“GIVE BIG” COUNTY ON-LINE FUNDRAISER TODAY

Today, May 8th, is the San Bernardino County’s Give Big day! You can log onto www.givebigsbcounty.org, choose your local charity and donate. Give Big is a 24-hour online giving campaign for non-profit organizations that allows you to give to your favorite causes in our community.

MEETING TO DISCUSS JOHNSON VALLEY OFF-ROAD AREA LAST NIGHT

Some two dozen area residents, representing varied interests, attended a workshop meeting last night at the Yucca Valley Community Center with the BLM and the Marine Corps to discuss the changes coming to the Johnson Valley off-road vehicle area. They got a look at the new configuration of Johnson Valley

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TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY TO HOLD BUDGET WORKSHOPS

The Town of Yucca Valley is looking for input from their residents as they prepare their budgets for the next two years. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has your invitation…

The Town of Yucca Valley has released its proposed two-year budget covering fiscal years 2014-15 and 2015-16. The Town will hold

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LAWMAKERS MOVE TO STOP PLAN TO RESTRICT MILITARY TOBACCO SALES

House lawmakers moved yesterday to protect tobacco sales on military bases and ships, prohibiting Navy plans to drop the products in the name of force health. As part of its annual defense authorization bill mark up on Wednesday, the House Armed Services Committee added language forbidding defense officials from enacting

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PIONEERTOWN RESIDENTS HEAR COUNTY WATER PLAN

Pioneertown area homeowners met with the County to talk about solutions for their unpotable water supply. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there and files this report…

At last night’s meeting of the Pioneertown Property Owners Association, residents heard from project engineer Jim Oravetz from County Special Districts Water. He offered the

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL TAKES ON BREHM PARK, MAYBE BLACK ROCK ROAD

The Yucca Valley Town Council officially took responsibility for the Brehm Youth Park last night, and may take on Black Rock Canyon Road. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was there at a very busy meeting and files this report…

The Yucca Valley Town Council agreed at its meeting last night to

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COUNTY-WIDE NON-PROFIT FUND-RAISER TOMORROW

Tomorrow, Thursday, May 8, is “Give Big San Bernardino County,” a 24-hour online giving campaign that allows residents to give to their favorite causes in the Morongo Basin and San Bernardino County. The goal is to raise a minimum of $300,000 in just 24 hours through online donations. More than

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SCHOOL BOARD HEARS AWARDS, CONTRACTS, AND FUNDING

Employee recognitions occupied most of the meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education. Reporter Dan Stork reports that school awards, employee contracts, career education funding, and financial administration were also discussed…

At the start of the Board of Education meeting, employees from (mostly) western schools in the

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MORONGO BASIN TRANSIT AUTHORITY BOARD MEETS TOMORROW

Morongo Basin Transit Authority Board of Directors will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at the MBTA Operations Center on Verbena Road in Joshua Tree. Among the items on the consent agenda are treasurer, ridership, operations, administrative and financial reports. Under new business, the board will be asked to

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MORONGO BASIN TRANSIT AUTHORITY TO START BUS SERVICE TO TORTOISE ROCK CASINO

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority (MBTA) will begin service to the Tortoise Rock Casino on Monday, May 12. This location will be served by MBTA’s Route 3B which will leave the Twentynine Palms Transit Center on the hour and proceed directly to the casino. For more information, visit www.mbtabus.com or

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U.S. SUPREME COURT RULES FOR PRAYER AT COUNCIL MEETINGS

Local residents who had disputed use of sectarian prayers at both City of Twentynine Palms and Town of Yucca Valley Council meetings have been waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on a similar case in New York State; the decision came down on Monday. The Supreme Court gave

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION TO DISCUSS NON-PERMITTED HOTEL KITCHEN

After a special closed session, the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission will work through what happens when a business makes changes without going through the proper channels. Reporter Dan Stork has the background for the agenda…

The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission gets an early start to its May 6 meeting with

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MARINES, BLM, AND OFF-ROADERS TO MEET REGARDING JOHNSON VALLEY

Representatives from the Marine Corps and the Bureau of Land Management will host an informational meeting about the changes in land use in the Johnson Valley area at the Yucca Valley Community Center May 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. State agencies, off-highway vehicle interest groups, and environmental advocacy groups

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CALTRANS WORK ON 62 BETWEEN I-10 AND INDIAN TO CAUSE DELAYS

CalTrans is working on Highway 62 from Indian Canyon Avenue to Interstate 10. The project involves repaving of the existing roadway, widening the existing inside shoulder from two to five feet, upgrading the metal beam guardrail and replacement of an existing dike. Lanes in each direction will be closed 6

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN DRIVES INTO BUSINESS MONDAY

A woman was arrested Monday afternoon after Sheriff deputies say she drove her car into a building in Yucca Valley. About 5 p.m., Heidi Kelly, 28, of Yucca Valley, is alleged to have driven her car from the parking lot of Crown Contracting, in the 7300 block of Hopi Trail,

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HOUSE AND SHED IN YUCCA VALLEY DESTROYED BY FIRE

A house and shed were completely destroyed by a fire in Yucca Valley fire Saturday afternoon. When fire fighters from Yucca Mesa, Yucca Valley, and Cal Fire arrived at Aberdeen Drive at Melody Lane shortly before 1 p.m., heavy black smoke and flames were visible from the mobile home and

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HIGH WINDS BRING FIRE DANGER

With the high winds blowing through the Morongo Basin today and tomorrow, the County Fire Department reminds residents to be smart and safe about open flames. The high winds and low humidity result in a high fire potential, and the County suspends all burn permits when there is a high

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CALWORKS PROGRAM BEING OFFERRED THROUGH THE COUNTY

There are numerous behavioral health services available to Morongo Basin residents. County Supervisor James Ramos said he doesn’t want anyone to go without help because they don’t know where to seek assistance. In a series of occasional reports, Z107.7 will present an overview of behavioral health providers and the services

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COUNTY LAUNCHES “GIVE BIG” PROGRAM

The County Board of Supervisors celebrated the launch of Give BIG San Bernardino County, a 24-hour online day of giving to local nonprofits. Give Big will be our county’s first ever dedicated give day. The idea of Give Big is to make giving easy—they are bringing information about the county’s

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FREE FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION AT TWO LOCATIONS THIS WEEK

Two distributions of surplus Federal food take place this week. Reporter Dan Stork has the times and places…

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin at two locations this week. They are:

Wednesday, May 7, from 3 p.m. to

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