MARKING UP MAPS AT THE MORONGO BASIN MAC MEETING

If you like marking up maps, you should have been at the latest MAC meeting last night. Reporter David Haldane was there and explains… Last night’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council featured a large map with colored markers. Its purpose: to encourage attendees to trace their favorite

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MORONGO BASIN MAC TAKES UP TRAFFIC FLOW AND TRANSPORTATION TONIGHT

Transportation is on the agenda at tonight’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council. Reporter David Haldane has the story… Want to have a say in improving traffic flow throughout the high desert? Tonight may be your chance as the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meets to hear a

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS EXPECTED TO MAKE LOCAL APPOINTMENTS TOMORROW

In what must be any politician’s dream come true, county supervisors are expected to appoint three candidates to three open seats on the Twentynine Palms Water District board. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more on that and other expected actions at tomorrow’s 10 a.m. meeting of county supervisors in San Bernardino…

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MORONGO BASIN MAC MET LAST NIGHT, CALTRANS CONDUCTS A Q&A

Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council met last night. Caltrans was there to answer some questions. Reporter Eric Knabe has the details…

In the first part of the meeting, Cal Fire reported there is a high fire danger in the area, possibly until Wednesday. There are more than eight large fires

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MORONGO BASIN MAC TO MEET TONIGHT

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meets tonight with highways on its agenda. Specifically, an update by David Matza, the Caltrans Government and Legislative Affairs Liaison, on current Morongo Basin projects including improvements to the Yucca Grade and continuous left turn lanes on Highway 62. Tonight’s meeting gets underway 6:30

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MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETS MONDAY

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meets Monday with highways on its agenda. Specifically, an update by David Matza, the Caltrans Government and Legislative Affairs Liaison, on current Morongo Basin projects including improvements to the Yucca Grade and continuous left turn lanes on Highway 62. Monday’s meeting gets underway 6:30

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MORONGO BASIN MAC HEARS OF THE DANGERS OF DUST

Council member Pat Flanagan made her presentation at the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meeting last night. Reporter Eric Knabe Has the details… Last night’s half-hour long presentation on the dust problem in the Morongo Basin was well researched and sourced. From lack of air monitors in our area, to

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MORONGO BASIN MAC TO HEAR A PROBLEM WITHOUT A CURE TONIGHT

If you’ve been coughing and spending more time dusting off furniture lately, there may be a reason. Reporter David Haldane explains… Solar power equals dust. That’s the equation postulated in a presentation that member Pat Flanagan will make to the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council tonight. While windy dusty days

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CORRECTION AND UPDATE ON PROSPECTIVE FLAMINGO HEIGHTS MAC REPRESENTATIVE

And in a correction and update to our advance report on today’s board of supervisors meeting in San Bernardino, the applicant for the Flamingo Heights seat on the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council, Ken Brock, is a former, not current, director for the Flamingo Heights Community Association and delegate to

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MORONGO BASIN MAC VOTES TO SUPPORT LOCAL NATIONAL MONUMENTS

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council cut it uncomfortably close last night, voicing its opinion on an important national issue just hours before the deadline to do so. Reporter David Haldane was there and explains…

The MAC basically told President Trump to take a hike. Preferably in one of two

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MORONGO BASIN MAC MEETS TONIGHT, PROTECTED LANDS AND TOURISM ON AGENDA

The Morongo Basin MAC has a busy agenda tonight, ranging from tourism to protected lands. Reporter David Haldane explains…

If you’re alarmed by government threats to reduce the boundaries of federally protected lands, tonight’s your chance to be heard. That’s when the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council considers a resolution

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MORONGO BASIN MAC SEEKING A FLAMINGO HEIGHTS REPRESENTATIVE

The County Board of Supervisors has posted a “help wanted’ notice. Reporter David Haldane explains… If you live in Flamingo Heights and dream of having a say in what happens there, this may be your lucky day. San Bernardino County Supervisor James Ramos is calling for applications from people wishing

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COUNTY SAYS WONDER VALLEY FIRE STATION WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR NOW

The County will be keeping the Wonder Valley Fire station open, for now. Wonder Valley MAC representative Teresa Sitz posted Tuesday evening that she had been contacted by San Bernardino County Assistant Fire Chief Tom Marshall who told her, “Today the fire budget was approved and (Wonder Valley) station 45

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MORONGO BASIN MAC HEARS THAT MOST LOCAL FIRE STATIONS WILL REMAIN OPEN

Despite the light agenda, lots came out of last night’s meeting of the Morongo Basin MAC. Reporter David Haldane was there and offers this report… Rumors regarding the potential closure of several desert fire stations contain a grain of truth. But it’s only a grain. That according to Battalion Chief

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MORONGO BASIN MAC IN UNDERWHELMING MEETING TONIGHT

If you’ve ever thought of addressing the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council, tonight would be a good time. The MAC meets with virtually nothing on its agenda except the usual public safety reports from fire, medical and law enforcement agencies. Tonight’s meeting gets underway 6:30 p.m. at the Joshua Tree

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A WARM RECEPTION TO CALTRANS DOWNTOWN JOSHUA TREE TRAFFIC PLANS

At last night’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council in Joshua Tree, representatives from Caltrans held a final presentation on their pilot plan for more safely moving vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists through the Joshua Tree business district. And for an audience not known for cordiality, the plan was

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MORONGO BASIN MAC SHOULD SEE CALTRANS DOWNTOWN JOSHUA TREE PLAN TONIGHT

Anyone who’s ever walked or driven through Joshua Tree’s business district knows that it can sometimes be risky. After outlining a plan to fix that, a Caltrans spokesman was tardy in providing the details. Reporter David Haldane says that may be corrected tonight… Joshua Tree residents holding their breaths for

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MORONGO BASIN MAC HEARS COUNTY PLANS TO REGULATE SHORT TERM RENTALS

At last night’s meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council in Joshua Tree, County Code Enforcement Chief Andy Wingert spoke to a full house about the County’s plan to permit and regulate vacation home rentals. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there … Wingert assured the more than 60 people in

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MORONGO BASIN MAC GETS UPDATE ON COUNTY SHORT-TERM RENTAL ORDINANCE

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council will get an update tonight on the county’s plans to regulate short-term vacation rentals of private homes to out-of-towners in unincorporated areas. Reporter David Haldane has the details…

If you operate an AirBnB in Joshua Tree, heads up; you may soon be subject to

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COUNTY MAC HEARS OF LOWER CRIME RATES

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council, the MAC, met last night in Joshua Tree. While the anticipated report from CalTrans on changes proposed for downtown Joshua Tree was postponed, the MAC heard some good news from local Law Enforcement.

If you’re feeling a bit safer in the Morongo Basin these

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