MORONGO VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF JOYRIDING

A Morongo Valley man was arrested Thursday, accused of joyriding. About 7 p.m., deputies went to the 57400 block of Chipmunk Trail in Yucca Valley where they contacted Joshua Beedie, 38. After an investigation, Joshua Beedie was arrested on suspicion of driving a vehicle without consent, and was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail where he is being held on multiple Riverside County warrants totaling $137,500.

NEW PROTOCOLS TO VISIT VA HOSPITALS

Due to COVID-19 precautionary measures and out of concern for veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs has implemented current social isolation and distancing guidelines. Veterans are asked to use online tools for routine or non-urgent health-related questions. With the details, here’s Rebecca Havely…

Veterans can receive care at home, either over the phone or via video chat using VA Video Connect on their computers, smartphones, or tablets. With MyHealth.va.gov, VA’s online patient portal, veterans can send online secure messages to their VA health care team and set up telephone or video appointments. Veterans can also request prescription refills and order and ship medications to their homes. The VA is requesting that veterans only call with urgent needs at this time. Register at www.myhealth.va.gov.

NEW WEBPAGE COORDINATES FOOD DISTRIBUTION EFFORTS

A webpage with information on when, where and how residents can obtain food to feed themselves and their families is now featured prominently on the county’s COVID-19 website, sbcovid19.com. The county established a Food Assistance Strike Force to address the skyrocketing demand for food assistance, and to coordinate the efforts of the charitable food providers in the county that are providing food at no cost to residents in need.

FOREST SERVICES EXTENDS CLOSURE TO MAY 15

The US Forest Service has announced that most developed recreation sites in the Pacific Southwest region will remain closed through May 15. The order does not close trails, trailheads, and general forest areas; these areas remain accessible for public use. In light of the stay-at-home order, residents are asked to use local recreation areas. Managing editor Tami Roleff has tips from the Forest Service about how to enjoy the forests safely…

If you do plan on visiting national forests during the stay-at-home order, be aware that no trash removal is currently offered; please pack out all trash and waste. Avoid high-risk activities; law enforcement and search and rescue operations may be limited. If an area is crowded, please search for a less occupied location. Information on individual recreation sites and opportunities are available from local National Forests.

TRAINED COUNSELORS AVAILABLE FOR COVID-19 SUPPORT

If you are feeling worried about the COVID-19 crisis, help is just a phone call away. The Department of Behavioral Health has trained counselors who can listen, provide you with support, and offer behavioral health resources. Call 760-956-2345 or text 760-734-8093.