LANDERS ASSOCIATION MEETS SATURDAY

The monthly meeting of the Landers Association is set for 3 p.m. Saturday in Belfield Hall on Reche Road. On the agenda is a brief look ahead at events planned for 2017, committee reports, and a sneak peek inside the newly re-opened Landers thrift store. The meeting is not a

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FREE CLASS ON GROWING HERBS AT HOME TOMORROW AT RAINBOW STEW

Herbalist and nutritional consultant Charla Shamhart will present a class, “Growing Herbs for the Home Garden,” from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, January 14 at Rainbow Stew. This class will include information about how to use and cook with 13 of the best, easiest-to-grow, most health-giving garden herbs, their antioxident

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NEW SHOW AT THE 29 PALMS VISITOR CENTER ART GALLERY, RECEPTION TONIGHT

The 29 Palms Visitors Center Art Gallery will open its winter show with a reception tonight. Reporter Edica Gonzales has your invitation… The Twentynine Palms Visitor Center and Art Gallery’s upcoming show will feature the many moods and shades of the desert in the winter. “Winter Blues: Desert Moods and

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MORONGO BASIN REPUBLICANS CHANGE MEETING PLACE

The Morongo Basin Republicans will hold their regular meeting 9:30 a.m. Monday, January 16. Note the location has changed to the Yucca Valley Masonic Lodge, 7062 Theatre Road (next to the swap meet off Old Woman Springs Road). There is no charge for the meeting, light refreshments will be served.

STAR TWIRLERS SNOWFLAKE DANCE TOMORROW NIGHT

If you’re a square or line dancing fan, you’re in luck: the Star Twirlers Square Dance Club’s Snowflake dance is this Saturday, January 14. All square and line dancers are invited to attend the event with line dancing at 7 p.m., and between tips. Square dancing starts at 7:30 p.m.

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CHILI COOK-OFF AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW THIS AFTERNOON

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary will hold a chili cook-off Friday, January 13. Contestants should drop off their chili at 3:30 p.m.; the eating and judging will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Prizes will be awarded. The VFW post is located on Veterans Way in

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BREAKFAST TOMORROW TO HELP SEND LANDERS ELEMENTARY KIDS TO SCIENCE CAMP

Spring Science Camp has become somewhat of a rite of passage for area sixth graders, but only if their class can collectively raise the funds needed to go. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more on their efforts … For many Morongo Basin sixth grade students, the week away at Science Camp

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MORONGO BASIN YOUTH SOCCER TAKING REGISTRATIONS

The Morongo Basin Youth Soccer Association is accepting registrations for the 2017 spring soccer season. Registration is $55 for returning 2016 fall players and $65 for new players. Bring your child’s birth certificate to the registration at the Jelly Donut in Yucca Valley, on the corner of Acoma and 29

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLERS BESET WITH INJURIES AND ILLNESS

Wednesday night, the Yucca Valley High School wrestling team traveled to Coachella Valley High School. Coach Larry Giron said that wrestling with only half the wrestlers due to injury and illness, the Yucca Valley team led through the first seven matches, until Coachella Valley took the lead and won the

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LESSONS LEARNED AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE ACTIVE-SHOOTER TRAINING DRILL

Copper Mountain College was the site of a joint active-shooter training drill early Wednesday morning. College employees and faculty participated in the drill, in which a Sheriff’s deputy—portraying the lone shooter—simulated shooting and wounding 10 staff members as he moved from the student services center to the Greenleaf library, and

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CHP OFFER FREE “START SMART” DRIVING CLASS TOMORROW

The CHP Morongo Basin is hosting a Start Smart driving awareness class for newly licensed drivers. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the class details… Start Smart is a class offered free of charge by the CHP to teen drivers. The class takes place at the CHP office at 63683 29 Palms

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CITY OF TWENTYNINE PALMS OUTLINES “PROJECT PHOENIX” PLANS

The Twentynine Palms downtown redevelopment plan known as Project Phoenix is taking shape. The city plans to build a multi-purpose building on Highway 62, just west of Adobe Road, that will include basketball and volleyball courts, conference and banquet rooms, a kitchen, and galleries for the display of art exhibitions.

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REMODELED EDCHADA’S RESTAURANT REOPENS IN DOWNTOWN TWENTYNINE PALMS

After three months of renovations, Edchada’s Restaurant in Twentynine Palms has re-opened and is ready for business. Owner Jim DePierro said that despite the $400,000 remodel—which included doubling the size of the bar and adding flat screen TVs along with new tables and chairs—the menu prices have not changed. In

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FAA SAFETY CLASSES HOSTED BY THE MARINE BASE AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

For aircraft pilots, safety has to be a top priority. And toward that end, local pilots and other enthusiasts will want to attend a free seminar designed specifically for areas like our Morongo Basin where general aviation pilots and those working or training for the military often come into contact.

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SCHOOL BOARD SPECIAL MEETING TOMORROW TO DISCUSS BOARD APPLICANTS

The Morongo Unified School District board of trustees will hold a special meeting Friday, January 13. The board will review candidate information and discuss the candidates’ qualifications for the vacant seat on the board of education. The meeting is set for 8 a.m. at Friendly Hills Elementary School, 7252 Sunny

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WONDER VALLEY COMMUNITY MEETING SATURDAY

The monthly Wonder Valley community meeting takes place Saturday, January 14 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Wonder Valley Community Center on Amboy Road. Up for discussion at this meeting is the increase in illegal off-road vehicle riding, and illegal dumping. County Fire has been invited to report on

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FREE FEDERAL SURPLUS FOOD GIVEAWAY IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County will hold a distribution of federal surplus food 10 to noon, Friday, January 13, at the Way Station, 61722 Commercial Street, in Joshua Tree.

AREA MUSIC STUDENTS SOUGHT FOR YUCCA VALLEY ROTARY MUSIC COMPETITION

Area music students are being invited participate in the Yucca Valley Noon Rotary Club’s annual music competition. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains who can register… High School music students are invited to compete in the Rotary Club of Yucca Valley’s annual music competition, set for 7 p.m. Saturday, February 18,

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS ARTIST FEATURED AT JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY SATURDAY

A Desert Hot Springs artist will discuss his artwork at the Joshua Tree library Saturday. Award-winning painter and sculptor James Jared Taylor will share the process he uses to create abstract paintings on paper over canvas. Taylor’s talk will be 3 p.m. Saturday, January 14, at the Joshua Tree Library.

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DEMOCRATIC CLUB MEETS SATURDAY

The Morongo Basin Democratic Club will meet Saturday, January 14, at 10 a.m. in Bruce’s Coyote Kitchen on the Copper Mountain College campus in Joshua Tree. The morning begins with an optional $10 breakfast at 9 a.m., followed by the meeting at 10 a.m. Members will brainstorm on how to

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