Two people were injured, one critically, in a multi-vehicle crash in Morongo Valley Saturday (July 17). Just before 5 p.m., Morongo Basin Ambulance responded to the intersection of Highway 62 and Bella vista Drive for a report of a collision between a vehicle and a motorcycle. The vehicle, driven by a 70-year-old female, was turning onto the highway when it was struck by a motorcycle, operated by 51-year-old male. The driver of the motorcycle sustained traumatic injuries and was transported by Morongo Basin Ambulance by ground to Desert Regional Medical Center. The driver of the vehicle received minor injuries and was treated at the scene before being released.
A Yucca Valley woman was arrested early Friday morning (July 16) accused of transporting methamphetamine. According to Sheriff’s reports, a deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle at the intersection of Sage Avenue and Yucca Trail in Yucca Valley around midnight for vehicle code violations. The deputy determined the driver, Marla Oberlin, 60, was on probation for sale of a controlled substance. During a probation compliance check, the deputy located one ounce of suspected methamphetamine. Marla Oberlin was arrested for investigation of transportation of a controlled substance and was booked into the West Valley Detention Center with her bail set at $50,000.
The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute free USDA food to in-need residents of the Morongo Basin at five locations tomorrow (July 20). Hilary Sloane has the times and places…
The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Tomorrow. The locations and times are:
- The 29 Palms Community Pantry & Outreach (6450 Stardune Avenue) in Twentynine Palms from 10 a.m. to noon.
- The Wonder Valley Community Center (80526 and ½ Amboy Road) in Wonder Valley from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Drive-thru only.
- The Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center (65336 Winter Road) in Joshua Tree from 9-11 a.m.
- The Spirit & Truth Worship Center (4751 Adobe Road) in Twentynine Palms from 5-7 p.m.
- And The Way Station (61722 Commercial Street) in Joshua Tree from 10 a.m. to noon.
For more information, call 909-723-1580.
Caltrans will continue work on the Highway 62 Mill and Overlay project this week (July 19-23). In Morongo Valley, crews will work from Hess Blvd. to Valley View road performing curb, gutter, and sidewalk work. Eastbound construction will be from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and westbound work will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. In Yucca Valley, crews will work from Camino Del Cielo Trail to Avalon Avenue gutting, paving and reconstructing ADA ramps. Eastbound construction will be from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and westbound construction will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Drivers are urged to plan ahead using the Caltrans Quickmap available at the link below.
Prominent Republican Congressman, and former leader of the House Appropriations Committee, Jerry Lewis died Thursday (July 15) at the age of 86. Lewis spent 34 years in Congress from 1978-2012, representing a sprawling district in California, which included San Bernardino, Riverside, Redlands, and the Morongo Basin, as the longest-serving congressional Republican in California history. During his career, Lewis earmarked millions of dollars in spending directives for San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, including some projects in the Morongo Basin. Lewis came under scrutiny during his career for his earmarking of funding, accused of favoring hometown institutions. Lewis’ death was confirmed by his son Dan Lewis, who said the cause of death had not been determined.