9TH ANNUAL YUCCA VALLEY GOURD FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND

Mark your calendars for the ninth annual gourd art festival, set for November 18 and 19 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

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JOHNSON VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF RAPE, SPOUSE ABUSE, AND BURGLARY

A Johnson Valley man was arrested last Thursday, accused of felony spouse abuse, burglary, and attempted rape. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to a home in the 56300 block of Joshua Drive in Yucca Valley about 11 a.m. for a report that a man, later identified as

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HEALTH CARE DISTRICT GETS GOOD NEWS AND GOOD NEWS

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District Board of Directors met in regular meeting last night, Reporter Eric Knabe has the highlights…

The meeting began on a high point with the Morongo Transit Authority presenting checks for the two MBTA transportation grants in which they will purchase a new van that will

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NEW COUNTY FIRE BATTALION CHIEF COMING TO THE MORONGO BASIN

The Morongo Basin welcomes a new county fire battalion chief as of Monday, November 20. Battalion Chief Donnie Viloria has been a firefighter for 30 years, which includes 15 years with Newberry Springs and Fort Irwin, before joining the county fire department in 2002. Prior to his new assignment here,

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LOCAL WORLD WAR II VETERANS SOUGHT FOR HISTORICAL PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT

They’re called “The Greatest Generation.” But now the people who saved the world from fascism during World War II are dying off at the alarming rate of more than 600 per day. One young photographer hopes to preserve their legacy in a very visual way. Reporter David Haldane explains…

Before

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PIONEERTOWN’S THOUGHT THEATRE ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR TWO PRODUCTIONS

Pioneertown’s Thought Theatre announces the audition date for the second half of its inaugural season. Two productions will be cast. With the auditions details, here is reporter Rebecca Havley…

Thought Theatre will hold auditions for two upcoming productions: an original music revue entitled “Stand for Freedom Cabaret” and for the

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JOSHUA TREE VFW SERVING UP THANKSGIVING DINNER TONIGHT

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will offer an early Thanksgiving dinner Friday, November 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. The VFW will open at 11 a.m. There will be no Taco Wednesday on November 22. The VFW Post is located at 6402 Veterans Way in downtown Joshua

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FOOD FOR LIFE SERVING IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

This week Food for Life in Twentynine Palms will be serving spaghetti, salad, and dessert at Church of the Nazarene (across from Del Taco) from 3 to 5 p.m. Patrick Smith will be cooking the meal with help from the board.

“OPERATION GOBBLE” GIVING OUT TURKEYS IN MORONGO VALLEY TODAY

For 27 years, “Operation Gobble” has put Thanksgiving turkeys on holiday tables of Morongo Valley families. Reporter Mike Lipsitz dishes up the stuffing…

Some six dozen holiday birds will land on the tables of as many needy families in Morongo Valley this Thanksgiving. The Morongo Valley Community Services District, or

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JOAN OF ANGELS AND WRITING CLASSES AT RAINBOW STEW TOMORROW

If you believe in angels, make plans to attend Rainbow Stew’s next class Saturday, November 18. Joan of Angels is a spiritual teacher and messenger for angelic and celestial beings. The $20 class is set for 10:30 to 12:30 p.m. at Rainbow Stew, located in Old Town Yucca Valley on

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LOCAL MAN WINS BAJA 1000 MOTORCYCLE RACE

A prestigious win for a local off-road competition team—Yucca Valley’s Mark Samuels, 27, and team won the 50th running of the Baja 1000 in the motorcycle division; that’s 1,134 miles of fun in just about 21 hours.

Mark Samuels

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE MEN’S AND WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ACTION THIS WEEKEND

In college sports this weekend, the Copper Mountain College men’s basketball team will participate in the Allan Hancock Tourney Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in Santa Maria.

Tomorrow, the women’s team will host Glendale Community College in the Bell Center Gym, starting at 5 p.m.

YUCCA VALLEY RESIDENT SCAMMED OUT OF $15,000

A Yucca Valley resident is out $15,000 after falling victim to a Nigerian scam. According to a Sheriff’s report, the victim said a friend, whom she had never met, traveled to Nigeria in 2016 and recently asked for money to get out of Nigeria. The victim received several checks, supposedly

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VETERANS TARGETED BY SCAMMERS

Scams aimed at veterans are on the increase, according to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. So postal inspectors are teaming up with the AARP’s Fraud Watch Network in a new campaign called “Operation Protect Veterans.” Reporter David Haldane explains… Are you a veteran who’s been targeted by scammers? According to

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL IN CLOSED SESSION TODAY

The Twentynine Palms City Council will hold a special closed session meeting at 1 p.m. today to discuss potential litigation regarding the at-large versus district elections for city council. The meeting is set for 1 p.m. at City Hall on Adobe Road.

JOSHUA BASIN WATER MOVING TOWARDS RATE HIKES

Last night, the Joshua Basin Water District board of directors again reviewed the particulars of various scenarios coming out of the district’s rate study. Their dilemma? How to balance a backlog of needed maintenance and repairs with the financial limitations of those with fixed and low income. Reporter Mike Lipsitz

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF MAKING FRAUDULENT GIFT CARDS

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Tuesday, accused of making fraudulent gift cards. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies served a warrant at his home in the 58700 block of Ocotillo Drive in Yucca Valley about 9 a.m. During the warrant search, deputies located Benjamin Lim, 47. Lim allegedly told

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TWO TWENTYNINE PALMS JUVENILES FOUND ON STOLEN DIRT BIKES

Two juveniles were arrested Tuesday after they were found with stolen dirt bikes. According to a Sheriff’s report, the juveniles were seen riding the dirt bikes about 6:15 p.m. in the 5700 block of Halsey Avenue in Twentynine Palms. A deputy performed a traffic stop and determined that both dirt

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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

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YUCCA VALLEY CHAMBER MIXER TONIGHT AT RAINBOW STEW

The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold an after-hours mixer tonight (Thursday, November 16). The mixer is set for 5 to 7 p.m. at Rainbow Stew, 55509 29 Palms Highway, in Old Town Yucca Valley. All Chamber members and guests are invited to attend.