TRIBES SUE BLM OVER NEARBY SOLAR PROJECT

NextEra is a very large energy development company that is gaining a presence in the Morongo Basin, having made an agreement with the Morongo Unified School District to implement solar electricity generation at school sites. At the last Morongo Basin MAC meeting, it encountered resistance to a solar farm at

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FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW

There will be a distribution of surplus federal food at The Way Station, 61722 Commercial Street, Joshua Tree, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, on Friday, December 12.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTING SAFETY TIPS

’Tis the season to decorate your houses and businesses with holiday lighting. Assignment Reporter Cassie Zimarik has some important lighting safety tips… With the Christmas season, here comes quite a bit of holiday decorating. One thing that you should be careful about is Christmas lights. While the twinkly lights seem

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CHP COLLECTING TOYS

The Morongo Basin station of the California Highway Patrol is collecting toys for its CHiPs 4 Kids Toy Drive. Toys can be brought to the CHP station in Joshua Tree anytime during business hours. For more information about the CHiPs 4 Kids Toy Drive, call Officer Joan Griffin at 760-366-3707.

TWENTYNINE PALMS ANIMAL SHELTER NEEDS PET FOOD DONATIONS

The Twentynine Palms animal shelter is launching a pet food drive. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you how to participate… The Twentynine Palms animal shelter is hosting a food drive for its animals. The Palms-n-Paws animal shelter currently houses nearly 100 dogs and 14 cats. Bags of dry dog and

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YUCCA VALLEY SHELTER HOLDING CAT ADOPT-A-THON

The Yucca Valley animal shelter is holding an adopt-a-thon for cats. All cat and kitten adoptions through December 23 are $15. The fee includes vaccinations and the cost of spaying and neutering. For more information, call 760-365-3111.

KIDS’ WINTER CRAFTS AT HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM SATURDAY

Kids’ winter crafts at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum Saturday. Reporter Taylor Thacker gets out the glue gun… Kids, ages 5 to 12, are welcome to join museum staff to make winter- themed crafts and homemade gifts for friends and family this holiday season. The program is offered at the Hi-Desert

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KIDS CRAFT PROGRAM AT TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY

School-aged children are invited to attend the kids craft program at the Twentynine Palms Library on Saturday, December 13. Beginning at 2:30 p.m., children will have the opportunity to create Popsicle stick ornaments! Make a reindeer, Santa or snowman ornament or all three! All supplies are provided and no reservations

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TWENTYNINE PALMS ELKS HOOP SHOOT CONTEST SUNDAY

The Twentynine Palms competition for the annual Elks National Free Throw Shooting contest for youngsters age 8 through 13 will be held at the Twentynine Palms Junior High School gym this Sunday, December 14, at 12:30. Over three million youngsters from throughout the country entered last year’s competition for boys

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A LECTURE ON MINING IN THE DESERT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS FRIDAY EVENING

The Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park, in partnership with the Twentynine Palms Historical Society, is presenting another great lecture in their Old Schoolhouse lecture series. This one is on the history of mining in the region. Entertainment reporter Rebecca Havely has the details… Did you know that there

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REACH-OUT HOLIDAY BRUNCH VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION DAY SATURDAY

Reach Out Morongo Basin will be hosting its annual holiday brunch and volunteer appreciation day this Saturday, December 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center on Adobe Road, across from fire station. With the year rapidly coming to a close, Reach Out would like

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GOSPEL FELLOWSHIP MENS’ FELLOWSHIP TONIGHT

Gospel Fellowship in Twentynine Palms offers a men’s fellowship at 7 p.m. every second Thursday. The fellowship includes speakers who discuss men’s issues. The church is located at 5898 Adobe Road.

TELL SANTA WHAT YOU WANT AT THE JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY

It’s time to tell Santa what you want. Reporter Dan Stork says kids can do just that at the Joshua Tree Library… School-age children and their families are invited to the Santa’s workshop holiday program at the Joshua Tree Library on Saturday, December 13, from 1:00 to 3:00. Children can

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL TEAMS LAUDED AT BANQUET

The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojan volleyball teams had their awards banquet Sunday, December 7, in the school’s multi-purpose room. The awards given out were Most Improved: freshman Lily Murillo; Emily Vigrass in junior varsity; and Haley Rayburn in varsity. Most valuable player for offense: freshman Zena Yakimow; Kyley

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORE AND SCHEDULES

Yucca Valley Lady Trojan basketball lost a non-league road game to the San Jacinto Tigers, 61-32. Ashley Priest led the scoring with 13 points while Savannah Beasley chipped in six points and Taylor Spitz added five points. The team is now 3-2 on the season and hit the road again

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AN ARREST AFTER SHOTS ARE FIRED ABOARD THE TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE

A Twentynine Palms man is celebrating his birthday today in jail, following his arrest early Sunday morning aboard the Marine Base. Mark Blake, 31, today, is accused of felony spouse abuse after he pointed a gun at his wife and shot into the ceiling of a home in the 7100

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BOY HIT BY CAR IN JOSHUA TREE TUESDAY NIGHT

We have a few more details about a boy who was hit by a car in Joshua Tree last night. According to the California Highway Patrol, Beverly Walker, 41, of Joshua Tree, was driving a 2002 Honda eastbound on Alta Loma Drive about 7 p.m. As she neared Olympic Drive,

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A CONTENTIOUS CHANGING OF THE GUARD FOR THE TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL

A contentious city council meeting last night. The only Twentynine Palms City Council meeting this month was expected to be strictly celebratory and ceremonial, with fond goodbyes to departing members and hearty welcomes to newcomers. Reporter Dan Stork says it didn’t turn out that way, exactly… Before John Cole, McArthur

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WOMAN ARRESTED SQUATTING IN HOME WITH STOLEN JEEP

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Monday morning after she was found squatting at a home with a stolen Jeep. According to a Sheriff’s report, the owner of a home in the 6900 block of Lennox Avenue in Yucca Valley had secured the location with a locksmith on Friday, but

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PUBLIC’S HELP SOUGHT IN THEFT OF ATV

Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in a Yucca Valley burglary. During the night of Wednesday, December 3, unknown suspects cut a locked cable and stole a red, 2003 Kasea Skyhawk all-terrain vehicle from a home in the 7100 block of Seymour Drive. The quad was pushed to

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