HEALTHCARE DISTRICT BOARD TAKES UP NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS TONIGHT

Nominations and elections of board officers will be featured at the regular meeting of the Morongo Basin Healthcare District Board of Directors tonight in Yucca Valley. Reporter Ernest Figueroa outlines tonight’s agenda…

At tonight’s meeting, the Morongo Basin Healthcare District Board members will elect the 2020 officers as well as appoint two board members to the Community Health Center’s governing board. In addition to the finance report, CEO Jackie Combs will also report on the mobile medical unit and transportation services offered in December, expanded and reorganized staff and facility updates and on final construction required prior to the opening of the Split Rock Clinic. The meeting concludes with an overview on community outreach efforts and reports on launching two digital marketing campaigns. Tonight’s meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at the district’s offices at 6530 La Contenta Road, Suite 100 in Yucca Valley.

MOBILE MEDICAL UNIT AT COVINGTON PARK IN MORONGO VALLEY TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District’s Mobile Medical Unit will be at Covington Park in Morongo Valley Friday (January 10) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A nurse practitioner will be on board, providing primary medical care and screenings, and if necessary, prescribing lab tests and refilling prescriptions. Most insurances are accepted. Care is provided regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Appointments are not necessary. For more information, call 760-365-9305.

HI-DESERT WATER BOARD GETS SEWER SYSTEM UPDATE

The Hi-Desert Water District board of directors heard an update on its brand-new sewer project at its meeting last night. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the board is pleased with the progress…

Chief Plant Operate Doug Culbert shows the Hi-Desert Water District board of directors a bottle of water from the sewer plant’s aeration basin, called mixed liquor. Tami Roleff photo

The Hi-Desert Water District Chief Plant Operator Doug Culbert told the board of directors at its meeting last night that there are now 250 households connected to the sewer project. Culbert brought in four sample bottles of water from the sewer plant showing the progress of how the water is cleaned as it goes through the plant.

Chief sewer plan operator Doug Culbert showed the Hi-Desert Water District board of directors four bottles filled with water from the sewer plant. On the far left is influent, sewage water that comes in to the plant. Next is water from the aeration basin, called mixed liquor. The third bottle is permeate, and has been cleaned and disinfected for two hours (normal cleaning is 24 hours), and the bottle on the far right is tap water. Tami Roleff photo

In other business, the board approved a change order in which shade structures would be built at the three lift stations by a shade structure company at a considerable savings than having the sewer plant contractor.

And finally, the board approved a sewer assessment agreement with Walmart, Panda Express, and Taco Bell. The three businesses will be paying more than $1.2 million in assessment fees, with Walmart paying about $959,000.

And at 5 p.m. tonight, the water district will hold an informational meeting about its water rate adjustments. The proposed changes include reducing the number of tiers from four to three, as well as adjusting the fixed charges. A copy of the rate changes can be found with this story at z1077fm.com. Tonight’s community forum will be held in district offices at Highway 62 and Inca Trail in Yucca Valley.

http://www.hdwd.com/314/Proposed-New-Rates

FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County will hold a distribution of free, surplus federal food on Friday, January 10, from 10 to noon, at the Way Station. The Way Station is located at 61722 Commercial Street in downtown Joshua Tree.

CALL FOR ART FOR 29 PALMS ART GALLERY SPRING ART AND CRAFT FAIRE

For 25 years, the 29 Palms Art Gallery Spring Art and Craft Faire attracted art lovers from far and wide until it was discontinued a couple of years ago. Thankfully, the Faire is returning March 7 and it’s seeking artist submissions. Reporter Heather Clisby has the details…

Back by popular demand, the 29 Palms Art Gallery Spring Art and Craft Faire returns on March 7 and they are now taking artist registration applications through February 1.

The grounds of the Gallery’s historic adobe will host 30 artists displaying and selling their artwork. Artists throughout California are invited to apply and there is a $10 application fee. Tent spaces are $50 and tables are $30. Applicants must have a California sellers permit and there is no sales commission.

Artists can apply online by going to 29palmsartgallery.com and clicking on “Events.” Artists must submit three photos of their artwork along with a short bio. Accepted artists will be notified on or before February 7. Written applications will also be accepted at the Gallery, Thursdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The 29 Palms Art Gallery is located at 74055 Cottonwood Drive in Twentynine Palms. For more info, contact Kathy Miller at katmiller413@gmail.com or 714-473-8491.