WILDFIRE HAZARDS

Despite the recent rains, the vegetation in southern California is extremely dry, and is almost explosive when ignited. The Mountain and Silver fires near Idyllwild, and the Rim fire near Yosemite, are perfect illustrations of how devastating fire can be, and how fast fire can spread and burn in drought

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OPENING GAMES FOR BOTH YUCCA VALLEY AND TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOLS

The Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms High School football season opens tonight with games at home. The Yucca Valley Trojans football team plays a non-conference game against the Saints from Xavier Prep at 7 p.m. at Trojan Field. The Twentynine Palms Wildcat football team hosts the Cathedral City Lions in

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FREE MEAL IN TWENTYNINE PALMS SATURDAY

Breaking Bread Ministry will serve up free food and fellowship from 3 to 5 p.m. tomorrow at the Little Church of the Desert Community Hall in Twentynine Palms. Tomorrow Wally Currie and volunteers will serve a chef’s choice.

FREE BREAKFAST IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW

Joshua Tree Community United Methodist Church will provide a free community breakfast buffet Saturday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. Used clothing, shoes, coats and blankets are free to those in need as supplies last. The community is invited. The church is located at 6213 East Parkway.

BHAKTI FEST RETURNING TO JOSHUA TREE FOR 5TH YEAR

Bhakti Fest, the originator of yoga and kirtan festivals, is celebrating its fifth anniversary season September 5-8 at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center in Joshua Tree. In addition to hosting world-renowned kirtan and yoga leaders, Bhakti Fest will hold over 25 workshops. Managing editor Tami Roleff touches on the highlights

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A BUSY JOSHUA TREE VFW KITHCEN

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will offer an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner tonight, from 4:30 to 6:30, complete with salad and garlic bread, for only $5. Sunday breakfast will have a pork chop special from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

NO TRASH PICKUP MONDAY

Burrtec Waste and Recylcing Services will be closed on Labor Day. Waste and recycling collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week.

MORONGO BASIN TRANSIT BUSES NOT RUNNING MONDAY

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority will NOT operate service on Monday, September 2, in observance of Labor Day and will resume its regularly scheduled service on Tuesday, September 3.

SPAMALOT THIS WEEKEND AT THEATRE 29, MATINEE SUNDAY

Three performances of the hilarious “Spamalot” this weekend at the nicely air-conditioned Theatre 29. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells you how to get tickets for the Friday and Saturday night and Sunday Matinee shows…

Theatre 29 is one of the first community theaters in the country to be awarded amateur production

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STRONG REACTION TO STORY ABOUT EUTHANIZING DESERT TORTOISES

News that hundreds of threatened desert tortoises face euthanasia with the pending closure of a refuge near Las Vegas has generated a storm of reaction that has government officials scrambling to find alternatives and fielding offers from people wishing to adopt the reptiles or make donations. The Associated Press reported

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD BOARD ELECTION STILL TOO CLOSE TO CALL

The San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters late yesterday released an updated tally of votes for the mail-in election concluded Tuesday. The totals include ballots received in the mail through Election Day. In the Morongo Valley Community Services District voting, with three seats up for grabs, Karen Lowe remains in

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION, PART 3 OF 3, UNDERGROUNDING UTILITIES

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

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BURGLAR SUSPECT ARRESTED WITH OVER $12K IN STOLEN SOLAR PANELS

A Landers man was arrested early Wednesday morning after he was found with methamphetamine and stolen property. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy was driving by the 5800 block of Ira Lane in Landers about 2:30 a.m. when he saw a rental moving truck parked in front of a

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ARRESTED IN LANDERS AFTER A STRUGGLE WITH A SHERIFF’S DEPUTY

While following leads for a burglary case, Sheriff deputies arrested two other men on unrelated charges. Shortly before midnight Wednesday, Sheriff deputies went to a home near Reche Road and Belfield Boulevard looking for a suspect in a home burglary in which about $200,000 in coins were stolen, and a

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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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