MORONGO VALLEY CSD MEETS, COVINGTON PARK MAINTENANCE ON THE AGENDA

(Do you) know what tree trimming, soft ball, and seismic monitoring all have in common? They’re all up for discussion at tonight’s 7 p.m. meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District or CSD. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more… It’s been five years since an arborist gave the more than

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MISS YUCCA VALLEY PAGEANT CONTESTANTS MEET MONDAY

Attention high school junior girls in Yucca Valley as well the unincorporated areas of Morongo Valley, Yucca Mesa, Landers, and Joshua Tree. The Miss Yucca Valley scholarship orientation is this Monday at 6 p.m. at Joshua Springs school in room f-5. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. Applications are

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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 CSD TO HEAR OSHA-REQUIRED FIRE DEPARTMENT SAFETY REPORT

A month ago to the day, the Morongo Valley Community Services District received notice from the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health that a complaint had been filed. The complaint alleged hazardous and unhealthy work conditions at Morongo Valley’s Fire Station. Reporter Mike Lipsitz picks up the story from

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BEWARE OF THE “GRANDPARENT’S” SCAM

An old phone scam that is making the rounds again. It’s called the “grandparents scam,” because the caller pretends to be the victim’s grandchild who needs money because of an arrest or car crash. A woman in Morongo Valley received a call recently in which the caller claimed to be

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POWER LINES DOWN ON HIGHWAY IN MORONGO VALLEY THURSDAY NIGHT

Morongo Valley firefighters and Southern California Edison workers were called out to downed power lines on Highway 62 Thursday night. About 7:45 p.m., power went out in areas of Morongo Valley for about an hour, and the cause was traced to downed power lines that were on the westbound highway

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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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MORONGO VALLEY MAN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS IN STABBING DEATH

A Morongo Valley man who pleaded guilty to stabbing a neighbor to death three years ago was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday. On April 5, 2014, Chad Leyburn, 31, was arguing with his neighbor, Robert Verbeck, 74, when he took out a knife and stabbed Verbeck five times,

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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. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the times and places…

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin

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COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION GREEN LIGHTS MORONGO VALLEY GAS STATION

Yesterday in San Bernardino, the County Planning Commission unanimously voted in favor of granting a conditional use permit for a new commercial development in Morongo Valley. The proposal now heads to county supervisors for the near certain approval of the almost 5,000-square-foot Circle K convenience store and gas station on

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NO CHANGE TO SAND TO SNOW NATIONAL MONUMENT

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has recommended that the Department of the Interior not revoke or adjust the boundaries of Sand to Snow National Monument. The monument was under review in accordance with President Trump’s April 26, executive order. “Today, I am recommending that no changes be made to

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COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION CONSIDERS A MORONGO VALLEY GAS STATION

The County Planning Commission tomorrow will consider yet another gas station/convenience store on the highway in Morongo Valley. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details of a public hearing on the matter…

At tomorrow’s 9 a.m. meeting of the San Bernardino County Planning Commission, chairman Paul Smith will convene a public hearing

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD TAKES UP LONG-RANGE PLANNING TONIGHT

Long-term planning is just one of the items up for discussion at tonight’s 7 p.m. meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more… Under “new business,” the CSD board will discuss a long-term plan summary for the Local Agency Formation Commission or LAFCO. The topic

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DEPUTIES INVESTIGATING A SHOOTING FRIDAY IN MORONGO VALLEY

We have limited information about a shooting Friday in Morongo Valley. According to a Sheriff’s spokeswoman, deputies were called to the 9300 block of Navajo Trail about 4:20 p.m. following a report that a man had been shot. Upon arrival, the man told deputies an unknown woman had shot him,

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TWO DESERT HOT SPRINGS MEN, FOUND IN STOLEN CAR, ARRESTED

Two Desert Hot Springs men were arrested Thursday, after they were found in a stolen vehicle. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 2:50 p.m. a deputy spotted a 2000 Honda Civic driving on Highway 62 near Desert Willow Trail in Morongo Valley. The deputy determined the car had been stolen

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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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REGISTER NOW FOR MORONGO VALLEY CAR SHOW

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 Morongo Valley. There will be live music by Ghostlight Trio, and home-cooked barbecue by Willie Boys. Vendors, sponsors—and of course, vehicles—are needed for the

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MARINE ARRESTED AFTER 130 MPH PURSUIT FRIDAY

A high-speed chase from Joshua Tree to Morongo Valley Friday night resulted in the arrest of a 20-year-old Marine from Ohio. According to the California Highway Patrol, just before 11 p.m. Friday, Officer Casey Simmons attempted to stop a blue 2006 Yamaha R6 sports bike on Highway 62 near Sunburst

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LOCAL THEATERS HOLD THEIR OWN IN REGIONAL AWARD NOMINATIONS

The four local theater organizations of the Morongo Basin were nominated for a large share of the Desert Theatre League’s 2016-17 season “Desert Stars” awards, announced Tuesday. The Desert Theater League is made up of some 30 theatrical producing organizations in the hi- and low deserts. The Hi-Desert Cultural Center

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A REMINDER, ROADWORK ON THE YUCCA GRADE STARTS TODAY

This reminder, major roadwork on the Yucca grade starts today. CalTrans will replace the temporary delineators with permanent raised curb medians between East Drive and Yucca Park Road. In addition, the highway will be restriped for left-turn lanes, and a traffic signal will be added at Bella Vista Drive. Eastbound

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