CHILI FUNDRAISER FOR ST. JOSEPH’S PLAYERS

With one production to its credit, and another in the offing, a Yucca Valley theater group is having a fundraiser to support its efforts. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says, bring an appetite…

The St. Joseph’s Players are holding a chili dinner fundraiser Saturday, January 18 to raise money for their

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YUCCA VALLEY GETS 3.0 QUAKE

A minor earthquake centered in Yucca Valley hit shortly before 8:25 pm on Friday evening, January 17. Preliminary reports measured the quake at a strength of 3.0, with the center located about a mile south of the town’s center, at a depth of 3 miles below the surface of the

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MARTIN LUTHER KING WALK MONDAY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored on Monday across the country and here in the Morongo Basin in Twentynine Palms. News Director Gary Daigneault invites you to join the celebration… “I still have a dream.” The celebrated civil rights leader, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King

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FREE ENTRANCE TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK MONDAY

And in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Joshua Tree National Park, along with the country’s 400 other national parks, will waive its entrance fee on Monday. In addition to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the National Park Service will waive admission fees on eight other days in 2014:

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED FOR FELONY ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested late Monday night after he was accused of beating up his family members. According to a Sheriff’s report, Paul Wood, 41, was alleged to have been high on drugs, and was fighting everyone in the house in the 6600 block of Francis Road in

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MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE FIELD TRIP TO INSPECT PROPOSED GATE COMMUNITY IN JOSHUA TREE

The Municipal Advisory Committee’s Land Use Committee will take a field trip Monday morning to inspect the area for the proposed 248- home gated community, (known as the Alta Mira Project) in Joshua Tree. They will meet at 9 a.m. Monday on Alta Loma Drive just west of Friendly Hills

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY PLANS “AREA 62” FUNDRAISER

The Morongo Basin Historical Society is boldly going where no historical society has gone before. The historical society is hosting the fundraiser “Area 62,” a day-long event celebrating the area’s ties to UFOs and extra-terrestrials. Reporter Diana Jones puts on her foil hat… The Morongo Basin Historical Society boldly goes

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MORONGO VALLEY COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT SETTLES LONG RUNNING LAWSUIT

A controversial long-running lawsuit, which had divided many community members in Morongo Valley, is finally over. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was at last night’s Morongo Valley CSD Board meeting and files this report… Following a mid-meeting closed session at last night’s regular meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, President

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YUCCA VALLEY GRUBSTAKE DAYS GRAND MARSHALL, THEME ANNOUNCED

The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce has chosen the theme for its 2014 Grubstake Days parade, and the parade’s Grand Marshal. The theme is “Honoring All Who Serve,” and the Grand Marshal will be 93-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor Clarence Lux. Lux served in the Navy aboard the USS Tennessee and

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A NEW FIRE ENGINE FOR JOSHUA TREE GETS RIGHT TO WORK

After waiting for more than a year, Joshua Tree fire fighters finally got a present for the new year—a brand new fire engine to replace their 14-year-old fire truck. The fire fighters made a caravan of their three trucks to San Bernardino to pick up the new engine and drove

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CHAMBER PLANNING FOR STREET FAIR AND CAR SHOW

The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce will hold a planning meeting for their 14th Annual Car Show and Street Fair Thursday, January 23, at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. The purpose of this meeting is to allow community members the opportunity to provide input on how they can make this

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YUCCA VALLEY CHAMBER OFFERS SALES AND USE TAX SEMINAR

The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold a seminar on sales and use tax for businesses. The seminar will include information on who needs a seller’s permit, resale certificate, or exemption certificate, and how to obtain them, along with what is and what is not taxable. Participants should bring

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL PART 1 OF 2: AN AUDIT AND PUBLIC PRAYER

Dan Stork broke his report on a wide-ranging Twentynine Palms City Council meeting into two parts. Today: Drag racing, a dues surcharge, waiving the fire truck loan, another solar field, travel promotion, and an impending retirement… Supporters of establishing a commercial drag racing strip in Twentynine Palms continued their vigorous

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NO RELIEF IN SIGHT FOR BLACK ROCK ROAD

Black Rock Road, the access road to Joshua Tree National Park in Yucca Valley, will remain pocked with potholes for the foreseeable future. The Town of Yucca Valley had applied for a grant last year to pave the road, but its application was not successful. The road was not in

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AN EARTHQUAKE RATTLES NEARBY FONTANA

San Bernardino County was hit this morning by a magnitude-4.4 earthquake near Fontana. The quake struck at 1:35 a.m. at a depth of just over 3 miles. The epicenter was 3 miles north-northwest of Fontana and 4 miles west-northwest of Rialto, according to the USGS. There were no immediate reports

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LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS CONDUCT TRENCH RESCUE DRILL

Rescuing someone who’s fallen into a trench isn’t as simple or as easy as hopping into the trench, and attaching a rope to them to pull them out. The California Regional Task Force-6 Urban Search and Rescue Team, with firefighters from around the county, held a trench rescue drill Tuesday,

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RUBBISH FIRE SENDS PLUME OF SMOKE INTO YUCCA VALLEY SKY

A rubbish fire in Yucca Valley sent up plumes of black smoke Tuesday afternoon that could be seen for miles.

Just before 5 p.m., a rubbish pile, tires, and a travel trailer behind a home in the 7000 block of Scarvan Road caught fire, and radiant heat caused a

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AN ATTEMPTED MURDER IN JOSHUA TREE

A Joshua Tree man is in custody, on suspicion of attempted murder, after shooting at his tenant at point-blank range three times. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant James Porter, Octavio Diaz, 50, went to the home of Brian Sturmreiter, 49, in the 62400 block of Blemont Avenue in Joshua Tree about

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS: INVOCATIONS, FIRE TRUCK PAYMENTS, ASSIGNMENTS

It’s a busy night for the Twentynine Palms City Council, covering city manager evaluation, invocations, fire truck reimbursement, and more. Reporter Dan Stork has the list of topics… The Twentynine Palms City Council gets an early start to its January 14 meeting with a 5 p.m. closed session devoted to

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MORONGO BASIN MAC HEARS COMMERCIAL SOLAR DEVELOPMENT CONCERNS

At last night’s regular meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council, representatives heard from Greg Rice who heads up Code Enforcement for the desert region. Rice put into perspective the County’s General Plan and related how it is used to develop County Code, which his office must enforce. The

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