STATE WATER CONSERVATION EFFORTS AFFECT LOCAL WATER DISTRICTS

Monday’s ruling by the State 4th District Court of Appeals, which ruled that it is unconstitutional to charge customers more for high water usage—unless the cost is directly tied to the cost of delivering that water—is being closely watched by water districts in the Morongo Basin. So far, that ruling

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BOY’S STATE SELECTEES NAMED

The Joshua Tree American Legion Post 761 recently announced that seven area juniors have been named as the 2015 Boys’ State delegates. Delegates from Twentynine Palms High School are Jacob Gutierrez, Daniel Adams, and Hayden Shupp, with Shane Estrada as an alternate. From Joshua Springs Christian School are Kavanaugh Clow

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VIDEOTAPED BEATING CAUSES COUNTY SHERIFF INVESTIGATION

A disturbing videotape of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies viciously beating a suspected horse thief near Hesperia has caused County Sheriff John McMahon to order a departmental investigation of the incident. “The video surrounding this arrest is disturbing, and I have ordered an internal investigation be conducted immediately,” McMahon said

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FORMER COUNTY SUPERVISORS REPRESENTATIVE ARRAIGNED

The former field representative for Third District County Supervisor James Ramos was arraigned yesterday on two complaints that he smuggled contraband into jail in February. Mike Lipsitz, 53, pleaded not guilty to both charges. County Sheriff John McMahon said Ramos immediately fired Lipsitz following his arrest February 4 for allegedly

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LOCAL WATER USAGE VARIATIONS COMPARED

Figures released by the state water board on April 7 show that the state as a whole did not get a good head start on the Governor’s call for a 25 percent water reduction. Californians reduced per capita use by 2.8 percent in February of this year, compared to the

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GOVERNOR MANDATES A 25 PERCENT CUT IN WATER USE

Governor Jerry Brown declared a mandatory 25 percent cutback in California’s water use. If the mandatory conservation targets are not met, California cities, counties and water companies face up to $10,000 in fines for each day they are out of compliance. “We’re in a new era,” Brown said. “The idea

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CESAR CHAVEZ HONORED TODAY

The state honors the life of Cesar Chávez today, a civil rights pioneer who fought vigorously for the rights of California farm workers. Cesar Chávez Day, an annual state holiday celebrated on March 31, falls on the activist’s birthday. As co-founder of the United Farm Workers union, Chávez was the

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1 BILLION DOLLAR STATE DROUGHT-RELIEF EMERGENCY BILL PROPOSED

The State Governor and lawmakers proposed a $1 billion in drought-relief spending yesterday, money that could be used to increase the Inland-area water supply by recycling, capturing stormwater and cleaning up groundwater. The two bills include $128 million to ease immediate impacts of the drought such as dry wells, job

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STATE TO CONSIDER STRICT WATER RATIONING MEASURES TODAY

The State Water Resources Control Board considers tough water restrictions today that could reshape how we consume water. The Board will discuss the drought and water restrictions for the 400-plus water districts in the state. CalEPA researcher Max Gromberg said, “We are telling all of water districts around the state,

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STATE AGENCY TO LOOK AT JOSHUA TREE AND TWENTYNINE PALMS SEPTIC DISCHARGE

As part of its charter, the state Water Quality Control Board is seeking public input on its work. Reporter Dan Stork tells what the schedule is, and that some issues of local concern are under consideration…

The California Regional Water Quality Control Board is reviewing its Water Quality Control Plan.

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DESERT RENEWABLE CONSERVATION PLAN CHANGES DIRECTION

Something happened Tuesday in the shape of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. Reporter Dan Stork says that’s either a good thing or a bad thing for conservation, depending upon how the decision is interpreted…

“Stringent criticism of a draft of a 12,000-page plan that would manage renewable energy development

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DISSOLUTION OF YUCCA VALLEY RDA NEARLY COMPLETE

Three years after the State of California officially dissolved municipal redevelopment agencies, the dissolution of the Yucca Valley RDA is nearly complete. As of 2014, all properties formerly owned by the Yucca Valley Redevelopment Agency are now town properties, and identified for municipal use. Two weeks ago, the State Controller’s

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CHP RECRUITING FOR NEW OFFICERS

The California Highway Patrol is hiring and has begun recruitment. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells you how to apply… The California Highway Patrol is looking for men and women from diverse communities to provide the highest levels of safety, service, and security. Each candidate must be 20 to 35 years old,

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OUR STATE SENATOR TO BE THE FIRST REPUBLICAN SENATE LEADER

California State Senate Republicans elected Senator Jean Fuller, who represents our Morongo Basin, as Senate Republican Leader-Elect. She will become the Senate’s first woman Republican Leader on November 1, 2015. Senator Fuller has been a member of the California Legislature since her election to the 32nd Assembly District in 2006.

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AIR-QUALITY DISTRICT BUYING BACK OLDER VEHICLES

Trying to get older cars that generate smog off the Road, the regional Air-Quality Board has started buying them back. Reporter Cassie Zimarik tells you how to get cash for your clunker…. Local owners of older vehicles made in 1995 or earlier are now eligible to receive $1,000 for scrapping

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PROPOSED DESERT PROTECTION ACT WOULD AFFECT OUR MORONGO BASIN

Senator Dianne Feinstein has introduced legislation that would create two new national monuments in our region of the California desert and designate six new wilderness areas. The California Desert Protection Recreation Act of 2015 seeks to create the Mojave Trails National Monument, protecting 942,000 acres of federal land between Joshua

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STATE INCREASES WATER ALLOCATIONS FOR LOCAL WATER AGENCIES

With three local water agencies, Hi-Desert, Joshua Basin, and Big Horn Desert View, taking or planning on taking state water to augment their aquifers, some good news: December storm runoff, and close coordination among federal and state water agencies to take advantage of it, will allow the California Department of

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MORE NEW LAWS EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1

One new law that took effect January 1 is good news for military families stationed in California. Military spouses and domestic partners who are licensed to practice their profession in other states will be able to get a 12-month temporary license to practice in California when their spouses are stationed

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER HOSTING COVERED CALIFORNIA ENROLLMENT SATURDAY

Under the Affordable Care Act, all Americans are required to have health insurance. Open enrollment for obtaining insurance coverage for 2015 in California’s insurance marketplace, Covered California, began Saturday, November 15. Hi-Desert Medical Center is hosting a Covered California enrollment drive Saturday, November 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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DESERT SUN ARTICLE SAYS HIGHWAY 62 DEADLIEST IN THE REGION

Highway 62 is the deadliest highway in the Hi- and Low-Desert, according to an article in the Desert Sun. The newspaper studied crash reports and autopsy results from 2002 through 2012 and found that 182 people have been killed in 158 crashes on Highway 62 , and that the highway

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