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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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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WE REVIEW “EXIT LAUGHING” AT GROVE’S THEATER IN MORONGO VALLEY

The Groves Cabin Theatre in Morongo Valley opened the comedy “Exit Laughing” by Paul Elliott last weekend, helmed by veteran director Wendy Cohen. The show opens with a group of gal pals gathered after a memorial service with the stolen ashes of their deceased friend. Reporter Rebecca Havely says, the

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MORONGO VALLEY WOMAN DIES AFTER FALLING IN SINKHOLE

The County Coroner has released the name of a 72-year-old woman found dead in in a sinkhole at her property in Morongo Valley. Morongo Valley Fire Engineer Mark Murphy said the victim’s son had called for a welfare check on Margaret Pine, in the 50800 block of Canyon Road, shortly

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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 HONORS A RETIRING DONNA MUNOZ

Nearly three years ago, Donna Munoz swooped onto the scene at the Morongo Valley Community Services District as the mild-mannered general manager. Then, using what seemed like superhero powers, Munoz became defender of the district as threat after threat landed at her feet. Like so many flaming arrows, the challenges

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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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