“A CHRISTMAS CAROL” BENEFIT OPENING TOMORROW AT THEATRE 29

The opening night gala of Theatre 29’s next production, “A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens, will be sponsored by Morongo Basin Relay for Life. Opening night is November 15. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The evening will start with heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages. There will be a silent

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CHOLLA TRANSPLANTING AND CITIZEN SCIENTISTS AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Visitors to Joshua Tree National Park may notice work being done along the Pinto Basin Road. A contractor is working with park staff to return 800 plants back to the Cholla Cactus Garden. Work started late October and could continue through mid-January, 2014. These plants were originally salvaged and transplanted

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CASA CULURAS HOSTS JOSHUA TREE INDIGENOUS FILM FESTIVAL

Casa de Culturas will host the 2013 Joshua Tree Indigenous Film Festival, three days of films, performances and presentations by local and indigenous artists and elders. This year the Festival will showcase the work of native scholar and elder Alfredo Acosta Figueroa, who will open the festivities with a new

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BASIN WIDE FOUNDATION HOSTING “ADOPT A CHILD” PROGRAM

With the holidays season already nipping at our nose, The Basin Wide Foundation is launching their “Adopt a Child Program”. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to get involved… It’s that time of year where we start getting ready for Christmas time by buying gifts and setting up decorations! However,

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MANADATORY WINTER SPORTS MEETING TONIGHT AT TPHS

This reminder, Twentynine Palms High School students who want to participate in winter sports must attend a meeting in the high school’s gym at 7 p.m. tonight with their parent or guardian. Students who do not attend with a parent or guardian will not be allowed to participate in winter

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CHP LOOKING FOR TRUCK THAT LOST A COUCH

The California Highway Patrol is asking for the public’s help in locating the driver of a pickup truck that failed to stop in a collision that injured a little girl. According to a CHP press release, last Saturday about 5:20 p.m., Ariel Gilman of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, was driving

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HELP CLEAN-UP PIPES CANYON THIS SATURDAY

Save Our Desert will host a cleanup day in the Pipes Canyon Area this coming Saturday, November 16. Participants will meet at the corner of Highway 247 and Pipes Canyon Road, and disperse to several areas to clean up roadsides and open space area in the vicinity of Black Lava

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL PART 1 OF 2: PRAYERS BEFORE COUNCIL MEETINGS

In the first of two reports on this week’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council, Dan Stork highlights the discussion of the practice of invocations before meetings of the Council…

At the beginning of the discussion of invocations before City Council meetings, Twentynine Palms City Attorney Patrick Munoz set

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COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLE THIS SUNDAY

The Joshua Tree Retreat Center will host a community drum circle celebrating the full moon from 7 to 9 p.m. this Sunday, November 17. Well-known Joshua Tree percussionist Sam Sloneker will facilitate the gathering, which will be held in the center’s Friendship Hall. The event kicks off the sixth year

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVES ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY EXPANSION

Expansion of an assisted living facility on Joshua Lane and outdoor displays for a new store were on the agenda for the Yucca valley Planning Commission last night. Managing Deport Tami Roleff was there and files this report… Despite receiving letters from neighbors objecting to the expansion of an assisted

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YUCCA VALLEY REPUBLICAN WOMEN MEET SUNDAY

Yucca Valley Republican Women will hold their Installation Dinner meeting this Monday, November 18, at 6 p.m. Yucca Valley’s own Chad Mayes will be the installing officer and speaker for the evening on “Election 2014 – Get Motivated.” Mayes served three terms on the Yucca Valley Town Council and served

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RELAY FOR LIFE CRAFT BAZAAR AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER SATURDAY

Hi-Desert Medical Center’s Relay for Life team is sponsoring a community craft bazaar Saturday, November 16, from 8 to 2:30 at the Helen Gray Education Center on the hospital campus. Handmade soaps, jewelry, jams, cards, and homemade knitted, embroidered and personalized items will all be available for sale. More vendors

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD MEETS TOMORROW, VOTING FOR STUDENT REP ON AGENDA

The Copper Mountain College Board will meet tomorrow. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the agenda… The regular monthly meeting of the Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees begins at 3 p.m. tomorrow. Topping the action agenda is a possible decision on whether or not to grant voting privileges to the Student

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DESERT HILLS PRESBYTERIAN HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

A holiday boutique and luncheon will be held Friday, November 15, and Saturday, November 16, at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church in Yucca Valley. The boutique is open Friday, 8 to 4 and Saturday, 9 to noon. The luncheon is served 11:30 to 1 Friday only. The boutique will feature crafts,

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AN INVITATION TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK FOR SUNDAY

Family-Up! invites everyone to spend the day with them in Joshua Tree National Park Sunday, November 17. The group will picnic, hike, and rock scramble. Those interested in the event should meet at 11:30 a.m. at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, 56750 Mountain View Trail, or if you prefer to drive

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY VISITS WHITEWATER PRESERVE THIS FRIDAY

The Historical Society is travelling to the Whitewater Preserve this Friday. Reporter Taylor Thacker invites you to join them… Join the Morongo Basin Historical Society on their car pool to the Whitewater Preserve. Naturalist Dawn Boatman will be the host for the day and will share the history of the

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YUCCA VALLEY AND TWENTYNINE PALMS VOLLEYBALL LOSE 1ST ROUND CIF PLAYOFF GAMES

The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojans volleyball team travelled to West Valley High School yesterday to take on the Lady Mustangs in round 1 CIF playoffs. Yucca Valley High School lost in three sets. Coach Matt Jennings said standouts were: Ashley Priest, with one block, two kills; Chelsea LeBoutillier,

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NEW, BASIN-WIDE MUNCIPAL ADVISORY COMMISSION MET LAST NIGHT

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council met for the first time last night. About two dozen members of the public turned out to weigh in on a handful of topics relevant to the County Board of Supervisors. The eight neophyte MAC members listened intensely to public comments on a proposed

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DRYWALL CONTAINS FIRE IN YUCCA VALLEY HOUSE FIRE

Drywall is believed to have kept a fire from spreading at a house in Yucca Valley yesterday. According to County Fire Captain Rick Denison, Yucca Valley firefighters were called to a small structure fire in the 58500 block of Paxton Avenue at 7:38 p.m. Denison said they arrived to find

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YUCCA VALLEY TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT TO FOCUS ON SPEEDING

This week, traffic enforcement officers in Yucca Valley will focus on speeding and other violations on Highway 62 between Sage Avenue and Church Street. The Sheriff’s Department reminds motorists the speed limit in the construction zone on the west end of Yucca Valley is 35 miles per hour and construction

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