WINTER CLOTHING DRIVE FOR MORONGO BASIN 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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CLOSING NIGHT FOR “A CHRISTMAS STORY” AT THEATRE 29

The final performance of the classic holiday favorite, “A Christmas Story,” is tonight. “A Christmas Story,” directed by Eric Ross, is enjoying packed audiences at Theatre 29 and is adding overflow seating to accommodate the extraordinary demand for tickets. The comedy, based on the movie, follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker’s quest

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HIGH WIND WARNINGS TODAY, WINDS COULD GUST OVER 60 MPH

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning that remains in effect until 4 a.m. Saturday. Strong winds are expected to continue across the Morongo Basin; the strongest winds will likely occur in the Twentynine Palms area this afternoon and evening. Southwest to west winds 35 to 45

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SANDBAGS AVAILABLE AT AREA FIRE STATIONS

With a 50 percent chance of rain today, flash flooding is a possibility in the Morongo Basin. The San Bernardino County Fire Department reminds residents that sandbags and sand are available if you should need them during the rainy season. Sand bags may be picked up at the local fire

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ARRESTS IN YUCCA VALLEY FOR MULTIPLE WARRANTS

Two people were arrested in Yucca Valley Thursday morning on multiple warrants. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies served a search warrant at a home in the 7500 block of Hopi Trail about 10:45 a.m. There they found David Rico, 31, who had a no-bail warrant out of Los Angeles,

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GET $1000 FOR YOUR OLD VEHICLE IN BUY BACK PROGRAM

Just in time for Christmas, the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District is offering cash for your older model car, van, and light- and medium-duty trucks. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the details on how you can get a thousand bucks for scrapping your vehicles… If you have a car,

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RADIOTHON PLANNED TO “SEND OUR KIDS TO ORLANDO”

Z107.7 has planned a radiothon to help send the Twentynine Palms High School Select choir to perform and attend educational workshops in Orlando Florida. Here with all the details is reporter Rebecca Havely… Tune in to Z107.7 on Saturday, January 21, from noon until 5 p.m. and help send our

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LOCAL CHP AND FIREFIGHTERS COLLECTING TOYS FOR TLC

The Morongo Basin Area California Highway Patrol is currently accepting new, unwrapped gifts for needy children and families of our local community. All are invited and encouraged to bring donations to the area office at 63683 29 Palms Highway in Joshua Tree or wherever you see them. County Firefighters are

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TLC IN NEED OF BLANKETS

In addition to their big Christmas Day event, TLC is also collecting blankets. Reporter Kirby Davis has more… Tender Loving Christmas needs blankets to donate to convalescent homes for the holidays. Drop off any knitted, crocheted, or sewn blankets at 7190 Airway Avenue in Yucca Valley. If you don’t have

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BLOOD DRIVE IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Saturday, December 17, at Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley from 11 to 3. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream now offers free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. Those aged 18 to 44 years may register for Be the Match bone marrow

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FREE FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION SET FOR MONDAY

The third Monday of the month is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Edica Gonzalez has the times and places… The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday. The

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KENZIE’S CHRISTMAS KART ON ACOMA TONIGHT TO BENEFIT TLC

Residents who are in need of a hot drink and s’mores tonight, (Friday December 16) can help Tender Loving Christmas at the same time. Kenzie’s 2nd Annual Christmas Kart will be selling hot cider, cocoa, and s’mores at 7722 Acoma Trail in Yucca Valley from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight,

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VFW TO SERVE TURKEY DINNER TONIGHT

The Joshua Tree VFW will hold a Christmas dinner of turkey with all the trimmings tonight from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday breakfast is pancakes from 8 to 11 a.m. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

SANTA AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TOMORROW

If you think December is the perfect time of year for a get-together with Santa, you’re in luck. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has this story and a special gathering at Copper Mountain College … The Associated Students of Copper Mountain College aim to end the fall semester with some seasonal merriment

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS RESULTS AND SCHEDULES  

The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat boys’ soccer team traveled to Banning to take on the Broncos Thursday night. The varsity Wildcats played a solid game and came away with a 1-1 tie. Junior Nick Stowers assisted senior Sam Eggers on a beautiful goal from a header to begin the

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MOVES TO PUT LIBRARY IN FORMER PFF BUILDING

The Yucca Valley Redevelopment Agency purchased the PFF Bank building for $1.6 million in October 2009, and the building has become an eyesore by sitting vacant ever since. In part two of a two-part report, managing editor Tami Roleff says the Yucca Valley Town Council held a special workshop Tuesday

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TWO INJURED IN ROLL-OVER CRASH ON STATE ROUTE 247 IN LANDERS

Two Landers residents received minor injuries Tuesday during a roll-over crash when they were rear-ended on State Route 247 in Landers. The California Highway Patrol said Miguel Garcia, 64, was driving a 2001 Chevy Tracker northbound on 247 about 3 p.m. As Garcia approached the intersection of Encantado Road, the

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK AT CAPACITY, URGES CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

With campgrounds filling up fast at Joshua Tree National Park, rangers are urging visitors to make reservations first. Park Ranger George Land says they don’t want visitors to the over-capacity park turned away from campgrounds… Joshua Tree National Park is experiencing a record number of visitors. While it’s great to

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ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING STATIONS OPEN AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO TOMORROW

Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony tomorrow, Friday, December 16, for eight EV charging stations, including supercharging stations for Tesla electric cars. The Tesla supercharging stations can charge vehicles to 100 percent in 75 minutes; regular EV charging stations yields about 31 miles per

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THEATRE 29 ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR “DISNEY’S MARY POPPINS”

The first major musical of the 2017 season at Theatre 29 is “Disney’s Mary Poppins.” The casting calls for 16 featured characters, two children and a dance ensemble; all roles are open. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the audition details… Open auditions for “Disney’s Mary Poppins take place on Monday, January

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