LOCAL DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN MEETINGS AND PROJECTS

At Saturday morning’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Democratic Club, officers will lead a planning session aimed at charting the course of the organization through the 2016 presidential election. Local Democrats are encouraged to bring their visions for the future direction of the Club. Also on the agenda are proposed

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SIGN UP EARLY FOR BLACK ROCK LECTURE ABOUT DROUGHT

The Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park and Copper Mountain College are sponsoring the third event in their Black Rock lecture series, “Water in a Decade of Drought.” This free event requires pre-registration; here’s reporter Rebecca Havely to tell you how to register… Everyone wants to know, will this

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SHIBUI AT THE ROUTE 62 GALLERY IN JOSHUA TREE

Shibui is Japanese for “restrained elegance” or “unobtrusive beauty” and is the theme for this month’s exhibit currently on display at Gallery 62 in Joshua Tree. Painters Janis Commentz, Marjorie Franklin, and Glenn Grubbs, along photography by Bill Dahl, pottery by Ed Keesling, and painting and fabric dolls by Anna

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TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY TODDLER BOOT CAMP AND STORYTIME TOMORROW

Toddler Boot Camp will begin tomorrow 10:30 am and run through February 12 at the Twentynine Palms Library. The six-week session is open to children 1 to 3 years of age. Toddler Boot Camp is designed for the more active toddler, focused on the development of gross motor skills, listening

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BLUEGRASS JAM IN JOSHUA TREE TONIGHT

The next bluegrass jam will be on Wednesday, January 7, at 6:00 p.m. Once again, they will be at the JT Trading Post in downtown Joshua Tree. Please bring your acoustic instruments and/or singing voice and a simple song that others can jam along with. Or just come and listen.

TRI-VALLEY LITTLE LEAGUE REGISTRATION STARTS TONIGHT

Attention young baseball players, Tri-Valley Little League registration starts tonight, Managing Editor Tami Roleff gets out her cleats… Registration has been set for Tri-Valley Little League’s 2015 baseball and softball season. All registrations will be taken at the Yucca Valley Community Center. Registration will be held tonight from 5 to

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES

The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats boys basketball team were back in De Anza league action last night against Desert Hot Springs. Coach Michael Schneider said it was a defensive battle throughout, but the Wildcats came out on top by a score of 52-48. Freshman D’Shaun Barrett led all scorers

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MISSING JOSHUA TREE MAN FOUND

A man who’s been missing since a November 23 fire at his residence in Joshua Tree is believed to have been found dead in his burned out home. According to a Sheriff’s report, workers cleaning up the fire debris at the home of David Frowery in the 63000 block of

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MINOR EARTHQUAKE HITS LANDERS EARLY THIS MORNING

A magnitude 3.0 earthquake rattled the Landers area north of Yucca Valley early this morning. According to the U.S. Geologic Society, the 3.0 quake hit at 1:49 a.m. A USGS map shows it originated just north of Linn Road, east of Old Woman Springs, and was at a depth of

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OHV ENFORCEMENT OPERATION NETS FOUR TICKETS, 24 WARNINGS

January 2 and 3, a multi-agency Off-Highway Vehicle Enforcement operation took place throughout the Morongo Basin. The operation involved County Sheriff’s and Code Enforcement Officers. They targeted areas where high volumes of complaints about off highway vehicle activity have recently originated. The operation focused on the Yucca Mesa, Landers, Sunfair

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“AN IDEAL HUSBAND” OPENS FRIDAY AT THEATRE 29

The opening night gala for Theatre 29’s first production of the 2015 season, Oscar Wilde’s comedy “An Ideal Husband” will be sponsored by Soroptimists International of 29 Palms. Here’s entertainment reporter Rebecca Havely with all the gala details… The classic comedy, “An Ideal Husband,” opens the Theatre 29 season with

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SIX BURGLARIES AND ATTEMPTS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating at least six burglaries and attempted burglaries over the New Year’s weekend in Twentynine Palms. According to Sheriff’s reports, burglars attempted to break into a business in the Historic Plaza between New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The employee said the door had pry

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SERIAL BURGLAR ARRESTED AGAIN IN LANDERS BURGLARY

A man who was arrested twice in two days in October for burglary and pleaded guilty to both charges, was arrested again Saturday, along with a companion, accused of breaking into a residence in Landers. According to a Sheriff’s report, a resident in the 58300 block of Barter Road pulled

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY PLANNING SUCCESSFUL 2015

With a successful 2014 under their belt, The Historical Society is looking forward. Reporter Taylor Thacker looks at upcoming projects… The Morongo Basin Historical Society accomplished many goals in 2014, and they are looking to make 2015 just as productive. This year’s main project will be to highlight the history

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS IN SPECIAL, OPEN, AND CLOSED SESSION

The Morongo Unified School Board meets today and tonight in special open and closed sessions. The meeting will be at Yucca Valley Elementary School with the open session at 4:00 p.m. After an opportunity for public comment on agenda items, the Board will adjourn to a work study session on

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ANIMAL ACTION LEAGUE ALTERED ALMOST 5,000 PETS IN 2014

The Animal Action League, which provides low-cost spaying and neutering services for dogs and cats in the Morongo Basin, altered 4,628 pets in 2014. The number of cats spayed and neutered was nearly equal between females and males, with 882 females and 818 males. For dogs, nearly 800 more females

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FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION TOMORROW IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Santa Fe Social Clubhouse will have a USDA Food Distribution on Wednesday January 7, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. until they run out of food. The distribution will take place at the front of the building where there is sufficient parking. Please wear proper attire for the weather and remember

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FREE, TWO-DAY ART WORKSHOP OFFERED BY JOSHUA TREE HIGHLANDS PROGRAM

Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency is offering a free, 2 day, community art workshop. Pre-registration is required. Reporter Rebecca Havely tells you how to register…

The Fundamentals of Landscape Painting is the subject of the free two-day art workshop offered by Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency. The instructor, Art Mortimer,

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

In high school sports today, the Yucca Valley High School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will host Desert Mirage High School at home. The girls start at 6; the boys at 7.

Also today, the Twentynine Palms High School boys and girls’ basketball teams will host the Desert Hot Springs

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LUCERNE VALLEY MAN KILLED WALKING ACROSS S.R. 247 LAST NIGHT

A Lucerne Valley man was killed last night walking across State Route 247, Old Woman Springs Road. According to the County Coroner, at 6:43 p.m. Sunday, 69-year-old Lucerne resident Alfred Moreau was walking across Old Woman Springs Road when he was struck by a vehicle. Moreau was transported to an

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