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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SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED FOR FAILING TO REGISTER

A registered sex offender living in Morongo Valley was arrested Monday morning after Sheriff’s deputies determined he had not registered his new residence with the Sheriff’s Department. During a sex offender compliance check, Sheriff’s deputies contacted 30 registered sex offenders in the Morongo Basin to ensure they living at their

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TWO HURT IN THURSDAY AFTERNOON CRASH IN MORONGO VALLEY

Two women were taken to the hospital last night after a two-car crash in Morongo Valley that shut down the highway for about an hour. According to Morongo Valley Fire Chief “Jock” Johnson, firefighters were called to the crash at Elm Street and Highway 62 at 6:33 p.m. There they

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TWO ARRESTED WITH DRUGS IN MORONGO VALLEY

Two men were arrested in Morongo Valley Wednesday, after deputies found drugs in their possession. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Rick Millard, deputies were on a follow-up investigation and went to a home in the 49300 block of Senilis Avenue about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday evening. A car pulled in behind the

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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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MORONGO VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TURNS 100 SATURDAY

The oldest, continually operating school in the Morongo Basin turned 100 years old this year. The Morongo Valley Elementary School is celebrating its centennial, Saturday, November 2, with a birthday party, and the public and all former students and employees are invited to attend. The keynote speaker will be Congressman

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD IN SPECIAL MEETING TONIGHT

The Morongo Valley CSD Board has called a special meeting tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us why… Tonight in Morongo Valley, the Community Services District will meet in special session in order to review employee insurance programs, available options, anticipated increases, and consider potential changes to Board Policy. There are

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GROVES THEATER OPENS “THE HAUNTING OF VINCENT VAN GOGH” SATURDAY

Groves Cabin Theatre in Morongo Valley will debut “The Haunting of Vincent Van Gogh,” a new comedy by local playwright Dolores Becker-Trost. The play will open this Saturday, November 2, and be performed Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. for four weekends through Sunday, November 24. Playwright/director/artist

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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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COUNTY COURTS CHANGE FAMILY LAW CASE SCHEDULING

The San Bernardino County Court System is changing the way it puts on its calendar family law cases that involve custody and visitation disputes. The new system takes effect Monday, October 28. With details on the new system, here’s managing editor Tami Roleff…

A new calendar system at the county

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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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PRESCRIPTION DRUGS SUSPECTED IN MORONGO VALLEY CRASH

As a follow-up story about a Yucca Valley woman who crashed into the concrete center divider Monday on the Yucca Grade, the California Highway Patrol announced that prescription drugs may be a factor in the crash. About 4:30 Monday afternoon, Kristen Herrera, was driving eastbound on Highway 62, when for

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HIGHWAY 62 ART TOURS 2ND WEEKEND, EVENTS IN JOSHUA TREE AND TWENTYNINE PALMS

The Hi-Desert’s best visual and performing artists will be a part of the 12th Annual Hwy 62 Art Tours, a self-guided tour of more than 200 galleries, shops, homes, and private studios. This final weekend, October 26 and 27, features Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms, and Wonder Valley. In addition, there’ll

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WOMAN INJURED IN YUCCA GRADE CRASH MONDAY

A woman driving eastbound on Highway 62 yesterday was sent to the hospital after she crashed her car into the concrete divider on the Yucca Grade about 4:40 p.m. According to Morongo Valley Fire Chief Jock Johnson, the woman, identified only as being in her 40s, suffered serious injuries in

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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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FREE FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION MONDAY; WHEN AND WHERE

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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MORONGO VALLEY FIESTA DAYS NETS $4,000 FOR FIRE DEPARTMENT

The recent Morongo Valley Fiesta days was big success. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the event brought in much-needed funding for the fire department… This year’s Morongo Valley Fiesta Days celebration saw the largest number of participants ever. That success played out at last Thursday’s meeting of the Morongo Valley Firefighter’s

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HWY 62 ART TOURS START TOMORROW

The Hi-Desert’s best visual and performing artists will be a part of the 12th Annual Hwy 62 Art Tours, set for this and next weekend. The art tour is a self-guided tour of more than 200 galleries, shops, homes, and private studios from Morongo Valley to Wonder Valley. The tour

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD APPROVES FIRE RECOVERY FEES

The Morongo Valley Community Services District met in regular session last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there as the CSD approved fire fees and heard about a “dollar-a-day” fund-raiser……. Following a public hearing in Morongo Valley last night the Community Services District dealt with revised fees for fire marshal services

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