FIRST HAND REPORT FROM Z107.7'S MANAGING EDITOR ON SCENE

Among the many residents stuck by the closure of the highway in Morongo Valley was our own Managing Editor Tami Roleff, who had responded to the mudslides and power pole failure only to find herself waiting along with hundreds of others…

The sound from the river of mud in the

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SEVERE WEATHER CLOSES GRADE, FLOODS ROADS, BRING POWER OUTAGES

Monsoonal downpours, remnants of Tropical Storm Ivo, created flash flooding that wreaked havoc on area residents and motorists Sunday. Highway 62 in Morongo Valley was closed for hours Sunday evening due to flash flooding that left two feet of mud on the highway, and stranded vehicles near Valley View Road.

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MORONGO CALLEY CSD APPROVES BUDGET, DEFLECTS CALTRANS CRITICISM

The Morongo Valley CSD Board met in regular session last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there and files this report… In Morongo Valley last night the Community Services District adopted the fiscal 2013-2014 budget with Director Chuck Osborne opposed. All other actions were unanimous. And in a move to generate

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD MEETS TONIGHT, FINAL BUDGET EXPECTED

The Morongo Valley CSD Board meets in regular session tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says a final budget vote and a look at citizen support for the Morongo valley Fire Department are on the agenda…

Following a presentation on Fire Department Staffing from Chief Jock Johnson the Morongo Valley Community Services

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CALTRANS HEARS FROM BOISTEROUS, OVERFLOW CROWD IN MORONGO VALLEY

Locals turned out in mass for last night’s public information meeting with Caltrans in Morongo Valley. As the 6 p.m. start time ticked ever closer, the Covington Park Multipurpose Room swelled to well over 100 people with as many or more waiting outside, all eager to share their thoughts on

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RUNNERS, ANNUAL 5K FULL MOON RACE THIS FRIDAY IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Town of Yucca Valley invites runners of all ages to its 10th annual Full Moon 5K Run on Friday, August 23. Dan Stork tells you how to register…

The Full Moon race time is at 7 p.m., rain or shine, at Machris Park, 59100 Santa Barbara Drive in Yucca

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MEMORIAL FOR THE LATE ELSIE GRACE AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE FRIDAY

Copper Mountain College will host a memorial to the late artist Elsie Grace. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says a special scholarship program is being set up…

Celebrate the life of artist and teacher Elsie Grace at “Reflections of Grace,” a memorial to the woman who spent 33 years educating students in

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SCHOOL BOARD TO REVISE SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION POLICY

Revision of the suspension and expulsion policy will be the main topic at the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting tonight. Dan Stork tells what else will be going on…

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education begins its August 20 meeting with a 5 p.m. workshop

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CALTRANS TO HOLD MEETING IN MORONGO VALLEY TONIGHT

The new temporary flexible posts, called delineators, recently installed by CalTrans in the median on Highway 62 in Morongo Valley has upset many residents and drivers. CalTrans installed the delineators along a 6.3 mile stretch of the highway from Morongo Valley to Yucca Valley, with 10 left-hand turn pockets, to

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SHOTS FIRED IN MORONGO VALLEY

Two people were arrested in Morongo Valley after neighbors reported hearing shots fired late Saturday night. Sheriff’s Sergeant Steve Wilson said the Sheriff’s department received multiple calls of shots fired about 11:30 p.m. in the 49700 block of Edison Lane. When deputies arrived, they saw Gary Ragle, 30, in the

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CHP TO OFFER

The CHP has an education program that targets the most accident-prone age group of drivers. Dan Stork says teen drivers can “Start Smart” this Thursday…

The California Highway Patrol is offering another free Start Smart class, at the Morongo Basin Area CHP office, on Thursday, August 22 at 6 p.m.

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CALTRANS PUBLIC MEETING IN MORONGO VALLEY

Caltrans’ installation of delineators in Morongo Valley has aroused a storm of local protest. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the agency will meet residents in a public meeting this week…

Caltrans will host a public information meeting on the emergency restriping and installation of delineators on the highway in Morongo Valley.

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FREE SURPLUS FEDERAL FOOD GIVEAWAY 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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6TH ANNUAL

Get your taste buds ready for the hugely popular “Taste of the Morongo Basin” set for September 13th at the Bell Center. Reporter and Honorary Mayor of Landers, Mike Lipsitz, gets out his knife and fork…

Local restaurants will serve samples of their best dishes at Joshua Tree Rotary Club¹s

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TWENTYNINE PALMS, MORONGO VALLEY MAIL-IN BALLOTS DUE IN MAIL BY AUGUST 21

Voters in Morongo Valley and the Twentynine Palms area have important decisions to make this month, and they have to do it by mail. Dan Stork has the heads-up…

Mail Ballots for the 2013 Consolidated Mail Ballot Election were delivered to voters’ mailboxes beginning August 3, 2013. Locally, the Morongo

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CALTRANS PUBLIC MEETING SET ON MORONGO VALLEY HIGHWAY DELINEATORS

The new highway delineators in Morongo Valley have caused a lot of criticism and consternation. Caltrans is holding a public meeting to discuss the project. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details…

Caltrans will host a public information meeting on the emergency restriping and installation of delineators on the highway in Morongo

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER FACING CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

Ongoing concerns with the fiscal health of the Hi-Desert Medical Center, and the anticipated changes expected as the Affordable Care Act goes into effect, prompted assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz to sit down with the Hospital’s CEO Chad Chadwick and CFO Robert Tyk to discuss the future of the Basin’s third

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YUCCA VALLEY MIDGET LOBOS FOOTBALL HAS ROOM FOR PLAYERS

The Yucca Valley Midget Lobos youth tackle football team still has room for players. Both boys and girls can play on the Midgets team, which is comprised of the oldest kids, ages 12, 13, and 14. The players are regulated by weight for safety; 12- and 13-year-olds can’t weigh more

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A CONVERSATION WITH CONGRESSMAN PAUL COOK

After Congressman Paul Cook answered callers’ questions on Friday’s Up Close show on Z107.7, we had the opportunity to get his views on some additional issues that impact the Morongo Basin. Dan Stork asked the District 8 Representative to comment on the sequester, renewable energy development, and the Joshua Tree

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LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS AT WILDLAND FIRES

Fire fighters from several Morongo Basin stations have been sent to help fight fires currently burning in Southern California. Joshua Tree and Morongo Valley fire stations have each sent a brush engine and crew to join the 1,400 fire fighters fighting the Silver fire near Banning, which as of

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