MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL API SCORES EXCEED STATE AVERAGES

Statewide, the Academic Performance Index (API) of public schools declined from 2012 to 2013, following an increase in the previous school years’ comparisons. Dan Stork says that the Morongo Unified School District did much better…

Throughout the state of California, the overall Academic Performance Index (API) in public schools declined

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INTENSE RAINS BRING FLASH FLOODING AND ROAD CLOSURES

Parts of the Morongo Basin experienced intense rain storms and severe flash flooding yesterday afternoon, while other parts remained dry without a drop of rain. A National Weather service trained spotter reported parts of Twentynine Palms received 2 ½ inches of rain in less than one hour, while other parts

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HOT HULA FITNESS AT TWENTYNINE PALMS RECREATION

Twentynine Palms Recreation is offering Hot Hula Fitness classes with instructor Pasi Larsen. This class is a fun, new and exciting dance workout. It provides a total body workout in 60 minutes. Hot Hula Fitness isolates your larger muscle groups, increasing strength and definition to your core. Inspired by the

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WE REVIEW

Theatre 29′s newest production is “Spamalot,” a play that’s lovingly ripped off from the movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” It features coconuts standing in for horses, a catapulting cow, flatulent knight, killer rabbit, and a knight who bats for the other team. Managing editor Tami Roleff attended both

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE ANNOUNCES GRACE MEMORIAL SCHOLAR

Copper Mountain College Foundation has named a Twentynine Palms woman as the first recipient of the Grace Memorial Visual Art Scholarship. The $500 scholarship was awarded to Melinda Tomesello on the recommendation of the college’s art faculty.

Melinda Tomesello (center), awarded the Grace Memorial $500 Visual Arts Scholarship. Pictured

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SIGN UP FOR MORONGO VALLEY'S GOT TALENT

You know Morongo Valley’s Got Talent, and you can help prove it during Morongo Valley’s Fiesta Days. Dan Stork tells you what you need to do before you can strut your stuff…

One of the featured events at this year’s Morongo Valley Fiesta Days, September 13 and 14, is “Morongo

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THEATRE 29 TO ANNOUNCE NEW SEASON SEPTEMBER 12

Theatre 29 will announce its 2014 performance season at a special season announcement gala, co-hosted by three Morongo Basin Chambers of Commerce. This year’s announcement gala will be held in the sanctuary of the Joshua Tree Retreat Center from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 12. The Twentynine Palms,

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TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY LOOKING FOR YOUTH COMMISSIONERS

The Town of Yucca Valley is recruiting members for their Youth Commission. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you what it is and how to sign up…

The Town of Yucca Valley is currently recruiting to fill seats on its 2013/2014 Youth Commission. This youth led advocacy group enhances the quality of

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT DISCUSSES DROPPING FIRE MUTUAL AID, METER NOTIFICATIONS

During last night’s Twentynine Palms Water District meeting, the Board debated whether or not to stop the Fire Department’s mutual aid agreements to other cities. Mutual aid is an agreement with neighboring Fire Departments in which they respond to a fire if the home department is unable to respond or

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION PART 2 OF 3: WIND ENERGY RULES

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission discussed regulations for home-based businesses, wind energy, and undergrounding utilities at its meeting Tuesday night. Yesterday, in Part 1 of a 3-part report, Commissioners discussed whether it should allow residents to establish a home-based business to sell firearms. Today, in Part 2, the Commission discusses

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DUI/DRIVERS LICENSE CHECKPOINT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Police Department will conduct a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint tonight. Officers will be stopping drivers at an undisclosed location in Twentynine Palms between the hours of 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. Drivers will be checked for signs of alcohol or drug impairment, as well as for proper licensing

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AN UPDATE ON THE TORTOISE ROCK CASINO, NEW OPENING DATE

The exterior walls are up at the Tortoise Rock Casino on Baseline Road in Twentynine Palms. Dan Stork asked the casino management, “When is the opening?” …

The web site for Tortoise Rock Casino still says “Opening Fall 2013,” but Adam Sak, the Marketing Director for Spotlight29, told Z107.7 that

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JOSHUA TREE HOME LOST IN WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON FIRE

A Joshua Tree home is most likely a total loss after a fire Wednesday afternoon. According to Joshua Tree Fire Engineer Dave Fuller, a woman in the 4500 block of Avenida La Flora thought something was burning on her neighbor’s stove, and she went next door to check it out.

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LOCAL WOMEN'S ROLLER DERBY TEAM FUND-RAISER SATURDAY

The Mojave Rattle Skaters is a flat-track women’s roller derby team in the Morongo Basin. The team was formed in 2012 and actively trains and competes with other regional roller derby teams. They have been actively raising money to fund the installation of a smooth concrete track. Managing editor Tami

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EXTRA LABOR DAY WEEKEND PERFORMANCE IN PIONEERTOWN

In observance of Labor Day weekend, the old-west re-enactment group, Mane Street Stampede, will gallop into Pioneertown for a special evening show. In addition to its regular 2:30 Saturday afternoon show featuring Old West, shoot-em-up skits, the Mane Street Stampede will hold a second show at 6:30 p.m. August 31.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT MEETS WEARING THREE HATS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Water District will meet tonight wearing three different hats. Reporter Taylor Thacker explains and checks the agendas…

Tonight is busy with many meetings! Starting at 5:30 p.m., the Twentynine Palms Water District Financing Corporation will meet for their annual once-a-year meeting to elect officers for the positions

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BIGHORN DESERT VIEW WATER AGENCY TO APPOINT NEW DIRECTOR

The Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency met last night in regular session. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there for a board appointment and a presentation…

At last night’s meeting of the Bighorn Desert View Water Agency, the board declared a vacancy as a result of Director David Larson’s resignation as he is

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY BOARD MEETS TOMORROW

The Twentynine Palms Cemetery Board of Directors will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Among the items on the agenda, the directors will discuss the policy for markers for spouses in Section B-7 veteran plots. And since the County no longer pays for plots for indigent burials, the directors will discuss

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION DISCUSSES HOME OCCUPATION PERMITS

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission discussed regulations for home-based businesses, wind energy, and undergrounding utilities at its meeting Tuesday night. Today’s first in a three-part report is whether the Commissioners should allow residents to establish a home-based business to sell firearms. Tomorrow, in Part 2, is the Commission’s discussion on

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NAKED MAN IN JOSHUA TREE CITED

A Joshua Tree man got a little too much sun Monday. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 9:45 a.m., Michael Leonard, 53, was walking around Sunny Vista Road and Highway 62 completely naked. When a deputy arrived, Leonard said he was walking around naked picking up trash because he wanted

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