CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS GIRL

Southern California’s only law-enforcement based wish-granting charity made sure Christmas came early for a Twentynine Palms girl yesterday. Santa, riding on a fire engine from the Twentynine Palms Fire Department, along with a convoy of Sheriff’s patrol cars, pulled up in front of Adalynn McCullough’s house in Twentynine Palms Tuesday

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS DEATH CALLED SUSPICIOUS

A Desert Hot Springs death is being called suspicious. A woman, whose body was discovered Monday in Desert Hot Springs, died under what’s being called suspicious circumstances, police said. The 40-year-old was discovered about 6:30 a.m. in the 66200 block of Desert View Avenue, near Cactus Drive, according to Desert

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HOME FIRE SAFETY TIPS

Fires kill more Americans than all natural disasters combined, and 85 percent of all fire deaths occur in residences. A few simple steps may save your life and the lives of loved ones. Reporter Kirby Davis offers these safety tips… Smoke and flames can engulf a house very quickly. Smoke

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NEW RESTAURANT COMING TO TWENTYNINE PALMS

A new locally owned and operated restaurant is coming to Twentynine Palms. Marilu’s Gastropub will be celebrating its official grand opening Tuesday, December 13, at 8:00 a.m. Featuring what is called a “a mix of new materials and vintage salvage finds,” owner Jeanne Mattiussi has created a friendly 49-seat restaurant

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT MEETS TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors called a special meeting at 6:00 tonight to elect new officers. Managing editor Tami Roleff says in the regular meeting that follows, directors will be approving change orders and approving contracts…. Among the items on tonight’s meeting of the HI-Desert Water District board

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD IN CLOSED AND OPEN SESSION TOMORROW

On the agenda for tomorrow’s regular 2 p.m. meeting of the Copper Mountain College board of trustees, is a closed session evaluation of the president/superintendent Jeff Cummings near the top of the meeting. Back in open session, trustees are expected to finalize the non-credit community education course schedule for this

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MBTA BOARD MEETS TOMORROW

At Thursday’s (December 8) meeting of the Morongo Basin Transit Authority, directors will recognize the employee of the quarter. Following staff reports, directors will be asked to approve a five percent increase in the base salaries for the general manager and the director of cooperative purchasing and grants. Directors will

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OLD SCHOOLHOUSE MUSEUM DECKED OUT FOR THE HOLIDAYS

The Twentynine Palms Historical Society invites visitors to ring in the season by checking out the annual holiday display at the Old Schoolhouse Museum. Edica Gonzales says this year’s display is designed around a musical theme… The Old Schoolhouse’s annual holiday display is built on the theme of music and

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FIREFIGHTERS COLLECTING TOYS FOR TLC

San Bernardino County Professional Firefighters are busy collecting toys at boxes at area businesses, including the 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 to families in need. The toys

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REACH OUT ANNUAL HOLIDAY BRUNCH AT TWENTYNINE PALMS SENIOR CENTER SATURDAY

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and Reach Out Morongo Basin wants to share it with you. On Saturday, December 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the neighbors-helping-neighbors organization will be having its annual Holiday Brunch at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center, 6539 Adobe Road in Twentynine

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JOSHUA TREE ART GALLERY OPENING RECEPTION SATURDAY

An opening reception is being planned for JTAG, the Joshua Tree Art Gallery this Saturday. Managing Editor Tami Roleff invites to see the new group art show… The Joshua Tree Art Gallery will hold its opening reception Saturday for its new show, Convergence. The group show will feature the artists’

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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, Gene Evaro Jr., 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 traveled to Nashville to showcase for

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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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FREE FEDERAL SURPLUS FOOD GIVEAWAY IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will hold a distribution of federal surplus food from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, December 7, at Pacific Clinics, 56020 Santa Fe Trail, Suite M, in Yucca Valley.

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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TWENTYNINE PALMS UNTIED METHODIST CHURCH STREET MARKET SATURDAY

The Twentynine Palms United Methodist Church will hold a street market Saturday, December 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be food, clothing, holiday items, housewares, and furniture. Reservations are being taken for vendors; the cost is $10 for one space or $25 for three spaces. To reserve

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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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