MORONGO BASIN MAC GETS A FIRE STAFFING REPORT

The meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Committee on Monday night was chock-full of community information. Reporter Dan Stork broke his report into two parts. Today: a report on fire staffing levels… Dave Benfield, the San Bernardino County Fire Division Chief for Zone 5, which includes the Morongo Basin,

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE PRESIDENT ON SHORT LIST FOR VICTORVILLE JOB

Copper Mountain College President Dr. Roger Wagner is one of the final candidates being considered for president of Victor Valley Community College. Victor Valley College officials say they have screened resumes of candidates for the school’s president/ superintendent opening and are preparing interviews. Wagner, who just got a three-year contract

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HOME OCCUPATION PERMITS AT TONIGHT’S YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission will focus on home occupations permits tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff checks the agenda… At tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Planning Commission, the commissioners will hold a public hearing to discuss regulations for home occupations or home-based businesses. The Planning Commission will discuss a

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW

April had three scheduled litter clean-ups for the Joshua Tree Clean Team. There were an average of fifteen members for each of the trash cleaning days. Spokesperson Michelle Given said a hearty thank you goes out to Cythnia Heaton, Den Winberry, Steve McCourt, Bob and Mary Stechmann, Frieda Burdette, Ken

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD MEETS, STARTING PROCESS TO AFFILIATE

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board will meet tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says more progress towards affiliation—bringing in an outside hospital company to run the local hospital—is on the agenda… The Hi-Desert Memorial Healthcare District Board of Directors meets in regular session at 6:00 tonight in the Helen Gray Education Center.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA CLUB OFFERS ONE-ACT COMEDY THURSDAY AND FRIDAY

After remaining inactive for almost four years, the Twentynine Palms Junior High School Drama Club will present the one-act comedy, Bad Auditions by Bad Actors, by Ian McWethy. Club Advisor and Director Cindy Ross said, “There are only two nights to catch this side-splitting show, this Thursday and Friday, May

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DEADLINE FOR OPEN STUDIO ARTISTS TO SIGN UP THURSDAY

This Thursday, May 15, is the deadline to turn in artist applications for the Highway 62 Open Studio Art Tours, sponsored by the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council. Studios on the east end of the Morongo Basin —Twentynine Palms to Joshua Tree—will be open October 25-26. West-end studios—Morongo Valley to

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS, PROJECT PHOENIX PLANNING AND CITY BUDGET

The major items of discussion at the Twentynine Palms City Council meeting will be development code revision, land acquisition for Project Phoenix, and next year’s budget. Reporter Dan Stork has details on those topics and others… At the start of the May 13 Twentynine Palms City Council meeting, the City

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COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS MEET TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Chapter of the Compassionate Friends, a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child, will hold their monthly meeting Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Helen Gray Education Center located on the campus of Hi-Desert Medical Center. The Compassionate Friends

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DRIVING CLASSES FOR SENIORS SCHEDULED

A special driving class for seniors is being offered by the CHP in 29 Palms. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to sign up… Morongo Basin Area drivers age 65 and older are invited to attend one of the upcoming Age Well, Drive Smart classes offered by the California Highway

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ADULT SOFTBALL LEAGUES FORMING IN TWENTYNINE PALMS; UMPIRES NEEDED

Twentynine Palms Parks and Recreation is now accepting team registrations for its upcoming adult softball leagues slated to start June 16. Team fees are $400, with $150 due upon registration to guarantee a spot. Men’s league will run on Monday nights, women’s league on Wednesday nights, co-ed on Tuesdays and

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MAJOR LIVE-FIRE, LARGE-SCALE EXCERCISES THIS WEEK ABOARD BASE

A combined-arms, live-fire, large-scale exercise will be taking place in our entire region this week starting today. During the Desert Scimitar exercise, Marines and sailors from 1st Marine Division, 1st, 5th, 7th, and 11th Marine Regiments, 1st Tank Battalion, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion,

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A STABBING IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Saturday morning, accused of a stabbing another man with a knife. According to a Sheriff’s report, during an argument with the victim in the 6800 block of Center Lane in Joshua Tree, Fredick McElroy, 28, is alleged to have pulled a knife and cut

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MAKE-A-WISH REQUEST WILL SEE 13-YEAR-OLD FIRE A MARINE HOWITZER

What boy hasn’t dreamed about blowing stuff up? A 13-year-old boy from San Diego will have his dream come true tomorrow, thanks to the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the Marines with Third Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment at Twentynine Palms Marine base. Managing editor Tami Roleff introduces us to Ryan and his

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FIRE FIGHTERS SAVE HOME IN FLAMINGO HEIGHTS

Fire fighters were called out to a garage fire in the Flamingo Heights area of Yucca Valley early this morning. According to County Fire Captain Trent Blanchard, about 12:30, a two-car detached garage in the 56000 block of Luna Vista Lane caught on fire. Fire fighters aggressively attacked the fire

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TWO HELD AFTER ALLEGED GUN THREAT IN YUCCA VALLEY

Two Yucca Valley men were arrested Friday afternoon after another man said they threatened him with a gun. According to a Sheriff’s report, Mario Rabanales, 32, and Joey Arredondo, 21, went to a home in the 6400 block of Goleta Avenue in Yucca Valley shortly before 3:30 p.m. and confronted

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WONDER VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF CAR THEFT

A Wonder Valley man was arrested Friday, accused of stealing his ex-girlfriend’s car. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman in the 80700 block of Mesa Drive in Wonder Valley called the Sheriff’s Department about 6:45 p.m. Friday to say she saw her ex-partner, Christopher Daly, 56, take her vehicle

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MORONGO BASIN MAC TO GET AN UPDATE ON FIRE STAFFING

The featured informational presentation at the Morongo Basin MAC meeting on May 12 is on fire staffing. Dan Stork has the full agenda…

At this month’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council, Battalion Chief Steve Lasiter will give a guest presentation on County Fire staffing levels. There will

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BEREAVEMENT GROUP MEETS TOMORROW

A bereavement support group that meets twice a month meets tomorrow to help those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. The free meetings provide a safe and comfortable setting to help heal and recover after a loved one’s death. Gloria Beatle, a hospice social worker with the

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CHP TO OFFER “START SMART DRIVING” CLASS TOMORROW

The CHP will offer a free “Start Smart” class tomorrow evening. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to enroll…..

Teen drivers are at great risk of collisions, but with the proper amount of control and focus, tragedies can be avoided. The Morongo Basin Area of the California Highway Patrol will

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