SPECTACULAR HOUSE FIRE LIGHTS UP THE SKY IN YUCCA VALLEY EARLY THIS MORNING

A house under construction in Yucca Valley is a total loss following a spectacular fire early this morning. County Fire Battalion Chief Bob Evans said firefighters were called to the 57400 block of Buena Suerte in Yucca Valley at 4:33 a.m. where they found a 3,500- to 4,000-square-foot, three-story house on fire. The massive blaze and its accompanying plume of smoke was visible from as far away as Twentynine Palms. Evans said firefighters learned there may have been someone inside the structure; they cleared two RVs on the site and were searching the home looking for bodies. The cause is unknown at this time.

TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY TAKING PUBLIC INPUT ON BREHM PARK EXPANSION

The Town of Yucca Valley invites residents to participate in park planning efforts for the Brehm Park Sports Complex expansion project. Reporter Joshua King has details on the online discussion event known as ParkTalk…

Residents of all ages are encouraged to share their ideas on the future of Yucca Valley’s Brehm Sports Park in an online Zoom meeting. The session will include topics such as team sports, personal fitness, beautification, playgrounds, accessibility, security, and more. The meeting will include click voting, round table talks, activities, and special guests. All are welcome. ParkTalk will take place on Saturday, January 23 at 2 p.m. over Zoom.

Link for ParkTalk: https://zoom.us/j/7603084394?pwd=aFNZZjVJY2xQeGplc2JENmFYWVBMUT09

Passcode: TV2021

COUNTY SAYS CORONAVIRUS VACCINATIONS IN SHORT SUPPLY, URGES PATIENCE

Since California authorized counties to provide COVID-19 vaccines to all individuals aged 65 and over, thousands of older residents in San Bernardino County have received their first dose or made a reservation for a future appointment. All available appointment times at county public health sites are full and the county is advising residents that a current shortage of vaccines will delay that effort. The county hosts a registration page on its vaccine website for county sites, hospitals, and pharmacies that are administering vaccinations. San Bernardino has been among the state’s most adept counties in its distribution of the vaccines, having administered or allocated some 82% of the 90,400 first-round doses it has received. The county has also allocated 88% of the 62,200 second-round doses it has received. The county is expanding operational and logistical procedures to ensure the process will proceed efficiently once the county obtains additional vaccines. The county will soon announce community vaccination sites, including “super-site” events and with private pharmacies to distribute the vaccine. There are also currently more than 10 Vons, Sav-On, Rite-Aid and Ralph’s pharmacies serving as vaccination sites as well as five hospital sites. For more information see the vaccine locations and registration link on the county’s COVID-19 vaccination site.

There currently are five county-run vaccination sites scheduling appointments for qualified individuals:
ARMC Family Health Centers in San Bernardino and Rialto
Hesperia Health Center
Ontario Health Center
San Bernardino Health Center

VACCINES AVAILABLE LOCALLY, APPOINTMENTS ONLY, BE PREPARED TO WAIT

At least two pharmacies in the Morongo Basin are taking appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more information…

The pharmacies at Vons and Rite Aid are taking appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Both pharmacies require people to make an appointment online; phone calls and walk-ins are not accepted. Residents are reminded that at this time, vaccines are limited to those who are 65 or older, or who are medical and healthcare workers. Go to the county’s COVID-19 website at sbcovid19.com/vaccine to make an appointment. The number of vaccines available is limited, and wait times to make appointments are long. When I checked out the Rite Aid vaccine appointment website Wednesday, it had more than 17,000 people waiting just to enter the website to make an appointment.

MORONGO VALLEY CSD TALKS POLICY AND SOFTBALL, DELAYS REORGANIZATION

The Morongo Valley Community Services District board of directors held its first monthly meeting of 2021 last night. Reporter Andrew Dieleman has the details…

At last night’s meeting, the board reviewed and discussed the district’s policies for communications among directors and with staff, ensuring that all directors understood the outlined policies and chain of command. The board then discussed the possibility of holding a 2021 softball season with COVID-19 precautions in place. The board will revisit the proposal pending safety reports from the county health department. The board also tabled its election of a new president and vice president until the return of Director Laurie Klimowicz, who was absent for the meeting.

During director reports, Fire Chief Gary Yearsley stated that the Morongo Valley Fire Department is in process of coordinating a location and time for members of the fire department to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The board also discussed the issue of large social gatherings that continue to be held at Covington Park despite the ongoing park closure. The board will discuss possible enforcement methods in upcoming meetings. Lastly, the board adjourned to closed session to discuss a personnel matter. President Gayl Swarat reported out from closed session that the issue was “satisfactorily dealt with.”