HOLIDAY MEAL COULD HARM YOUR PET

The majority of emergency room for pet visits during the holidays revolve around the turkey. Don’t feed your dog or cat any food from your holiday meal. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more about how even a small piece of turkey skin or butter-coated vegetable can cause a life-threatening illness

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CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICES AT DESERT HILLS CHURCH

Desert Hills Presbyterian Church will have a Christmas carols and candlelight service 5:00 p.m. Saturday, December 24. The Christmas Day service will be held at 11 a.m., one hour later than usual. Desert Hills Presbyterian Church is located at 56750 Mountain View Trail in Yucca Valley. For more information call

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TLC INVITATION

The TLC Christmas Day feast is a Morongo Basin holiday tradition now in its 33rd year. But Mara Cantelo and Tender Loving Christmas can’t do it without the help of hundreds of volunteers today. They need helpers at the Yucca Valley community center to help turn the room into a

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CHRISTMAS MEAL TO BE SERVED TODAY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Food for Life will be serving its Christmas meal at Palms Baptist Church on Adobe Road from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 24. They will be serving a full ham dinner. Volunteers are still needed. To volunteer call Teresa Brown at 562-324-9099. You will need to wear black

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COLD WEATHER REMINDERS FOR AREA DRIVERS

With very wintery weather forecast for our Morongo Basin area, and chances of snow this weekend, Edica Gonzalez has some reminders about winter driving… Be prepared for winter driving. If you are traveling up into the mountains to see snow, bring chains for your vehicle. Don’t pass a snowplow; the

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HS SPORTS

In high school sports Monday, the Yucca Valley High School girls’ basketball team will compete in the four-day Shadow Hills Holiday tournament in Indio. The Twentynine Palms High School girls’ basketball team will compete in the four-day Ayala Best of the West Tournament in Chino Hills.

Public asks for help in locating critical missing person in Yucca Valley

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a critical missing person in the Yucca Valley area. Dorothy O’Brien age 89, 5 foot tall and weighing 121 pounds was last seen wearing a tan coat, tan slacks, and white shoes. O’Brien was last seen Thursday evening December

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK EXPECTED TO BE AT CAPACITY THIS WEEK

Joshua Tree National Park will be busy this week, with thousands of visitors flocking to the park for the end of the year holidays. Edica Gonzalez reminds residents that the gates will be backed up, and to use alternate entrances… Joshua Tree National Park is seeing more and more visitors,

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THE TLC CHRISTMAS DAY FEAST AND CELEBRATION IS THIS SUNDAY IN YUCCA VALLEY

The TLC Christmas Day feast is a Morongo Basin holiday tradition now in its 33rd year. Reporter Mike Lipsitz put out the call… For a variety of reasons, many Morongo Basin neighbors find themselves isolated over the holidays. If that’s you, or it sounds like someone you know, then TLC

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NEW ADMINISTRATION URGED TO PROTECT 10 IMPERILED SPECIES, ONE LOCALLY

A new report from the Endangered Species Coalition lists what its experts believe are the top 10 species for the incoming Trump administration to prioritize, in terms of taking steps to make them healthier, and two of them are in California. Managing editor Tami Roleff says one species is found

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CHRISTMAS MEAL TO BE SERVED TOMORROW IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Food for Life will be serving its Christmas meal at Palms Baptist Church on Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 24. They will serve a full ham dinner. Volunteers are still needed. To volunteer, call Teresa Brown at 562-324-9099. You will need to

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NO SENIOR LUNCHES ON DECEMBER 26, JANUARY 2

The Twentynine Palms Senior Center will be closed December 26 and January 2 in observance of Christmas and New Year’s Day. There will be no senior lunches served on these dates. The senior center will also have limited hours, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Tuesday, December 27, through

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A CEMETERY MAKEOVER IN JOSHUA TREE

You may have heard something about the emerging “new look” of Joshua Tree Memorial Park, one of only two cemeteries in the Morongo Basin. A few people have complained about it recently on Facebook. Reporter David Haldane takes a look at what’s causing all the fuss… The bottom line is

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MORE WET WEATHER, TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN

More wet weather is on its way to our Morongo Vasin. Driving into hazardous flood waters is very dangerous. Edica Gonzalez has some flood water warnings… Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that

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NO MBTA BUSES SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority will NOT operate service on Sunday, December 25, and Monday, December 26, in observance of Christmas Day and will resume its regularly scheduled service on Tuesday, December 27.

EVEN SANTA CLAUS CAN USE THESE HEALTH TIPS FROM HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can protect you from obesity, heart disease and diabetes. But keeping up a healthy routine can be especially challenging around the holidays. Heck, even jolly old Saint Nick would be wise to take a few pointers from the folks at Hi-Desert Medical Center. Reporter Mike Lipsitz

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JOSHUA TREE FIREFIGHTERS ESCORTING SANTA TONIGHT: WHEN AND WHERE

Joshua Tree Station 36 firefighters will be giving Santa a ride tonight through Joshua Tree neighborhoods for the last time before Christmas. Starting about 5:30 p.m. residents should listen for sirens and come outside and say hello to Santa, who’ll be handing out candy canes as he passes through neighborhoods

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LANDERS DUMP EXPANSION PLAN GETS NO SIGNIFICANT OPPOSITION

Due to reach capacity in just over a year, county government and state regulators must decide whether to expand Landers’ Landfill or throw it all away. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was at a meeting called last night there to sort it all out… Fewer than a dozen people turned out to

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YUCCA VALLEY, TWENTYNINE PALMS OFFICES CLOSED TOMORROW THROUGH JANUARY 2

Offices for the Town of Yucca Valley and the City of Twentynine Palms will be closed tomorrow, December 23 through January 2. For Twentynine Palms, all offices are closed. For Yucca Valley, Building and Safety services will be limited to inspections only, December 27 thru December 29. Schedule an inspection

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL EXPECTED TO BE BUSY THIS WEEK

Joshua Tree National Park will be busy this week, with thousands of visitors flocking to the park for the end-of-the-year holidays. Managing editor Tami Roleff reminds residents that the gates will be backed up, and to use alternate entrances… Joshua Tree National Park is seeing more and more visitors, adding

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