PROPOSED DESERT PROTECTION ACT WOULD AFFECT OUR MORONGO BASIN

Senator Dianne Feinstein has introduced legislation that would create two new national monuments in our region of the California desert and designate six new wilderness areas. The California Desert Protection Recreation Act of 2015 seeks to create the Mojave Trails National Monument, protecting 942,000 acres of federal land between Joshua

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VACATION RENTALS AND SOCIAL HOSTING AT TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL TONIGHT

A social host ordinance and vacation home rentals are among the items on a busy agenda for the Twentynine Palms City Council. Dan Stork has the full list… Three public hearings head the agenda of the Twentynine Palms City Council on February 10. A social host ordinance, concerning consumption of

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HOUSE AND VEGETATION FIRES KEEP FIRE FIGHTERS BUSY

A Landers home is a total loss after an early morning fire today. Fire fighters from Yucca Mesa, Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and CalFire were called to a single-family residence in the 55000 block of Sunnyslope at 4:38 this morning. Captain Jay Dimoff said the home was fully involved in

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MOSTLY ROUTINE MEETING FOR THE YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission looks at a site plan extension and development code tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff looks at the agenda… It’s a routine meeting tonight for the Yucca Valley Planning Commission. The first item on the agenda is a request for a three-year time extension for a

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN DETAINED, THREATENS ANOTHER WITH A KNIFE

A Yucca Valley man with a history of violence was arrested Sunday evening, accused of threatening another man with a knife. According to a Sheriff’s report, a man called the Sheriff’s Department shortly after 6:30 p.m. Sunday to report that David Hopkins, 33, had pulled a knife on him in

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TWO HELD AFTER FIGHT AT APPLEBEE’S

Two Yucca Valley men were arrested late Sunday night following a fight at Applebee’s in Yucca Valley. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman called deputies shortly before 8 p.m. to report that her former boyfriend, Nathan Brown, 29, threatened to come to her house in the 49500 block of

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JOHNSON VALLEY WOMAN HELD FOR FELONY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

A Johnson Valley woman was arrested Friday afternoon, accused of beating up her boyfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, the man’s mother called 911 about 3:30 Friday afternoon from the 48100 block of Firethorn Way to report that her son’s girlfriend, Cecelia Ruiz, 23, had grabbed a knife, and when

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HOSPITAL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board meets in regular session tonight, Reporter Diana Jones checks the hospital Board’s Agenda… The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors will meet in regular session tonight. Among the items on the agenda, the board will hear administrative reports; be asked to approve medical staff policies;

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The Joshua Tree Clean team pickup will be held on tomorrow morning at the Joshua Tree Post Office. The team will start at 8 a.m. and work for one hour. Afterwards, the team will meet for optional coffee and conversation at the Park Rock Café. There will be trash bags,

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MORONGO VALLEY ART COLONY MEETS TOMORROW

The Art Colony of Morongo Valley holds its monthly meetings the second Wednesday of every month in the multi-purpose room at Covington Park in Morongo Valley. The meeting begins with a potluck lunch at noon. The Art Colony’s gift shop in the Covington Park community center has fine art, photography,

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CHICKEN TACOS AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW TOMORROW

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving chicken and beef tacos during Taco Wednesday tomorrow, February 11, from 11 to 1.

COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS MEET TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child meets tomorrow and every second Wednesday of the month from 4:30 pm to 6:00 p.m. the Helen Gray Center on the campus of the Hi-Desert Medical Center. The Compassionate

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TAI CHI CLASSES AT A YUCCA VALLEY CHURCH

A Yucca Valley Church offers tai chi classes and your first class is free. Reporter Rebecca Havely tells you how to reserve your space… Byron Miller has studied tai chi and other eastern disciplines for the past 25 years. Desert Hills Presbyterian Church in Yucca Valley hosts his classes that

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES

Saturday, February 7, the Twentynine Palms High School girls’ varsity basketball team traveled to Orange County and the J Serra Pavilion to compete in the Play 4 Kay Showcase for cancer research. The Wildcats defeated St. Bernard 61 to 31, to raise their record to 18-and-6 overall, and 10-and-0 in

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MISS YUCCA VALLEY 2015 AND HER COURT NAMED

A 16-year-old junior from Yucca Valley High School was crowned as “Miss Yucca Valley” Saturday night at the annual pageant sponsored by the Yucca Valley Rotary Club. Sarah Webb was selected by the judges after a long pageant process. The pageant is not a beauty contest and does not include

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YUCCA VALLEY TO HOST VALENTINE’S DINNER-DANCE

The Town of Yucca Valley is sponsoring a Valentine’s Day dinner and dance this Saturday. Managing editor Tami Roleff puts on her dancing shoes… Enjoy live entertainment featuring hits from Elvis to Pharrel at a Valentine’s Day dinner and dance on Saturday, February 14. The dinner dance takes place in

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SHERIFF AND FIRE OFFICIALS SAY “KING OF THE HAMMERS” SAFE, SUCCESSFUL

The “King of the Hammers” off-road competition came to close yesterday. Some 35,000 to 40,000 spectators came to “Hammertown” at the Johnson Valley off-road area north of Yucca Valley to see more than 415 teams race in a variety of competitions. The event saw praise from law enforcement and safety

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MORONGO BASIN MAC MEETING CANCELLED AFTER DISPUTED ARREST

According to Mark Lundquist, the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council Vice-Chairman, the MAC meeting scheduled for Monday has been cancelled. The chairman of the MAC, Mike Lipsitz, who was also the field representative for Third District Supervisor James Ramos, was fired by Ramos from the field rep post on Thursday,

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SEXUAL ASSAULT COUNSELOR TRAINING OFFERED

Morongo Basin Sexual Assault Services will offer volunteer training starting February 24. Volunteers who complete the 52-hour course will become State Certified Crisis Intervention Counselors and will help victims of sexual assault in our area. For more information or to apply, please call 760-369-3353.

LECTURE ON GOLD PROSPECTING WEDNESDAY IN YUCCA VALLEY

A hands-on lecture about prospecting for gold in Southern California will be offered at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum this week. Reporter Cassie Zimarik tells you how to be a real gold digger… The Morongo Basin Historical Society continues its Second Wednesday Lecture Series with “Gold: Prospecting in Southern California.” A

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