SCHOOL BOARD MEETING PACKED WITH TEACHERS DEMANDING A RAISE

A standing-room-only crowd of school teachers and classified school employees expressed their disapproval with the course of not-yet-concluded contract negotiations between their unions and the Morongo Unified School District last night. Reporter Dan Stork was there to witness the show of solidarity, and tells what else happened at the Board

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NO HELMET, ALCOHOL, ADD UP TO MAJOR MOTORCYCLE CRASH INJURIES

Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in a dirt bike crash that sent a Yucca Valley man to the hospital Saturday afternoon. According to CHP Officer Joan Griffin, Jesus Cuevas, 30, was riding his red and white off-highway motorcycle northbound on the dirt highway that parallels Old Woman

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ASHES TO GO TODAY IN YUCCA VALLEY

For the third year, the vicar of St. Joseph’s of Arimathea Episcopal Church in Yucca Valley will offer Ashes to Go. From noon to 1:30 the Reverend Jane Crase will be on the sidewalk in front of the Yucca Valley Post Office mark the sign of the cross on the

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL WANTS ALTERNATIVES TO THE HIGHWAY DEVELOPED

At a meeting in November, the Yucca Valley Town Council directed town staff to present an analysis of paving dirt roads and alleys north and south of Highway 62, to provide an alternative to traveling on the highway. And with the current project of installing raised medians on the highway,

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LIMITS TO SENIOR MEALS HAVE BEEN LIFTED

Limits that were placed on the senior meal programs in the Morongo Basin have been lifted, effective Monday, according to a spokesman at the Family Service Association, which funds the program. Tom Donahue said about $300,000 in federal funds for the senior nutrition program had been cut this fiscal year

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water District Board meets tonight in regular session. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the agenda… Prior to tonight’s regular meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, the board will meet in closed session in connection with labor contract negotiations. Then the 7 p.m. open session gets underway with

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TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY PRE-SCHOOL STORYTIME CELEBRATES DR. SEUSS

Preschool story time at the Twentynine Palms Library this week will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’ Birthday. This Thursday, March 6, Preschool story time will celebrate by reading his books and creating Dr. Seuss themed crafts. Children are invited to bring something to share, whether it’s Dr. Seuss themed or otherwise.

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HIGH SCHOOL ARTISTS INVITED TO APPLY FOR CONGRESSIONAL ART SHOW

Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley is giving local high school artists a chance to shine nationally. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to enter the congressional art show… Every spring, a nationwide high school arts competition is sponsored by members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Recently, Representative Paul

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RETIRED TEACHERS MEET NEXT WEEK

The California Retired Teachers’ Association will meet at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 14, at the Helen Gray Center in Joshua Tree. Guest speakers will be Mary Reeves and Kelly Lomax, of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Please call Sherry Craft, 760-881-5275, no later than Monday, March 10, if you

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL STAFF VERSUS STUDENT BASKETBALL GAME FRIDAY

Can a staff basketball team ever defeat the varsity at Yucca Valley High School? Dan Stork says come see, and support the sports program… The 4th Annual Yucca Valley High School “Staff vs. Boys Basketball” game is Friday, March 7, at 7 p.m. in the Trojan Gym. The cost of

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORE AND SCHEDULES

The Twentynine Palms Wildcat varsity golf team kicked off their pre-season Monday, traveling to San Jacinto for a two-day match play tournament against 16 other teams from around Southern California. The ’Cats came out strong and after Monday’s play, advanced four players to today. Advancing were Brandon Steffins, Ty Luken,

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YUCCA VALLEY MOTORCYCLIST MAN KILLED IN DUI HIT AND RUN

A motorcyclist was killed when a 69-year-old Yucca Valley man, accused of driving under the influence, turned his truck in front of him, then fled the scene after the fatal crash. According to Sheriff’s Deputy Wayne Greer, Jacob Koval, 26, of Yucca Valley, was riding his blue 2005 Suzuki motorcycle

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MARINE ARRESTED FOR SHOOTING AND KILLING A MARINE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A 22-year-old Marine was arrested early Monday morning for the murder of another Marine in Twentynine Palms Sunday night. According to a Sheriff’s press release, deputies responded to shooting at a home in the 7300 block of Saladin Avenue at 9:21 Sunday.

When deputies arrived, they found the 26-year-old

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ROLLOVER CRASH IN JOSHUA TREE SENDS TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN TO THE HOSPITAL

A single-vehicle rollover crash in Joshua Tree Sunday afternoon sent a Twentynine Palms man to the hospital. According to a CHP press release, John Butac, 26, was driving a 2000 Saturn on Highway 62 near Border Avenue about 1:45 p.m. when he made an unsafe turning movement, which caused his

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT, SUBSTITUE TEACHER PAY ON AGENDA

Financial review, Measure O oversight, substitute teacher pay, and four Board policies are on the school board agenda. Reporter Dan Stork has details… Following a closed session at 5:30 p.m. to deal with pupil and personnel issues, and employee bargaining discussions, the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education will

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FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents in Yucca Valley, at the offices of Pacific Clinics tomorrow, March 5. Pacific Clinics is located at 56020 Santa Fe Trail. The distribution will be from 3 to 5 in the afternoon. Recipients are requested to

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in regular session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff checks a busy agenda….. Among the items on the consent agenda for the Yucca Valley Town Council meeting tonight, the Council will be asked to approve a contract with the County for the animal shelter and

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION MEETS TONIGHT

For its March 4 meeting, the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission will hold its 34th study session on an update of the City’s Development Code. Up for discussion tonight is section 19.82 — Offstreet Parking. The meeting starts at 6 pm in City Hall on Adobe Road.

BLOOD DRIVE IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive on Wednesday, March 5, at the Yucca Valley Community Center from 12 to 4 p.m. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. All prospective donors should be free of

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RIBBON CUTTING FOR HOMELESS VETERANS THRIFTSHOP TOMORROW

Join the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce as they welcome Change for Vets thrift store to the community with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, March 5, at 5:30 p.m. All sales and donations received at Change for Vets go toward the fight to end homelessness for American vets. Change for Vets

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