SCHOOL DISTRICT SPONSORING FREE SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM

Just as learning does end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition. Reporter Dan Stork says there’s free lunch and breakfast available for children during part of the summer… The Morongo Unified School District is sponsoring a summer feeding program, in conjunction with the US Department

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WHOOPING COUGH REACHING EPIDEMIC PROPORTIONS

The number of whooping cough cases in California has now reached epidemic status, according to state public health officials. In the last two weeks, 800 new cases of whooping cough, or pertussis, have been reported, and in San Bernardino County, 43 cases have been reported so far this year, compared

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETS, EFFORT TO DEFEAT WIND TURBINES ON TAP

Keeping the Highway 247 area scenic will be the focus when the Homestead Valley Community Council meets tomorrow. Reporter Sara Snyder has more… The Homestead Valley Community Council Scenic 247 Committee plans a public meeting 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at the Johnson Valley Community Center. Members from the Save

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN FACES LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE IN FATAL BURNING OF EX-GIRLFRIEND

A Yucca Valley man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend in 2011 by setting her on fire will face life without parole, and not the death penalty, if he is convicted at trial. Last week, Deputy District Attorney Kent Williams announced at a preliminary hearing for Hector Meza, 41, that the

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LANDERS MAN ARRESTED FOR THREATENING TO KILL WIFE

A Landers man was arrested Wednesday after he threatened his wife with a pellet gun. According to a Sheriff’s report, a witness reported about 4:45 p.m. that Gary Zumwalt, 61, of the 5600 block of Handley Road, was beating up his wife and threatening her with a pellet gun, and

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SPECIAL DISTRICT BUDGET APPROVED, OVER LANDERS PROTEST

At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Landers-area residents and agency officials protested a County Special District spending plan for a County-run water district, whose details were revealed publicly this past Friday. Reporter Dan Stork chronicles the back-and-forth… Third District Supervisor James Ramos questioned County staffer Jeff Rigney closely about the

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SUPERVISORS APPROVE SIDEWALKS IN JOSHUA TREE, MULTI-USE BUILDING IN LUCERNE VALLEY

A new sidewalk in Joshua Tree and a multi-use building in Lucerne Valley are among local items included in the budget adopted by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. The supervisors approved a one-time funding of $100,000 to construct sidewalks from the Joshua Tree National Park Visitor’s Center to the highway

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COUNTY REVISES BUDGET ANNOUNCEMENT

On the day after the county supervisors passed its budget for the coming fiscal year, the county issued a press release revising some points of its initial announcement of the passage. The revision removes public safety cuts as an option in the event concessions by unions do not materialize, because

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WOMAN RESCUED FROM TEETERING CAR ON YUCCA GRADE THIS MORNING

A woman had to be rescued early this morning after her car went into a ditch in the Yucca Grade. Shortly after 5:30 a.m., a woman driving eastbound on Highway 62 going up the Yucca Grade drove off the side of the road, with her car perched precariously over the

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS APPROVE $4.8 BILLION BUDGET, STILL SHORTFALLS

It’s the time of year when bodies at many levels of government grapple with budgets for the following fiscal year. Tuesday, San Bernardino County announced approval of a balanced budget for 2014-2015. Reporter Dan Stork describes how that is to be achieved… The $4.8 billion San Bernardino County budget for

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION INVITES THE PUBLIC, THEN PLODS THROUGH SIGN CODES

Last night, the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission met to discuss the City’s sign code, largely excluding the public who were specially requested to attend. The meeting was billed as an opportunity for the Planning Commissioners to review the city’s sign code and make any necessary changes. Even though the public

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT, PUBLIC HEARING ON AVAILABILITY CHARGES

The Joshua Basin Water District Board meets tonight. Reporter Taylor Thacker says among items if interest on the agenda is a public hearing… The Joshua Basin Water District will have their regular meeting on Wednesday, June 18, starting at 7:00 p.m. During this meeting, the Board will have a public

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD MEETS TOMORROW IN CLOSED AND OPEN SESSIONS

The Board of Trustees for Copper Mountain College will hold two special meetings Thursday (June 19) morning. The first meeting is a closed session at 10 a.m. and is a continuation of the meeting from June 12, in which trustees will discuss the employment and appointment of a superintendent/president. The

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COUNTY COURTS TO OFFER ON-LINE RESTRAINING ORDER SYSTEM

The San Bernardino County Court system has initiated a free online system for people requesting a restraining order due to domestic violence. The applicant for a restraining order answers a few questions on the court’s website. The request can then be submitted to the court electronically 24 hours a day,

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BUSINESS MENTOR WORKSHOPS AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE FRIDAY

SCORE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. SCORE volunteers have been helping small business owners for nearly fifty years. On Thursday, SCORE volunteers will hold workshops at Copper Mountain College. Reporter Sara Snyder has

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BLOOD DRIVE IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive on Wednesday, June 18, in the Helen Gray Center at Hi-Desert Medical Center, from 10 to 2. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. All prospective donors should be

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YUCCA VALLEY SUMMER CONCERT LINE-UP ANNOUNCED

Get your blankets and lawn chairs ready for this year’s Yucca Valley Summer Concert Series. Z107.7 has proudly sponsored the immensely popular free events since their start 20 years ago. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has this year’s concert line-up… The Town of Yucca Valley will offer a variety of six

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TWENTYNINE PALMS VISITORS CENTER ART GALLERY CALL FOR ART

Desert artists are invited to submit one piece of original art for the summer Art in Public Places exhibition at the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center. The theme is “Water in the Desert: Scarcity and Abundance.” Artwork must depict or be inspired by the theme of water in the desert, focusing

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ATTEMPTED STABBING IN LANDERS SUNDAY EVENING

A Landers man was arrested Sunday evening after he tried to stab someone with a knife. According to a Sheriff’s report, after Brian Grajkowski, 50, made a crude comment about a woman, he was told to stop talking like that and to leave the property in the 7800 block of

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PEDESTRIANS CITED AFTER THEY CAUSE CRASH IN JOSHUA TREE SATURDAY

Two pedestrians were cited after a two-vehicle crash in Joshua Tree Saturday evening. Shortly before 6 p.m., the female pedestrians were standing in the center lane of Highway 62 southbound at El Reposo, waiting to cross the highway. Hernan Mendoza, 20, of Spokane, Washington, driving a white 2007 Mazda, thought

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