MORONGO VALLEY COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT MEETS WITH BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING TONIGHT

The Morongo Valley CSD Board meets tonight in closed and open session. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the meeting includes a public hearing… Following a closed session performance evaluation of the general manager, the Morongo Valley Community Services District Board will hold a public hearing for adoption of the annual budget

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NEARBY MOUNTAIN FIRE RAGES, SMOKE ADVISORY REMAINS IN AFFECT

A nearby fire continues to rage today and a smoke advisory remains in affect here in our Morongo Basin. Over 2,200 firefighters continue to battle the Mountain fire that started just west of Highway 243 near Mountain Center Monday afternoon. As of this morning, the U.S. Forest Service says the

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COFFEE WITH RAMOS 2 OF 3, REGIONAL MACs, DISCRETIONARY FUNDS

Following “Coffee with the Supervisor” Monday morning, during which members of the public presented Supervisor James Ramos with individual concerns, local media had their own time slot in which to ask questions. In this second of three-part report, Dan Stork says that reporters used the opportunity to probe Ramos in

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SMOKE ADVISORY ISSUED LOCALLY FROM FIRE NEAR IDYLLWILD

The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District has issued a Smoke Advisory for Yucca Valley, Morongo Valley and surrounding communities. The smoke blanketing the Morongo Basin is from a fire near Idyllwild. The fire was first reported about 1:30 Monday afternoon and was up to 8,000 acres as of noon

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A THANK YOU ON THIS 24TH BIRTHDAY OF Z1077 RADIO

Today is the 24th anniversary of Z107.7 radio signing on to the air. It was July 15, 1989, at 7 seconds after 1:07 pm that we flipped the switch and began transmitting to the communities of the Morongo Basin. In that time, we have seen not only tremendous changes to

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SHERIFF WARNS OF NEW LOCAL IDENTITY THEFT PHONE SCAM

A new local identity theft scam has local law enforcement concerned and they want to warn Morongo Basin residents. With this important tip, here is Sheriff’s service specialist Anita Baker… Recently, the Sheriff’s Department has responded to several reports of harassing phone calls and identity theft. The caller is telling

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FOOD DISTRIBUTION MONDAY

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, July 15th. The locations and times are:

The Church of the Lighted Cross, at 11518 Elbow Lane in Morongo Valley, from 8 to 10; Belfield Hall, on Reche Road in Landers,

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YUCCA VALLEY SUMMER CONCERT TOMORROW FEATURES MIKE SULLIVAN BAND

The Yucca Valley Summer Concert series continues tomorrow evening. Reporter Dan Stork invites to enjoy the Saturday evening with the Mike Sullivan Band…

The Yucca Valley Summer Music Festival continues this week with the Mike Sullivan Band. Sullivan fronts a group — appearing in Yucca Valley as a trio —

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AN INVITATION TO HAVE COFFEE WITH SUPERVISOR RAMOS MONDAY

Do you have something you’d like to say to County Supervisor Ramos. Dan Stork says, you can do it over coffee on Monday…

Supervisor Ramos will hold the first of his “Coffee with the Supervisor” public events at his Joshua Tree District Office on Monday, July 15th. This event will

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SURPLUS FOOD DISTRIBUTION HAPPENS HERE THIS 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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BASIN-WIDE FOUNDATION BREAKFAST TOMORROW

The Basin Wide Foundation invites you to our next breakfast tomorrow morning at Helen Gray Center at the Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree. The event starts at 7:00 a.m. Cost is $9 per person. Please RSVP and let them know if you are bringing a guest, including their name

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IT’S WILDFIRE SEASONS; TIPS ON HOW TO PROTECT YOUR HOME

The beautiful scenery of the Morongo Basin offers serene settings for homes. Unfortunately, it also provides ideal conditions for wildfires. Wildfires often begin unnoticed and spread quickly, sometimes changing direction with the wind and igniting brush, trees and homes, and, as recently seen in Arizona, killing those sent to fight

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LEARN ABOUT THE MINES OF JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK AT HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM TOMORROW

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum kicks off its Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series tomorrow, Thursday, July 11, with a lecture on the mines of Joshua Tree National Park. About 300 mines were developed in what is now Joshua Tree National Park. Miners dug for gold, silver, and other minerals. D.D. Trent,

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COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS MEET TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Chapter of the Compassionate Friends, a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child, meets every second Wednesday of the month from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Helen Gray Education Center on the campus of Hi

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WE REVIEW “THE PERILS OF GOLDILOCKS” AT THEATRE 29

The summer youth theater production of “The Perils of Goldilocks” is running through July 27 at Theatre 29. In his review of the play, special correspondent Les Taylor says the delightful production is not just for kids… John Wright has directed another winning youth theater show with “The Perils of

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MORONGO VALLEY MAN ARRESTED AFTER DUI CRASH

A Morongo Valley man was arrested early Saturday morning after police say he crashed into a vehicle while driving under the influence. According to a Sheriff’s report, Tommy Gonzales, 20, was driving a white Dodge Dakota truck southbound on Old Woman Springs Road about 1 a.m. when he crossed the

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK’S PINTO BASIN ROAD OFFERS MANY WONDERS

A beautiful drive awaits you in your own backyard. Joshua Tree National Park Ranger Pam Tripp says Pinto Mountain Road through the park holds many wonders… Joshua Tree NP consists of two desert ecosystems. Though many people come to see the unique Joshua Trees and boulders of the Mojave Desert,

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NEW WAL-MART SET TO OPEN NEXT WEDNESDAY

You may have noticed the shelves at the Yucca Valley Wal-Mart are getting a little bare, as the store prepares for its relocation next week. The new Super Wal-Mart, at 58501 29 Palms Highway, next to Home Depot, plans to open its doors July 17 with a ribbon cutting at

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NEW PRINCIPALS AT TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH, JUNIOR HIGH, AND LANDERS ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

The Morongo Unified School District is shifting some of the administrators. New principals will start this year at 3 area schools… The Morongo Unified School District will be making four administrative changes at the principal level for the coming school year. According to retiring Superintendent of Schools Jim Majchrzak, Twentynine

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GRAND JURY ASKS COUNTY TO REVIEW GANG ENFORCEMENT PLAN

The Grand Jury says the County Sheriff’s and Probation departments should revisit their plan on gangs to see if it addressed the growing epidemic of gang activity. The report says in 2005, gang warfare raged in the county after a migration of gang members in search of affordable housing. In

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