HOPE ACADEMY EXPANSION APPROVED

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission voted at its meeting last night to approve the request to expand Hope Academy Charter School in the Yucca Valley Town Center Mall. The commission voted 3-1, with Jeff Evans recusing himself, to approve the 14,000 square-foot addition of 10 classrooms and a multi-purpose room.

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YUCCA VALLEY AIRPORT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

Some of the items the Yucca Valley Airport District Board of Directors will discuss at their meeting tonight, (Wednesday, August 12), are correspondence with the Local Agency Formation Commission, the HI-Desert Water District and the fall conference of the Association of California Airports. Under old business, the directors will discuss

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD MEETS TOMORROW

The Copper Mountain College board of trustees will meet in open session tomorrow. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says an agreement with the Red Cross, contracts and renewals are all on the agenda…… Following a 1:30 p.m. study session, the Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees convenes in regular open session at

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BLOOD DRIVE IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Thursday, August 13, at Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley from 11 to 3. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream now offers free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. Those aged 18 to 44 years may register for Be The Match bone marrow

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COLLEGE OFFERS OUTDOOR ART CLASS

Copper Mountain College is offering a community art class with noted artist and muralist, Art Mortimer. The outdoor sessions will begin at the college and move throughout the landscapes of the Basin. Reporter Rebecca Havely has more details … Enrollment is now open for Art Mortimer’s outdoor art class, “The

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MOVIE UNDER THE STARS IN LANDERS SATURDAY

Join the Morongo Basin Historical Society for a movie under the stars this Saturday, August 15. The historical society will screen “Last Chance,” Bryan Cranston’s 1999 movie that was filmed and set in Pioneertown and the Yucca Valley bowling alley. “Last Chance” is set in a California desert where a

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SEVEN CITED IN STING TARGETING PROVIDING ALCOHOL TO MINORS

Seven people were cited in Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms Thursday, accused of purchasing alcohol for—or selling it to—minors, and three others were arrested or cited on other charges. During a shoulder-tap sting operation, minors—under the supervision of Sheriff’s deputies—visited several liquor and convenience stores and asked strangers to buy

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JOSHUA TREE FIREFIGHTERS GO TO ARIZONA TO HELP FIGHT WILLOW FIRE

Three firefighters from Joshua Tree spent most of Saturday helping out at the Willow Fire, just east of Needles on the Arizona side of the Colorado River. The fire was first reported at 10:30 a.m. burning scrub and vegetation alongside the river Saturday. County Fire Captain Donnie Valoria said Station

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ONE MAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH THIS MORNING

One man was injured during a motorcycle crash in downtown Joshua Tree early this morning. About 3 a.m., a motorcycle rider crashed at Highway 62 and Park Boulevard. He was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs with moderate injuries.

CANDIDATE FILING EXTENDED FOR MORONGO VALLEY CSD

Last Friday was the deadline for candidates to file for the November 3rd Consolidated Election; however, that deadline must be extended when an incumbent does not file and that’s exactly the case for one local special district office. Assignment reporter, Mike Lipsitz, has details… In Morongo Valley, long-time Community Services

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STAY SAFE IN THE HEAT IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

High temperatures require planning and safety in Joshua Tree National Park. While Visiting the park in the summer can be a relaxing and scenic experience away from the crowds during high season. A park spokesman said certain preparations and precautions should be observed by visitors in order to insure a

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AUDITIONS FOR THE “ADDAMS FAMILY MUSICAL” AT THEATRE 29 TONIGHT

Theatre 29 is holding open auditions tonight for the smash hit musical, “The Addams Family.” Reporter Rebecca Havely reminds you how to prepare…

Tonight at 6:30 p.m. veteran director, Kathryn Ferguson will cast 12-14 male and 7-10 female musical comedy performers in “The Addams Family.” Come dressed to move for

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MANE STREET STAMPEDE LOOKING FOR PIONEERTOWN PERFORMERS

The Mane Street Stampede Wild West Show is looking for volunteers to perform on Saturday afternoons from April until October, 2:30 to 3 p.m., in Pioneertown. They are an all-volunteer, family-oriented, comedy-style gunfighter re-enactment group, dedicated to family values and local children’s charities. They perform in the footsteps of Gene

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PIONEER DAYS THEME IS “A SALUTE TO THOSE WHO SERVE”

Planning is already underway for this October’s annual “Pioneer Days” celebration in Twentynine Palms. A special citizen’s committee, under the leadership of Mary Jane Binge, have already announced the special theme and feature for this year. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the latest… The theme for the Twentynine Palms Pioneer

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SCHOOL BOARD IN SELF-HELP MEETING TOMORROW

The Morongo Unified School District will meet in a special work/study session tomorrow, Tuesday, August 11, from 8 a.m. to noon, in the conference room at District Headquarters, 5715 Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms. The Board will discuss how it does its work, including, effective board research; discussion of procedures

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YUCCA MESA GROUP TO GO ON FIELD TRIP TO “SKY'S THE LIMIT”

The Yucca Mesa Improvement Association will hold a field trip to Sky’s the Limit Observatory in Twentynine Palms on Saturday, August 15. Bring chairs, drinks, jackets, snacks, and flashlights. A suggested donation of $5 for members, $10 for non-members is requested. Meet at the Yucca Mesa Community Center and be

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT RESTARTS COUNTY TAKEOVER OF FIRE PROTECTION: PART 2

As it did three years ago, the Twentynine Palms Water District Board of Directors voted to start a process for San Bernardino County Fire to take over the Twentynine Palms Fire Department. Reporter Dan Stork explains what’s different this time, in two parts. Yesterday, he gave the meat of the

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FISH AND GAME COMMISSION VOTES TO BAN BOBCAT TRAPPING IN THE STATE

The California Fish and Game Commission voted 3-2 Wednesday to ban bobcat trapping statewide. In 2013, the California legislature—spurred on by Joshua Tree residents who said trapping had sharply reduced the number of bobcats near the park—passed the Bobcat Protection Act that created buffer zones around state and national parks

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT VOTES TO ANNEX FIRE PROTECTION TO THE COUNTY, PART 1 OF 2

Last night, the Twentynine Palms Water District Board of Directors voted 4-1 to initiate the LAFCO procedure for annexation of fire protection services to the San Bernardino County Fire District. A similar decision three years ago fell apart when County Fire said the $80 per property tax that it would

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TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY SETTLES DEVELOPERS LAWSUIT

More than a year and a half after a lawsuit was filed by a development company against the town of Yucca Valley, the town council agreed to a settlement in a closed session meeting Tuesday night. After Mirage Front Properties bought a parcel subdivided into 17 home lots, the town

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