ARSON SUSPECTED IN MORONGO VALLEY CAR FIRE

Arson is suspected in a car fire in Morongo Valley early Saturday morning. According to a Sheriff’s report, a neighbor in the 4900 block of Visnaga Avenue was awakened about 1 a.m. when he heard a loud explosion outside his home. When he looked outside, he saw a vehicle on

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3.3 EARTHQUAKE THIS MORNING CENTERED IN MORONGO VALLEY

A minor earthquake occurred at 6:06 a.m. this morning. The U.S. Geological Survey says the the magnitude 3.3 event occurred five miles west-northwest of Morongo Valley at a depth of six miles. The quake was 14 miles west-southwest of Yucca Valley. It was felt widely in the region and as

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LOW-COST ANIMAL SERVICES OFFERRED LOCALLY IN DECEMBER

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in December for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spaying and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you

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FIRE DESTROYS HOUSE IN MORONGO VALLEY EARLY FRIDAY MORNING

A Morongo Valley home suffered significant damage due to an early morning fire Friday. According to Morongo Valley Fire Captain Jeff Rarey, firefighters from Morongo Valley, CalFire, Yucca Valley, Yucca Mesa, and a breathing support unit from Loma Linda were called to a structure fire at 6:14 a.m. in the

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NO ARRESTS MADE IN SPECIAL HOLIDAY ORV PATROL

The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department conducted off-highway vehicle enforcement last Friday and Saturday during the Thanksgiving Day weekend. Over the course of the two days, deputies contacted 250 people and responded to four calls for service, but made no arrests and issued no citations. They handed out pamphlets outlining rules

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LOW-COST ANIMAL SERVICES OFFERRED LOCALLY IN DECEMBER

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in December for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spaying and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you

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29 PALMS & MORONGO VALLEY COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING TONIGHT

The annual 29 Palms Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will take place at 29 Palms City Hall on Tuesday, December 1st starting at 5 pm. The Gospel Fellowship Christian Center Church choir, led by choir director Cassandra Haney, will perform holiday songs for the crowd as well as join with the

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COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM FORMING IN MORONGO VALLEY

The community of Morongo Valley is forming an emergency response team. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells residents how to sign up… When it comes to major disasters, the question is not “if” but “when.” In Morongo Valley, some are planning for that eventuality by organizing a Community Emergency Response Team, or

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GOSPEL CONCERT IN YUCCA VALLEY SATURDAY NIGHT

The Seventh Day Adventist Church will hold a free gospel concert Saturday at 6 p.m. In addition to local talent, Pastor Curtis Wright—a world-class banjo player and fourth-generation musician—will be featured. Besides the banjo, Wright plays the violin, mandolin, harmonica, guitar and the Indian flute, and has played with Buck

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD TO SEEK TAX TO KEEP FIRE DEPARTMENT

The Morongo Valley CSD Board met in regular session last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the board heard they have to raise taxes in order to keep the fire department… Last night in Morongo Valley, the Community Services District board directed General Manager Donna Munoz to draft a proposal for

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD BOARD SAYS GOODBYE TO CHUCK OSBORNE

It was 1995 when a bright-eyed 34-year-old Chuck Osborne first took the oath of office as a director for the Morongo Valley Community Services District. Tonight, the CSD honors Osborne’s 20 years of service. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz has more… At tonight’s regular 7:00 meeting of the Morongo Valley Community

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ELECTION RESULTS FOR BIGHORN WATER AND MORONGO VALLEY CSD BOARDS

With all precincts reporting, fewer than 1,000 voters in Flamingo Heights, Landers and Morongo Valley went to the polls for yesterday’s elections. Their votes will be added to provisional and mail-in ballots for final, certified results. As it stands for the two open board seats at the Bighorn Desert View

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DOWNED POWER LINES CLOSE HIGHWAY LANES IN MORONGO VALLEY

Eastbound lanes of Highway 62 in Morongo Valley were closed for a couple hours early this morning due to downed power lines. Morongo Valley Fire Engineer George Partida said firefighters were called to the downed power lines near the intersection of Palo Verde and Highway 62 about 3:30 a.m. this

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ENVIRONMENTALISTS LEAD BIG MORONGO CANYON WALK TOMORROW

The Campaign for the California Desert is co-hosting a free walk through Big Morongo Canyon Preserve Thursday (November 5) morning. Led by a representative of the Wilderness Society, the moderate, one-way 5½ -mile will take about four hours and descend 1,000 feet as hikers walk on established trails, a desert

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SIGN UP FOR AN “OPERATION GOBBLE” TURKEY IN MORONGO VALLEY

Morongo Valley residents can sign up for free turkeys from “Operation Gobble.” Reporter Mike Lipsitz prepares the stuffing… For 25 years, Golden State Water Company in Morongo Valley has gifted turkeys to needy families at this time of year. The 2015 “Operation Gobble” starts at 10 a.m. on Friday, November

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PART 3 OF 3: WE MEET MORONGO VALLEY CSD CANDIDATE MATTHEW CAMPOS

The Morongo Valley Community Services District oversees the parks, street lights, and fire department in the unincorporated area on the west end of our Basin. On November 3, voters there must decide who among three candidates are best suited to fill two open seats on the CSD board. Assignment reporter

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HAUNTED HALLOWEEN WALK IN MORONGO VALLEY TONIGHT

This Halloween night, October 31, Morongo Valley children age 5 and above, are invited to meet at the Geeson Ball Field on Park Blvd. for a haunted Halloween walk. The evening walk starts at 6:30 p.m. Bring a small flashlight. No open-toe shoes and no dogs are permitted. Those who

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD CANDIDATES, PART 2 OF 3: JENNIFER LIEBERTZ

The Morongo Valley Community Services District oversees the parks, street lights, and fire department in the unincorporated area on the west end of our Basin. On November 3, voters there must decide who among three candidates are best suited to fill two open seats on the CSD board. Assignment reporter

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WE MEET MORONGO VALLEY CSD CANDIDATES, PART 1 OF 3: JOHNNY TOLBERT

The Morongo Valley Community Services District oversees the parks, street lights, and fire department in that unincorporated community at the west end of our Basin. On November 3, voters there will decide who among three candidates are best suited to fill two open seats on the CSD board. Assignment reporter

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HAUNTED HALLOWEEN WALK IN MORONGO VALLEY SATURDAY

A haunted Halloween walk is planned for Halloween night at the Morongo Valley Fire Station. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more… This Halloween night, October 31st Morongo Valley children age five and above are invited to meet at the Geeson Ball Field on Park Blvd. for a haunted Halloween walk. The

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