EARLY MORNING YUCCA MESA FIRE BURNS OUTBUILDINGS

Photo courtesy County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow.

Photo courtesy County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow.

Firefighters from Yucca Firefighters from Yucca Mesa, Yucca Valley, and Joshua Tree were called out to a fire early this morning. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow, The call about

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS IN A WIDE-RANGING SESSION TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets tonight for the first time this year. Managing editor Tami Roleff the agenda is full of a variety of items ranging from abandoned shopping carts to budget allocations… Among the items on the consent agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Town council,

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD LOOKS AT MEDIAN PROJECT AND VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

Tonight’s Morongo Valley CSD meeting will include an update from CALTrans on the Morongo Valley median project. Here’s reporter Andrew Dieleman with the details… Tonight’s board meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District will include an update from CALTrans regarding the Morongo Valley median project. The board will then

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION MEETS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission meets tonight in regular session. A new chair and vice-chair will be selected. Among items of interest, commissioners will hold public hearings on a variety of business before them. They will take public input into a change to the heights of detached garages and carports

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VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR COUNTY POINT-IN-TIME HOMELESS COUNT

The county is looking for local volunteers to participate in a count of the homeless population later this month. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more about the program and how you can get involved… The “Point-in-Time Count” is an annual census and survey of local homeless people. This year’s count takes

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CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. HONORED TODAY

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored today across the country and here in the Morongo Basin.

In Twentynine Palms, the Twentynine Palms Bible Baptist Church held its 18th one-mile march celebration this morning, which started at 8 a.m. at Little Church of the Desert, and ended

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HELP NEEDED FOR FAMILY OF STRICKEN TWENTYNINE PALMS TODDLER

A Twentynine Palms couple is stuck between a rock and hard place. The rock is a brain tumor that almost killed their young son. The hard place is the year they’ve spent unable to bring him home. Reporter David Haldane has the story… The first thing they noticed was the

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A 3.8 EARTHQUAKE NEAR LUDLOW SUNDAY

A shallow magnitude 3.8 earthquake was reported Sunday morning, seven miles from Ash Hill (near Ludlow) in San Bernardino County, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 11:56 a.m. at a depth of 2.5 miles. The epicenter was 46 miles from Twentynine Palms, 52 miles from Yucca

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“WIZARD OF OZ” AUDITIONS AT THEATRE 29 TONIGHT

Follow the yellow brick road to Theatre 29. Open auditions will be held tonight for the musical “The Wizard of Oz.” Here with the casting details is Rebecca Havely… Director Gary Daigneault and musical director Bill Barrett will cast approximately 22 performers, ages 12 and older, at “Wizard of Oz”

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LOCALS GETTING HIT WITH THE “IRS SCAM”

Morongo Basin residents have recently been receiving phone calls from someone who claims to be from the Internal Revenue Service. Reporter Tanisha Cureton warns residents to not fall for these scammers who say you owe money…

With tax season fast approaching, federal officials are warning about scammers posing as IRS

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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WALK SET FOR MONDAY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored tomorrow across the country and here in the Morongo Basin in Twentynine Palms. Reporter Andrew Dieleman invites you to join the celebration…

“I have a dream.”

The celebrated civil rights leader, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is perhaps

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SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR THIS MONTH’S HIGH DESERT TEST KITCHEN’S DINNER

Around this time each month we announce the native food to be highlighted at High Desert Test Kitchen’s the informal dinner. But this month and next, organizer Sarah Witt suggests we focus on something altogether different. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what that is…

Sara Witt places a premium on

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETS AT LANDERS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Residents are invited to a special meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council at the Landers Elementary School on Tuesday, January 16. Ideas are needed to increase enrollment in this small rural school. The school is located at 56450 Reche Road. The meeting starts at 3 p.m. in the library;

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QUIT SMOKING IN THE NEW YEAR

For those seeking smoking cessation in the new year, reporter Eric Knabe has a course that could help you quit…

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District is sponsoring this FREE seminar series to help you quit. The seven-week series uses American Lung Association curriculum and provides tools to deal with nicotine

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“WIZARD OF OZ” AUDITIONS AT THEATRE 29

We’re off to see the Wizard at Theatre 29. Open auditions will be held tomorrow for the musical “The Wizard of Oz.” Here with the casting details is Rebecca Havely… Approximately 22 performers, ages 12 and older will be cast at “Wizard of Oz” auditions on Monday, January 15, at

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TWENTYNINE PALMS ART GALLERY ANNUAL YOUTH ART SHOW REWARDS RECEPTION

The 29 Palms Art Gallery will hold an artists’ reception tonight for its judged student art show. Managing editor Tami Roleff paints in the details…

The public is invited to the 29 Palms Art Gallery Saturday, January 13, for an opening reception and awards ceremony. Works will be judged by

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OPENING RECEPTION TONIGHT AT GALLERY 62

Gallery 62 Art Gallery will hold an opening reception tonight for its newest exhibition, Elegant Beginnings. The show will feature the artwork of Michael Maxwell, Karan Murphy, Kenneth Heller, Laurie Schafer and Esther Shaw. The signature artist is Watson. The opening reception is set for 6 to 8 p.m. at

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REGISTER NOW FOR TOUR OF HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BIRTHING CENTER

The Hi-Desert Medical Center is offering a variety of monthly lectures and events. Reporter Eric Knabe has something for those who are expecting…

On Thursday, January 18, at 6 p.m., join the Hi-Desert Medical Center’s Birthing Center leadership and clinical staff for an extensive tour of their beautiful private and

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HARPSICHORD MUSIC AT HARRISON HOUSE TODAY

Harrison House Music, Arts and Ecology will present a night filled with music tonight with renowned harpsichordist Ketil Haugsand. Reporter Tanisha Cureton gives the details…

Ketil Haugsand, a retired professor of harpsichord, will perform his popular recordings of J.S. Bach’s “Goldberg Variations.” Haugsand is known for his outstanding performances at

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IMPROV WORKSHOP SET FOR SUNDAY AT RAINBOW STEW

An improv comedy workshop will be held tomorrow, January 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Rainbow Stew. Presented by Tami Wood and Bob Rufer, participants will explore self-awareness through improv tools, games, and exercises. The cost is $20 and reservations are required. Call 760-774-2553 for more information.