NO SENIOR LUNCHES ON DECEMBER 26, JANUARY 2

The Twentynine Palms Senior Center will be closed December 26 and January 2 in observance of Christmas and New Year’s Day. There will be no senior lunches served on these dates. The senior center will also have limited hours, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Tuesday, December 27, through

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A CEMETERY MAKEOVER IN JOSHUA TREE

You may have heard something about the emerging “new look” of Joshua Tree Memorial Park, one of only two cemeteries in the Morongo Basin. A few people have complained about it recently on Facebook. Reporter David Haldane takes a look at what’s causing all the fuss… The bottom line is

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MORE WET WEATHER, TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN

More wet weather is on its way to our Morongo Vasin. Driving into hazardous flood waters is very dangerous. Edica Gonzalez has some flood water warnings… Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that

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NO MBTA BUSES SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority will NOT operate service on Sunday, December 25, and Monday, December 26, in observance of Christmas Day and will resume its regularly scheduled service on Tuesday, December 27.

EVEN SANTA CLAUS CAN USE THESE HEALTH TIPS FROM HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can protect you from obesity, heart disease and diabetes. But keeping up a healthy routine can be especially challenging around the holidays. Heck, even jolly old Saint Nick would be wise to take a few pointers from the folks at Hi-Desert Medical Center. Reporter Mike Lipsitz

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JOSHUA TREE FIREFIGHTERS ESCORTING SANTA TONIGHT: WHEN AND WHERE

Joshua Tree Station 36 firefighters will be giving Santa a ride tonight through Joshua Tree neighborhoods for the last time before Christmas. Starting about 5:30 p.m. residents should listen for sirens and come outside and say hello to Santa, who’ll be handing out candy canes as he passes through neighborhoods

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LANDERS DUMP EXPANSION PLAN GETS NO SIGNIFICANT OPPOSITION

Due to reach capacity in just over a year, county government and state regulators must decide whether to expand Landers’ Landfill or throw it all away. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was at a meeting called last night there to sort it all out… Fewer than a dozen people turned out to

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YUCCA VALLEY, TWENTYNINE PALMS OFFICES CLOSED TOMORROW THROUGH JANUARY 2

Offices for the Town of Yucca Valley and the City of Twentynine Palms will be closed tomorrow, December 23 through January 2. For Twentynine Palms, all offices are closed. For Yucca Valley, Building and Safety services will be limited to inspections only, December 27 thru December 29. Schedule an inspection

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL EXPECTED TO BE BUSY THIS WEEK

Joshua Tree National Park will be busy this week, with thousands of visitors flocking to the park for the end-of-the-year holidays. Managing editor Tami Roleff reminds residents that the gates will be backed up, and to use alternate entrances… Joshua Tree National Park is seeing more and more visitors, adding

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COLLEGE CLOSED TOMORROW THROUGH JANUARY 2ND

Copper Mountain College will close for winter break tomorrow, Friday, December 23, through Monday, January 2. Services such as the online help desk and waitlist notifications will not operate during the break. Students will still be able to register online at cmccd.edu. Spring classes start Tuesday, January 17.

COURTS CLOSE EARLY TOMORROW

The San Bernardino County Courthouse in Joshua Tree will close at 2 p.m. tomorrow, Friday. The courthouse, as well as government offices and banks will be closed Monday, December 26, for the Christmas holiday, and Monday, January 2, for New Year’s.

THE 2016 HOLIDAY BUSINESS DECORATING CONTEST WINNERS

Results are in for the annual holiday decorating contest which saw record numbers of Morongo Basin businesses compete for free local advertising from contest sponsors Hi-Desert Publishing and your community radio station, Z107.7. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us where the holiday spirit shined brightest…

Once again, Sunnyvale Garden Suites Hotel

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AUDITIONS FOR “MARY POPPINS” SET AT THEATRE 29

The first major musical of the 2017 season at Theatre 29 is “Disney’s Mary Poppins.” Open auditions are set for Monday, January 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Theatre 29. The roles being cast include 14 lead and featured players, eight ensemble and featured dancers, and two children. Please

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JOSHUA TREE FIREFIGHTERS ESCORTING SANTA CLAUS TONIGHT, WHEN AND WHERE

Joshua Tree Station 36 firefighters will be giving Santa a ride through Joshua Tree neighborhoods tonight, (December 22), and tomorrow, (December 23) starting at 5:30 p.m. each night. Tonight, Thursday, he’ll come to neighborhoods in central Joshua Tree, paved roads between Highway 62 and Alta Loma, east and north of

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TWENTYNINE PALMS ANIMAL SHELTER ACCEPTING PET FOOD DONATIONS

The Twentynine Palms animal shelter, Palms ‘n Paws, is housing more than 100 dogs and nearly 30 cats, all waiting to be claimed by their owners or to be adopted by new owners. Feeding so many animals is expensive, and the shelter is accepting pet food donations. Kirby Davis has

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

In high school sports, today, the Yucca Valley High School girls’ basketball team will travel away to Big Bear to play Big Bear High School, starting at 6 p.m.

MORONGO VALLEY CSD GENERAL MANAGER DONNA MUNOZ RESIGNS

In August, the Local Agency Formation Commission, or LAFCO, described three scenarios any one of which would place in jeopardy the short-term viability of the Morongo Valley Community Services District. Last night, one of those scenarios presented itself. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there… LAFCO’s August audit report cautioned that if

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640 ACRES SOUTH OF YUCCA VALLEY PURCHASED FOR EVENTUAL INCLUSION INTO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

A 640-acre parcel of land in Yucca Valley that had been slated for a housing development will instead be protected forever, thanks to the Mojave Desert Land Trust. The Land Trust announced Tuesday that it has purchased the acreage—located south of the intersection of Acoma Trail and Golden Bee Drive—and

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COST OF VISITING JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TO GO UP

It’s about to become more expensive to visit Joshua Tree National Park. The park conducted public outreach concerning an increase in fees in 2014, and a press release states that the public was generally in favor of the increases. Fees were slightly increased in June 2015, and a second increase

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT, WE CHECK THE AGENDA

The Hi-Desert Water District Board meets in regular session tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff checks the agenda… The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors will hold its regular meeting tonight. Among the items on the agenda, the board will be asked to approve a draft hazard mitigation plan; update its

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