Z107.7 NEWS MAKES ENDORSEMENTS FOR LOCAL ELECTED OFFICES

With some 33 candidates running for 15 open seats on local councils and boards, today, Z107.7 News makes our endorsements. These endorsements represent the views of the entire Z107.7 editorial board, not just the news director. For Congress there was no question, local resident Paul Cook has done an exemplary

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FREE SURPLUS FOOD DISTRIBUTION FRIDAY

The third Monday of October is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Dan Stork has the times and places… The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, October

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PIONEER DAYS ROAD CLOSURES TOMORROW MORNING

The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce is holding the 2014 Pioneer Days Parade on October 18, at 10:00 a.m. State Route 62 (Hwy 62) will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. between Oasis Avenue and National Park Drive. Commuter traveling east will be diverted via Oasis Avenue, left

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WE REVIEW “BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS” BY ST. JOSEPH’S PLAYERS

The St. Joseph’s Players in Yucca Valley are performing “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” the first in a coming-of-age, semi-autobiographical trilogy by Neil Simon. It’s 1937 in Brooklyn, New York, and the Jerome family—parents Jack and Kate, and sons Stanley and Eugene—have welcomed Kate’s widowed sister Blanche and her two daughters, Nora

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BLOOD DRIVE IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive on Saturday, October 17, at Wal-mart in Yucca Valley from 11 to 3. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. Those aged 18 to 44 years may register for

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FAMILY OF WOMAN KILLED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS RAISING BURIAL FUNDS

The family of a woman killed in Twentynine Palms is trying to raise funds. Agnes Quitano, 19, who graduated from High School in Guam in 2013, was six months pregnant when she was killed in Twentynine Palms Thursday evening, October 9. The fetus also did not survive. “We lost them

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD CANDIDIATES EXPRESS SIMILAR VIEWS

In a crisp event that ran barely an hour, the three candidates for two open seats on the Board of Directors of the Hi-Desert Memorial Healthcare District showed little substantive difference in their responses during a forum on Wednesday night. Reporter Dan Stork gives a snapshot of what was said…

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AARON’S FINED OVER $28 MILLION IN SETTLEMENT

The state on Monday announced a $28.4 million settlement with Aaron’s, Inc., the nation’s second largest rent-to-own business, to resolve allegations the company violated California consumer protection and privacy laws. Aaron’s has a store in the Von’s Center in Yucca Valley. “Aaron’s concealed its illegal privacy and business practices from

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AN ARREST FOR PROWLING IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Tuesday night after he was caught breaking into a house. According to a Sheriff’s report, a neighbor reported that a prowler had been in the 7400 block of Cibola Trail for the last few nights, and that she heard glass breaking and saw a

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CREDIT CARD PHONE SCAMMERS WORKING LOCALLY

The phone scammers are busy locally. Managing Editor Tami Roleff described her experience… I received a phone call recently from a blocked phone number and when I answered it, I heard an automated voice message saying that my MasterCard account had been locked, and to “press 1 to unlock the

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HAY TRUCK TIPS IN YUCCA VALLEY, ONE INJURED

A Joshua Tree man sitting at a stop sign in Yucca Valley was in the wrong place at the wrong time yesterday, when a trailer full of hay fell on his van and sent him to the hospital. According to Sheriff’s Deputy Adrian Garcia, Kenneth Sanderson, 58, newly arrived from

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WASHINGTON STATE FUGITIVE ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY

A fugitive wanted in Seattle, Washington, was arrested in Yucca Valley early this morning. According to a Sheriff’s Department press release, Deputy Yu was patrolling near Barron and Camarilla Avenues about 3:10 Wednesday morning when he came across a man with a backpack on a skateboard, who said he was

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STATE-WIDE EARTHQUAKE DRILL TOMORROW

A statewide earthquake drill will be held tomorrow. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says join in “The Great California Shakeout” at 10:16 on 10/16… The earth starts shaking. It could be “The Big One.” Do you know what to do the moment the shaking starts? Your instinctive actions can save you

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PIONEER DAYS EVENTS START TOMORROW IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

The schedule has been set for Pioneer Days in Twentynine Palms. The carnival in Luckie Park will open 4 p.m. Thursday, October 16, and Friday, October 17. The Little Miss and Master will be held at the Elk’s Lodge at 6 p.m. Thursday. Theatre 29’s presentation of “Young Frankenstein” plays

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SCHOOL BOARD SOLAR WORKSHOP GETS SOMEWHAT HEATED

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education met in a special study/workshop session Tuesday evening, to review the three proposals for solar energy electricity generation that were presented to it last week. Most of the audience were members of the solar advisory committee. Reporter Dan Stork reviews how discussions

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Z107.7’S MAYES VERSUS HARGROVE DEBATE NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES

The only debate in the race for 42nd State Assembly District is now available as a podcast. The October 10 face-off on the Z107.7 “Up Close Show” was the only debate of the race between Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley and Karalee Hargrove of Twentynine Palms. During the on-air debate,

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NO TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT

The regular Twentynine Palms City Council meeting scheduled for October 14 will not be held. The next City Council meeting will be October 28.

HOUSING PLANNING MEETING IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

The federal government requires communities to have plans for affordable housing. The City of Twentynine Palms will hold a community meeting on Wednesday October 15 to solicit public input on two projects mandated by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. In one effort, the City will work with

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SUPERVISOR RAMOS HEARS JOSHUA TREE FLOODING COMPLAINTS

A large turnout at the Joshua Tree Community Center listened to Supervisor James Ramos, and told him plenty about flood control concerns. Reporter Dan Stork says that housing planning, unhappiness about block grant funding, and help for the homeless were other subjects at the meeting… The October meeting of the

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SCHOOL BOARD IN A SPECIAL SOLAR WORKSHOP MEETING TONIGHT

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education has called a special meeting for tonight, October 14. It will be an open workshop on the solar energy project, about which it heard presentations last week. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. at Joshua Tree Elementary School.