TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL LOOKS AT A $3.5 MILLION SHERIFF’S CONTRACT

Budget, science camp, a code amendment, and a services contract are scheduled for discussion by the Twentynine Palms City Council this week. Reporter Dan Stork has the order of the agenda… After holding a ribbon cutting ceremony over improvements at Knott’s Sky Park at 5:15 p.m. to the Development Code

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CHP OFFERS TEEN “START SMART” DRIVERS CLASS TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin CHP is offering another free Start Smart class for teen drivers and new drivers. These classes provide valuable safety information, and classroom instruction on collision avoidance techniques, collision-causing elements, and driver responsibilities. The class will be held on Wednesday, May 27, in the CHP offices on the

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BIGHORN-DESERT VIEW WATER TO ADOPT BUDGET TONIGHT

The Bighorn Desert View Water Agency board will meet in regular session tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the meeting will discuss budget, ad valorem taxes, and audit services… Tonight’s regular 6 p.m. meeting of the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency Board is a number cruncher’s dream come true. Directors are expected

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER IN TWO COMMITTEE MEETINGS TOMORROW

With ballots on the Hi-Desert Medical Center affiliation with Tenet Healthcare due to reach mailboxes this week, public interest in the governing board is likely to increase. Two committees meet this week. The Finance Committee meets tomorrow (Wednesday) to look at the Medical Center’s April financials, and March financials for

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WE REVIEW “LEGALLY BLONDE” PLAYING AT YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

Yucca Valley High School opens “Legally Blonde, the Musical” tonight in the high school’s lecture hall. The award-winning musical is based on the beloved movie “Legally Blonde.” Reporter Rebecca Havely attended a dress rehearsal and offers this review… Elle Woods is dumped by boyfriend Warner, played by Aaron Ahmadi who

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The Joshua Tree Clean Team cleaned up Turtle Island and surrounding areas including the post office field two weeks ago. Tomorrow they will tackle the Alta Loma and Sherwood area just east of the Friendly Hills Elementary School. Volunteers will meet at Alto Loma and Sherwood Wednesday, May 27 at

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FREE SHOWING OF VEGETARIAN DOCUMENTARY TONIGHT

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church will host a free showing of the film “Plan-eat” tonight, starting at 6 p.m., along with a free vegetarian meal. The documentary explores food choices that can protect the environment and make the planet sustainable, while celebrating the joys of food. The Seventh-Day Adventist Church is

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LUNCH IN THE PARK BACK IN MORONGO VALLEY TOMORROW

The Morongo Valley Lunch in the Park will return tomorrow after a brief hiatus. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has your invitation… Morongo Valley Wednesday’s Lunch in the Park have been on hiatus due to a seeding project at Covington Park, but Wednesday, Lunch in the Park returns May 27 with artist

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL TRACK STANDOUTS IN CIF FINALS

The Twentynine Palms Wildcats traveled to Cerritos College to compete in the prestigious CIF Southern section finals meet this weekend. Coach Ronda Morton said the peak performer of the day was Andrew Wilson (a junior) who earned first place, with a heave of 157 feet 6 inches in the discus,

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65TH ANNUAL GRUBSTAKE DAY PARADE TOMORROW MORNING

The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce 65th Annual Grubstake Days parade will take place on Saturday, May 23, of Memorial Day Weekend,. The grand marshal for this year’s parade is the United States Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. This year’s theme is “Patriotic Parade: Celebrating the Past, Present and

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MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVATIONS IN JOSHUA TREE AND TWENTYNINE PALMS

The Joshua Tree Memorial Park will observe Memorial Day with an official military ceremony Monday, May 25. The event begins at 11 a.m. and will be followed by a free community barbecue with kids’ games, a bounce house, and vendors. Bring blankets or lawn chairs to sit on the grass

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CALTRANS TO REVISIT JOSHUA TREE SPEED LIMIT SIGNS

One year ago, CalTrans altered the speed limits coming into Joshua Tree from both directions on Route 62, perplexing many locals who thought the change from a gradual slowdown in 10 mile per hour increments to an abrupt 20 mile per hour change was unsafe, even with a warning. Reporter

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YUCCA VALLEY TRIPLE MURDER TO BE FEATURED ON TV SHOW

A Yucca Valley triple homicide will be featured Sunday on a television show about couples who murder. In January 2004, Jimmy Dale Kelly and Kimberly Michaud went to a home on Joshua View Drive in Yucca Valley to rob Patty Crevoisier, 44, and ended up murdering her and two men—William

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JOSHUA TREE MAN HELD AFTER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Wednesday, accused of punching his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman called deputies about 10 p.m. to say Jay Tchakerian, 24, was drinking and punched her in the face. She said he then left the residence in the 62400 block of 29

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HEAVY TRAFFIC EXPECTED ON HIGHWAYS

It is a three-day holiday weekend and the regional thoroughfares will be full of holiday travelers. Managing Editor Tami Roleff reminds you to be careful out there… Memorial Day weekend is traditionally one of the heaviest travel times in the Inland Empire region. CalTrans is expecting lengthy delays on some

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MEMORIAL DAY CLOSURES

All government offices, banks, libraries, schools, and post offices will be closed Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. In addition, Burrtec will delay its trash pick up by one day. The Morongo Basin Transit Authority will NOT operate service on Monday, May 25th in observance of Memorial Day

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD IN BUSY MEETING WEDNESDAY NIGHT

The Morongo Valley CSD had a wide-ranging meeting Wednesday night. Reporter Dan Stork says they addressed the budget, the CalFire tax, a director’s complaint, change of meeting date, a threatening state bill, and heard a goodbye preview from a longtime director… Budget The Morongo Valley Community Services District Board of

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SKY’S THE LIMIT STAR PARTY SATURDAY

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, May 23. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 9 p.m. and end about 1:30 a.m. After observing the moon and Jupiter, attention will turn to Saturn and its moons and rings. Bring water, snacks, chairs, and

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“BILOXI BLUES” AT ST. JOSEPH’S THIS WEEKEND

The St. Joseph’s Players of Yucca Valley opened “Biloxi Blues” last Friday night with a gala fundraiser benefiting two charities: The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, and the Gladys Carol Scholarship Program. Reporter Rebecca Havely shares the fundraiser’s success… The “Biloxi Blues” audience arrived last Friday night and enjoyed

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NO FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER AT JOSHUA TREE VFW

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will not be serving dinner tonight. The Sunday breakfast is pancakes, eggs, quesadillas and omelets from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.