COLORADO RIVER BASIN WATER BOARD EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RESIGNS, INTERIM DIRECTOR NAMED

Last week, the executive officer of the Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board, Robert Perdue, resigned. The board appointed Jose Angel as its interim executive officer.

TWENTYNINE PALMS RECEIVES FUNDING FOR HIGHWAY PROJECT

A highway project in Twentynine Palms was one of 182 projects selected by CalTrans’ Highway Safety Improvement Project, out of 213 received. The project’s estimated cost is $783,000; however, the city will receive funding from the state for the project of more than $606,000. The project includes the installation of

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CHP ON MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT PATROL OVER THE THANKSGIVING WEEKEND

Thanksgiving weekend, traditionally one of the busiest travel times in America, can also be one of the deadliest. The Morongo Basin California Highway Patrol will have all available officers on patrol during a Maximum Enforcement Period to help avoid tragedies for California motorists. Over the 2014 Thanksgiving weekend, 45 people

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER REJECTS CITY'S BAILOUT OFFER

In a special meeting last week, the Twentynine Palms City Council voted to contribute up to $1.7 million to the water district’s unfunded pension fund, since the county won’t proceed with the annexation of the fire department without a plan of how the unfunded liability will be paid. At a

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SHERIFF TO HAVE OHV ENFORCEMENT UNITS OUT THIS WEEKEND

As a reminder over this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, many off-highway vehicle (OHV) riders will be out riding their OHVs in the Morongo Basin desert areas. This holiday weekend, the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station will have OHV patrol units out meeting with riders and campers, educating them, and issuing citations if

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WE REVIEW “THE FARNDALE CHRISTMAS CAROL” NOW PLAYING AT THEATRE 29

Theatre 29’s latest offering, “Farndale… Christmas Carol” opened last weekend. The laugh-out-loud comedy had audiences in stitches. Reporter Rebecca Havely attended and offers this review of the production… Directed by Theatre 29 veteran Marty Neider, this show is a fast-paced comedy of errors that’s sure to please all ages. An

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FOOD FOR LIFE OFFERING FREE THANKSGIVING DINNER TOMORROW

Food For Life will be putting on the Betty Garrett Memorial Thanksgiving Dinner tomorrow, Thursday, November 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Little Church of the Desert Community Hall in Twentynine Palms. A traditional dinner of turkey, potatoes, gravy, vegetables, etc. will be served. If you would like

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ON TRACK FOR 2 MILLION VISITORS THIS YEAR

Joshua Tree National Park is on track to have nearly two million visitors this year. Managing editor Tami Roleff says Park Superintendent David Smith told about 200 people at the State of the Morongo Basin October 29 that those visitors spend money in our Morongo Basin…

“The park is a

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER IN HASTILY ARRANGED MEETING TODAY

The Twentynine Palms Water District board of directors meet in a hastily arranged special meeting set for 4 p.m. this afternoon. Appearances are that the district is scrambling to address a long list of follow ups any one of which threaten to derail the planned takeover of Twentynine Palms Fire

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LAST WEEK'S POWER OUTAGE SHUTS DOWN YUCCA VALLEY BANK OF AMERICA

Residents have been asking why the Yucca Valley Branch of the bank of America is closed. Town officials told Z107.7 News that the regional Vice-President for B of A said the planned power outage last week had affected their computer system, rendering it inoperable. Simon McNeil said they are waiting

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BIGHORN WATER AGENCY MEETING CANCELLED

The regular fourth Tuesday meeting of the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency will not take place tonight due to Thanksgiving holiday conflicts. Regular business will, instead, be taken up at a special meeting on Tuesday, December 8th.

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK PREPARES FOR EL NINO

As Southern California braces for the extra rain expected from the El Nino effect, so is Joshua Tree national Park. Reporter Sara Snyder says…

Joshua Tree National Park rangers are taking a pro-active approach to what scientists say could be the strongest El Nino on record. Staff preparations include a

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF ABUSING 5-MONTH-OLD BABY

A five-month-old baby from Twentynine Palms is hospitalized in a coma, and authorities have arrested his father, saying that he is responsible. According to a Sheriff’s press release, paramedics were called to a home in the 5800 block of Ocotillo Avenue for a baby who was not breathing. After assessing

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11 ARRESTED IN SUPPLYING ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO TO MINORS STING

Sheriff’s deputies arrested 11 people Saturday, during a shoulder-tap sting operation in Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley. Deputies Shaunna Ables and Brandon Abell conducted a juvenile alcohol decoy sting, in which juveniles, under the supervision of the deputies, visited several liquor stores in Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley and asked

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COUNTY COMBINES FIRE AND SHERIFF AIR RESCUE OPERATIONS

The County has combined fire and Sheriff’s aviation operations to form an air rescue team. Reporter Mike Lipsitz say the move makes it a full-time operation… Last week the county board of supervisors made some changes to the what’s known as Air Rescue. The program is moving from a part

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BLOOD DRIVES IN TWENTYNINE PALMS AND YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

Desert Blood Services will conduct two community blood drives on Tuesday, November 24. The bloodmobile will be in the Hi-Desert Water District parking lot at Inca Trail and Highway 62 in Yucca Valley from 9 to 1 p.m. Then, it will move to Little Church of the Desert, 6079 Adobe

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O-NEGATIVE BLOOD DONORS NEEDED

As we approach the holidays, area blood banks are asking for O-negative blood donors. Reporter Sara Snyder puts out the call… Lifestream, the region’s blood bank, is in desperate need of O-negative blood, as there is insufficient supply to meet the demand of local hospitals. Only about 7 percent of

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT TO WORK ON STREETS NEAR ONAGA ELEMENTARY DURING NEXT TWO MONTHS

The Hi-Desert Water District is replacing water mains in the neighborhoods located north of Onaga Elementary School. Beginning Monday, November 23, through January, motorists and residents may experience traffic delays due to construction. Monday, Onaga Trail will be closed between Hilton Avenue and Warren Vista Avenue. Other streets that will

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CITY SERVICES CLOSED THURSDAY AND FRIDAY

In addition, the Town of Yucca Valley and the City of Twentynine Palms will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27. City and town offices will re-open Monday morning, November 30.

FALL CAMPING IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Cooler weather brings campers to our National Park. Park Ranger Pam Tripp offers visitors some camping tips… With this season’s cooler weather, campsites in Joshua Tree National Park have begun to fill every weekend, as early as Friday morning and through the weekends. Reservations can be made for Indian Cove

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