MORONGO BASIN MAC PART 2: DOGS, DESERT HEIGHTS, AND SAFETY

The meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Committee on Monday night was chock-full of community information. Reporter Dan Stork broke his report into two parts. Today: packs of abandoned dogs, Desert Heights MAC representation, motorcycle safety, formula retail, and sand hazards… A scheduled discussion at the Morongo Basin Municipal

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YUCCA VALLEY AIRPORT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

Some of the items the Yucca Valley Airport District Board of Directors will discuss at their meeting Wednesday, April 9, are correspondence from the Local Agency Formation Commission, airport use agreements, and transient parking fees and facilities. The meeting will start at 6:30 in the Mesquite Room of the Yucca

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MOJAVE WATER AGENCY OPENS NEW OPERATIONS CENTER TOMORROW

The Mojave Water Agency will hold the opening celebration of its new Central Operations Center, High Desert Interpretive Center, and Regional Recharge and Recovery Project on Thursday, May 15, from 10 to noon. The celebration will be held at 7620 Deep Creek Road in Apple Valley. For more information, call

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TWENTYNINE PALMS YOUTH CLUB BEAT THE HEAT BIKE RUN THIS WEEKEND

A bicycle ride this weekend will benefit the Twentynine Palms Youth Club. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you how to sign up… The Twentynine Palms Youth Club will host the Beat the Heat Bicycle Ride on Saturday, May 17, starting at Luckie Park. Registration starts at 7 a.m., although you

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EVENING AT THE RUIN RAISES $3500 FOR REACH OUT MORONGO BASIN

More than 90 people attended Reach Out Morongo Basin’s fund-raising dinner and auction, “An Evening at the Ruin” in Pioneertown Saturday evening. More than $3500 was raised to support Reach Out’s programs for the Morongo Basin’s seniors and disabled residents.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORE AND SCHEDULES

Yesterday the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats boys’ tennis Team traveled to San Bernardino to compete against Aquinas High School Falcons in the Wildcard Round of CIF. Wildcats lost to the Falcons 6-12. Coach Larry Battle said in singles Jarod Burks, John Lanza and Sam Choi each won one out

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CADIZ WINS ROUND ONE IN EFFORT TO PUMP WATER FROM MOJAVE DESERT

Round one for Cadiz…

An Orange County Superior judge ruled recently against environmentalists who challenged Cadiz Inc.’s plans to pump groundwater from beneath the Mojave Desert and sell it to a southern California water agency. The Center for Biological Diversity and the National Parks Conservation Association, among others, charged in

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MORONGO BASIN MAC GETS A FIRE STAFFING REPORT

The meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Committee on Monday night was chock-full of community information. Reporter Dan Stork broke his report into two parts. Today: a report on fire staffing levels… Dave Benfield, the San Bernardino County Fire Division Chief for Zone 5, which includes the Morongo Basin,

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE PRESIDENT ON SHORT LIST FOR VICTORVILLE JOB

Copper Mountain College President Dr. Roger Wagner is one of the final candidates being considered for president of Victor Valley Community College. Victor Valley College officials say they have screened resumes of candidates for the school’s president/ superintendent opening and are preparing interviews. Wagner, who just got a three-year contract

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HOME OCCUPATION PERMITS AT TONIGHT’S YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission will focus on home occupations permits tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff checks the agenda… At tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Planning Commission, the commissioners will hold a public hearing to discuss regulations for home occupations or home-based businesses. The Planning Commission will discuss a

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW

April had three scheduled litter clean-ups for the Joshua Tree Clean Team. There were an average of fifteen members for each of the trash cleaning days. Spokesperson Michelle Given said a hearty thank you goes out to Cythnia Heaton, Den Winberry, Steve McCourt, Bob and Mary Stechmann, Frieda Burdette, Ken

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD MEETS, STARTING PROCESS TO AFFILIATE

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board will meet tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says more progress towards affiliation—bringing in an outside hospital company to run the local hospital—is on the agenda… The Hi-Desert Memorial Healthcare District Board of Directors meets in regular session at 6:00 tonight in the Helen Gray Education Center.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA CLUB OFFERS ONE-ACT COMEDY THURSDAY AND FRIDAY

After remaining inactive for almost four years, the Twentynine Palms Junior High School Drama Club will present the one-act comedy, Bad Auditions by Bad Actors, by Ian McWethy. Club Advisor and Director Cindy Ross said, “There are only two nights to catch this side-splitting show, this Thursday and Friday, May

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DEADLINE FOR OPEN STUDIO ARTISTS TO SIGN UP THURSDAY

This Thursday, May 15, is the deadline to turn in artist applications for the Highway 62 Open Studio Art Tours, sponsored by the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council. Studios on the east end of the Morongo Basin —Twentynine Palms to Joshua Tree—will be open October 25-26. West-end studios—Morongo Valley to

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS, PROJECT PHOENIX PLANNING AND CITY BUDGET

The major items of discussion at the Twentynine Palms City Council meeting will be development code revision, land acquisition for Project Phoenix, and next year’s budget. Reporter Dan Stork has details on those topics and others… At the start of the May 13 Twentynine Palms City Council meeting, the City

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COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS MEET TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Chapter of the Compassionate Friends, a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child, will hold their monthly meeting Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Helen Gray Education Center located on the campus of Hi-Desert Medical Center. The Compassionate Friends

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DRIVING CLASSES FOR SENIORS SCHEDULED

A special driving class for seniors is being offered by the CHP in 29 Palms. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to sign up… Morongo Basin Area drivers age 65 and older are invited to attend one of the upcoming Age Well, Drive Smart classes offered by the California Highway

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ADULT SOFTBALL LEAGUES FORMING IN TWENTYNINE PALMS; UMPIRES NEEDED

Twentynine Palms Parks and Recreation is now accepting team registrations for its upcoming adult softball leagues slated to start June 16. Team fees are $400, with $150 due upon registration to guarantee a spot. Men’s league will run on Monday nights, women’s league on Wednesday nights, co-ed on Tuesdays and

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MAJOR LIVE-FIRE, LARGE-SCALE EXCERCISES THIS WEEK ABOARD BASE

A combined-arms, live-fire, large-scale exercise will be taking place in our entire region this week starting today. During the Desert Scimitar exercise, Marines and sailors from 1st Marine Division, 1st, 5th, 7th, and 11th Marine Regiments, 1st Tank Battalion, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion,

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A STABBING IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Saturday morning, accused of a stabbing another man with a knife. According to a Sheriff’s report, during an argument with the victim in the 6800 block of Center Lane in Joshua Tree, Fredick McElroy, 28, is alleged to have pulled a knife and cut

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