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Attendees at the July 20 meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council heard an update about the Scenic Highway 247 plan. The council established a Scenic 247 committee in 2012. Over the years, history, public outreach, photography, mapping, graphics, and more have gone into developing a 102-page document. After final proofreading and double-checking, the plan will be presented to Caltrans requesting the state highway designation. For more information, see the website, scenichighway247.com. The website features the original 2012 presentation to the county, a map of the scenic corridor, and The Case for Scenic 247. Some of the photography appears as a slide show.


CalTrans and the California Highway Patrol have partnered to share an anti-littering message with the public. Reporter Joshua King has the details…

This week will see the resuming of a statewide effort to remove litter from state highways. CalTrans and the CHP are calling on the public to assist with litter prevention, and here are the ways you can help.

Stow a litter bag in your automobile and always dispose of trash appropriately.

Properly extinguish cigarettes and cigars; Never throw a lit item from a vehicle.

Always cover and properly secure cargo or materials hauled in passenger trucks and pick-ups.

Adopt a California highway and remove litter.

The CHP will be actively enforcing anti-littering laws, so remember to take care of highways, and don’t litter.


The Town of Yucca Valley will be performing maintenance on the medians along Highway 62 on Tuesday, May 5. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the number 1 lanes in both eastbound and westbound directions will be closed from Barberry Avenue to Old Woman Springs Road.


Last week, we reported that citations from the California Highway Patrol are up 87 percent statewide for motorists who are caught speeding at 100 miles per hour or faster. Ernest Figueroa says motorists are also speeding in our Morongo Basin…

With the state’s stay-at-home order, traffic on the Highway 62 and 247 has been considerably lighter. That’s good news for those who are still working, but Morongo Basin CHP officers have been handing out speeding tickets left and right to motorists for speeds around 100 miles per hour. In the last week, eight motorists have been ticketed for driving speeds ranging from 86 to 103 miles per hour on Highway 62 and Old Woman Springs Road. In California, the base fine is $490 for exceeding the speed limit by more than 26 miles per hour. The CHP reminds drivers that fewer vehicles on the road is not a license to speed.


John Hilton – “My beautiful picture”

Have you ever wondered who named the roads you travel? Where the names came from or why? The folks at the Morongo Basin Historical Society also want to know and have issued a challenge to come up with the answers. Here’s reporter Mike Lipsitz with the details…

Help Morongo Basin Historical Society research and identify why or how area roads were named. Old Woman Springs Road is named after the historic ranch of the same name, but back in the day, it was known as Victorville Road if you were heading out of Yucca Valley, and Yucca Valley Road for those traveling from Victorville. MBHS wants to establish why a Yucca Valley neighborhood’s roads are all named after area mines. Do you know? Some roads were named in convoluted ways, others are mysteries. Morgan Reche, whose father homesteaded in early Landers, says Reche Road in Landers should be called Belfield and Belfield Road should be called Reche, but heck if he knows how it got mixed up.

Hilton Avenue, Court, Road, and Lane  in Yucca Valley are likely named for the artist John Hilton and Paxton Road, Lane and Court are named after local author and poet June Le Mert Paxton. Lanning Road in Morongo Valley was named after the Lanning family. Who were they and when did they live in there?

Old timers, youngsters, churches, realtors, businesses—everyone is invited to join the Great Street Name Challenge to help research and identify the history behind local street names. If you know why a road was named email morongobasinhistoricalsociety@gmail.com. Any relevant photos of are welcome.