MORE NEW LAWS KICKING IN FOR 2014

With the new year comes the implementation of new laws. Some of the new employment laws taking effect as of January 1:

Military and veterans have been added to the list of categories protected from employment discrimination under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, which also includes race, religious creed,

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WINTER SAFETY TIPS

We’re fortunate, living here in the high desert, to have a limited indoor heating season. Assignment reporter Dan Stork passes along some tips to stay safe when using fireplaces and other indoor heaters… Here are winter heating tips from the San Bernardino County Fire Department. Change furnace filters early in

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CONVICTED CHILD MOLESTER ARRESTED IN WONDER VALLEY

A convicted child molester was arrested in Wonder Valley Wednesday afternoon during a compliance check. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy went to the 80500 block of Sandale Road in Wonder Valley to perform a compliance check on Lawrence Friedberg, 63. During the compliance check, the deputy discovered child

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FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS TOMORROW AND 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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FIRE DAMAGES A FLORIST SHOP IN TWENTYNINE PALMS HISTORIC PLAZA

A fire caused major damage to a florist shop in the Historic Plaza in Twentynine Palms last night. Twentynine Palms Fire Chief Jim Thompson said firefighters responded to a reported commercial structure fire at the Flower Garden in the 5600 block of Historic Plaza at 11:50 Tuesday night. Firefighters arrived

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FREE FEDERAL SURPLUS FOOD TO BE DISTRIBUTED 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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NEW, BASIN-WIDE MUNCIPAL ADVISORY COMMISSION MET LAST NIGHT

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council met for the first time last night. About two dozen members of the public turned out to weigh in on a handful of topics relevant to the County Board of Supervisors. The eight neophyte MAC members listened intensely to public comments on a proposed

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2013 TOYS FOR TOTS PROGRAM HAS STARTED

An annual tradition for the Marine Corps Reserves is gearing up in our Morongo Basin area. Reporter Taylor Thacker says… Toys for Tots has started! The Marines will be accepting toy donations and money donations starting now for this Christmas season. To donate money, go online to http://29-palms-ca.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx and then

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GLASS OUTHOUSE GALLERY RECEPTION TOMORROW

The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery will hold a reception on Saturday, November 2, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery will feature the works of three local artists during the month of November: Twentynine Palms photographer Michelle Mark, Yucca Valley mixed media artist Christine Lamb, and part-time Wonder Valley

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DALE BASIN WELL OWNERS MEET SUNDAY

The Dale Basin Well Owner’s Association will hold its bi-annual meeting Sunday, November 3, at 4 p.m. at the Wonder Valley Community Center on Amboy Road in Twentynine Palms. On the agenda is the election of officers and a discussion of current water issues. For more information, call Mary Quamme

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SAFETY TIPS ABOUT HEATING AS THE WEATHER TURNS COLDER

As the blustery storm brings in the cold weather, many of us will be looking for extra heat. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the County Fire Department is offering seasonal safety tips… Fall often brings the need extra heat from a fireplace or space heater. Accidents involving fireplaces and heating equipment

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AS THE WEATHER COOLS, A REMINDER ABOUT FURNACE SAFETY

As the weather gets cooler, we will start heating our homes for the crisp desert winter months. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the County Fire Department has some furnace safety tips… San Bernardino County Fire offers the following tips before real cold weather arrives. Change furnace filters now to keep equipment

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HIGHWAY 62 ART TOURS 2ND WEEKEND, EVENTS IN JOSHUA TREE AND TWENTYNINE PALMS

The Hi-Desert’s best visual and performing artists will be a part of the 12th Annual Hwy 62 Art Tours, a self-guided tour of more than 200 galleries, shops, homes, and private studios. This final weekend, October 26 and 27, features Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms, and Wonder Valley. In addition, there’ll

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MORONGO BASIN BIG MAC SWORN IN, LIPSITZ NAMED CHAIRMAN

An enthusiastic group of citizens gathered in the lobby of the County Services Building in Joshua Tree to take the first bite of the Big MAC – as we just have to refer to the new Municipal Advisory Committee for the unincorporated areas of the Morongo Basin. Dan Stork adds

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FREE FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION MONDAY; WHEN AND WHERE

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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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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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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FIVE TWENTYNINE PALMS RESIDENTS INJURED IN AMBOY ROAD ROLL-OVER CRASH

Five Twentynine Palms residents were injured in a roll-over crash on Amboy Road Monday night. According to CHP Officer Ryan Swanson, Erik Bryant, 23, was driving a 2010 Dodge Avenger southbound on Amboy Road, north of Bell King Road, when he lost control on a curve about 11:40 p.m. The

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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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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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