THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES CAST FOR NEXT PRODUCTION

Casting is complete for the second production at Theatre 29, the Morongo Basin’s premiere playhouse. “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery: Murder at Checkmate Manor,” directed by theater veteran Marty Neider, is a comedy by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jr. about a drama group

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FREE ENTRANCE TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TODAY

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Joshua Tree National Park, along with the country’s 400 other national parks, will waive its entrance fee on today. Camping fees will still apply. Entrance fees are $15 for a vehicle, good for a week; $5 for bikers and hikers; or $30

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DESSERT SOIREE TO BENEFIT BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB

The sweetest event in the desert, the 12th Annual Dessert Soiree, will be a night of fabulous food, wine, auctions, concluding with the Sunset Rotary Club’s version of “Deal or No Deal” game. Assignment reporter Sara Snyder fills in the details on the event… The 12th Annual Dessert Soiree starts

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ANIMAL ACTION LEAGUE OFFERS LOW-COST MICROCHIPS

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in January for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spay and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you

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MOJAVE WATER AGENCY TO HOLD THE SCIENCE OF WATER LECTURE

Ever wonder how much water we really have in the High Desert, or what kind of chemicals are found in our groundwater? The Mojave Water Agency will hold a lecture on the Science of Water on Tuesday, January 28, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at its offices in Apple Valley,

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APPLICATIONS NOW TAKEN FOR GREENLEAF SCHOLARSHIP

Attention high school seniors: Applications are being taken for a prestigious local scholarship that can pay the entire cost of your college education. Z107.7’s Diana Jones tells you how to apply for the Greenleaf Scholarship from Copper Mountain College… Local high school seniors are invited to apply for the Roy

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SAVE THE DATE FOR “IDES OF MARCH” AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

The Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa: Beta Rho Pi, and the Associated Students of Copper Mountain College are announcing a “save the date” for their Ides of March celebration at the college. This Roman banquet will transport participants back to ancient Rome with food, drinks, theater, raffles, costume contest, a

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TWENTYNINE PALMS LITTLE LEAGUE NEEDS BOARD MEMBERS

The Twentynine Palms Little League has two positions open for the Board of Directors, and is also searching for an All-Star Coordinator and Concessions Director. Anyone interested in either position should call Ronda Morton at 760-368-7107. Baseball and softball signups are underway at 4 Sports N More; registration is $50

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS RESULTS AND SCHEDULES

The Twentynine Palms High School girls’ basketball team won at home against Desert Mirage on Friday, 74 to 34. The Wildcats’ record now stands at 13 and 4 overall and 2 and 0 in league. All nine girls played great defense. Leading scorers were Tusia Brown with 16 points; Cherokee

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CAMPFIRE SAFETY

With the example of the Colby fire very much in mind, campers need to use appropriate fuel for their fires. Ranger Pam Tripp has firewood advice…

Whenever camping, one of the main events of a good camping trip is the campfire. There is nothing like the smell of campfire smoke

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ALTA MIRA FIELD TRIP

The Land Use Committee of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council is having a field trip on Monday. The committee will inspect the area for the proposed 248 house gated community – the Alta Mira Project — in Joshua Tree. The meeting place will be on Alta Loma Drive, just

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“ON GOLDEN POND” CAST FOR ST. JOSEPH’S PLAYERS

The cast has been selected and rehearsals have begun for the St. Joseph’s Players production of the classic comedy/drama “On Golden Pond,” which is scheduled to open on Friday, February 21, and play through Sunday, March 16, in the Rusack Parish Hall at the St. Joseph of Arimathea Church, 56312

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REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE EXHIBIT

The annual and always inventive “Reduce, Reuse, Recyle” art exhibit opens soon. Reporter Taylor Thacker has your invitation…

As part of the Town of Yucca Valley’s annual Earth Day celebration, local residents are invited to the Hi-Desert Nature Museum’s “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” art exhibition on display January 25 through April

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS MONDAY

In high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School boys’ basketball team will take part in the Martin Luther King Jr. Showcase in Rancho Cucamonga.

CHP NEW DRIVERS CLASSES

The Morongo Basin CHP is offering another FREE Start Smart class for teen drivers and new drivers. These classes provide valuable safety information, and classroom instruction on collision avoidance techniques, collision-causing elements, and driver responsibilities. The class will be held on Tuesday, January 21, in the CHP offices on the

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3.0 QUAKE HITS YUCCA VALLEY

A minor earthquake centered in Yucca Valley hit shortly before 8:25 pm on Friday evening. Preliminary reports measured the quake at a strength of 3.0, with the center located about a mile south of the town’s center, at a depth of 3 miles below the surface of the earth. The

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LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS SENT TO GLENDORA FIRE

Fire fighters from two Morongo Basin stations were sent early Friday morning to fight the Colby fire in the hills above Glendora and Azusa. Brush engines from Station 41 in Yucca Valley and from the Morongo Valley Fire Department left about 2 a.m. Friday. Each brush engine has four fire

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FIRE PRECAUTIONS

With wildlands in close proximity to homes, fire prevention actions are always in order. Reporter Mike Lipsitz passes along important tips…

In response to the ongoing wildfire threat, the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes offers the following prevention tips to protect your property and loved ones.

Your gutters, eaves

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“THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST” AT THEATRE 29

Algernon (Cyrus Short) and Cecily (Lizzie Schmeling) share a moment in the garden, during “The Importance of Being Ernest” at Theatre 29.

“I knew the cast is having fun when they didn’t want to take Christmas week off” said Butch Pelfrey, the Director of the classic comedy, “The Importance

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CHILI FUNDRAISER FOR ST. JOSEPH’S PLAYERS

With one production to its credit, and another in the offing, a Yucca Valley theater group is having a fundraiser to support its efforts. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says, bring an appetite…

The St. Joseph’s Players are holding a chili dinner fundraiser Saturday, January 18 to raise money for their

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