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The Yucca Valley Town Council met last night to discuss the allocation of the Community Development Block Grant among other matters. Reporter Joshua King has more details…

The meeting began with the establishment of a Memorandum of Understanding that the Yucca Valley Senior Center or Community Center will be used as space for vaccination in the future.

Following, the council discussed the Community Development Block Grant and the allocation of its funds. Both the Library Literacy Program and Senior Nutrition Program have requested $10,000 each from the CDBG, but the funds will be allocated towards Tri-Valley Little League improvements instead.

The Recreation Department reported on the success of its online holiday events in the COVID era. The Hi-Desert Nature Museum has seen successes as well, with Zoom lectures that have hosted 40 to 80 participants on average.

Finally, the council approved Resolution 21, which approves the filing of an application towards the Brehm Sports Park Complex Expansion Project.


Join the Hi-Desert Nature Museum online to celebrate all things creepy, crawly, sticky, prickly, wiggly, yucky, and kinda cute for the annual celebration of arthropods. Buzz on in to watch exclusive pre-recorded educational videos and at-home activities highlighting the fascinating world of arthropods through outdoor exploration games and hands-on art activities.

Wednesday and Thursday, February 10 and 11, the Hi-Desert Nature Museum will be handing out Arthropolooza activity kits, Kits are free and appropriate for all ages.

Come to the Hi-Desert Nature Museum between 10 and 2, give them a call at 760-369-7212 and the activity kit will be brought to your car. Please make sure to be masked while in your car. First come, first served.


Due to the lifting of the stay-at-home order, the Town of Yucca Valley will reopen some of its departments and services to the public. Ernest Figueroa has more information…

With the recent lift of the regional stay-at-home-order, the Town of Yucca Valley will implement a phased approach in reopening some departments and services. As of Monday, February 1, Town Hall will be open 9 to 5 Monday through Thursday. A maximum of four people will be allowed in the lobby at the same time. Building and Safety, Public Works, Planning, and Code Compliance are open by appointment only. Call 760-369-6575. The Animal Shelter is closed to walk-in traffic. Appointments can be made to retrieve lost pets by calling 760-365-3111 or 760-365-1807. The Senior Center, Hi-Desert Nature Museum, and Community Services office remain closed to the public.

  • Town Hall will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday

A maximum of four customers will be allowed in the lobby at the same time with facial coverings required.

  • Community Development (Building and Safety, Public Works, Planning, & Code Compliance)

Will continue to provide services by appointment only (Call (760) 369-6575) The lobby is closed to walk-in traffic.

  • Animal Shelter will be closed to walk-in traffic. Appointments may be made to retrieve lost pets by calling (760) 365-3111, or Animal Control at (760) 365-1807

  • Community Services/Recreation Office, the Senior Center, and the Hi-Desert Nature Museum will remain closed to the public. All leisure activities and facility rentals are suspended until further guidance is received from the State and County public health officials.


The iconic Joshua Tree is much loved, although not fully understood. Biologist Jeremy Yoder has launched a genome project focusing on the unique plant and will be giving a lecture today about the project. Reporter Heather Clisby has details…

Long before mankind ever set foot in North America, there were Joshua Trees, those unmistakable mascot plants of the Mojave desert. To help ensure that the plant – which is a member of the Yucca family – survives for centuries, Jeremy Yoder, an evolutionary biologist at CSU Northridge, has launched the Joshua Tree Genome Project.

The project will gather and develop genomic data to learn how Joshua Trees adapt to rapidly changing climate conditions. The data will also help biologists and conservationists learn how they might help the species survive increasingly higher temperatures.

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum will host a virtual lecture today, January 14, at 1 p.m., for those who would like to learn more about this project. The lecture can be accessed by visiting the Hi-Desert Nature Museum’s website.

For more info, contact the museum at 760-369-7212.


While employees for the Town of Yucca Valley are back at work after the holidays, the town will continue its closure of offices to walk-in traffic through January 31. Town services will be provided through telephone, email, and by appointment.

Under the current public health orders, all public playgrounds, the Hi-Desert Nature Museum and the Yucca Valley Senior Center remain closed. Family Services Association continues to provide meals on Wednesday mornings. To register for the meal program, call 760-257-5761.

Website: yucca-valley.org (Including available FAQs and Requests for Service)

  • Town Hall Contacts: (760) 369-7207
  • Business Registration / Transient Occupancy Taxes: Ext 235
  • Passport Appointments: Ext 235 or 226
  • Town Council / Town Clerk: Ext 226
  • Town Manager: Ext 232
  • Animal Care and Control: (760) 365-1807
  • Animal Shelter: (760) 365-3111
  • Community Development / Public Works Contacts: (760) 369-6575
  • Building and Safety: Ext 302
  • Code Compliance: Ext 301
  • Planning/Zoning/Land Use: Ext 317
  • Public Works / Streets / Parks: Ext 308
  • Community Services / Recreation: (760) 369-7211
  • Hi-Desert Nature Museum: (760) 369-7212