HDMC ROSE GARDEN

A new feature will grace the grounds of the Hi-Desert Medical Center in a few months. Reporter Mike Lipsitz previews the Rose Garden… When the Hi-Desert Medical Center’s Memorial Rose Garden is unveiled this fall, the courtyard installation’s focal point will be a cascading water feature set amid natural stone.

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SUMMER CLOUDS

In the midst of the continuing heat, we are teased – and occasionally blessed with relief – by celestial billows. Ranger Pam Tripp talks about summer clouds… They gently move in, sometimes from the east, sometimes from the west. And sometimes they just seem to stall and gather off in

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MORONGO UNIFIED ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGES

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 Palms High School Principal Amy Woods will become the Director of Secondary Curriculum for the District. Replacing her at TPHS will

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RESIDENTS RECEIVING FIRE TAX BILLS

Bills are going out from the state for last year’s fire prevention tax. Reporter Dan Stork explains what you’re obliged to do with them, as well as how to appeal them…

The Board of Forestry adopted new boundary lines in May that will exclude some property owners from fee assessment

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JOB FAIR ANNOUNCED FOR NEW TURTLE ROCK CASINO IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

The desert’s newest casino, Tortoise Rock in Twentynine Palms, will hold its first job fair Tuesday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will take place at the Little Church of the Desert located at 6079 Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms. Interviews will be held on site,

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BURRTEC REGULAR THURSDAY PICKUP TO BE FRIDAY

Burrtec Waste and Recycling Services will be closed in Independence Day, July 4. Waste and recycling collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week.

NO MBTA BUS SERVICE ON FOURTH OF JULY

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority will NOT operate service on Thursday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day and will resume its regularly scheduled service on Friday, July 5.

KEEP YOUR DOGS SAFE DURING 4TH OF JULY FESTIVITIES

When the fireworks boom for the Independence Day celebration, it’s a lot of fun for people, but not for your dogs. Managing editor Tami Roleff says keep your dogs safe during the Third and Fourth of July events… While most people love the fireworks on the Fourth of July, the

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FIREWORKS SHOWS SET FOR LANDERS, YUCCA VALLEY, AND TWENTYNINE PALMS

Third of July festivities are planned today at Homestead Valley Park in Landers. The gates open at 4:30 p.m. Enjoy tasty food, beer and margaritas; stroll among the vendors and displays, and move to music by the Big Fat Steve Band and Henry Fencepost. Following a presentation by the Marine

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MORONGO VALLEY PEDESTRIAN HIT AND KILLED CROSSING HIGHWAY

A Morongo Valley man was hit and killed while trying to walk across the highway last night. According to the California Highway Patrol, Gerald Cross, 64, was crossing State Route 62 northbound at Lanning Lane, toward the Country Market, in Morongo Valley at 9:45 p.m. Melvin Smith Jr., 50, of

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TRAVEL TRAILER FIRE IN MORONGO VALLEY SUNDAY EVENING

A fifth-wheel travel trailer is a complete loss after a fire Sunday evening. About 6:30, Yucca Valley firefighters responded to a fire north of Highway 62 at Scholl Drive, between Morongo Valley and Yucca Valley. The blaze was well involved when they arrived, but fire fighters were able to knock

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A REMINDER THAT FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

With the 4th of July not that far off, County authorities are reminding residents that they face steep fines and arrest for illegal fireworks. Managing editor Tami Roleff has details… Many people have fond memories of celebrating the Fourth of July by twirling sparklers, watching firework fountains, and snakes. But

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE, PALM DESERT WOMAN, FATAL CRASH VICTIMS

The County Coroner has identified two women, one from Palm Desert and the other a Marine from the Twentynine Palms Marine Base, who were killed Sunday night in a head-on collision on Highway 62. Niccole Holly, 31, and Amelia Miller, 23, were pronounced dead at the scene of the 10

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TWO KILLED IN MORONGO VALLEY CRASH LAST NIGHT

Two people were killed in a high speed head-on crash in Morongo Valley shortly before 10 p.m. last night. Investigators from the California Highway Patrol said the driver of a 2009 Dodge, a 23-year- old from Twentynine Palms, was driving eastbound on State Route 62 approaching North Star Trail In

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IMPAIRED DRIVER INJURES WELL-KNOWN LOCAL REPORTER

Hi-Desert Star reporter, Courtney Vaughn, of Morongo Valley, suffered a minor injury late Wednesday afternoon when an impaired driver, Casey Hallabrin, 32, of Joshua Tree, veered into oncoming westbound traffic on State Route 62 just east of Saddleback Road in Joshua Tree. Hallabrin was driving a 2006 Hummer H3 which

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DOG REUNITES WITH OWNER AFTER 6 MONTHS

Amanda Hernandez had almost given up hope of finding her lost dog, Misty, who had been missing for nearly six months. Hernandez and her three dogs had moved from Morongo Valley to the Western Hills area of Yucca Valley last year, but shortly after the move, Misty dug out from

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HATHAWAY FIRE GROWS, SMOKE ADVISORY ISSUED FOR WEST END

With the Nearby Hathaway fire continuing to grow, the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District has issued an Smoke Advisory for Yucca Valley, Morongo Valley and surrounding communities. Smoke from the Hathaway wildfire currently burning near the Morongo Indian Reservation in Riverside County could impact air quality in these

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DISCOVER THE ANCIENTS AT THE BIG MORONGO PRESERVE FRIDAY

A fascinating presentation is set for Friday at the Big Morongo Preserve in Morongo Valley. Managing Editor Tami Roleff invites you to “Discover the Ancients”… The giant redwoods of northern California aren’t the only plants that live incredibly long lives. Lots of plants in the desert live long and prosper

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LOCAL AIR QUALITY WARNING AS NEARBY FIRE GROWS

The size of the nearby Hathaway Fire that has been burning east of banning since Sunday has grown. Officials adjusted the burn area to 2,372 acres. Firefighters have contained 30 percent of the wildfire, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The Forest Service doesn’t expect full containment until June 25.

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NEARBY HATHAWAY FIRE BRINGING SMOKE IN TO THE AREA

The nearby Hathaway Fire has grown to 1,700 acres. Winds whipped furiously through the Banning Pass late Monday, making firefighters’ jobs much tougher. The wildfire was 25 percent contained by 6:30 p.m. last night. It’ll likely take a few weeks until firefighters fully control the fire. The blaze, first reported

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