When the temperatures climb well into triple digits today and Monday, Morongo Basin residents can get relief from the heat at designated cooling centers. Cooling stations are air-conditioned facilities where local residents may go for temporary relief from extreme heat. Once again, the Hi-Desert Medical Center’s cafeteria will serve as a cooling station from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Twentynine Palms Senior Center on Adobe road has also been designated as a cooling center. The Town of Yucca Valley does not have an official cooling center, but says residents can visit the Town Hall Monday through Thursday during business hours; the library, and Hi-Desert Nature Museum are open Saturdays. On Sundays, Town officials say residents can visit shopping malls, restaurants or movie theaters to stay cool. Pets are not allowed at the cooling centers.


If you have to work or be outside during the heat of the day, take measures to protect yourself from heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Long exposure to high heat can result in heat cramps or heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion is a serious medical condition, and signs include profuse sweating, nausea, headache, and muscle cramps. If left unchecked, heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke. Heat stroke is a very serious, life-threatening condition in which the body’s cooling system fails. Symptoms of heat stroke include very high body temperature, failure to sweat, and red, dry skin. Prolonged heat stress can be fatal to anyone. However, people over 60 suffer the highest risk of death. To avoid heat exhaustion or heat stroke, take steps necessary to keep cool, by going inside air-conditioned buildings, and remember to drink two to five times more than the usual amounts of water.


People aren’t the only ones who need protection from the heat. Our pets can suffer heat exhaustion and heat stroke, too. Bring your dogs inside out of the heat. Animals left outside should have shade and plenty of fresh, cool water. Reporter Sara Snyder reminds us that dogs should not be left in cars during hot weather, not even for “just a minute”…

On a hot day, temperatures inside of a vehicle can quickly rise to dangerous levels. The temperature inside a car can reach 120 degrees in minutes, regardless of whether the windows are rolled down or not. Dogs can only cool themselves by panting or sweating through their paws. A hot car doesn’t provide enough fresh air for their body temperature to stay at a safe level. Dogs can sustain brain damage or even die in as little as fifteen minutes. If you see an animal in distress in a parked car, immediately call your local animal shelter or the Sheriff’s Department at 760-245-4211 or 760-366-3781. Be prepared to provide a vehicle description and license plate number.


In a continuation of its May 19 special meeting, the Twentynine Palms City Council will hold a special, closed-session meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 9. The sole item on the agenda is to discuss the appointment of an interim city manager, following interviews conducted by Dan Mintz and Jay Corbin. The meeting will be held in City Hall on Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms.


This month’s California Retired Teachers’ Association meeting will be a pot luck held Friday, June 13, at 11:00 a.m., at Desert Willow Ranch in Pioneertown. Members will enjoy Western-themed entertainment and are invited to wear their boots and cowboy hats.  There will be no fee, but please call Sherry Craft at 760-881-5275 to RSVP.  For directions, call Gay Smith at 760-369-2211. This will be the final meeting before their summer hiatus; meetings will resume in September.