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I-10 STANDOFF SENDS TRAFFIC THROUGH OUR MORONGO BASIN

A pursuit and standoff forced the CHP to shut down Interstate 10 for several hours Sunday, sending a surge of traffic through the Morongo Basin West on State Route 62. Officials began chasing Imelda Sortino, a San Diego woman, about 9 a.m. who was driving recklessly through the San Gorgonio...
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TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR OFFICER’S SPOUSES CLUB BENEFIT AUCTION

The Officers’ Spouses’ Club of Twentynine Palms aboard the Marine base awarded more than $35,000 in grants and scholarships last year. The organization gave $16,000 in grants to organizations such as the Twentynine Palms food pantry, 29 Palms Art Gallery, Reach Out Morongo Basin, the Boys and Girls Club of...
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NATIONAL PARKS HONOR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY

Joshua Tree National Park—and all other national parks—will honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day with free admittance today (Monday, January 16). Camping and reservation fees will still be collected as usual. For more information, call the park at 760-367-5500.

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CONGRESSMAN COOK VOTES WITH OTHER REPUBLICANS ON STEP TO REPEAL ACA

U.S. Representative Paul Cook of Yucca Valley voted Friday, along with most of his fellow Republicans, to approve a budget resolution that is the first step in repealing the Affordable Care Act. The vote was 227-198, with nine Republicans crossing party lines to vote with Democrats against the resolution. The Senate...
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REACH OUT SEEKS HOME FOR “PARADE OF HOMES” FUND-RAISER

Many desert dwellers will do something different this Valentine’s Day by opening up their hearts and their homes for Reach Out Morongo Basin’s 13th annual “Parade of Homes.” If your home showcases some of the unique qualities of our desert community, consider adding it to this year’s tour. Reporter Mike...
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SCHOOL BOARD REVIEWS APPLICANTS TOMORROW

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting Tuesday, January 17, to review candidate information and discuss the candidates for the vacant Board of Education seat. The meeting is set for 3 p.m. at Friendly Hills Elementary School, 7252 Sunny Vista, in Joshua Tree.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PET FOOD DRIVE SUCCESSFUL

“Jingle Paws,” the six-week pet food drive sponsored by the Twentynine Palms Palms-n-Paws animal shelter, showed that people have a big heart when it comes to animals. Residents dropped off 2200 pounds of dry food and 700 cans of pet food to the animal shelter or one of the four...
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CLOSURES FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY

Government offices, banks, schools, and post offices will be closed Monday, January 16, in observance of Martin Luther King Junior Day.

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL TO MEET MONDAY

The Homestead Valley Community Council will meet Monday, January 16. Topics to be discussed this month include public safety and the report to county supervisors on the community plan workshops that were held in Johnson Valley and Yucca Mesa. The meeting begins at 3:00 p.m. in Belfield Hall, 58380 Reche...
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ASSEMBLE AN EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS KIT

The Morongo Basin is near several major earthquake faults, and wildfires and flash flooding are also threats to our area. Prepare yourself by putting together an emergency supply kit and keep it easily accessible so you can take it with you if you have to evacuate. Managing editor Tami Roleff...
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MORONGO BASIN REPUBLICANS CHANGE MEETING PLACE

The Morongo Basin Republicans will hold their regular meeting 9:30 a.m. Monday, January 16. Note the location has changed to the Yucca Valley Masonic Lodge, 7062 Theatre Road (next to the swap meet off Old Woman Springs Road). There is no charge for the meeting, light refreshments will be served.

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MARTIN LUTHER KING WALK MONDAY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored on Monday across the country and here in the Morongo Basin in Twentynine Palms. Managing editor Tami Roleff invites you to join the celebration…
“I have a dream.” The celebrated civil rights leader, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King...
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MORONGO BASIN YOUTH SOCCER TAKING REGISTRATIONS

The Morongo Basin Youth Soccer Association is accepting registrations for the 2017 spring soccer season. Registration is $55 for returning 2016 fall players and $65 for new players. Bring your child’s birth certificate to the registration at the Jelly Donut in Yucca Valley, on the corner of Acoma and 29...
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TWO DESERT HOT SPRINGS MEN ARRESTED FOLLOWING STAND-OFF

Two Desert Hot Springs men were arrested following a two-hour stand-off Thursday afternoon. According to a press release, Desert Hot Springs police were called at 1:22 p.m. to the 66200 block of Cahuilla Avenue for a domestic violence call concerning a parolee-at-large, identified as Danilo Flores, 34. Flores refused to...
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CHP INVESTIGATING YUCCA MESA CRASH

The California Highway Patrol is investigating a crash in Yucca Mesa Friday morning which resulted with an SUV on its side. About 8 a.m., rescue personnel were called to the intersection of Yucca Mesa Road and Forrest Avenue, where they found a dark-colored Ford SUV on its driver’s side on...
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SIGNS IN JOSHUA WILL DIRECT NATIONAL PARK VISITORS TO TWENTYNINE PALMS ENTRANCE

This weekend is expected to be a busy weekend in Joshua Tree National Park, due to the federal holiday of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday. The city of Twentynine Palms has placed digital signboards along the highway west of Joshua Tree advising motorists of long delays at the...
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JOSHUA TREE ART GALLERY PRESENTS “INSIDE OUT” BY L.A. ARTIST

Joshua Tree Art Gallery is once again presenting the work of LA artist Barbara Drucker. Edica Gonzalez has your invitation to the exhibition…
JTAG is presenting a second exhibition by Los Angeles artist, Barbara Drucker entitled “Inside Out” tonight, from 6 to 8 p.m. Drucker’s art uses paint, charcoal,...
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APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR GLADYS CAROL SCHOLARSHIP

Applications are now being taken for the Gladys Carol Scholarship program. The scholarship is open to high school seniors, graduates, and undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in a full-time science, technology, engineering or math field of study. The scholarship, which is awarded based on merit and financial need,...
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RETURN ENGAGEMENT FOR THE LUMINATORS

Mark Ross and The Luminators will present a return engagement for the Community Concert Series at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church Sunday, January 15 at 3:00 p.m. This popular group will once again entertain with bluegrass and gospel favorites. Admission is $5 at the door. Light refreshments will be served following the concert....
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OPENING RECEPTION TONIGHT FOR GALLERY 62 IN JOSHUA TREE

Gallery 62 in Joshua Tree, a co-op gallery featuring local artists, is holding an opening reception tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has your invitation…
Gallery 62 in Joshua Tree will hold an opening reception Saturday, January 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. for its current exhibition, “Freeze Frame.” The show...
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