HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER FACING CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

Ongoing concerns with the fiscal health of the Hi-Desert Medical Center, and the anticipated changes expected as the Affordable Care Act goes into effect, prompted assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz to sit down with the Hospital’s CEO Chad Chadwick and CFO Robert Tyk to discuss the future of the Basin’s third

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A CONVERSATION WITH CONGRESSMAN PAUL COOK

After Congressman Paul Cook answered callers’ questions on Friday’s Up Close show on Z107.7, we had the opportunity to get his views on some additional issues that impact the Morongo Basin. Dan Stork asked the District 8 Representative to comment on the sequester, renewable energy development, and the Joshua Tree

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YUCCA VALLEY MOTORCYCLIST INJURED IN LANDERS CRASH

A motorcycle rider was hospitalized last week after a car turned in front of him in Landers. According to the California Highway Patrol, Henry Marcoccia, 50, of Philadelphia, was driving a 2013 Toyota Corolla northbound on Old Woman Springs Road shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday. As Marcoccia approached the intersection

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REMAINS FOUND BY DOGS IDENTIFIED

The Sheriff’s Department has released the identity of the man whose remains were found by dogs in Landers last week. On Thursday, a resident near Wright Road and Bodick Road in Landers called the Sheriff’s Department about 7 a.m. when his dogs returned home carrying a skull and what appeared

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BUILDING TO BE NAMED AFTER LONG-TIME SUPPORTER

A long-time supporter of Copper Mountain College will be honored with a building named after her. At yesterday’s meeting of the college’s board of trustees, the board accepted a $100,000 donation from retired Marine Colonel R.M. Proudfoot of Twentynine Palms, in honor of his wife, Christine, to be applied toward

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DOGS FIND HUMAN REMAINS IN THE DESERT IN LANDERS

Human remains were found yesterday in Landers. According to Sheriff Corporal Steve Everhart, dogs found a skull and what looks like an arm bone in the desert near a cabin near Wright Road and Bodick Road in Landers. The dogs brought them to their home and their owner called the

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LANDERS AREA WATER RECHARGE FACILITY CELEBRATED

State water project water is now flowing into the aquifers under the Landers area. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was at a ceremony yesterday celebrating the important regional infrastructure improvement and files this report… About 50 of the area’s leaders in water management gathered last night at the Rieman home in Flamingo

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MAKE PLANS NOW FOR THE TASTE OF THE MORONGO BASIN

Save the date of September 13; that is when the hugely popular, annual “Taste of Morongo Basin” event is set. Reporter Taylor Thacker gets out her napkin… Taste what the Morongo Basin has to offer at the Joshua Tree Rotary Club’s sixth annual Taste of Morongo Basin. Local restaurants will

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD MEETS IN OPEN AND CLOSED SESSIONS TOMORROW

The Copper Mountain College Board will meet in both regular and closed sessions tomorrow. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the College Board’s agenda… The Copper Mountain College Board of Trustees convenes in open session tomorrow at 3 p.m. On the action agenda, trustees will consider and likely approve the naming of

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YUCCA VALLEY ROTARY TO HOST “SCRAMBLE” GOLF TOURNAMENT

Some golfing fun for good cause is being planned for one month from today. Reporter and Landers Honorary Mayor Mike Lipsitz gets out his putter… Golfers, hold the date Friday, September 6, for the Rotary Club of Yucca Valley’s Scramble for Charity Golf Tournament. It’s traditional golf at Mission Lakes

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT AT NEW JOSHUA TREE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

The new Joshua Tree Elementary School will be graced by the presence of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education. Reporter Dan Stork has the agenda for the August 6 regular meeting… At a 6 p.m. closed session, the MUSD Board of Education will confer with legal counsel on

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MISSING MAN FOUND DEAD IN THE LANDERS AREA NEAR GIANT ROCK

A missing man was found dead Friday near Giant Rock in Landers after sheriff’s deputies searched for two days and asked area residents to check their properties. Friends reported the man, whose name has not yet been released by the coroner, missing from a residence where he had been staying

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ONE IN CUSTODY, ONE SOUGHT, AFTER YUCCA VALLEY SHOOTING

Police have arrested one man and are searching for another after a third man was shot in Yucca Valley Saturday evening. According to Sheriff’s Corporal Steve Everhart, Adam Webster was at his mother’s home in the 1600 block of Deer Trail in Yucca Valley when two men drove up in

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DOGS, CARS AND HOT WEATHER

A closed car on a hot day is a dangerous place for pets. Managing Editor and passionate dog-lover Tami Roleff warns of the hazards… On a hot day, temperatures inside of a vehicle can quickly rise to dangerous levels. The temperature inside a car can reach 120 degrees in minutes,

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LANDERS ELEMENTARY CAR WASH SATURDAY WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR SCIENCE CAMP

Landers Elementary School is getting a head start on its fundraising by hosting a car wash on Saturday. The car wash will be from 10 to 2 at Ultimate Motors in Yucca Valley. Money raised from the fund-raiser will go toward the upcoming sixth graders’ Science Camp. Be sure to

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA ORGANIZATION MEETING IN A NEW LOCATION SATURDAY

The Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project and American Harm Reduction Association will hold its meeting in a new location tomorrow. The meeting will start at 2:30 at the Red Arrow Gallery, located at 61597 29 Palms Highway in Joshua Tree. The topic at tomorrow’s meeting will be the latest scientific and legal

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WOMAN INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH IN LANDERS MONDAY

A Hesperia woman was injured in a rollover crash in Landers Monday afternoon. According to the California Highway Patrol, Kalong Riphenburg, 66, was driving her 2005 Jeep Liberty eastbound on Reche Road, east of Sunset, about 1:20 yesterday when she swerved onto the south shoulder of the road. In an

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETING WEDNESDAY

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors will hold a special closed session meeting at noon tomorrow, in the Helen Gray Education Center. Up for discussion is an issue involving personnel benefits.

SAVE THE DATE FOR TASTE OF MORONGO BASIN

Mark your calendars. The Taste of the Morongo Basin is returning this fall. Reporter Mike Lipsitz fills in the details of this popular, sell-out event… Local restaurants will serve samples of their best dishes at Joshua Tree Rotary Club’s sixth annual Taste of Morongo Basin beginning at 6 p.m. Sept.

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CONGRESSMAN COOK INVESTIGATES CADIZ WATER PROJECT

Representative Paul Cook wants the Federal government to take a close look at the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery, and Storage Project, which would ship water from desert aquifers to Orange and Los Angeles Counties. Reporter Dan Stork tells what Cook has asked for… In a June 12th letter, Representative

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