JOSHUA BASIN WATER APPOINTS NEW DIRECTOR, SKIRTS RATE INCREASE ACTION

The Joshua Basin Water District’s board passed several unanimous resolutions last night, but took no action in connection with the rate study, aka rate increase. That was due in part to the absence of Director Bob Johnson. Reporter Mike Lipsitz, though, was there … Last night in Joshua Tree, the

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“MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS” CONTINUES ITS RUN AT THEATRE 29

The beloved classic musical, “Meet Me in St. Louis,” continues its run at Theatre 29. With more, here’s Rebecca Havely… The musical “Meet Me in St. Louis”—based on the classic film of the same name—is filled with songs you know and love like, “The Boy Next Door,” “The Trolley Song,”

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OPENING RECEPTION AT GALLERY 62 SATURDAY

Gallery 62 Art Gallery will hold an opening reception Saturday, December 9 for its newest exhibition, High Desert Holidays. The show will feature the artwork of dozens of artists with a variety of work priced at under $100. Signature artists are Valerie Davis with wands, jewelry, and paintings, and Laurie

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MORONGO BASIN DEMOCRATS TO LEARN ABOUT DARK SKIES SATURDAY

Joshua Tree National Park was recently designated an International Dark Sky Park. Learn more about dark skies and the park during a presentation at the Morongo Basin Democratic club’s monthly meeting Saturday, December 9. The 10 a.m. meeting is preceded by an optional $10 buffet breakfast at 9 a.m. at

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LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS COLLECTING TOYS FOR “MARA’S CHRISTMAS WISH”

Southern California Firefighters are celebrating their 25th anniversary of the Spark of Love Toy Drive. The campaign collects new, unwrapped toys to help our local children in need. Here’s Tanisha Cureton with the details… During the last 25 years, the Spark of Love Toy Drive, sponsored by county firefighters, has

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TWENTYNINE PALMS RECREATION OFFERING DANCE AND TUMBLING CLASSES FOR LITTLE ONES

The Twentynine Palms Recreation Department dance and tumbling programs are accepting registrations. The dance program has a new dance instructor, Kayla Decker. Classes are offered for ages 2 and up in ballet/tap, jazz/hip-hop, and introduction to dance. A dance recital will take place in late April. Registrations are also being

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ORIGAMI DECORATIONS CLASS AT THE 29 PALMS ART GALLERY TOMORROW

The 29 Palms Art Gallery invites the public of all ages to an art class, “Making Holiday Origami Decorations,” on Friday, December 8, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Reporter Eric Knabe has more… This art class is suitable for all ages, so bring the family out. Participants will learn

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

Coming up in high school sports today, Twentynine Palms boys’ and girls’ soccer teams will play Big Bear High School. The boys will play at home starting at 5 p.m.; the girls will travel away to Big Bear, with their game starting at 3 p.m. Also today, the Yucca Valley

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL PUTS MARIJUANA INITIATIVE ON THE JUNE 2018 BALLOT

Outgoing Yucca Valley Mayor Merl Abel discussed the vision for Yucca Valley in the next five years during his State of the Town address at last night’s town council meeting. In five years, by 2022, most the town’s major projects will be completed: sewer and the wastewater treatment facility, street

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CLIMBER RESCUED BY HELICOPTER IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SATURDAY

A rock climber who fell in Joshua Tree National Park Saturday was rescued by Sheriff’s deputies in a night-time helicopter hoist. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Angela Guo of San Diego was climbing in Ryan Canyon when she fell about 150 feet and was suspended in mid-air by a rope

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SCHOOL BOARD GETS NO PUBLIC INPUT ON CHANGING TO DISTRICT-BASED ELECTIONS

Updated 12-7-17 6:30 p.m. to clarify the attorney’s fees.

Morongo Unified School District Board of Education met last night in a special meeting that was the first of two public hearings about the at-large versus district elections. Reporter Eric Knabe fills us in… A handful of residents showed up for

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TWO AREA NATIONAL MONUMENTS ESCAPE CUTS, ONE MAY SEE A USE CHANGE

Two national monuments in our immediate area look to be safe from changes from Washington D.C., but one faces a use change. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke isn’t recommending any changes to Sand to Snow or Mojave Trails, two national monuments in our California desert that were established by then-President Obama.

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LITTLE MOUNTAIN FIRE SOUTH OF CAL STATE SAN BERNARDINO

The 100-acre blaze dubbed the Little Mountain fire left two people with critical burn injuries, closed the 215 freeway and prompted evacuations in the hills south of Cal State San Bernardino yesterday. The evacuation orders were lifted at 6:30 p.m., and 215 was open in both directions. The blaze remained

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

A full agenda awaits the Joshua Basin Water District’s governing board when they meet at 6:30 p.m. tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what to expect… Among the first items of business, the board will consider the appointment of Joshua Tree merchant and tattoo artist, Gayle Austin, to the Citizens

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FELON FOUND WITH A GUN IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A convicted felon was arrested Monday following a probation compliance check in Twentynine Palms. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy went to a business in the 4800 block of Adobe Road to perform a probation compliance check on Matthew Sins, 24. As the deputy arrived, Sins walked into a

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HI-DESERT CHORUS WINTER CONCERTS THIS WEEKEND

Come listen to the sounds of the season this weekend with the Hi-Desert Chorus. Entertainment reporter Rebecca Havely has your invitation… The Hi-Desert Chorus is again presenting its annual “Sounds of the Season” concert. The choral concert is scheduled for two performances this weekend at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, December

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DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TODAY

Representatives from the Disabled American Veterans organization will be on the Copper Mountain College main campus tomorrow and the first and third Thursday of each month. Veterans who need assistance to file benefits claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs are urged to stop at the Office of Student services

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL HOLIDAY CONCERT TOMORROW

Twentynine Palms High School will be presenting its annual holiday concert on Thursday, December 7. Andrew Dieleman has the details… Twentynine Palms High School has announced its annual holiday concert. The concert will feature performances by the high school band, Concert Choir, and Select Choir. The event will take place

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BASKETBALL GOES TO 11-2

The Copper Mountain Men’s Basketball team is ranked seventh in the state and improved to 11-2 on the year as they won last night 81-78 in the opening round of the 80th Annual Modesto Junior college Tournament against 12th ranked Yuba College. The Fighting Cacti will face the winner of

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL, WRESTLING PULLS OUT A CLOSE WIN

Yucca Valley High School wrestlers won a close match against Cathedral City, breaking the tie of 36 to 36 yesterday. Coach Larry Giron said the tie was broken with pins from Timothy Harris, Malaky Chiu, Browdie Williams and Onkar Sandhu. Browdie had the fastest pin of the night in 26

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