21ST ANNUAL ORCHID FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND IN LANDERS

Make plans to be at the 21st annual Orchid Festival in Landers this weekend. This event will be filled with beautiful flowers, food, music, classes, hot air balloon rides, vendors, and more. Edica Gonzalez has your invitation… For 21 years, Gublers Orchids in Landers have opened their greenhouses to the

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REWARD OFFERED AFTER DESERT HOT SPRINGS VANDALISM

A reward is being offered for information regarding vandalism at the Carl May Community Center in Desert Hot Springs earlier this month. On Sept. 5, police officers responded to reports of a shattered front door. They discovered that items had been stolen and thousands of dollars in vandalism. A

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A BRUSH FIRE AT CAMP PENDLETON

A brush fire that broke out late Wednesday afternoon has charred 50 acres at Camp Pendleton, base officials said. The Vallecito Fire is burning off Roblar Road, in the northeast side of the base on the artillery range. Information about how the blaze began was not immediately available. It began

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HARRISON HOUSE CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY SATURDAY

Harrison House held its first concert 10 years ago when Terry Riley performed in memory of Lou Harrison October 7. To celebrate 10 years of music, arts, and ecology, Harrison House is holding three concerts with the theme From Father to Son: A Celebration of Musical Heritage. Managing editor Tami

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY MARKETPLACE IN LANDERS SATURDAY

The Morongo Basin Historical Society will hold its first marketplace of the 2016-17 season Saturday, October 1. For sale will be a drop-leaf table and chairs, a roll-top desk, rugs, Chinese décor, and more. Stock up on Halloween items. The hours are 9 to 2 at the historical society’s office,

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OKTOBERFEST IN JOHNSON VALLEY SATURDAY

The community of Johnson Valley will transform to a Bavarian village this Saturday for their annual Oktoberfest. Reporter Mike Lipsitz gets out his oom-pah-pah… All aboard the Johnson Valley express to old Bavaria and the annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 1. Kids of all ages will enjoy exploring the model

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SCHOOL DISTRICT HEARING ON TEXTBOOKS OCTOBER 11

The Morongo Unified School District will hold a public hearing Oct. 11 regarding the sufficiency of its textbooks requirement. The public is invited to attend; the meeting begins 7 pm at Joshua Tree Elementary School on Sunburst Street.

AFTER-SCHOOL TUTORING STARTING AT 29 PALMS HIGH SCHOOL

After-school tutoring begins next week at Twentynine Palms High School. Located at the school’s AVID Center, the tutoring sessions are scheduled from 2:30 to 3 p.m. next Wednesday and Thursday, and thereafter every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Students may earn community service hours by volunteering to tutor.

TWENTYNINE PALMS SOROPTIMIST BUNCO TOMORROW

The Soroptimist International of Twentynine Palms is hosting an Octoberfest bunco event. Reporter Rebecca Havely has your invitation… Join the Twentynine Palms Soroptimists for a night of great German food and lots of fun at their Octoberfest bunco event, September 30, starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojans volleyball won in three against Coachella Valley Arabs. Coach Darrell Sterling said junior Zena Yakimow lead in kills with nine kills from the middle. Freshman EJ Day followed with eight kills on 17 attempts. She also had 11 points on serves with seven

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL APPROVES PLANS FOR PROJECT PHOENIX

Twentynine Palms’ Project Phoenix will have a multipurpose facility including a gymnasium, meeting rooms and banquet rooms with kitchens as well as a public library. That’s the direction City Council gave its staff last night for the city’s ambitious plan to expand and modernize its downtown corridor. In other business,

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COUNTY APPROVES THE ALTA MIRA HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IN JOSHUA TREE

A controversial housing development in Joshua Tree, the 248 units on 105 gated acres known as Alta mira, got a green light at yesterday’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors in San Bernardino. The 3-2 vote in favor of the project, and against the appeal concluded almost a decade of

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, TEACHERS, REACH A TENTATIVE ACCORD

The long adversarial process to come up with a contract between the Morongo Unified School District and the teachers’ union may finally be over. Reporter David Haldane said a tentative agreement was announced at last night’s School Board meeting… The first indication that something had changed was the silence. For

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TOWN COUNCIL CANDIDATE UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR CAMPAIGN VIOLATION

A candidate for Yucca Valley Town Council is under investigation by the California State Fair Political Practices Commission. After a query by Z107.7 News, Eric Quander confirmed he was under investigation for starting an on-line fundraising effort before he had filed the proper forms with the commission. Teri Rindahl from

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NON-PARTISAN CANDIDATE POP-UP PLANNED IN JOSHUA TREE

Z107.7 Radio and the Sportsman’s Club are sponsoring a non-partisan office political pop-up event Saturday morning, October 8, from 9 to 11 a.m. The free event is designed to give residents a chance to talk one-on-one with the candidates prior to the November 8 general election. All non-partisan candidates are

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL CANDIDATES FORUM TOMORROW

The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce will host a town council candidates’ forum tomorrow evening. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells us when and where those who want to be informed voters should be… Yucca Valley residents are invited to a candidates’ forum Thursday, September 29. Each candidate running for Yucca

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BB GUN DAMAGE TO A JOSHUA TREE BUSINESS

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a third case of possible BB gun damage to a Joshua Tree business in a week. Monday, an employee of a business in the 61800 block of 29 Palms Highway reported an 8-foot-by-8-foot window was broken sometime during the night, possibly by a BB gun. Last

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TWO YUCCA VALLEY MEN ACCUSED OF RESISTING ARREST

Two Yucca Valley men were arrested Sunday night, after they were found in a car associated with a crime. According to a sheriff’s report, a deputy made a traffic stop in the 6900 block of Old Woman Springs Road shortly before 11 p.m. The report states the vehicle was used

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Water District board meets in regular session tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks their agenda… At tonight’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms Water District the board is expected to consider a customer request for an adjustment or payment plan on a $1,400 bill following discovery of a leak

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SIGN UP FOR CLASSES FOR THIS WEEKEND’S ORCHID FESTIVAL

The 20th Annual Morongo Basin Orchid Festival is this weekend, October 1 and 2 at Gubler Orchids in Landers. One of the more popular events at the festival is the orchids classes, instructional “how to” classes conducted by The Orchid Society of Arizona. Three different classes will be offered; Saturday,

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