MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT PART ONE: SUPERINTENDENT’S RAISE DENIED IN VOCAL MEETING

A near-capacity crowd stayed through the longest meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education that reporter Dan Stork has ever covered. In the first of two reports on the meeting, he says that they mostly came to protest one agenda item, and they got what they came

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CHP ON MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT OVER MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

It’s that time of year again. More drivers on the road for the Memorial Day weekend means the California Highway Patrol will conduct a maximum enforcement period. From 6 p.m. Friday, May 23 through midnight Monday, May 26, CHP officers will be out in force, enforcing speed limit laws, click-it-or-ticket,

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UNDERWHELMING TURNOUT FOR YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL BUDGET WORKSHOP

An underwhelming public turnout to a budget workshop led into last night’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council. Managing Editor Tami Roleff said after hearing some fiscal suggestions, the Council heard more on the effort to synchronize the Town’s many traffic lights…

About a dozen people, not including Town

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MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS PLANNED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS AND JOSHUA TREE

Memorial Day is the traditional day to remember and pay tribute to those who have served our country in the military. Memorial Day events are being planned for both Joshua Tree and Twentynine Palms this Memorial Day Monday. The Joshua Tree Memorial Park will hold its 13th annual Memorial Day

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL DEFENDS MANAGER FIRING, HEARS OF LACK OF CONFIDENCE

In a continuation of the meeting in which City Manager Joe Guzzetta was fired, the Twentynine Palms City Council listened to residents, and decided on a course of action. Reporter Dan Stork was there and describes some unhappy citizens… The Twentynine Palms City Council heard public comment, before they withdrew

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TWIN EARTHQUAKES RATTLE THE REGION

A pair of earthquakes rattled the Morongo Basin and nearby Big Bear last night. The first, a magnitude 3.8 earthquake jolted Big Bear Lake shortly after 1 p.m. Monday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Originally listed at 3.9, it was later downgraded to 3.8. The epicenter of the quake

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS: BUDGET INPUT, SYNCHRONIZING TRAFFIC LIGHTS

The Yucca Valley Town Council will meets in an early special and then regular session tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the agenda ranges from public input on the budget to synchronizing traffic lights…

The Yucca Valley Town Council will start its regular meeting tonight with a special meeting starting

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NEW ROUTE FOR 64TH ANNUAL GRUBSTAKE DAYS PARADE SATURDAY

Due to construction on Highway 62, the route for the 64th annual Grubstake Days parade has changed. Participants will line up on the corner of Church Street and Onaga Trail and proceed east down Onaga Trail to the high school on the corner of Onaga and Sage. After the parade

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GRUBSTAKE DAYS HORSHOE TOURNAMENT SIGNUPS BEING TAKEN

This year’s Grubstake Days brings out the traditional horseshoe tournaments hosted by the Town of Yucca Valley. Reporter Diana Jones gets out her favorite throwin’ shoes…

The Grubstake Days horseshoe competition returns Saturday with a double-elimination tournament. Registration is first-come, first-served, at the Yucca Valley Community Center, Monday through Thursday

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BACK-TO-BACK FIRES IN TWENTYNINE PALMS FRIDAY

Twentynine Palms fire fighters were busy with back-to-back fires Friday. According to Twentynine Palms Fire Captain Matt Helmkamp, fire fighters were called to a home in the 6100 block of Daisy Avenue at 5:35 p.m., where they found heavy black smoke and flames on the outside of the home, climbing

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IT IS WILDFIRE SEASON, PROTECT YOUR HOME

Drought, high winds and low humidity are spelling out extreme fire danger for most of the state of California, including the desert areas of our Morongo Basin. Reporter Taylor Thacker has some reminders to make your property fire safe… With the wildfires already affecting parts of California, and the threat

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JOSHUA TREE CRASH SENDS ONE TO HOSPITAL, SHUTS DOWN HIGHWAY

Two people suffered minor injuries in a crash that shut down eastbound Highway 62 last night. About 10:09, a mini-van and a car crashed on the highway near El Reposo in Joshua Tree. The female driver of the car received minor injuries and was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center. The

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JAWS OF LIFE USED IN LANDERS ROLLOVER CRASH SATURDAY

The Yucca Mesa Fire Department had to use the Jaws of Life to rescue a woman trapped in her car after a roll-over crash Saturday afternoon. About 4 p.m., County Fire Station 42 in Yucca Mesa was called out to a single-vehicle crash on Highway 247 near Chaparral Avenue in

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TWO ARRESTED AFTER FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHT IN JOSHUA TREE

Two men were arrested in Joshua Tree following a fight Friday morning. According to a Sheriff’s report, Johnathan Cozart, 22, and Shawn Page, 41, were arguing when the argument became physical. The report states Cozart used three wooden sticks and hit Page on the left side of his body. During

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LANDERS ELEMENTARY KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

Registration for kindergarten at Landers Elementary School will take place 9:30 to 2:30, May 20 through May 29 at the school, 56450 Reche Road. Children must be 5 years old by September 1, 2014, in order to register. Parents must bring the child’s birth certificate and immunization records to the

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ONLINE

If you want to know what’s going on in Joshua Tree National Park, look no further than your computer or smartphone. Ranger Pam Tripp says, “check us out”…

Today’s social media sites allow us to look up and even discuss the latest trends and current events, while gathering information on

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FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION MONDAY

The third Monday of May is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus Federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Diana Jones 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, May

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TWENTYNINE PALMS INTERIM CITY MANAGER APPOINTMENT MEETING

A reminder for Twentynine Palms residents: The Twentynine Palms City Council will re-convene its meeting of last Tuesday, at which it fired City Manager Joe Guzetta, at 5 pm Monday May 19. Monday’s meeting will start with a closed session on the appointment of a City Manager, and will follow

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETS MONDAY

At the next meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council, the Council will provide updates on the shared use of the Johnson Valley Recreational Area by the public and the Marine Corps. Also on the agenda is the Council’s opposition to industrial-scale wind and solar projects, and the Council’s communications

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HIGH DESERT CHORUS CONCERTS THIS WEEKEND

The Hi Desert Chorus, directed by Bill Barrett and accompanied by, local composer Clyde Grabski, will perform its annual spring concerts this weekend Saturday May 17 and Sunday, May 18. The “Keep the Music Alive” concert will be held at the Yucca Valley Community. Doors open at 2:00 p.m. and

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