MARINE CORPS ANNOUNCES TRAINING TIME FOR LAND USE IN THE JOHNSON VALLEY AREA

The United States Marine Corps has announced it has shortened the time it needs for military training in the Johnson Valley Shared Use Area. Originally, the shared use area was to be closed for the entire month of August while the Marines conducted a large-scale exercise. The Marine Corps announced recently that it will only need two weeks for its training exercise, from August 11 through August 25. The two-week closure includes the time required to ensure the area is clear of recreational activity prior to training, and that the area is free of military hazards after the training has been completed before it’s re-opened to the public. The adjacent Johnson Valley OHV Recreation Area will remain open to the public during the closure of the Shared Use Area. The Marine Corps is required to announce a year in advance when it expects to use the shared use area, and it has set the dates for next year’s exercise as August 1-30. A map of the area can be seen at a link in this story at z1077fm.com.

For additional information including a map of the area, please visit: http://www.29palms.marines.mil/Staff/G5-Government-and-External-Affairs/Johnson-Valley or contact the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Public Affairs Office at 760-830-6213 or SMBPLMSWEBPAO@usmc.mil.

 

HEALTHCARE DISTRICT SETS SPECIAL MEETING FOR CEO PERFORMANCE EVALUATION

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District board of directors will hold a special meeting at 3 p.m. Monday, July 17. The sole item on the agenda is a performance evaluation of the chief executive officer Jackie Combs. The meetings will be held in district offices at 6530 La Contenta Road, Suite 100, in Yucca Valley.

WARNING ABOUT THE MEDICAL ALERT SCAM

Scam artists continue to rip off residents of our Morongo Basin. Reporter Sara Snyder warns about the “Medical Alert” scam…

A new twist to the telemarketing scam. With promises of a “free” medical alert system, the scam targeted seniors and caretakers and claimed to be offering the system free of charge because a family member or friend had already paid for it. In many cases, seniors were asked to provide their bank account or credit information to “verify” their identity, and, as a result, were charged the monthly service fee. The system, of course, never arrived and the seniors were left with a charge they had trouble getting refunded. The Sheriff’s Department says be wary of “free” offers that require your personal information upfront and always verify with the supposed friend or family member that the caller says paid for the service.

HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL TO MEET MONDAY

The Homestead Valley Community Council will hold its monthly meeting Monday, July 17. The council represents the communities of Yucca Mesa, Landers, Flamingo Heights, and Johnson Valley. Representatives from the Sheriff’s Department, as well as County Fire and CalFire will be in attendance. The meeting starts at 3 p.m. at the Flamingo Heights Community Center on Perris Road, two blocks west of La Copine Restaurant.