COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASSES AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

Community education classes are available at Copper Mountain College. These classes are designed for students who just want to try something new. Community education classes do not require any assessment testing nor do they generate any college credit. In addition, Copper Mountain College offers online open enrollment programs for students

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SKY’S THE LIMIT STAR PARTY TONIGHT

Spend the first weekend of 2017 with Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center during a star party, tonight, Saturday, January 7. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will end about 8 p.m., but you are encouraged to come when you can and leave when you want. Highlights will

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LIFETREE CAFÉ TO DISCUSS EMBRYO ADOPTION

Lively discussions on issues and concepts that spark thought are offered every week at the Life Tree Café in Twentynine Palms. Managing editor Tami Roleff has this week’s subject… The adoption and implantation of human embryos will be discussed at the next Lifetree Café Sunday, January 8. The free 4

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COUNTY FIGHTING PLACEMENT OF DANGEROUS SEX OFFENDER IN THE MORONGO BASIN

Over the last six months, the County District Attorney’s office has fought efforts to have convicted sexually violent predator Luther Evans placed in the Morongo Basin. The proposed area of release includes Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, Morongo Valley, or neighboring communities of the Morongo Basin. In October 2003, Evans was

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DON’T BE A VICTIM OF CHECK-CASHING SCAM

A scammer tried to fool a Joshua Tree resident recently with a check-cashing scam. The resident had placed an ad in a reputable magazine to sell a dog. The scammer sent a check for the dog plus additional funds to ship the dog, and then asked the seller to place

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IN PART 4, WE LOOK AT NEW STATE LAWS FOR 2017

As we welcome a new year, we continue our look at new laws that took effect January 1. Terminally ill patients in California will be allowed to use experimental drugs, which do not have full regulatory approval, to decide when they want to end their lives. It authorizes, but does

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LIFETREE CAFÉ TO DISCUSS EMBRYO ADOPTION

Lively discussions on issues and concepts that spark thought are offered every week at the Life Tree Café in Twentynine Palms. Managing editor Tami Roleff has this week’s subject… The adoption and implantation of human embryos will be discussed at the next Lifetree Café Sunday, January 8. The free 4

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TRI-VALLEY LITTLE LEAGUE REGISTRATION STARTS TOMORROW

Registration for 2017 Tri-Valley Little League starts tomorrow. Early registration will be at the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center Saturday, January 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Regular registration will be Wednesday, January 11, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, January 21 from

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HI-DESERT SPECIAL MEETING TONIGHT: JOBS AND MANHOLE COVERS

The Hi-Desert Water District board of directors cancelled its regular meeting for last night and scheduled a special meeting tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff takes a look at the agenda…. Water district jobs—both current and new—are among the items that are on the agenda for tonight’s special meeting of the

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HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM “SEEDS” EXHIBIT OPENS TODAY

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum’s newest exhibit: “Seeds: Nature’s Artful Engineering,” opens today and will run through March 11. The exhibit explores the diversity, beauty, and importance of native California plants and their seeds through photographs. More than 25 detailed photos of seeds and more than 30 seed specimens are featured

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES

The Twentynine Palms High School boys’ basketball team traveled to Hemet to face the Bulldogs in a non-conference matchup Wednesday. They came out victorious with a 66-52 score. Coach T.J. Stanford said leading the ’Cats in scoring was D’Shaun Barrett with 22 points and four steals. Adam Bell had another

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TRASH CAN FIRE IN YUCCA VALLEY LITTLE LEAGUE RESTROOM

The Sheriff’s Department and the County Fire Department are investigating a fire set in the restroom at the Little League ball field in Yucca Valley Tuesday morning. About 9:30, a town employee discovered that unknown suspects had taken all the toilet paper in the men’s restroom and put it in

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED WITH A STOLEN MOTORCYCLE

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Monday, accused of being in possession of a stolen motorcycle. According to a Sheriff’s report, a neighbor called about 1 p.m. to report a suspicious man in front of her home in the 56500 block of Antelope Trail. The arriving deputy discovered a motorcycle,

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CACTUS SEWABLES QUILT GUILD MEET MONDAY IN YUCCA VALLEY

Cactus Sewables Quilt Guild will hold its general meeting on January 9 in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center, 57098 29Palms Hwy. Doors open at 12:30 and the meeting begins promptly at 1:00 p.m. New officers will be installed and outgoing officers and committee chairpersons will be

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MAN RESCUED WHEN CAR SKIDS OFF ROAD INTO WATER-FILLED DITCH IN YUCCA VALLEY

A man escaped injury, but his car is totaled, when his car skidded off the roadway and landed in a water-filled ditch in Yucca Valley early New Year’s Day. Swift water rescue personnel were called about 3:30 a.m. to Kickapoo Avenue and Yucca Trail where they found the gray, four-door

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SALES TAX DROPPING STATEWIDE, EXCEPT IN YUCCA VALLEY

Lots of new laws went into effect on January 1. While some may be cause for concern, others are the harbingers of good news. Reporter David Haldane tells us about one change likely to draw applause in the Morongo Basin… The State of California has a New Year’s present for

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FREE SURPLUS FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN YUCCA VALLEY YESTERDAY

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will hold a distribution of federal surplus food 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, January 4, at the Pacific Clinics, 56020 Santa Fe Trail, Suite M, in Yucca Valley.

CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

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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RIDE ORVS RESPONSIBLY

An increase in the use of off-road vehicles is expected at this time of year. Reporter Sara Snyder has some reminders for riders…

This time of year, the Morongo Basin will experience an increase in off-road activity and illegal trespass. Riders need to respect private property and public lands by

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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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