DONATE TO HELP FIRE VICTIMS VIA THE AMERICAN RED CROSS

Following major disasters like the Blue Cut Fire, many people want to help in some way. The American Red Cross in San Bernardino County has seen a huge outpouring of support, and is no longer accepting donations of food, water, and household items. However, the agency is accepting monetary donations.

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30-ACRE BLAZE NEAR DESERT HOT SPRINGS CLOSES ONE LANE OF HIGHWAY 62 FOR HOURS WEDNESDAY

Morongo Valley firefighters assisted Riverside County firefighters and CalFire in battling a 30-acre blaze alongside Highway 62 Wednesday afternoon that closed down one lane of the highway for hours. About 2:25 p.m., a fire started on the east side of the highway, about a mile south of North Indian Canyon

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MOTORCYCLE RIDER INJURED IN CRASH ON MORONGO GRADE

A motorcycle rider escaped serious injury Wednesday evening following a crash near the Desert Hot Springs fire in the Morongo Grade. According to the California Highway Patrol, 26-year-old Julian Wilson was riding his motorcycle eastbound, just west of the county line in the Morongo Pass, when he says he was

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FEDERAL COURT OF APPEALS DISMISSES LAWSUIT AGAINST TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY

The Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a decision by the lower District Court that the Town of Yucca Valley did not violate a resident’s First Amendment rights by limiting the information town staff included in staff reports to the planning commission and town council. In June 2014, the

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT FINALLY ISSUES WILL-SERVE LETTER

After the county board of supervisors gave final approval to the Next Era solar project at the former Joshua Tree airport, it was up to the Joshua Basin Water District board of directors to issue a will-serve letter to the energy company. The board held its regular meeting last night,

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VETS’ PEDICAB WILL STOP IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

Three wounded veterans will challenge themselves by pedaling a vintage single-speed pedicab for four hundred miles from Phoenix, Arizona, to California. Their journey began in Phoenix, Arizona, Wednesday, and they will stop in Twentynine Palms on Friday, before ending their journey in Riverside on Saturday. Show your support by riding

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FINAL UPDATE ON CANDIDATES UP FOR ELECTION (DAVID, MIKE)

Yesterday was the deadline for candidates to file for office in the upcoming presidential election. Running for three seats at Hi-Desert Memorial Healthcare District are incumbents Patricia Cooper and Joseph Sullivan, and hopefuls Misty Evans, Dianne Markle-Greenhouse, and Bob Armstrong. And for three seats at Joshua Basin Water District, incumbents

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LA CONTENTA MIDDLE SCHOOL ORIENTATION TOMORROW

La Contenta Middle School is holding its orientation day tomorrow, Friday, August 19. Seventh-grade students, and eighth-grade students who are new to the school district, should attend the orientation anytime between noon and 2 p.m. Meet in the multi-purpose room at La Contenta Middle School. Students will receive their cafeteria

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LANDERS RESIDENTS DECIDE TO TAKE ROAD MAINTENANCE INTO THEIR OWN HANDS (MIKE)

Last year, residents of Landers—unhappy with double digit water rate increases—wrestled control of water from the County and gave it to Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency. Now there’s a new plan afoot; this one calls for taking road maintenance into their own hands. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details … About 50

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SURPLUS FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will hold a distribution of federal surplus food 10 to noon, Friday, August 19, at the Church of the Nazarene, 56248 Buena Vista Drive in Yucca Valley.

FIRE EXPLODES IN CAJON PASS; TRAFFIC DIVERTED INTO MORONGO BASIN

A wildfire in the Cajon Pass was raging out of control Tuesday, and its effects can be felt in the Morongo Basin. The Blue Cut Fire started about 10:30 Tuesday morning west of Interstate 15 and by midnight had exploded to more than 18,000 acres with zero percent containment. The

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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVE JOSHUA TREE SOLAR FARM

Yesterday saw the end of an almost two-year battle between energy giant NextEra and a diverse collection of those opposed to a large-scale solar development at the former site of the Joshua Tree airport. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us which side emerged victorious … The San Bernardino County Board

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NEVADA WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN BIKE VERSUS VEHICLE CRASH

A Nevada woman was seriously injured when she was hit by a car while riding a bicycle early Saturday morning. According to California Highway Patrol Officer Randy O’Brien, Jacqueline Carrizosa, 26, was riding her bike westbound on Highway 62 in the number 2 lane of the highway, just east of

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SHERIFF’S PATROL CAR CRASHED INTO PICK-UP TRUCK IN JOSHUA TREE

The California Highway Patrol is investigating a crash between a Sheriff’s patrol car and a pick-up truck just after midnight Saturday morning. Sheldon Cowles, 41, of Joshua Tree, was driving a 1999 Ford F-150 pick-up truck northbound on Park Boulevard. As he was crossing Highway 62, Deputy Wayne Greer was

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SING-ALONG AT SENIOR CENTER THURSDAY

A sing-a-long ice cream social is planned at the Yucca Valley Senior Center. Reporter Rebecca Havely has your invitation… The Yucca Valley Senior Center is hosting a free sing-a-long social, complete with ice cream treats, on Thursday, August 18, from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. Cat Cohen is a veteran pro

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FATHER ARRESTED FOR CHILD ENDANGERMENT

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Monday evening, accused of letting his young toddler son wander around unsupervised. According to a Sheriff’s report, the child was found outside alone about 7 p.m. near his home near Avenida la Flora Desierta and Calle Las Sierras in Joshua Tree. A deputy responded

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THIEVES ATTEMPT TO STEAL SEMI FROM DOLLAR GENERAL

Thieves attempted to steal a semi-trailer from Dollar General sometime Sunday night. According to the Sheriff’s department, the big rig was found abandoned about 4 a.m. Monday morning on the side of Reche Road in Landers. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.

BROWN BAG LECTURE TO DISCUSS ROCK ART THURSDAY

The Morongo Basin is filled with examples of ancient rock art. The Hi-Desert Nature Museum will sponsor a lecture tomorrow that will tell you everything you want to know about rock art. Reporter Edica Gonzalez has the details… Bring your lunch, bring your friends, or just bring yourself to the

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL HEARS PLANS FOR RESIDENTIAL SEWER CONNECTIONS

The Yucca Valley Town Council heard a presentation last night about what residents will need to do with their septic tanks when the sewer project is completed. Residents of single family homes will need to get a permit, estimated to cost about $180, for the lateral pipe that will connect

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT

Joshua Basin Water District board of directors will take another look at the NextEra solar project at the former Joshua Tree airport during the regular meeting tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz fills in the details… At tonight’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, the board will again consider providing a

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