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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FIVE INJURED IN TWO RELATED CRASHES IN MORONGO VALLEY

Five people were injured in two related crashes in Morongo Valley Saturday afternoon. Shortly before noon, James Foreman, 53, of Joshua Tree, was driving a 2009 Nissan Versa westbound on Highway 62 when for unknown reasons, he lost control of his car going down the Morongo Grade. The car traveled

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PROPANE TANKS STOLEN IN MORONGO VALLEY

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a commercial burglary in which propane tanks were stolen from a Morongo Valley business sometime Tuesday night. According to a Sheriff’s report, employees arriving at the County Market in the 9600 block of Lanning Lane noticed that sometime between 9 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m.

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD MEETS TONIGHT: BUDGET AND A SOLAR FIRE STATION

A public hearing will kick off tonight’s meeting of the Community Services District in Morongo Valley. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what it’s all about… At tonight’s regular 7 p.m. meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, the board will gather input during a public hearing on the proposed

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MOTORHOME FIRE IN MORONGO VALLEY THURSDAY NIGHT

A motor home and small sedan are a total loss after a fire in Morongo Valley Thursday night. About 9:30 p.m., Morongo Valley firefighters, with assistance from water tenders from Yucca Mesa and Desert Hot Springs, were called to the 50700 block of Palo Verde Road where they found the

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MAN ESCAPES INJURY IN ROLL-OVER CRASH IN MORONGO VALLEY WEDNESDAY

A Joshua Tree man escaped serious injury when his pick-up truck rolled over in Morongo Valley Wednesday afternoon. Morongo Valley Fire Department Captain Jeff Rarey said the man was driving eastbound on Highway 62 when he fell asleep at the wheel about 4:19 p.m. The truck drifted over to the

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COUNTY ACCEPTS GRANT FOR MORONGO BASIN BIKE TRAILS PROJECT

An effort to develop bicycle trails in the Morongo Basin got a big boost yesterday. The County Board of Supervisors accepted a planning grant of $200,000 from the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) to help develop an Active Transportation Plan (ATP) for the Morongo Basin. A group of government

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MORONGO VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF ATTEMPTED MURDER

A Morongo Valley man was arrested Monday, accused of attempted murder of his neighbor. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the Valley View Mobile Manor in the 10800 block of West Drive about 9:50 p.m. for a report of an assault. Deputies found that Robert Trevino, 62,

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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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