PROFESSIONAL KUDOS FOR HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER

While life-saving in certain circumstances, unnecessary Cesarean-sections can pose serious health risks for babies and mothers. In this report, Mike Lipsitz says the Basin’s Hi-Desert Medical Center is leading the way in reducing unnecessary C-sections… Hi-Desert Medical Center was recently recognized for reducing its Cesarean-section rate for low-risk, first-time mothers.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Cemetery District Board of Directors will hold its regular meeting tonight (Tuesday, December 27). Directors will review and approve its revised policy manual, discuss potential pricing changes, select a date for a sale of surplus items, and discuss having employees share the cost of insurance premiums. Under

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DON’T MISS THE SUNNYVALE LIGHT SHOW IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A small boutique hotel in Twentynine Palms is once again putting on a spectacular holiday light show, and is inviting Morongo Basin residents to enjoy the twinkling and sparkling display. Edica Gonzalez has the details… The Sunnyvale Garden Suites Hotel is once again hosting a holiday light show set to

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

In high school sports today and tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School boys’ basketball team will compete in the four-day Linfield Caged Classic tournament. Also today and tomorrow, the Joshua Springs Christian School girls’ basketball team will compete in the Best of the West Tournament.

HOLIDAY CLOSURES

The administrative offices for the Town of Yucca Valley and the City of Twentynine Palms, as well as Copper Mountain College, are closed through January 2. The San Bernardino County Courthouse in Joshua Tree, as well as government offices and banks, will be closed Monday, December 26. The Hi-Desert Nature

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HOLIDAY SHOPPING SAFETY TIPS

The holiday season is always a special time of year. It is also a time when busy people become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department offers the following tips for shopping safely: Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in

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HOLIDAY MEAL COULD HARM YOUR PET

The majority of emergency room for pet visits during the holidays revolve around the turkey. Don’t feed your dog or cat any food from your holiday meal. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more about how even a small piece of turkey skin or butter-coated vegetable can cause a life-threatening illness

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CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICES AT DESERT HILLS CHURCH

Desert Hills Presbyterian Church will have a Christmas carols and candlelight service 5:00 p.m. Saturday, December 24. The Christmas Day service will be held at 11 a.m., one hour later than usual. Desert Hills Presbyterian Church is located at 56750 Mountain View Trail in Yucca Valley. For more information call

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TLC INVITATION

The TLC Christmas Day feast is a Morongo Basin holiday tradition now in its 33rd year. But Mara Cantelo and Tender Loving Christmas can’t do it without the help of hundreds of volunteers today. They need helpers at the Yucca Valley community center to help turn the room into a

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CHRISTMAS MEAL TO BE SERVED TODAY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Food for Life will be serving its Christmas meal at Palms Baptist Church on Adobe Road from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 24. They will be serving a full ham dinner. Volunteers are still needed. To volunteer call Teresa Brown at 562-324-9099. You will need to wear black

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COLD WEATHER REMINDERS FOR AREA DRIVERS

With very wintery weather forecast for our Morongo Basin area, and chances of snow this weekend, Edica Gonzalez has some reminders about winter driving… Be prepared for winter driving. If you are traveling up into the mountains to see snow, bring chains for your vehicle. Don’t pass a snowplow; the

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HS SPORTS

In high school sports Monday, the Yucca Valley High School girls’ basketball team will compete in the four-day Shadow Hills Holiday tournament in Indio. The Twentynine Palms High School girls’ basketball team will compete in the four-day Ayala Best of the West Tournament in Chino Hills.

Public asks for help in locating critical missing person in Yucca Valley

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a critical missing person in the Yucca Valley area. Dorothy O’Brien age 89, 5 foot tall and weighing 121 pounds was last seen wearing a tan coat, tan slacks, and white shoes. O’Brien was last seen Thursday evening December

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK EXPECTED TO BE AT CAPACITY THIS WEEK

Joshua Tree National Park will be busy this week, with thousands of visitors flocking to the park for the end of the year holidays. Edica Gonzalez reminds residents that the gates will be backed up, and to use alternate entrances… Joshua Tree National Park is seeing more and more visitors,

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THE TLC CHRISTMAS DAY FEAST AND CELEBRATION IS THIS SUNDAY IN YUCCA VALLEY

The TLC Christmas Day feast is a Morongo Basin holiday tradition now in its 33rd year. Reporter Mike Lipsitz put out the call… For a variety of reasons, many Morongo Basin neighbors find themselves isolated over the holidays. If that’s you, or it sounds like someone you know, then TLC

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NEW ADMINISTRATION URGED TO PROTECT 10 IMPERILED SPECIES, ONE LOCALLY

A new report from the Endangered Species Coalition lists what its experts believe are the top 10 species for the incoming Trump administration to prioritize, in terms of taking steps to make them healthier, and two of them are in California. Managing editor Tami Roleff says one species is found

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CHRISTMAS MEAL TO BE SERVED TOMORROW IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Food for Life will be serving its Christmas meal at Palms Baptist Church on Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 24. They will serve a full ham dinner. Volunteers are still needed. To volunteer, call Teresa Brown at 562-324-9099. You will need to

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NO SENIOR LUNCHES ON DECEMBER 26, JANUARY 2

The Twentynine Palms Senior Center will be closed December 26 and January 2 in observance of Christmas and New Year’s Day. There will be no senior lunches served on these dates. The senior center will also have limited hours, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Tuesday, December 27, through

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A CEMETERY MAKEOVER IN JOSHUA TREE

You may have heard something about the emerging “new look” of Joshua Tree Memorial Park, one of only two cemeteries in the Morongo Basin. A few people have complained about it recently on Facebook. Reporter David Haldane takes a look at what’s causing all the fuss… The bottom line is

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MORE WET WEATHER, TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN

More wet weather is on its way to our Morongo Vasin. Driving into hazardous flood waters is very dangerous. Edica Gonzalez has some flood water warnings… Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that

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