SHERIFF ASKS PUBLIC HELP IN FINDING RAPE SUSPECT

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a man suspected of rape, assault, and evading police. According to a Sheriff’s Department press release, on Wednesday, November 6, a woman went to the Hero Market in Landers about 12:45 p.m. claiming she had been beaten, tied up,

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NATIONAL FOREST AND PARK FEES WAIVED THIS WEEKEND

In honor of Veterans Day, all national parks and national forests will offer free admittance to everyone this weekend, from Saturday, November 9 through Monday, November 11. Fees for camping and tours of Key Ranch in Joshua Tree National Park will still be collected. Active duty military are eligible for

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DRUG AND THEFT ARREST IN JOSHUA TREE

A Joshua Tree woman who was admitted to drug court two weeks ago was arrested again Thursday, accused of being under the influence of drugs and grand theft. Valerie Belle, 33, went to a dog kennel in the 63300 block of Quail Springs Road shortly before 2 p.m. to get

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KITCHEN FIRE IN JOSHUA TREE

Quick thinking by Sheriff’s deputies and a neighbor saved a Joshua Tree home from being a total loss in a fire Thursday afternoon. About 3 p.m., Joshua Tree firefighters received a call of a kitchen fire in the 60000 block of Granada Road. When firefighters arrived, they found two Sheriff’s

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ADOPT-A-CHILD FOR CHRISTMAS

As the holidays approach, the Basin-Wide Foundation is again sponsoring their “Adopt-a-Child” Program. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells you how to help… Children in the Child Protective Services program, through no fault of their own, are often found during the holidays in temporary homes or foster care. The Basin Wide

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WEEKEND MUSIC AT DESERT CONGREGATIONAL

Desert Congregational Church in Twentynine Palms will hold a Saturday Night Church tonight, November 9, 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. Call 760-361-0086 for a free ride to the church.

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY WANTS VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers are critical to an operation like the Twentynine Palms Historical Society’s Old Schoolhouse Museum – it takes 1,400 volunteer hours annually just to staff the facility part-time. Like most all-volunteer organizations, the historical society can never have enough volunteers, President Les Snodgrass said. Docents are always needed at the

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JT VFW SUNDAY STEAK DINNER

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will not hold a Friday night dinner or Sunday breakfast this weekend. Instead, in honor of the Marine Corps’ 238th birthday November 10, the Post will hold a special rib-eye steak dinner Sunday. The cost is $15. The grilling starts at 3

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LUCERNE MAN KILLED ON BICYCLE ON STATE ROUTE 247

A Lucerne Valley mans on a bicycle was struck and killed yesterday morning on State Route 247. The County Coroner said at 7:59 a.m., Angelo “Andy” Douglas Azzato, 47, was found dead along the side of the road, the apparent victim of a hit-run-driver. Azzato had been riding his bicycle

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NATIONAL PARKS AND FORESTS FREE THIS VETERANS DAY WEEKEND

In honor of Veterans Day, all national parks and national forests will offer free admittance to everyone this weekend, from Saturday, November 9 through Monday, November 11. Fees for camping and tours of Key Ranch in Joshua Tree National Park will still be collected. Active duty military are eligible for

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UNITY HOME OFFERS STATE MANADATED TRAINING TUESDAY

Morongo Basin Unity Home will offer its 40-hour California state-mandated training class beginning November 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Classes will be every Tuesday and Thursday for 5 weeks. This class is offered at no charge. Call Unity Home’s Outreach Office at 760-366-1247 to sign up.

SHERIFF TALKS ABOUT INFLUX OF AB109 PRISONERS, PART 2 OF 2

With county jails at capacity, and having to add another 300 inmates a month due to the Inmate Realignment Act, or AB109, Sheriff John McMahon told the Yucca Valley Town Council at its meeting Tuesday night that something’s gotta give. In part 2 of two, managing editor Tami Roleff said

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UPDATED RESULTS ON VOTE FOR BIGHORN DESERT VIEW WATER BOARD

The County registrar of voters has updated its results for the election for three Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency Board seats. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, Dennis Straley is narrowly in the lead with 153 votes, just two votes ahead of Terry Burkhart, with 151. Director Judy Corl-Lorono is in third

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MORONGO BASIN DEMOCRATS MEET TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Democratic Club will meet Saturday, November 9, at Bruce’s Coyote Kitchen on the Copper Mountain College campus in Joshua Tree. Fellowship and a $10 full breakfast begin at 9 a.m.; the regular meeting begins at 10 a.m. On the agenda is a letter-writing campaign with some suggested

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SERRANO CULTURE PROGRAM AT JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER TOMORROW

In honor of Native American Month, Harrison House Music and Arts will present a free event showcasing the Serrano culture in Joshua Tree. The program, “Serrano Culture and Serrano Bighorn Sheep Songs” will feature elders and members of the Serrano people including tribal historian Ernest Siva, County Supervisor James Ramos,

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CONGRESSMAN COOK FIGHTING DIALYSIS PAYMENT CUTS

Representative Paul Cook has joined a broad bipartisan effort in Congress to express concern about cuts in Medicare payments for dialysis treatments. Those cuts originated in a Congressional vote earlier this year, in a measure supported by about half of those Congress people who now are part of the current

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SCIENCE SATURDAY TO LOOK AT THE HUMAN BODY

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum continues its popular education program, Science Saturdays, with a lecture on the human body on Saturday, November 9. No matter what a person is doing, whether it’s playing or sleeping, the human body is always at work. The body is filled with all types of complex

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6 CHICKS ART GALLERY POPS-UP IN JOSHUA TREE

Saturday, November 9th, will mark the opening of “6 Chicks,” the new POP UP art gallery in Joshua Tree featuring art by six local women artists: Bonnie Brady, Janis Commentz, Esther Shaw, Suzanne Ross, Diana Shay-Diehl, and Alita Van Vliet. The gallery will specialize in original works including gift items.

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TEENS MAKE A POMPOM TURKEYS AT THE TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY TOMORROW

Teens in grades 7 through 12 can join the Twentynine Palms Library Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m. for teen crafts. This month’s craft will be making a holiday turkey out of pompoms and felt. Enjoy refreshments as you create your one-of-a-kind craft. All supplies are provided by the Friends

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2013 TOYS FOR TOTS PROGRAM HAS STARTED

An annual tradition for the Marine Corps Reserves is gearing up in our Morongo Basin area. Reporter Taylor Thacker says… Toys for Tots has started! The Marines will be accepting toy donations and money donations starting now for this Christmas season. To donate money, go online to http://29-palms-ca.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx and then

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