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, meets tomorrow Wednesday, March 9, and every second Wednesday of the month from 4:30 pm to 6:00 at the Helen Gray Education Center in Joshua Tree. The Compassionate Friends

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REACH-OUT HOSTS TRANSPORTATION WORKSHOP

Just what are the transportation needs for elderly, low-income and other residents on our Morongo Basin? A workshop meeting tomorrow will look into those needs. Managing Editor Tami Roleff urges you to join in… Reach Out Morongo Basin will host a workshop on transportation needs for seniors, the disabled, and

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUND-UP

Twentynine Palms Recreation all-star teams brought home some hardware from the Needles basketball tournament. All six teams finished in the top three of their respective divisions. The third- and fourth-grade boys and the fifth- and sixth-grade boys came in third place. The seventh-grade boys, seventh- and eighth-grade girls, and eighth-grade

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TWO WONDER VALLEY HOMES BURN TO THE GROUND

Fire officials are investigating the cause of two fires that burned two Wonder Valley homes to the ground Sunday night just a few hours apart. Firefighters responded to multiple reports of the first single-story structure fire near Virginia and Meriweather Roads about 7:15 p.m., said San Bernardino County Fire spokesman

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE VOTES TO RAISE SMOKING AGE, RESTRICT E-CIGARETTES

The California State Assembly on Thursday took historic action to curb smoking in the Golden State. Senate Bill 5 would ban vaping in bars, restaurants, workplaces and schools. Another bill, SB 7, would raise the smoking age from 18 to 21, except for active-duty military personnel. Managing editor Tami Roleff

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JOSHUA TREE MUSICIAN ASSAULTED BY NAKED MAN

Updated 11:10 a.m. with the name of the alleged assailant

A Joshua Tree musician was assaulted by a naked man high on drugs Friday night. About 11:30 p.m. Gene Evaro Jr., was inside the convenience store at the Valero gas station in downtown Joshua Tree when he said a naked

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ELDERLY WOMAN ALMOST VICTIMIZED BY IMMIGRATION SCAM

An elderly woman was nearly scammed out of $1800 Friday by a caller who said she would be deported if she didn’t pay up. According to the Sheriff’s Department, the victim said she was contacted by telephone by someone who said he was an Immigration officer. The caller had spoofed

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CANDIDATE FILING DEADLINE FOR JUNE ELECTIONS THIS FRIDAY

This Friday is the deadline to file to run for offices to be decided in the June presidential primary election. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what offices are open and how to file… A handful of offices representing Morongo Basin will be on the 2016 presidential primary ballot on June

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THEATRE 29 ADDS ADDITIONAL MATINEE FOR “LITTLE MERMAID”

Because of extraordinary demand, Theatre 29 has added an additional matinee performance of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid.” The matinees for “The Little Mermaid” on March 20 and April 3 are already sold out. So Theatre 29 has added a third matinee on opening weekend, March 13. The curtains rise at

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THEATRE 29 HOLDING AUDITIONS FOR “DON’T HUG ME, I’M PREGNANT” NEXT MONDAY

Theater 29 will be holding open holding auditions for the Musical Comedy “Don’t Hug Me, I’m Pregnant” next Monday, March 14. Director Marty Neider and Musical Director Kathryn Ferguson are looking for three males and two females. Actors must be able to manage or learn a Minnesota accent. Auditions will

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29 PALM ART GALLERY BENEFIT ART AUCTION SET

The Twentynine Palms Art Gallery is bringing back its popular spring art auction on Saturday, March 19, from 4 to 8:30 pm. Reporter David Knutson says hold the date… For the first time in four years, the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery will host its 2016 Spring Art Auction, Shamrocks in

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ARTIST IN RESIDENCE HOSTS WRITING WORKSHOPS

A writer and artist-in-residence will hold two writing exercises in Joshua Tree National Park that are open to the public. Sara Tourjee writes in a hybrid forms of prose and poetry; she will lead attendees through writing exercises using the park and Oasis of Mara as inspiration. The first session

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REACH OUT HOSTS UNMET TRANSPORTATION NEEDS WORKSHOP WEDNESDAY

Reach Out Morongo Basin will be hosting a transit planning workshop on unmet transportation needs for senior, disabled and low income individuals on the Morongo Basin. The workshop will be held at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center 6539 Adobe Rd in Twentynine Palms Wednesday March 9th from 1:00 to 2:30

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY LECTURE WEDNESDAY ON “XERISCAPING”

The Morongo Basin Historical Society’s second Wednesday lecture series continues with sustainable solutions to desert landscaping. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the details… Wednesday March 9 join The Morongo Basin Historical Society ‘s second Wednesday lecture series. Mike Branning, owner of Unique Landscape and Cactus will discuss “Xeriscaping: The Sustainable Solution.”

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YUCCA VALLEY GIRLS’ WRESTLERS COMPETED AT STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS 

Yucca Valley High School was the only desert school to send two girls to the state CIF wrestling championships in Visalia February 27 and 28. Senior Vanesa Crontreras made it to the top 16 before being eliminated, and junior Katherine Kennedy made it to the top 12, and beat every

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School golf team will travel to play Rancho Mirage High School. Tee time is 2:45 p.m. Also tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat baseball team will travel to Bermuda Dunes to play Desert Christian School. First pitch is

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RAINBOW STEW TO HOST FILM SUNDAY

Rainbow Stew will host a special screening of the one-hour film, “The Wisdom of the Grandmothers” Sunday, March 6, at 6 p.m. Grandmothers from Siberia to Patagonia are interviewed on the meaning of indigenous teachings. A suggested donation of $10 is requested. Rainbow Stew is located on the highway on

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JAPANESE SUMI PAINTING WORKSHOP OFFERED AT 29 PALMS ART GALLERY

Some unique art classes are being offered at the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery. ROP Broadcast student Kayla Baldwin invites you to a Sumi painting workshop… The 29 Palms Art Gallery will be offering classes for those who wish to learn the art of Japanese Sumi painting. Hiroko Momii, who is

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LOCAL QUILTERS MEET MONDAY IN YUCCA VALLEY

The general meeting of the Cactus Sewables Quilt Guild will take place on Monday, March 7, in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center, 57098 29 Palms Hwy. Doors open at 12:30 pm and the meeting begins promptly at 1:00 p.m. Special guest speaker is Barbara Steckel of

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SPRING BLOOM IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Spring colors are blooming at the Joshua Tree National Park. Park Ranger Pam Tripp has more… To everyone’s delight, our spring bloom has begun in the south end of the park. Cottonwood and surrounding areas are alive with Lupines, Bladderpod, Chuperosa, and various other types and colors of wildflowers. As

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