YUCCA VALLEY AND TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOLS HELPING THE NEEDY

Students at both Yucca Valley High and Twentynine Palms High Schools are doing their part to help the less fortunate of the Morongo Basin. The Twentynine Palms school group, Teens for Humanity, are collecting new and used coats that will be given out to those in need on November 23

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TWENTYNINE PALMS STUDENTS HONORED FOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS

Top academic honors for some students at Twentynine Palms High School. Managng Editor Tami Roleff has the kudos… Several Twentynine Palms High School students received honors recently for their academic achievements. Suhas Arehalli scored in the top three percent of students nationally on the National Merit Scholarship test. He also

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TPHS WINS NINTH BATTLE OF THE BELL IN A ROW OVER YUCCA VALLEY

The Twentynine Palms Varsity Wildcats won their record setting 9th consecutive Battle of the Bell football game, defeating the visiting Trojans from Yucca Valley 21-0 Friday night at Tom Nicoll Stadium. The Wildcats used a dominating defensive performance on Senior night to shut out the Trojans. The Wildcats rushed for

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LUCERNE MAN KILLED ON BICYCLE ON STATE ROUTE 247

A Lucerne Valley mans on a bicycle was struck and killed yesterday morning on State Route 247. The County Coroner said at 7:59 a.m., Angelo “Andy” Douglas Azzato, 47, was found dead along the side of the road, the apparent victim of a hit-run-driver. Azzato had been riding his bicycle

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NATIONAL PARKS AND FORESTS FREE THIS VETERANS DAY WEEKEND

In honor of Veterans Day, all national parks and national forests will offer free admittance to everyone this weekend, from Saturday, November 9 through Monday, November 11. Fees for camping and tours of Key Ranch in Joshua Tree National Park will still be collected. Active duty military are eligible for

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UNITY HOME OFFERS STATE MANADATED TRAINING TUESDAY

Morongo Basin Unity Home will offer its 40-hour California state-mandated training class beginning November 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Classes will be every Tuesday and Thursday for 5 weeks. This class is offered at no charge. Call Unity Home’s Outreach Office at 760-366-1247 to sign up.

SHERIFF TALKS ABOUT INFLUX OF AB109 PRISONERS, PART 2 OF 2

With county jails at capacity, and having to add another 300 inmates a month due to the Inmate Realignment Act, or AB109, Sheriff John McMahon told the Yucca Valley Town Council at its meeting Tuesday night that something’s gotta give. In part 2 of two, managing editor Tami Roleff said

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UPDATED RESULTS ON VOTE FOR BIGHORN DESERT VIEW WATER BOARD

The County registrar of voters has updated its results for the election for three Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency Board seats. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, Dennis Straley is narrowly in the lead with 153 votes, just two votes ahead of Terry Burkhart, with 151. Director Judy Corl-Lorono is in third

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MORONGO BASIN DEMOCRATS MEET TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Democratic Club will meet Saturday, November 9, at Bruce’s Coyote Kitchen on the Copper Mountain College campus in Joshua Tree. Fellowship and a $10 full breakfast begin at 9 a.m.; the regular meeting begins at 10 a.m. On the agenda is a letter-writing campaign with some suggested

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SERRANO CULTURE PROGRAM AT JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER TOMORROW

In honor of Native American Month, Harrison House Music and Arts will present a free event showcasing the Serrano culture in Joshua Tree. The program, “Serrano Culture and Serrano Bighorn Sheep Songs” will feature elders and members of the Serrano people including tribal historian Ernest Siva, County Supervisor James Ramos,

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CONGRESSMAN COOK FIGHTING DIALYSIS PAYMENT CUTS

Representative Paul Cook has joined a broad bipartisan effort in Congress to express concern about cuts in Medicare payments for dialysis treatments. Those cuts originated in a Congressional vote earlier this year, in a measure supported by about half of those Congress people who now are part of the current

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SCIENCE SATURDAY TO LOOK AT THE HUMAN BODY

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum continues its popular education program, Science Saturdays, with a lecture on the human body on Saturday, November 9. No matter what a person is doing, whether it’s playing or sleeping, the human body is always at work. The body is filled with all types of complex

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6 CHICKS ART GALLERY POPS-UP IN JOSHUA TREE

Saturday, November 9th, will mark the opening of “6 Chicks,” the new POP UP art gallery in Joshua Tree featuring art by six local women artists: Bonnie Brady, Janis Commentz, Esther Shaw, Suzanne Ross, Diana Shay-Diehl, and Alita Van Vliet. The gallery will specialize in original works including gift items.

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TEENS MAKE A POMPOM TURKEYS AT THE TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY TOMORROW

Teens in grades 7 through 12 can join the Twentynine Palms Library Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m. for teen crafts. This month’s craft will be making a holiday turkey out of pompoms and felt. Enjoy refreshments as you create your one-of-a-kind craft. All supplies are provided by the Friends

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2013 TOYS FOR TOTS PROGRAM HAS STARTED

An annual tradition for the Marine Corps Reserves is gearing up in our Morongo Basin area. Reporter Taylor Thacker says… Toys for Tots has started! The Marines will be accepting toy donations and money donations starting now for this Christmas season. To donate money, go online to http://29-palms-ca.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx and then

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VFW TO HONOR MARINE BIRTHDAY WITH A STEAK DINNER

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will not hold a Friday night dinner or Sunday breakfast this weekend. Instead, in honor of the Marine Corps’ 238th birthday November 10, the Post will hold a special rib-eye steak dinner Sunday. The cost is $15. The grilling starts at 3

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AREA CHURCHES HONOR VETERANS WITH MEALS AND SERVICES

Desert Hills Presbyterian Church will hold a special service honoring and recognizing veterans, Sunday, November 10. The service will also include patriotic hymns. Refreshments will be served afterward. Veterans and their families will also learn about an upcoming talk about adjusting to coming home after serving in a war. The

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BATTLE OF THE BELL FOOTBALL GAME TONIGHT

Tonight is the 46th Battle of The Bell football game, in which cross-basin rivals Yucca Valley High School Trojans and Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats, will go head to head for not just bragging rights, but for the all-important league placement. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more… It’s been a

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TLC LOVE NOTES AT STARBUCKS TONIGHT

The TLC Love Notes will be at Starbucks tonight from 3 to 8 p.m. TLC is gearing up for its 30th annual TLC Christmas dinner. Come have a cup of coffee, sing, sign up to volunteer or drop off a donation of yard, sundries, or canned goods. For more information,

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FREE MEAL IN TWENTYNINE PALMS SATURDAY

On Saturday, November 9 the Food For Life Staff will be supplying a free, hot, nutritional meal at the Little Church of the Desert Community Hall from 3-5.