The third Monday of the month is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Rebecca Havely 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. The locations and times are:

Belfield Hall, 58380 Reche Road in Landers, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.;

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 59077 Yucca Trail in Yucca Valley, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.;

Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst Avenue, 9 to 11 a.m.;

and the Morongo Valley Community Center, 11165 Vale Drive, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

For more information, call 909-723-1580.


The Morongo Basin Healthcare District has suspended medical visits of the Mobile Medical Unit to community sites, effective immediately and until further notice. Resources and staff for the Mobile Medical Unit have been redirected to the Morongo Basin Community Health Centers located in Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms.


In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Hi-Desert Water District has announced precautionary steps it is taking to ensure water continues to be delivered to all customers while safeguarding the health and safety of its employees and customers. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more information…

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that COVID-19 is transmitted from person to person. Similar to the flu, there is no evidence that the virus is transmitted through drinking water; however, current disinfection methods used by the District to disinfect water, such as the use of chlorine, are known to be effective against the COVID-19.

“As we closely monitor the Coronavirus outbreak, the District is committed to protecting the health and safety of our customers and employees,” explained Ed Muzik, General Manager of the Hi-Desert Water District. “We are implementing the necessary precautionary measures, so our customers can rest assured that the District is prepared to continue operating and delivering safe water and sewer services for the duration of this event.”

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, District employees are exercising preventative measures provided by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The District has also activated a response plan which includes having employees stay at home when sick, alerting management if they have traveled to an infected area, and keeping the office disinfected by the use of cleaners and hand sanitizers.

The water district asks customers, vendors or other visitors who are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms, to avoid visiting the district’s offices and conduct business through use of phone, email or online.


The Morongo Basin Humane Society’s Woof Walk, a fundraiser for homeless pets of the Morongo Basin, originally scheduled for March 28 at Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown, has been postponed. Mimi Mitz, the shelter’s board president, thanked the shelter’s supporters, volunteers, and businesses who have already donated so many items for the Woof walk’s auctions and raffles. “We look forward to the time when we can proudly display these desert treasures at our next Woof Walk festival.”

The Morongo Basin Humane Society’s no-kill animal shelter in Joshua Tree remains open to the public during business hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Twentynine Palms High School held its 21st annual career exploration day earlier this month. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more…

This year the Transition Partnership Program, in conjunction with the Work Ability I program, hosted the 21st Annual Career Exploration Day March 6 at the Twentynine Palms High School. The event included students from Yucca Valley High School. Some of the 80+ companies and organizations that attended included National Park Services, Army National Guard, US Marine Corps, California Highway Patrol, Morongo Basin Health Care District, Morongo Basin Ambulance, and San Bernardino County Fire, along with many other guest. The career day also included student booths to spread information about campus programs and clubs. Other booths at the fair included student-led booths to help spread information about campus programs. Students from the Bottle for Bowling were present, helping share information regarding their recycling program on campus. Students from the Yucca Valley High School Better Together Club, which promotes togetherness on campus, were hoping to encourage students at Twentynine Palms High School to start their own club.