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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HIGHWAY 62 ART TOURS KICK OFF THIS WEEKEND

The first of two weekends of the Highway 62 Art Tours kicks off this weekend. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has your invitation… It’s one of my favorite events of the year—the Highway 62 Art Tours. The Highway 62 Art Tours is a self-guided tour of galleries, shops, homes, and private

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MORONGO VALLEY MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN SOLO CRASH ON THE GRADE

A Morongo Valley man was killed in a motorcycle crash Tuesday on the Morongo Grade. About 5:05 p.m., the California Highway Patrol responded to a crash on Highway 62 at the County Line and found that Gary Berlino II, 30, had crashed his 2003 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle as he was

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Morongo Valley Community Services District Board will review fire service fees among other items tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more… At tonight’s regular 7 p.m. meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District, the board will convene a public hearing in connection with a revised Fire Department schedule of

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HWY. 62 ART TOURS START THIS WEEKEND WITH LAUNCH PARTY

The Hwy 62 Art Tours happens the last two weekends in October when some 8,000 visitors are expected to visit the Basin for self-guided tours of more than 200 sites. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us about some of the many sponsored events happening in conjunction with this year’s Art

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COUNTY TO CONTINUE TURNING ARRESTEES OVER FOR DEPORTATION

San Bernardino County announced it will continue turning over to immigration officials some people it books for crimes. Dan Stork explains the 287g program, and relays some county statistics on its use… San Bernardino County has renewed its participation in a federal program, under which people who have been booked

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A QUICK LESSON ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

There’s been lots of confusion about what the Affordable Care Act (or “Obamacare”) is, and what it requires Americans to do. Starting in 2014, all Americans will be required to have health insurance. Many people already have health insurance through their employers, and for them, no further action is required.

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HOW TO PREVENT KITCHEN FIRES FOR THIS FIRE PREVENTION WEEK

This is fire prevention week. Most house fires start in the kitchen and reporter Taylor Thacker has some fire prevention tips… It’s time for fire prevention week! San Bernardino County Fire is joining forces with the non-profit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents to “Prevent Kitchen Fires.”

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FANTASY SPRINGS INVITES YOU TO TAKE THE CUPCAKE CHALLENGE

Are you an amateur baker who can make a cupcake like a pro? If so, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino wants you to participate in the Fantasy Cupcake Challenge. Managing editor Tami Roleff indulges her sweet tooth with the following report… On Sunday, November 17, the resort will play host to

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STORM CAUSES AREA POWER OUTAGES

A downed pole and power lines have caused power outages in various areas throughout the Morongo Basin. According to Yucca Valley firefighters and SoCal Edison’s website, the power outage started Wednesday afternoon in Morongo Valley, when a power pole, with three large transformers on it, at Big Morongo Canyon and

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HIKER RESCUED IN BIG MORONGO CANYON PRESERVE MONDAY

A woman had to be rescued Monday afternoon in the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve after she fell while hiking. According to Morongo Valley Fire Chief Jock Johnson, rescue personnel, assisted by Cal Fire, hiked about 30 minutes into a steep canyon to rescue the woman, described as being in her

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ANOTHER SCAM TARGETS LOCAL RESIDENTS

The scammers are hard at work trying to separate you from your money. Last week, another Morongo Basin resident received a phone call from a man claiming to be from the IRS Tech Department. The caller said the business owner owed a substantial amount of money, and if the owner

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TWO MORONGO BASIN THEATERS TAKE TOP AWARDS

Grove’s Cabin Theater of Morongo Valley and Theatre 29 of Twentynine Palms garnered some top honors at the Desert Theatre League Desert Star Awards in Indio Sunday Night. The Desert Theater League is made up of 31 community, school, and professional theatrical producing organizations in the high and low deserts.

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SHERIFF, JUDGE, AND CALTRANS AT COUNTY SAFETY FORUM

About three dozen people, mostly public officials and employees of local agencies and governing bodies, attended a public safety forum at Copper Mountain College. Dan Stork summarizes the presentations they heard from three regional officials, on jails, courts, and highways…

29 Palms Council Member and SANBAG rep Jim Harris,

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SCHOOL DISTRICT TO GET NEARLY $1,000,000 FROM DOD

Morongo Unified School District has a history of garnering financial support from the Department of Defense. Dan Stork says that record of success continues… Morongo Unified received a Department of Defense Education Grant to improve STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) for secondary schools that serve over 50 percent

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HWY 62 ARTS TOURS COLLECTIVE SHOW RECEPTION TOMORROW

The collective exhibit for the 2013 Hwy. 62 Art Tours is open at the 29 Palms Art Gallery. Reporter Taylor Thacker says an artist’s reception is set for tomorrow … The 12th annual Hwy 62 Art Tours returns to the Morongo Basin to showcase at first in Landers, Yucca Valley,

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CRASH ENDS HIGH-SPEED CHASE THROUGH MORONGO BASIN

Sheriff’s deputies have one person in custody after a high-speed pursuit through the Morongo Basin this morning. According to Deputy Erdem Gorgolu, CHP tried to pull over a motorcycle rider in Morongo Valley shortly before 7 a.m. The motorcycle rider failed to yield, and led CHP and Sheriff deputies on

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50 ARTISTS SELECTED FOR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART SHOW

Fifty artists from California, across the nation, and as far away as England, have been selected for the first juried and judged art show for the Joshua Tree National Park Art Show and Faire. The jury spent nearly seven hours one day last month reviewing more than 200 images from

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COUNTY FIRE WARNS OF EXTREME FIRE HAZARD

The County Fire Department has issued an extreme fire advisory. Reporter Taylor Thacker says residents are asked to “Keep their guard up.”… With the extreme fire hazard that exists across San Bernardino County and the Inland Empire, everyone needs to “keep their guard up” as the potential for wildfire grows

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