YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION MEETS TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission meets in regular session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says 2 items are on the agenda… The Yucca Valley Planning Commission has two items on its agenda tonight. The first item is a request for a conditional use permit for an assisted living facility. The

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MAN THOUGHT LOST IN MINE FOUND WANDERING, DIVERTS FIRE RESOURCES

An Orange County man who got lost in the desert for 11 hours near Johnson Valley Friday night diverted fire crews from a large house fire in Yucca Valley. About 5:30 p.m. Friday, fire fighters and search and rescue teams from Lucerne Valley, Hesperia, and Yucca Mesa, and the Sheriff’s

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED AFTER PUNCHING HIS SON

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Friday, accused of punching his son. According to a Sheriff’s report, John Ligon, 43, was arguing with his son at a neighbor’s house. The report states Ligon kicked open the door, then went inside and grabbed his son by the hair and punched him

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SMALL BUSINESS ADVICE THURSDAY AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

Small business owners, and those hoping to start their own business, can get advice and information at an expo at Copper Mountain College Thursday the 14th. Representatives from SCORE, a non-profit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow, and achieve their goals, will be at the

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RUMMAGE SALE AT SANTA FE CLUBHOUSE TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY

The Santa Fe Social Clubhouse in Yucca Valley will be continuing their Rummage Sale on Tuesday, November 12 and Wednesday, November 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. It’s a blow out sale so make an offer! Call the Clubhouse at 760-369-4057 if you have any questions. The

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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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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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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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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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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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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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PART 1 OF 2: SHERIFF EXPLAINS EFFECTS OF PRISON REALIGNMENT ACT

The Yucca Valley Town Council heard from County Sheriff John McMahon about AB 109, the Inmate Realignment Act, at its meeting Tuesday night. AB109 requires the state to reduce the number of inmates in prisons. Managing editor Tami Roleff reports that the realignment act is creating unanticipated problems. Here is

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COMMUNITY PRAYER BREAKFAST SET, RESERVATIONS BEING TAKEN

The annual Community Prayer Breakfast has been set and reservations are now being taken. Assignment reporter Taylor Thacker had details… The Morongo Basin Bob Burke Prayer Breakfast is scheduled for Friday, November 22, and will feature an exciting local hero, Deputy Alex Collins, of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Collins

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL DENIES EXTENSION FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY

In 2010, the Town Council allowed a medical marijuana dispensary known as CAMS to relocate from the Monterey Business Center to an industrial/commercial center on Wamego Trail, with the stipulation that it would have to close its doors for good on December 6, 2013. The Council also established a moratorium

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TWO YUCCA VALLEY RESIDENTS ARRESTED FOR IDENTITY THEFT

Two Yucca Valley residents were arrested early Monday morning, accused of multiple counts of identity theft. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 1:30 a.m., a deputy stopped a car driven by Stephanie Viestenz, 24, near the intersection of Antelope Trail and Cholla Avenue in Yucca Valley for having expired vehicle

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