A BUSY YEAR FOR THE TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE

Among the speakers at last week’s State of the Basin presentation in Yucca Valley was the assistant chief of staff for the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the Marines have been busy… “It’s been a very busy year for us; approximately 40,000 Marines, sailors, and

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART SHOW OPENS AT 29 PALMS ART GALLERY

You can get a sneak peak of the third annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition this weekend when the 29 Palms Art Gallery holds a soft opening. The juried exhibition of art from 52 local, national, and international artists will be open at the art gallery noon to 3

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DESERT ARCHIVE DAYS PLANNED BY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Can you help identify some of the Morongo Basin’s pioneers? Reporter David Knutson invites you to Desert Archive Days this weekend… On Saturday and Sunday, on the weekend of November 7, the High Desert Test Sites is hosting their “Desert Archive Days” at the Sky Village Swap Meet in Yucca

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COLLEGE APPLICATION ASSISTANCE SATURDAY AT TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL

High school seniors who are applying to college can receive help with their applications at Twentynine Palms High School. Application workshops will be held in the high school’s AVID center Saturday, November 7, and Saturday, November 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call Kathleen DeRouen at

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TRAINING STARTS FOR SOCCER SEASON

Soccer season is approaching in our local schools. Twentynine Palms High School soccer player and ROP Broadcast student Melisa Vasquez says training has already started… With soccer season at Twentynine Palms right around the corner, training is essential for good tryouts performance. In an interview with Coach Sanchez, he recommended

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HISTORIC ROUGHLY MANOR ACQUIRED BY 29 PALMS INN

Twenty one years ago Jan and Gary Peters bought what was known then as Campbell’s Ranch, which was originally established in 1925 as a 160 acre homestead by Bill and Elizabeth Campbell. Bill was a WWI veteran who returned from the war with burnt lungs from mustard gas and moved

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ELECTION RESULTS FOR BIGHORN WATER AND MORONGO VALLEY CSD BOARDS

With all precincts reporting, fewer than 1,000 voters in Flamingo Heights, Landers and Morongo Valley went to the polls for yesterday’s elections. Their votes will be added to provisional and mail-in ballots for final, certified results. As it stands for the two open board seats at the Bighorn Desert View

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DOWNED POWER LINES CLOSE HIGHWAY LANES IN MORONGO VALLEY

Eastbound lanes of Highway 62 in Morongo Valley were closed for a couple hours early this morning due to downed power lines. Morongo Valley Fire Engineer George Partida said firefighters were called to the downed power lines near the intersection of Palo Verde and Highway 62 about 3:30 a.m. this

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL APPROVES ANIMAL SHELTER IMPROVEMENTS

In November 2012, the Yucca Valley Animal Shelter received a bequest of more than $300,000 from the estate of Cyla Wells that was designated for the operation of the town’s animal shelter. And in January 2015, the town received a bequest from the Charles C. May trust for more than

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF DEALING DRUGS

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Sunday morning, accused of selling drugs. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a pedestrian, later identified as Daniel Rosamond, 41, near Yucca Trail and Sage Avenue about 6:30 a.m. During a search of Rosamond, the deputy found baggies of methamphetamine, narcotics, drug

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LOCAL METEOROLOGIST SAYS GET THE SANDBAGS READY FOR EL NINO

According to weather forecasters, this winter an El Nino is set to hit California, resulting in a wetter-than usual rainy season. Reporter David Haldane spoke with local weatherman Ray Yeager about what El Nino will mean for the Morongo Basin… Sandbags! That will be this winter’s catchword if amateur weatherman

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LOCAL REPUBLICANS PLAN INSTALLATION DINNER

James Horn, retired diplomat, author, and expert on political Islam, will be the featured speaker at the Morongo Basin Republican installation dinner. Join the Republican Monday, November 16, at 6 p.m. at Evangelical Free Church, 6804 Mohawk Trail, Yucca Valley. Dinner is $15 and reservations are required; call Betty Jensen

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ENVIRONMENTALISTS LEAD BIG MORONGO CANYON WALK TOMORROW

The Campaign for the California Desert is co-hosting a free walk through Big Morongo Canyon Preserve Thursday (November 5) morning. Led by a representative of the Wilderness Society, the moderate, one-way 5½ -mile will take about four hours and descend 1,000 feet as hikers walk on established trails, a desert

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY HOLIDAY MARKET FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

Morongo Basin Historical Society is having a fall and holiday marketplace/yard sale Friday, November 6, and Saturday, November 7. There will be a selection of holiday decorations and artificial Xmas trees, along with outdoor games, furniture, jewelry, kitchen items, and more. Artisan breads, fruit tarts, and desserts will also be

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER LOOKS AT CHROMIUM 6 FACILITY PLANNING TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water District Board of Directors will meet tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says they’ll be discussing chromium-6 and how to treat it… At tonight’s 7 p.m. meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, the board will consider how to best to manage anticipated grant funds for the planning

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HI-DESERT WATER BOARD REVIEWS WATER RESERVES TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors meet tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff says board members will discuss the district’s water reserves, and be asked to approve a monthly sewer connection charge that is higher than originally estimated… Among the items on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Hi-Desert

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THREE AREA HIGH SCHOOLS IN BIG FOOTBALL GAMES FRIDAY NIGHT

It’s the 48th Battle of the Bell Friday, when the undefeated Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat football team will try to beat cross-basin rival, the Yucca Valley High School Trojans, for the 11th consecutive year. At stake is the Kiwanis Club Bell, which has been in the Wildcat possession for

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MEZCLA MUSIC AT HARRISON HOUSE IN JOSHUA TREE FRIDAY

Harrison House will present a concert of Mexican and South American music 8 p.m. Friday at Harrison House in Joshua Tree. Reporter Rebecca Havely says the performers are internationally renowned… Harrison House, Arts and Ecology presents “Mezcla Music.” Percussionist Christopher Garcia is joined by guitarist Jxel Rajchenberg performing a rich

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TWENTYNINE PALMS YOUTH BASKETBALL REGISTRATION UNDERWAY

Twentynine Palms Recreation youth basketball registrations are currently being accepted at the Park and Recreation office Monday through Friday between 1:00 and 6:00 p.m. Or online at 29palms.org until Friday, December 4. Girls and boys in kindergarten through eighth grades are eligible to register. The registration fee includes a uniform.

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WEED SHOW THIS WEEKEND IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

It’s an annual tradition in Twentynine Palms, the Weed Show, sponsored by the Twentynine Palms Historical Society. The free event is this weekend at the Old Schoolhouse Museum on National Park Drive. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more about this unique and artistic event… The Twentynine Palms Historical Society’s annual “Weed

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