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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SMOKE FROM MORONGO RESERVATION FIRE IN OUR SKIES

Smoke hung to the west of our Morongo Basin from an estimated 1,300-acre wildfire in the mountains northeast of Banning yesterday. San Bernardino National Forest San Bernardino National Forest spokesman John Miller said the Hathaway Fire has the potential to reach several thousand acres, but is burning in a wilderness

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CHAPARRAL ARTISTS MEET MONDAY

The Chaparral Artists will hold their general meeting and potluck Monday, June 10 from 1 to 3 at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, 56750 Mountain View Trail in Yucca Valley. The meeting will be a joint meeting with the Morongo Valley Art Colony.

RECORDING STUDIO IN MORONGO VALLEY

Attention musicians. You don’t have to go to the big city to record your music. ROP student Merissa Ratliff says there is a recording studio in Morongo Valley… Is music your passion? Would you like to record music that you have written yourself? If so Red Barn Recorders might be

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MORONGO VALLEY RESIDENT WINS LITERARY AWARD

Morongo Valley resident Debra Freeland won the prestigious Desert Literary Society Award from Cal State San Bernardino. Chanda-Lyn Fraschetti has the information… Cal State San Bernardino annually rewards students with the Desert Literary Award for excellence in writing. One of this year’s recipients is Morongo Valley resident Debra Freeland, for

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CHAPARRAL ARTISTS MEET MONDAY

The Chaparral Artists will hold their general meeting and potluck Monday, June 10 from 1 to 3 at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, 56750 Mountain View Trail in Yucca Valley. The meeting will be a joint meeting with the Morongo Valley Art Colony.

SUPERVISORS RAISE WATER RATES, ESTABLISH REGIONAL MACS

While the approval of the Dollar General Store in Joshua Tree was the hot point issue at yesterday’s County Supervisors meeting, the Board also took a number of other actions which directly affect residents here in our Morongo basin. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there all day and has the rest

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CASINO NIGHT IN MORONGO VALLEY BENEFITS FIRE DEPARTMENT

A lot of fun for a great cause in Morongo Valley tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says a Casino Night event will benefit the Fire Department… If you’re 21 and over, and fond of roulette, black jack, poker or craps, grab your calendar and block off the evening of Saturday, June

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THREE LOCAL RESIDENTS AWARDED CAL STATE SCHOLARSHIPS

Morongo Basin students were among 16 awarded a prestigious scholarship from Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert campus. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the kudos… Three Morongo Basin residents are among 16 recipients of the prestigious Mary Stuart Rogers Scholarship from Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus for the

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CASINO NIGHT TOMORROW IN MORONGO VALLEY BENEFITS FIRE DEPARTMENT

A lot of fun for a great cause in Morongo Valley tomorrow night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says a Casino Night event will benefit the fire department…

If you’re 21 and over, and fond of roulette, black jack, poker or craps, grab your calendar and block off the evening of Saturday,

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DEADLINE TOMORROW FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT AND MORONGO VALLEY COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS

Tomorrow is the deadline to file to run for the Morongo Valley CSD Board or the Twentynine Palms Water Board. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the elections will be by mail…

Voters within the Morongo Valley Community Services District and the Twentynine Palms Water District will vote on open board seats

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CSA70W-1 RESIDENTS FIGHT WATER RATE HIKE

Landers residents living east of Yucca Mesa Road received notice of a proposed 20% water rate hike from the County’s Special Districts Department which controls the 640 water meters in that part of Landers. Residents there already pay rates, much higher than the rest of Landers which is served by

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DESERT OASES TOUR

The Morongo Basin Historical Society will host a tour of the five historic desert oases in Morongo Valley on Saturday, June 1. Surface water in the desert is a rare sight, and Morongo Valley has five of the six ancient water sources found in the Basin. The tour starts at

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EIGHT LOCAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS COMPETE IN DISTRICT SPELLING BEE

Local students from eight local students participated in a spelling bee… “Frequency…F-R-E-Q-U-E-N-C-Y, frequency!” That was the tie breaking word that won it for Yucca Mesa Elementary fifth grade student, Psypris Serano taking first place. When asked how it felt her reaction was, “When I heard I won, I

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY TO TOUR MORONGO VALLEY OASES

The Morongo Basin Historical Society will host a tour of the five historic desert oases in Morongo Valley on Saturday, June 1. Surface water in the desert is a rare sight, and Morongo Valley has five of the six ancient water sources found in the Basin. The tour starts at

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT BOARD MEETS WITH WATER AND FIRE BUSINESS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Water District Board meets in regular session tonight. Reporter Taylor Thacker says the will discuss both water and fire business…

On May 22, at 6 p.m., at 72401 Hatch Road, the Twentynine Palms Water District Board will have its usual meeting. This week they will discuss the

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FOOD BANK MONDAY

The third Monday of the month is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus Federal food in the Morongo Basin. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the times and places…

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

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RAGTIME A HIT AT THEATRE 29

”Ragtime” continues to wow audiences at Theatre 29. Les Taylor tells us who’s who in the cast…

Capacity crowds have enjoyed performances of the epic musical “Ragtime” at Theatre 29 since opening night. Comments from audience members include “Incredible” “inspiring” “unbelievable voices” and “the best I’ve ever heard at this

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FREE FEDERAL FOOD TO BE DISTRIBUTED MONDAY

Free federal surplus food will be given out this Monday, some of the locations have been changed. Reporter Dan Stork has the when and where…

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, May 20. The locations and times

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MORONGO VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR EARLY RELEASE PROBATION VIOLATION

A Morongo Valley man was arrested Wednesday morning after he was found to be in violation of his early release probation. About 10:45 yesterday, deputies went to the 9000 block of Lanning Lane to conduct a probation check on Brye McDonald, 40, who was on supervised probation for possession of

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