MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD: PART 2, DIVERSE TOPICS FROM OPEN SESSION

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education had a budget workshop in addition to its regular business meeting this week. Dan Stork breaks his report into two parts. Today, diverse topics that arose in the regular business session: summer session, busing, class overcrowding, athletic eligibility, staffing decisions, and expenditures…

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MORE STORMS BRING FLASH FLOODING TO LANDERS AREA SATURDAY

More flash flooding disrupted traffic in our Hi-Desert Saturday afternoon. A storm cell settled over Johnson Valley and Landers about 1 p.m. Saturday, before moving east onto the Marine base. Flash flooding was reported in several spots on Old Woman Springs Road between Linn Road and Reche Road. County Fire

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MORONGO BASIN TRANSIT BUSES NOT RUNNING MONDAY

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority will NOT operate service on Monday, September 2, in observance of Labor Day and will resume its regularly scheduled service on Tuesday, September 3.

JOSHUA TREE HOME LOST IN WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON FIRE

A Joshua Tree home is most likely a total loss after a fire Wednesday afternoon. According to Joshua Tree Fire Engineer Dave Fuller, a woman in the 4500 block of Avenida La Flora thought something was burning on her neighbor’s stove, and she went next door to check it out.

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ROUTE 62 PAVING CONTINUES

A project to rehabilitate the pavement on State Route 62 (SR-62) in Yucca Valley to Twenty Nine Palms from Yucca Mesa Road to Bermuda Avenue will continue this week with lane closures. The project will grind the existing roadway and replace with new material to ensure longevity of the route.

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WEATHER SPOTTER CLASSES OFERRED LOCALLY BY NWS

The National Weather Service will be offering a Weather Spotter Training course Saturday August 10, at 2 p.m. at the Yucca Mesa Community Center, located at 3133 Balsa Avenue (just north of Aberdeen Dr.) The training will cover the new reporting standards which will soon be a national standard accepted

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR FELONY SPOUSE ABUSE

A Yucca Mesa man was arrested last night, accused of beating his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, Robert Bell, 50, was arguing with his long-time girlfriend in the 2900 block of La Habra Avenue in Yucca Valley about 10 p.m. when he allegedly hit her in the face, possibly

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETS

The regular meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council is this coming Monday and you are invited to attend. Among the topics of discussion will be an update the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. The HVCC represents the four community organizations of Yucca Mesa, Flamingo Heights, Landers and Johnson Valley.

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL TO DISCUSS DESERT ENERGY PLAN MONDAY

The regular meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council is this coming Monday and you are invited to attend. Among the topics of discussion will be an update the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. The HVCC represents the four community organizations of Yucca Mesa, Flamingo Heights, Landers and Johnson Valley.

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FIELD DAY FOR LOCAL HAM RADIO OPERATORS THIS WEEKEND

Local ham radio operators will join others around the hemisphere for their annual field day exercise this weekend. Reporter Mike Lipsitz invites you to see the invaluable service they provide… When the Basin was rocked by the Landers Quake in June 1992, local ham Radio operators commandeered the airwaves helping

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BIGHORN-DESERT VIEW WATER AGENCY PULLS ILLEGAL GIFT, IDENTIFIES PROJECTS

The Bighorn Desert View Water Agency met last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says a potentially illegal gift was pulled off the agenda and appropriation limits were set… At last night’s special meeting of the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency Board of Directors, a resolution to contribute $500 worth of pyrotechnics for

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YUCCA MESA SPAGHETTI DINNER TONIGHT TO BENEFIT MORONGO BASIN HUMANE SOCIETY

An all-you-can eat spaghetti dinner this evening will be a fundraiser for the Joshua Tree no-kill animal shelter. Chef Dana Collins will prepare an authentic Italian meal of spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, and a sundae bar. The event, set for the Yucca Mesa Community Center from 5 to 7 p.m.,

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SPACES ARE AVAILABLE AT YUCCA MESA CRAFT FAIR THIS SATURDAY

The Yucca Mesa Improvement Association will hold a spring fling craft sale, swap meet, and bake sale Saturday, June 1. From 8 until 3, there will be crafts for sale inside the Yucca Mesa community center, a swap meet outside, a bake sale, and food and drinks. Spaces and tables

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YUCCA MESA SPAGHETTI DINNER SATURDAY TO BENEFIT MORONGO BASIN HUMANE SOCIETY

An all-you-can eat spaghetti dinner Saturday evening will be a fundraiser for the Joshua Tree no-kill animal shelter. Chef Dana Collins will prepare an authentic Italian meal of spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, and a sundae bar. The event, set for the Yucca Mesa Community Center from 5 to 7 p.m.,

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YUCCA MESA HOSTS SPRING FLING CRAFT SALE TOMORROW

The Yucca Mesa Improvement Association will hold a spring fling craft sale, swap meet, and bake sale Saturday. From 8 until 3, there will be crafts for sale inside the Yucca Mesa community center, a swap meet outside, a bake sale, and pulled pork sandwiches and drinks. A table inside

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CSA70W-1 RESIDENTS FIGHT WATER RATE HIKE

Landers residents living east of Yucca Mesa Road received notice of a proposed 20% water rate hike from the County’s Special Districts Department which controls the 640 water meters in that part of Landers. Residents there already pay rates, much higher than the rest of Landers which is served by

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POTLUCK AT YUCCA MESA IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION TONIGHT

This evening at 6 p.m. Yucca Mesa Improvement Association is having their potluck dinner starting promptly at 6:00 p.m. The speakers this month are representatives from CERT – Citizens Emergency Response Team to discuss what to do in a disaster as well as other information. Please bring a dish to

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VEHICLE FIRE IN JOHNSON VALLEY EARLY MONDAY MORNING

Yucca Mesa fire fighters were called to a vehicle fire in Johnson Valley about early this morning. About 1:30, a Lexus caught on fire on Highway 247 near Howard Avenue. By the time firefighters arrived, the vehicle had burned to the ground. There were no injuries. The cause of the

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YUCCA MESA HOME TOTAL LOSS AFTER EARLY MORNING FIRE

A vacant house in Yucca Mesa that was in the process of being sold is a total loss after a fire early this morning. When firefighters from Yucca Mesa and Yucca Valley responded to a house fire in the 2700 block of Keeler at 4:30 a.m. today, they found the

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FIRE DESTROYS MOTOR HOME IN NORTH JOSHUA TREE TUESDAY

A fire in north Joshua Tree yesterday completely destroyed a motor home, storage sheds and two vehicles. According to Fire Captain Scott Tuttle, firefighters from Joshua Tree, Yucca Mesa, and the Lear Avenue fire station in Twentynine Palms were called at 5:30 p.m. to a motor home fire at Coyote

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