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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HOLIDAY SHOPPING SAFETY TIPS

The holiday season is always a special time of year. It is also a time when busy people become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department offers the following tips for shopping safely: Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in

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HOLIDAY MEAL COULD HARM YOUR PET

The majority of emergency room for pet visits during the holidays revolve around the turkey. Don’t feed your dog or cat any food from your holiday meal. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more about how even a small piece of turkey skin or butter-coated vegetable can cause a life-threatening illness

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CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICES AT DESERT HILLS CHURCH

Desert Hills Presbyterian Church will have a Christmas carols and candlelight service 5:00 p.m. Saturday, December 24. The Christmas Day service will be held at 11 a.m., one hour later than usual. Desert Hills Presbyterian Church is located at 56750 Mountain View Trail in Yucca Valley. For more information call

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TLC INVITATION

The TLC Christmas Day feast is a Morongo Basin holiday tradition now in its 33rd year. But Mara Cantelo and Tender Loving Christmas can’t do it without the help of hundreds of volunteers today. They need helpers at the Yucca Valley community center to help turn the room into a

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CHRISTMAS MEAL TO BE SERVED TODAY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Food for Life will be serving its Christmas meal at Palms Baptist Church on Adobe Road from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 24. They will be serving a full ham dinner. Volunteers are still needed. To volunteer call Teresa Brown at 562-324-9099. You will need to wear black

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COLD WEATHER REMINDERS FOR AREA DRIVERS

With very wintery weather forecast for our Morongo Basin area, and chances of snow this weekend, Edica Gonzalez has some reminders about winter driving… Be prepared for winter driving. If you are traveling up into the mountains to see snow, bring chains for your vehicle. Don’t pass a snowplow; the

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THE TLC CHRISTMAS DAY FEAST AND CELEBRATION IS THIS SUNDAY IN YUCCA VALLEY

The TLC Christmas Day feast is a Morongo Basin holiday tradition now in its 33rd year. Reporter Mike Lipsitz put out the call… For a variety of reasons, many Morongo Basin neighbors find themselves isolated over the holidays. If that’s you, or it sounds like someone you know, then TLC

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NEW ADMINISTRATION URGED TO PROTECT 10 IMPERILED SPECIES, ONE LOCALLY

A new report from the Endangered Species Coalition lists what its experts believe are the top 10 species for the incoming Trump administration to prioritize, in terms of taking steps to make them healthier, and two of them are in California. Managing editor Tami Roleff says one species is found

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