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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SWAT TEAM CALLED FOR ARMED BARRICADED SUSPECT IN MORONGO VALLEY

The County Sheriff’s responded to a Morongo Valley home last night in what turned into an all-night standoff with SWAT team and air support. About 7:50 p.m. the Sheriff’s department received a call from the suspect’s mother after 35-year-old Luke Schrader began demonstrating bizarre and violent behavior. According to the

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ONGOING WALMART CON ENDS IN ARREST

Jason Bay, 37, thought he had a good con going by bringing a receipt from the previous day to Walmart, shopping for identical items, then bypassing the cashier to fraudulently return the items for cash. Sharp-eyed clerks at the Yucca Valley Walmart return desk recognized Bay and his familiar con

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN NEARLY FALLS PREY TO A RENTAL SCAM

A homeowner was almost the victim of a rental scam. She had listed the home in Yucca Valley for sale, then saw that her home was also being listed online as a home for rent. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers the following tips to help you avoid being the victim

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MORONGO VALLEY MEETING TO DISCUSS FIRE DEPARTMENT STAFF CUTS TONIGHT

Staffing cuts at Morongo Valley’s beleaguered fire department are the topic at a special workshop this evening. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details. In Morongo Valley tonight, the Community Services District will hold a special workshop meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Covington Park Community Building. The Board plans to look

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COFFEE WITH THE MAYOR IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

The final edition of Mayor Robert “Bob” Leone’s “Coffee with the Mayor” series is tomorrow (Wednesday, November 30). The public is invited to join Leone and Town of Yucca Valley management staff for an informal discussion of items of interest and to learn about current events, projects, and news in

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY DISTRICT MEETS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Cemetery District Board of Directors will meet at 6 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, November 29). On the agenda, the board will receive an update from the cemetery manager on various items. The meeting will be held in the cemetery office at 5350 Encelia Avenue.

TWENTYNINE PALMS PC: VACATION RENTALS, DRIVE-THROUGH’S, AND TAXIS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission will take up some issues of wider Public Interest tonight. Reporter David Haldane says drive-throughs downtown, taxis, and the Vacation Home Rental Ordinance are all included on the agenda… Should you be able to buy things from your car in downtown Twentynine Palms? That’s the

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TENDER LOVING CHRISTMAS VOLUNTEER MEETING IN YUCCA VALLEY TONIGHT

Tender Loving Christmas, TLC, needs you. Hundreds of volunteers are needed for TLC’s 33rd annual Christmas day event. Join TLC tonight for their volunteer meeting. There are many jobs to be done before, during and after Christmas. They need people with computer skills, program coordinators, lifters and toters, trucks and

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN’S AGAPE GROUP MEET FOR MUSIC THURSDAY

Yucca Valley Women’s Agape International invites you to come and hear Bob Shurley, a singer-songwriter who will be sharing Bible-based songs along with wit and wisdom. Shurley will sing and speak at the monthly meeting Thursday, December 1 at 5 p.m. at Sizzler in Yucca Valley. Dinner will be served.

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“AN EVENING WITH SANTA” TO BENEFIT TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL SELECT CHOIR

The Twentynine Palms Music Boosters are offering a night with Santa as a fundraiser. Reporter Rebecca Havely has your invitation… You’re invited to spend “An Evening With Santa” at the Oasis Elementary School’s multi-purpose room to benefit the Twentynine Palms High School Select Choir. Friday, December 2 from 6 to

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JOSHUA SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL TAKES CIF 8-MAN FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

The Joshua Springs Lightning Football Team won the championship CIF-SS game last Friday night defeating Lancaster Baptist 54 to 24. With that win the Lightning Football Team becomes the 2016 CIF-SS Div-II, 8-Man football champions. Under the direction of Coach Tom Robinson, this is the eighth time in a decade

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL OPENS SEASON WITH A WIN

The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojan basketball team tipped off their season last night with a 68-33 win over La Sierra of Riverside in the West Valley Mustang tournament in Hemet. Coach Jess Geeson said the tournament continues today with a 4:30 p.m. game against Redlands East Valley. Junior

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL HOME WRESTLING MATCH TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley High School Wrestling team invites the public to a dual match between Yucca Valley High and Cathedral City, tonight at the Yucca Valley High School Gym. JV competition will start at 5 p.m. and Varsity at 6 p.m.. Coach Larry Giron said there will be a small

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BURGLAR DISCOVERED SLEEPING IN A YUCCA VALLEY HOME THANKSGIVING MORNING

Many of us take comfort in sleeping off a big turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day; but there are circumstances when such a rest might not be recommended. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains… A Yucca Valley resident awoke to an unwelcome surprise on Thanksgiving. According to the Sheriff Department, a resident of

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FREE LEGAL SERVICES FOR MILITARY VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC OR SEXUAL ASSAULT

Military service members and their families who are victims of domestic violence or sexual assault have access to free legal advice and representation. The Victims’ Legal Counsel provides confidential advice, counseling, and referrals for crime victims, and can help victims obtain a military or civilian protective order. VLC services are

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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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WINTER CLOTHING AND COLD WEATHER GEAR SOUGHT FOR AREA HOMELESS

Morongo Basin Haven is now accepting donations for winter clothing and gear for the homeless in the Morongo Basin. New or used adult-sized coats, sleeping bags, and scarves are especially needed, as well as cotton socks and hand and feet warmers. Drop off locations include the Morongo Valley Fire Department,

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BLOOD DRIVE TOMORROW AT HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT OFFICES

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Tuesday, November 29 at Hi-Desert Water District in Yucca Valley, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donors will receive incentives. O-negative blood is especially needed. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. To make

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OPEN AUDITIONS FOR THE PLAY “SYLVIA” AT THEATRE 29 TONIGHT

The 2017 Season Opener at Theatre 29 is the hilarious comedy by A. R. Gurney, “Sylvia”. Director Eddie Tucker has open auditions set for tonight. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the details… “Sylvia” is a smart, silly, sophisticated, and occasionally salty comedy about relationships, nature, and growing older. Open auditions are

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