REPUBLICANS MEET MONDAY

At the September 19, dinner meeting of the Morongo Basin Republicans, the featured speaker will be David Rhee, who will speak on “What Evangelical Christians have at stake in the 2016 election.” The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at Evangelical Free Church next to Desert Christ Park on Mohawk Trail

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FISH AND CHIPS AT VFW TONIGHT

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will offer Debbie’s fish and chips or onion rings tonight, Friday, September 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday’s breakfast special is a pancake special. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1. The VFW Post is located on Veterans way

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TRANSITION JOSHUA TREE TO HOLD SOIL STOMPING WORKSHOP

A soil stomping workshop will be held in Joshua Tree tomorrow. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains… Transition Joshua Tree will hold a workshop Saturday, September 17, to demonstrate soil building. Participants can watch, help, and learn how to mix soil for the Joshua Tree local food program’s demonstration garden at

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OPEN BASKETBALL SESSION START SUNDAY IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Town of Yucca Valley Recreation Department will open the Boys and Girls Club Gymnasium for adult open gym basketball beginning Sunday, September 18. The drop-in style program is for adults only and will feature two co-ed sessions. Ages 30 and up will play from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., and

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“CARS” TRIBUTE AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO TONIGHT

At tonight’s Live at the Rock free concert series Candy O performs the best of ’80s sensation, The Cars. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz says “Let the Good Times Roll” at Tortoise Rock Casino tonight … The Cars tribute band, Candy O, is tonight’s featured band at the 8 p.m. free

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

In high school sports tonight, the Yucca Valley High School Trojan football team will host Western Christian at home for its Homecoming game. The Twentynine Palms High School football team will travel away to San Bernardino to play Indian Springs High School. And Joshua Springs Christian School football team will

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DIANA RAY OF TWENTYNINE PALMS HAS PASSED AWAY

Diana Ray, a 21-year resident of Twentynine Palms, died September 2. She was 21 years old. Diana Ray is survived by her 7-month-old son, Titus McClure, of Twentynine Palms; her mother, Diane Wilson of Twentynine Palms; and siblings Toni Wilson, Thomas Ray, Miley, and Kenneth Kroll and brother Michael Massey

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SUSPECT IDENTIFIED IN YUCCA VALLEY MURDER

The Sheriff’s Department has released the name of the suspect arrested for the murder of a Yucca Valley man. Carlos Herrera, 40, of Twentynine Palms, is accused of stabbing a still-unidentified man to death in the 7600 block of Cibola Avenue in Yucca Valley about 7:30 Wednesday morning. The victim’s

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TRAFFIC CRASHES PLAGUED THE ENTIRE MORONGO BASIN YESTERDAY

Besides Wednesday morning’s bus crash in Yucca Valley, firefighters responded to two other roll-over crashes at opposite ends of the Morongo Basin yesterday. Just before 12:30 p.m., Twentynine Palms firefighters were called to a two-vehicle crash at Adobe Road and Desert Trail where a Jeep and a Ford SUV collided.

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CHP OFFERING “AGE WELL, DRIVE SMART” CLASSES FOR SENIORS

The California Highway Patrol is offering classes in Yucca Valley for drivers age 55 and older. Reporter Kirby Davis has all the details… “Age Well, Drive Smart” are free classes being offered by the California Highway Patrol. The goal is to help seniors maintain their driving independence for as long

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TRIAL STARTING FOR WOMAN ACCUSED OF EMBEZZLING FROM THE SCHOOL DISTRICT

Jury selection began Wednesday in the trial of a Joshua Tree woman accused of embezzling from Morongo Unified School District two years ago. Court records show the alleged embezzlement occurred in August 2014, and school administrators called police about the embezzlement in November 2014. Karin Buttinelli, 50—who worked in the

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TWO TWENTYNINE PALMS MEN ARRESTED AFTER COMPLIANCE CHECK

Two Twentynine Palms men were arrested Tuesday after a probation compliance check. According to a Sheriff’s report, probation officers made a compliance check at a home in the 81000 block of Valle Vista in Wonder Valley about 2:40 p.m. Probation officers found Darren Caudel, 45, with a firearm, and Justyn

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THEATRE 29 TO ANNOUNCE 2017 SEASON AT THREE-CHAMBER EVENT TODAY

Theatre 29 will join with three Morongo Basin Chambers of Commerce tonight to unveil their highly anticipated 2017 performance season. Reporter Rebecca Havely has your invitation… You’re invited to a special tri-chamber mixer this evening, September 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at which the seven productions for Theatre 29’s

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Z107.7 TO HOST TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE FORUM

A Twentynine Palms City Council election candidates’ forum, by Z107.7 News, will be held at the Community Services Building at Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms Friday, October 7, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There is no charge; the event is being offered as a public service. The format will

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THE JOSHUA TREE MAY BE DECLARED A THREATENED SPECIES

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the Joshua tree may need protection under the Endangered Species Act after a petition by an environmental group argued that climate change could decimate nearly all of the trees by the end of this century. The wildlife service found the petition has

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ORCHID FESTIVAL COMING UP OCTOBER 1ST AND 2ND, SIGN UP FOR CLASSES EARLY

The Orchid Festival at Gubler Orchids in Landers on October 1 and 2 is rich with horticultural classes. Edica Gonzalez says sign up soon… The Orchid Society of Arizona will give free orchid classes for both children and adults during the 21st annual Orchid Fest, October 1 and 2. A

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FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will hold a distribution of federal surplus food 10 to noon, tomorrow, Friday, September 16, at the Church of the Nazarene, 56248 Buena Vista Drive in Yucca Valley.

FREE HEALTH SEMINAR SATURDAY AT YUCCA VALLEY SDA CHURCH

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Yucca Valley will hold a free health seminar, “Curing the Incurable” Saturday, September 17. The presentation by Dr. Dan Rogers will begin at 11 a.m., followed by a vegetarian lunch at 12:15, and a question-and-answer session at 1:15. Rogers follows the Gerson therapy in Mexico,

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SIGN UP FOR MOJAVE WATER AGENCY CLASSES

The Mojave Water Agency is holding six water workshops, and those who attend all six classes will become water ambassadors for the region, and receive free gift cards. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells us more… The Mojave Water Agency is hosting six ABCs of Water workshops, once monthly, on September

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

In high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School cross-country team will participate in the Woodbridge Invitational.