ORCHID SHOW 5K RUN CANCELED

The Orchid Festival’s 5K run, originally set for Saturday morning in Landers, has been canceled. However, the rest of the orchid fest’s events will continue as scheduled, including balloon rides, orchid classes, wine and cheese tasting, live music, and fireworks on Saturday night. For a complete schedule of events, go

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JOHNSON VALLEY OKTOBERFEST THIS SATURDAY

The Community of Johnson Valley will be putting on a Oktoberfest this Saturday. Reporter Mike Lipsitz gets out his oompah… There’s probably no better way to get into the spirit of fall than by attending Johnson Valley’s Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 3 at the Johnson Valley Community Center. The patio

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ART SHOW RECEPTION FRIDAY AT 29 PALMS ART GALLERY

The Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Commission will hold a reception for the opening of its members’ show on Friday, October 2, from 5 to 8 at the 29 Palms Art Gallery in Twentynine Palms. Artists who are participating in the annual Open Studio Art Tours will have one piece of

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YUCCA MESA IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION SWAP MEET SATURDAY

The Yucca Mesa Improvement Association will hold a community swap meet Saturday, October 3. The swap meet will be held from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Yucca Mesa Community Center on Balsa Avenue, just north of Aberdeen. Vendor spaces are $15 and vendor set-up begins at 6 a.m.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL IMPROV SHOW THIS FRIDAY

Some theatrical fun with the talented students of Twentynine Palms High School this Friday. ROP Broadcast student Amy Fangmeyer invites you to the acting Department’s Improv Show… Are you looking for a night full of laughter? And endless amount of jokes? Well look no further! On October 2, Twentynine Palms

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JOSEPH PHIPPS SENTENCED TO 40 YEARS FOR MURDER OF HIS WIFE

The Joshua Tree man convicted of shooting and killing his wife during an argument more than a year and a half ago was sentenced Friday to 40 years to life. Joseph Phipps, 42, was convicted in July of shooting Christy Utley in the head January 30, 2013, in their bedroom

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WE COMPARE THE COMPETING FEINSTEIN AND COOK CONSERVATION BILLS

Recently, the Twentynine Palms City Council decided to defer a decision on whether to endorse a bill by U.S. Representative Paul Cook. That bill is an alternative to a California desert conservation and recreation bill championed by Senator Diane Feinstein. The title of Cook’s bill adds the words “Off-Road” and

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MILITARY HELICOPTER MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING IN LANDERS

A military helicopter made an emergency landing in Landers Saturday night. According to Sergeant Derek Garvin of the Sheriff’s Department, the helo experienced transmission problems and landed near Bodick Road and Old Woman Springs Road about 3:40 Saturday afternoon after noticing a warning light that indicated potential foreign particles may

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TWO INJURIES IN TWO SEPARATE CRASHES ON MORONGO GRADE SATURDAY

At least two people were injured in three separate crashes in 1 ½ hours on the Morongo Grade Saturday morning. The first crash happened at 9:28 a.m. Witnesses reported a dark gray Honda was weaving and passing vehicles in an unsafe manner as it was driving westbound down the grade.

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TOWN OFFERS CYBER-CRIME WORKSHOPS FOR ONLINE SAFETY

With hackers stealing millions of personal records, scam artists stealing pin numbers, and internet based scams an the rise, it is important to learn how to protect yourself and your family. The Town of Yucca Valley is offering cyber-security workshops. Reporter David Knutson has details…… October is National Cyber Security

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ANIMAL ACTION LEAGUE OFFERS LOW-COST DOG AND CAT SERVICES IN OCTOBER

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in October for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spaying and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY COLLECTING YARD SALE DONATIONS

The Morongo Basin Historical Society is accepting donations of gently used clothing, furniture, collectibles, and household goods for its monthly fund-raising sales. Pick up service is available. Call Karen Ford at 760-623-3049 for more information. The yard sales start Saturday, October 3, at 9 a.m. at 632 Landers Lane in

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COLLEGE FOUNDATION SPONSORED OPENING OF “ADDAMS FAMILY” SOLD OUT

The hit musical “The Addams Family” opens at Theatre 29 with a gala fundraiser benefiting the Copper Mountain College Foundation. Reporter Rebecca Haveley has more…

The Copper Mountain College Foundation says “The Addams Family” opening night is sold out. Theatre 29 offers the unique opportunity for local non-profits to sponsor

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL SELECT CHOIR AT PADRES GAME TOMORROW

The Twentynine Palms High School Select Choir is headed to San Diego tomorrow. The choir will sing the national anthem when the San Diego Padres baseball team faces the Milwaukee Brewers in Petco Park September 29. Following their spring concert, some audience members suggested that music director Michael Mayes try

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ADOPT A SHELTER PET FROM THE MORONGO BASIN HUMANE SOCIETY

The Morongo Basin Human Society wants you to consider adopting one their well-cared for shelter animals. ROP broadcast student Allison McNally tells you how easy it is to welcome a new four-legged member to your family… The Morongo Basin Humane Society cares for their animals, but nothing compares to the

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCORES

The Yucca Valley High School Trojans lost to the Big Bear Bears Friday with a final score of 41-19. Coach Andrew Amosa said standouts on offense were sophomore Lucas Lopez who rushed for 179 yards, and junior Mariano “Puda” Martinez, who broke out on a 65-yard touchdown run. Defensive standouts

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HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC SCHEDULES

In high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School volleyball and tennis teams will travel away to Indio to play Shadow Hills High School. Tennis at 3:15; volleyball at 4:30.

The Twentynine Palms Wildcat volleyball and tennis teams will travel away to Big Bear. Tennis starts at 3:15; volleyball

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BIRDHOUSES FOR SHELTERLESS BIRDS

A local institution wants to see to the needs of another group of less-well-sheltered birds. Reporter David Knutson relays a call for food and shelter…

Desert Christ Park a Museum of Sculptures has begun collecting all shapes and sizes of bird houses for shelterless birds. You can donate a

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SNOWBIRD ARRIVAL ANTICIPATED

The Snowbird is a common winter migrant easily recognized by its lightly covered, bright colored plumage. Traveling in well-appointed nests, they usually arrive in early January to take advantage of the warmer temperatures in the Mohave and Colorado Deserts. You’ll see them throughout the Park in campgrounds, visitors centers, hiking

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PET VACCINATION AND NEUTERING

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics this week for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spaying and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you

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