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COLLEGE SPORTS

The Copper Mountain College men’s basketball team swept all three games in the three-day, eight-team Home Motors Tournament at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria last weekend. The Fighting Cacti won their first game Friday night against Yuba College, 83-77. Saturday, the men played Victor Valley and won 62-55, and Sunday evening, the Fighting Cacti were named champions when they beat Ohlone College, 72-70. Coach Devin Aye said all three opponents were very good teams. The Fighting Cacti will be ranked in the top 10 when the community college rankings were released Monday. The men’s basketball team is now 7-1 on the season.

In college sports today, the Copper Mountain College men’s basketball team will host Cerro Coso Community College at home in the Bell Center gym. Tip-off is at 6 p.m.


32ND ANNUAL WAY STATION THANKSGIVING FOOD GIVEAWAY TOMORROW

“WAY STATION” THANKSGIVING GIVEAWAY, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2017.

The 32nd annual “Way Station” Thanksgiving give-away is tomorrow, Tuesday November 21, from 8–10 am at 61722 Commercial Street in Joshua Tree. They are 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 will open at 8:00am, 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 10:00am sharp. The Way Station will provide continental breakfast, praise and worship music, they are  expecting about 600 people.


YUCCA VALLEY MAN, 32, ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ABUSE OF GIRL UNDER 14

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Friday, accused of sexually abusing a minor girl. According to a Sheriff’s report, Deputy Cory Lopez went to the 7600 block of Sage Avenue about 2 p.m. Friday for a report of sexual abuse of an underage girl. The investigation led Lopez to the 57300 block of Yucca Trail where Earwin Hull, 32, was located. Earwin Hull was arrested on suspicion of lewd acts with a minor under age 14, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $250,000.


TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN SUSPECTED OF ARSON ARRESTED

A Twentynine Palms man suspected of starting a vehicle fire earlier this month was arrested Friday. According to Sheriff’s reports, on November 3, firefighters and deputies were called to an area near Adobe Road and Amboy Road about 9 a.m. for a report of a vehicle fire. A man and woman were identified at the location—Richard Sansoucie 34, and Brittany Phillips, 22—but they fled before they could be questioned. Deputies later stopped by the home of Phillips and Sansoucie in the 72300 block of Old Dale Road in Twentynine Palms and arrested Brittany Phillips for investigation of being an accessory to arson. On Friday, deputies returned to the home and located Sansoucie. Richard Sansoucie was arrested for investigation of arson, violating a restraining order, and on warrants for burglary and spousal abuse. Richard Sansoucie was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, and is being held without bail.


A NEW WARNING ABOUT SCAMMERS POSING AS THE IRS

Morongo Basin residents have recently been receiving fraudulent phone calls from someone who claims to be from the Internal Revenue Service. Reporter Andrew Dieleman 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 agents. The caller says he or she is from the IRS and that you owe taxes. They say that, if you don’t pay up immediately, the IRS is going to file a lawsuit against you or will send the police to your home to arrest you. Don’t fall for this increasingly common phone scam. It is important to know that the IRS never makes its first contact with you via the telephone, fax, or e-mail and they will never demand payment immediately.

If you have any questions about the legitimacy of a communication from “the IRS,” contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484 or go to
https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report.shtml

For cases of identity theft involving state taxes, contact the California Franchise Board at 916-845-3669 or go to https://www.ftb.ca.gov/online/Fraud_Referral/index.shtml?WT.mc_id=Featured_Report_Fraud


MORONGO BASIN SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICES OFFERS 24 HOUR HOT-LINE

The Morongo Basin Sexual Assault Services provides a 24-hour crisis hot-line to help survivors of sexual assault. Counselors can accompany sexual assault survivors to medical exams, police and legal interviews, and court appearances. Speakers are available to talk to schools and community groups about sexual assault and rape prevention. The hotline number is 800-656-4673, or call 760-369-3353.


HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER FREE LECTURE ON CHILD DEVELOPMENT THIS EVENING

A pediatrician will give a lecture on the stages of child development this afternoon. Reporter Eric Knabe fills in the details…
Physicians from Hi-Desert Medical Center are offering lectures on key topics to help residents be more informed about their health. Monday, November 20, a local pediatrician will discuss the stages of child development. The lecture starts at 5 p.m. at the Helen Gray Education Center located on the medical centers campus. Registration is required; call 760-366-6182, or register online at www.hdmc.org under events.

Hilal Abuzahra, M.D., Pediatrician


CLASSIC MUSICAL, “MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS” OPENS THIS FRIDAY AT THEATRE 29

“Meet Me in St Louis” is a classic, family-friendly musical opening in two weeks at Theatre 29 with a gala fundraiser hosted by Kiwanis Club of Twentynine Palms. Here with your invitation is Rebecca Havely…
What better way to begin the holiday season than with a musical for the entire family; bring the holiday guests as well. The year is 1904, at the brink of the St. Louis World’s Fair. Based on the Judy Garland film, the musical features the memorable number, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Kiwanis Club of Twentynine Palms presents the opening night gala of “Meet Me in St Louis” Friday, November 24. Tickets for opening night ONLY are $25 each. The doors open at 6 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres served at intermission. Proceeds go to service projects in our communities through the Kiwanis Club of Twentynine Palms.
Tickets for opening night ONLY are available at the Z107.7 studios in Joshua Tree, and in Twentynine Palms at the Desert Trail Office and the Twentynine Palms Chamber and Visitor Center, or through Kiwanis members including Herman Platzke at 760-972-7205. “Meet Me in St Louis” will run weekends through December 17. For performances other than opening night, visit theatre29.org or call the Theatre 29 box office at 760-361-4151.


SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT TAKING DONATIONS FOR THE NO-KILL ANIMAL SHELTER

The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department is accepting donations of pet food, cleaning supplies, blankets and other pet-related items for donation to the Morongo Basin no-kill animal shelter in Joshua Tree. The shelter especially needs dry dog and cat food, all kinds of puppy and kitten food, cleaning supplies and pet bedding. New and gently used donations are welcomed. All donations will be brought to the shelter during Thanksgiving week. The Sheriff’s station is located on the highway next to the courthouse in Joshua Tree.


NOMINATE VETERANS FOR CONGRESSMAN COOK’S “HEROES OF THE 8TH”

Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley is asking for nominations of veterans to honor at a ceremony next month. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the details…
Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley plans to honor military veterans from his district at a ceremony December 19. “Heroes of the 8th” Veterans Recognition Ceremony will honor past and present members of the military for their distinguished service, community involvement, or advocacy for veterans’ causes. If you know a veteran who works on behalf of veterans’ causes, nominate him or her for this honor.

Nominations can be submitted until November 24 at:
https://cook.house.gov/sites/cook.house.gov/files/wysiwyg_uploaded/10-31-17%20Nomination%20Form.pdf


HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETS THIS AFTERNOON

The Homestead Valley Community Council will hold its monthly meeting Monday, November 20. The council represents the communities of Yucca Mesa, Landers, Flamingo Heights, and Johnson Valley. Representatives from the Sheriff’s Department, as well as County Fire and CalFire will be in attendance. An update will be given on the Landers Elementary School. The meeting starts at 3 p.m. at the Flamingo Heights Community Center on Perris Road, two blocks west of La Copine Restaurant.


ACORNS FEATURED AT HIGH DESERT TEST KITCHEN TONIGHT

The desert has always appealed to explorers of all kinds. In this report, Mike Lipsitz says this is a nutty, high adventure everyone can savor…
The High Desert Test Kitchen is an informal monthly dinner gathering organized by artist Sarah Witt. Each month explores a different native food that serves as an ingredient or an inspiration for a dish that followers share at the dinner. This month’s ingredient is the acorn. These little nuggets vary in shape and size, but generally boast an impressive nutritional profile, ranking high in fat, fiber, and carbohydrates. It’s a perfect fall food, versatile and adaptable to any number of holiday dishes that call for flour or nuts. This month’s dinner is set for 7 p.m. November 20 at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center, on Winters Road off Border. Bring something to share that is either made with or inspired by acorn. This is your opportunity to explore the Mojave from a culinary perspective. Witt encourages participants to harvest sustainably and with permission.


COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPS IN WEEKEND TOURNAMENT

The Copper Mountain College men’s basketball team swept all three games in the three-day, eight-team Home Motors Tournament at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria last weekend. The Fighting Cacti won their first game Friday night against Yuba College, 83-77. Saturday, the men played Victor Valley and won 62-55, and Sunday evening, the Fighting Cacti were named champions when they beat Ohlone College, 72-70. Coach Devin Aye said all three opponents were very good teams. The Fighting Cacti will be ranked in the top 10 when the community college rankings are released Monday. The men’s basketball team is now 7-1 on the season.


FOOD FOR LIFE NEEDS THANKSGIVING VOLUNTEERS

Thanksgiving is just a week away. Food For Life is busy preparing for this special day. The meal will be a full turkey dinner. This year the meal will be served at First Baptist Church on Split Rock, 29 Palms from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 23. Volunteers are welcomed to help us set- up, cook, deliver, serve, and break down. To volunteer, call Teresa Brown at 562-324-9099 to schedule your two-hour slot to help.


LIGHT PARADE ENTRY CATEGORIES

The Yucca Valley Rotary Club is now accepting applications for its 20th annual Festival of Light parade and friendly competition. Reporter Mike Lipsitz names the categories under which judges will be looking for the best and the brightest…

“Light up the World;” that’s the theme of this year’s Festival of Light Parade on Saturday, December 9 in Yucca Valley. The annual event and friendly competition will see entries including cars, trucks, floats, animals, kids, walkers and anyone or anything able to, well, light up the world. Entries will be judged in a number of categories including Most Humorous, Best Spirit, Best Use of Light, Best Costumes, Favorite Animal Entry, Rotary Choice Award and Pride of the Parade. Entry forms are available at the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce or at yvrotary.org. Registration is $25. The Festival of Light Parade kicks off at 5:30 p.m. and runs along Santa Fe Trail, from Bannock Trail to Inca Trail where youngsters may visit with Santa. For more information, call 760-365-1988.


NOMINATIONS NOW ACCEPTED FOR MINERVA HOYT AWARD

Nominations are now being accepted for the Minerva Hoyt California Desert Conservation Award. Any person, group, or organization that has made a notable achievement on behalf of California deserts, is eligible for the award. Applications are available from the Joshua Tree National Park Association website. Nominations must be received by January 13, 2018, and the winner will be announced in mid-February.

For more information, visit:
www.joshuatree.org/Minerva-hoyt-award


LECTURE ON STAGES OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT

A pediatrician will give a lecture on the stages of child development Monday. Reporter Eric Knabe fills in the details…

Physicians from Hi-Desert Medical Center are offering lectures on key topics to help residents be more informed about their health. Monday, November 20, a local pediatrician will discuss the stages of child development. The lecture starts at 5 p.m. at the Helen Gray Education Center located on the medical centers campus. Registration is required; call 760-366-6182, or register online at www.hdmc.org under events.

Hilal Abuzahra, M.D., Pediatrician


SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ACCEPTING DONATIONS FOR NO-KILL ANIMAL SHELTER

The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department is accepting donations of pet food, cleaning supplies, blankets and other pet-related items for donation to the Morongo Basin no-kill animal shelter in Joshua Tree. The shelter especially needs dry dog and cat food, all kinds of puppy and kitten food, cleaning supplies and pet bedding. New and gently used donations are welcomed. All donations will be brought to the shelter during Thanksgiving week. The Sheriff’s station is located on the highway next to the courthouse in Joshua Tree.


THEATRE 29 HOLDING AUDITIONS FOR “THE ODD COUPLE”

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.


9TH ANNUAL GOURD ART FESTIVAL IN YUCCA VALLEY THIS WEEKEND

The ninth annual gourd art festival, is this weekend at the Yucca Valley Community Center. The free event will feature gourd artists and crafts vendors from all over southern California. In addition to the holiday shopping, there will be classes taught by renowned gourd artists and a raffle on Sunday of gourd art. The gourd festival is 9 to 5 Saturday, November 18, and 10 to 2 on Sunday, November 19. For more information, call the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce at 760-365-6323.


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