SMALL ELECTRICAL FIRE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Twentynine Palms firefighters made quick work of a fire at a Southern California Edison substation yesterday afternoon. According to Fire Captain Robert Marquez, just before 6:30 p.m, a malfunction ignited a transformer at the substation located on the highway at Hendys Road, on the west end of Twentynine Palms. SoCal

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in regular session tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff says tonight the council will discuss potential uses for the old PFF building…

Among the items on the consent agenda at tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council, the council will be asked to approve

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BLOOD DRIVE AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER TODAY

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive today, April 21, in the Helen Gray Center at Hi-Desert Medical Center, from 10 to 2. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. All prospective donors should be free of infections

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW

The Joshua Tree Clean Team will be out tomorrow morning, April 22, at Alta Loma and Olympic and April 29 at Highway 62 and Yucca Mesa Road (north side). The scheduled time is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. There will be grabber sticks, trash bags and gloves available to

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE NARROWS PRESIDENT CANDIDATES TO FOUR

The Copper Mountain Community College Board of Trustees has narrowed the field down to four finalists for the superintendent/president position The board will hold a special closed session meeting at 8 a.m. tomorrow in the library meeting room to discuss the candidates. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the public can meet

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DEADLINE TO DONATE FOR REACH-OUT BENEFIT AUCTION EXTENDED

Donations are still being accepted for the Third Annual Art Auction benefit for Reach Out Morongo Basin, set for May 2. Not an artist? Donations of pre-owned artwork from the community are also welcome. Past auctions have featured jewelry, photography, paintings, etchings, metalwork, gourds, ceramics, textiles, and even furniture. There

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ST. JOSEPH’S PLAYERS ANNOUNCE CAST FOR “BILOXI BLUES”

The St. Joseph’s Players community theater troupe announces the cast of its next production, Neil Simon’s “Biloxi Blues.” Reporter Rebecca Havely has the complete cast list…

“Biloxi Blues” is the second play in Neil Simon’s Eugene trilogy. The first of the series, “Brighton Beach Memoirs” was produced earlier this season

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BOY’S STATE SELECTEES NAMED

The Joshua Tree American Legion Post 761 recently announced that seven area juniors have been named as the 2015 Boys’ State delegates. Delegates from Twentynine Palms High School are Jacob Gutierrez, Daniel Adams, and Hayden Shupp, with Shane Estrada as an alternate. From Joshua Springs Christian School are Kavanaugh Clow

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ROTARY INTERACT CLUB STARTS AT YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

The Rotary Club of Yucca Valley is sponsoring a new service club at Yucca Valley High School. The Interact Club has grown to more than 25 members in its first two months; its faculty advisor is Merl Abel. The club recently held its first elections. Elected as president is Rachel

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FUN WEEKEND AT UNITED METHODIST CHURCH IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

The United Methodist Church of Twentynine Palms will have an exciting, fun weekend. This Saturday, April 25, there will be a parking lot sale at 6250 Mesquite Springs Road in the Church parking lot from 9 a.m. till noon. A variety of merchandise will be on sale. All the proceeds

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GOLF TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL CAREER PATHWAYS

A golf tournament in Yucca Valley is for a good cause, raising funds that allows high school students to job shadow, participate in internships, and earn a scholarship worth $1,000. Tax-deductible contributions for sponsorships are available. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more information about the Yucca Valley High School Career

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TOMORROW’S HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

The Yucca Valley High School Trojan baseball and softball teams will host the Shadow Hills High School Knights at home tomorrow. Both games start at 3:30. Also tomorrow, the Trojan swim and track teams will both compete against Desert Mirage High School. The swim meet is at home at 3:15;

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LOST HIKER IN MORONGO VALLEY RESCUED BY HELICOPTER

A lost hiker was rescued by a Sheriff’s helicopter crew Saturday night in Morongo Valley. Sheriff’s Sergeant Mike Landavazo said Bonnie Smith, 65, from Riverside county had been hiking in Big Morongo Canyon Preserve Saturday afternoon with two bottles of water. Family and friends reported her missing to the Bureau

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YUCCA VALLEY FAMILY HOMELESS AFTER FRIDAY FIRE

A Yucca Valley family is homeless following a fire Friday morning. According to County Fire Captain Jay Dimoff, Yucca Valley firefighters were dispatched at 11:22 a.m. to a medical aid call in the 6300 block of Richard Drive, but on their way there, it was changed to a structure fire.

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DEADLINE NEARS FOR YUCCA VALLEY SEWER ASSESSMENT VOTE

Get those ballots in. Managing Editor Tami Roleff reminds Yucca Valley property owners that the sewer assessment vote deadline is approaching…

The deadline for returning ballots for the assessment district for the Yucca Valley sewer project is just over three weeks away. The ballots will be opened and counted following

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YUCCA VALLEY CHAMBER LOOKING FOR ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER NOMINEES

The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its annual awards dinner. Award categories are Yucca Valley Chamber Member of the Year; Business of the Year; Boss of the Year; Unsung Hero, and Heart and Soul of the Morongo Basin. Nominations must be received by May 7. Winners

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK CELEBRATES NATIONAL PARK WEEK

This is National Park Week and Joshua Tree National Park is celebrating. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to participate… Join Joshua Tree National Park in celebrating National Park Week, this April 18-26, with special celebrations for kids on National Junior Ranger Day, April 25. Visit Joshua Tree National Park

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AREA STUDENTS INVITED TO MARCH IN THE GRUBSTAKE DAYS PARADE

This year’s Yucca valley Grubstake Days Parade theme “Patriotic Parade – Celebrating the Past, Present and Future” creates an opportunity for any Hi-Desert student to participate in the parade. The parade on May 23, starting at 10 a.m., will travel down the highway 1.6 miles from Inca Trail in Old

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PHOTOGRAPHER DAVID MCCHESNEY OFFERS MORE PHOTO CLASSES

Noted local photographer David McChesney will offer two more photography classes in Morongo Valley. The April 25 and May 2 classes will focus on bird life in Covington Park. Managing editor Tami Roleff talked with McChesney about the classes, who says a lot of birds and bird behaviors will be

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LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION COURSE OFFERED IN YUCCA VALLEY

Registration is underway for the Town of Yucca Valley lifeguard certification course. This course provides entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies. Participants must be at least 15 years old and be able to pass prerequisite skills evaluation. The course fee

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