CALL FOR “YUCCA VALLEY’S GOT TALENT” PERFORMERS

The town of Yucca Valley’s High Desert Nature Museum is seeking submission for Yucca Valley’s Got Talent. Entertainment reporter Rebecca Havely explains how to apply for an opportunity to be featured in this one-night only event… Do you sing, dance, play an instrument, do stand-up comedy, dramatic or comedic skits,

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“SHAKESPEARE IN HOLLYWOOD” OPENS AT THEATRE 29 TONIGHT

Tonight’s opening night gala for Theatre 29’s final production of 2014, “Shakespeare in Hollywood,” is sponsored by Tender Loving Cause, the celebrated non-profit organization that has put on the Tender Loving Christmas event for the past 30 years. In this hilarious comedy-farce, its 1934, and Shakespeare’s most famous fairies, Oberon

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ANIMAL ACTION LEAGUE GRAND OPENING TOMORROW

The Animal Action League, who brings low cost pet vaccination, micro chipping, and spay-neuter services to the Morongo basin, will be celebrating their grand opening tomorrow. Managing editor Tami Roleff invites you to join them… Show off your pet in a best-dressed pet contest at the grand opening celebration of

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RETIREMENT BENEFITS STRAINING TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT FINANCES

Rate increases at the Twentynine Palms Water District were the topic of discussion at last night’s meeting of the Board of Directors. Water rates have not increased since 2011, and the water district does not charge ratepayers enough to fully cover the cost of its retiree health benefits and California

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MORE DELAYS FOR YUCCA VALLEY SEWER PROJECT

Another setback for the Yucca Valley sewer system. The Hi-Desert Water District Board heard about another delay last night, before it went into closed session for a performance evaluation for General Manager Ed Muzik, where it gave him a unanimous vote of confidence. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains why the

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YUCCA VALLEY MARIJUANA ORDINANCE ON UP CLOSE SHOW TOMORROW

The owner of the Yucca Valley Medical Marijuana Resource Group, Jason Elsasser, will be on the Z107.7 Up Close show tomorrow (November 21). Elsasser is also the sponsor of the ordinance petition that would require the Town of Yucca Valley to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in Town limits. This is

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD TABLES AFFILIATION SELECTION

The Hi-Desert Medical Center came awfully close to choosing an affiliation partner at last night’s special board of directors meeting. A vote between Strategic Global Management and Tenet Healthcare Group was on the meeting’s agenda, but due to a lack of unanswered questions, the motion was made to table the

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TWO ARRESTED IN TWO SEPARATE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INCIDENTS

Two Twentynine Palms men were arrested Tuesday in separate incidents for felony spouse abuse. About 8 a.m., a woman in the 7400 block of Saladin called police to report her boyfriend, Michael Bylund, 50, had beat her up. According to the Sheriff’s report, Bylund hit her, kicked her, and dragged

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL DRAWS FIRE ON NATIVE PLANT REQUIREMENTS, ADULT BUSINESSES

During a marathon four-hour meeting last night, the Yucca Valley Town Council faced a packed house and residents who were passionate about changes to the development code concerning the native plant ordinance and changes to the code that affect adult-oriented businesses. Town staff repeatedly told the council the town did

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER TO CHOOSE AFFILIATE TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors will hear from the two organizations tonight that are courting the hospital with affiliation proposals: Tenet Healthcare, and Strategic Global Management. Following the presentation, the board will vote on which organization to partner with. The board will then go into closed session to

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER HOSTING COVERED CALIFORNIA ENROLLMENT SATURDAY

Under the Affordable Care Act, all Americans are required to have health insurance. Open enrollment for obtaining insurance coverage for 2015 in California’s insurance marketplace, Covered California, began Saturday, November 15. Hi-Desert Medical Center is hosting a Covered California enrollment drive Saturday, November 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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SCHOOL BOARD FINALIZES SOLAR CONTRACT

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education stuck to its timeline and finalized an agreement with its selected solar contractor at its meeting last night. Reporter Dan Stork tells what comes next… At the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting, the Board heard a recap of the

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TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY SEEKING CDBG GRANT APPLICATIONS

The Town of Yucca Valley is soliciting applications from community organizations for the 2015-16 community development block grant. All proposals and applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. Friday, December 4. The Town anticipates a 10 percent reduction in its overall grant amount; due to minimal funding, only four grant

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CONGRESS MOVES TO NAME TWENTYNINE PALMS POST OFFICE FOR LATE MAC DUBE

Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley introduced a bill earlier this year that was passed by the House of Representatives yesterday that would rename the post office in Twentynine Palms as the Colonel M.J. ‘Mac’ Dube United States Marine Corps Post Office Building. Before his death in April, Dube served

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JOSHUA TREE RESIDENTS TRADE VIEWS WITH ALTA MIRA DEVELOPERS

On behalf of Supervisor James Ramos, his field representative Mike Lipsitz invited a small “focus group” to meet with the developers of the 248-house Alta Mira gated community proposed for Joshua Tree. Following a storm of concern about a closed meeting, the gathering was opened to media, although the Supervisor’s

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JURY FINDS TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN GUILTY IN MURDER OF LASAHWN LIGHTFOOT

A man accused of shooting a Twentynine Palms man he believed informed on him was found guilty yesterday. On October 18, 2013, LaShawn Lightfoot, 42, went to visit an acquaintance in an apartment complex in the 5800 block of Bagley Avenue. When he arrived, he was ambushed by Torey Simpson,

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in regular session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff checks the council’s agenda… The Yucca Valley Town Council will meet in regular session tonight. Among the items on the agenda, the Council will be introduced to the Youth Commissioners, whom they will later appoint to

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SCHOOL BOARD MAY APPROVE SOLAR ENERGY CONTRACT TONIGHT

The major pieces of business before the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education at its November 18 meeting are about the much-discussed solar energy project. After discussing required easements in the 5:30 p.m. closed session, the 7 p.m. open session will include a public hearing on entering into a

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN DEAD, BROTHER ACCUSED OF MURDER

A Yucca Valley man is dead, and his brother was arrested for his murder early Saturday morning. According to a Sheriff’s Department press release, Jerry Zimmerle, 25, and Justin Zimmerle, 24, were fighting in the 7500 block of Palm Avenue shortly after 2:30 a.m. Saturday when Jerry Zimmerle is accused

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AMBULANCE OPERATORS ADDED TO THREE LOCAL FIRE STATIONS

While Yucca Valley’s fire department was established to fight fires, the truth is, 88 percent of the area’s 6,000 annual calls are for medical aids, such as traffic collisions, falls, and injuries. With such a high percentage of medical aid calls, chances are when a call for a fire came

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