BRICKS VALUED AT $10,000 STOLEN FROM COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a major theft at Copper Mountain College. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 3 a.m. Sunday morning, someone stole $10,000 worth of bricks from a pallet from a construction site at the college. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.

JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED FOR VIOLATING RESTRAINING ORDER

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Monday, accused of violating a restraining order placed against him. According to a Sheriff’s report, neighbors called law enforcement about 7:15 p.m. Monday to report a woman was yelling and running away from a man in the 62400 block of 29 Palms Highway in

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LOCAL MUSICIAN SIGNS NATIONAL BOOKING DEAL, RELEASES NEW ALBUM

Taking a big step up in the national music industry, Joshua Tree-based folk/soul/rock band, The Gene Evaro Jr. band, has signed a booking deal with Paradigm Talent Agency. The agency handles groups such as The Dave Matthews Band, Black Eyed Peas, and Coldplay. The band recently travelled to Nashville to

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VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT TO HELP RESIDENTS FILE TAXES

Local volunteers are being sought to help families prepare their taxes. Managing editor Tami Roleff said free training is being offered… The Community Action Partnership is recruiting volunteers to help working families prepare their 2016 taxes. Free training—either online or in person—will be provided. Volunteers may earn volunteer service hours;

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HI-DESERT CHORUS “SOUNDS OF THE SEASON” CONCERTS THIS WEEKEND

The Hi-Desert Chorus will perform its annual “Sounds of the Season” concert Saturday, December 10, and Sunday, December 11. The concert is held in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center. Doors open at 2:00 p.m. and the concert begins at 2:30 p.m. The Yucca Valley High School

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RESERVE A SPACE TO DINE WITH THE SPEAKER OF 2ND FRIDAY LECTURE SERIES

The Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park sponsors the second Friday lecture series. Their next offering is entitled, “The Hatches of Twentynine Palms.” Here’s more from reporter Rebecca Havely… Liz Meyer is a former city council member and mayor of Twentynine Palms and she serves on the Board of

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SCHOOL DISTRICT LOOKS FOR INPUT ON ACCOUNTABILITY PLAN

The Morongo Unified School District is asking for the public’s input for the District’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Each school has a link to the survey on their webpage or it is available on the district’s website at www.morongo.k12.ca.us. The survey ends December 16, 2016. The district values your

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ELKS HOOP SHOOT WINNERS NAMED

Two boys and one girl won the first round of the “Elks Hoop Shoot” Sunday. For the boys, the 10-11 year old winner was Jonathon Aguirre and 12-13 was Carlos Williams. For the girls, it was Adrianna Olmeda in the 10-11 year old division. The three Twentynine Palms champions will

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TLC LOOKING FOR GIFT BAG DONATIONS

The volunteers of TLC, or Tender Loving Christmas, are looking for help with donations for their gift basket program. Reporter Kirby Davis tells you how… Every year, Tender Loving Christmas (TLC) puts together gift bags to give to homeless people and those in convalescent homes. Ideal items include toiletries, playing

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JOSHUA TREE MOBILE HOME DESTROYED, GOATS DIE, IN FRIDAY MORNING FIRE

A mobile home burned to the ground, and at least three goats were killed, in a fire in Joshua Tree Friday morning. Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle said firefighters were called to the 3900 block of Border Avenue about 11:24 a.m. where they found the home fully engulfed in flames. Tuttle

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DONATE TOYS FOR TENDER LOVING CHRISTMAS

San Bernardino County Professional Firefighters have been busy throughout Morongo Basin this week. They’ve been placing collection boxes at area businesses, including Z107.7 studios, in Joshua Tree as part of the Tender Loving Christmas event. The hope is to fill the boxes with new, unopened toys and help bring Christmas

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PROTECT YOUR DOG AGAINST PARVOVIRUS

If your dog contracts the parvovirus it can be hard to eradicate. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has some helpful hints…

Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious disease that is often fatal, especially for young puppies. Parvo is prevalent in the Morongo Basin, and the Yucca Valley Animal Shelter receives calls

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PAN HANDLERS STEAL CASH FROM WOMAN IN JOSHUA TREE

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a case of strong arm robbery Thursday evening. About 6:20, a woman was approached in the 61800 block of 29 Palms Highway in downtown Joshua Tree by pan handlers for money for food. The woman took out $10 to give to them, and the unidentified

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MENTAL HEALTH HELP AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN

Early identification of mental illness could change a child’s life; with more here’s assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz…

Untreated mental health problems impact children, families, schools and communities. Assessing and addressing problems at a young age improves a child’s quality of life and his or her chance to succeed. Early Identification

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CRAFT AND BAKE SALE AT JOSHUA TREE CHURCH FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

Head to the First Baptist Church on Sunset Road in Joshua Tree this Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3 for a craft and food sale. Check out the holiday wreaths and flowers and many other gift items from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

PREGNANT WOMAN FOUND DEAD IN JOSHUA TREE

Following up on a report of a dead body, Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 6800 block of Mt. Shasta Avenue in Joshua Tree at about 9:30 a.m. Monday morning. Deputies found a 35-year-old woman who was seven months pregnant lying face down inside a Winnebago parked at the location.

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READY SB COUNTY APP AIMS TO HELP IN NATURAL DISASTERS

The state of California and San Bernardino County have set up websites and apps to help residents in case of natural disasters and emergencies. The California Office of Emergency Services, caloes.ca.gov, has tips for individuals, families, businesses, and schools and teachers, on how to prepare. Kirby Davis has more information

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STEWARDSHIP EVENT IN SAND TO SNOW MONUMENT THIS SATURDAY

Pitch in this Saturday with the BLM and Mojave Desert Land Trust as a way to discover the Sand to Snow National Monument and improve it for others. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains … The Mojave Desert Land Trust and the Bureau of Land Management Barstow Field Office have organized a

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SERVICES SET FOR RAM NANDYALA

Ram Nandyala, a 30-year resident of Yucca Valley, died November 21; he was 35 years old. He is survived by his parents, Rocky and Suryamani Nandyala of Yucca Valley; a sister, Vinuta Chaudhari of LaVerne; and brother Sirish Nandyala of Yucca Valley. He was a computer professional and had completed

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CHECK-CASHING SCAM VICTIMIZES JOSHUA TREE WOMAN

Scammers tried to fool a Joshua Tree resident into giving them nearly $1,700 recently through a check-cashing scam. A check-cashing scam starts when the victim receives a realistic check or money order as overpayment for merchandise or a secret shopper scheme, with the request the victim deposit the check, and

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