HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER DAMAGES MORONGO VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT GARAGE DOOR

A hit-and-run driver damaged the garage door of the Morongo Valley Fire Department last night. About 11:30 p.m., firefighters inside the station heard a loud bang, and when they got up to investigate, they saw a small, newer model, dark-colored, 4-door sedan leaving the scene. The car had crashed into

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MORONGO VALLEY FIRE ENGINE DAMAGED IN COLLISION SUNDAY

A Morongo Valley fire engine was heavily damaged in a collision early Sunday morning. According to Fire Chief Peale, Brush Engine 461 and Patrol 461 had responded to a rollover traffic collision on the side of the Morongo Grade about 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning. The vehicle involved in the rollover

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FIRE DAMAGES MORONGO VALLEY HOME

Morongo Valley firefighters didn’t have far to go to fight a residential structure fire last night—it was just around the corner from the fire station, in the 49800 block of Visnaga Avenue. Assisted by firefighters from Desert Hot Springs, the firefighters found a back bedroom and contents on fire about

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MORONGO VALLEY CITIZENS IN HEATED DISCUSSION WITH CALTRANS LAST NIGHT

A heated 90-minute discussion took place between CalTrans and the residents of Morongo Valley during last night’s three-hour Morongo Valley Community Services District board meeting. Ongoing safety concerns regarding the design of the new Morongo Valley median prompted a large turnout. Residents were quick to contradict the statements of CalTrans

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ONE KILLED IN CRASH OF OVERSIZED-LOAD BIG RIG TRAILER

A man was killed Wednesday night when the big-rig trailer he was driving jack-knifed on the highway in Morongo Valley. The California Highway Patrol was escorting an oversized load consisting of a tractor-trailer combination, a 120-foot trailer hauling a generator, and two additional pusher-tractors in tandem from Beaumont to Arizona.

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CALTRANS GETS EARFUL ABOUT MEDIANS IN 3 ½ HOUR MORONGO VALLEY CSD MEETING

In a marathon 3 1/2-hour meeting, the Morongo Valley Community Services District board met with members of CalTrans last night to discuss the ongoing median project. Reporter Andrew Dieleman was there, and files this report… Morongo Valley residents were quick to weigh in last night following an update from CalTrans

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FIRE ON POWER POLE IN MORONGO VALLEY CAUSES POWER OUTAGE

Morongo Valley firefighters also responded to a power pole fire just after midnight last night. Morongo Valley Fire Engineer Ryan Murphy said the power was surging and caused a fire, which led to a power outage in parts of the Morongo Basin. Southern California Edison says the rain caused power

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MORONGO VALLEY’S TOP STORY: A NEW FIRE ENGINE

The Morongo Valley Community Services District breathed a sigh of relief earlier this year when it finally got a new fire engine to replace its engine that was more than 20 years old. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains how the small community managed to afford a new fire engine…

So vulnerable

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MORONGO VALLEY FIREFIGHTERS HELP DELIVER BABY AT GAS STATION

A little girl couldn’t wait to make her appearance into the world this morning. Morongo Valley Fire Engineer Brandon Jones said a Yucca Valley woman was on her way to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs to deliver her second baby, but as they drove down the Yucca Grade, she and

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD GETS A NEW FIRE CHIEF, LOSES A DIRECTOR

The swearing in of Morongo Valley’s new Fire Chief Gary Yearsley kicked off last night’s regular monthly meeting of the Community Services District, or CSD, there; Jim Brakebill is second in command. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what followed… The board discussed and approved a jump in the new fire

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LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS BACK FROM FIGHTING FIRES IN NAPA AREA

Two local fire engine crews are back home after a busy three weeks fighting wildfires. On September 25, Engine 461 from Morongo Valley and Engine 451 from the Combat Center in Twentynine Palms were sent to protect homes in North Tustin from the Canyon 2 Fire, where they fought the

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MORONGO VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT CAR SHOW TOMORROW

The Morongo Valley Fire Department’s third annual car show is tomorrow. With more on what you can expect to see, here’s reporter Rebecca Havely… Mark your calendars for the Morongo Valley Fire Department’s third annual car show. The car show is set for Saturday, October 14 in Covington Park in

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD IN CLOSED SESSION SPECIAL MEETING TONIGHT

The Morongo Valley Community Services District, or CSD, meets in special session at 7 p.m. tonight in the Covington Park Community Building on Vale Drive. A single agenda item calls for closed session labor negotiations with union local 5028 representing Morongo Valley Professional Firefighters.

MORONGO VALLEY CSD TAKES STEPS TO ASSURE FIRE DEPARTMENT SAFETY

In response to a recent complaint to the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health or OSHA, the Morongo Valley Community Services District hired a safety consultant to evaluate conditions at the fire station. In its report, the consultant acknowledged several areas where improvements are warranted, none, however, were considered

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MORONGO VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT CAR SHOW SET FOR OCTOBER 14

The last day to register your vehicle for a discounted registration fee for the Morongo Valley Fire Department’s third annual car show is Friday. With more on how to register your vehicle, here’s reporter Rebecca Havely… Mark your calendars for the Morongo Valley Fire Department’s third annual car show. The

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VEGETATION FIRE IN MORONGO VALLEY YESTERDAY

Morongo Valley firefighters and CalFire made quick work of a vegetation fire Tuesday evening. According to Morongo Valley Fire Captain Jeff Rarey, firefighters were called to a 100-foot by 30-foot vegetation fire near Bella Vista and Highway 62 about 6:40 p.m. Firefighters got the blaze under control in about 5

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WINDS HELP FIREFIGHTERS BATTLING BRUSH FIRE ON THE MORONGO GRADE

Morongo Valley firefighters were helped by favorable winds in fighting a brush fire on the Morongo Grade Tuesday afternoon. Morongo Valley Firefighter Jones said about 3:30 p.m., three passers-by traveling up the grade stopped at the Morongo Valley Fire Station to let them know about a fire in the middle

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD MEETS TONIGHT: BUDGET AND A SOLAR FIRE STATION

A public hearing will kick off tonight’s meeting of the Community Services District in Morongo Valley. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what it’s all about… At tonight’s regular 7 p.m. meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, the board will gather input during a public hearing on the proposed

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MARINE VEHICLE FIRE IN MORONGO VALLEY THURSDAY MORNING

Morongo Valley firefighters came to the aid of the Marines Thursday morning. According to Firefighter Jones, the convoy of four Marine vehicles were coming up the grade about 8:45 a.m. when the engine in one light infantry vehicle started smoking. The Marines were able to put out most of the

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MORONGO VALLEY MOBILE HOME DESTROYED IN FIRE

A Morongo Valley mobile home is a complete loss after a fire Wednesday morning. According to Fire Captain Jeff Rarey, firefighters were called to the Valley View Mobile Home Park in the 10800 block of West Drive at 8:45 a.m. Heavy smoke and flames were showing from the home when

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