SPEECH SCREENING OFFERED FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS

The Morongo Unified School District is offering speech screening for preschool children, aged 3 to 5 years old. Speech screenings may be helpful if your child has a speech delay; is hard to understand; communicates using gestures only; or if your child uses only two to three words in a sentence. Appointments are available with a speech therapist between 1 and 4 p.m. on Monday, August 14, Friendly Hills Elementary School in Joshua Tree, or on Tuesday, August 15 from 9 to noon at the Morongo Unified School District office in Twentynine Palms. To make an appointment, or for more information, call 760-367-9191 extension 4230.

REGISTER NOW FOR AGE WELL, DRIVE SMART CLASS

The Morongo Basin Area CHP will be hosting a “Drive Smart” class. Reporter Eric Knabe says one will be held this August 31…

The Morongo Basin CHP will host a Age Well, Drive Smart older driver program later this month. Join the CHP for the keys to driving safer and driving longer. This is a free class, open to the public to help the older driver, but anyone interested can attend. Completion of this workshop may result in saving on your auto insurance. Age Well, Drive Smart will be held at the Yucca Valley Senior Center, located at 57088 Twentynine Palms Highway, on August 31, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

CALTRANS IS HIRING

Caltrans is hiring, looking to fill more than 1,100 open positions, and is hosting career fairs statewide to attract potential employees. With the passage of Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act, which is projected to raise a total of $54 billion in the upcoming decade, Caltrans is expecting a workload increase associated with accelerating construction projects and addressing deferred maintenance needs. Caltrans will be hiring in maintenance, human resources, legal, engineering, information technology, equipment, and transportation and environmental planning.

A list of upcoming Career Fairs:
http://www.dot.ca.gov/jobs/docs/2017-2018_Recruitment_Events.pdf

Available jobs and examinations:
http://www.dot.ca.gov/jobs/vacancy.html

A video:
http://www.dot.ca.gov/paffairs/newsflash/

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST DOG ATTACKS

Walking in the desert, or even in your own neighborhood, can be a relaxing way to exercise but encountering aggressive dogs can be terrifying and dangerous. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers these tips about how to protect yourself if you are threatened by loose dogs…

Dog attacks can be vicious and bloody. Reduce your risk of attack by being prepared. If you can, avoid walking in areas where loose dogs roam. Dogs in packs are especially dangerous. If a dog threatens you, don’t turn your back on it or run away, as dogs can easily outrun you. Don’t make direct eye contact. In a firm, loud, and deep voice, tell the dog to SIT, STOP, or GO HOME. Carry protection with you on walks, like a golf club, walking stick, stun baton, or pepper spray. If a dog charges you, use anything handy—like the club or stick, or a purse, or backpack, as a barrier between you and the dog. If you are attacked, shove the club or stick or your arm—wrapped with a jacket—down the dog’s throat and push hard. Wait to spray the dog with pepper spray until you can spray it directly in the eyes.

LANDERS MAN ACCUSED OF HAVING EXPIRED VEHICLE REGISTRATION TABS

A Landers man was arrested Tuesday morning, accused of having expired registration tabs on his Jeep Cherokee. About 6:40 a.m., Michael Garcia, 35, was stopped near Avalon and Drexel Roads in Yucca Valley. The deputy determined that the registration tabs on the vehicle had expired in 2012, and that Garcia had a suspended driver’s license. Michael Garcia was arrested for investigation of vehicle registration fraud, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $25,000.