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YUCCA VALLEY — Outgoing Mayor Robert Lombardo introduced a new slogan for Yucca Valley, “Our Town, Our Home,” during the 2019 State of the Town address Tuesday in the community center.

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Artist and choreographer Ana Sanchez has been working with 11 Latin women, telling their stories through her BoxoHOUSE Project exhibit “Materiality of Exile” and with her performances.

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YUCCA VALLEY — Veteran Clarence E. Lux, a Pearl Harbor survivor who has called the Morongo Basin home for more than four decades, celebrates his 99th birthday this year.

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MORONGO BASIN — A powerful storm system from the Pacific Northwest brought wind, rain and finally snow this week.

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YUCCA VALLEY — The 11th annual Gourd Art Festival returned to Yucca Valley this weekend at the community center and Hi-Desert Nature Museum. Artists from across the world participated in contests and displayed their artwork.

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JOSHUA TREE — The Way Station ministry is dedicated to making sure that no family in the Morongo Basin goes hungry on Thanksgiving. They continued a Thanksgiving tradition that stretches back 33 years by providing turkeys and fixings to help families in need.

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YUCCA VALLEY —Becky Yakimow, a teacher at La Contenta Middle School, asks her students every year to identify a problem in their community and then create a service project to address it. One eighth-grade student, Kimberly Balch, said homelessness was a big problem in Joshua Tree, specifical…

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Local talent shined with rave reviews at the town’s first film festival Friday through Sunday. The Yucca Valley Film Festival was a three-day event showcasing short films, documentaries, music videos and animated films for the whole family.

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YUCCA VALLEY — The Hi-Desert Water District reported on more updates to the wastewater system during a board meeting Wednesday night.

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JOSHUA TREE — For homeowners and builders looking to leave a smaller imprint on the environment, the 2019 Eco Homes Tour held Saturday showed how to use sustainable design features. Architect George Bennett opened the day with a presentation and didn’t spare the audience from considering the…

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LANDERS — Animal rescuers from Pet Place International went on a cross-country road trip last month to Texas and Florida to take in animals found in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Dorian. Now they’re back with about 25 new animals that are ready for adoption. 

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YUCCA VALLEY — Donald Fry, 91, got a handmade red, white and blue quilt and the chance to tell part of his story of service in Korea during a Veterans Day celebration Friday at the Yucca Valley Senior Center.

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JOSHUA TREE — About 100 people filtered into the Friendly Hills Elementary School multipurpose room Wednesday night for a town hall meeting on bullying in Morongo Basin schools. The meeting was mostly attended by MUSD employees with only a handful of parents in the audience.

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YUCCA VALLEY — Noah Reed was left a quadriplegic after he was severely abused by his father’s girlfriend; last summer a jury found that the San Bernardino County Department of Family and Child Services was primarily at fault for his injuries. Last week Superior Court Judge Bryan Foster overt…

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YUCCA VALLEY — The new sewer system was used for the first time Monday in a home on Indio Avenue in eastern Yucca Valley.

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YUCCA VALLEY — Yucca Valley High School promoted Disability Awareness Month last week by hosting its annual Fun with Friends during lunch. The Better Together club, a new group on campus, invited students to set up games, booths and other activities that highlighted some of the ways students…

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YUCCA VALLEY — Two angels showed up outside Gloria and Jo Ann Barajas’ house last week. The cement statues were balanced on two of the brick fence posts around the front yard. The women didn’t know where they came from, but they knew why they were there.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS — For National Disability Awareness Month, the Morongo Unified School District board honored students from the east side of the Basin Tuesday, Oct. 22.

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YUCCA VALLEY — Back in 1969 Yucca Valley was an emerging community without streetlights, Joshua Tree National Park was just a monument and Yucca Valley High School was in its very first year as a brand new junior/senior high school. This weekend, Yucca Valley traveled back in time as the fir…

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YUCCA VALLEY — The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians are the new owners of a group of Joshua trees now growing in Yucca Valley but to be moved to landscape the tribe’s botanical gardens, honoring their history with native plants.

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JOSHUA TREE — The San Bernardino County district attorney’s office announced that Ventura County was trying to place a violent sexual predator in the Joshua Tree community this week. Ross Leo Wollschlager is a convicted rapist and child molester. The community was quick to respond in opposit…

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JOSHUA TREE — Rafael Ari Aikens will never see the outside of a prison. Judge Rodney Cortez was clear about that at Aikens’ sentencing hearing Friday morning.

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MORONGO BASIN — If you haven’t made it out to see any of the work on this year’s Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tour, you’ve still got this weekend. Pick up a catalog at one of the informational locations, pick out some artists and map your route.

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JOSHUA TREE -— One motorcyclist suffered major injuries Monday afternoon after a collision on Twentynine Palms Highway at the intersection with El Reposo Circle. This crash is under investigation; the CHP says drugs or alcohol do not appear to have been a factor.

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JOSHUA TREE — Elected officials from the Morongo Unified School District and the Copper Mountain Community College District met last week to discuss ways to improve success for students leaving high school and entering college.