YUCCA VALLEY TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT FOCUSING ON SPEEDING

This week, traffic enforcement officers in Yucca Valley will focus on speeding and other violations on Highway 62 between Hilton and Airway Avenues. The Sheriff’s Department reminds motorists to wear their seatbelts and use their cell phones in hands-free mode only.

LANDERS MAN HELD FOR FELONY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

A Landers man was arrested Friday after his girlfriend said he beat her up. According to a Sheriff’s report, Kirt Hanson, 50, went to his girlfriend’s home in the 5900 block of Mitch Lane in Landers and woke up his girlfriend by stomping on her and hitting her. Kirt Hanson

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LEARN ABOUT METEORITES FOR THURSDAY LUNCH AT HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM

Our Morongo Basin treats us to celestial phenomena unlike any other place on earth. Reporter Taylor Thacker invites you to attend a lunchtime lecture Thursday to learn more about the meteorites that sparkle in our desert nights……

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is kicking off their Winter Lecture Series on Thursday,

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BLOOD DRIVE AT YUCCA VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTER TOMORROW

Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive on Wednesday, January 8, at the Yucca Valley Community Center in Yucca Valley from 12 to 4 p.m. Donors will receive incentives, including a ticket to the 2014 Humana Challenge golf tournament. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT ON ALTA LOMA TOMORROW MORNING

Start the new year out by pledging to join the Joshua Tree Clean Team every second, fourth, and fifth Wednesday of the month with their goal to keep the community clean. The first scheduled clean-up in 2014 will be held tomorrow morning. Clean Team members will meet at the Rock

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION MEETS TONIGHT

The first meeting of the new year finds the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission with a familiar agenda. Reporter Dan Stork summarizes the status of the long-running Development Code update…

The only item on the agenda of the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission for its January 7 meeting is the 32nd study

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JOSHUA TREE COMMUNITY JAZZ BAND LOOKING FOR PLAYERS

The Joshua Tree Community Jazz band is still in need of some key players. The fun group is looking for sax, trumpet, trombone and guitar players who can read music. For more information contact Jesse Henry at 760-574-5212, or via Facebook at Jazzband page. Rehearsals are every Sunday from 2

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE COMPANY PLAYS OPEN TOMORROW

The curtain opens tomorrow on three plays being put on by the theater students at Yucca Valley High School. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the production is a triple treat…….

The Yucca Valley High School Theatre Company will present a triple feature in January. The three plays, “Happy Birthday, Heather

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PRE-SCHOOL STORYTIME STARTS THURSDAY AT THE TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY

The Twentynine Palms Library is offering their popular pre-school story time program. Reporter Taylor Thacker says the program starts Thursday…

Pre-school story time is beginning again at the Twentynine Palms Library! Three-, four-, and five-year olds are invited to attend these programs are held on Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. starting

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES

The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojan basketball team took second place in the Loma Linda Holiday Tournament last week losing to Aquinas 52-49 Saturday night in the championship game. Coach Jess Geeson said junior Ashley Priest and sophomore Annika Dendekker were named to the all-tournament team for the Lady

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HOUSE FIRE KILLS TWO DOGS

A house fire in Twentynine Palms killed two dogs yesterday. According to Fire Captain Robert Marquez, Twentynine Palms firefighters and units from the Combat Center and Wonder Valley fire stations were called to a fully involved house fire in the 6600 block of El Rey Avenue at 6 p.m. Sunday.

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PILOT HELICOPTER PROGRAM RESCUES MOTORCYCLE RIDER INJURED IN JOHNSON VALLEY CRASH

A new pilot program between the San Bernardino County fire Department and Sheriff’s Department was put to good use yesterday. A motorcycle rider, who was wearing his helmet and full motorcycle gear—was riding in the desert in Johnson Valley when he lost control of his bike while riding off Bodick

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VICTIMS OF MAILBOX THEFTS NOW GETTING FRAUDULENT TRANSACTIONS

In the wake of a mailbox theft rampage in December, fraudulent transactions have now shown up in the bank accounts of several area residents and victims. Dan Stork tells of the repercussions…

During the night of December 20, many locked community mailboxes in the Morongo Basin were vandalized and emptied.

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TOP NEWS HIGHLIGHTS OF 2013

As we take a look back at 2013, there are some news highlights of note: More than 1,000 residents attended a job fair in Twentynine Palms in July for 100 to 150 jobs at the new Tortoise Rock Casino being developed by the 29 Palms Band of Mission Indians. The

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THE TOP YUCCA VALLEY STORIES FOR 2013

As we start the new year of 2014, here are highlights of some of the top news stories for YuccaValley in 2013…

A recall effort against two members of the Yucca Valley Town Council failed when the Registrar of Voters determined the recall petitions did not have enough valid signatures.

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LOCAL CELEBRITY PASSINGS IN 2013

Continuing our review of notable events of 2013, two celebrities with ties to the Morongo Basin died last year. Folksy icon, California television personality, and Twentynine Palms resident Huell Howser, 67, died January 7. The television host chronicled the hidden history of the Golden State in his public television series,

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COMMON TOYS ENDANGERING JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK WILDLIFE

What we may think of as a common toy is bringing real danger to the wildlife in Joshua Tree National Park. Park Ranger Pam Tripp has this precaution……. Something commonly used for celebration or as a memorial, and thought of as a harmless decoration is one of the most hazardous

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FREE ASSISTANCE FOR SENIORS ON THE DMV DRIVING TEST OFFERED

The Twentynine Palms Library will offer a FREE mature driver education class every Wednesday from 2 to 3:30 p.m., beginning January 8. This continuous class will cover everything needed to pass the DMV written exam over any given six-week period. Seniors can join the class at any time during the

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LOW-COST SPAY AND NEUTER SERVICES AVAILABLE LOCALLY

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine clinics in January for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines; appointments are required for spay and neutering services. Clinics will be held in Joshua Tree, behind the dinosaurs on Highway 62,

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FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN SOME LOCATIONS THIS WEEK

Some areas of the Morongo Basin will receive distributions of surplus federal food on dates other than the regular second Monday. Reporter Dan Stork has the times and places… The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin. The locations and

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