JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK EXTREMELY BUSY THIS WEEK

Over-capacity crowds are challenging Joshua Tree National Park this week. The recent rains have filled Barker Dam in Joshua Tree National Park, and there is water in Rattlesnake Canyon, and combined with the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, it seems everyone and their brother wants to visit Joshua Tree National

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SPEND NEW YEAR’S EVE AT SKY’S THE LIMIT STAR PARTY

Spend the last night of 2016 with Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center during a star party tonight. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will end about 8:30 p.m., but you are encouraged to come when you can and leave when you want. Highlights will be the planets

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NEW CALPERS EXPECTATIONS WILL COST LOCAL PUBLIC AGENCIES

The state’s public pension system, Calpers, recently lowered its sights regarding future investment returns. That could cost California cities and public agencies—including those in the Morongo Basin—lots of money. Reporter David Haldane explains…

If you work for a California municipality or public agency, your employer may have to pick up

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A LOOK BACK AT 2016 MORONGO BASIN NEWS, PART 4 OF 4

As 2016 comes to a close, we continue to look back on some of the top stories of the year. Here’s the last of a four-part series.

Several visitors—famous and infamous—made surprise appearances to the Morongo Basin earlier this year.

In September, a stolen big rig was driven from

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MARINE COMMANDER RELIEVED OF DUTY AFTER AIRCRAFT CRASHES

The commander of a Marine aircraft squadron plagued with crashes, including aboard the Twentynine Palms Marine base, was relieved of command Wednesday. The Marine Corps said Lieutenant Colonel Wade Workman, commander of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232, was relieved “due to a loss of trust and confidence in his ability

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CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK MONDAY

The annual Christmas Bird Count is set for this Monday. Managing editor Tami Roleff says volunteers can choose to count in one of two locations…

Once again, the San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society will hold a Christmas Bird Count in Joshua Tree National Park on Monday, January 2. Counters will

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FINAL SKY’S THE LIMIT’ STAR PARTY OF 2016 TOMORROW NIGHT

Spend the last night of 2016 with Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center during a star party, Saturday, December 31. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will end about 8:30 p.m., but you are encouraged to come when you can and leave when you want. Highlights will be

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK EXTREMELY BUSY THIS WEEK

Over-capacity crowds are challenging Joshua Tree National Park this week. The recent rains have filled Barker Dam in Joshua Tree National Park, and there is water in Rattlesnake Canyon, and combined with the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, it seems everyone and their brother wants to visit Joshua Tree National

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A LOOK BACK AT MORONGO BASIN NEWS IN 2016, PART 3 OF 4

As 2016 comes to a close, we look back on some of the top stories of the year.

After more than a year of bitter arguments, the Morongo Unified School District and the Morongo Teacher’s Association union finally reached an agreement on a new contract. The teachers received a stepped

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FIREPLACE SAFETY TIPS

As the weather turns cooler, many residents will throw another log on the fire to help stay warm. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers these safety tips for your fireplaces to decrease the chance of having a preventable home fire…

Follow these fireplace safety precautions to help you enjoy your fire

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SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED IN 29 PALMS FOR NOT REGISTERING

A registered sex offender was arrested Friday for failing to register with the Sheriff’s Department. Sex offenders are required by law to register with local law enforcement either five days before or after their birthdays. Peter Wolik, of the 73400 block of El Paseo Drive in Twentynine Palms, was out

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ACCUSED OF FELONY EVADING AND CAR THEFT

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested last Thursday, accused of vehicle theft and felony evading. Taylor Towne, 21, was arrested about midnight near the intersection of South Slope Drive and Aztec Avenue in Twentynine Palms. The Sheriff’s Department has not released any additional information about the arrest. In addition to

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THEATRE 29 TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR “DISNEY’S MARY POPPINS”

The first major musical of the 2017 season at Theatre 29 is “Disney’s Mary Poppins.” The casting calls for 16 featured characters, two children and a dance ensemble; all roles are open. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the audition details… Open auditions for “Disney’s Mary Poppins take place on Monday, January

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BLOOD DRIVE AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO TOMORROW

Lifestream will conduct a community blood drive on Thursday, December 29, at Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Lifestream now offers donors free cholesterol screening and a mini physical with every blood donation. For more information, call 800-TRY-GIVING.

FOOD FOR LIFE SERVES 359 CHRISTMAS MEALS IN TWENTYNINE

Christmas was indeed merry at Palms Baptist Church in Twentynine Palms where Food for Life served 359 Christmas dinners, gave toys and clothes to the children attending, and had Santa ready to get requests for presents. The drawing for the raffle to benefit the building fund was held. Food for

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POWER OUTAGE MONDAY AFFECTS TWENTYNINE PALMS, JOSHUA TREE

A significant chunk of the Morongo Basin was without power for several hours Monday, when temps in some areas dipped down into the 30s. A live wire went down at a substation on Two Mile Road in Twentynine Palms just after 8 a.m. More than 6700 customers in Twentynine Palms

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THEATER 29 REORGANIZES THEIR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Theatre 29, the non-profit community theatre organization, held its yearly reorganization meeting December 13 and elected new officers and board members for 2017. Reporter Rebecca Havely names the new volunteers… Elected for two-year terms were incumbents Brian Tabeling, Kathryn Ferguson, and Charles Harvey. Joining the board were newcomers Patti Brown

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Cemetery District Board of Directors will hold its regular meeting tonight (Tuesday, December 27). Directors will review and approve its revised policy manual, discuss potential pricing changes, select a date for a sale of surplus items, and discuss having employees share the cost of insurance premiums. Under

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DON’T MISS THE SUNNYVALE LIGHT SHOW IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A small boutique hotel in Twentynine Palms is once again putting on a spectacular holiday light show, and is inviting Morongo Basin residents to enjoy the twinkling and sparkling display. Edica Gonzalez has the details… The Sunnyvale Garden Suites Hotel is once again hosting a holiday light show set to

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HOLIDAY CLOSURES

The administrative offices for the Town of Yucca Valley and the City of Twentynine Palms, as well as Copper Mountain College, are closed through January 2. The San Bernardino County Courthouse in Joshua Tree, as well as government offices and banks, will be closed Monday, December 26. The Hi-Desert Nature

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