WILDFIRE SAFETY TIPS

Pets are vulnerable to high temperatures, and are unable to cool down their bodies as humans can. Puts left outside in high heat temperatures can suffer from heat-related stress, burned paws, sunburn, and even death. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers the following tips to keep your pet healthy, safe, and

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY TO HOLD MOVIE UNDER THE STARS TONIGHT

Join the Morongo Basin Historical Society Saturday for a movie under the stars Saturday, August 15. The historical society will screen “Last Chance,” Bryan Cranston’s 1999 movie that was filmed and set in Pioneertown and the Yucca Valley bowling alley. “Last Chance” is set in a California desert where a

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COMMUNICATING CLEARLY WORKSHOP FOR MILITARY AND THEIR FAMILIES

Reach Out Morongo Basin and the American Red Cross are co-sponsoring a communication workshop for military service members and their families. Managing editor Tami Roleff speaks up with the details… Today’s military faces repeated deployments around the world. Families sometimes feel like strangers after months of separation. A Communicating Clearly

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL REGISTRATION BEGINS MONDAY

Registration for Yucca Valley High School begins next week. Monday, August 17, is reserved for freshmen only. All grade levels may register Tuesday and Wednesday, August 18 and 19. Register in the high school library from 7 to 11 a.m. or 4 to 7 p.m. If you received a notice

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LAST SUMMER CONCERT TONIGHT IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Yucca Valley Music fest concludes its series of free concerts in the park tomorrow night. Closing out the summer music festival is a band that has performed at music festivals throughout southern California. Reporter Sara Snyder says don’t miss Blue Breeze… Enjoy a free outdoor concert tonight with the

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THOUSANDS WITHOUT POWER DURING EXTREME HEAT

Thousands of residents in Joshua Tree, Landers, Yucca Valley, and Morongo Valley were without power for hours during extreme heat Thursday evening. Southern California Edison reported electrical outages in Landers at 5:24 p.m., which it attributed to lightning, and in Joshua Tree at 6:18 p.m., with the cause being a

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YUCCA VALLEY BANK EVACUATED FOLLOWING BOMB THREAT

Two weeks after an upset customer threatened to rob US Bank in Yucca Valley, another angry customer shut down Chase Bank after he threatened to blow up the bank. According to a Sheriff’s report, a customer called the bank about a case concerning his money. The man, who gave his

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BEATLES TRIBUTE BAND AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO TONIGHT

Imagine after A Hard Day’s Night that you’re traveling down a Long and Winding Road, either alone or With a Little Help From Your Friends, so that you can Twist and Shout. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz says a Beatles tribute band will take the stage tonight for the free Live

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COUNTY SUPERVISOR WILL BE AT HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING MONDAY

Third District County Supervisor James Ramos will make an appearance at the Homestead Valley Community Council meeting Monday, August 17. Ramos will give updates on the county’s ban on new construction of private property that relies on hauled water, and on the campaign for scenic highway status for Highway 247.

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MEET YOUR MAC: RICHARD LUTRINGER OF LANDERS

The members of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council are not elected, but are appointed by the District Supervisor. In the fourth part of a series, in which reporter Dan Stork profiles many of the members who report to the supervisor on the concerns of the unincorporated areas of the

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HEAT WAVE IS COMING; PREPARE YOURSELF

With temperatures expected to hit 110 degrees by Sunday, the county health officer has issued a heat advisory for portions of San Bernardino county. Residents are urged to stay cool by staying in air conditioned buildings. There are several cooling centers in the Morongo Basin. Cooling centers are the Yucca

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TIPS TO AVOID CHILD HEAT STROKE

Most susceptible to heat-related illness are the elderly, homeless, people with chronic ailments, and children. Reporter Dan Stork says residents should be extra careful—especially with children—in the summer heat…

Those at the greatest risk of heat-related illnesses are seniors and children. Health Department Public Information Officer Henry Varela stresses that

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MAN WHO CRASHED INTO WALL AT FRIENDLY HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ARRESTED FOR DUI

We have more information about the man who drove his car through a block wall near Friendly Hills Elementary School Monday. According to the California Highway Patrol, about 7:25 p.m., Matthew Castro, 43, of Yucca Valley, was driving a black 2011 Buick Enclave northbound on Sunny Vista Road at 40

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT SPONSORS LANDSCAPE WATER SAVER WORKSHOP SATURDAY

If you are having trouble reducing your landscape water usage, a workshop being offered by the Joshua Basin Water District on Saturday may have some helpful tips for you. Reporter Mike Lipsitz fills in the details…

The folks at Joshua Basin Water District are pulling out all the stops in

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MARINES JOIN WITH BRITS, CANADIANS IN MAJOR JOINT EXERCISE ON COMBAT CENTER

The United States Marine Corps, along with Canadian and British armed forces, are taking part in Large Scale Exercise 15 aboard the Combat Center, through August 20. The exercise is conducted at the brigade level with both West and East coast Marine Corps units who are using live-fire maneuver elements.

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TONIGHT'S PERSEID METEOR SHOWER PROMISES TO BE SPECTACULAR

The Perseid meteor shower promises to be the most spectacular in years as it peaks late tonight through dawn tomorrow. The shower that appears to emanate from the constellation Perseus—the source of its name—typically delivers 50 to 100 shooting stars per hour. They are some of the brightest meteors you’ll

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COMMUNITY BACK TO SCHOOL DAY TOMORROW

A community back-to-school day tomorrow will be held in Joshua Tree tomorrow. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says free supplies and health services will be offered… Student backpacks will be given away, and T-Dap vaccines and dental screenings will be some of the many services offered during a community back-to-school day

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JUVENILE ARRESTED FOR FALSE 9-1-1 CALLS ALLEGING RAPE

A juvenile girl was arrested Monday after making false calls to 911 stating she had been raped. According to a Sheriff’s report, 911 received text messages from a cell phone, starting about 10:25 a.m., that a friend had been raped. The messages described being in a basement and a name

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LANDERS MAN ARRESTED FOR DRIVING UNDER INFLUENCE OF HEROIN

A Landers man was arrested Tuesday afternoon, accused of driving while high. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy was patrolling and following a black pick up truck on Reche Road in Landers about 3:30 when the truck abruptly turned north onto Single Tree Road at about 60 miles per

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MEET YOUR MAC, TODAY THERESA SITZ

The members of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council are not elected, but are appointed by the District Supervisor. Since they hadn’t been subject to voter scrutiny, we thought Morongo Basin residents should know something about the people representing the unincorporated areas of the Morongo Basin. Reporter Dan Stork asked

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