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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JOSHUA TREE WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER HIGH-SPEED CHASE

A Joshua Tree woman was arrested early Sunday morning, after she led Sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed pursuit for miles through Yucca Valley and Morongo Valley. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy spotted a gray Chrysler van driving westbound on Highway 62 without headlights about 2:30 a.m., and attempted

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD BOARD TAKES UP ASSESSMENTS, EMPLOYMENT LAW TONIGHT

Special assessments and employment law are just two of the topics to be considered tonight in Morongo Valley. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more…

At tonight’s regular 7 p.m. meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, the board is expected to review the special tax assessment agreement and resolution in

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ARRESTS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS, YUCCA VALLEY AND MORONGO VALLEY

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Friday night, accused of child abuse. Deputies were called by an employee to the Circle K market in the 73900 block of 29 Palm Highway in Twentynine Palms just after 6 p.m. The employee said a man, later identified as Justic Chodos, 29, and

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GOSPEL FELLOWSHIP CELEBRATES 18 YEARS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS WITH MORONGO VALLEY BBQ

The Gospel Fellowship Christian Center of 29 Palms will hold a free barbecue to celebrate 18 years of ministry this Saturday, July 15. There will be food, games, and activities for kids of all ages from noon to 4 at the Morongo Valley Community Center in Covington Park. For more

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HEALTHCARE DOCUMENTARY SCREENING TONIGHT BY LOCAL DEMOCRATS

A 65-minute documentary that explores the health care systems in the United States and Canada will be screened by the Morongo Basin Democratic club. At one point, the health care systems were similar in both countries, but in the last 50 years, medical care has evolved into very different systems.

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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 HOLDS BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING TONIGHT

A public hearing is just one agenda item at tonight’s meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what to expect… At tonight’s regular 7 p.m. meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, the board will convene a public hearing, followed by a vote,

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ROAD WORK ON THE MORONGO GRADE AND STATE ROUTE  247 THIS WEEK

The California Department of Transportation will be performing road work on the Morongo Grade, and on State Route 247 all this week. Caltrans will be repairing guardrails on the Morongo Grade from the county line to Indian Canyon Avenue today through this Thursday, June 15, from 9 until 3. In

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MISSING MORONGO VALLEY WOMAN

Sheriff’s officials are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing Morongo Valley woman. On March 14, 2017, Krista Bowman, 32 left her mother’s residence to visit a male friend in Colorado. Bowman was driving her silver Toyota Avalon and her last known location was in Fort Garland, Colorado.

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MULTIPLE AGENCIES CALLED TO SUSPECTED DRUG LAB IN MORONGO VALLEY THURSDAY

A major drug lab was raided in Morongo Valley yesterday. Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies were following an investigation that led them to a home in the 50700 block of Laurel Lane in Morongo Valley about 10:40 a.m. and when they arrived, they found honey oil and butane in the home’s

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PIONEERTOWN COUPLE ACCUSED IN MOTHER’S CAR THEFT

A Pioneertown couple was arrested Saturday, accused of stealing a car from the woman’s mother. According to a Sheriff’s report, Dean Kee and Rachel Kee, went to Rachel’s mother’s home in Morongo Valley Thursday to demand money from her. When the woman refused to give them any money, Dean Kee,

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ROAD WORK IN THE MORONGO BASIN THIS WEEK

The California Department of Transportation will be performing road work on the Morongo Grade, and on State Route 247 all this week. Caltrans will be repairing guardrails on the Morongo Grade from the county line to Indian Canyon Avenue today through next Monday, June 12, from 9 until 3. In

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MORONGO VALLEY CASINO NIGHT TO BENEFIT FIRE DEPARTMENT

The eighth annual Morongo Valley Firefighter’s Auxiliary Casino Night will be in play this Saturday. Reporter Mike Lipsitz puts it all on red for this worthy cause … Attention high rollers, card sharks, lucky beginners and everyone in between. Dust off your good luck charms. This Saturday, June 3 is

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MORONGO VALLEY CASINO NIGHT SATURDAY TO BENEFIT FIRE DEPARTMENT

The eighth annual Morongo Valley Firefighter’s Auxiliary Casino Night will be in play this Saturday. Reporter Mike Lipsitz puts it all on red for this worthy cause… Attention high rollers, card sharks, lucky beginners and everyone in between. Dust off your good luck charms. This Saturday, June 3 is Casino

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“OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT” OPENS SATURDAY AT GROVE’S THEATER

The Groves Cabin Theatre presents the comedy/drama “The Owl and The Pussycat.” Here with the show details is Rebecca Havely… “The Owl and The Pussycat” is the next offering at the Groves Cabin Theatre. The comedy/drama is directed by award winning director Abe Daniels. This play was made into a

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MORONGO VALLEY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO VOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER

A Morongo Valley man accused of murder in the stabbing death of a neighbor two years ago took a plea bargain Friday. On April 5, 2014, Chad Leyburn, now 31, was arguing with his neighbor, Robert Verbeck, 74, when he took out a knife and stabbed Verbeck five times, killing

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FIRE IN BIG MORONGO PRESERVE YESTERDAY

About 120 firefighters from CalFire, Morongo Valley, and the Bureau of Land Management fought a brush fire that broke out in Big Morongo Canyon Preserve about 12:30 a.m. Monday. As of Tuesday morning, CalFire says the fire, called the Matz Fire, is 16 acres and is 95 percent contained. Two

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MATZ FIRE BURNS 8-10 ACRES IN MORONGO VALLEY MONDAY MORNING

About 120 firefighters from CalFire, Morongo Valley, and the Bureau of Land Management are fighting a brush fire that broke out in Big Morongo Canyon Preserve about 12:30 a.m. Monday. CalFire Battalion Chief Tony Jones said the fire, called the Matz Fire, was originally estimated to be 20 acres, but

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BIG RIG CRASH SNARLS THE MORONGO GRADE

Traffic was snarled on the Morongo Grade for most of Monday due to a big rig that crashed through the guardrail. The truck was hauling two tanks with about 40,000 pounds of soda ash used to make glass when a front tire blew out about noon yesterday. The blow out

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