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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THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT AT JOSHUA TREE ELEMENTARY

Bylaws, solar power, student recognition, textbooks, computer upgrades, and funding applications all figure into the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting. Dan Stork tells how the agenda is arranged… The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting on October 1 gets off to an early 5 p.m.

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ANIMAL ACTION LEAGIE OFFERING LO-COST SPAY NUETER LOCALLY

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine clinics in October for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines; appointments are required for spay and neutering services. Clinics will be held from 10 to 2 at the following locations and

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN WOULD AFFECT LOCAL FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

Many local federal employees would feel the pinch if the federal government shuts down tomorrow. If the U.S. government has to shut down tomorrow, about half of the Defense Department’s 800,000 civilian workers will be furloughed until an appropriations bill is passed. Civilians who are furloughed would be paid retroactively

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PET VACCINATION CLINICS

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine clinics in October for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines; appointments are required for spay and neutering services. Clinics will be held from 10 to 2 at the following locations and

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AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ENROLLMENT

Tuesday October 1 is the start date for open enrollment under the Affordable Healthcare Act. Both the Federal government and the state of California have web sites with lots of step-by-step information to help individuals and businesses through the process. Coverage can begin on January 1, just three months away.

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WE CLARIFY MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT STUDENT TO TEACHER RATIOS

Z107-7 news would like to clarify a story we ran Wednesday after the Morongo Unified School Board meeting Tuesday night. In our story we said, “At a workshop session on class size reduction, the board adopted a 24:1 student-teacher ratio for grades K through 3 and approved the hiring of

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