CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS START WEDNESDAY AT THE TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY

The children’s programs at the Twentynine Palms Library start this week. Assignment reporter Cassie Zimarik has details and tells you how to sign the kids up… Children are welcome to join the Twentynine Palms Library for the upcoming children’s programs in January and February. During the first six-week session of

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Yucca Valley High School boys’ soccer competed at Ontario Christian Christmas Classic Tournament December 28, 29, and 30. Coach Jorge Rodriguez said, “We started off very slow with two losses, but we got stronger and more confident as the week went on. We finished with two wins in a row.”

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CALL FOR ART AT TWENTYNINE PALMS VISITOR CENTER ART GALLERY

“A Walk in the Park” is the theme of the next art exhibition at the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center and Art Gallery. Desert artists are invited to bring an original piece of art that celebrates 80 years of Joshua Tree National Monument and Park, or 100 years of the National

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STAY SAFE WHEN IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

This is a busy season at Joshua Tree National Park. Ranger Pam Tripp has some advice for enjoying the Park safely… Joshua Tree National Park is full of wondrous beauty, fantastic hikes, and plenty of chances for the sound of quiet. There is nothing like a drive, a nice hike,

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ASSEMBLYMAN CHAD MAYES TO HOLD OFFICE HOURS IN YUCCA VALLEY

Assemblyman Chad Mayes will hold office hours at the Yucca Valley Community Center Wednesday, January 6. Staff representatives will be available from 10 until 2 in the Mesquite Room to answer questions and help residents with issues they may have with government. Mayes encourages residents who are not able to

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BLOOD BANK NEEDS O-NEGATIVE BLOOD

The region’s blood banks are in desperate need of O-negative blood, as there is insufficient supply to meet the demand of local hospitals. Only about 7 percent of the population has O-negative blood. Those with O-negative blood are known as “universal donors” as their blood can be accepted by all

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HOME SAVED, GARAGE DESTROYED, IN TWENTYNINE PALMS NEW YEAR’S DAY FIRE

Twentynine Palms firefighters saved a house from being destroyed by fire early New Year’s Day. According to Fire Captain Robert Marquez, firefighters were called to the home in the 5400 block of Daisy Avenue shortly before 8 a.m., where they found smoke and flames coming from the garage behind the

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MORE NEW LAWS THAT WILL AFFECT CALIFORNIANS IN 2016:

Some of the 807 laws passed in 2015 will affect everyday issues faced by Californians. Utilities are now required to have 50 percent of their energy come from renewable energy, such as solar and wind, by 2030. The Department of Fish and Wildlife has been granted new authority to protect

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BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR THE HOMELESS: A TINY HOUSE

Volunteers in Los Angeles were busy last week trying to finish 10 tiny wooden houses for the homeless. The volunteers are part of a group called My Tiny House Project LA, a movement to build stop-gap shelters in L.A., San Diego, and Oakland. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more details…

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SHERIFF TO CONDUCT OFF-ROAD PATROL OVER NEW YEAR’S WEEKEND

As a reminder over this New Year’s holiday weekend, many off-highway vehicle riders will be out enjoying their OHV’s in the Morongo Basin desert areas. This weekend, the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station will have OHV patrol units out meeting with riders and campers, educating them, and issuing citations if necessary.

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OIL AND GAS COMPANIES STOCKPILING PUBLIC LANDS

Oil and gas companies are stockpiling leases on public land in California, sometimes for many years, without developing it—or paying rent on it—according to a recent report from the Wilderness Society. The authors say that’s a problem because the land can’t be leased to another company or used for anything

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APPLICATIONS TAKEN FOR GREENLEAF SCHOLARSHIP AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

Local high school seniors are invited to apply for the Roy Greenleaf Jr. Scholarship, sponsored by the Copper Mountain College Foundation. The scholarship will pay the winning applicant’s tuition, books, fees, and living expenses for his or her entire academic career, as long as the student attends Copper Mountain College

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SKY’S THE LIMIT STAR PARTY THIS SATURDAY NIGHT

Celebrate the new year by star gazing at Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center. Managing editor Tami Roleff says there will be plenty to see… Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, January 2. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms Observatory about 5:30 p.m.

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SUBMISSIONS SOUGHT FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS FILM FESTIVAL

Organizers of the 29 Palms Military Film Festival are looking for screenplays for its inaugural film fest to be held in May. The event will honor military films and the courage that inspired them. To enter a military-themed screenplay for consideration in the festival, call 323-782-1300 or email marcberry@basiclead.com. The

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BALLROOM AND SWING DANCING CLASSES OFFERED IN YUCCA VALLEY

Fun and exercise? Ballroom and swing dancing classes offered through the Town of Yucca Valley can give you both. Reporter David Knutson tells you how to sign up… The Yucca Valley Community Center has been hosting winter dance classes instructed by Chris Perry. Winter sessions include Ballroom Dancing Class and

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SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT NEEDS PUBLIC HELP IN IDENTIFYING SUSPECTS IN ARMED ROBBERY

The Sheriff’s Department is asking the public’s help in identifying two Hispanic men who are suspects in an armed robbery at the “new” Stater Brothers grocery store on the east end of Yucca Valley. The armed robbery occurred about 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, the

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SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT NEEDS PUBLIC HELP IN IDENTIFYING SUSPECTS IN ARMED ROBBERY

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The Sheriff’s Department is asking the public’s help in identifying two Hispanic men who are suspects in an armed robbery at the “new” Stater Brothers grocery store on the east end of Yucca Valley. The armed robbery occurred about 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. A photo of the

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CHP ON MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT PATROL OVER THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND

A lot of people will be traveling during the New Year’s holiday, which means the California Highway Patrol will be conducting a maximum enforcement period from 6 p.m. tonight through midnight Sunday, January 3. All available officers will be out on the roads for enhanced enforcement efforts, focusing on impaired

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NEW STATE MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAWS TAKE EFFECT FRIDAY

California’s medical marijuana industry is growing up fast, so to speak, because a new law professionalizing the growth, sale and taxation of the plant that goes into effect Friday. The California Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act establishes a new state agency, the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation, that will

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SHERIFF TO CONDUCT OFF-ROAD PATROLS NEW YEARS WEEKEND

As a reminder over this New Year’s holiday weekend, many off-highway vehicle riders will be out enjoying their OHV’s in the Morongo Basin desert areas. This weekend, the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station will have OHV patrol units out meeting with riders and campers, educating them, and issuing citations if necessary.

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