$6 MILLION SETTLEMENT IN 2010 FATAL CRASH IN JOHNSON VALLEY

A nearly $6 million settlement was announced Wednesday in several lawsuits stemming from a 2010 off-road racing crash during a Johnson Valley off-road race that killed eight people and injured 12 others. The agreement was finalized during a mediation hearing Tuesday according to attorneys. Plaintiffs will receive $5.825 million in

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COUNCIL TO DISCUSS COMMERCIAL SOLAR MONDAY

The Homestead Valley Community Council plans to continue the discussion of large-scale, commercial solar projects at its next meeting, Monday, December 16. Dawn Rowe, an aide to Congressman Paul Cook, plans to be at the meeting and will be able to answer questions about the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Recreation Area.

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DEAL MADE TO SAVE MOST OF JOHNSON VALLEY OFF-ROAD AREA

A deal has been made to preserve most of the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) area while still allowing the Marines to conduct exercises in the area. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 would preserve about 100,000 acres of Johnson Valley while allowing the Marines to expand the Twentynine

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FREEZE WARNING CONTINUES, PROTECT YOUR PIPES!

The National Weather Service has issued a hard freeze warning here in our Morongo Basin through tomorrow morning. With Temperatures in the 20’s, Reporter Taylor Thacker reminds you to watch for freezing pipes… Standing water in pipes and hoses expands as it freezes, possibly causing pipes and hoses to break.

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SOME HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS FROM COUNTY FIRE

The San Bernardino County Fire Department would like to remind you of the following holiday safety tips. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz explains some of the ways to ensure a safe holiday season… Before setting up lighted decorations, check for burned-out lights, empty sockets and broken bulbs. Inspect wires for breaks

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REMINDERS TO OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE USERS FROM THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

Although many think the desert is the perfect place to ride their off-highway vehicles into the sunset, there are many laws governing where OHVs can be ridden. With some important reminders about land-use issues and off-highway vehicles in the Morongo Basin, here is Sheriff’s Service Specialist Anita Baker…

The San

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A REMINDER ABOUT OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE USE DURING HOLIDAY WEEK

With the long Thanksgiving holiday coming up, many residents and visitors will be out riding their off-highway vehicles in the desert. Sheriff’s Safety Specialist Anita Baker has these reminders for off-highway enthusiasts… The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Morongo Basin Station, would like to remind OHV enthusiasts of some safety

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SENATE BILL WOULD TAKE JOHNSON VALLEY FOR MARINE EXPANSION

A Senate committee gave unanimous approval to expand the use of public lands for military training, passing three bills that attempt to reach agreements on conflicts involving mining, wilderness trails and private development. The bills include one for expansion of Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. Sen. Ron

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETS MONDAY

The Homestead Valley Community Council will hold its regular meeting 3 p.m. Monday, November 18, at the Yucca Mesa Community Center. The HVCC is a coalition of the community organizations of Yucca Mesa, Landers, Flamingo Heights and Johnson Valley. The Council will once again take up the issue of industrial

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MAN THOUGHT LOST IN MINE FOUND WANDERING, DIVERTS FIRE RESOURCES

An Orange County man who got lost in the desert for 11 hours near Johnson Valley Friday night diverted fire crews from a large house fire in Yucca Valley. About 5:30 p.m. Friday, fire fighters and search and rescue teams from Lucerne Valley, Hesperia, and Yucca Mesa, and the Sheriff’s

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UPDATED RESULTS ON VOTE FOR BIGHORN DESERT VIEW WATER BOARD

The County registrar of voters has updated its results for the election for three Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency Board seats. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, Dennis Straley is narrowly in the lead with 153 votes, just two votes ahead of Terry Burkhart, with 151. Director Judy Corl-Lorono is in third

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2013 TOYS FOR TOTS PROGRAM HAS STARTED

An annual tradition for the Marine Corps Reserves is gearing up in our Morongo Basin area. Reporter Taylor Thacker says… Toys for Tots has started! The Marines will be accepting toy donations and money donations starting now for this Christmas season. To donate money, go online to http://29-palms-ca.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx and then

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BIGHORN DESERT VIEW WATER AGENCY BOARD NOT LIKELY TO CHANGE IN NOVEMBER ELECTION

The regular fourth Tuesday meeting of the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency Board has been cancelled. Agency business will be considered after the November 5 election at a special meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 19. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz has more… Voters in the area served by Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency

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SHERIFF’S DESERT RUN KICKS OFF TOMORROW IN JOHNSON VALLEY

The Annual “Desert Run” benefiting our local Sheriff’s Search and Rescue starts tomorrow. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says fire up your off-road vehicles and come play… Morongo Basin Search and Rescue’s Desert Run Fundraiser kicks off tomorrow, Friday, October 4, at 4 p.m. at the Means Dry Lake at the Johnson

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DESERT RUN TO BENEFIT SEARCH AND RESCUE THIS WEEKEND

The yearly “Desert Run” a fund-raiser for our local Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team, is this weekend in Johnson valley. Reporter Taylor Thacker has your invitation… The Morongo Basin Search and Rescue Desert Run Fundraiser is this weekend on October 5. To help offset costs, the team sponsors an off-road

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN WOULD AFFECT LOCAL FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

Many local federal employees would feel the pinch if the federal government shuts down tomorrow. If the U.S. government has to shut down tomorrow, about half of the Defense Department’s 800,000 civilian workers will be furloughed until an appropriations bill is passed. Civilians who are furloughed would be paid retroactively

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SAR DESERT RUN FUNDRAISER REMINDER

The Morongo Basin Search & Rescue Desert Run Fundraiser is drawing near. Tami Roleff says there’s still time to make your plans to join the fun…

The Morongo Basin Search and Rescue team is holding a Desert Run fundraiser on the weekend of October 4–6. To help offset costs

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DESERT RUN OCTOBER 4-6 TO BENEFIT SHERIFF’S SEARCH AND RESCUE

Search and Rescue volunteers give a great boost to the County Sheriff’s Department, but it’s costly. You can help defray costs, while having a weekend of off-road fun in the desert. Dan Stork says mark your calendar for the Desert Run…

The Morongo Basin Search and Rescue team is holding

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DRECP DISCUSSION IN HOMESTEAD VALLEY

Want to hear more about the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan and how it will affect you? If you have a question on this or other issues that involve local, county, state or federal officials, you are invited to come to the regular meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council,

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SEARCH AND RESCUE DESERT RUN SET FOR OCTOBER 5

An annual event for off-road enthusiasts benefits a good cause. Reporter Taylor Thacker says the annual desert run, set for the weekend of October 5, will benefit our local Morongo Basin Search and Rescue team…

The Morongo Basin Search and Rescue team is having its annual off-road event at the

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