COUNTY UPGRADES JURY WEBSITE

The San Bernardino County Superior Court system has updated its juror website. The new website allows those who are summoned for jury duty to defer jury service up to 90 days; fill out their juror questionnaire online; receive updates regarding reporting status by phone, text, or email; check juror status;

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FREE FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION 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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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 Saturday. Managing editor Tami Roleff says, “kick stands up”… Only 100 riders, whose motorcycles were manufactured in 1916 or earlier, will be riding 3,400 miles across

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LIONS CLUB COLLECTING EYEGLASSES

In just about any home, one can find a pair of eyeglasses that are no longer being used. That same pair of eyeglasses can change another person’s life. Sara Snyder explains how you can help… Imagine if you could help a child read, or an adult succeed in his or

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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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AUDITIONS FOR “A CHRISTMAS STORY” AT THEATRE 29 MONDAY

Auditions for Theatre 29’s final show of the season, “A Christmas Story,” are set for Monday. The hit comedy, will be cast by director Eric Ross, who has pre-cast the roles of the Mother, Father, and Teacher, but still has many roles available, including adult Ralphie, 20 to 40, and

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART EXPO THIS WEEKEND

The fourth annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Expo starts Saturday morning with an art fair on the lawn at the 29 Palms Inn, and an opening reception at the 29 Palms Art Gallery Saturday evening. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has your invitation… The fourth annual Joshua Tree National Park

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SUNDAY MATINEE FOR THEATRE 29’S “THE SECRET GARDEN”

Based on the beloved Frances Hodgson Burnett novel, “The Secret Garden” is set in 1905 India. It tells the story of young Mary Lennox who— after the sudden death of her parent—is sent to live with an unknown uncle at the bleak Misselthwaite Manor in England. She finds solace in

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CHURCH TO HOLD ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Apostolic Lighthouse Assembly Church in Twentynine Palms will celebrate its eighth anniversary Sunday, September 18, and the public is invited to a free picnic. The event starts at 1 p.m. at the church, 6450 Stardune Avenue, and then will move to Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms. All food is free.

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE RECRUITING FOR SPORTS BOOSTER CLUB

Copper Mountain College is seeking support for a sports booster club. Reporter Mike Lipsitz shares how you can become one of 100 charter members… An extracurricular athletic program has long been anticipated at Copper Mountain College. Now the College’s Foundation has announced plans to launch inter-collegiate Men’s and Women’s Basketball

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PUBLIC LANDS DAY EVENT IS NEXT SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

The clean-up at Big Morongo Canyon Preserve—to mark National Public Lands Day—is next week, Saturday, September 24. Due to incorrect information provided by the Bureau of Land Management, Z107.7 mistakenly announced the event would be held today. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public

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SUSPECT IN CUSTODY IN STABBING DEATH OF MAN IN YUCCA VALLEY

A man was stabbed to death in Yucca Valley Wednesday morning, and Sheriff’s deputies have a man in custody. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman called 911 at 7:37 Wednesday morning to report her boyfriend had been stabbed in the 7600 block of Cibola Trail. Responding paramedics pronounced the

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CAR CRASHES INTO YUCCA VALLEY RESTAURANT

A man was hospitalized Thursday night following a crash into a Yucca Valley restaurant. According to Deputy Troy Kaukani, just before 10 p.m., Dioga Almeida was driving an Audi A4 eastbound on Highway 62 when for unknown reasons, Almeida’s Audi crossed the median and westbound lanes just east of

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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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PICK UP TRUCK VERSUS SCHOOL BUS CRASH SNARLS TRAFFIC; TWO MINOR INJURIES

A crash between a school bus and a pick-up truck snarled traffic on Highway 62 during the morning commute today. There were no children on the school bus, and two minor injuries. Thomas Knie, 69, of El Toro, was driving his 2002 Chevy pick-up truck eastbound on Highway 62. A

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A RAUCOUS SCHOOL BOARD MEETING, TEACHERS INDICATE POSSIBLE STRIKE

Last night’s school board meeting was a loud one. With a room full of angry teachers, flyers warning of a possible strike, and angry speeches, the board heard loud and clear that two years without a contract is unacceptable. Reporter David Haldane was there and filed this report… Teachers in

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