TODDLER FALLS INTO FIRE PIT

A toddler suffered bad cuts when he fell into a washing machine tub that was being used as a fire pit in Morongo Valley Monday evening. According to Fire Engineer Mark Murphy, the parents brought the 16-month-old boy to the fire station just after 7:30 p.m. with a cut that

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LUNCH IN THE PARK BACK IN MORONGO VALLEY TOMORROW

The Morongo Valley Lunch in the Park will return tomorrow after a brief hiatus. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has your invitation… Morongo Valley Wednesday’s Lunch in the Park have been on hiatus due to a seeding project at Covington Park, but Wednesday, Lunch in the Park returns May 27 with artist

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD IN BUSY MEETING WEDNESDAY NIGHT

The Morongo Valley CSD had a wide-ranging meeting Wednesday night. Reporter Dan Stork says they addressed the budget, the CalFire tax, a director’s complaint, change of meeting date, a threatening state bill, and heard a goodbye preview from a longtime director… Budget The Morongo Valley Community Services District Board of

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CALTRANS HEARS FROM MORONGO VALLEY RESIDENTS ABOUT HIGHWAY 62

A modestly-sized, but vocal group of Morongo Valley residents showed up to hear what CalTrans had to say about the Route 62 median project. Reporter Dan Stork tells about the give-and-take…

Caltrans officials conducted a public meeting at the pavilion in Covington Park in Morongo Valley Wednesday night, to update

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TWO ARRESTED AFTER A MORONGO VALLEY BURGLARY

Two people were arrested Tuesday morning, accused of stealing firearms and electronics from a home in Morongo Valley. According to the Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called to a home May 1 in the 52600 block of Altadena Drive in Morongo Valley to investigate a burglary. The homeowners said tool and

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SAND TO SNOW MEETING TONIGHT

There will be a meeting tonight to update the community about the Sand to Snow National Monument and the California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act. It will be held from 5:45 to 7:15 at Morongo Valley Elementary School. For more information, contact information can be found with this story at

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MULTIPLE REPORTS OF VANDALISM IN MORONGO VALLEY

The Sheriff’s Department received five calls concerning vandalism in Morongo Valley Tuesday. According to Sheriff’s reports, a barbecue at Covington Park was damaged, as well as skylights, security lights, and a freshly seeded area, among other items. Roofing tar was poured on all five slides at Morongo Valley Elementary School,

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD TO HEAR CALTRANS HIGHWAY PLANS TONIGHT

The Morongo Valley CSD Board will get a look at Cal-Trans plans for State Route 62 tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the CSD’s agenda…

In the hour prior to tonight’s regular meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, Cal Trans will hold a public meeting to talk about plans

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FREE 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 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, May

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MORONGO VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF CHILD MOLESTATION

A Morongo Valley man was arrested Thursday morning, accused of exposing himself to a minor. According to a Sheriff’s report, probation officers made a compliance check about 9:30 a.m. on Richard Arteaga, 39, at a home in the 10400 block of San Jacinto. Officers discovered that Arteaga exposed himself in

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SMALL VEHICLE FIRE CLOSES HIGHWAY IN MORONGO VALLEY

Morongo Valley firefighters responded to a small vehicle fire about 10:30 Wednesday morning. According to Fire Captain Mark Murphy, two women were driving east on Highway 62 near Big Morongo Canyon when the engine of their 2000 Toyota Camry caught on fire in the number 2 lane. Firefighters closed the

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WE REVIEW “THE WEIR” AT GROVES THEATER IN MORONGO VALLEY

The Groves Cabin Theater of Morongo Valley opened “The Weir,” by Conor McPherson this past weekend. Reporter Rebecca Havely attended and offers this review of the production… “The Weir,” by Conor McPherson, takes place in a rural Irish pub where the characters share a few drinks and stories of local

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MORONGO VALLEY WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS DAY TOMORROW

Join the Morongo Valley fire Department tomorrow as the recognize National Wildfire Preparedness Day. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has your invitations… Morongo Valley and the Morongo Valley Fire Department joins a nationwide effort this Saturday for National Wildfire Preparedness Day. High temperatures and extremely dry conditions raise concerns for the possibility

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MORONGO VALLEY SPORTS LEAGUE SPAGHETTI DINNER FRIDAY

Morongo Valley’s Youth Sports League holds a spaghetti dinner on Friday night from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Covington Park multi-purpose room. Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and dessert are on the menu for $5 with all proceeds going to youth sports in Morongo Valley.

LOST HIKER IN MORONGO VALLEY RESCUED BY HELICOPTER

A lost hiker was rescued by a Sheriff’s helicopter crew Saturday night in Morongo Valley. Sheriff’s Sergeant Mike Landavazo said Bonnie Smith, 65, from Riverside county had been hiking in Big Morongo Canyon Preserve Saturday afternoon with two bottles of water. Family and friends reported her missing to the Bureau

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PHOTOGRAPHER DAVID MCCHESNEY OFFERS MORE PHOTO CLASSES

Noted local photographer David McChesney will offer two more photography classes in Morongo Valley. The April 25 and May 2 classes will focus on bird life in Covington Park. Managing editor Tami Roleff talked with McChesney about the classes, who says a lot of birds and bird behaviors will be

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FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN MORONGO BASIN

The third Monday of April 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, April

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD TO SELL ADS ON FIRE ENGINES

The Morongo Valley CSD Board is taking steps to get their strained finances straightened out. Reporter Mike Lipsitz said that includes selling advertising on fire engines… Following a recent wakeup call from LAFCO that the Morongo Valley Community Services District get its financial house in order or risk dissolution, the

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FREE FEDERAL SURPLUS FOOD DISTRIBUTION MONDAY

The third Monday of April 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, April

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MORONGO VALLEY HOME BURNS TO THE GROUND LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Morongo Valley firefighters were called to a suspicious fire late last night that burned a home to the ground. According to Fire Captain Jeff Rarey, a resident in the 51400 block of 29 Palms Highway heard a loud boom about 11:30 p.m., and then about 10 minutes later saw flames

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