ADULT SOFTBALL LEAGUES OFFERED IN YUCCA VALLEY

Enjoy the fall weather by joining a slow-pitch, adult softball league offered by the Town of Yucca Valley. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has all the bases covered and tells you how to join in … Slow-pitch, adult softball begins next week and includes a men’s league, women’s league or two coed

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORE AND SCHEDULES

After struggling last year, the Yucca Valley High School Trojan Football team started out their season with a big win Friday night. Coach Andrew Amarosa said his varsity team won the game with Granite Hills High School, 27-6. Amarosa said the team dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides

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YUCCA VALLEY MAYOR HOLDS OFFICE HOURS MONDAY

Yucca Valley Mayor George Huntington holds “office hours” at the Town Hall every Monday from 4 to 5 p.m. This is an opportunity for residents to meet with the mayor to discuss concerns, ideas for the community, or to learn more about the activities going on in the town. Meetings

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HARRISON HOUSE CONCERT TO MARK ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

There will be a very special concert at the Harrison House in Joshua Tree this Sunday. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the Chamber music concert will commemorate the Armenian Genocide… Harrison House will commemorate the centennial of Armenian genocide with a performance by the Pogossian family string quartet and quintet.

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HOLLYWOOD KNOCK-OUTS AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO IN OCTOBER

A one-of-a-kind special event will be coming to Tortoise Rock Casino in October. It’s Hollywood Knockouts, featuring gorgeous women, exciting dance performances, oil wrestling, and hot cream mania. The production is 8 p.m. October 3. Tickets for Hollywood Knockouts are $20 and are available at TortoiseRockCasino.com or call 800-585-3737. Doors

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ENJOY THE NIGHT AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Sometimes you just don’t feel like going out to explore our neighboring national park during the heat of the summer. Park Ranger Sarah Jane Pepper says that night time is a good time to experience your national park too… At Joshua Tree National Park summertime temperatures often climb above 100

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ANIMAL ACTION LEAGUE SEPTEMBER CALENDAR

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in September for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spaying and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ROADS FLOODED DURING RAINSTORM EARLIER THIS WEEK

The rain storm that hit east of Twentynine Palms Wednesday caused flash flooding in Joshua Tree National Park. Sections of Pinto Basin Road were flooded, with mud, rocks, and debris covering the road. Park road crews and heavy equipment operators were on site after the rain and the majority of

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ATTEMPTED BURGLARY AT JOSHUA TREE PHARMACY

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating an attempted burglary at Star Pharmacy in Joshua Tree. Deputies were alerted to the burglary in the 6400 block of Hallee Road by an alarm that went off about 5 a.m. Some calls to 911 reported hearing gun shots in the area. It appears a

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TWO VEHICLE CRASH SENDS PREGNANT WOMAN TO HOSPITAL

A pregnant woman was taken to the hospital Thursday following a broad-side collision in Yucca Valley. According to a Sheriff’s report, a car driven by a woman identified only as “Castellano,” was northbound on Acoma Trail and had stopped at the stoplight at the highway about 8 p.m. When the

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THEATRE 29 OFFERING TILES FOR SERENITY PATIO

Theatre 29 has big plans for its new Serenity Patio just to the east of the theater building. This area includes a giant Simi Dabah sculpture, reminiscent of the iconic Comedy and Drama masks, a beautiful garden, and seating area. Managing editor Tami Roleff says that you, too, can be

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RUBBER DUCKIES ARE BACK

The Rubber Duckies are back! The Center for Healthy Generations, formerly the Morongo Basin Senior Support Center in Yucca Valley, is hosting a Rubber Ducky fundraiser September 18 at 6 p.m. The Center for Healthy Generations is located at 57121 Sunnyslope Drive. Call 760-365-9661 for more information.

HUNKS COMING TO TORTOISE ROCK CASINO IN SEPTEMBER

Las Vegas-style show will be coming to Tortoise Rock Casino in September. It’s Hunks: The Show, featuring chiseled men that have been hand-picked from around the world. The production is 8 p.m. September 19, and includes choreographed dance numbers, elaborate costume changes, acrobatics, comedy, and singing, with everything from “A

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RIDE YOUR OFF-ROAD VEHICLE RESPONSIBLY

Next weekend is Labor Day, and the Morongo Basin will experience an increase in off-road activity and illegal trespass. Make sure that your actions do not ruin the off-road experience for others. Reporter Sara Snyder has some tips on how to ride responsibly… According to county, state, and federal laws,

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SAVE THE DATE FOR TASTE OF MORONGO BASIN

Mark your calendar to save the date for the Eighth Annual Taste of Morongo. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Joshua Tree’s Foundation, the extremely popular event will be held Saturday, September 12 at the Bell Center at Copper Mountain College. Taste of Morongo features food from about a dozen

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MAJOR EXERCISE STARTS SUNDAY ABOARD THE TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE

The Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center will hold a battalion-level exercise on the Twentynine Palms Marine base starting today, August 30, through September 8. Marines and sailors of Battalion Landing Team 2/1, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Pendleton, will take part in the

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SUSPECT IN CUSTODY FOLLOWING ARSON FIRE AT WALMART

A suspect is in custody following an arson fire at Wal-mart early this morning. About 1:30 a.m., propane tanks stored outside the garden area caught on fire in front of the store. When firefighters from Yucca Valley, Yucca Mesa, Joshua Tree, Wonder Valley, the Combat Center, and Morongo Valley arrived,

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HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT ENDS IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH, ARREST

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested following a high-speed pursuit through residential streets and crash. Shortly after 2 p.m., a deputy tried to make a traffic stop on Rene Ruiz, 19, near Highway 62 and El Rey Avenue in Twentynine Palms. A Sheriff’s report states that Ruiz fled on his

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STATE SUSPENDS EXIT EXAM REQUIREMENTS FOR HIGH SCHOOL

Since 2006, all California high school students have been required to pass the California High School Exit Exam, or CAHSEE, before they could receive their diploma. The exam tests students’ knowledge and competency in math and English. However, with the change over to Common Core standards, the testing was abruptly

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MORONGO BASIN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL KICKS OFF TONIGHT

High school sports are back today with three football games. The Yucca Valley High School Trojans will host Granite Hills at home at 7 p.m. The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats will host a scrimmage against Temple City at home. The junior varsity game starts at 5, with the varsity

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