NEW COUNTY FIRE BATTALION CHIEF COMING TO THE MORONGO BASIN

The Morongo Basin welcomes a new county fire battalion chief as of Monday, November 20. Battalion Chief Donnie Viloria has been a firefighter for 30 years, which includes 15 years with Newberry Springs and Fort Irwin, before joining the county fire department in 2002. Prior to his new assignment here,

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DALE BASIN WELL OWNERS TO MEET SUNDAY

The Dale Basin Well Owners Association will hold its semi-yearly meeting 4 p.m. Sunday, November 12, at the Godwin Christian Fellowship Church, 6389 Godwin Road, in Wonder Valley. Note the change of date. There will be an election of officers; volunteers are needed. For more information, call Mary Quamme at

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TWO BOYS SUSTAIN SERIOUS INJURIES WITH FIREWORKS EAST OF TWENTYNINE PALMS

Two boys were seriously injured Saturday when they were shooting off illegal fireworks. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle, firefighters were called to a campsite on Gold Crown Road in Wonder Valley about 8:30 p.m. Saturday. A 12-year-old boy received severe injuries to his right arm, from his

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FINAL WEEKEND OF OPEN STUDIO ART TOURS

This is the final weekend of the annual Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours. More than 135 artists will showcase their work at 85 locations throughout the Morongo Basin: Morongo Valley, Pioneertown, Landers, Yucca Valley, Yucca Mesa, Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms, and Wonder Valley. Get your catalogs at local visitors

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SMALL VEGETATION FIRE IN WONDER VALLEY MONDAY NIGHT

Firefighters were called to a small vegetation fire out at a location near Highway 62 and Godwin Road about 8:15 p.m. Monday night. It was quickly extinguished and the cause is unknown.

TWO LOST HIKERS RESCUED IN WONDER VALLEY THURSDAY

Two lost hikers were rescued out in Wonder Valley Thursday night. County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow said firefighters were called about 10 p.m. to help rescue a man and a woman who got lost while hiking in Joshua Tree National Park. Firefighters went to Mile Marker 53, which is

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OPEN STUDIO ART TOURS NEXT TWO WEEKENDS

For the next two weekends, local artists will entertain visitors in the annual Highway 62 Open Studios Art Tours. Managing editor Tami Roleff gets out her checkbook…

The annual Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours starts this weekend and continues next weekend. More than 135 artists will showcase their work

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BAD WATER FORCES CLOSURE OF WONDER VALLEY COUNTY FIRE STATION

There’s been lots of talk lately about the fate of the Wonder Valley Fire Department, which is currently devoid of firefighters. Reporter David Haldane, who attended a community meeting yesterday at which the topic was discussed, provides this report…

It’s all about the water. That’s the message delivered by Scott

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WONDER VALLEY COMMUNITY MEETING TO DISCUSS CLOSED FIRE STATION

Just three months after Wonder Valley residents were told their fire station was funded for 2017-18 and would remain open, Wonder Valley firefighters packed up and left the fire station on Friday, September 22. In June, County Assistant Fire Chief Tom Marshall told Wonder Valley municipal advisory council representative Teresa

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HELICOPTER RESCUES ONE OF TWO MEN WITH VEHICLE STUCK IN SAND IN WONDER VALLEY

A missing person’s report Wednesday led to the rescue of two men who had gotten their vehicle stuck in the sand in Wonder Valley. Deputies were called to the 80500 block of Amboy Road about 8:20 p.m. for a report of missing persons, where they learned that a father and

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WONDER VALLEY COMMUNITY MEETING TOMORROW

Following a three-month hiatus, Wonder Valley’s community meeting returns. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what’s on tomorrow’s agenda … The monthly Wonder Valley community meetings pick back up tomorrow, September 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wonder Valley Community Center on Amboy Road. Among items on the

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FREE FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION

The third Monday of the month is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the times and places…

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin

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SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES KEPT VERY BUSY MONDAY

From a shot-out window to stolen ceramic yard art, Sheriff’s deputies were busy Monday. In Twentynine Palms, about 7 a.m., a resident in the 6300 block of Desert Queen Avenue called to report he was woken up by the sound of a loud pop. When he got up to investigate,

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TWO ARRESTED AFTER WONDER VALLEY STORAGE CONTAINER BURGLARY

Two Wonder Valley men were arrested Wednesday morning, accused of burglarizing a storage container. According to a Sheriff’s report, witnesses interrupted two men, later identified as Randell Vessells, 48, and Justyn Holsclaw, 20, who had broken a lock on the storage container in the 4000 block of Steeg Road in

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS MEET, SEVERAL ITEMS AFFECT OUR MORONGO BASIN

Topics specific to our Morongo Basin are the subjects of several agenda items at tomorrow’s 10 a.m. meeting of the County Board of Supervisors’ in San Bernardino. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details…

Supervisors will likely approve agenda item 30 which would pay a San Diego firm $135,000 to $150,000 to

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EXTREME HEAT CONTINUES, COOLING CENTERS OPEN

The extreme heat warning has been extended until 9 p.m. Monday, but there are cooling centers where residents can get out of the heat. In Yucca Valley, the Hi-Desert Nature Center is open Saturday 10 to 5. In Twentynine Palms, the Senior Center on Adobe Road is a cooling center

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EXTREME HEAT WARNING: COOLING CENTERS AVAILABLE

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning from Saturday through Wednesday, June 21, (and possibly even farther into next week), with the hottest days expected to be Monday through Wednesday. Temperatures on Tuesday are expected to reach up to 112 degrees in Yucca Valley and 120 degrees

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COUNTY SAYS WONDER VALLEY FIRE STATION WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR NOW

The County will be keeping the Wonder Valley Fire station open, for now. Wonder Valley MAC representative Teresa Sitz posted Tuesday evening that she had been contacted by San Bernardino County Assistant Fire Chief Tom Marshall who told her, “Today the fire budget was approved and (Wonder Valley) station 45

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MORONGO BASIN MAC HEARS THAT MOST LOCAL FIRE STATIONS WILL REMAIN OPEN

Despite the light agenda, lots came out of last night’s meeting of the Morongo Basin MAC. Reporter David Haldane was there and offers this report… Rumors regarding the potential closure of several desert fire stations contain a grain of truth. But it’s only a grain. That according to Battalion Chief

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TWO TWENTYNINE PALMS FELONS ARRESTED WITH GUNS AND AMMO

Two Twentynine Palms men, who are convicted felons, were arrested Sunday after they were found with guns and ammunition. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 1 p.m., deputies were called to an area north of Pinto Mountain in Wonder Valley for reports of shots fired. Deputies saw a Nissan Frontier

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