ROADWORK IN TWENTYNINE PALMS THIS WEEK

The City of Twentynine Palms will be performing street maintenance on two roads, forcing them to be closed for two days this week. Cactus Drive, from Alpine to La Luna and from Mission to La Buena Tierra, will be closed from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21.

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HOLIDAY SHOPPING SAFETY TIPS

This holiday season, don’t let the spirit of giving lull you into giving burglars, muggers, and pickpockets a better chance to do their dirty work. Criminals love the holidays as much as everyone else, but chiefly because it’s an opportune time for crime. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers these holiday

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TWO FAMILIES HOMELESS AFTER FIRES IN PIONEERTOWN, YUCCA MESA SATURDAY NIGHT

Two families are homeless following fires in Pioneertown and Yucca Mesa Saturday night. About 9 p.m. a home caught fire in the 300 block of Gilrock Lane, near Gamma Gulch Road and Parson Ranch Road in Pioneertown, believed to have been sparked by embers from a chimney. Water tenders from

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REACH OUT REPORTS SUSPECTED EMBEZZLEMENT

An employee of Reach Out Morongo Basin was fired Friday after an investigation was opened for suspected embezzlement. Executive Director Robin Schlosser said that while reviewing the charity’s accounting records, several discrepancies were found. After further investigation, it was determined that several thousand dollars were missing. Schlosser added that the

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PROTECT YOURSELF SHOPPING ONLINE

That time of year is upon us once again, time to start holiday shopping. And with the spending season comes an upswing in identity thief. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers the following tips on how to reduce your risk of identity theft due to online shopping… To reduce the possibility

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FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County will hold a distribution of federal surplus food 10 to noon, Tuesday, December 20, at the Twentynine Palms Community Food Pantry, 6450 Stardune Avene.

WINTER CLOTHING AND GEAR BEING COLLECTED FOR THE HOMELESS

Morongo Basin Haven is now accepting donations for winter clothing and gear for the homeless in the Morongo Basin. New or used adult-sized coats, sleeping bags, and scarves are especially needed, as well as cotton socks and hand and feet warmers. Drop off locations include the Morongo Valley Fire Department,

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ADOPT-A-CHILD” PROGRAM HELPS KIDS OUT OF THEIR HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS

The Basin Wide Foundation needs help in making sure that children, out of their homes through no fault of their own, have a happy Christmas. Children in the Child Protective Services program are often found during the holidays in temporary homes or foster care. The Basin Wide Foundation sponsors an

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FREE FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION

The third Monday of the month is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Edica Gonzalez 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. The

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HOLIDAY SHOPPING SAFETY TIPS

This holiday season, don’t let the spirit of giving lull you into giving burglars, muggers, and pickpockets a better chance to do their dirty work. Criminals love the holidays as much as everyone else, but chiefly because it’s an opportune time for crime. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers these holiday

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS 

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School girls soccer team will travel away to Cathedral City to compete in a three-day tournament.

MORONGO VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT LOOKING TO HELP KIDS WITH TOYS FOR CHRISTMAS

The Morongo Valley Fire Department is participating in the Southern Californian Spark of Love toy drive, and is looking for a few more families who need toys for their children for Christmas. To put your child’s name on the list, call 760-363-6454 and leave your number. Someone will call you

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HOLIDAY ID THEFT PROTECTION

That time of year is upon us once again, time to start holiday shopping. And with the spending season comes an upswing in identity thief. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers the following tips on how to reduce your risk of identity theft due to online shopping… To reduce the possibility

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YUCCA VALLEY ANIMAL SHELTER TO HOLD ADOPTION EVENT

The Yucca Valley Animal Shelter will hold a special adoption event through Thursday, December 22. During the Fur-Ever Home for the Holiday event, all dog and cat adoptions are $20, and the adoption fee includes vaccinations and spaying or neutering. Additional license fees may apply. The Yucca Valley Animal Shelter

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FINDING YOUR PURPOSE IN LIFE EXPLORED AT LIFETREE CAFÉ

How to discover your purpose in life will be explored at the next Lifetree Café lecture on Sunday, December 18, at 4 p.m. The program, titled “Crafting a Truly Fulfilling Life: Making the Most of Whatever Comes Your Way,” features a filmed interview with the founder of the International Deaf

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FOOD FOR LIFE LOOKING FOR CHRISTMAS EVE VOLUNTEERS

Saturday, Christmas Eve, December 24, Food for Life will be serving a full ham dinner to those in need in the community of Twentynine Palms. This event will be held at the Palms Baptist Church on Adobe Road. The meal will be served from 3 to 5 p.m. If you

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HIGH WIND WARNINGS TODAY, WINDS COULD GUST OVER 60 MPH

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning that remains in effect until 4 a.m. Saturday. Strong winds are expected to continue across the Morongo Basin; the strongest winds will likely occur in the Twentynine Palms area this afternoon and evening. Southwest to west winds 35 to 45

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SANDBAGS AVAILABLE AT AREA FIRE STATIONS

With a 50 percent chance of rain today, flash flooding is a possibility in the Morongo Basin. The San Bernardino County Fire Department reminds residents that sandbags and sand are available if you should need them during the rainy season. Sand bags may be picked up at the local fire

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ARRESTS IN YUCCA VALLEY FOR MULTIPLE WARRANTS

Two people were arrested in Yucca Valley Thursday morning on multiple warrants. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies served a search warrant at a home in the 7500 block of Hopi Trail about 10:45 a.m. There they found David Rico, 31, who had a no-bail warrant out of Los Angeles,

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GET $1000 FOR YOUR OLD VEHICLE IN BUY BACK PROGRAM

Just in time for Christmas, the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District is offering cash for your older model car, van, and light- and medium-duty trucks. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the details on how you can get a thousand bucks for scrapping your vehicles… If you have a car,

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