HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER FACING CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

Ongoing concerns with the fiscal health of the Hi-Desert Medical Center, and the anticipated changes expected as the Affordable Care Act goes into effect, prompted assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz to sit down with the Hospital’s CEO Chad Chadwick and CFO Robert Tyk to discuss the future of the Basin’s third

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YUCCA VALLEY AIRPORT DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Airport District Board of Directors will meet tonight. On the agenda, the directors will review election and tax deadlines, discuss airport and runway objectives, and review new rules and regulations as well as rental and use agreements. The meeting will be held at 6:30 in the Mesquite

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL CALLS SPECIAL MEETING TO FIRE OR DISCIPLINE A TOWN EMPLOYEE

The Yucca Valley Town Council will hold a special closed session meeting tonight. On the agenda, the Council will discuss the discipline, dismissal, or release of a public employee. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Yucca Room of the Community Center.

TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MET LAST NIGHT, TOURISM, TRAFFIC LIGHTS AND BASE EXPANSION

Tourism, Marine Base expansion, and traffic lights were the main topics at the Twentynine Palms Council meeting Tuesday night. Dan Stork has details…

Promotion of tourism was the dominant topic of the Twentynine Palms City Council meeting. City Manager Joe Guzetta listed ideas and topics from a recent brainstorming session

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FAMILY OF THE YEAR HONORED BY TWENTYNINE PALMS’ KIWANIS CLUB

A local family that’s active in the community, and who stepped up to help a stranger in his time of need—has been named the 2013 Family of the Year by the Twentynine Palms Kiwanis Club. Kiwanis spokesman Ron Bryant said the Bowers family—Thomas and Lashanda, and children Jahzara, 9; Simone,

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING

The Joshua Tree Clean Team will meet at Highway 62 and Sunnyhill tomorrow morning. Volunteers will meet from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. There will be trash bags, grabber sticks, gloves, and water available. Following the clean up efforts, there will an optional meeting at the Park Rock Café for

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT, JOHNSON VALLEY BILL, TOURISM TO BE DISCUSSED

Johnson Valley and tourism are up for discussion by Twentynine Palms City Council. Dan Stork has the agenda for tonight’s meeting…

The Twentynine Palms City Council will consider a resolution of support for HR 1676, Representative Paul Cook’s bill that would create the Johnson Valley National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area.

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FILING DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR YUCCA VALLEY AIRPORT DISTRICT

The candidate filing deadline for director of the Yucca Valley Airport District has been extended until 5 p.m. Wednesday, August 14. Citizens who are interested in running may file the appropriate documents at the San Bernardino County Elections Office, 777 E. Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino. The filing period ended Friday,

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING TONIGHT ON GENERAL PLAN AMENDENT PROCESS

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission meets in regular session tonight. The procedures for processing applications for various land uses will be looked at. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more…

The Yucca Valley Planning Commission will hold a public hearing tonight about revising procedures for processing applications for general plan amendments,

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK HIKER RESCUED AFTER GETTING WEDGED INTO ROCKS

A hiker from the Los Angeles area was rescued Sunday in Joshua Tree National Park after he became wedged between rocks. According to Park spokeswoman Jennie Albrinck, shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday, park rangers received a call that a 37-year-old man was scrambling on some rocks in the Quail Springs

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TODAY IS LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN THE AUGUST 27TH MAIL-IN ELELCTION

Today, Monday, August 12, is the deadline for San Bernardino County residents to register to vote in the August 27 consolidated mail ballot election. Mailed registration forms must be postmarked no later than today in order to be valid for this election. Citizens may register to vote online on the

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A CONVERSATION WITH CONGRESSMAN PAUL COOK

After Congressman Paul Cook answered callers’ questions on Friday’s Up Close show on Z107.7, we had the opportunity to get his views on some additional issues that impact the Morongo Basin. Dan Stork asked the District 8 Representative to comment on the sequester, renewable energy development, and the Joshua Tree

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN JAILED TWICE OVER THE WEEKEND

A man who took a cab after being released from jail Sunday morning, was arrested and returned to jail when he refused to pay his cab fare. According to Sheriff reports, Daniel Chavarin, 30, was stopped for speeding about 10:20 Saturday evening near Highway 62 and Elwood Street in Joshua

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YUCCA VALLEY MOTORCYCLIST INJURED IN LANDERS CRASH

A motorcycle rider was hospitalized last week after a car turned in front of him in Landers. According to the California Highway Patrol, Henry Marcoccia, 50, of Philadelphia, was driving a 2013 Toyota Corolla northbound on Old Woman Springs Road shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday. As Marcoccia approached the intersection

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REMAINS FOUND BY DOGS IDENTIFIED

The Sheriff’s Department has released the identity of the man whose remains were found by dogs in Landers last week. On Thursday, a resident near Wright Road and Bodick Road in Landers called the Sheriff’s Department about 7 a.m. when his dogs returned home carrying a skull and what appeared

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USING JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

With one of the gems of the National Park system in our own backyard, there’s always something to do in the Morongo Basin. Ranger Pam Tripp tells how to be ready to do it at any time…

Sometimes we ask ourselves “What is there to do around here?” Well, if

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LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS AT WILDLAND FIRES

Fire fighters from several Morongo Basin stations have been sent to help fight fires currently burning in Southern California. Joshua Tree and Morongo Valley fire stations have each sent a brush engine and crew to join the 1,400 fire fighters fighting the Silver fire near Banning, which as of

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METEOR SHOWER VIEWING PARTY MONDAY AT SKY’S THE LIMIT

Tonight through Monday, our night sky will host the Perseid Meteor Shower, with meteors streaming into the atmosphere from the constellation Perseus, rising in the northeast sky around 11 p.m. Monday night, a star party will be held at Sky’s The Limit, beginning at 8 p.m. They will offer presentations

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BUILDING TO BE NAMED AFTER LONG-TIME SUPPORTER

A long-time supporter of Copper Mountain College will be honored with a building named after her. At yesterday’s meeting of the college’s board of trustees, the board accepted a $100,000 donation from retired Marine Colonel R.M. Proudfoot of Twentynine Palms, in honor of his wife, Christine, to be applied toward

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FREE AND REDUCED COST MEALS OFFERED TO LOCAL STUDENTS

The Federal government provides free or reduced-cost meals for eligible students locally. Reporter Dan Stork outlines the eligibility requirements, and how to apply for the program… There are several ways that public school students can qualify for free or reduced-price meals at school. Households that receive Food Stamp, CalWORKS, Kin-GAP

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