PART 3 IN OUR LOOK AT NEW LAWS FOR 2017

As we welcome a new year, we continue our look at several new laws that took effect as of January 1. Low-Level felons serving sentences outside of state prison get to keep their right to vote. It will now be legal for motorcycle riders to split lanes. Law enforcement have

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HI-DESERT SPECIAL MEETING TONIGHT: JOBS AND MANHOLE COVERS

The Hi-Desert Water District board of directors cancelled its regular meeting for last night and scheduled a special meeting tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff takes a look at the agenda…. Water district jobs—both current and new—are among the items that are on the agenda for tonight’s special meeting of the

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OVERDUE COUPLE AND BOY RETURN HOME AFTER SEARCH COMES UP EMPTY

An overdue couple and a two-year-old boy returned home safely to Johnson Valley Tuesday night, hours after they were scheduled to return, and after a Sheriff’s search had been launched to find them. Per a Sheriff’s report, the man, his fiancée, and his son left Johnson Valley on a yellow

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Z107-7 HOST RADIOTHON TO BENEFIT TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL SELECT CHOIR TRIP

The Twentynine Palms High School Select choir has been given a once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity and the Morongo Basin’s Community Radio Station is stepping up to help. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details… The Twentynine Palms High School Select Choir has a chance to participate in this spring’s Choirs of America conference

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COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION DENIES JOSHUA TREE CHARTER SCHOOL APPEAL

The San Bernardino County Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to deny the charter petition appeal by Joshua Tree Arts and Technology Academy (JTATA). A petition to establish JTATA as a charter school was denied by the Morongo Unified School District on May 17. JTATA appealed that decision to the

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TWENTYNINE PALMS ART GALLERY EXHIBITION CLOSES SUNDAY

The final day to see the mini show now on display at the 29 Palms Art Gallery is Sunday. Kirby Davis fills in the details… The 29 Palms Art Gallery’s current exhibition will close its mini show Sunday, January 8. Featuring original art by guild members, the art in this

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CALFIRE FIRE FIGHTERS LOOKING FOR SUBSTANTIAL RAISE

CalFire firefighters are looking at a proposal that would give them a hefty raise. The state-employed firefighters, some of the lowest-compensated in their profession in California, are preparing to vote on a contract offer that would increase their base pay by 9.29 percent to 22.55 percent over four years. Union

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JOSHUA TREE BOXOHOUSE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE TALK SATURDAY

BoxoHOUSE of Joshua Tree presents artist-in-residence Amanda Beech for an artist’s talk. Reporter Rebecca Havely has your invitation… Amanda Beech, an artist-in-residence at BoxoHouse is working on a long-term project which she’ll share at an artist’s talk on Saturday January 7. You’re invited to attend the presentation from 3 to

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HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM “SEEDS” EXHIBIT OPENS TODAY

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum’s newest exhibit: “Seeds: Nature’s Artful Engineering,” opens today and will run through March 11. The exhibit explores the diversity, beauty, and importance of native California plants and their seeds through photographs. More than 25 detailed photos of seeds and more than 30 seed specimens are featured

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CALL FOR ART AT 29 PALMS VISITOR CENTER ART GALLERY

The Twentynine Palms Visitor Center and Art Gallery’s upcoming show will feature the many moods and shades of the desert in the winter. Edica Gonzalez issues this reminder that the deadline to submit art for the show is Friday… The Twentynine Palms Visitor Center and Art Gallery is putting out

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES

The Twentynine Palms High School boys’ basketball team traveled to Hemet to face the Bulldogs in a non-conference matchup Wednesday. They came out victorious with a 66-52 score. Coach T.J. Stanford said leading the ’Cats in scoring was D’Shaun Barrett with 22 points and four steals. Adam Bell had another

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NEW STATE LAWS FOR 2017, PART 2 OF 5

As we welcome a new year, we continue our look at several new laws that took effect as of January 1. Employers will be prohibited from asking job applicants to disclose arrests made while they were juveniles, if the arrest didn’t result in a conviction. If you’re stressed by your

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ANY DRIVERS’ HANDHELD CELLPHONE USE IS NOW ILLEGAL

It’s now illegal for California drivers to even hold their phones while behind the wheel, no matter the reason. The new law is expected to cut down on distracted-driving accidents and deaths, in which eight out of 10 accidents involve inattentive driving, and talking or texting on a mobile phone

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TRASH CAN FIRE IN YUCCA VALLEY LITTLE LEAGUE RESTROOM

The Sheriff’s Department and the County Fire Department are investigating a fire set in the restroom at the Little League ball field in Yucca Valley Tuesday morning. About 9:30, a town employee discovered that unknown suspects had taken all the toilet paper in the men’s restroom and put it in

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ONE ARREST AFTER AN ARGUMENT TURNS VIOLENT

An argument over infidelity turned violent Friday, and a Twentynine Palms man was arrested for allegedly breaking his wife’s finger. According to the Sheriff’s Department, a woman in the 73900 block of Two Mile Road texted her sister about 8 a.m. to say that Abram Martin, 22, a private first

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED WITH A STOLEN MOTORCYCLE

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Monday, accused of being in possession of a stolen motorcycle. According to a Sheriff’s report, a neighbor called about 1 p.m. to report a suspicious man in front of her home in the 56500 block of Antelope Trail. The arriving deputy discovered a motorcycle,

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CALIFORNIA IMMIGRANTS SCRAMBLING TO GET DOCUMENTS IN ORDER

Some Californians are scrambling to get their identification and work documents in order by January 20. As Kirby Davis reports, they are immigrants—concerned about President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign promise to deport some 11 million undocumented people… Immigrants in California are gathering their documents in anticipation of the new president’s swearing-in

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CACTUS SEWABLES QUILT GUILD MEET MONDAY IN YUCCA VALLEY

Cactus Sewables Quilt Guild will hold its general meeting on January 9 in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center, 57098 29Palms Hwy. Doors open at 12:30 and the meeting begins promptly at 1:00 p.m. New officers will be installed and outgoing officers and committee chairpersons will be

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water District starts the new year with a fairly routine agenda. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details… The Joshua Basin Water District board of directors meet in regular session tonight. There are no action items on the agenda, but there will be a fiscal 2015/2016 audit report, as

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RETIRED TEACHERS MEET JANUARY 20

The local chapter of the California Retired Teachers Association will meet on the third Friday in January rather than the usual second Friday. The meeting will be held January 20, at 10 a.m. at the Helen Gray Center on Whitefeather Road in Joshua Tree. Members will welcome Silver Sneakers instructor,

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