Yucca Valley when they saw smoke coming from behind the Airway Medical Center. They arrived to find a dumpster fully involved in

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TLC VOLUNTEEERS TO MEET ON MONDAYS

The volunteers that put on the annual Tender Loving Cause events for the holidays will start meeting regularly next week. Managing editor Tami Roleff says mark Mondays on your calendar if you want to help… Tender Loving Cause, the all-volunteer organization that has put on Tender Loving Christmas for 30

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NO CHANGE IN ELECTION RESULTS

Nothing has changed in the election results except more votes have been counted, with damaged ballots and vote-by-mail ballots dropped off at the polls still to be counted.

BLOOD DRIVE IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive on Saturday, November 8, at Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley from 11 to 3. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. Those aged 18 to 44 years may register for

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BICYCLE RODEO IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

The Town of Yucca Valley, in conjunction with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, will host a “State Safe Routes to School Program” and bicycle rodeo for Yucca Valley students on Saturday, November 8, at the Yucca Valley Community Center. The event kicks off at 9:00 a.m. in the Yucca

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TRANSITION JOSHUA TREE SOLAR POTLUCK TOMORROW

Transition Joshua Tree is having a weekend potluck that focuses on “The New Economy.” Reporter Dan Stork says bring your solar cooker… Transition Joshua Tree will have a solar-powered potluck on Saturday November 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Joshua Tree Trading Post, 61716 Twentynine Palms Highway.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS ART GALLERY RECEPTION TONIGHT, WEED SHOW THIS WEEKEND

Local artists Shea Cline, Tanner McGuire, and Guild members will be showing new work in November at the historic Twentynine Palms Art Gallery. A special evening reception and artist talk will be held on Friday, Nov. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. to celebrate the opening of the show at

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DINNER AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW TONIGHT

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up a fish and shrimp dinner tonight from 4:00 to 6:00. The Saturday Marine Birthday barbecue has been cancelled, as well as Sunday breakfast. But don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.