MORONGO VALLEY CSD BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Morongo Valley CSD Board meets in Regular Session tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the agenda… In Morongo Valley, the Community Services District holds the now regular third Tuesday night meeting at 7 p.m. in the Covington Park Community Building multipurpose room. Tonight’s agenda includes the continued consideration of the

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A CHAMPIONSHIP FOR TRI-VALLEY LITTLE LEAGUE

The Tri-Valley Little League Yucca Red All-Star team for 7- and 8-year-olds won the District 58 Tournament Championship in Desert Hot Springs last week. In the double-elimination tournament, Tri-Valley’s Yucca Red faced off against the Twentynine Palms Dirt Devils for the third time in the final battle to determine the

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THUNDERSTORMS BRING FLOODS, ROAD CLOSURES, DUST, WATER SPOUT

Monsoonal rain, flash floods, and dust storms caused disruptions throughout the Hi and Low Deserts this weekend. Starting about 4:20 p.m., both directions of Highway 62 were shut down for almost two hours Sunday afternoon when torrential rains flooded the highway from Rotary Way to Whitefeather Road in Joshua Tree

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MONSOON SEASON BRINGS DANGER FROM FLASH FLOODING

The Morongo Basin is now in the monsoon season. And with monsoons, comes the very real threat of flash flooding. When rain threatens, the National Weather Service may issue flood watches or flood warnings. A flood watch means a flood is possible, while a flood warning means that flooding is

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FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE FAMILY STUCK IN FLOODED WASH ON SUNFAIR ROAD

Firefighters helped rescue a family in Joshua Tree Sunday afternoon when their car got stuck in a wash during a rainstorm. County Fire Captain Mark Murphy said a Joshua Tree husband and wife, along with their daughter and her young son, were traveling northbound on Sunfair in a Honda sedan

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CALTRANS REPLIES ABOUT SPEED IN DOWNTOWN JOSHUA TREE

Following recent pedestrian-related accidents in downtown Joshua Tree, the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council prevailed upon the county to go to Caltrans with community safety concerns about that stretch of Highway 62. Reporter Dan Stork relates that a Caltrans’ reply said that new signage can be expected, but that’s all…

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THREE LOCAL ART GROUPS AWARDED GRANTS

Three local arts organizations recently received significant grants from the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. The 29 Palms Artists Guilds received a matching grant of $59,958 for the Creative California Communities program, for its project, Sand to Stone: Contemporary Native American Art, in partnership with

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TWENTYNINE PALMS ROTARIAN TO TALK ABOUT BRAZIL TRIP

The Twentynine Palms Rotary Club recently sent an International Vocational Training Team to Brazil. On Thursday, July 23, from noon to 1, Rotarian Sandy Smith will give a presentation on the trip and their experiences, along with photos and a Q-and-A session. Bring your lunch to the Copper Mountain College

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CASINOS HIRING, APPLY TOMORROW IN COACHELLA

Tortoise Rock and Spotlight 29 Casinos will hold a job fair to fill more than 35 full- and part-time positions available at both casinos. On-site interviews will be held from 9 to 4, July 21, at Spotlight 29 Casino, 46-200 Harrison Place, in Coachella. Applicants should bring their resumes and

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL SUMMER PRACTICE STARTS TODAY

Yucca Valley High School Volleyball will have summer practice July 20 to July 23 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Yucca Valley High School Gym. Tryouts for both junior varsity and varsity will be July 27 to 30 from 4:00 to 7:00 in the Yucca Valley High School Gym.

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BODY FOUND IN LANDERS THOUGHT TO BE THAT OF MISSING MAN

The coroner’s office has confirmed that remains found in the desert Wednesday were those of a man who had been missing the Fourth of July. Andrew Salazar. Salazar, 25, was dropped off at Hero Market on Old Woman Springs Road about 6 p.m. July 4. About a half hour later,

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PROSECUTION RESTS IN PHIPPS MURDER TRIAL

After 8 days and nearly three dozen witnesses, the prosecution rested its case yesterday in the murder trial of Joseph Phipps. Phipps, 42, is accused of shooting his wife, Christy Phipps, 35, in the head in their Joshua Tree home in January 2013. Phipps testified in his own defense Wednesday

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER ISSUES ALTA MIRA PROJECT WILL SERVE LETTER

The Joshua Basin Water District board issued a conditional will-serve letter for the controversial Alta Mira housing development last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz said the board was reminded they were not a land use agency…… At last night’s standing-room-only meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, members of the public

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LAST YEAR FOR YUCCA VALLEY ROTARY CLUB FIREWORKS

More than 4,000 people went to Brehm Sports Park to watch the Yucca Valley fireworks on the Fourth of July, with thousands more watching from nearby homes and parking lots. The Rotary Club of Yucca Valley, which has sponsored the fireworks display for the past 32 years, has announced that

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SHERIFF WARNS OF ARREST WARRANT SCAMS

Scam artists are still luring trusting area residents into parting with their hard-earned money. Reporter Sara Snyder says beware of the “arrest warrant” scam… In this scam, con artists are taking advantage of technology that can change whatever is visible on Caller ID, and allow the to pose as the

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MOJAVE WATER AGENCY TO HOLD DROUGHT INFORMATION SESSION

The Mojave Water Agency will hold an informational session about the drought, landscaping, and water restrictions. The session, “Putting Your Landscape on Life Support,” is Tuesday, July 28, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Mojave Water Agency in Apple Valley. Information about setting up irrigation systems, how to help

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SURVEY SHOW STRONG SUPPORT FOR DRECP

The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) aroused much local comment and involvement during its long development. Reporter Dan Stork says that a recent poll claims strong voter support for the plan… A new poll shows that two-thirds of registered voters who live in and near California’s desert region like

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FREE MOVIE IN THE PARK IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TONIGHT

The City of Twentynine Palms Recreation Department presents Movies in Luckie Park Thursday nights through July 30, on the north side of the racquetball courts starting at approximately 8:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for the community to gather and enjoy family entertainment at its best. Refreshments will be offered

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TENET HAS TAKEN OVER OPERATION OF HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER

After literally years of planning, months of working out the fine print, and approval by the voters, Tenet Healthcare officially took over the operation of Hi-Desert Medical Center yesterday. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains what that means… Tenet Healthcare Corporation began operating Hi-Desert Medical Center and its related healthcare facilities as

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FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

There will be a distribution of surplus food on Friday July 17, from 10 am to noon, at the Church of the Nazarene, 56248 Buena Vista Drive, in Yucca Valley.

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