WONDER VALLEY COMMUNITY MEETING TO DISCUSS CLOSED FIRE STATION

Just three months after Wonder Valley residents were told their fire station was funded for 2017-18 and would remain open, Wonder Valley firefighters packed up and left the fire station on Friday, September 22. In June, County Assistant Fire Chief Tom Marshall told Wonder Valley municipal advisory council representative Teresa

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IF IT'S OCTOBER, IT'S JOHNSON VALLEY OCTOBERFEST

Save the date for the eighth annual Oktoberfest celebration in Johnson Valley, set for Saturday, October 7. The beer garden at the Johnson Valley Oktoberfest opens at 2 p.m. There’ll be a section of craft and domestic beers, hard cider, plus a German buffet dinner including a dessert bar. Dinner

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TOURS, CLASSES, MUSIC, FOOD, AND MORE AT ORCHID FESTIVAL

October is orchid month in Morongo Basin and an opportunity to experience displays of beautiful live orchids and much more at the 22nd annual Morongo Basin Orchid Festival at Gubler Orchids in Landers. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has an overview… The annual Orchid Festival is about much more than the world-class

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“MY OLD LADY” COMING TO GROVES CABIN THEATER IN MORONGO VALLEY

Get your tickets now for a new drama at the award-winning Groves Cabin Theater in Morongo Valley. “My Old Lady” is a three-character drama about a middle-aged American who inherits an apartment in Paris. His plans to sell it to solve his financial difficulties are thwarted by the fact than

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CHILDREN AND TEEN PROGRAMS SET TO BEGIN AT JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY

For the next month, the Joshua Tree Library is offering programs for kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens. On Mondays, at 4 p.m., is the teen program, where teens can explore art and different artistic media. This program is for teens who are artistic or who would like

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YUCCA VALLEY RECRUITING YOUTH COMMISSIONERS

The Town of Yucca Valley is recruiting for their youth commission. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you how to apply…

The Yucca Valley Youth Commission is made up of students in grades 7 through 12 who attend school in Yucca Valley. Youth commissioners produce informative video programs, present forums to

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SIX PEOPLE INJURED IN SUSPECTED DUI CRASH IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS THURSDAY

Six people were injured, one critically, in a suspected drunk-driving crash in Desert Hot Springs Thursday evening. According to police, Brandon Byars, 23, of Palm Desert was driving a van when he struck a pick-up truck at the intersection of Ironwood Drive and La Mesa Drive about 8:20 p.m. Witnesses

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KIDS PROGRAMS AT AREA LIBRARIES

The Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms libraries offer classes for kids Tuesdays through Thursdays. Reporter Rebecca Havely has more…

If you have a child between the ages of one and five, the Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley libraries have programs aimed specifically at kids their age. The Little Artists program

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MAKING TOUGH DECISIONS DISCUSSED AT LIFETREE CAFÉ

Making difficult decisions will be explored at Lifetree Café Sunday. The free program features a screening of the award-winning short film “The Last Race,” the story of a family forced to decide whether to donate the organs of a loved one. The program starts at 4 p.m. Lifetree Café is

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STILL TIME TO SIGN UP FOR MISS YUCCA VALLEY SCHOLARSHIP PAGEANT

Even though two orientation meetings have been held, there’s still time to sign up for the Miss Yucca Valley scholarship pageant. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you how to sign up…

It’s not too late for Yucca Valley High School junior girls to sign up to participate in the Miss

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IMPROV COMEDY WORKSHOP AT RAINBOW STEW SUNDAY

An improv comedy workshop will be held Sunday, October 1, at Rainbow Stew. Presented by Tami Wood and Bob Rufer, participants will explore self-awareness through improv tools, games, and exercises. The cost is $20 and reservations are required for the 1 p.m. workshop. Call 760-774-2553 for more information.

CAMPFIRE TALK TONIGHT IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Park rangers from Joshua Tree National Park will hold an evening campfire talk about climate change in the park Saturday night, September 30. Join a ranger for a 45-minute presentation to learn about the why the park’s iconic Joshua trees are in retreat, the basic science behind climate change, what

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HOME FIRE SAFETY TIPS

Fires kill more Americans than all natural disasters combined and 85 percent of all fire deaths occurring in residences. A few simple steps may save your life and the lives of loved ones. Reporter Rebecca Havely offers these safety tips…

Smoke and flames can engulf a house very quickly. Smoke

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Thursday afternoon following a high-speed chase through the Morongo Basin. About 2:30 p.m., Sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers were called about a red sport bike that was speeding near Yucca Valley High School and crossed over double yellow lines to pass a

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PUBLIC'S HELP SOUGHT IN FINDING MISSING YUCCA VALLEY MAN

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing man. Jamie Hermes, 58, was reported missing by his sister August 8. Hermes, who is homeless, normally frequents the eastern Stater Brother grocery store and the area of Yucca Trail and Pioneertown Road. Hermes suffered a brain

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UNKNOWN MAN FOUND WANDERING IN LIVE FIRE RANGE ON COMBAT CENTER

We have limited information about a man who was found wandering in the live fire area of the Combat Center in Twentynine Palms Wednesday morning. According to a Sheriff’s report, military police called deputies to the base about 8:40 a.m. about an unidentified man who is believed to have dementia.

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THEATRE 29 HOSTS ITS OWN OPENING NIGHT OF “THE MOUSETRAP”

The Theatre 29 organization is sponsoring its own opening night gala for the classic Agatha Christie murder-mystery, “The Mousetrap.” With your invitation, here’s Rebecca Havely…

Friday, October 6, the evening begins with a pre-gala presentation from 5:30 to 6 to recognize, honor and memorialize the late Judy Andreshak, longtime volunteer

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BLOOD DRIVE AT WAL-MART IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Saturday, September 30 at Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donors receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. Prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110

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REACH-OUT GIVES OUT OVER 70 FLU SHOTS

Reach Out Morongo Basin’s fourth annual flu shot clinic vaccinated more than 70 residents earlier this week—for free. Reach Out Executive Director Robin Schlosser said the two-day event was so successful that another free flu shot clinic will be held in October, with dates to be announced. Stay tuned to

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OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE COMMENTS ABOUT BASIN TRANSPORTATION PLAN SATURDAY

If you’ve noticed traffic in our Morongo Basin seems to get worse every year, you’re not alone. The County has also noticed and has directed a $200,000 grant from the Southern California Association of Governments to develop a citizen-driven Transportation Plan to make our Basin friendlier to bicyclists, pedestrians, and

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