LANDERS WOMAN ROBBED AT GUNPOINT IN HER HOME TUESDAY

A Landers woman said she was robbed at gunpoint in her home. According to Sheriff reports, the woman who lives in the 200 block of South Cambria Avenue called police about 5:50 to report that two men entered her home and confronted her with a gun. She told police the

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BIGHORN-DESERT VIEW WATER AGENCY BOARD HEARS COUNTY WATER CUSTOMER WOES LAST NIGHT

The Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency Board heard from local ratepayers … but not theirs. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz explains what county water customers were doing at last night’s meeting of Landers local water provider… “They railroaded us.” “They’re vultures.” “Inept.” “County water has been a big headache.” Such was the

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BIGHORN-DESERT VIEW WATER AGENCY LOOKS AT HOW TO GET THE COUNTY OUT THE WATER BUSINESS

The Bighorn Desert View Water Agency Board meets in a special session. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the Board will discuss how to get the County out of the Landers water business…… The Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency Board of Directors meets in Special Session at 6 p.m. tonight. The Board is

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FREE FEDERAL SURPLUS FOOD TO BE DISTRIBUTED MONDAY

The third Monday of the month is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Dan Stork has the times and places…

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday,

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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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SUSPECTED RAPIST LOCATED AND ARRESTED

The Twentynine Palms man who is suspected of a rape last week was arrested without incident Sunday. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant James Porter, deputies received information that Louis Ontek, 42, was at a residence in the 75000 block of Encanto Drive in Twentynine Palms, where he was arrested without incident.

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FINAL VOTE IN FOR BIGHORN DESERT VIEW WATER AGENCY BOARD

Late yesterday the County Registrar of Voters issued final vote tallies for the Bighorn Desert View Water Agency election for board of directors. Voters were to choose three out of the four names on the ballot and they sent back the three incumbents. Directors Dennis Staley and Terry Burkhart were

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NEW, BASIN-WIDE MUNCIPAL ADVISORY COMMISSION MET LAST NIGHT

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council met for the first time last night. About two dozen members of the public turned out to weigh in on a handful of topics relevant to the County Board of Supervisors. The eight neophyte MAC members listened intensely to public comments on a proposed

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DEPUTIES ASK HELP IN SEARCH FOR VIOLENT RAPIST

Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a suspect in a violent rape. Wednesday, deputies responded to Hero’s Market in Landers after woman had been assaulted. Deputies found the victim who reported she had been beaten, tied up and sexually assaulted by 42-year-old Louis Ontek. Deputies located Ontek later the same day

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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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CONVICTED FELON SHOOTS HIMSELF, TRIES TO HIDE GUN

A convicted felon, who shot himself in the hand, thought that by hiding the gun, investigating deputies wouldn’t know that he had a gun in violation of the law. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Steve Wilson, Edward Malone, 33, of the 60200 block of Stearman Avenue in Landers, had been drinking

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THE RESULTS OF THE BIGHORN-DESERT VIEW WATER AGENCY BOARD ELECTION

While the results are very close, the unofficial results of the vote for Bighorn Desert View Water Agency Board have been released. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has the preliminary count… In the Morongo Basin’s only election-day race, four candidates were on the ballot for three open seats on the Bighorn-Desert View

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CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS AND SMOKE DETECTOR BATTERIES SUNDAY

Spring forward, fall back. Yes, it’s that time again. Managing editor Tami Roleff reminds you to not only change your clocks, but also smoke alarm batteries… Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend, which means it’s time to change our clocks again. In March, we “spring” forward one hour, so on

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PART 1 IN A 4-PART SERIES ON BULLYING

Bullying in its many forms has become a serious problem. Today Z107-7 starts a series of stories describing the various types of bullying. Today, Sheriff’s Service Specialist Anita Baker tells us about physical bullying… Bullying can be irritating, embarrassing, hurtful, and even dangerous. Physical bullying involves any form of physical

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SAFETY TIPS ABOUT HEATING AS THE WEATHER TURNS COLDER

As the blustery storm brings in the cold weather, many of us will be looking for extra heat. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the County Fire Department is offering seasonal safety tips… Fall often brings the need extra heat from a fireplace or space heater. Accidents involving fireplaces and heating equipment

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AS THE WEATHER COOLS, A REMINDER ABOUT FURNACE SAFETY

As the weather gets cooler, we will start heating our homes for the crisp desert winter months. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the County Fire Department has some furnace safety tips… San Bernardino County Fire offers the following tips before real cold weather arrives. Change furnace filters now to keep equipment

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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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MORONGO BASIN BIG MAC SWORN IN, LIPSITZ NAMED CHAIRMAN

An enthusiastic group of citizens gathered in the lobby of the County Services Building in Joshua Tree to take the first bite of the Big MAC – as we just have to refer to the new Municipal Advisory Committee for the unincorporated areas of the Morongo Basin. Dan Stork adds

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MISSING REDLANDS MAN FOUND IN LANDERS

A Redlands man who was reported missing Tuesday was found Wednesday afternoon in Landers. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Steve Wilson, Eugene Loeffler, 82, told his family Tuesday that he was driving to the Home Depot in Redlands, but when he didn’t return, they filed a missing persons report. About 3:15

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