YUCCA VALLEY CHAMBER INSTALLS NEW OFFICER

The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce installed its newest officer, Tom Huls, owner of Big O Tires. Sharon Cisneros performed the installation at the latest board of directors meeting at Pacific Western Bank. Huls will serve a three-year term as director and chairman of the marketing committee.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP MEETS TUESDAY

Hi-Desert Hospice of Joshua Tree hosts a free, on-going bereavement support group every third Tuesday for those whose loves ones have died. Each meeting provides a safe, comfortable setting to navigate through the difficulties that often accompany the death of a loved one. The support group meets Tuesday, August 16,

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FREE HIV TESTING TOMORROW

The San Bernardino County Health Department offers free HIV screening at its mobile testing unit every third Wednesday of the month, including tomorrow, August 17. The van will be at the Day Reporting Center, in the courthouse parking lot in Joshua Tree, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Rapid testing takes

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FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP TO MEET WEDNESDAY

A support group for grandparents, siblings or other relatives who are caring for children of other family members will be held at 1:00 Wednesday, August 17, in the Ocotillo Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center. Helping Hands Kinship support group aims to help strengthen and sustain formal and informal

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS WOMAN WINS OLYMPIC MEDAL FOR WEIGHTLIFTING

A woman who was born and raised in Desert Hot Springs won the bronze medal in weightlifting at the Olympics in Rio Sunday. Sarah Robles, 28, won the United States’ first weightlifting medal in 16 years. Robles lifted 126 kilograms in the snatch, and 160 in the clean and jerk,

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CANDIDATES FOR OTHER OFFICES

The 2016 presidential election is fast approaching and while the filing deadline for many offices closed this past Friday, for offices where the incumbent did not file for re-election, the deadline has been extended to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says you still have time to

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CANDIDATES FOR YUCCA VALLEY, SCHOOL BOARD, HEALTHCARE DISTRICT, COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

The deadline to file for a seat on the Yucca Valley Town Council has also been extended, since incumbent George Huntington is not seeking re-election. So far, four candidates have filed papers with the county elections office to run for two open seats on the Yucca Valley Town Council. Those

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CANDIDATES FILE FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS

Reporter David Haldane says the deadline to file to run for an elected seat for Twentynine Palms City Council and the school board has also been extended until Wednesday… If you suspect that your calling may be to serve on a school board or city council, you have a few

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REGISTRATION BEGINS AT YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL 

Registration for students enrolled at Yucca Valley High School begins today. Monday, August 15, is for freshmen only; all grade levels may register Tuesday and Wednesday. Registration hours for all three days are 7 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. There is not a late registration time. New

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS ASKING FOR HELP WITH MURDER

Desert Hot Springs police are asking for the public’s help in the murder of a man early Saturday morning. Police were called to the 13500 block of Cielo Azul Way in Desert Hot Springs at 3 a.m. for a report of shots fire. Police did not locate a victim, but

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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO MEET AGAIN ON JOSHUA TREE SOLAR PROJECT TOMORROW

Tomorrow’s 1 p.m. meeting of county supervisors in San Bernardino picks up were last Tuesday’s meeting concluded. The board will again take up the appeal which seeks to stop plans to turn the former Joshua Tree airport into a large solar farm. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz has details … At

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE SELECTED

The Joshua Tree National Park Association has announced the six artists selected for the National Park Artist-in-Residence Program. Reporter Rebecca shares the names of the artists chosen… From a pool of nearly 100 applicants, five visual artists and one writer have been selected for the Joshua Tree National Park Artist-in-Residence

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RELAY FOR LIFE CHANGES FROM 24 HOURS TO 12 HOURS

Organizers for Relay for Life Morongo Basin met last week with past participants and decided to shorten the length of the annual fund-raising event. The walk-a-thon scheduled for April 2017 will be 12 hours long instead of 24 hours. Organizers are still discussing which date to hold the event and

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COUNCIL MEETS TODAY

The Homestead Valley Community Council will meet at 3:00 p.m. today at the Yucca Mesa Community Center. The county’s general plan is under discussion, including the draft Renewable Energy Element and the Homestead Valley Plan workshops. The Yucca Mesa community center is located at 3133 Balsa Ave. just off Aberdeen

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FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN THE MORONGO BASIN

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will hold a distribution of federal surplus food 10 to 11, Tuesday, August 16, at the Twentynine Palms Community Food Pantry, 6450 Stardune Avenue.

And a correction to a story we ran earlier about food distribution at Church of the Lighted Cross

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MARINES START JOHNSON VALLEY EXERCISE TODAY

The Marine Corps will be conducting large-scale military exercises on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management in Johnson Valley starting today. The shared use area will be temporarily closed to the public between August 14 and 21. The Marine Corps has already announced that it will use the

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RACE OF THE CENTURY 2016 MOTORCYCLE RACE TO STOP IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

The Race of the Century—a cross-country motorcycle race featuring motorcycles that are at least 100 years old—will be making a stop in Twentynine Palms. Managing editor Tami Roleff says save the date… Only 100 riders, whose motorcycles were manufactured in 1916 or earlier, will be riding 3,400 miles across country

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FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION THIS MONDAY

The third Monday of the month is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Sara Snyder has the times and places… The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday.

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REGISTRATION BEGINS AT YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

Registration for students enrolled at Yucca Valley High School begins Monday, August 15, for freshmen only. Enrolled freshmen should bring their completed paperwork to the high school library between 7 and 11 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. New students who have not enrolled yet should call and make an

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MOTORCYCLE CRASH VICTIM IDENTIFIED

The Riverside County Coroner has identified the man who was killed in a motorcycle crash Thursday afternoon as a Yucca Valley man. Eugene Bess Junior, 28, was riding his Suzuki motorcycle on the southbound connector of Highway 62 to eastbound Interstate 10 about 4 p.m. when he drifted to the

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