CHANGES TO HIGHWAYS AND BYWAYS

Roads and the highway in the Morongo Basin featured prominently in several of our top stories this year. An increasing number of pedestrian deaths and head-on crashes prompted CalTrans to start work on several projects in an attempt to reduce highway deaths. Several years before, CalTrans had installed delineators in

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MARINES RELOCATE TORTOISES

We continue our look back at the top stories of 2017 with this story about the Marine Corps air-lifting more than 1,000 desert tortoises to new homes in the Mojave Desert. Reporter Andrew Dieleman has more…

A population of the reptiles lived in the Johnson Valley area, west of the

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15-YEAR-OLD BOY WALKING BICYCLE SUFFERS BROKEN LEG WHEN HE’S HIT BY A TRUCK

A 15-year-old boy sustained a possible broken leg when he was hit by a truck in Yucca Mesa Monday evening. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle, the boy was walking his bicycle westbound on Aberdeen Drive about 5:10 p.m. near El Dorado Avenue. The driver of a truck,

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ARRESTED WITH STOLEN VEHICLE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Friday night, after he was found driving a stolen vehicle. According to a Sheriff’s report, a 1999 silver Honda Accord had been reported stolen about 7:30 p.m. Friday from a residence in the 58800 block of Sun Mesa Road in Yucca Valley. About 9

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PIONEERTOWN WATER ON TONIGHT’S HI-DESERT WATER BOARD AGENDA

The Hi-Desert Water District board of directors is one of the few government agencies meeting this week. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the board will discuss the district’s five-year capital improvement plan, a change order for the sewer project, and the Pioneertown water project…

Among the items on the agenda

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TODAY’S WONDER VALLEY FOOD DISTRIBUTION CANCELLED

Today’s Salvation Army food distribution at the Wonder Valley Community Center, normally scheduled for 11 a.m., has been cancelled. It’s unclear if the food distribution will be rescheduled for a later date. For more information, call the Wonder Valley Community Center at 760-367-9880.

CALL FOR ART “HUNKER DOWN FOR WINTER” AT THE 29 PALMS VISITOR CENTER GALLERY

Desert artists are invited to submit an original piece of art for the “Hunker Down for Winter!” theme in the next Art in Public Places exhibition. Here’s reporter Tanisha Cureton for your invitation…

“Hunker Down for Winter!” is the theme for the next Art in Public Places exhibition from January

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Coming up in high school sports, the Yucca Valley High School girls’ basketball team will participate in the Desert Classic tournament, through Thursday, December 30, at Desert Christian High School in Bermuda Dunes.

The Twentynine Palms High School girls’ basketball team will participate in the Ayala Tournament in Chino Hills,

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HUNDREDS COME OUT FOR “MARA’S CHRISTMAS WISH” CHRISTMAS DAY

Hundreds of people began lining up early Christmas Day at the Yucca Valley Community Center for “Mara’s Christmas Wish,” an enthusiastic volunteer effort to continue the selfless work of Mara Cantelo’s “Tender Loving Christmas” event. Mara was lost to the communities of the Morongo Basin earlier this year; dozens of

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NEW STATE LAWS WILL AFFECT PETS IN 2018

Some new laws concerning pets will be in effect in California after the ball drops January 1, 2018. Reporter Tanisha Cureton gives the details…

Strange as it may seem, some people knowingly—or unknowingly—rent or lease dogs or cats. A new law will invalidate such contracts, and the person who is

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TWO FIRES OVER HOLIDAY WEEKEND

Area firefighters responded to two fires over the weekend. On Saturday, Yucca Mesa and Yucca Valley firefighters were called at 1:25 p.m. to a small mobile home fire in Landers in the 900 block of Juniper. Firefighters were on scene at 1:40 and had the fire out at 1:55 p.m.

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THEATRE 29 IMPROVISATIONAL TROUPE ON STAGE THIS SATURDAY NIGHT

The “Baker’s Dozen” Improv Troupe has enjoyed a wildly successful first year with enthusiastic audiences filling Theatre 29 to overflow capacity. Their finale show for 2017 this Saturday is entitled, “Dashing Through the Dough.” With more here’s Rebecca Havely…

Join the Baker’s Dozen Improv Troupe to ring in the New

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SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICES OFFER A 24 HOUR HOTLINE LOCALLY

The Morongo Basin Sexual Assault Services now provides a 24-hour crisis hot-line to help survivors of sexual assault. Counselors can accompany sexual assault survivors to medical exams, police and legal interviews, and court appearances. Speakers are available to talk to schools and community groups about sexual assault and rape prevention.

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YOUR TRASH HAS A LONG LIFE OF ITS OWN

Here’s one for you: Did you ever wonder exactly what kind of “footprint” you’re leaving on the planet? Reporter Mike Lipsitz breaks down the decomposition of everyday trash…

Toss your “footprint-making” leather shoes out of your vehicle and it’ll be another 25 to 40 years before they disappear (unless another

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TWENTYNINE PALMS ART GALLERY IS LOOKING FOR STUDENT ART

The 29 Palms Art Gallery invites all art students in grades nine through 12 to enter one work of art in its annual student art show. Reporter Eric Knabe has the details for the artistically minded…

All students, including home schooled, private school, and “ICE” participants, are eligible to enter

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Coming up in high school sports, the Twentynine Palms High School boys’ basketball team will participate in the Max Preps Holiday Classic tournament, through Thursday, December 30.

HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM CLOSING

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum will be closing due to renovation and maintenance projects. Here’s reporter Tanisha Cureton with the details…

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum will be closed until January 31 to finish renovations and maintenance projects to reorganize permanent exhibitions and a new temporary exhibit. The “Echoes of Silent Spring:

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YOU’RE INVITED TO MARA’S CHRISTMAS WISH DINNER

With the passing of Mara Cantelo earlier this year, the fate of the annual Christmas Day feast was in doubt. Some volunteers have stepped up, though, to ensure that the event goes on. With your invitation, here’s managing editor Tami Roleff…

For a variety of reasons, many Morongo Basin neighbors

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BLOOD DRIVE AT WALMART TUESDAY

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive Tuesday, December 26, at Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley from 10 to 3. Due to a nationwide blood shortage, all blood types and all types of blood donations are needed. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream offers donors free cholesterol screening with every

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YUCCA VALLEY HOLIDAY HOURS

Except for emergency services and specifically scheduled programs, Yucca Valley town offices will be closed until Tuesday, January 2. Here, once again, with the hours for other town departments is managing editor Tami Roleff…

Building and Safety services in Yucca Valley will be limited to inspections only from December 26

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