HI-DESERT WATER INCREASES THREE CONTRACTS

When the Hi-Desert Water District asked the sewer project’s engineers to eliminate the grinder pumps for 79 property owners, the engineers had to reconfigure the collection system, and that new design led to the water district needing easements—and appraisals—from an additional 117 properties. The appraiser also had to go back

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RETIRED TEACHERS TO MEET NEXT WEEK

California Retired Teachers will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 14, at the Helen Gray Center on Whitefeather Road. Members will welcome Linda Geddis, public relations representative for Food for Life, as this month’s guest speaker. Please call Gay Smith at 760-369-2211 no later than Monday, November 10, if

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SCHOOL BOARD DECLINES PARTISAN SUPPORT OF PENDING BILL

Before a sparse audience, the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education dispatched its agenda quickly. Reporter Dan Stork reports that there was one debated issue… By a vote of 2-2, with one abstention, the MUSD Board of Education declined to register support for Assembly Bill 2372, which purports to

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CRAFTS AND BAKED GOODS AT THREE LOCAL CHURCHES THIS WEEKEND

Immanuel Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Twentynine Palms will hold its annual craft fair on Saturday, November 8, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There will be handmade gift items, fall decorations, Christmas items, soup mixes and baked goods. The church is located at 6450 Stardune Avenue just off

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OPEN HOUSE AT BOXO HOUSE SATURDAY

An artist open house is set for this Saturday in Joshua Tree. Reporter Rebecca Havely invites you BOXO HOUSE… An open house for an artist in residence is offered by Boxo HOUSE in Joshua Tree this Saturday November 8 from 2 to 5 p.m. The artist, Eliza Kentridge, based in

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojan volleyball team played their final match of the season Wednesday night in Twentynine Palms. The varsity came up short in four sets. Coach Matt Jennings said leading the team were seniors Ashley Priest with 19 kills, eight blocks; Haley Rayburn with 10 kills

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COMPLETE LOCAL PRELIMINARY ELECTION RESULTS

Here are the preliminary results from yesterday’s elections; provisional and some absentee ballots remain to be counted. Two races are relatively close, but are unlikely to change:

Yucca Valley Town Council: Rick Denison, Merl Abel, and Bob Leone. Twentynine Palms City Council: John Cole, Dan Mintz, and McArthur Wright (Adam

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MET LAST NIGHT, PART 1 OF 2

The Yucca Valley Town Council met in a busy session last night, Managing Editor Tami Roleff breaks her report into two parts. Today, in the first part, she focuses on an appeal of a Planning Commission ruling… After considerable discussion, and some hard questions of Town staff and the business

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN KILLED IN JOSHUA TREE CAR VERSUS PEDESTRIAN CRASH IDENTIFIED

The Coroner’s office has identified the Yucca Valley woman who was killed as she tried to cross the highway in Joshua Tree Saturday morning. Brenna Hampson, 20, was standing in the fast lane of eastbound Highway 62 about 6:15 a.m., east of Whitefeather Road. Hampson was attempting to cross the

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WORRIES OVER FLOOD CONTROL IN JOSHUA TREE

In the wake of September’s flash floods in Joshua Tree, the County’s Department of Public Works movement of dirt left some locals unsatisfied. Reporter Dan Stork describes the bureaucratic cracks into which further improvements are falling… At October’s Morongo Basin MAC meeting, local residents complained to Supervisor James Ramos about

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT GETS $7.2 MILLION GRANT

The Hi-Desert Water District learned that it was awarded a $7.2 million grant through the Mojave Water Agency that it will use to replace water mains. The grant was awarded by the Department of Water Resource’s Integrated Regional Water Management, and was part of $221 million awarded to 27 projects,

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT MEETS TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water District Board meets in regular session tonight. Reporter Caitlin Logan checks the agenda… The Joshua Basin Water District will have their regular meeting on Wednesday, November 5, starting at 7:00 p.m. This meeting takes place at 61750 Chollita Road in Joshua Tree. During this meeting, the

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT MEETS TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Water District Board will look at paying more for services related to the sewer project tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff checks that agenda… Among the items on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors, the directors will be asked to increase the

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION TALKS ABOUT LIGHT AT AMBOY AND UTAH, HOTEL RESTAURANT

The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission met last night in a very short and sweet meeting, with only one action item on the agenda. In the public comment section, Karen Cole requested either a traffic or blinking light at the intersection of Utah Trail and Amboy Road, saying it’s a dangerous

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CAST NAMED FOR “SHAKESPEARE IN HOLLYWOOD” AT THEATRE 29

Theater 29 announces the cast of “Shakespeare in Hollywood,” its final offering for the 2014 season. Sixteen veterans and newcomers were chosen for this hilarious Ken Ludwig farce. Reporter Rebecca Havely fills us in on the cast choices… The “Shakespeare in Hollywood” cast has been chosen by Director John Wright,

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MORONGO VALLEY “OPERATION GOBBLE” TO GIVE AWAY TURKEYS

Morongo Valley Community Services District and the Fire Department will participate in the Golden State Water Company’s annual Operation Gobble event. This long-time tradition delivers hundreds of turkeys to community organizations that serve those in need, but to receive a turkey, you must call the CSD to put your name

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HUMANE SOCIETY FUND-RAISER THIS SATURDAY

Morongo Basin residents can help the animals at the Morongo Basin Humane Society’s no-kill animal shelter during a fund-raising event Saturday, November 8. For a $10 donation, you can learn to make pet beds which will be donated to the shelter. For an additional $5, you can make a bed

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THE UNIQUE TWENTYNINE PALMS WEED SHOW THIS WEEKEND

The annual Weed Show is a uniquely Twentynine Palms institution. Reporter Diana Jones says start getting your submissions ready for the event this weekend… This year’s theme for the Twentynine Palms Weed Show this weekend is All Rhyme, No Reason. This annual display features artistic arrangements of weeds, desert vegetation,

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YUCCA VALLEY SENIOR CLUB MEETS FRIDAY

The Yucca Valley Senior Club will hold their monthly meeting this Friday, November 7, at 10 a.m. at the Yucca Valley Senior Center located at the Community Center. All 60 years and above seniors and those interested in helping seniors, or are involved with seniors are welcome.

HONORS FOR A TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER

A Twentynine Palms English teacher will be honored by the Journalism Education Association in a ceremony Saturday in Washington, D.C. Michael Fontana, an English teacher, yearbook advisor, and baseball coach at Twentynine Palms High School, has achieved national recognition as a Certified Journalism Educator and will be honored at the

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