WILDCAT GIRLS’ SWIM TEAM WINS, BOYS’ TEAM LOSES

The Twentynine Palms High School girls swim team won their first meet of the season against Apple Valley Wednesday, 120 to 50. Earning qualifying times for the CIF 200-meter medley relay were Hanna Beard, Gabby Crank, Darrien Reig, and Nokomis Cabrera. Reig also earned qualifying times for CIF on the

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

The Yucca Valley High School Trojan track teams will send athletes to compete in events in Beaumont and in Azusa. The Beaumont meet starts at 8:30; the Azusa meet starts at 10 a.m.

SCHOOL BOARD HEARS SOLAR ENERGY PRESENTATION

Environmental activists, union electrical workers, and other citizens packed a classroom at Joshua Tree Elementary School to hear—and participate in—a presentation by a solar energy firm to the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education. Reporter Dan Stork attended also, and summarizes the proceedings…

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NATIONAL PARK SERVICE OBJECTS TO SODA LAKE SOLAR PROJECT

The National Park Service has lodged strongly worded objections to a proposed 6.5-square-mile solar development about a half-mile from the Mojave National Preserve, saying the project would harm wildlife and suggesting that it be built elsewhere.

According to a story in today’s Riverside Press-Enterprise, Preserve Superintendent Stephanie Dubois submitted

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD REVERSES FEE WAIVER FOR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ASSOCIATION

The Morongo Valley CSD Board met in regular session last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz said former CSD General Manger Meg Foley, representing Joshua Tree National Park Association, heard some good news and bad news…

At last night’s board meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, directors approved a request

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MORONGO VALLEY SPRINGFEST THIS SATURDAY

Some community fun for a good cause in Morongo Valley this Saturday. Managing editor Tami Roleff invites you to Springfest 2014…

Morongo Valley’s Springfest 2014 is March 22 in Covington Park and Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. The festivities kick off at 8 a.m. when folks will gather for a big

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ARTISTS GATHER TO LEARN ABOUT OPEN STUDIOS ART TOUR THIS SUNDAY

Local artists are invited to join the Arts Council for the Spring Artist Gathering this Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at Bobby Furst World at 8528 Desert Shadows Road, Joshua Tree. The meeting will include an update of progress for the 2014 Highway 62 Studio Art Tours, including dates,

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE OFFER JOB SKILLS WORKSHOPS

If you are looking for a job, or even a better job, Copper Mountain College is offering free job skills workshops. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details…

A series of job skills workshops will be presented at Copper Mountain College over the next two Mondays and Wednesdays. The free workshops are

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180 MINISTRIES COLLECTING FOOD THIS SATURDAY

180 Ministries, and other agencies, will be participating in the Feinstein Foundation’s food drive challenge. All food and monetary donations raised during March and April will be matched by the Alan Shawn Feinstein Foundation. 180 Ministries will hold a food drive Saturday, March 22, from 11 to 3 at the

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL PRESENTS MUSICAL “FORBIDDEN BROADWAY” THIS WEEKEND

The Broadway Musical Parody, “Forbidden Broadway” will play this Friday and Saturday night at Twentynine Palms High School. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to get tickets…

The ITS drama department of Twentynine Palms High School invites you to come be a part of “Forbidden Broadway,” a musical about other

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TODAY IS THE DEADLINE TO SIGN UP FOR ROTARY SPEECH CONTEST

Students from all local high schools are invited to participate in the 2014 Four-Way Test Speech Contest, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Yucca Valley. Students must be high school students or home study students at high school level and live within Rotary District 5330. Prizes will be awarded for

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A WIN FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL GOLF

The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat Golf team notched its first preseason victory yesterday (Wednesday, March 19) beating Maywood Palm Valley 237-240 at Desert Winds Golf Course. Coach Grant Whipple said standouts for the Wildcats were Brandon Steffin, with a sizzling 2 under par 34, followed by Ty Lueken with

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AWARD-WINNING MARINE AUTHOR DIES IN YUCCA VALLEY

Robert Haney of Yucca Valley died March 13. He was 1 month shy of his 93rd birthday.

Robert Haney is survived by two brothers, William Haney, and Richard Haney, both of Maryland. He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Sue; and a son, James.

Robert Haney enlisted in

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MOBILE HOME PARK FIRE DESTROYS 2-STORY RESIDENCE

A fire at a Twentynine Palms mobile home park completely destroyed a two-story residence Tuesday afternoon. According to Twentynine Palms Fire Captain Matt Helmkamp, firefighters from Twentynine Palms, the Combat Center, and Wonder Valley were called to the blaze at the Singing Trees Mobile Home Park, 74685 Amboy Road, at

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STILL NO TOWN MANAGER AFTER LAST NIGHT YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETING

The Town of Yucca Valley still has no Manager, Managing Editor Tami Roleff waited for the results of last night’s 1 ½-hour meeting and two-hour closed session meeting and files this report…

The Yucca Valley Town Council and members of the Town’s Park and Receation Commission gather at Paradise

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TRAFFIC STOP RESULTS IN TWO ARRESTS

A traffic stop for expired license plate tags resulted in the arrest of two men Monday. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a vehicle near the intersection of Mojave Avenue and 29 Palms Highway about 2:45 Monday for having expired tags. The driver, Daniel Weber, 33, was arrested

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SCHOOL BOARD HEARS MATH OVERHAUL, LABOR NEGOTIATION PROGRESS

An overhaul of the math program, community service at Black Rock High School, and labor negotiation progress were on the floor at the regular meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education. Reporter Dan Stork was there and hits the high points…

A tag team of administrators, curriculum

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD APPOINTS JOE SULLIVAN TO EMPTY BOARD SEAT

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors voted Tuesday to appoint Joseph Sullivan to fill the board vacancy left when Paul Hoffman resigned in January. Sullivan is retired from the Morongo Unified School District, where he was Director of Facilities, Planning, and Risk Management, a post he held for 15

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2014 BOYS STATE REPRESENTATIVES NAMED

The Joshua Tree American Legion Post 761 recently announced that seven area juniors have been named as the 2014 Boys’ State delegates. Delegates from Twentynine Palms High School are Jared Burks, Dylan Martinez and Francisco Romo, with Vincent Thomas as an alternate. From Joshua Springs Christian School is Eddie Costello,

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Morongo Valley CSD meets in regular session tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more…

Tonight in Marengo Valley, the regular meeting of the Community Services District kicks off at 7 p.m. It is to be the first for Donna Munoz in her new position as the District’s General Manager. Among

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