The California Highway Patrol (CHP) wants to remind everyone to put safety ahead of turkey and trimmings this Thanksgiving. The CHP will be kicking off a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) beginning at 6:01 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24, and continuing through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 28. With more information on the enforcement period, here’s reporter Ernest Figueroa…

During the MEP, all available CHP officers will be on patrol, looking for unsafe driving practices, including seat belt violations, speeding, distracted driving, and signs of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Proper seat belt use is the most effective way to save lives in the event of a crash.  Everyone in the vehicle should be safely secured before even starting the car, including children being in the correct child safety seats.

Thanksgiving weekend is traditionally one of the busiest travel times of the year.  For that reason, extra care is warranted.  All available CHP officers will be out helping to assure safe travel and to provide assistance to motorists in need. 

During the 2020 Thanksgiving MEP, 33 people died on roadways within CHP jurisdiction, 14 of whom were not wearing seat belts.  The CHP also made 868 arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.


With just over 24 hours’ notice, the Morongo Valley Community Services District will convene tonight (November 24) in special session. With a look inside the agenda, here’s Gary Daigneault…

In what appears to be the follow-up to last week’s loudly contentious closed session meeting that fielded accusations at Fire Chief and Director of Operations Gerald Yearsley, the Morongo Valley Community Services District will meet tonight at 6 p.m. via Zoom. During the special meeting, the CSD will discuss and consider possible action on an independent investigation on employment-related matters alleged within the Morongo Valley Fire Department, as well as staffing concerns and options. To attend the virtual meeting, see the instructions below.

Conference via “Zoom”

Call: 1 (669) 900-6833

Meeting ID: 870 4840 5006

Password: 297529


An Orange County court delivered good news to the community of Newberry Springs yesterday (November 23), when the court returned a verdict that sexually violent predator Lawtis Rhoden will not be placed in Newberry Springs. San Bernardino County has faced a long battle against the placement of Rhoden in the area, first fighting against Rhoden being placed in Twentynine Palms back in May of this year and now winning in the courts again to prevent him from being placed in Newberry Springs.

Rhoden has no ties to San Bernardino County and had previously been convicted of crimes in Orange County and Los Angeles County. He has served multiple prison sentences for convictions of child rape and has a long history of targeting children.


Government offices, schools, the post office, banks, the County court system, MBTA bus service, and most businesses will be closed Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Some agencies, including the courts, will also be closed on Friday as well. Burrtec Waste and Recycling will also be closed on Thursday. Trash pickup will be delayed by one day.


It’s Thanksgiving tomorrow, a holiday devoted solely to eating lots of food. Here’s Gary Daigneault with some food handling tips to keep your family and friends safe…

With any holiday safe food handling is important. Make sure you wash your hands before handling food, and always wash with warm water and soap for at least 15 seconds before and after handling the turkey. When cooking the bird, insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh, not touching bone, and cook to a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees. Stuffing cooked inside a turkey should also reach 165 degrees or higher. Store raw meats away from other foods at below 40 degrees. Thaw frozen foods in the fridge, not on the countertop. When cooking, use separate plates for raw and cooked meats. Be careful about leaving food out on the counter or table for extended periods to avoid food poisoning. Keep hot foods hot, and cold foods cold.