TRIAL STARTS FOR YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING HIS GIRLFRIEND WITH FIRE

The trial for a Yucca Valley man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend in 2011 by setting her on fire started yesterday in a Rancho Cucamonga courtroom. Hector Meza, 43, is accused of setting Maria Banuelos, 34, on fire October 22, 2011, at her apartment complex in Ontario. Banuelos died two

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DELIGHTFULLY QUIRKY TWENTYNINE PALMS WEED SHOW THIS WEEKEND

The Twentynine Palms Historical Society will again host its delightfully quirky annual Weed Show at the Old Schoolhouse Museum. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the details… Now in its seventh decade, the Weed Show is one of Twentynine Palms’ oldest and most unique artistic traditions. This year’s Weed Show theme is

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MOTORCYCLIST INJURED IN MORONGO VALLEY

Updated: Friday 9:20

A motorcyclist was arrested for suspected driving under the influence following a crash in Morongo Valley Thursday afternoon. About 4:20, Anthony Demars, 47, of Morongo Valley, was riding his 2014 Honda motorcycle westbound in the number 1 lane of the highway. The California Highway Patrol notes that

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF BURGLARY

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Wednesday, accused of burglarizing a home. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to a burglary in progress in the 5400 block of Center Avenue about 8:40 a.m. Through an investigation, deputies went to a home in the 63600 block of Tilford Avenue

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TWO-DAY WORKSHOP ON JOSHUA TREES STARTS TOMORROW

The Desert Institute and Joshua Tree National Park are teaming up to present a two-day workshop this weekend on Joshua trees. The all-day events—10 to 5 on Saturday, and 9 to 3:30 on Sunday—will be held at the Park’s Black Rock Visitor’s Center in Yucca Valley. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says

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JOSHUA TREE VFW OFFERS DINNER TONIGHT, BREAKFAST SUNDAY

The Joshua Tree VFW will be serving up a fish fry and shrimp dinner this evening from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for $7 and $8 respectively. The VFW Sunday breakfast with chicken fried steak and a full menu is from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. for $7. The Joshua

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY BREAKFAST TOMORROW MORNING

The First Saturday Breakfast will be this Saturday, November 5 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center, located at 65336 Winters Road in north Joshua Tree. Seven bucks buys all your breakfast favorites made and served by our friendly community volunteers. Please come on

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A REMINDER TO SET YOUR CLOCKS BACK SATURDAY NIGHT

Spring forward, fall back. Yes, it’s that time again. Edica Gonzalez reminds us to not only change our clocks, but also smoke alarm batteries… Daylight Saving Time ends Saturday night, which means it’s time to change our clocks again. In March, we “spring” forward one hour, so on the first

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HUMANE SOCIETY FUND-RAISER TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Humane Society will hold a fundraiser Saturday, November 5, from 10 to 2 at Mimi’s Quilt Shop in Yucca Valley. Bring your dog in costume and receive a free leash and collar, while supplies last. The holiday-themed event will include free costumes for dogs, raffles, games, treats,

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REACH OUT MORONGO BASIN CRAFT FAIR THIS WEEKEND

Support the good works of Reach-Out Morongo Basin with their annual craft and bake sale this weekend. Reporter Edica Gonzales has your invitation… Reach Out Morongo Basin will host its 10th Annual Craft Fair and Bake Sale this weekend at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center Vendors will offer handmade soaps,

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY MARKETPLACE IN LANDERS TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Historical Society will hold its monthly marketplace Saturday, November 5. Some of the items for sale include furniture, Christmas decorations, purses, and more. The sale will be held from 9 to 2 at the historical society’s office, 632 Landers Lane in Landers.

TWO MORONGO BASIN SOCCER TEAMS IN PALM SPRINGS CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY

Two local adult soccer teams will represent our Morongo Basin in competition this weekend. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says, no matter who wins, we will have the championship team… This Sunday is a big day for the Cuervos and Latinos. If you’re not familiar with these two Yucca Valley teams, it’s

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49TH ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE BELL FOOTBALL GAME IN YUCCA VALLEY TONIGHT

It’s the 49th Battle of the Bell tonight, when the Yucca Valley High School Trojan football team will play their cross-basin rivals, the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats. At stake is the Kiwanis Club Bell, which has been won by the Twentynine Palms Wildcats for the last 11 consecutive years,

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL GOING TO CIF QUARTER FINALS SATURDAY

The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojans volleyball team beat Mary Star of The Sea in last night’s second-round CIF match in 3 sets to 2. Coach Darrell Sterling said the Lady Trojans will play quarter finals this Saturday at a time and place yet to be announced. Sets: 25-23,

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MORONGO VALLEY CRASH KILLS DOG, JOSHUA TREE CRASH INJURES WOMAN

A man escaped serious injury, but his dog was killed, in a roll-over crash in Morongo Valley Wednesday night. About 8:30 p.m., a pick-up truck was traveling westbound on Highway 62 when for unknown reasons the truck left the highway and hit a power pole near North Star Trail. The

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MORONGO BASIN MAC LOOKING FOR LANDERS REPRESENTATIVE

A member to represent the Landers area is being sought for the Morongo Basin MAC. Reporter Mike Lipsitz puts out the call… There is an open seat on the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council for a delegate to represent Landers. The MAC advises County Supervisor James Ramos on matters relevant

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms City Council will hold a special meeting tonight to consider purchasing a property in connection with Project Phoenix. The property, on the 6500 block of Yucca Avenue, is expected to cost $75,000 plus closing costs. The meeting gets underway 5:15 p.m. at City Hall on Adobe Road.

E-CIGARETTE SELLERS WILL NEED A LICENSE AS OF JANUARY 1

A new state law will soon require the sellers of electronic smoking devices to get licenses from the state. Reporter David Haldane has the story… It may not be real tobacco. But after January 1, it will cost you real money to sell it. We’re talking about electronic cigarettes, vaping

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WINTER CLOTHING AND GEAR BEING COLLECTED FOR THE HOMELESS

Morongo Basin Haven is now accepting donations for winter clothing and gear for the homeless in the Morongo Basin. New or used adult-sized coats, sleeping bags, and scarves are especially needed, as well as cotton socks and hand and feet warmers. Drop off locations include the Morongo Valley Fire Department,

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COPPER MOUNTAIN STUDENT ART SHOW AT GLASS OUTHOUSE, RECEPTION SATURDAY

An art show featuring the works of Copper Mountain College is at the Glass Outhouse Galley in Wonder valley. Reporter Mike Lipsitz invites you to a Saturday Reception… The best work of Copper Mountain College’s emerging visual art students is on display through November 27 at the Glass Outhouse Gallery.

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