MORONGO VALLEY COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT HIRES GENERAL MANAGER, APPOINTS VOLUNTEERS

The Morongo Valley CSD officially hired a new general manager last might as well as made volunteer appointments. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was at last night’s meeting and files this report…

At last night’s regular meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, The board approved an employment contract with Donna

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JOSHUA TREE MAN HIT BY VEHICLE EARLY THIS MORNING

Area law enforcement agencies are investigating a pedestrian who was hit by a vehicle early this morning in Joshua Tree. According to Fire Captain Steve Lasiter, about 2 a.m., a 19-year-old Joshua Tree man was walking with his family and friends northbound on Sunburst Circle when he was hit by

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VEGETATION FIRES ON YUCCA GRADE LAST NIGHT

Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree firefighters were called to several vegetation fires on the Yucca Grade about 11 p.m. last night. Fire Captain Steve Lasiter said that four small vegetation fires were burning on the south shoulder of eastbound Highway 62. The fires started about 50 feet from the bottom

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FOUR MARINES DECORATED FOR HEROISM YESTERDAY

Four Twentynine Palms Marines from 1st Battalion, 7th Marines were decorated for heroism in Afghanistan during a ceremony yesterday aboard the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center. First Lt. Kenneth Conover III and Sgt. Kenneth Rick were awarded a Silver Star for their leadership actions, while Staff Sgt. Joshua Brodrick and

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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICES ISSUES WIND ADVISORY FOR MORONGO BASIN

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory until 10:00 tonight. West winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour, with gusts to 50 mph are expected with winds increasing this morning, peaking during the afternoon, then decrease this evening. Winds this strong can make driving difficult due to

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD EXPECTED TO HIRE DONNA MUNOZ TONIGHT

The Morongo Valley Community Services District Board meets in regular session tonight. A new general manager and volunteer nominees will be approved. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has an overview of the meeting…

At tonight’s regular 7 p.m. meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, directors are expected to approve an

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REACH-OUT PARADE OF HOMES CALLED “A WONDERFUL SUCCESS”

Reach Out Morongo Basin’s 10th Annual Parade of Homes, held Sunday, was heralded as “a wonderful success” according to Executive Director Robin Schlosser. Schlosser said that 210 parade goers enjoyed the homes and raised $9,000 for Reach Out Morongo Basin’s community programs. She added, “The pit stop at Park Rock

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MET: GRANTS, TARGETED CODE ENFORCEMENT, PROJECT NAMING

The Yucca Valley Town Council met in a busy session last night. They gave block grants to the Town, worked on appointment and rotation issues, and came up with names for the new senior housing project. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was there and files this report…

After an hour of

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MAN CRITICALLY INJURED IN TRACTOR ACCIDENT AT YUCCA VALLEY GOLF COURSE

A 53-year-old construction worker was injured at the Hawks’ Landing Golf Course in Yucca Valley Monday morning. According to Fire Captain Rick Denison, Yucca Valley paramedics were called to the former Blue Skies Golf Course at 7:24 in response to a man being run over by a tractor. Denison said

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS: GRANTS, SENIOR HOUSING NAME AND MANAGER REMOVAL ORDINANCE

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets with a busy session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has some the agenda highlights…

Among the items on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council, the Council will be introduced to Miss Yucca Valley and her court, and recognize Sheriff’s

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BLOOD DRIVES IN YUCCA VALLEY AND JOSHUA TREE TODAY

Desert Blood Services will conduct two community blood drives Wednesday, February 19. Residents may donate blood at High Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree from 8 to 5, or at the Yucca Valley Community Center from noon to 4. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers

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PALMS SPRINGS MAY ADD FOURTH MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY

While the Town of Yucca Valley refuses to consider allowing their medical marijuana dispensary to reopen, a fourth medical marijuana dispensary could open in Palm Springs July 1. There has been much discussion during the past year about adding another cannabis collective; the Palm Springs City Council is scheduled to

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT IN BUSY SESSION

Honors conferred by outside organizations, and numerous administrative actions are featured on the MUSD Board of Education meeting’s agenda tonight. Dan Stork lists the kudos and regulation topics…

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting on February 18 starts with a closed session at 5:30 to deal with

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JOSHUA TREE WOMAN CONVICTED IN YUCCA VALLEY BANK ROBBERY

A 61-year-old Joshua Tree woman pleaded guilty last week to robbing a bank in January. Darcy Landrum was in court last Tuesday for a pre-preliminary conference when she changed her plea to guilty to robbing US Bank in Yucca Valley three weeks ago. Judge Rodney Cortez sentenced her to two

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DONNA MUNOZ TAPPED FOR MORONGO CALLEY CSD GENERAL MANAGER

Last week’s announcement that Donna Munoz, Morongo Basin’s Field Rep to County Supervisor James Ramos, was stepping down makes sense with today’s news that Munoz has been offered the position of General Manager for the Morongo Valley Community Services District. Munoz was at the CSD training with outgoing General Manager,

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LEARN HOW TO GROW FOOD TREES IN OUR DESERT

Would you like to grow your own food trees in a desert-friendly way? Dan Stork tells about an upcoming workshop where you can learn how…

The Transition Joshua Tree Permaculture Project Team will present a free all-day workshop on Planting Food Trees in Arid Lands on Sunday, February 23. Participants

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NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART MESS HALL TO BE DEDICATED ON THE MARINE BASE

The Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center will dedicate a state-of-the-art mess hall Tuesday in honor of a Twentynine Palms Marine who was the first Marine to receive the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during the Iraq War. Cpl. Jason L. Dunham is also the first Marine to receive

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MOTORCYCLE RIDE SATURDAY BENEFITS HOMELESS VETERANS

Attention motorcycle riders, Vets Cruzin’ for a cause will be taking donations to Martha’s Kitchen in Indio with a 30 percent veteran population and come back to Yucca Valley to give out more donations to MB Haven this Saturday, the 22. At the end of the ride, they will have

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FEE FREE DAYS IN THE NATIONAL PARK

It’s big, it’s beautiful, and this weekend it’s FREE. Ranger Pam Tripp tells what “it” is…

How about a free visit to a national park site? The National Park Service has designated the following fee free days for 2014:

February 15-17, for Presidents Day weekend

April 19-20, for National Park

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COUNCIL TO DISCUSS COMMERCIAL SOLAR MONDAY

Installation of industrial-scale solar fields in rural living zones will be one of the topics discussed at the Homestead Valley Community Council meeting Monday, February 17. Residents are invited to comment on federal, state, or local issues of interest. The meeting starts at 3 p.m. at Belfield Hall, 58380 Reche

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