MORONGO VALLEY CSD TO SAY GOODBYE TO DONNA MUNOZ TONIGHT

Looks to be a busy meeting of the Community Services District in Morongo Valley tonight. Could even be some tears as this the last meeting for retiring General Manager Donna Munoz. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more … At tonight’s regular 7 o’clock meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District,

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SCHOOL BOARD REVIEWING BOARD APPLICANTS TODAY AND TOMORROW

The Morongo Unified School District board of education will meet today and tomorrow to review applications and discuss applicants for the open board seat previously occupied by Ronald Palmer, who died on November 18. Today’s meeting gets underway at 3 p.m. and Wednesday’s at 3:15. Both will be held in

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Cemetery Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting Tuesday, January 17, at which time it will review a revised policy manual and discuss security options. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. in the cemetery office on Encelia Avenue in Twentynine Palms.

FREE, FAST HIV TESTING IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

The Hi-Desert Family Health Clinic is partnering with the County of San Bernardino’s Public Health HIV Prevention program to bring their mobile HIV testing vehicle to Yucca Valley tomorrow. Reporter Rebecca Havely has all the details… Start the New Year off right by knowing your HIV status. A mobile test

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LOCAL CARPOOLS GOING TO EAGLE MOUNTAIN HEARING IN PALM DESERT TOMORROW

The Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service have completed their study on the adjusting the southern boundary of Joshua Tree National Park to include more than 22,000 acres of public lands near Eagle Mountain. The public can express their thoughts on the proposal at a meeting 6

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CITY OF TWENTYNINE PALMS HOSTS TOURISM MARKETING SESSION THURSDAY

All hospitality and tourism-oriented business owners and managers and community organizers are encouraged to attend an informational meeting on tourism and marketing in Twentynine Palms Thursday. Reporter Kirby Davis has all the details… Businesses that cater to tourists are invited to participate in the 2017 Tourism and Marketing Update, sponsored

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES

Congratulations to Sequoia Barrera of Yucca Valley. The Yucca Valley Crossfit athlete placed first in the final event with a 165-pound weight maneuver and finished in seventh place overall at the Wodapalooza Miami Fitness Festival! She will now try to place top 10 in the CrossFit Open this March with

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES

This past Saturday at the Trojan War Wrestling Tournament, Yucca Valley High School wrestler Fernanda Macias placed first and Cheyenne Hallabrin placed third. Coach Larry Giron said 207 wrestlers competed at Yucca Valley High School. Coming up in high school sports today, the Yucca Valley High School boys’ and girls’

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MARINE KILLED IN TRAINING ACCIDENT ON TWENTYNINE PALMS BASE

One Marine was killed and another injured during a live-fire training exercise Friday aboard the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center. The Marine Corps announced that the Marines were conducting unit training in preparation for the start of Integrated Training Exercise 2-17 when the accident happened about 5:05 p.m.

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ARMED ROBBERY AT JOSHUA TREE GAS STATION

A 19 year old Joshua Tree man was arrested after an armed robbery at a Joshua Tree gas Station. Investigators say Friday, January 13, 2017 at about 8:50 p.m., deputies responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Valero Gas Station in Joshua Tree. The victim was pumping

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FREE FEDERAL SURPLUS FOOD DISTRIBUTION TOMORROW

The third Monday of the month is usually the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. However, due to the federal holiday of Martin Luther King Junior day January 16, the date has been changed to Tuesday, January 17. Edica Gonzalez has

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AN ARREST AFTER A JOSHUA TREE SHOOTING

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Saturday, after he allegedly shot at a woman during an argument. According to a Sheriff’s report, Tony Randall, 51, was arguing with his ex-girlfriend about 8 p.m. in the 62500 block of La Crescenta in Joshua Tree. During the argument, deputies say Randall fired

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TWO ARRESTED TRYING TO SMUGGLE DRUGS INTO THE JOSHUA TREE JAIL

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Thursday, accused of smuggling drugs to an inmate during a jail visit. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Amy Simms, 43, was visiting with Brian Godden, 34, an inmate at the Morongo Basin Jail about 7 p.m. Thursday when Deputy Amanda Thomas noticed Simms sticking

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AUDITIONS FOR “MARY POPPINS” AT THEATRE 29 TONIGHT

The first major musical of the 2017 season at Theatre 29 is “Disney’s Mary Poppins.” Reporter Rebecca Havely has the audition details… Open auditions for “Disney’s Mary Poppins” take place tonight Monday, January 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Theatre 29, 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. The casting

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I-10 STANDOFF SENDS TRAFFIC THROUGH OUR MORONGO BASIN

A pursuit and standoff forced the CHP to shut down Interstate 10 for several hours Sunday, sending a surge of traffic through the Morongo Basin West on State Route 62. Officials began chasing Imelda Sortino, a San Diego woman, about 9 a.m. who was driving recklessly through the San Gorgonio

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TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR OFFICER’S SPOUSES CLUB BENEFIT AUCTION

The Officers’ Spouses’ Club of Twentynine Palms aboard the Marine base awarded more than $35,000 in grants and scholarships last year. The organization gave $16,000 in grants to organizations such as the Twentynine Palms food pantry, 29 Palms Art Gallery, Reach Out Morongo Basin, the Boys and Girls Club of

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NATIONAL PARKS HONOR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY

Joshua Tree National Park—and all other national parks—will honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day with free admittance today (Monday, January 16). Camping and reservation fees will still be collected as usual. For more information, call the park at 760-367-5500.

CONGRESSMAN COOK VOTES WITH OTHER REPUBLICANS ON STEP TO REPEAL ACA

U.S. Representative Paul Cook of Yucca Valley voted Friday, along with most of his fellow Republicans, to approve a budget resolution that is the first step in repealing the Affordable Care Act. The vote was 227-198, with nine Republicans crossing party lines to vote with Democrats against the resolution. The

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REACH OUT SEEKS HOME FOR “PARADE OF HOMES” FUND-RAISER

Many desert dwellers will do something different this Valentine’s Day by opening up their hearts and their homes for Reach Out Morongo Basin’s 13th annual “Parade of Homes.” If your home showcases some of the unique qualities of our desert community, consider adding it to this year’s tour. Reporter Mike

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SCHOOL BOARD REVIEWS APPLICANTS TOMORROW

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting Tuesday, January 17, to review candidate information and discuss the candidates for the vacant Board of Education seat. The meeting is set for 3 p.m. at Friendly Hills Elementary School, 7252 Sunny Vista, in Joshua Tree.