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THAT HOLIDAY MEAL COULD HARM YOUR PET, A REMINDER

The majority of pet emergency room visits during the holidays revolve around the turkey. Don’t feed your dog or cat any food from your holiday meal. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more about how even a small piece of turkey skin or butter-coated vegetable can cause a life-threatening illness in certain pets…
When you’re enjoying your holiday meal, resist the temptation to give your dog or cat a piece of turkey. Your roast turkey can trigger pancreatitis in your pet, resulting in an expensive trip to the vet. Signs of pancreatitis include severe abdominal pain, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and depression. Pancreatitis may occur as a single episode or a recurring event. Pets can quickly develop potentially fatal side effects such as dehydration and liver or kidney damage. Overweight dogs are even more at risk. If you suspect your pet has pancreatitis, take them to the vet immediately. Don’t risk the harm to your dog or cat or your wallet and just say no to those begging eyes.


DUMPSTER FIRE AT VONS IN YUCCA VALLEY LATE TUESDAY NIGHT

Yucca Valley firefighters were called to a fire at the Vons grocery store late Tuesday night. About 11:30 p.m., passers-by reported a significant amount of smoke rising from the Vons store, but firefighters determined the blaze was actually in a dumpster behind the store. It was quickly extinguished and the cause is unknown.


BURN PERMITS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALMOST ALL FIRES

Yucca Valley firefighters were recently called out to an illegal burn. County Fire Chief Donnie Viloria said the fire was illegal because the resident did not have a burn permit. Viloria reminds residents that permits are needed for campfires, warming fires, bonfires, and burning vegetation. The permits are free, simply stop by your local fire station to get a permit. After you’ve received your permit, call to see if the burn permits have been suspended. Regardless of location or permit conditions, ALL open fires (except for fires fueled solely by natural gas or propane) must be extinguished during Red Flag or Fire Weather Watch conditions, when local winds exceed 10 miles per hour, or when directed by fire department personnel. Firefighters also recommend that fire extinguishers and other fire prevention tools—such as hoses or shovels—be nearby in case the fire gets out of control. In State Responsibility Areas, check with CalFire for additional restrictions. Unlawful fires may result in fines or legal penalties.


SHERIFF WILL BE ENFORCING OFF-ROAD VEHICLE USE THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND

The Thanksgiving weekend is a popular time for residents and visitors alike to ride their off-road vehicles in our desert. Reporter Andrew Dieleman reminds riders there are rules governing where you can legally ride your OHV…
The Sheriff’s Department reminds residents that the operation of off-highway vehicles is regulated. County Ordinances say groups of 10 or more OHV users must obtain a “Staging Permit” from Code Enforcement. The use of OHVs on private property requires written permission. Open OHV riding is permitted in the Bureau of Land Management or BLM managed Johnson Valley OHV recreation area, 20 miles north of Yucca Valley on Highway 247 at Boone Road. OHV use is also allowed on several BLM designated routes throughout the Morongo Basin. Locations of these routes and use restrictions can be found on the BLM’s website at BLM.gov under the Barstow Field Office area.


HOLIDAY CLOSURES TOMORROW FOR THANKSGIVING

Government offices, schools, the post office, banks, the County court system. MBTA bus service, and most businesses will be closed Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Some agencies, including the courts, will also be closed on Friday as well. Burrtec Waste and Recycling will also be closed on Thursday. Trash pickup will be delayed by one day.


FREE THANKSGIVING MEAL IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Twentynine Palms Food for Life will serve its annual free-to-the-public Thanksgiving meal tomorrow, Thursday, November 23, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Thanksgiving meal will be held at First Baptist Church, 6414 Split Rock, in Twentynine Palms. Meals are served at no cost. Donations are accepted at www.29foodforlife.com.


MORONGO VALLEY CSD GETS A NEW FIRE CHIEF, LOSES A DIRECTOR

The swearing in of Morongo Valley’s new Fire Chief Gary Yearsley kicked off last night’s regular monthly meeting of the Community Services District, or CSD, there; Jim Brakebill is second in command. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what followed…
The board discussed and approved a jump in the new fire chief’s annual pay from $51,000 to $54,800, plus enhanced benefits valued at $3,800.
It wasn’t until meeting’s end that attendees learned of the resignation, without explanation, of director Darin Sanden. The CSD will be accepting applications for that seat until December 14. Under new business the board postponed until February adoption of updated California Fire Codes pending further review, and postponed until next month any decision on a new contract for CALFire Dispatch Services and for tree trimming in Covington Park. The board did approve donation of the district’s surplus medic engine to Rio Hondo College, and postponed any decision concerning repairs to another engine pending an analysis by Chief Yearsley. Under continued items, directors reviewed recent actions taken in response to an OSHA complaint.


APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR MORONGO VALLEY COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER

With the unexpected resignation of Morongo Valley Community Services District board director Darin Sandin, the CSD is advertising for applications to fill his seat. Qualified candidates must be registered voters living within the boundaries of the Morongo Valley CSD. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Residents may pick up an application at the district office, 11207 Ocotillo Street, in Morongo Valley. The deadline to apply is Thursday, December 14. Candidates will be interviewed at the January 16 CSD board meeting and will be appointed at that meeting. For more information, call the CSD office at 760-363-6454.


AUDITIONS FOR “THE ODD COUPLE” MONDAY AT THEATRE 29

Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple” will be cast by Director Katie Fleischman at Theatre 29’s open auditions. With the details here’s reporter Rebecca Havely…
Oscar and Felix are a match made in mayhem. A divorced slob and a neat-freak decide to room together, and the hilarity ensues. Auditions will be held on the Theatre 29 mainstage Monday, November 27, at 6:30 p.m. Eight roles will be cast including Oscar a messy sportswriter and Felix a fastidious, hypochondriac news-writer. Plus their poker buddies, Policeman Murray, mild-mannered Vinnie, a sarcastic buddy Speed and an accountant named Roy. Neighbors Cecily and Gwendolyn Pigeon are a pair of giggly English sisters. Prepare a one minute monologue for auditions and be prepared to read excerpts from the show that will be provided. The play is set in New York City, and some characters will be asked to use New York dialects, the Pigeon sisters have English accents. Rehearsals will run weeknights through January 18, with a rehearsal break December 25 through 29 for the holidays.
“The Odd Couple” will run weekends from January 19 through February 4, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are from $8 to $15 for reservations visit theatre29.org or call the Theatre 29 box office at 760-361-4151.


COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL GOES TO 8-1

The Copper Mountain College Fighting Cacti men’s basketball team rolled past the visiting Cerro Coso Coyotes last night; the final score was 110 to 77. Coach Devin Aye said the Fighting Cacti were led by Dontavious Marshal who ended the night with 22 points. Ronald Bell and Murshid Randle both added 15 points and Trevon Bently chipped in 14 points as the fighting Cacti improved to 8-and-1 on the season.
Next up CMC Men’s Basketball team will face College of the Canyons at Mount San Jacinto College Thursday, November 30, at 5 p.m.


PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ON NATIONAL PARK FEE HIKES EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 22ND

The Trump administration is proposing to double, triple, or almost quadruple the price of admission during peak season to 17 of the most popular national parks. Starting in January 2018, a 7-day car pass in Joshua Tree National Park will increase to $70, from the current $25, between January and May. The deadline to make a public comment has been extended to December 22. With details on how you can comment, here’s managing editor Tami Roleff…
Emily Douce, director of budget and appropriations for the National Parks Conservation Association, says in the past, increases for national park admission were minimal, and officials held two years of deliberations and public meetings. The size and quickness in implementing the higher admission fees is unprecedented.
“We haven’t seen this before. We haven’t seen this high of a jump in fees with very little time for the public to comment on what this means to their local economies, and what this means to their businesses or their visitation.”
The administration says this is the best way to make progress on the $11.3 billion in deferred maintenance at the parks. However, the fee increase will raise about $70 million a year, which Douce says isn’t even enough to keep the backlog of repairs from growing.
“For the Trump administration to come out with an annual budget proposal to Congress and it having a 13 percent cut to our national parks, and then turn around and ask the people to pay more money to get into their national parks, is troubling.”
People wanting to weigh in can go to NPCA.org/fees.


APPLE VALLEY MAN PLANS TO SHOOT MANNED, STEAM POWERED ROCKET FROM AMBOY

An Apple Valley man is planning to launch and ride in a steam-powered rocket at 500 miles per hour 1,800 feet over Amboy. Mike Hughes, 61, is a limo driver sponsored by and a member of the Flat Earth Society. This Saturday, November 25, Hughes plans to launch himself into the air to test his rocket that he wants to eventually take into space to see for himself if the Earth is flat. Hughes has spent the last few years building his $20,000 steam-powered rocketship himself in his garage from scraps and salvaged materials. On Saturday between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., Hughes will heat up 70 gallons of water and then blast off from an old air strip next to an abandoned hangar, going about a mile and reaching an altitude of about 1,800 feet into the air before releasing two parachutes to float down to Earth. Hughes is discouraging spectators due to safety issues, but plans to record the launch and televise it on his pay per view YouTube channel.


SAFETY TIPS FOR PREPARING YOUR HOLIDAY MEAL

As your home warms up with all the delicious smells of Thanksgiving cooking, make sure you’re being safe while in the kitchen. Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and related injuries. The San Bernardino County Fire Department offers these safety tips for cooking your holiday meal.
Never leave cooking food unattended. Keep flammable objects such as dish towels, potholders, and curtains away from the stovetop. Turn pot handles inward to prevent them from being bumped or grabbed by children or pets. Wear short sleeved shirts or close-fitting clothes when cooking. Dangling clothes can easily catch fire. Avoid reaching over the stovetop.
Put a lid on grease fires. 
And reporter Eric Knabe offers these food safety tips on preparing, serving, and storing your holiday meal…
Once you are finished grocery shopping, store food immediately. A few hours in the car is ample time for dangerous bacteria to multiply. Defrost meat properly. Make room in your refrigerator several days before you plan to cook. Don’t stuff the turkey. The safest way is prepare and cook the stuffing separately. To ensure the doneness of your poultry, use a meat thermometer and make sure the bird reached 165 degrees . Serve hot food hot at 140 degrees or warmer. Keep cold foods at 40 degrees or colder. Once everyone is done, leftover should be stored in resealable food-grade containers in the refrigerator within two hours. and enjoyed within several days.


SHOPLIFTING LEADS TO MULTIPLE CHARGES FOR A LANDERS WOMAN

A 40-year-old Landers woman was arrested on multiple charges Friday morning after she was spotted shoplifting a sweater. According to a Sheriff’s report, Walmart employees called deputies about 9 a.m. after a woman, later identified as Jacqueline Worley, was seen putting on a sweater inside the store. The report states that Worley appeared to be drunk and was having a “lively” conversation with herself. When deputies arrived, they determined that the vehicle Worley was driving had been reported stolen that day by a friend in the 1800 block of Acoma Trail in Landers. The car’s owner told deputies he gave Worley his ATM card to purchase cigarettes, but she never returned, and his bank account is missing $300. During a search of the vehicle, deputies located shotgun shells inside the car. Jacqueline Worley was arrested for investigation of vehicle embezzlement, being a felon in possession of ammunition, and a parole violation. Worley was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with her bail set at $60,000.


IT’S ALL ABOUT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT FOR THE MORONGO VALLEY CSD TONIGHT

The Morongo Valley Fire Department dominates discussion at tonight’s meeting of the Community Services District there. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details…
The regular monthly meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District starts at 7 p.m. tonight in the Covington Park Community Building. Following agency reports and under new business, the board will discuss updating the California Fire Codes from 2012. Also, rates paid to the CALFire Office of Emergency Services Dispatch Services will be discussed. Donation of the district’s surplus medic engine to Rio Hondo College for training purposes also comes up, as does a daily incentive of $28.36 paid to minimum-wage paramedics at the Morongo Valley Fire Department. And under continued items, the board will review a recent OSHA complaint and a second, more limited, tree trimming proposal. Toward the end of the agenda, directors will adjourn to a closed session to discuss the fire chief appointment.


MORONGO BASIN AMBULANCE COLLECTING TOYS AT WAL-MART

Morongo Basin Ambulance has a long history of helping those in need. And in this season of giving, Morongo Basin Ambulance will be helping youngsters in need. Staff will be in front of Yucca Valley WalMart from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. every Saturday from December 2 through December 16. The crews will be accepting new, unwrapped toys to be distributed to children in need. Their goal is to fill an ambulance with toys each Saturday. Toy donations may also be dropped off at ambulance headquarters at 6335 Park Boulevard in Joshua Tree Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


COUNTY DOG LICENSES NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

Online dog licensing is available for residents of unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County. Reporter Rebecca Havely explains how to get your license…
Residents who live in unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County can now get their dog licenses online. Residents can renew existing licenses, purchase a new license, change their address, or make a donation, all online. Residents will need to have a current rabies vaccination certificate, and have a description of the dog, including name, breed, color, age, and sex. A copy of the rabies vaccination form must be faxed to the county animal control office. The county license and tag will be mailed to residents within two weeks of receiving all the information.

To apply online: www.sbcounty.gov/acc and click on the Licensing button.


WAY STATION FOOD GIVEAWAY THIS MORNING

The 32nd annual Way Station Thanksgiving give-away is today, Tuesday November 21, from 8 to 10 a.m. at 61722 Commercial Street in Joshua Tree. The Way Station is giving away turkeys, stuffing mix, onions, potatoes, yams, margarine, celery, carrots, spinach, pies, and cranberry sauce. You do not need ID or proof of residency. The gate opened at 8:00; people in line will be given a ticket and a number on a first come-first served basis and then wait until their number is called to receive the food. They ask that recipients park appropriately and not in another business area or you will be towed. The gate will close at 10:00 sharp. The Way Station will provide continental breakfast, praise and worship music; they are expecting about 600 people.


Z107.7 TAKING ENTRIES FOR “BATTLE OF THE OFFICE CAROLERS”

Z1077 is currently accepting entries for the 2017 Battle of the Office Carolers. Reporter Andrew Dieleman has the details on how you can enter your own holiday harmonies…
You’ve heard of “The Voice” and “Americas Got Talent”, but here in the Hi-Desert, we have the “Battle of the Office Carolers!” Z107.7 Radio challenges area businesses, groups, and non-profits to create a clever tune sung to a traditional carol, spreading some very local holiday cheer! An unscientific process of listener participation and our own cracked panel of judges will decide the finalists based on creativity, musicality, originality, humor and entertainment value. Songs should be no more than :60 seconds long. The winner will receive bragging rights, a 3-foot tall traveling trophy, and some great memories. For more information or to make recording arrangements, call Z107.7 at 760-366-8471.


HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Yucca Valley High School Tennis standout Katie Brattain played a number 1 seed girl from Wood Christian School in CIF Girls Individual Sections Monday. The match was played at Andulka Park Tennis Center in Riverside. Coach Cindy Miller said Brattain did her best and battled, finally losing the first set 0-6, with three of those points at deuces multiple times. In the second set, she lost 0-6. This set went to only two deuces and each set had long rallies.


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