HOME SAVED, GARAGE DESTROYED, IN TWENTYNINE PALMS NEW YEAR’S DAY FIRE

Twentynine Palms firefighters saved a house from being destroyed by fire early New Year’s Day. According to Fire Captain Robert Marquez, firefighters were called to the home in the 5400 block of Daisy Avenue shortly before 8 a.m., where they found smoke and flames coming from the garage behind the

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MORE NEW LAWS THAT WILL AFFECT CALIFORNIANS IN 2016:

Some of the 807 laws passed in 2015 will affect everyday issues faced by Californians. Utilities are now required to have 50 percent of their energy come from renewable energy, such as solar and wind, by 2030. The Department of Fish and Wildlife has been granted new authority to protect

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BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR THE HOMELESS: A TINY HOUSE

Volunteers in Los Angeles were busy last week trying to finish 10 tiny wooden houses for the homeless. The volunteers are part of a group called My Tiny House Project LA, a movement to build stop-gap shelters in L.A., San Diego, and Oakland. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more details…

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SHERIFF TO CONDUCT OFF-ROAD PATROL OVER NEW YEAR’S WEEKEND

As a reminder over this New Year’s holiday weekend, many off-highway vehicle riders will be out enjoying their OHV’s in the Morongo Basin desert areas. This weekend, the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station will have OHV patrol units out meeting with riders and campers, educating them, and issuing citations if necessary.

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OIL AND GAS COMPANIES STOCKPILING PUBLIC LANDS

Oil and gas companies are stockpiling leases on public land in California, sometimes for many years, without developing it—or paying rent on it—according to a recent report from the Wilderness Society. The authors say that’s a problem because the land can’t be leased to another company or used for anything

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APPLICATIONS TAKEN FOR GREENLEAF SCHOLARSHIP AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

Local high school seniors are invited to apply for the Roy Greenleaf Jr. Scholarship, sponsored by the Copper Mountain College Foundation. The scholarship will pay the winning applicant’s tuition, books, fees, and living expenses for his or her entire academic career, as long as the student attends Copper Mountain College

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SKY’S THE LIMIT STAR PARTY THIS SATURDAY NIGHT

Celebrate the new year by star gazing at Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center. Managing editor Tami Roleff says there will be plenty to see… Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, January 2. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms Observatory about 5:30 p.m.

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SUBMISSIONS SOUGHT FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS FILM FESTIVAL

Organizers of the 29 Palms Military Film Festival are looking for screenplays for its inaugural film fest to be held in May. The event will honor military films and the courage that inspired them. To enter a military-themed screenplay for consideration in the festival, call 323-782-1300 or email marcberry@basiclead.com. The

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BALLROOM AND SWING DANCING CLASSES OFFERED IN YUCCA VALLEY

Fun and exercise? Ballroom and swing dancing classes offered through the Town of Yucca Valley can give you both. Reporter David Knutson tells you how to sign up… The Yucca Valley Community Center has been hosting winter dance classes instructed by Chris Perry. Winter sessions include Ballroom Dancing Class and

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SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT NEEDS PUBLIC HELP IN IDENTIFYING SUSPECTS IN ARMED ROBBERY

The Sheriff’s Department is asking the public’s help in identifying two Hispanic men who are suspects in an armed robbery at the “new” Stater Brothers grocery store on the east end of Yucca Valley. The armed robbery occurred about 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, the

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SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT NEEDS PUBLIC HELP IN IDENTIFYING SUSPECTS IN ARMED ROBBERY

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The Sheriff’s Department is asking the public’s help in identifying two Hispanic men who are suspects in an armed robbery at the “new” Stater Brothers grocery store on the east end of Yucca Valley. The armed robbery occurred about 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. A photo of the

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CHP ON MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT PATROL OVER THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND

A lot of people will be traveling during the New Year’s holiday, which means the California Highway Patrol will be conducting a maximum enforcement period from 6 p.m. tonight through midnight Sunday, January 3. All available officers will be out on the roads for enhanced enforcement efforts, focusing on impaired

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NEW STATE MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAWS TAKE EFFECT FRIDAY

California’s medical marijuana industry is growing up fast, so to speak, because a new law professionalizing the growth, sale and taxation of the plant that goes into effect Friday. The California Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act establishes a new state agency, the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation, that will

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SHERIFF TO CONDUCT OFF-ROAD PATROLS NEW YEARS WEEKEND

As a reminder over this New Year’s holiday weekend, many off-highway vehicle riders will be out enjoying their OHV’s in the Morongo Basin desert areas. This weekend, the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station will have OHV patrol units out meeting with riders and campers, educating them, and issuing citations if necessary.

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NATIONAL PARK SERVICE TURNS 100 IN 2016, 16 FREE DAYS OFFERED

The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016 and wants everyone to celebrate. All national parks, including Joshua Tree National Park, will waive entrance fees on 16 days in 2016. The fee-free days include Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 18), National Park Week (April 16 through 24),

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MINIMUM WAGE GOES TO $10 AN HOUR FRIDAY

Tens of thousands of minimum-wage workers in California will be making an extra dollar an hour starting on Friday. The Golden State’s minimum-wage increases from $9 to $10 an hour on January 1. Reporter David Knutson has the details… With the increase to $10 an hour on Friday, labor advocates

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MARINE CORPS UNIFORM CHANGES ON THE HORIZON

Major changes for Marine Corps uniforms are in the pipeline. Marine Corps officials declined to comment on the results, as final decisions are still pending, but Marines’ input will be taken into account, according to board manager Mary Boyt. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has also called for a gender-neutral, “iconic”

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A LOOK BACK AT MORONGO BASIN NEWS IN 2015, PART 4 OF 4

This week, Z107.7 News has been running a special 4-part series looking back at the top stories of 2015. Today, in part 4 we look at two proposed Federal Desert Protection bills. Competing desert conservation bills in Congress were pitting environmentalists against miners, energy companies, and off-road riders. Both Senator

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YUCCA VALLEY GYMNASTIC CLASSES START MONDAY

Healthy fun and great exercise for kids is being offered by Yucca Valley Recreation. Reporter Cassie Zimarik says sign up for gymnastic classes, which start this Monday… The Town of Yucca Valley is offering a new session of gymnastics classes for kids that will begin Monday, January 4, at the

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL MAKES IT TO ELKS HOOP CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

The Twentynine Palms Wildcats played in the championship game of the Century Elks Hoops Classic Wednesday night. They faced Capistrano Valley Christian high school, the number 2 ranked team in division 5. Coach Kevin Cole said the ’Cats played a great first half against the larger opponent and carried a

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