MOJAVE WATER AGENCY NAMES NEW GENERAL MANAGER

The Mojave Water Agency Board of Directors has selected Tom McCarthy, a professional civil engineer and geologist with more than 20 years of experience, to serve as the Agency’s new general manager. Kirby Brill, the current general manager is set to retire July 21. McCarthy’s contract was unanimously approved at

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ CONCERT SATURDAY

Make plans to see the talented musicians at Yucca Valley High School perform this Saturday. Managing editor Tami Roleff invites you to the annual dinner and jazz concert presentation…. The Music Department at Yucca Valley High School will present its annual jazz concert Saturday, June 3, at 6 p.m. in

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY RUMMAGE SALE FRIDAY AND SATURDAY IN LANDERS

The Morongo Basin Historical Society will hold a two-day rummage sale Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3. Featured items for sale include two mountain bikes and two children’s bikes; sports memorabilia; a wrought-iron patio table and chairs; and a mini cement mixer. On Friday only, visit the collector’s corner

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YUCCA VALLEY GRUBSTAKE PARADE WINNERS

The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners for the Grubstake Days parade, held Saturday. Taking first place in the dance category was the Star Twirlers Square Dance club, and first place in the band category went to Yucca Valley High School. Vintage Iron Tractors were first in

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O-NEGATIVE BLOOD DONORS NEEDED

As the result of a national blood shortage, O-negative blood donors are being urged to give the gift of life. Reporter Sara Snyder tells us why… Lifestream, the region’s blood bank is in desperate need of O-negative blood, as there is insufficient supply to meet the demand of local hospitals.

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TWO ARRESTS IN YUCCA VALLEY FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Saturday, accused of spouse abuse. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 6100 block of Yucca Mesa Road about 9:30 p.m. Deanna Valdez, 45, and her boyfriend were arguing over money when the argument became physical. The report states Valdez and

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Z107.7 REPORTER, AUTHOR, DAVID HALDANE COLLECTING KUDOS

Z107.7 reporter David Haldane wears several hats. One is represented by the voice you hear regularly delivering local news stories right here. Another is as the author of an award-winning 2015 memoir called Nazis & Nudists. Managing editor Tami Roleff says Haldane is off in New York collecting another award…

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JOSHUA TREE ELEMENTARY PERFORMS “ANNIE JR” THIS FRIDAY EVENING

Joshua Tree Elementary School drama department presents “Annie Jr.” in one performance only this Friday, June 2 at 6:00 p.m. Based on the popular comic strip, “Annie” was the winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, and is now adapted for young performers in “Annie Jr.” It includes such

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“OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT” OPENS SATURDAY AT GROVE’S THEATER

The Groves Cabin Theatre presents the comedy/drama “The Owl and The Pussycat.” Here with the show details is Rebecca Havely… “The Owl and The Pussycat” is the next offering at the Groves Cabin Theatre. The comedy/drama is directed by award winning director Abe Daniels. This play was made into a

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ANIMAL ACTION LEAGUE OFFERS LO-COST PET SERVICES

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in June for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spaying and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER BOARD CANDIDATE FILING DEADLINE FRIDAY AT 5

There’s a mail ballot election at the end of August, but for anyone living outside the Twentynine Palms Water District, you wouldn’t know it. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more… Candidate filing is underway for the August 29, 2017 Consolidated Mail Ballot Election and will continue through 5 p.m. Friday, June

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SPECIAL MEETING SET FOR MORONGO BASIN HEALTHCARE DISTRICT

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District will hold a special meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 1. The sole item on the agenda is a performance evaluation of the chief executive officer Jackie Combs. The meeting will be held in district offices at 6530 La Contenta Road, Suite 100, in Yucca

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MBTA BOARD MEETS TOMORROW AFTERNOON

At Thursday’s (June 1) meeting of the Morongo Basin Transit Authority, directors will be asked to approve a bus stop improvement. Directors will also review the operating and capital budgets. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. at the MBTA Operations Center, 62405 Verbena Road in Joshua Tree.

COLOR FUN RUN AT YUCCA VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Join the staff and patents of Yucca Valley Elementary School for a fun color-run fundraiser this Friday. Reporter Edica Gonzales tells you how to sign up….. Yucca Valley Elementary School’s Family Faculty Association will hold a family-friendly one-mile color fun run 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 2. A color run is

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RETIRED TEACHERS MEET NEXT WEEK

California Retired Teachers Association will meet Friday, June 9, at 11:00 a.m. at the home of Martha Snider in Joshua Tree. Members will celebrate the end of the year with a pot luck. Please RSVP to Gay Smith at 760-369-2211 no later than Monday, June 5, if you plan to

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TWO SOUGHT AFTER EMPLOYEE IS SHOT DURING A YUCCA VALLEY ARMED ROBBERY

Sheriff’s deputies are asking for the public’s help in finding two suspects who shot an employee of a Yucca Valley restaurant during a robbery early Monday morning. According to a Sheriff’s report, the two men entered the Castaneda’s restaurant in the 56500 block of 29 Palms Highway about 4:30 a.m.

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MORONGO VALLEY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO VOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER

A Morongo Valley man accused of murder in the stabbing death of a neighbor two years ago took a plea bargain Friday. On April 5, 2014, Chad Leyburn, now 31, was arguing with his neighbor, Robert Verbeck, 74, when he took out a knife and stabbed Verbeck five times, killing

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CEREAL DRIVE WILL BENEFIT LOCAL FOOD BANK

A cereal food drive will benefit a local food bank. Managing editor Tami Roleff says businesses are encouraged to participate…

Let’s get serious about cereal. Hi-Desert Medical Center, Hi-Desert Publishing Co., and Z107.7 are sponsoring a cereal food drive June 2 through June 9, and are recruiting local businesses to

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FIRE IN BIG MORONGO PRESERVE YESTERDAY

About 120 firefighters from CalFire, Morongo Valley, and the Bureau of Land Management fought a brush fire that broke out in Big Morongo Canyon Preserve about 12:30 a.m. Monday. As of Tuesday morning, CalFire says the fire, called the Matz Fire, is 16 acres and is 95 percent contained. Two

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SUNDAY FIRE DESTROYS A NORTH JOSHUA TREE HOME

A home in North Joshua Tree is a total loss following an early morning fire Sunday. Firefighters from Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, Yucca Mesa, and Twentynine Palms were called to the fire in the 64800 block of Broadway at 4:15 a.m. County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow said the two-story

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