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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YUCCA MESA TRASH PICK-UP SATURDAY

The Yucca Mesa Improvement Association will hold an end-of-the-year trash clean-up day Saturday, November 9, from 8 to 3. Yucca Mesa residents are invited to bring furniture, large appliances, and other trash—but no hazardous waste or batteries—to the Yucca Mesa Community Center on Balsa Avenue where it can be dumped

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ANDROMEDA ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY MEETS TOMORROW

The Andromeda Astronomical Society Meeting will be Friday, November 8, 7 p.m. at the Yucca Mesa Community Center; 3133 Balsa Ave., Yucca Valley. On the agenda is a short talk about comet ISON. Then we will be having a telescope clinic. Bring your telescopes. We will be there to help

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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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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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HOME GROWN POULTRY ASSOCIATION MEETS TOMORROW

The High Desert Homegrown Poultry Association meets tomorrow from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Yucca Mesa Improvement Association, 3133 Balsa Avenue off Aberdeen Avenue on Yucca Mesa. This quarterly meeting will focus on poultry diseases and solutions with emphasis on natural methods to promote poultry health. Everyone is invited

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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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AMATEUR ASTRONOMERS MEET TONIGHT IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Andromeda Astronomical Society meeting will be at the Yucca Mesa Community Center, Friday, October 11th, from 7 to 9 p.m. The address is 3133 Balsa Ave., Yucca Valley. The evening’s topic will be where, when and how to view the comet ISON, and related topics such as meteorites and

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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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YMIA HOSTS STARRY NIGHTS FESTIVAL

Tonight is the second and final night of the 17th Annual Starry Nights Festival, sponsored by the Andromeda Society and the Yucca Mesa Improvement Association. The Starry Nights Festival will be held in a new location this year, at the Yucca Mesa Improvement Association’s Community Center, 3133 Balsa Avenue, Yucca

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YMIA TO HOST STARRY NIGHTS FESTIVAL

Andromeda Society and the Yucca Mesa Improvement Association will host the 17th Annual Starry Nights Festival September 27 and 28, at its new location: The Yucca Mesa Improvement Association’s Community Center at 3133 Balsa Avenue, Yucca Valley, north of Aberdeen Drive. The event is free. Festivities will kick-off at 6

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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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SCHOOL BOARD REVISES ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY

The Morongo Unified School Board met last night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz said they adjusted athletic eligibility policy for all sports after 20 years, set a student teacher ratio, and will hire eight new teachers…

Responding to public outcry at last week’s special meeting, the Morongo Unified School District Board of

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DRECP DISCUSSION IN HOMESTEAD VALLEY

Want to hear more about the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan and how it will affect you? If you have a question on this or other issues that involve local, county, state or federal officials, you are invited to come to the regular meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council,

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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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