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, 2013 and will feature an exciting local hero, Deputy Alex Collins of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Collins has an amazing story that he wants to share with the people at this breakfast. On February 12, 2013, Collins and his partner, Detective Jeremiah MacKay, volunteered to search for a murderous man who was on the loose. While they diligently followed leads, they themselves became victims of the nightmare. The suspect hid from sight and opened fire on a group of deputies. Both Collins and MacKay were shot several times. Collins survived. MacKay gave the ultimate sacrifice. Join the JoshuaSpringsCalvaryChurch as we hear Alex Collins account of what happened and how his partner gave his life to protect our local communities. The event is held at the JoshuaSpringsCalvaryChurch gym at 7:30 am to 9:00 am on November 22. Tables are $100 for 8 people and $15 per person. A limited number of tables are available and selling quickly so sign up now! For more information or to sign up, call 760-365-1988.


The Twentynine Palms High School Select Choir was to have given performances tonight at Smith’s Ranch in Twentynine Palms. The performance has been cancelled. The Select Choir will hold other fundraising efforts later to raise the money they need for their trip in April to New  York City and Carnegie Hall.


Theatre 29 will be busy this weekend. Tonight’s performance of “A Christmas Carol” will be followed tomorrow by auditions for its first production of 2014, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” by famed playwright Oscar Wilde. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz invites you to come and try out…

At Theatre 29 the 2014 season will open with Oscar Wilde’s comical classic, “The Importance of being Earnest.”  Director Butch Pelfrey will hold auditions at 4 p.m. Sunday, November 17 at Theatre 29, in Twentynine Palms.  Pelfrey looks to cast four women and five men ages 20-60ish. ALL parts are open for audition. Audition dialogues are posted at A backstage crew will also be selected during the November 17 auditions. Anyone interested in working behind the scenes should plan to attend. Theatre 29 is an all-volunteer non-profit Community Theater organization. “The Importance of Being Earnest” will run from January 10 through February 8 with 12 performances over five weekends.  Tickets can be reserved at or by calling the Box Office at 760-361-4151.


The Yucca Valley Fire Department responded to a kitchen grease fire Thursday in which the residents tried to extinguish the fire by spraying it down with a garden hose. This is exactly the wrong thing to do. Pouring water on burning grease or oil will not extinguish the fire. It will only cause the burning oil to splash, spreading the grease fire around. In order to extinguish a grease fire, turn off the burner and cover the pan with a metal lid. If it’s readily available, you can pour baking soda onto the grease fire, but it may take more baking soda than what you have. A dry chemical fire extinguisher will put out a grease fire. Do not try to carry the burning pan outside; you’ll only slosh the burning grease around. If you are burned, treat the burn AFTER you put out the fire or get out of the house. If your clothes catch on fire, stop, drop and roll. And don’t be afraid to call 911 for help with your grease fire.


Theater 29’s last production of the 2013 season opened last night, and will run for 11 more performances. Assignment reporter Diana Jones gets out her program with details about the play…

Theatre 29’s last production of the 2013 season, “A Christmas Carol” opened last night, with its second show tonight. Directed by Rob Wanless, this Christmas classic tells the story of Ebeneezer Scrooge, a miserly old gentleman with a passionate dislike toward Christmas. On Christmas Eve, he is visited by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley. Scrooge is then visited by 3 ghosts that night. The experience transforms Scrooge who then sets about helping the poor, enjoying life, and celebrating Christmas. Theatre 29 veteran Kurt Schauppner plays Scrooge. Tickets are $8 to $12 and can be reserved by calling 760-361-4151, or online at