NEW BILL FREES SOLDIERS FROM HAVING TO PAY BACK SIGNING BONUSES

The $611 billion National Defense Authorization Act goes before the U.S. Senate this week: the house approved it on Friday. It is expected to free thousands of California soldiers from paying back millions of dollars they owed the Pentagon for receiving unauthorized bonuses for extending their service. Reporter David Haldane

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INTELLIGENT DESIGN CONSIDERED AT THE LIFETREE CAFÉ

The area discussion group, Lifetree Café, will have a stimulating conversation about intelligent design this Sunday. Reporter Edica Gonzales has your invitation… Perspectives on intelligent design theory will be explored at a program sponsored by Lifetree Café. A filmed interview with an atheist professor—whose controversial view on the plausibility of

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LOCAL SERVICES PLANNED FOR SUE MEADOR

Sue Meador, a 26-year resident of Twentynine Palms, died November 28 in La Jolla. She was 85 years old. Sue Meador is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Geselle and Dwayne McKnight, her son, Bill Meador, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Sue Meador received her master’s degree in education from

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HOME FIRE SAFETY TIPS

Fires kill more Americans than all natural disasters combined, and 85 percent of all fire deaths occur in residences. A few simple steps may save your life and the lives of loved ones. Reporter Kirby Davis offers these safety tips… Smoke and flames can engulf a house very quickly. Smoke

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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, Gene Evaro Jr., 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 traveled to Nashville to showcase for

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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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FREE FEDERAL SURPLUS FOOD GIVEAWAY IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will hold a distribution of federal surplus food from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, December 7, at Pacific Clinics, 56020 Santa Fe Trail, Suite M, in Yucca Valley.

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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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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VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR TENDER LOVING CHRISTMAS

The Tender Loving Christmas, TLC, event set for this Christmas Day is in the preparation stage and volunteers are needed. Reporter Kirby Davis says volunteers will meet tomorrow… So much to do, so little time do it. Tender Loving Christmas needs hundreds of volunteers for its 33rd annual Christmas Day

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ASSEMBLYMAN CHAD MAYES YUCCA VALLEY OFFICE HOURS MONDAY

District staff representatives for Assemblyman Chad Mayes will hold office hours at the Yucca Valley Community Center Monday, December 5. Staff representatives will be available from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Mesquite Room to answer questions and help residents with any issues they may have with state government.

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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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YUCCA VALLEY MAN CONVICTED OF KILLING WOMAN BY SETTING HER ON FIRE

A Yucca Valley man was convicted Thursday of the 2011 torture and burning death of his ex-girlfriend, Maria Banuelos. A Rancho Cucamonga jury found 43-year-old Hector Meza guilty of one count of first degree murder, with the jury finding true the special circumstances that the murder was committed during

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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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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF HITTING FATHER WITH PIPE

A 21-year-old Yucca Valley man was arrested Thursday after he allegedly hit his father with a pipe. Deputies were called to the 55900 block of Navajo Trail following an argument between the two men about 3 p.m. After an investigation, Steven Levitt was arrested on suspicion of assault with a

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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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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF MOLESTING TWO YOUNG CHILDREN

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday, accused of sexual molestation of two young children. According to the Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called about 2 p.m. to Bannock Trail in Yucca Valley for a report that Joshua Jackson, 23, had touched a 4-year-old and 6-year-old child in a sexual manner.

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