MORONGO VALLEY CSD SPECIAL BUDGET WORKSHOP MEETING TONIGHT

On the far west end of the Morongo Basin, the Morongo Valley Community Services District will hold a special meeting tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what it’s about … The Morongo Valley Community Services District will convene a special workshop session at 7 p.m. this evening. On the agenda

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WOMAN INJURED IN CRASH WITH POWER POLE IN MORONGO VALLEY EARLY SUNDAY MORNING

A Twentynine Palms woman suffered moderate injuries when her 1999 Subaru crashed into a power pole in Morongo Valley early Sunday morning. About 1 a.m., Morongo Valley firefighters were called to Highway 62 and Vale Drive where they found the driver and sole occupant, Christine Schwabe, 37, pinned inside her

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD RECOGNIZES COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS

The Morongo Valley Community Services District met last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there … Last night the Morongo Valley CSD recognized some of those who gave voluntarily to that community. Recipients included Paul and Laurie Geeson and their family for the Lifetime Achievement Award for their many, many years

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THREE INJURED IN MORONGO VALLEY CRASH

Three people were injured Saturday morning when a car crashed into a power pole in Morongo Valley. About 9:24 a.m., firefighters were called to westbound Highway 62 and Bella Vista Avenue where they found a red Honda with its front end completely smashed in. The three people inside—Manuel Gumataotao, 52;

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BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR BEARS IN MORONGO VALLEY

The sign is short and to the point; it reads: Beware! Bear and cubs onsite in early morning and evening after dark. The signs were posted around Covington Park in Morongo Valley in early March after the bears were spotted there. Most certainly a California Black Bear, the beasts were

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STATE ROUTE 62 GETTING $9.8 MILLION IN IMPROVEMENTS IN TWO PROJECTS

Construction started this week on a nine-mile project from the western border of Joshua Tree to the eastern border of Twentynine Palms. The $4.7 million project will add two-way left turn lanes and widen the existing shoulders to a standard eight feet. The California Department of Transportation says the project

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MORONGO VALLEY MAN FOUND IN A STOLEN CAR

A Morongo Valley man was arrested Friday, after he was found in a stolen car. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies went to the 57700 block of Highway 62 about 4 a.m. where they found Jesus Rael, 28, inside the 2014 Ford compact sedan. A records check determined that the

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COUNTY BACKS OFF ON PIONEERTOWN, MORONGO VALLEY WATER RATE INCREASE

Last week’s Z107.7 report that water rates in Pioneertown and parts of Morongo Valley would be going up—way, way up—caught many by surprise. Well, ratepayers weren’t the only ones caught by surprise. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has part two of the story and this time there’s a happy ending… California’s Prop

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MISSING PASADENA WOMAN FOUND NEAR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

A Pasadena woman who went missing on Tuesday was found Thursday near Joshua Tree National Park. The Pasadena Star-News reported that Connie Sullivan never returned home after driving to a pharmacy Tuesday afternoon. She evidently became disoriented, and called her family to say she was lost. Police tracked her cell

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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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50 PEOPLE TURN OUT FOR CALTRANS PRESENTATION IN MORONGO VALLEY

When Caltrans divided State Route 62 in Morongo Valley with delineators, many were skeptical of their claim that the plastic poles would enhance safety. But in the almost two years since they were installed cross median collisions there went from far above average to zero. Last night Caltrans presented their

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS WITH BUSY AGENDA FROM TEACHERS TO TEXTBOOKS

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education will consider a variety of issues tonight ranging from textbooks to teachers. Reporter David Haldane has the details… Advanced Placement biology students in the Morongo Unified School District may have a new hero after tonight’s Board of Education meeting. She is Henrietta

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CALTRANS TO EXPLAIN NEW MORONGO VALLEY HIGHWAY MEDIANS WEDNESDAY

In May 2015, responding to an accident tally well above average and a growing death toll, the California Department of Transportation, or Caltrans, installed plastic delineators to separate the east and westbound lanes of highway 62 in Morongo Valley. Reporter Mike Lipsitz picks up the story from there… The public

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FIREFIGHTERS FIGHT TWO SMALL FIRES MONDAY

Morongo Basin firefighters were busy yesterday. Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley firefighters were called to the Joshua Tree Retreat Center about 5:30 p.m. for a small shed that caught fire. County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle said the shed, which housed electrical equipment, was a total loss, and the cause

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MORONGO VALLEY FIRE BURRITO BREAKFAST THIS SATURDAY

The Morongo Valley Fire Fighter’s Auxiliary will hold its annual burrito breakfast this Saturday, March 18, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Covington Park multipurpose room. After breakfast, check out the community yard sale, which goes until 2 p.m. Vendors who are interested in participating in the yard

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MORONGO VALLEY MAN HELD AFTER STOLEN CAR FOUND

A Morongo Valley man was arrested Wednesday, accused of possessing a stolen vehicle. According to a Sheriff’s report, a probation officer went to a home in the 10800 block of West Drive about 2:30 for a probation compliance check on Roger Peterson, 53. The probation officer determined that a Ford

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CHP IDENTIFIES SUSPECTED DUI DRIVER THAT CLOSED THE YUCCA GRADE YESTERDAY

The CHP has identified the suspected DUI Driver that caused the Yucca Grade to close for about an hour Wednesday morning. Investigators said that about 4:10 am, a 1998 Dodge pick-up truck driven by Edgar Morales, 44, of Yucca Valley was traveling eastbound on the highway at Scholl Drive in

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HIGHWAY 62 BRIEFLY CLOSED THIS MORNING DUE TO DUI CRASH IN MORONGO VALLEY

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Highway 62 was briefly closed down in both directions following a traffic crash in Morongo Valley this morning. About 4:10, a 1998 Dodge pick-up truck traveling eastbound on the highway collided with a power pole at Scholl Drive. The pole was sheared off, but was

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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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