CAST FOR “BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS” ANNOUNCED

The St. Joseph’s Players of Yucca Valley announce the cast for their next production: Neil Simon’s highly acclaimed semi-autobiographical comedy/drama, “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” The coming-of-age play centers on the Polish-Jewish Jerome family of Brooklyn, New York, in late depression era 1937. This realistic story about the strength of family is

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ACTING CLASSES STARTING OCTOBER AT THEATRE 29

Acting classes will start in October at Theatre 29. Instructor Abe Daniels says, “Acting is a work in progress and the classes will teach gathering tools and techniques in order to enhance the actors and the audiences experience.” Beginning October 1, from 3:30 to 5:30, the classes will be offered

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT NOT HAPPY WITH MANDATORY WATER CONSERVATION MEASURES

Earlier this year, Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought state of emergency for the entire state of California. Water districts were directed to adopt emergency regulations to encourage their customers to conserve water by prohibiting activities such as hosing down sidewalks and driveways, regulating when lawns and vegetation could be

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BLOOD DRIVE TOMORROW

Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive on Friday, September 5, at Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley from 11 to 3. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. Those aged 18 to 44 years may register for

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REACH-OUT LOOKING FOR BOARD MEMBERS

Would you like to be part of an active organization that helps others in your community? Are you energetic and enthusiastic about improving life in our Morongo Basin? Reach Out Morongo Basin, a non-profit serving senior and disabled neighbors, is looking for interested persons who would like to serve on

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RETIRED TEACHERS MEET NEXT WEEK

The California Retired Teachers’ Association will kick off its 2014-15 calendar at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 13. The meeting will be held at the Helen Gray Center on Whitefeather Road in Joshua Tree. Robin Schlosser, representing Reach Out Morongo Basin, will be the guest speaker. Please call Gay Smith

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY MARKETPLACE RE-OPENING

The Historical Society Marketplace in Landers is re-opening this weekend. Reporter Taylor Thacker checks the inventory… The Morongo Basin Historical Society is re-opening their marketplace on September 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They are back with new treasures that the whole family will enjoy, such as men’s, women’s,

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL AND TENNIS RESULTS

The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojan volleyball teams hosted the Lady Tigers from San Jacinto Wednesday in a pre-season match. The varsity team lost 0-3 sets. Coach Matt Jennings said the team put up some impressive numbers being led by senior Ashley Priest with two kills and three blocks;

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TWO STABBED DURING FIGHT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Two people were stabbed in an altercation in Twentynine Palms last night. Sheriff’s Sergeant Derek Garvin said Stephen Bailor, 25, and William Walter, 26, who are brothers, and Nikole Schroeder, 27, were walking south on Adobe Rd near Cactus Drive about 12:40 this morning when an argument among them became

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LANDERS MAN ARRESTED AFTER YUCCA VALLEY PURSUIT

A Landers man was arrested Saturday evening after a short pursuit through Yucca Valley. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Rick Millard, deputies received a tip that Brett Schmidt, 51, who had several felony warrants out for his arrest, was driving a blue Ford Astro minivan eastbound on Highway 62 through Morongo

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL OKS DUMOSA TRAFFIC SIGNAL, DECLARES PLASTIC BAGS A BLIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council met in regular session last night. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says a new traffic signal was approved and plastic bags were called a blight… After recognizing Shelly Eich, a code compliance officer with the Town, as the Yucca Valley Employee of the Quarter, the Town

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COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM CLASSES START TOMORROW

Morongo Basin Community Emergency Response Team, CERT, has a new training academy starting tomorrow, Thursday evening September 4, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. There are seven weekly classes. The final exam, practical, and graduation will be on Saturday, October 18. All classes will be held at the Senior Center

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SCHOOL BOARD HEARS OF LOWER ENROLLMENT THAN ANTICIPATED

As is so often the case, the most interesting parts of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meetings lay in staff reports. Reporter Dan Stork summarizes what was said about enrollment numbers last night and helping students apply to college… Assistant Superintendent Sharon Flores told the Morongo Unified

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COLLEGE BOARD IN SPECIAL SESSION TOMORROW

The Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees will meet in a closed session at 9:00 tomorrow, Thursday, September 4, for a self-evaluation and goal-setting for the trustees. The closed session will be followed by a board study session at 10 a.m. concerning new board goals and possible changes to the

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BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT AT LA CONTENTA MIDDLE SCHOOL TOMORROW

La Contenta Middle School has scheduled their back-to-school night for tomorrow, Thursday, September 4, from 6:00 to 7:45 p.m. Parents should bring their child’s schedule. The evening is designed to give parents a chance to visit their child’s classrooms and meet their teachers. Parents will be given an overview of

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT TO ADOPT STRICT MANDATORY WATER CONSERVATION MEASURES

Hi-Desert Water will hold a public hearing on new water conservation measures tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff checks the agenda… Among the items on tonight’s meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors, the directors will hold a public hearing about adopting mandatory water conservation measures to comply with

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT TO CONSIDER MEETING JUST ONCE A MONTH

The Joshua Basin Water District Board will consider having fewer meetings tonight. Reporter Taylor Thacker checks tonight’s meeting agenda… The Joshua Basin Water District will have their regular meeting on Wednesday, September 3, starting at 7:00 p.m. During this meeting, the Board will have a public hearing to fix a

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FALL SEASON OPENS AT TWENTYNINE PALMS ART GALLERY, RECEPTION SUNDAY

The 29 Palms Art Gallery opens its fall season with a reception this Sunday, September 7, from 12 to 3 p.m. at the gallery, 74055 Cottonwood Drive, in Twentynine Palms. Refreshments will be served and admission is free. Featured are three exhibitions: Tony Milici, absurdist reductionist; Jenifer Palmer-Lacy, images from

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YUCCA VALLEY LIBRARY BOOK SALE STARTS TOMORROW

The Friends of the Yucca Valley Library will have a book sale this weekend. The preview starts Thursday, September 4, and will run through Monday, September 8. All books are priced for a quarter to a dollar each. Fill a bag with books on Saturday for only $5.

PROP 39: WHERE IS THAT MONEY GOING?

$550 million per year, for 5 years; that’s what Prop 39 is diverting from the general revenues of the state of California. Reporter Dan Stork describes where that money is going, and how much of it is trickling down to the Morongo Basin… In 2012, the voters of California approved

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