PIONEER DAYS CARNIVAL WRISTBANDS NOW AVAILABLE

Pre-Sale Pioneer Days Carnival All-You-Can-Ride Wristbands are now available, for a limited time, at the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce. Get yours and get unlimited rides for one full day for only 20 BUCKS!! Price at the carnival are $28.00 so you save $8 a wristband. Wristbands are good for

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HWY. 62 ART TOURS START THIS WEEKEND WITH LAUNCH PARTY

The Hwy 62 Art Tours happens the last two weekends in October when some 8,000 visitors are expected to visit the Basin for self-guided tours of more than 200 sites. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us about some of the many sponsored events happening in conjunction with this year’s Art

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IN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL, A WIN FOR YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL, LOSS FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL

The Yucca Valley High School Trojan football team stayed undefeated by defeating a strong Shadow Hills team 21-14. Coach Tim Cannavo said the Trojan defense caused six turnovers against the knights with an interception on goal line to seal the deal by Bradley Soares. Joey Rutherford was all over the

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MILITARY DEATH BENEFITS RESTORED, THANKS TO PRIVATE CHARITY

The Pentagon says families of fallen troops will begin receiving the $100,000 death gratuity that was suspended for more than a week due to the government shutdown. Yesterday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the department has forged an agreement with the Fisher House, a private charity organization, to provide payments

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MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST ACQUIRES ANOTHER 40 ACRES FOR PRESERVATION

Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT) announced it has successfully completed the acquisition of 40 acres of pristine wildlife habitat near the northern boundary of Joshua Tree National Park. The acquisition will permanently preserve a section of wildlife corridor required for the movement of bighorn sheep, badger, mule deer, mountain lion,

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AQUIFIERS 101 OFERRED BY JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT

Just exactly how does the water get from deep underground to your tap? Find out all about it at a special presentation next week. Reporter Mike Lipsitz invites you to sign up for “Aquifers 101”… Aquifers: 101 is a special two-hour presentation which aims to clarify misunderstandings about aquifers and

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LEARN ABOUT THE DESERT QUEEN RANCH TOMORROW

In the high desert country that was to become Joshua Tree National Park, rugged individuals tried their luck at cattle ranching, mining, and homesteading. William F. Keys and his family are particularly representative of the hard work and ingenuity it took to settle and prosper in the Mojave Desert. Join

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COMMUNITY RESOURCE FAIR THIS SATURDAY

The Annual Morongo Basin Community Resource Fair will be held this Saturday, October 12, from 10 to 2. Representatives from Unity Home, Family Services Association, Sexual Assault Services, Pacific Clinics, and the Family Advocacy Program from the Marine Base will be at the resource fair to provide information on their

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD MEETS TOMORROW, STUDENT VOTING PRIVILEGES ON AGENDA

The Copper Mountain College Board meets tomorrow. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the big question is on the agenda is… Should the student trustee on the Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees have voting privileges? That is the topic of discussion at tomorrow’s 2:30 board of trustees study session. That discussion

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT CITIZENS ADVISORS MEET TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Water District citizens advisers on a fire tax are expected to make their recommendations tonight. Reporter Taylor Thacker has more… Tonight, October 9, the Citizens Advisory Committee will meet at the Twentynine Palms Water District office at 72401 Hatch Rd at 6 p.m. During tonight’s meeting, the

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TLC VOUNTEER MEETING TONIGHT

This evening at 6 p.m., you’re invited to a meeting with TLC to plan for this year’s 30th anniversary Christmas Day community event. The meeting will be held at the Yucca Valley community center. People are needed for all types of jobs, from computer data entry, secretaries, lifters and toters,

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CLUB VOLLEYBALL TEAM FORMING

Girls who are interested in playing club volleyball for the 2014 season should attend an open house Sunday, October 13. The open house, for girls in grades 6 through 12 from all over the Morongo Basin and Coachella Valley, will be held at the Yucca Valley High School gym starting

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ONE DEAD, ONE ARRESTED IN JOSHUA TREE STABBING

A Joshua Tree man is dead, and another arrested, following an argument early Sunday morning. According to a Sheriff’s report and press release, a man called 911 about 2:20 a.m. Sunday morning to report Lionel Blankenship, 50, had been “accidentally” stabbed. When deputies arrived, they located Blankenship near the road

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HIKER RESCUED IN BIG MORONGO CANYON PRESERVE MONDAY

A woman had to be rescued Monday afternoon in the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve after she fell while hiking. According to Morongo Valley Fire Chief Jock Johnson, rescue personnel, assisted by Cal Fire, hiked about 30 minutes into a steep canyon to rescue the woman, described as being in her

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ANOTHER SCAM TARGETS LOCAL RESIDENTS

The scammers are hard at work trying to separate you from your money. Last week, another Morongo Basin resident received a phone call from a man claiming to be from the IRS Tech Department. The caller said the business owner owed a substantial amount of money, and if the owner

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE JOB SEARCH WORKSHOP SET FOR THIS THURSDAY

Copper Mountain College in inviting you to a series of job search workshops this Thursday, Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details… A series of workshops on resumes, job search techniques, interview skills, and professionalism at work is being offered by the Business Honor Society at Copper Mountain College. The free workshops

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LAS PALMAS EVENT TONIGHT TO BENEFIT UNITY HOME

Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant at the west end of Yucca Valley is teaming up with the Morongo Basin Unity Home to raise funds for the domestic violence shelter. Dine at Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant on Tuesday, October 8, from 4 to 9 p.m., and a portion of the proceeds from

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SPECIAL OLYMPICS SOCCER TEAMS COMPETE IN SAN DIEGO

On Saturday, the Morongo Basin Special Olympic soccer teams traveled to San Diego to participate in San Diego Regional Games. The Green Mojaves took two teams to represent the Basin and earned silver and bronze medals. Some of the players who scored were Robert Edwards, Kenneth Barkhuff, Malacky Chiu, and

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION SIGN ORDINANCE MEETING

Signage rules and alternative energy systems are both local hot button issues. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says that you can make your views known at a special Yucca Valley Planning Commission meeting this week…

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission has scheduled a special meeting on Tuesday, May 7, at 6:00

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SCHOOL DISTRICT WEIGHS PROS AND CONS OF SOLAR ENERGY

Solar-generated electricity is good thing, right? Maybe not for the local school district, says Morongo Unified staff. Dan Stork reviews some considerations… The prospects for substantial solar energy usage by the Morongo Unified School District are less than rosy, but conservation measures are a promising way to save on electricity

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