BRICKS VALUED AT $10,000 STOLEN FROM COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a major theft at Copper Mountain College. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 3 a.m. Sunday morning, someone stole $10,000 worth of bricks from a pallet from a construction site at the college. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.

JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED FOR VIOLATING RESTRAINING ORDER

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Monday, accused of violating a restraining order placed against him. According to a Sheriff’s report, neighbors called law enforcement about 7:15 p.m. Monday to report a woman was yelling and running away from a man in the 62400 block of 29 Palms Highway in

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LOCAL MUSICIAN SIGNS NATIONAL BOOKING DEAL, RELEASES NEW ALBUM

Taking a big step up in the national music industry, Joshua Tree-based folk/soul/rock band, Gene Evaro Jr., has signed a booking deal with Paradigm Talent Agency. The agency handles groups such as The Dave Matthews Band, Black Eyed Peas, and Coldplay. The band recently traveled to Nashville to showcase for

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VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT TO HELP RESIDENTS FILE TAXES

Local volunteers are being sought to help families prepare their taxes. Managing editor Tami Roleff said free training is being offered… The Community Action Partnership is recruiting volunteers to help working families prepare their 2016 taxes. Free training—either online or in person—will be provided. Volunteers may earn volunteer service hours;

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HI-DESERT CHORUS “SOUNDS OF THE SEASON” CONCERTS THIS WEEKEND

The Hi-Desert Chorus will perform its annual “Sounds of the Season” concert Saturday, December 10, and Sunday, December 11. The concert is held in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center. Doors open at 2:00 p.m. and the concert begins at 2:30 p.m. The Yucca Valley High School

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FREE FEDERAL SURPLUS FOOD GIVEAWAY IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will hold a distribution of federal surplus food from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, December 7, at Pacific Clinics, 56020 Santa Fe Trail, Suite M, in Yucca Valley.

RESERVE A SPACE TO DINE WITH THE SPEAKER OF 2ND FRIDAY LECTURE SERIES

The Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park sponsors the second Friday lecture series. Their next offering is entitled, “The Hatches of Twentynine Palms.” Here’s more from reporter Rebecca Havely… Liz Meyer is a former city council member and mayor of Twentynine Palms and she serves on the Board of

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TWENTYNINE PALMS UNTIED METHODIST CHURCH STREET MARKET SATURDAY

The Twentynine Palms United Methodist Church will hold a street market Saturday, December 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be food, clothing, holiday items, housewares, and furniture. Reservations are being taken for vendors; the cost is $10 for one space or $25 for three spaces. To reserve

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SCHOOL DISTRICT LOOKS FOR INPUT ON ACCOUNTABILITY PLAN

The Morongo Unified School District is asking for the public’s input for the District’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Each school has a link to the survey on their webpage or it is available on the district’s website at www.morongo.k12.ca.us. The survey ends December 16, 2016. The district values your

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ELKS HOOP SHOOT WINNERS NAMED

Two boys and one girl won the first round of the “Elks Hoop Shoot” Sunday. For the boys, the 10-11 year old winner was Jonathon Aguirre and 12-13 was Carlos Williams. For the girls, it was Adrianna Olmeda in the 10-11 year old division. The three Twentynine Palms champions will

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TLC LOOKING FOR GIFT BAG DONATIONS

The volunteers of TLC, or Tender Loving Christmas, are looking for help with donations for their gift basket program. Reporter Kirby Davis tells you how… Every year, Tender Loving Christmas (TLC) puts together gift bags to give to homeless people and those in convalescent homes. Ideal items include toiletries, playing

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Twentynine Palms High School boys basketball team finished the Rancho Mirage Invitational with a third place finish after defeating Victor Valley High School, 69-59. Coach T.J. Stanford said All-Tournament recipients were Adam Bell and Abraham Bell along with Javier Soriano. This brings the ’Cats’ record to 4-1. The Yucca

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DRIVER KILLED IN FRIDAY MORNING TWENTYNINE PALMS CRASH IDENTIFIED

The San Bernardino County Coroner’s office has identified the woman who was killed in a crash in Twentynine Palms Friday morning as Samantha Reyes, 19, of Joshua Tree. According to the California Highway Patrol Officer Randy O’Brien, Reyes, was driving a gray 2006 Toyota Tundra pickup truck southbound on Lear

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WOMAN CONVICTED OF EMBEZZLING FROM SCHOOL DISTRICT GETS PROBATION

A Joshua Tree woman who was convicted in September of embezzling from the Morongo Unified School District was sentenced to three years’ probation on Friday. Karin Buttinelli, 50, worked in the school district’s payroll and benefits office when she gave herself 68 hours of overtime that she did not earn

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BEWARE OF THE JURY DUTY SCAM

Con men are getting more aggressive in their attempts to part you with your money, or personal information. Reporter Rebecca Havely has this warning about the jury duty scam… The phone rings, you pick it up, and the caller identifies himself as an officer of the court. He says you

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JOSHUA TREE MOBILE HOME DESTROYED, GOATS DIE, IN FRIDAY MORNING FIRE

A mobile home burned to the ground, and at least three goats were killed, in a fire in Joshua Tree Friday morning. Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle said firefighters were called to the 3900 block of Border Avenue about 11:24 a.m. where they found the home fully engulfed in flames. Tuttle

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LANDERS AREA TIRE ROUND-UP THIS SATURDAY

The Landers landfill sits on 630 acres near the southern edge of Landers. It is the Morongo Basin’s primary landfill and can accept as much as 1,200 tons of refuse daily. All manner of things end up there, but almost no vehicle tires. Instead discarded vehicle tires can be found

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CAMPING FEES BEING STOLEN FROM JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

New evidence has come to light, and the Sheriff’s Department is investigating multiple cases where fees for camping in Joshua Tree National Park have been stolen out of the campground fee canisters. According to the Sheriff’s Department, for years, unknown suspects have been stealing money from envelopes deposited in campground

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VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR TENDER LOVING CHRISTMAS

The Tender Loving Christmas, TLC, event set for this Christmas Day is in the preparation stage and volunteers are needed. Reporter Kirby Davis says volunteers will meet tomorrow… So much to do, so little time do it. Tender Loving Christmas needs hundreds of volunteers for its 33rd annual Christmas Day

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PASTORS, CHOIRS, AND CHURCHES SOUGHT FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY EVENT

Twentynine Palms Bible Baptist Church is seeking pastors, choirs, and churches who are interested in being a part of the program for the Martin Luther King Junior Day celebration in January. The theme of the event is All Lives Matter. The annual march on January 16 will be followed by

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