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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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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