POKER RUN FUNDRAISER FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

Vets Cruzin’ for a Cause will hold its first Poker Run fundraiser for homeless veterans Saturday, March 22. All are welcome, no matter the motorcycle or even vehicle. Start time is 7 a.m. at the Change for Vets Thrift Store, 5758 Adobe Road, in Twentynine Palms. The poker run’s second

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SOME REMINDERS ABOUT FLASH FLOODING

With today’s rain, the Morongo Basin is at risk for flash flooding. Three fire stations in the area have sand bags available for residents. Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley Station 41 on the highway are giving away up to 10 sand bags, and Morongo Valley will give out an unlimited

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RECKLESS DRIVING BLAMED FOR MORONGO GRADE CRASH MONDAY

The California Highway Patrol has released additional information about the two-vehicle crash on the Morongo Grade Monday afternoon that closed the highway. According to the CHP, Juan Ibarra, 20, of Twentynine Palms was driving a red 2007 Chevrolet Silverado westbound in a reckless manner when he lost control of his

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TWO-VEHICLE CRASH ON MORONGO GRADE SENDS FIVE TO THE HOSPITAL

A two-vehicle crash on the Morongo Grade Monday afternoon sent one person to the hospital, injured four others, and shut down Highway 62 for about 1 ½ hours. According to a CHP website, a silver Civic being driven down the grade hit the center divider and flipped around about ½

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MORONGO VALLEY COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT HIRES GENERAL MANAGER, APPOINTS VOLUNTEERS

The Morongo Valley CSD officially hired a new general manager last might as well as made volunteer appointments. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was at last night’s meeting and files this report…

At last night’s regular meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, The board approved an employment contract with Donna

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VEGETATION FIRES ON YUCCA GRADE LAST NIGHT

Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree firefighters were called to several vegetation fires on the Yucca Grade about 11 p.m. last night. Fire Captain Steve Lasiter said that four small vegetation fires were burning on the south shoulder of eastbound Highway 62. The fires started about 50 feet from the bottom

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD EXPECTED TO HIRE DONNA MUNOZ TONIGHT

The Morongo Valley Community Services District Board meets in regular session tonight. A new general manager and volunteer nominees will be approved. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has an overview of the meeting…

At tonight’s regular 7 p.m. meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, directors are expected to approve an

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DONNA MUNOZ TAPPED FOR MORONGO CALLEY CSD GENERAL MANAGER

Last week’s announcement that Donna Munoz, Morongo Basin’s Field Rep to County Supervisor James Ramos, was stepping down makes sense with today’s news that Munoz has been offered the position of General Manager for the Morongo Valley Community Services District. Munoz was at the CSD training with outgoing General Manager,

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MORONGO BASIN MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL STOOD UP BY COUNTY LAND USE SERVICES, AGAIN, PUNTS

After County Land Use Services—for the second month in a row—cancelled at the last minute, a commitment to attend a Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meeting, the two top aides to Supervisor James Ramos stepped in to discuss local concerns about that department’s procedures. Reporter Dan Stork tells what they

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MORONGO BASIN MAC MEETS TONIGHT AT JOSHUA TREE COMMUNITY CENTER

Solar fields, retail stores, housing developments—it’s all about land use. And so is the special report and the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meeting tonight, says Dan Stork…

The featured Special Report at the February 10 meeting of the Morongo Basin MAC has the two top aides to Third District

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“THE ARTIFICIAL JUNGLE” OPENS SATURDAY AT GROVE’S THEATRE IN MORONGO VALLEY

The Artificial Jungle, playwright Charles Ludlam’s self-proclaimed “’masterpiece of suspense,” opens at Groves Cabin Theatre in Morongo Valley on Saturday, February 15. In The Artificial Jungle, the sociopathic Roxanne schemes to bump off Chester Nurdiger, her pet-store owner husband. Chester uses ventriloquism to sell a mute parrot to an unsuspecting

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ANIMAL ACTION LEAGUE EXPANDS SPAY/NUETER. MICROCHIP SERVICES

The Animal Action League has added some clinics to its spaying/neutering, and microchip/vaccine schedule. Appointments are only required for spaying and neutering services. Clinics will be held from 10 to 2 on February 12, 13, 24, 25, and 26 in Joshua Tree, behind the dinosaurs on Highway 62; February 14

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FREE FEDERAL SURPLUS FOOD DISTRIBUTION MONDAY

The second Monday of February 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, February

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MORONGO VALLEY MAN KILLED IN TRAGIC TRACTOR ACCIDENT

A Morongo Valley man was killed Tuesday afternoon in a tragic freak tractor accident. At 3:28 p.m., William Wesley Wire, 61, was driving a construction-type tractor on his property in the 8500 Block of Rose Eden Drive, near Altadena, when the tractor hit a bump, and Wire fell off. The

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MORONGO BASIN COUNTY MAC WANTS INPUT ON AREA ROADS

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council Committee on Roads will meet 10 a.m. Friday at the Bob Burke County Government Office in Joshua Tree. The committee is soliciting public comments on issues pertaining to roads in the unincorporated areas of the Morongo Basin.

MAKE YOUR SMARTPHONE PART OF YOUR DISASTER PLAN

Your Smartphone, now almost ubiquitous in our culture, can be a lifeline in a disaster or emergency. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says make it part of your disaster plan…

For Smartphone users, incorporating the devices into emergency plans can save lives. If you don’t use texting regularly, familiarize yourself with your

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MORONGO VALLEY ART GALLERY OPENS NEW GIFT SHOP AND GALLERY SATURDAY

The Morongo Valley Art Colony will hold the ribbon cutting and grand opening of its new gift shop and gallery Saturday, February 1, in the Morongo Valley Community Center in Covington Park. The gift shop will feature all original art created by its members, including books, gifts, cards, crafts, photography,

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AREA FIRE FIGHTERS HOME FROM FIGHTING LA-AREA FIRE

Fire fighters from two Morongo Basin stations who were sent to fight the Colby fire early Friday morning returned to the Morongo Basin Sunday afternoon. Brush engines from Station 41 in Yucca Valley and from the Morongo Valley Fire Department left about 2 a.m. Friday, and returned home about 2:30

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MORONGO VALLEY COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT SETTLES LONG RUNNING LAWSUIT

A controversial long-running lawsuit, which had divided many community members in Morongo Valley, is finally over. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was at last night’s Morongo Valley CSD Board meeting and files this report… Following a mid-meeting closed session at last night’s regular meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, President

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MORONGO VALLEY COMMUNITY DISTRICT MEETS TONIGHT

The Morongo Valley CSD Board meets in regular session tonight, a closed session for a legal update and an award are on the agenda. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details… At tonight’s regular 7 p.m. meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, directors will adjourn to closed session on the

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