MORONGO VALLEY WELCOMES NEW FIRE AND MEDIC ENGINE

There was cause for celebration in Morongo Valley this weekend and spirits were high despite a little wet weather. Z107.7 news reporter Mike Lipsitz explains… Undaunted by Saturday morning’s precipitation several dozen well-wishers gathered around the big bay door at the Morongo Valley Fire Station. They came for the unveiling

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MORONGO VALLEY RESIDENTS INVITED TO WELCOME NEW MAIN FIRE ENGINE

The Morongo Valley Community Services District, along with the fire department it oversees, has struggled to keep its aging main fire engine operational for well over a year. Now the CSD, the fire department, and the residents of Morongo Valley can breathe a collective sigh of relief. In this report,

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MORONGO VALLEY’S CSD MEETS: BUDGET, STAFFING, AND CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

The Morongo Valley Community Services District will convene a workshop session at 7 p.m. tonight. Several issues are slated for discussion including Citizen of the Year, the Fire Department Command Vehicle and Brush Engine, and options surrounding budget and staffing. Tonight’s meeting takes place in Morongo Valley’s Covington Park Community

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD MEETS TONIGHT, INTERIM FIRE CHIEF NAMED

The Morongo Valley Community Services District meets at 7 p.m. tonight in the Covington Park Community Building. Among the items on tonight’s agenda is the announcement of Andrew Arthen as Interim Fire Chief, an ad-hoc Committee report on staffing and budget, a recommendation for the Chuck Osborne Volunteer of the

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CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING, FIRE STATION OPEN HOUSE IN MORONGO VALLEY TONIGHT

In Morongo Valley the holiday season officially kicks off at 6 p.m. tonight with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Fire Station Open House. There will be goodie bags from Santa, music from the elementary school carolers, and cookies and hot chocolate all around. The Morongo Valley Fire Station is

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MORONGO VALLEY MEETING TO DISCUSS FIRE DEPARTMENT STAFF CUTS TONIGHT

Staffing cuts at Morongo Valley’s beleaguered fire department are the topic at a special workshop this evening. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details. In Morongo Valley tonight, the Community Services District will hold a special workshop meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Covington Park Community Building. The Board plans to look

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD ACCEPTS RESIGNATION OF FIRE CHIEF

More changes are on the horizon for Morongo Valley’s cash strapped Fire Department as Morongo Valley’s loss is Calimesa’s gain. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz has details on last night’s bombshell… Last night’s meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District began with the addition of a hastily convened closed session

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD TO SET DATE TO LOOK AT FIRE DEPARTMENT STAFFING CUTS

Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the board is expected to set a date for a meeting to discuss cutting Fire Department staffing… The Morongo Valley Community Services District meets at 7 p.m. tonight in the Covington Park Community Building. Among the business items on tonight’s agenda, directors are expected to set

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MORONGO VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT TO HOLD DRILL TOMORROW

The Morongo Valley Fire Department will conduct a drill tomorrow. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says Morongo Valley Elementary will be the location… Morongo Valley Elementary School will be on shaky ground tomorrow morning. At least that’s the premise when fire fighters from Morongo Valley Fire with back up from Cal Fire

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MORONGO VALLEY FIRE RAFFLING SMOKE DETECTORS

The Morongo Valley Fire Department is holding a drawing for nine smoke detectors. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says sign up to win before this Monday… Established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, National Fire Prevention Week is October 9 through 15. This year’s theme is “Don’t wait, check the

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MORONGO VALLEY FIRE HOLDING DRAWING FOR FREE SMOKE DETECTORS

The Morongo Valley Fire Department will be holding a drawing to win new smoke detectors. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us why and how to enter… Established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, National Fire Prevention Week is October 9 through 15. This year’s theme is “Don’t wait, check

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LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS SENT TO HELP FIGHT SAND FIRE

Morongo Valley Fire Department received an emergency call Sunday afternoon to help form a strike team to help fight the Sand Fire in the Santa Clarita Valley. The emergency request meant the team, composed of Captain Andrew Arthen, Engineer Andrew Behrens, Firefighter Richard Gilmartin, and reserve Firefighter Rodriguez, left in

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD MANAGER CONDEMNS UNFOUNDED FACEBOOK ACCUSATIONS

Judging from the standing-room-only turnout for last night’s Morongo Valley Community Services District meeting, public interest in local government here remains high. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz has this report… CSD board president Gayl Swarat opened the meeting expressing delight over the community’s interest. Getting down to business, the board authorized

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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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“FACTS AND FARCE” BRING A FULL HOUSE TO A MORONGO VALLEY CSD BUDGET MEETING

In a demonstration of community interest rarely seen at a budget planning workshop, nearly 50 residents turned up at last night’s budget workshop at the Morongo Valley Community Services District. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz has this report … Empowered by last week’s defeat of the proposed Fire Tax, and hopped

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CALFIRE INVESTIGATING SECOND SUSPICIOUS FIRE IN A MONTH IN MORONGO VALLEY

CalFire officials are investigating a second suspicious fire in a month in Morongo Valley. According to Morongo Valley Fire Captain Jeff Rarey, multiple people stopped by and called the fire department just after 3:30 Monday afternoon to report a fire behind the basketball courts in Covington Park. Rarey said as

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD BUDGET WORKSHOP TONIGHT

After unsuccessfully trying to get a fire tax passed, the Morongo Valley CSD Board will meet in a budget workshop session tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more… The Morongo Valley Community Services District Board will hold a budget workshop at 6 p.m. this evening. General Manager Donna Munoz and Fire

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MORONGO VALLEY PARCEL TAX SUBJECT OF THE Z107.7 “UP CLOSE” SHOW TOMORROW

Members of the Morongo Valley Citizens’ Fire Committee will be on the Up-Close show tomorrow (Friday, May 27). The Community Services District has proposed a flat $350 annual per parcel fee which they say would, among other services, keep the Morongo Valley Fire Department operational at current service levels. Voters

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD DISCUSSES AUDIT, PROPOSED PARCEL TAX

The Morongo Valley CSD board met last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says an audit and a proposed parcel tax dominated the meeting… At last night’s board meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District there was extended discussion concerning the complexities and costs of performing an annual audit, then directors

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MORONGO VALLEY PLANS PUBLIC MEETINGS ON MEASURE “E” PARCEL FEE PROPOSAL

Morongo Valley voters will decide the future of paramedic and fire protection services there at the June 7 Primary Election. Labeled “Measure E,” the Community Services District worked to put the initiative on the ballot. Measure E calls for a flat $350 per parcel annual fee to replace the existing

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