TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL PART 2: PRAYER BEFORE MEETINGS WILL REMAIN

Dan Stork broke his report on Tuesday’s wide-ranging Twentynine Palms City Council meeting into two parts. Today: The auditor’s report, and public prayer…again… After the Council heard a favorable summary of the City’s financial reporting practices by an outside auditor, public prayer again dominated the Twentynine Palms City Council meeting.

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT NAMES NEW OFFICERS

The High Desert Water District Board of Directors finally elected a president for 2014 during a special meeting last night. After Dan Munsey’s nomination of Sarann Graham failed to receive a second, Sheldon Hough nominated Roger Mayes to continue on as President, and the vote was unanimous. Bob Stadum also

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WE REVIEW “THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST” AT THEATRE 29

A classic comedy, first performed in the late 1800’s, opened last weekend for a five-week run at Theatre 29. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was in the audience of “The Importance of Being Earnest,” and offers this review of the show… Theatre 29’s first production of 2014, “The Importance of Being

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CHILI DINNER SATURDAY TO SUPPORT ST. JOSEPH PLAYERS

The St. Joseph’s Players of Yucca Valley are holding a chili dinner fundraiser Saturday, January 18 to raise money for their next production, “On Golden Pond.” Chili, including vegetarian chili, cole slaw, corn bread, and dessert, along with coffee, tea, and lemonade, will be served by the cast and crew

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CAFÉ NIGHT AT TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL TOMORROW

The theater students at Twentynine Palms High School invite you to join them this Friday evening. ROP Broadcast Student Brianna Jillson invites you to Café Night… The International Thespian Society of Twentynine Palms is having their Café Night. The participants can sing, dance, and act. It’s on January 17 at

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JOSHUA TREE ROTARY PLANS 27TH ANNUAL SUPER BOWL PARTY

The Joshua Tree Rotary Club is holding its 27th annual Super Bowl Party at Copper Mountain College. Watch the Super Bowl Sunday, February 2, at Bruce’s Coyote Kitchen on the college campus with an all-you-can-eat super buffet. The doors open at 2 p.m.; kick-off is 3:25. Tickets are $25 each

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RECYCLED ARTWORK SOUGHT BY HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM

Art made from recycled items is being sought by the Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley for a special exhibition. Turn-in is tomorrow and Saturday, from 10 to 4, with a reception to follow next week at the museum. Reporter Taylor Thacker puts out the call……. As part of the

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES

The Yucca Valley Lady Trojan basketball team opened up their De Anza league schedule with a 59-43 win over Big Bear last night in Trojan Gym. Coach Jess Geeson said the Yucca girls were led by junior Ashley Priest who hit for 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. Freshman Taylor

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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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FORMER YUCCA VALLEY MANAGER ANDY TAKATA RESIGNS FROM BANNING POST

Banning City Manager Andy Takata has submitted his resignation after four years. Takata came to Banning after serving as manager for the town of Yucca Valley.

Takata was paid almost $268,000 in 2012. Banning spokesman Bill Manis said the city and Takata came to “mutual understanding” about his resignation.

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD TO HIRE FIRM TO GET OPINIONS ON NEW HOSPITAL TAX

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board met last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz said they took a first step in putting a new tax measure on the ballot… Last night’s meeting of the Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors kicked off with an overview of a new diagnostic coding and classification system

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT TO CONSIDER RAISING WATER RATES AND CHARGES

The Joshua Basin Water District board will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. tonight in the District office on Chollita Road in Joshua Tree. Following the likely approval of items on the consent agenda, the board will convene a public hearing to consider increases in water rates and charges.

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT WILL ATTEMPT TO SELECT NEW OFFICERS AGAIN

It will be déjà vu all over again as the Hi-Desert Water District Board tries again to select new officers tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has more… The Hi-Desert Water District will attempt to elect new officers during a special meeting at 5:30 tonight. At its last meeting in December,

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MORONGO VALLEY COMMUNITY DISTRICT MEETS TONIGHT

The Morongo Valley CSD Board meets in regular session tonight, a closed session for a legal update and an award are on the agenda. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details… At tonight’s regular 7 p.m. meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, directors will adjourn to closed session on the

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THREE YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYERS NAMED ALL-STARS

Three Yucca Valley High School football players will be playing in the 7th Annual High Desert All Star Football Game sponsored by CYAP (Children’s Youth and Athletic Program). Selected for the game were Joey Rutherford, Shayne Saiza, and Logan Vallo. The game is set for Saturday January 25, at 2:00

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

In high school sports today, the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat boys’ and girls’ soccer and basketball teams will play the Shadow Hills High School Knights in Indio. Both boys’ and girls’ soccer games start at 5 p.m. The Lady Cats’ basketball game starts at 5; the boys’ at 6:30.

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