CONGRESSMAN COOK GETS $4 MILLION GRANT FOR YUCCA VALLEY SEWER

Some good news for property owners in Yucca Valley. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says a federal grant will help pay for the new sewer system…

The Hi-Desert Water District has been awarded a $4 million grant from the Bureau of Land Reclamation—with the assistance of Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca

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YUCCA VALLEY VOTERS PASS SEWER ASSESSMENT BY LARGE MARGIN

Prior to the opening of the ballots for the formation of an assessment district for the Yucca Valley sewer project, the Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors held a public hearing yesterday morning, in which residents could ask questions about the assessment district. Most of the comments made by residents

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HI-DESERT WATER ASSESSMENT BALLOTS TO BE COUNTED TOMORROW

All ballots for the proposed formation of the Hi-Desert Water District’s assessment district must be turned in before tomorrow morning’s 9 a.m. public hearing by the water district. The water district board of directors will begin the meeting with a vote to approve the purchase of 10 pieces of equipment.

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LAST DAY FOR REPLACEMENT BALLOTS FOR YUCCA VALLEY SEWER ASSESSMENT VOTE

Today is the deadline to request a replacement ballot in the vote for the Yucca Valley sewer assessment district. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has details… Today, May 6, is the last day Yucca Valley property owners may request a replacement ballot for the assessment district vote for the Hi-Desert Water

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INITIATIVE PETITION STARTED FOR HALF-PERCENT SALES TAX FOR YUCCA VALLEY SEWER SYSTEM

A committee of Yucca Valley residents has started an initiative petition for a half-percent sales tax that would be used to reduce the costs associated with the proposed sewer project. The initiative proponents-Lori Herbel, Sabrina Peukert, and Nancy Haynych-say that the half-percent sales tax would generate $80 million over 30

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YUCCA VALLEY SEWER PLANT WILL RECHARGE GROUNDWATER

Hi-Desert Water District water customers use about 3,000 acre-feet of water every year. The water district must buy most of that water from the State Water Project. Once the wastewater treatment project (the sewer) is built in Yucca Valley, district officials estimate that the amount of water the water district

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT GETS UPDATE ON ASSESSMENT BALLOTS

The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors learned at its special meeting Wednesday night that so far, about 2,900 ballots for the assessment vote have been returned. Those ballots are about 28 percent of the total; directors were initially told to expect between 20 and 40 percent of the eligible

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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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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT AGENDA

The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors will hold a special meeting at 6:00 tonight. Among the items on the agenda, the directors will be asked to approve a tuition reimbursement policy for employees; approve assessments on eight district-owned properties; and approve the purchase of a new water truck. The

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DEADLINE NEARS FOR YUCCA VALLEY SEWER ASSESSMENT VOTE

Get those ballots in. Managing Editor Tami Roleff reminds Yucca Valley property owners that the sewer assessment vote deadline is approaching…

The deadline for returning ballots for the assessment district for the Yucca Valley sewer project is just over three weeks away. The ballots will be opened and counted following

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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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HI-DESERT WATER IN SPECIAL MEETING TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Water District Board will hold a special session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells us why… The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. tonight. The sole item on the agenda is a two-hour training session on the Federal Emergency Management

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL HOLDS PUBLIC FACILITY DEVELOPMENT FEES HEARING

The Yucca Valley Town Council will meet in regular session tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff says a public hearing on a specific development impact fee and a look at some financial policies are on the agenda… Among the items on tonight’s agenda of the Yucca Valley Town Council, the council

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HI-DESERT WATER DISCUSSES BILLING FOR SEWER CHARGES

The Hi-Desert Water District board of directors spent more than an hour at its meeting last night discussing whether the monthly sewer service charges for Yucca Valley’s future sewer project should be placed on the property owners’ tax bills or included in the monthly water bill. Residents in the audience

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Water District Board meets in regular session tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the agenda will primarily tie up more sewer system details…. Among the items on tonight’s agenda for the Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors, the directors will be asked to approve a contract template for

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT MAILING OUT ASSESSMENT DISTRICT BALLOTS

The Hi-Desert Water District began mailing ballots Friday to all property owners in Yucca Valley for the sewer project’s assessment district vote. Property owners will have until May 13 to vote on whether or not to support the formation of assessment districts in the town for the sewer project. Approval

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YUCCA VALLEY SEWER SYSTEM SUBJECT OF Z107-7 UP CLOSE SHOW

Representatives from Hi-Desert Water District will be the guests on the Up-Close show tomorrow. General Manager Ed Muzik and Assistant General Manager Mark Ban will be here to answer your questions about the upcoming sewer project and the assessment vote. They’ll be able to answer questions about who the sewer

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HI-DESERT WATER CELEBRATES 1% STATE SEWER SYSTEM LOAN

Hi-Desert Water District celebrates a low-cost loan last night. The tone at the meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors was restrained jubilation. Reporter Dan Stork explains the joy and the restraint… The directors of the Hi-Desert Water District thanked staff, Yucca Valley town officials, regulatory officials and

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HI-DESERT WATER GETS 1% STATE LOAN UPDATE TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Water District learned that the state will give property owners a 1% loan towards construction of the new sewer system. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the Board will meet tonight to discuss the loan, and other matters…

After authorizing the purchase of a water truck and materials and

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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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