MORONGO VALLEY CSD TO SAY GOODBYE TO DONNA MUNOZ TONIGHT

Looks to be a busy meeting of the Community Services District in Morongo Valley tonight. Could even be some tears as this the last meeting for retiring General Manager Donna Munoz. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more … At tonight’s regular 7 o’clock meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District,

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VICTIM OF FATAL, SUSPECTED DUI, CRASH IN MORONGO VALLEY IDENTIFIED

The Riverside County Coroner’s office has identified the woman killed following a suspected DUI crash Tuesday night in Morongo Valley as Diane D’Aoust, 59, of Morongo Valley. According to the California Highway Patrol, D’Aoust was driving a red Toyota Corolla eastbound on Highway 62 shortly before 9 p.m. when she

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FIREPLACE SAFETY TIPS

As the weather turns cooler, many residents will throw another log on the fire to help stay warm. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers these safety tips for your fireplaces to decrease the chance of having a preventable home fire…

Follow these fireplace safety precautions to help you enjoy your fire

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3.9 MORONGO VALLEY EARTHQUAKE RATTLES THE MORONGO BASIN

A magnitude 3.9 earthquake shook the Morongo Basin Wednesday morning. The earthquake happened at 9:56 a.m. and it was centered 16 kilometers northwest of Morongo Valley, according to the United States Geological Survey. It was initially reported as a 4.1 magnitude before being downgraded. A series of smaller earthquakes followed.

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WOMAN KILLED FOLLOWING DUI T-BONE CRASH IN MORONGO VALLEY TUESDAY NIGHT

A woman died following a T-bone crash in Morongo Valley Tuesday night. According to the CHP, the Morongo Valley woman, who has not been identified yet, was driving a red Toyota Corolla eastbound on Highway 62 when she collided with a black Toyota at park Avenue about 8:50 p.m. The

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD GENERAL MANAGER DONNA MUNOZ RESIGNS

In August, the Local Agency Formation Commission, or LAFCO, described three scenarios any one of which would place in jeopardy the short-term viability of the Morongo Valley Community Services District. Last night, one of those scenarios presented itself. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there… LAFCO’s August audit report cautioned that if

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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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MORONGO VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF FELONY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

A Morongo Valley man who’d been living with his girlfriend for two weeks, was arrested Tuesday, accused of choking her. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman ran to the Chevron Station in Morongo Valley about 5 p.m. to ask for help. She told investigators that her boyfriend, Christopher Wilson,

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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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SWAT TEAM CALLED FOR ARMED BARRICADED SUSPECT IN MORONGO VALLEY

The County Sheriff’s responded to a Morongo Valley home last night in what turned into an all-night standoff with SWAT team and air support. About 7:50 p.m. the Sheriff’s department received a call from the suspect’s mother after 35-year-old Luke Schrader began demonstrating bizarre and violent behavior. According to the

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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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COMMUNITY PLAN WORKSHOPS: PIONEERTOWN, MORONGO VALLEY, AND LANDERS AREA

San Bernardino County is updating the Community Plans for several areas in Morongo Basin. Part of the larger “Countywide Plan,” the Community Plans serve the unincorporated areas much like the planning commissions serve Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us where those living in the unincorporated

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MOTORCYCLIST INJURED, ARRESTED, IN DUI CRASH IN MORONGO VALLEY THURSDAY

A motorcyclist was arrested for suspected driving under the influence following a crash in Morongo Valley Thursday afternoon. About 4:20, Anthony Demars, 47, of Morongo Valley, was riding his 2014 Honda motorcycle westbound in the number 1 lane of the highway. The California Highway Patrol notes that due to Demars’

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MOTORCYCLIST INJURED IN MORONGO VALLEY

Updated: Friday 9:20

A motorcyclist was arrested for suspected driving under the influence following a crash in Morongo Valley Thursday afternoon. About 4:20, Anthony Demars, 47, of Morongo Valley, was riding his 2014 Honda motorcycle westbound in the number 1 lane of the highway. The California Highway Patrol notes that

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MORONGO VALLEY CRASH KILLS DOG, JOSHUA TREE CRASH INJURES WOMAN

A man escaped serious injury, but his dog was killed, in a roll-over crash in Morongo Valley Wednesday night. About 8:30 p.m., a pick-up truck was traveling westbound on Highway 62 when for unknown reasons the truck left the highway and hit a power pole near North Star Trail. The

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JANIS COMMENTZ FEATURED IN MORONGO VALLEY GALLERY, RECEPTION SATURDAY

Janis Commentz will be the featured artist for November at the Art Colony of Morongo Valley gallery. An artist reception featuring Commentz and her paintings will be held Saturday, November 5, from noon to 2 p.m. The gallery, located at 11165 Vale Drive in Morongo Valley is open every Wednesday

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“OPERATION GOBBLE” TO GIVE TURKEYS TO NEEDY MORONGO VALLEY RESIDENTS

The community of Morongo Valley is looking for needy families who need a Thanksgiving Turkey this year. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more on “Operation Gobble”… Some 65 Thanksgiving turkeys will land on the tables of as many needy families in Morongo Valley this Thanksgiving. The Morongo Valley Community Services District

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HALLOWEEN WALK IN MORONGO VALLEY TONIGHT

There’s Halloween fun in Morongo Valley tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the theme for the annual Halloween Walk is… Day of the Dead: That’s the theme for tonight’s second annual Halloween Walk in Morongo Valley. An alternative to knocking on stranger’s doors, Morongo Valley children age five and above, are

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