MORONGO VALLEY FIRE SENDS STRIKE TEAM TO BORDER FIRE NEAR SAN DIEGO

Morongo Valley firefighters sent a strike team Sunday night to the Border fire just east of San Diego. The Border Fire started Sunday morning near Highways 94 and 188 in Potrero, and jumped from 5 acres to 1,500 acres in a matter of hours. A fire engineer, two firefighters, and

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THEATRE 29 SETS AUDITIONS FOR MUSICAL, “THE SECRET GARDEN”, FOR JUNE 27

Theatre 29 is casting the classic musical “The Secret Garden.” Reporter Rebecca Havely has all the audition details… Veteran director Kathryn Ferguson will cast the beloved musical “The Secret Garden” Monday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m. on the Theatre 29 Main Stage at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. The

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PARENT ENRICHMENT GROUPS OFFERED TUESDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS

Family Service Association is taking enrollments for its free parent enrichment groups. The 16-week classes are open to Morongo Basin residents who are pregnant or who care for a child up to 5 years old. The classes are held once a week on Tuesdays from 10:30 to 1, or 3:30

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETS MONDAY

The Homestead Valley Community Council will meet 3 p.m. Monday, June 20. On the agenda, the council—which represents residents in Yucca Mesa, Landers, Flamingo Heights, and Johnson Valley—will present a slide show of existing and potential industrial solar fields on private lands. Officials from the Sheriff’s Department, county fire, and

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FREE SUMMER MEAL PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN

Just as learning doesn’t end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition. Managing editor Tami Roleff says a free lunch and breakfast program is available for children during part of the summer… The Morongo Unified School District is sponsoring a Summer Feeding Program, in conjunction with

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FREE FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION

The third Monday of the month is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Edica Gonzalez 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.

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YUCCA VALLEY POOL OPENS

Fitness is part of the fun this summer at Yucca Valley High School. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has the schedule for their pool programs… The Yucca Valley High School pool will be open for water fun and fitness programs throughout the summer. These drop-in style programs do not require registration;

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RETREAT FROM THE HEAT IN THESE COOLING CENTERS

There are several cooling centers in the Morongo Basin. In Yucca Valley, the community center is open noon to 5 Monday through Thursday; town offices are open Monday through Thursday 8 to 5. The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is open Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In Twentynine Palms,

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FREE HOME ENERGY WORKSHOP MONDAY

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County will hold a free home energy education workshop Monday, June 20. The workshop about the Home Energy Assistance Program will be held 9:30 to 3:30 at the Sportsman Club on Sunburst Avenue in Joshua Tree. Call 909-723-1500 for an appointment.

DESERT RATS

At the Joshua Tree National Park, the term “Desert Rat” has an interesting meaning. Here’s Park Ranger Pam Tripp to explain… What does a “Desert Rat” look like? While initially picturing a variety of rodents, “Desert Rats” are actually those of us who call the desert home. “Desert Rats” can

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HARRISON HOUSE COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE TO HOLD CONCERT

Harrison House presents its composer in residence tonight. Reporter Edica Gonzalez has the details… Harrison House will host a concert Saturday, June 18, for its composer-in-residence. Luciano Chessa is a composer, conductor, performance artist, and musician. He will perform a set of musical compositions written for a traditional single-stringed Vietnamese

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PROPOSAL TO LIMIT BOATING ON LAKE HAVASU SUSPENDED

Of interest to local residents who spend time at the river, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal to limit recreational boating activities at Havasu National Wildlife Refuge was suspended earlier this week. After being flooded with public comments and legislative efforts against the proposal, the Fish and Wildlife Service

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BOXOHOUSE ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY

BoxoHouse will host an artist’s open house this Sunday. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us more about the artist and the art… Works in progress of BoxoHouse artist-in-residence China Adams are the focus of an open house this Sunday, June 19th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Joshua Tree. Adams’

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EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING ISSUED FOR SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning from 10 a.m. Sunday through 9 p.m. Wednesday, with the hottest days expected to be Monday and Tuesday. Temperatures throughout the Morongo Basin are expected to reach up to 110 in Yucca Valley to 118 degrees in Twentynine Palms. Heat-related

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COOLING CENTERS AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT OUR MORONGO BASIN

There are several cooling centers in the Morongo Basin. In Yucca Valley, the community center is open noon to 5 Monday through Thursday; town offices are open Monday through Thursday 8 to 5. The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is open Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In Twentynine Palms,

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FREE SUMMER MEALS AVAILABLE FOR AREA CHILDREN

Just as learning doesn’t end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition. Managing editor Tami Roleff says a free lunch and breakfast program is available for children during part of the summer…

The Morongo Unified School District is sponsoring a Summer Feeding Program, in conjunction with

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COUNTY APPROVES MEALS ON WHEELS FOR YUCCA VALLEY, TWENTYNINE PALMS, AND JOSHUA TREE

During its regular meeting Tuesday, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors approved a $9 million contract extension with Family Service Association to provide elderly nutrition program services in the Morongo Basin. FSA will continue to provide in-home meals to seniors in Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and Twentynine Palms and

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FREE FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION MONDAY

The third Monday of the month is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Edica Gonzalez 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.

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EARTHQUAKE CENTERED IN YUCCA VALLEY

A 3.6 magnitude earthquake rattled the Morongo Basin at 10:02 this morning. The quake was centered in the Sky Harbor area of town, just inside the boundaries of Joshua Tree National Park near Black Rock Canyon campground. Z107.7 has not received any reports of damage or injuries.

A FIRE CAUSES EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO A DESERT HEIGHTS AREA HOME THIS MORNING

An early morning fire caused extensive damage to a single-story home in the Desert Heights area west of Twentynine palms early this morning. Fire Chief Jim Thompson said the fire was reported at about 2:00 a.m. this morning at a single family residence in the 2100 block of Pampas. Twentynine

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