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, The Gene Evaro Jr. band, 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 travelled to Nashville to

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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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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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ELKS HOOP SHOOT WINNERS NAMED

Two boys and one girl won the first round of the “Elks Hoop Shoot” Sunday. For the boys, the 10-11 year old winner was Jonathon Aguirre and 12-13 was Carlos Williams. For the girls, it was Adrianna Olmeda in the 10-11 year old division. The three Twentynine Palms champions will

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TLC LOOKING FOR GIFT BAG DONATIONS

The volunteers of TLC, or Tender Loving Christmas, are looking for help with donations for their gift basket program. Reporter Kirby Davis tells you how… Every year, Tender Loving Christmas (TLC) puts together gift bags to give to homeless people and those in convalescent homes. Ideal items include toiletries, playing

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DRIVER KILLED IN FRIDAY MORNING TWENTYNINE PALMS CRASH IDENTIFIED

The San Bernardino County Coroner’s office has identified the woman who was killed in a crash in Twentynine Palms Friday morning as Samantha Reyes, 19, of Joshua Tree. According to the California Highway Patrol Officer Randy O’Brien, Reyes, was driving a gray 2006 Toyota Tundra pickup truck southbound on Lear

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PASTORS, CHOIRS, AND CHURCHES SOUGHT FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY EVENT

Twentynine Palms Bible Baptist Church is seeking pastors, choirs, and churches who are interested in being a part of the program for the Martin Luther King Junior Day celebration in January. The theme of the event is All Lives Matter. The annual march on January 16 will be followed by

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING TOMORROW

Santa Claus will make an appearance at the official Twentynine Palms Tree lighting tomorrow. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has your invitation… Santa Claus will make a visit to Twentynine Palms Tuesday, following the lighting of the city’s Christmas Tree in Veterans’ Park. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with opening

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THEATRE 29’S SERENITY PATIO

Theatre 29 is developing a Serenity Patio just to the east of the theater building. This area includes a giant Simi Dabah sculpture, reminiscent of the iconic Comedy and Drama masks, a beautiful garden, and seating area. Reporter Sara Snyder says that you, too, can be a part of the

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DONATE TOYS FOR TENDER LOVING CHRISTMAS

San Bernardino County Professional Firefighters have been busy throughout Morongo Basin this week. They’ve been placing collection boxes at area businesses, including 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

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF TRYING TO STEAL A CAR

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Wednesday afternoon, accused of trying to hotwire and steal a car. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 6900 block of Manzanita Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 1:45 p.m. for a report that two men and a child were wandering around

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PROTECT YOUR DOG AGAINST PARVOVIRUS

If your dog contracts the parvovirus it can be hard to eradicate. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has some helpful hints…

Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious disease that is often fatal, especially for young puppies. Parvo is prevalent in the Morongo Basin, and the Yucca Valley Animal Shelter receives calls

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MENTAL HEALTH HELP AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN

Early identification of mental illness could change a child’s life; with more here’s assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz…

Untreated mental health problems impact children, families, schools and communities. Assessing and addressing problems at a young age improves a child’s quality of life and his or her chance to succeed. Early Identification

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TWENTYNINE PALMS ART GALLERY EXHIBITION AND RECEPTION

The 29 Palms Art Gallery’s newest exhibition is a holiday mini show with original art by guild members. The art in this show is 12×12 inches or smaller, with prices to match. In addition to the mini show, guild members are on display in the Pickering Room. The featured artist

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FATAL CRASH IN TWENTYNINE PALMS FRIDAY MORNING

A woman was killed and a man critically injured in a head-on crash in Twentynine Palms early this morning. According to CHP Officer Randy O’Brien, Samantha Reyes, 19, was driving a gray 2006 Toyota Tundra pickup truck southbound on Lear Avenue at a speed greater than 55 miles per hour,

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CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER ACCUSED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS RAPE

A convicted sex offender was arrested Wednesday evening, accused of rape. According to limited information from the Sheriff’s Department, a woman went to the Sheriff’s station in Joshua Tree about 4 p.m. Wednesday to say that she had been raped a couple days earlier at an unidentified location on Two

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TWENTYNINE PALMS ART GALLERY EXHIBITION AND RECEPTION

The 29 Palms Art Gallery will open an exhibition with a reception this Sunday. Managing editor Tami Roleff has your invitation… The 29 Palms Art Gallery’s newest exhibition is a holiday mini show with original art by guild members. The art in this show is 12×12 inches or smaller, with

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