FULL MOON 5K RUN IN YUCCA VALLEY FRIDAY NIGHT

Under a magnificent night sky, the Full Moon 5k Run is tomorrow night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz laces up his running shoes… Runners of all ages, Yucca Valley’s 12th annual Full Moon 5K Run is this Friday, August 28, at 7:00 p.m. at Machris Park on Santa Barbara Drive in Yucca

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SALUTE TO 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF DESERT SHIELD DEPLOYMENT PLANNED

This is the 25th year since troops left Twentynine Palms and the Morongo Basin to be in Desert Shield. To commemorate the effort, a local committee is raising $25,000 for a four-day event called the Salute in conjunction with the Twentynine Palms Pioneer Days event. The event honors and thanks

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MANDATORY ATHLETE AND PARENT MEETING AT TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL TONIGHT

A parent and student athlete meeting for NEW Twentynine Palms High School students will be held tonight, Thursday, August 27, at 7:00 p.m. in the Wildcat Gym. If you are a freshmen or a new student and are participating in a fall sport, you and your parent or guardian must

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL PART 1: A DOG PARK AND LATE TAXES

At its regular meeting last night, the Twentynine Palms City Council upheld a penalty for the late payment of transient occupancy taxes by the owner of three hotels in the city because he was out of the country, saying it would set a precedent for other hotel owners if they

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HEARING SET FOR DOGS WHO KILLED NEIGHBORS PUPPY

A public hearing will be held in Yucca Valley Tuesday, September 1, to determine if three boxers should be declared potentially dangerous dogs. On Friday, August 21, three boxers owned by Keith and Michelle Squires got into the back yard of Jacqueline Ratliff of the 57400 block of St. Mary’s

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT MEETS, FIRE DEPARTMENT TO COUNTY ON AGENDA

The Twentynine Palms Water District may give the final approval to a plan to turn responsibility for fire protection over the the county tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz takes a closer look… When the Twentynine Palms Water District meets at 6 p.m. tonight, directors are expected to consider amending this fiscal

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NEARBY SUMMIT FIRE BACK TO 50 PERCENT CONTAINED

Firefighters will start heading home today from the nearby Summit fire in Big Bear. Cloud cover over Big Bear Lake helped firefighters battling the 100-acre Summit fire once again bring containment to 50 percent. Earlier Tuesday, fire authorities had dropped the containment estimate to 30 percent after reassessing the lines

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MORE LOCAL BUSINESSES SUED FOR ADA NON-COMPLIANCE

At least five more businesses, most in Yucca Valley, have been sued by a man who claims they are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA. Some of the violations include not having proper handicap-accessible parking spaces, lack of signage for the parking spaces, and faded paint

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STATE APPROVES BIGHORN DESERT VIEW WATER PLAN

At last night’s meeting of the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency, directors learned that after nearly a year in the making, the agency has received state approval for its comprehensive Hazard Mitigation Plan. The move opens the door for the agency to seek grant funds so that it can begin to

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WARREN VALLEY BASIN WATERMASTER BOARD TO MEET TODAY

The Warren Valley Basin Watermaster board of directors will meet today. The board will approve a budget for 2015-2016, and will hear the annual report. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the board room of the Hi-Desert Water District at Inca Trail and the Highway in Yucca

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WE REVIEW “THE MAN FROM EARTH” NOW PLAYING AT THEATRE 29

The drama “The Man From Earth” opened last weekend at Theatre 29. As a close-knit group of colleagues say goodbye to young Professor John Oldman, a farewell party becomes an interrogation as Oldman shares a secret he’s been keeping for ages. Reporter Rebecca Havely offers this review of the production…

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TUESDAY DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART EXHIBITION

Tuesday, September 1, is the deadline for entries for the Joshua Tree National Park Juried Art Exhibition 2015, a highlight of the third annual JTNP Art Exposition at the Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms. Entry is open to visual artists 18 and over for original work created within the

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RED CROSS WORKSHOP FOR AFTER-DEPLOYMENT COMMUNICATION TOMORROW

Military members returning from deployment face difficulty in reconnecting the the routine. A workshop tomorrow will deal with that adjustment. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details… “Communicating Clearly” is a free, one-evening workshop for service members, veterans and their families who want to improve or gain valuable communication skills and techniques.

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BREAKFAST IN THE CLASSROOM AT JOSHUA TREE ELEMENTARY

The Morongo Unified School District will serve “Breakfast in the Classroom” at Joshua Tree Elementary School. Breakfast in the Classroom takes the traditional school breakfast approach and improves it by moving it to the classroom. Breakfast is available to every child, at no cost, making it possible for all children

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SCHOOL DISTRICT NUTRITIONAL WEBSITE NOW AVAILABLE

The Morongo Unified School District announced the Nutritional Services’ interactive and user friendly website. The website promotes nutrition education, healthy eating and the importance of physical exercise. The highlight of the website is the new interactive menus, which include nutrient and allergen information on each item served in the program.

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GOOD PROGRESS MADE ON THE SUMMIT FIRE IN BIG BEAR

Firefighters are making good progress on the Summit Fire in nearby Big Bear. Monday afternoon, the U.S. Forest Service lifted mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders for all but one street: Knickerbocker Road, south of Pennsylvania Avenue. If all goes well, that evacuation order will be lifted sometime today, said Forest

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS, T.O.T. LATE FEES, DOG PARK, AND A STATUE ON A BUSY AGENDA

The Twentynine Palms City Council meeting tonight will begin with a presentation and a discussion of the city’s disaster preparedness policy. Among the items on the consent agenda is a recommendation that the city council establish a stipend for planning commissioner of $150 per meeting. Managing editor Tami Roleff details

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NO ACTIONS REPORTED AT A TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER BOARD CLOSED MEETING

The Twentynine Palms Water District Board of Directors held a special closed session meeting yesterday in which the two items of business were a discipline/dismissal/release of an employee, and a performance evaluation of Fire Chief Jim Thompson. General Manager Ray Kolisz said the board came out of closed session with

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THUNDERSTORMS BRING A REMINDER AT FLASH FLOODS

With rain in the forecast, the Morongo Basin is at risk for flash flooding. Area fire stations have sand bags available for residents they can use to prepare for rains in advance of the storm. Most fire stations will give residents up to 10 sand bags for free. Joshua Tree

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UNEVEN PAVEMENT BLAMED FOR ROLL-OVER CRASH IN YUCCA VALLEY

A rollover crash on Old Woman Springs Road Monday afternoon is being blamed on uneven pavement. Just about noon, a woman was driving on Old Woman Springs Road just south of Sunset Drive when she said the wheels of her car got caught on the lip of the pavement on

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