NEW LOCATION FOR SQUARE DANCING

The Star Twirlers Square Dance club has found a new place to hold its dances. Its new location is at the Evangelical Free Church on Mohawk Trail in Yucca Valley. Its next dance on tonight, Saturday, April 22, and will be a picnic theme. Line dance will start at 7

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COMMUNITY CONCERT FEATURES A TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA

A Yucca Valley church will feature a tribute to “Ol’ Blue Eyes” tomorrow. Kirby Davis invites you to the community concert… The Community Concert Series at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church will present A Tribute to Frank Sinatra Sunday, April 23, at 2:30 p.m. Former Las Vegas entertainer Tommy Hernandez will

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STAR PARTY AT SKY’S THE LIMIT TONIGHT

Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center will hold a star party Saturday night, April 22. The event begins at 8:15 p.m. and will end about 11:30 p.m., but you are encouraged to come when you can and leave when you want. Jupiter is quite bright and its colorful clouds

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LYRID METEOR SHOWER THIS WEEKEND

The Lyrid meteor shower peaks this week, with meteors visible through April 25. While the Lyrids are not the strongest meteor shower, some meteors may occasionally reach fireball intensity. The showers emanate from the constellation of Lyra; its principal star, Vega, is the third brightest star in the northern hemisphere.

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EARTH DAY CELEBRATION IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

Saturday is the annual Earth Day event at the Yucca Valley Community Center Complex from 9-2. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the celebration is a hugely popular, family-friendly event…… Celebrate Earth Day during a festival filled with activities, entertainment, and demonstrations in Yucca Valley Saturday. Local experts will give demonstrations

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APPROVAL OF HYDROELECTRIC PROJECT NEAR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK CLOSER

A controversial hydroelectric power project on the southern border of Joshua Tree National Park is another step closer to reality after the Bureau of Land Management said Thursday that pumping billions of gallons of water from the aquifer, and building power transmission lines would have “no significant impact” on the

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FACING CHECKMATE: ALTAMIRA HOUSING PROJECT GOES TO MARKET 

Like a high stakes game of chess, since 2006 developers of the proposed Altamira housing project and those opposed have come to what appeared to be the last possible move, only to avoid a “checkmate” by some unexpected stroke of luck. Hanging in the balance is the fate of the

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK VISITOR SPENDING LOCALLY GOING UP

Visitor spending to Joshua Tree National Park in 2016 increased by more than $25 million over the previous year, according to a new report released by the National Park Service. The report shows that last year, more than 2.5 million visitors to Joshua Tree National Park spent $123.3 million in

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THEATRE 29 SUMMER YOUTH THEATRE APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE

The Theatre 29 summer youth theater program has applications available now. The first 30 applicants approved in each age group will be accepted. The program will run Monday Through Friday from June 26 through July 30 (with July 4 off) culminating with six performances of “Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr.” Reporter

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PIONEERTOWN WOMAN ACCUSED OF FELONY SPOUSAL ABUSE

A Pioneertown woman was arrested about 11:15 Wednesday morning, after her husband said she punched and bit him. According to a Sheriff’s report, the man said he was driving and back-handed his wife, Rachel Kee, 47, in the face several times. Kee retaliated by punching her husband and biting him

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BLM PONDERING LOCAL OFF-ROAD VEHICLE ROUTES

Earlier this week, officials from the Bureau of Land Management held an open house in Yucca Valley. The aim was to provide information on a proposal that would bar ORV, or off-road vehicle, traffic from various types of local roads, and to gather public comment on the proposal. Reporter Mike

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BLOOD DRIVE IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Saturday, April 22, at Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley from 11 to 3. Due to a nationwide blood shortage, all blood types and all types of blood donations are needed. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free

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STAR TWIRLERS SQUARE DANCING AT A NEW LOCATION TOMORROW

The Star Twirlers Square Dance club has found a new place to hold its dances. Its new location is at the Evangelical Free Church on Mohawk Trail in Yucca Valley. Its next dance on Saturday, April 22, will be a picnic theme. Line dance will start at 7 and between

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BILLY IDOL TRIBUTE AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO TONIGHT

Kick off your weekend at tonight’s Live at the Rock free concert series where Generation Idol pays tribute to rocker Billy Idol. Generation Idol nails the iconic sound and sneer of the singer that has sold over 20 million albums and has such well known rock hits as “Rebel Yell,”

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SUSPECT IN LAST WEEK’S WAL-MART ARMED ROBBERY ARRESTED

The man suspected of robbing Walmart last week was arrested in Yucca Valley Tuesday. About 9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, the man entered Walmart and demanded money from a cashier. He then fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. The Sheriff’s Department publicized a photo of the suspect

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NAVY CHANGES REGS ABOUT POSTING NUDE PHOTOS

Posting nude pictures of service members without consent is now, for all intents and purposes, a crime in the Navy and Marine Corps—a response to the nude photo-sharing scandal that surfaced when a reporter outed a private Facebook group of Marines and sailors that was used at times to swap

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FIREFIGHTERS TRAINING IN CONTROLLED BURNS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS NEXT WEEK

Most residents of rural areas are accustomed to seeing occasional “controlled burns” of unwanted brush and plant life. What’s not usually included, however, are buildings. Reporter David Haldane says that’s about to change… If you happen to see smoke in Twentynine Palms next week, don’t be alarmed; it’s just the

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GRUBSTAKE DAYS PARADE GRAND MARSHALS ANNOUNCED, ENTRY FORMS AVAILABLE

The organizers of the Grubstake Days parade have announced their grand marshals for 2017. Ed Hardesty Sr., and Art Miller Jr. will be leading the 67th annual parade down Highway 62 May 27. Ed Hardesty’s family has a 73-year history in the Morongo Basin; his mother was Yucca Valley’s first

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TAKE A HIKE WITH JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SUPERINTENDENT THIS SUNDAY

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District and Joshua Tree National Park have partnered on a project designed to promote wellness through exercise and even help patients healing from illness, injury or surgery. Called “Take a Hike,” this free program enables local medical providers to write a prescription good for 90-days’ entrance

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EXPECT HEAVY I-10 TRAFFIC DELAYS THIS WEEKEND AND MONDAY

Caltrans is advising motorists to expect heavy traffic delays this weekend due to the Coachella music festival in Indio. Traffic delays are expected on Interstate 10 from Beaumont to Indio from Friday, April 21, through Monday, April 24. Motorists are urged to avoid traveling I-10 Friday through Monday night. If

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