VOTER GUIDES HIT MORONGO BASIN MAILBOXES

Morongo Basin residents should start receiving their voter information guides this week for November’s general election. The guide includes a sample ballot as well as information about the propositions, local measures, and voting. The back cover of the guide has the voter’s polling location. Voters are encouraged to hold on

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NON-PARTISAN POLITICAL POP-UP PUTS CANDIDATES AND VOTERS TOGETHER

Candidates for offices across the Morongo Basin met with voters at Saturday’s non-partisan political pop up sponsored by Z107.7 and the Sportsman’s Club in Joshua Tree. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us who turned out to meet with voters…

Candidates and voters turned out in about equal numbers offering ample access

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TWENTYNINE PALM COUNCIL CANDIDATES FORUM HEARS DIFFERING OPINIONS

Four candidates for the Twentynine Palms City Council aired their views last week in a two-hour forum sponsored by Z1077 FM. Reporter David Haldane was there… There’s a fair amount of agreement regarding priorities among Twentynine Palms’ four candidates vying for two City Council seats in the November election. One

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MORONGO BASIN THEATERS BRING HOME DESERT THEATER LEAGUE AWARDS

The Desert Theatre League, an organization of 30 amateur and professional theater organizations in the hi- and low-desert areas, held its annual “Desert Stars Awards” Sunday night at a sold-out event in Palm Desert. Morongo Basin theaters were well represented, bringing home some of the top awards from hundreds of

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LECTURE ABOUT THE FIRST LADY OF THE DESERT TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Historical Society continues its second Wednesday lecture series with the story of the First Lady of the Desert. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the details… This lecture entitled, “Minerva Hoyt: Apostle of the Cacti, First Lady of the Desert” will be presented October 12. Retired Joshua Tree National

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MORONGO BASIN MAC SMELLS FREE MONEY

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council smells free money. Reporter David Haldane explains… If you live on a street that needs crosswalks, the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council wants to hear from you. Ditto traffic lights, bike lanes, paving or storm drains. In fact, just about anything having to do

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT, VOCATIONAL EQUIPMENT AND A TEXTBOOK REVIEW

Occupational training is on the agenda of tonight’s meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education. Reporter David Haldane takes a look… Future dental technicians and food service workers will get a treat at tonight’s regular meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education; several thousand

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW

The Joshua Tree Clean Team will be out tomorrow, Wednesday, October 12. They will meet at the Joshua Tree Library at a new start time of 8:00 a.m. The Clean Team volunteers will work for one short hour and then meet for coffee and conversation at the Part Rock Cafe.

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SINGALONG AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL AT YUCCA VALLEY SENIOR CENTER TOMORROW

A singalong and ice cream social is set for tomorrow, Wednesday, October 12. Join keyboard wizard Cat Cohen as he turns his Casio synthesizer into an amazing array of instruments and performs pop, jazz, rock, country, Broadway, international hits, and more, at the Yucca Valley Senior Center tomorrow from 1:15

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COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS MEETS TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Chapter of the Compassionate Friends, a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child, meets tomorrow and every second Wednesday of the month from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm, at the Helen Gray Center in Joshua Tree. For more information, please contact Kristin

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES

The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojans’ volleyball team beat the Twentynine Palms Ladycats in four sets yesterday. Coach Darrell Sterling said leading the way was freshman EJ Day with 16 kills on 35 attempts, two blocks, and two assists. Sophomore Julia Conrad had 12 kills on 28 attempts, one

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WOMAN DIES AFTER FALLING FROM CLIFF IN PIONEERTOWN

A woman visiting Pioneertown fell off a cliff and died late Friday night. According to the county coroner’s office, Daena Kirk, 35, of Tehachapi, was with another man and woman on top of a hill about midnight when Kirk didn’t see a cliff and fell down the shale-covered slope. Her

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ACCUSED OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested last week, accused of sexually abusing three children. The Orange County District Attorney’s office says Brandi Valadez, 40, faces four felony charges of lewd acts on children under 14 and two charges of child abuse. The children, two boys under the ages of 10

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FOUR MARINES ARRESTED AFTER SHOTS FIRED AT TWENTYNINE PALMS BAR

Four active-duty Marines were arrested following a fight outside a Twentynine Palms bar where shots were fired early Sunday morning. At about 1:31 a.m. Sunday morning, sheriff’s deputies responded to a fight involving multiple subjects at the Break N’ Run Bar at 72143 29 Palms Highway. As deputies were responding,

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14-YEAR-OLD BOY ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY FOLLOWING HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT

A 14-year-old boy was arrested Friday afternoon following a high-speed chase on a dirt bike through Yucca Valley neighborhoods. According to a Sheriff’s report, Deputy Shaunna Ables tried to stop the boy who was riding an off-road motorcycle on surface streets near Balsa Avenue and Onaga Trail about 4:30 p.m.

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HELP MAY BE ON THE WAY, HOMELESS VETERANS SOUGHT

If you’re a homeless veteran, help may be close. The U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, partnering with Loma Linda Healthcare Systems and Joshua Tree VFW Post 7264, will hold a Homeless Veterans Outreach event offering counseling, behavioral services and various other support services aimed at helping homeless veterans get back

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REPAIR SCAMS SPRINGING UP AS THE WEATHER COOLS DOWN

With the prospect of cooler weather coming in the fall, many Californians are considering making home improvements – and that has consumer watchdog groups warning homeowners to beware of con artists offering steep discounts. Managing editor Tami Roleff warns homeowners to beware of con artists offering steep discounts… Fraud fighter

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LEARN ABOUT REMOTE AND MISUNDERSTOOD CALIFORNIA DESERT LANDS

A very unique opportunity to discover some of the most remote and misunderstood lands in the California, under a spectacular full moon, is being offered n by the Mojave Desert Land trust, Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells how take part in the journey…… California’s desert communities will celebrate the National Park

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ART RECEPTION AT DOWNTOWN TWENTYNINE PALMS GALLERY FRIDAY

A reception for the fall Art in Public Places exhibition, “Women Pioneers: Tough as Nails,” will be combined with a Pioneer Days opening celebration this Friday, October 14, at the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center Gallery and Chamber of Commerce in downtown Twentynine Palms. The public is invited to the reception

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER LECTURE ON HEALTHY EATING ON A BUDGET WEDNESDAY

The Hi-Desert Medical Center is hosting a fall health lecture series. Reporter Rebecca Havely has your invitation to the next lecture in the series… The Hi-Desert Medical Center is offering a series of health related lectures the next in the series will be held on Wednesday, October 12 from 6

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