YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS: BUDGET INPUT, SYNCHRONIZING TRAFFIC LIGHTS

The Yucca Valley Town Council will meets in an early special and then regular session tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the agenda ranges from public input on the budget to synchronizing traffic lights…

The Yucca Valley Town Council will start its regular meeting tonight with a special meeting starting

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NEW ROUTE FOR 64TH ANNUAL GRUBSTAKE DAYS PARADE SATURDAY

Due to construction on Highway 62, the route for the 64th annual Grubstake Days parade has changed. Participants will line up on the corner of Church Street and Onaga Trail and proceed east down Onaga Trail to the high school on the corner of Onaga and Sage. After the parade

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GRUBSTAKE DAYS HORSHOE TOURNAMENT SIGNUPS BEING TAKEN

This year’s Grubstake Days brings out the traditional horseshoe tournaments hosted by the Town of Yucca Valley. Reporter Diana Jones gets out her favorite throwin’ shoes…

The Grubstake Days horseshoe competition returns Saturday with a double-elimination tournament. Registration is first-come, first-served, at the Yucca Valley Community Center, Monday through Thursday

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CELEBRITY LOOK-A-LIKE SOUGHT FOR GRUBSTAKE DAYS BEARD CONTEST

Celebrity look-a-likes is the theme of this year’s Grubstake Days Beard Contest. If you could be in the cast of Duck Dynasty or be mistaken for Chuck Norris, come to the Grubstake Days Community Fair main stage at 12:30 p.m. to participate in this free and fun contest. Contestants will

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NEW MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SALARIES RAISE EYEBROWS, MEETING TONIGHT

Employee recognitions, bond fund oversight, and administrators’ salaries are among the items before the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education. Reporter Dan Stork previews the agenda…

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education will begin its May 20 meeting with a report by the Citizens’ Oversight Committee on

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GRADUATION CEREMONIES PLANNED AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

Various graduations are planned for the students of different disciplines at Copper Mountain College. Reporter Taylor Thacker has the scorecard…

It is that time of year when classes are coming to an end and graduation is right around the corner. Copper Mountain College will recognize its vocational nursing program Class

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BASKETBALL CAMPS OFERRED BY TWENTYNINE PALMS RECREATION

In Twentynine Palms, Coach Schneider’s Basketball Camp will be offered to girls and boys ages 8-14. The camp runs June 16 through June 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day at the Twentynine Palms High School gym. The registration fee includes a camp basketball, t-shirt, certificate of participation,

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BACK-TO-BACK FIRES IN TWENTYNINE PALMS FRIDAY

Twentynine Palms fire fighters were busy with back-to-back fires Friday. According to Twentynine Palms Fire Captain Matt Helmkamp, fire fighters were called to a home in the 6100 block of Daisy Avenue at 5:35 p.m., where they found heavy black smoke and flames on the outside of the home, climbing

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IT IS WILDFIRE SEASON, PROTECT YOUR HOME

Drought, high winds and low humidity are spelling out extreme fire danger for most of the state of California, including the desert areas of our Morongo Basin. Reporter Taylor Thacker has some reminders to make your property fire safe… With the wildfires already affecting parts of California, and the threat

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JOSHUA TREE CRASH SENDS ONE TO HOSPITAL, SHUTS DOWN HIGHWAY

Two people suffered minor injuries in a crash that shut down eastbound Highway 62 last night. About 10:09, a mini-van and a car crashed on the highway near El Reposo in Joshua Tree. The female driver of the car received minor injuries and was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center. The

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JAWS OF LIFE USED IN LANDERS ROLLOVER CRASH SATURDAY

The Yucca Mesa Fire Department had to use the Jaws of Life to rescue a woman trapped in her car after a roll-over crash Saturday afternoon. About 4 p.m., County Fire Station 42 in Yucca Mesa was called out to a single-vehicle crash on Highway 247 near Chaparral Avenue in

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TWO ARRESTED AFTER FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHT IN JOSHUA TREE

Two men were arrested in Joshua Tree following a fight Friday morning. According to a Sheriff’s report, Johnathan Cozart, 22, and Shawn Page, 41, were arguing when the argument became physical. The report states Cozart used three wooden sticks and hit Page on the left side of his body. During

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MAC LAND USE COMMITTEE LOOKS AT JOSHUA TREE RESTRICTIONS TOMORROW

The Morongo Basic Municipal Advisory Council is looking into the possibility of an ordinance regulating future chain stores in Joshua Tree. Reporter Dan Stork says there’s a committee meeting on the subject on Tuesday… The Land Use Study Committee of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council will hold a meeting

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL BUDGET WORKSHOP TOMORROW

The Yucca Valley Town Council will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, May 20, prior to their regular meeting, to hear from the public about the budget for 2014-15 and 2015-16. The meeting will be held in the Yucca Room of the Community Center.

TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS TO APPOINT INTERIM CITY MANAGER TODAY

A reminder for Twentynine Palms residents: The Twentynine Palms City Council will re-convene its meeting of last Tuesday—at which it fired City Manager Joe Guzzetta—at 5 p.m. Monday May 19. Monday’s meeting will start with a closed session on the appointment of a City Manager, and will follow with an

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HEADLINER NAMED FOR GRUBSTAKE DAYS ENTERTAINMENT

With the Annual Grubstake Days set for this coming Saturday, The headliner has been named for the free entertainment at the Community Fair. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says two very popular local musicians will be performing as “Mojave Rhythm” … The popular duo Mojave Rhythm will be the headline entertainment

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LANDERS ELEMENTARY KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION STARTS TOMORROW

Registration for kindergarten at Landers Elementary School will take place 9:30 to 2:30, May 20 through May 29 at the school, 56450 Reche Road. Children must be 5 years old by September 1, 2014, in order to register. Parents must bring the child’s birth certificate and immunization records to the

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER SPECIAL FINANCE MEETING TODAY

The Joshua Basin Water District Board will hold a special meeting this afternoon. Reporter Taylor Thacker checks the agenda… The Joshua Basin Water District will hold a special meeting on Monday, May 19, starting at 3:00 p.m., to discuss finances. At this meeting, the Board will review the financial report

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TRIBAL SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL STUDENTS

Students in the Morongo Basin are invited to apply for the Theresa A. Mike Scholarship, sponsored by the Twentynine Palms Band of Mission Indians. The scholarships, ranging from $500 to $5,000 can be used for tuition, fees, books, or living expenses at any accredited university, community college, or technical school.

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DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN JUNE THIRD ELECTION TODAY

What is the voter registration deadline? Where can you drop off a mail ballot? Reporter Dan Stork has the answers… The deadline for voter registration for the June 3 primary election is today, May 19. Mailed registration forms must be postmarked no later than May 19, 2014 in order to

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