STATE REVISES LOCAL WATER CONSERVATION GOALS DOWN

Morongo Basin residents will be getting a little break in how much they are mandated by the state to reduce their water usage. The State Water Resources Control Board met Tuesday in Sacramento and extended its emergency drought regulations through October. But the water board also revised the state’s mandated

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER REORGANIZES, TO LOOK AT OTHER FEES

At last night’s regular monthly meeting of the Twentynine Palms Water District, the board re-elected Sam Moore as president and Chauncey Chambers as vice president. Then, getting down to business, the board approved purchase of three replacement portable generators and formed an ad hoc committee to look at the district’s

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER BOARD MEETS WITH FIRE AND WATER BUSINESS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Water District and Fire Department board hold their regular monthly meetings tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has some of the details … Both the Twentynine Palms Water District and fire department meetings will be held tonight. Water begins at 6 p.m. and opens with public comments followed by

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WITH NOMINAL OPPOSITION, WATER RATE INCREASE APPROVED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

With nominal opposition, water rates in Twentynine Palms were raised by the Water Board last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details… At last night’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms Water District, the board convened a public hearing in order to gather testimony on a rate increase from ratepayers. A single

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER PUBLIC HEARING ON RATE INCREASE TONIGHT

Both the Twentynine Palms Water District and fire department meetings will be held tonight. The water district meeting begins at 6 p.m. with a public hearing on the proposed water rate increases; a board vote is expected immediately following the hearing. A vote on pay meter station rates will follow,

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY, WATER BOARD, REACH AGREEMENT ON FIRE DEPARTMENT

The Twentynine Palms City Council and Water District Board met in a joint session last night. Reporter David Haldane says it looks like they came to an agreement on how to meet the requirements to transfer the Fire Department to the County… Finally! That was the majority sentiment at Monday

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY AND WATER MEET TONIGHT ON FIRE DEPARTMENT TRANSFER

The Twentynine Palms City Council and Water District Board will meet together in a joint special meeting for both tonight. Reporter David Haldane says the two agencies will look at what needs to be done to ease the transfer of the fire department to the county… The Twentynine Palms City

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SOME HOPE FOR THE END TO THE SAGA OF THE BELEAGURED TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE DEPARTMENT

The Twentynine Palms City Council will hold a joint meeting with the Twentynine Palms Water District Monday, December 7, to work out an agreement on the future of the city’s fire department. A joint ad hoc committee of the two agencies met last week to work out details acceptable to

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER REJECTS CITY'S BAILOUT OFFER

In a special meeting last week, the Twentynine Palms City Council voted to contribute up to $1.7 million to the water district’s unfunded pension fund, since the county won’t proceed with the annexation of the fire department without a plan of how the unfunded liability will be paid. At a

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER IN HASTILY ARRANGED MEETING TODAY

The Twentynine Palms Water District board of directors meet in a hastily arranged special meeting set for 4 p.m. this afternoon. Appearances are that the district is scrambling to address a long list of follow ups any one of which threaten to derail the planned takeover of Twentynine Palms Fire

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL CONSIDERS $1.7 MILLION WATER DISTRICT BAIL-OUT

The Twentynine Palms City Council met last night in a special and closed session. Reporter David Haldane says on the table is a proposed bail-out for the Water District… The Twentynine Palms City Council decided to cut it close Wednesday by postponing until November 30 a vote heralding the county’s

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT MEETS WITH WATER AND FIRE BUSINESS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Water District board will meet tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says they will discuss both water and fire business… The Twentynine Palms Water District and fire department meetings will be held tonight, almost two weeks early in order to avoid conflict with the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday. Both meetings

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER FACES $1.3 MILLION IN UNFUNDED PENSION LIABILITY

Yesterday we reported that new government accounting standards revealed a projected $400,000 unfunded pension liability at the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency. At last night’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms Water District, directors learned that district’s potential liability for unfunded pensions was more than triple the Bighorn figures. Reporter Mike Lipsitz

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT, WATER AND FIRE BUSINESS

The Twentynine Palms Water District Board meets in regular session tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says both water and fire business will be conducted… At tonight’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms Water District, directors will receive the financial audit for fiscal 2014-15, as well as consider fees for inactive accounts, and

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER BOARD VOTES ON A 6 PERCENT ANNUAL RATE INCREASE

The cost of water may soon be going up in Twentynine Palms. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was at last night’s Twentynine Palms Water Board meeting and files this report… Last night in Twentynine Palms, Water District directors voted 4-0 to move forward on instituting a 6 percent annual rate increase. Director

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT LOOKS AT GIVING 1943 FIRE ENGINE TO HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The Twentynine Palms Water District meets tonight with both fire and water business. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says a rate study and considering giving an antique fire engine to a local charity is also on the docket… At tonight’s 6 p.m. meeting of the Twentynine Palms Water District, directors are expected

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT MOVES COUNTY TAKEOVER OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT FORWARD

The Twentynine Palms Water District Board took the next step in turning over responsibility for fire protection to the county last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was at that meeting and files this report… Last night the governing board for the Twentynine Palms Fire Department voted to move forward with the

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT MEETS, FIRE DEPARTMENT TO COUNTY ON AGENDA

The Twentynine Palms Water District may give the final approval to a plan to turn responsibility for fire protection over the the county tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz takes a closer look… When the Twentynine Palms Water District meets at 6 p.m. tonight, directors are expected to consider amending this fiscal

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NO ACTIONS REPORTED AT A TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER BOARD CLOSED MEETING

The Twentynine Palms Water District Board of Directors held a special closed session meeting yesterday in which the two items of business were a discipline/dismissal/release of an employee, and a performance evaluation of Fire Chief Jim Thompson. General Manager Ray Kolisz said the board came out of closed session with

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETING TODAY

The Twentynine Palms Water District Board of Directors will hold a special closed session meeting at 4 p.m. today. The first item on the agenda is the discipline/dismissal/release of a public employee. The second item in closed session is a performance evaluation of Fire Chief Jim Thompson. The meeting will

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