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The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District is committed to attaining and maintaining healthful air quality while supporting strong and sustainable economic growth.

2020

May

5/14/2020: Executive Director Updates on MDAQMD’s Response to COVID-19 — High Desert Daily

(Victor Valley)– While our services here at the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District have not been interrupted during this tragic pandemic, we have taken several steps over the past eight weeks to protect the health and safety of our staff and stakeholders.

April

4/6/2020: MDAQMD launches year-round lawn equipment exchange — High Desert Daily

(Victorville)– The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District is relaunching its popular annual Lawn & Garden Equipment Exchange with a new twist and some new power behind it.

4/5/2020: MDAQMD launches year-round lawn equipment exchange — Daily Press

VICTORVILLE — The annual Lawn & Garden Equipment Exchange hosted by the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District has been relaunched as a year-round program that began Wednesday.

4/5/2020: MDAQMD launches year-round lawn equipment exchange —Victor Valley News

VICTORVILLE, Calif. — The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District is relaunching its popular annual Lawn & Garden Equipment Exchange with a new twist and some new power behind it.

4/3/2020: It's Too Early to Attribute Emissions Drop to Stay-at-Home Order, Agencies Say — California Energy Markets

Preliminary data assessments by air districts across California indicate the state's stay-at-home order might be improving air quality, if only temporarily, but they stopped short of claiming a correlation just yet.

March

 3/18/2020: MDAQMD Moves Most Personnel to Work Remotely — High Desert Daily

(Victorville)– The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District has coordinated efforts with its staff to largely reduce the number of employees working in person at its Victorville office, following guidelines to reduce gatherings, substantially increase social distancing and prevent the spread of COVID-19/coronavirus.

3/17/2020: MDAQMD Takes Steps to Curb COVID-19 Spread — High Desert Daily

(Victor Valley)– At the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District our No. 1 priority is the safety of our staff, residents, permit-holders and stakeholders. In light of the continued threat of the COVID-19 virus, the District is taking steps to protect all who work and do business here while maintaining day-to-day operations in order to continue to reduce emissions and protect air quality.

3/2/2020: Submission Period Opens for 2020 Clean Air Month Poster Contest — High Desert Daily

 (Victor Valley)– The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District’s 2020 installment of its annual Clean Air Month Poster Contest is open for submissions through April 30 from K-12 students throughout its broad jurisdiction. 

February

2/9/2020: MDAQMD Launches ‘Our Desert Air’ — High Desert Daily

(Victor Valley)– The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District this week unveils “Our Desert Air,” a campaign to continue highlighting the need for vigilance in protecting air quality throughout the region. 

January

1/22/2020: PVVTA reports BWE as lifeline service to Riverside County: 'This program saved his life' — Palo Verde Valley Times

 ... "Colangeli credited Riverside County 4th District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez’s office with helping the agency secure funding past the 18-month pilot period from AB 2766. Additionally, PVVTA noted support of MDAQMD (Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District) to secure approximately $20,000 in continuation funding for the BWE."

2019

December

12/18/2019: MDAQMD to Close for Holidays — High Desert Daily

 (Victor Valley)– The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District will be closed beginning Dec. 21, 2019 and will reopen Jan. 2, 2020.

November

11/15/2019: Calportland, MDAQMD Team Again for More Air Quality Improvements — High Desert Daily

 (Victor Valley)– With the help of the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD), CalPortland Cement is continuing its campaign of replacing its equipment with low-emission versions to improve the High Desert’s air quality.

11/15/2019: Oro Grande cement plant uses grant funding to purchase new low-emission drill — Victor Valley News

 ORO GRANDE — With the help of the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD), CalPortland Cement is continuing its campaign of replacing its equipment with low-emission versions to improve the High Desert’s air quality.

11/14/2019: Students’ Winning Artwork Fill 2020 MDAQMD Calendar — High Desert Daily

 (Victor Valley)– The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District’s (MDAQMD) official 2020 Calendar is a certifiable display of creativity, talent and critical-thinking skills of a dozen local students.

11/13/2019: Students from local schools featured in annual MDAQMD calendar — Victor Valley News

The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District’s (MDAQMD) official 2020 Calendar is a certifiable display of creativity, talent and critical-thinking skills of a dozen local students.

October

10/12/2019: High Winds Create Threat to Air Quality — High Desert Daily

 (Victor Valley)– Windblown dust is nothing new to long-time desert dwellers, but the amount created by consecutive high-wind days can cause a significant decline in air quality that can adversely affect the health of our residents – especially those with pre-existing cardiac or respiratory issues.

10/10/2019: High winds create threat to air quality in the Victor Valley — Victor Valley News

VICTOR VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Windblown dust is nothing new to long-time desert dwellers, but the amount created by consecutive high-wind days can cause a significant decline in air quality that can adversely affect the health of our residents – especially those with pre-existing cardiac or respiratory issues.

10/8/2019: Annual Air District Conference Returns to Palm Springs — High Desert Daily

 (Victor Valley)– The 2019 California Desert Air Working Group (CDAWG) Conference is set to return to Palm Springs on Nov. 6 and 7.

September

9/28/2019: Northwest Pipe Company in Adelanto wins air quality award — Daily Press

ADELANTO — Northwest Pipe Company in Adelanto won the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District’s Exemplar Award this year. The plant is more than 30 years old and employs about 130 people, including many Adelanto residents, City Councilman Ed Camargo said on Wednesday.

9/24/2019: MDAQMD Presents Exemplar Award to Adelanto-Based Manufacturing Facility — High Desert Daily

 (Victor Valley)–Northwest Pipe Company in Adelanto was recognized this week with Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District’s prestigious Exemplar Award.

9/11/2019: Highlights Report: PVVTA submits $56K grant, finalizes shade structure project, updates and more — Palo Verde Valley Times

 ... “PVVTA with the help from the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) and Riverside County 4th District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez have provided funding opportunities for continuation of the BWE operation ongoing for the foreseeable future,” noted a submitted thank you letter from PVVTA General Manager George Colangeli to funding partner CIF (Community Improvement Fund) CEO Marilee Harkinson.

 

August

8/8/2019: $500K Air District Grant Allows Local Business to Purchase Low Emission Equipment — Victor Valley News

VICTORVILLE – New airliner tug vehicles purchased with a Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) grant will allow local business, ComAv, to operate more efficiently, while cutting more than 2.5 tons per year of emissions.

8/7/2019: $500K Air District Grant Allows Local Business to Purchase Low Emission Equipment — High Desert Daily

 (Victorville)– New airliner tug vehicles purchased with a Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) grant will allow local business, ComAv, to operate more efficiently, while cutting more than 2.5 tons per year of emissions.

July

7/31/2019: Nominate for Exemplar Award — Needles Desert Star

VICTORVILLE — The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District is now accepting nominations for its 2018-2019 Exemplar Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions toward the prevention or control of air pollution in the Mojave Desert Air Basin.

7/18/2019: California Agency Awards Nearly $70M For Electric School Buses

... The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) recently awarded a $1.3 million grant to Apple Valley Unified School District and Lucerne Valley Unified School District for a total of three Blue Bird all-electric buses, according to a news release from the MDAQMD. The grant is part of state incentives created through Assembly Bill 617, designed to identify the areas of most need for pollution reduction.

7/17/2019: MDAQMD seeks nominations for 2019 Exemplar Award: Program recognizes emissions reduction efforts — Palo Verde Valley Times

The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District is now accepting nominations for its 2018-2019 Exemplar Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions toward the prevention or control of air pollution in the Mojave Desert Air Basin.

7/15/2019: Nominations Sought For Annual Exemplar Award — High Desert Daily

(Victor Valley)– The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District is now accepting nominations for its 2018-2019 Exemplar Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions toward the prevention or control of air pollution in the Mojave Desert Air Basin.

7/9/2019: Winners “Flair For Clean Air” Annual Student Contest — High Desert Gazette

VICTORVILLE, Calif. – A new group of students have some earnings to spend as they see fit after they were selected as this year’s winners in the Clean Air Month Poster Contest, an annual competition hosted by the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District.

June

6/30/2019: Two local school districts to get electric buses — Daily Press

A $1.3 million grant from the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District will go toward two local school districts’ purchase of three new all-electric buses.

6/27/2019: Two Local School Districts To Receive Electric Buses — High Desert Gazette

Victorville, Calif. – Thanks to a grant from the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD), three new all-electric buses will be joining the fleets at two local school districts, improving the air quality for students, bus drivers and the Mojave Desert.

6/24/2019: Two Local School Districts to Receive Electric Buses — High Desert Daily

(Victor Valley)– Thanks to a grant from the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD), three new all-electric buses will be joining the fleets at two local school districts, improving the air quality for students, bus drivers and the Mojave Desert.

6/23/2019: Rising temperatures pose threat to air quality — Needles Desert Star

Summer is in full swing in the Mojave Desert Air Basin. The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District is reminding residents to remain on high alert for potentially unhealthy air quality. When daytime high temperatures reach near and into triple digits, they can lead to elevated concentrations of ground-level ozone, a chemical reaction that occurs when pollutants emitted by cars, power plants, refineries and other sources chemically react in the presence of sunlight. Ozone at ground-level — the main ingredient in “smog” — is a harmful air pollutant because of its effects on humans and the environment.

6/18/2019: Students Show ‘Flair for Clean Air’ in Annual Contest — High Desert Daily

(Victor Valley)– A new group of students have some earnings to spend as they see fit after they were selected as this year’s winners in the Clean Air Month Poster Contest, an annual competition hosted by the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District.

6/11/2019: MDAQMD cautions about unhealthy air — Daily Press

Rising temperatures may lead to an increase in unhealthy air quality in the Victor Valley area, according to a local agency. The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District released a statement Tuesday warning residents to be on the lookout for potential air quality alerts as the official start of summer begins in only 10 days.

6/11/2019: Rising Temps Pose Threat to Air Quality — High Desert Daily

(Victor Valley)– Summer’s official start is less than two weeks away but summertime weather is already in full-swing in the Mojave Desert Air Basin, and the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District is reminding residents to remain on high alert for potentially unhealthy air quality.

6/10/2019: CalPortland commissions new reduced-emissions rail car mover at Oro Grande cement plant — AggMan

CalPortland recently commissioned a new rail car mover at its Oro Grande cement plant in California. CalPortland officials and Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) Executive Director/Air Pollution Control Officer Brad Poiriez, MDAQMD Governing Board Members Jim Cox and Dawn Rowe, and Don Holland representing MDAQMD Governing Board Member Robert Lovingood were on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the new state-of-the-art Rail King RK330.

6/7/2019: CalPortland to upgrade rail moving technology at Oro Grande plant  — Aggregate Research

CalPortland is to replace a rail mover at the Oro Grande cement plant in California in a bid to reduce equipment emissions by up to 97%. The company will replace a 1987 Trackmobile with a 2019 Rail King RK330, following a $339,948 grant provided by the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD).

6/6/2019: CalPortland continues upgrades at Oro Grande plant — World Cement

CalPortland has announced the implementation of modern industrial technology at the Oro Grande cement plant, following the recent commissioning of the new cement finish mill and loadout facilities.

6/5/2019: ‘Mojave Green’ Gas Station Awards to Seven Local Businesses — High Desert Gazette

It’s arguably one of the tougher feats in operating a gas station, but seven facilities in the Mojave Desert Air Basin recently were honored as Mojave Green Gas Stations to help celebrate Air Quality Awareness Week (April 29 to May 3 in 2019) and Clean Air Month (May).

6/4/2019: Calportland makes big reduction in emissions with new railcar mover — Victor Valley News

ORO GRANDE — The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) this week helped another local business make a big dent in reducing emissions impacts to Mojave Desert air quality.

6/3/2019: Calportland Makes Big Reduction in Emissions with New Railcar Mover — High Desert Daily

(ORO GRANDE)— The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) this week helped another local business make a big dent in reducing emissions impacts to Mojave Desert air quality.

May

5/29/2019: Students in Adelanto, Phelan win bicycles in clear air poster contest — Victor Valley News

PHELAN, Calif. — Two local students will soon be riding around on new sets of wheels thanks to their participation in the 2019 Clean Air Month Poster Contest, hosted by the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District. 

5/29/2019: Students In Adelanto, Phelan Win Bicycles In Clean Air Poster Contest — High Desert Gazette

Two local students will soon be riding around on new sets of wheels thanks to their participation in the 2019 Clean Air Month Poster Contest, hosted by the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District.

5/28/2019: Students in Adelanto, Phelan Win Bicycles in Clean Air Poster Contest — High Desert Daily

Two local students will soon be riding around on new sets of wheels thanks to their participation in the 2019 Clean Air Month Poster Contest, hosted by the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District.

5/24/2019: SEVEN LOCAL FACILITIES EARN ‘MOJAVE GREEN’ GAS STATION AWARD — 24/7 Headline

It’s arguably one of the tougher feats in operating a gas station, but seven facilities in the Mojave Desert Air Basin recently were honored as Mojave Green Gas Stations to help celebrate Air Quality Awareness Week (April 29 to May 3 in 2019) and Clean Air Month (May).

5/24/2019: Seven Local Facilities Earn ‘Mojave Green’ Gas Station Award — High Desert Daily

It’s arguably one of the tougher feats in operating a gas station, but seven facilities in the Mojave Desert Air Basin recently were honored as Mojave Green Gas Stations to help celebrate Air Quality Awareness Week (April 29 to May 3 in 2019) and Clean Air Month (May).

5/5/2019: Exchange of lawn, garden gear nets big response — Daily Press

VICTORVILLE — The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District’s 2019 Lawn and Garden Equipment Exchange shattered records in its single-day event last month, distributing more than 250 pieces of new electric equipment to District residents in exchange for their emissions-spewing equivalent.

5/1/2019: County’s air quality gets an ‘F’ grade — Daily Press

 VICTORVILLE — San Bernardino County joined the growing list of counties across California that received an “F” grade on the American Lung Association’s 20th annual State of the Air report card, but local experts said that failing grade does not reflect the air quality in the High Desert.

April

New Record Set At 2019 MDAQMD Lawn & Garden Equipment Exchange — High Desert Gazette

Victorville, CA – The 2019 Lawn and Garden Equipment Exchange, hosted by the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD), shattered records in its grant-funded single-day event by swapping more than 250 pieces of new electric equipment for the emissions-spewing equivalent for District residents Saturday.

4/23/2019: 2019 Lawn and Garden Equipment Exchange sets new record — Victor Valley News

VICTORVILLE, Calif. — The 2019 Lawn and Garden Equipment Exchange, hosted by the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD), shattered records in its grant-funded single-day event by swapping more than 250 pieces of new electric equipment for the emissions-spewing equivalent for District residents Saturday.

4/22/2019: MDAQMD Had Record Participation for their 2019 Lawn and Garden Equipment Exchange — High Desert Daily

(Victorville)– It was all smiles on a sunny, breezy Victorville morning as residents of the Victor Valley filed in for the opportunity to exchange their gas-powered equipment towards new, electrical tools at the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District’s (MDAQMD) 2019 Lawn and Garden Equipment Exchange, which took place this Saturday at the SBC Fairgrounds. Over 250 units were swapped for electric, efficient tools, helping to reduce polluting equipment in the High Desert and setting a new record for the annual program.

4/16/2019: Students: enter Clean Air Month poster contest — Needles Desert Star

VICTORVILLE — What simple changes in a person’s daily routine could lessen pollution and increase air quality? Students who have an idea and are willing to create an original poster to communicate it stand to win up to $100 in the annual Clean Air Month Poster Contest of the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District.

4/2/2019: MDAQMD's 2019 'Clean Air Month' youth poster art contest set: Palo Verde K-12 students encouraged to apply – prizes include cash, 2020 calendar selection, and more — Palo Verde Valley Times

The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) is encouraging Palo Verde Valley K-12 students to tap into their artistic side this month as part of their high desert region authority’s 2019 “Clean Air Month” poster contest.

March

3/8/2019: CEMEX USA unveils low-emission locomotive at Victorville Cement plant — Aggregates Manager

In February 2019, CEMEX USA unveiled a new low-emission, high-efficiency locomotive at its Victorville Cement Plant in California as part of its continued commitment to sustainability and to enhance air quality in the community where it has operated for more than 100 years.

3/5/2019: CEMEX unveils new locomotive at Victorville cement plant — World Cement

CEMEX USA has unveiled a new low-emission, high-efficiency locomotive at its Victorville cement plant in California. The locomotive was unveiled as part of the company’s continued commitment to sustainability, with the aim of enhancing air quality in a community where it has operated for more than 100 years.

3/5/2019: Cemex USA shows off new train at Victorville cement plant — Markets Insider

US: Cemex USA has unveiled a new train at its Victorville cement plant in California. The train was built by Knoxville Locomotive Works it comes with an MTU-4000 Series engine.

3/5/3019: Mitsubishi Cement Receives $323K Grant from MDAQMD for Emission-Reducing Equipment — Concrete Bid Network

Mitsubishi Cement Corporation recently received a grant of $0.32 million from the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District to helped fund a new clean diesel mobile railcar mover at the company’s Lucerne Valley plant in California.

3/4/2019: CEMEX unveils new low-emission, high-efficiency locomotive — CEMEX USA Press Release

CEMEX USA unveiled a new low-emission, high-efficiency locomotive at our Victorville, Calif., Cement Plant, last week as part of our continued commitment to sustainability and to enhance air quality in a community where we have operated for more than 100 years.

3/3/2019: Mitsubishi Cement receives grant for emission-reducing railcar mover — Daily Press

LUCERNE VALLEY — The Mitsubishi Cement Corporation recently purchased new, emission-reducing equipment with a more than $323,000 grant provided by the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District, according to a district statement.

February 

2/27/2019: Mitsubishi Cement Receives $323K Air District Grant for Emission-Reducing Equipment — High Desert Daily

(Victor Valley)– A Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District grant recently helped fund a new clean diesel mobile railcar mover for Mitsubishi Cement Corporation, effectively replacing two dated pieces of equipment long overdue to be decommissioned by the cement company.

2/21/2019: Lawn & Garden Equipment Exchange Returns with Bigger Savings — High Desert Daily

(Victor Valley)– The 2019 Lawn and Garden Equipment Exchange, hosted by the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD), aims to be the largest in District history. Coming off of a new record in equipment exchanges in 2018, the District increased funding for the 2019 event in hopes of further reducing the emissions from gas-powered lawn and garden equipment. 

January

1/1/2019: Palo Verde air district authority adopts new logo — Palo Verde Valley Times

The Palo Verde Valley’s Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) authority is entering the New Year with a new logo, as it has adopted and approved the new brand for the foreseeable future effective Jan. 1.

2018

December

12/24/2018: Mojave Air District Set To Unveil New Logo — High Desert Gazette

VICTORVILLE — Moving into its 26th year of service to the region, the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) has updated its logo and branding to reflect the organization’s mission going forward.

12/22/2018: Air District Set to Unveil New Logo — High Desert Daily

(Victorville)— Moving into its 26th year of service to the region, the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) has updated its logo and branding to reflect the organization’s mission going forward.

12/21/2018: Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District unveils new logo — Daily Press

The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District has updated its logo to reflect the organization’s mission going forward. The new logo will be featured on all agency materials in print and digital starting on Jan. 1.

12/4/2018: Twelve months of art — Daily Press

VICTORVILLE — The artwork of local students and ideas meant to help protect High Desert air quality are featured in the Mojave Air Quality Management District’s (MDAQMD) 2019 calendar, which is available for free at the district’s headquarters here.

12/1/2018:  Council approves air quality monitor — Needles Desert Star

NEEDLES — A proposal to implement air quality monitoring in Needles, approved on its second consideration by Needles City Council, prompted cautionary comments by the chairman of the city’s Board of Public Utilities in light of Assembly Bill 617.

November

11/29/2018:  Local Students Featured in 2019 MDAQMD Calendar —High Desert Daily

(Victor Valley)– The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District’s (MDAQMD) 2019 Calendar is loaded with ideas to protect air quality for future generations.

11/21/2018: Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) Holiday Hours — High Desert Daily

(Victor Valley)–  The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District is closed on Thanksgiving Day as well as the Friday after Thanksgiving. The agency will also be closed December 22, 2018 through January 2, 2019.

11/15/2018: Massive Wildfires Prompt Mojave Desert Smoke Advisory — High Desert Daily

(Victor Valley)– The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District has issued an official Smoke Advisory due to impacts from the Woolsey, Hill and Briggs fires in Southern California; the Camp Fire in Northern California; and prescribed burns in the Northern Arizona Kaibab Forest.

11/13/2018: Air warning issued — Needles Desert Star

The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District is warning of impacts from prescribed burns in the northern Arizona Kaibab National Forest, Nov. 13 and 14, on Needles, the Mojave National Preserve, Blythe and the Palo Verde Valley.

11/12/2018: Mojave Desert Wildfire Smoke Advisory Until Further Notice — High Desert Gazette

The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District has issued an official Smoke Advisory due to impacts from the Woolsey Fire burning in the Agoura Hills area and the Hill Fire burning east of Camarillo. This advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

11/11/2018: Smoke from Woolsey, Hill fires impacting Victor Valley air quality — Victor Valley News

MOJAVE DESERT AIR BASIN — The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District has issued an official Smoke Advisory due to impacts from the Woolsey Fire burning in the Agoura Hills area and the Hill Fire burning east of Camarillo.

11/10/2018: Massive wildfires prompt local smoke advisory — Daily Press

The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District has issued an official Smoke Advisory due to impacts from the Woolsey Fire burning in the Agoura Hills area and the Hill Fire burning east of Camarillo. This advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

October

10/27/2018: Air quality conference to discuss California cannabis, climate change in Laughlin Nov. 7, 8 —  Needles Desert Star

LAUGHLIN — Pot’s a topic when the 2018 California Desert Air Working Group Conference convenes in Laughlin’s Aquarius Casino Resort Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 7 and 8.

10/24/2018: Community Invited to MDAQMD Public Meeting — High Desert Daily

(Victorville) — Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) has planned a community meeting to gather input from residents on priorities regarding projects that can reduce emissions and improve air quality.

10/23/2018: US EPA awards $9.6M in DERA grants to reduce harmful diesel emissions in California —  Green Car Congress

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $9.6 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) grants to public and private partners in California. The funds will be used to retrofit and replace old, polluting diesel vehicles and equipment, including school buses, heavy-duty trucks, tractors and port equipment.

10/16/2018: Annual CDAWG Conference to Touch on Cannabis, Climate Change — High Desert Daily

(Victor Valley)– The 2018 California Desert Air Working Group Conference (CDAWG) is preparing to descend upon Laughlin, Nevada

10/2/2018: Air quality district reps visit PVUSD, Palo Verde Valley: 'Breathable air is good air' — Palo Verde Valley Times

From Tuesday to Wednesday, Sept. 18-19, two representatives from the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) spent hours visiting the lower basin of the Palo Verde Valley, reaching out to local leaders, educating students in the classroom and providing local outreach to those in need of grant opportunities.

September

9/25/2018: Stanton honored for air-quality work — Daily Press

VICTORVILLE — Barb Stanton was honored by the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) on Monday following her decision to not seek re-election to a third term on the Apple Valley Town Council.

9/27/2018: MCLBB recognized for its clean air programs — Defense Visual Information Distribution Service

Air pollution control programs instituted by Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, Calif., have earned the base an Exemplar Award from the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District.

9/27/2018: MCLB Barstow Wins MDAQMD’s Highest Honor — High Desert Daily

(Barstow)- As a Title V facility holding 86 air quality permits, the Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow (MCLB) was honored as the 2017-2018 Exemplar Award winner by the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD).

9/26/2018: Barb Stanton Honored for Years of Service to MDAQMD Board — High Desert Daily

(Victor Valley)- The Governing Board of the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) recognized board member Barb Stanton for her years of service to the agency at the board’s regular meeting on Sept. 24.

9/25/2018: MCLB Barstow receives Exemplar Award from Air Quality Management District — Daily Press

BARSTOW — The Marine Corps Logistics Base has been recognized for its efforts to combat air pollution by the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District.

9/25/2018: New School Bus to Drive Kids to Cleaner Future — High Desert Daily

(Victor Valley)- Members of the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District’s (MDAQMD) Governing Board members were treated to a ride on an electric school bus Monday to see firsthand the potential to make local fleets run cleaner in the future.

9/24/2018: DeConinck Farms gets $121K MDAQMD grant to reduce emissions —Palo Verde Valley Times

On Sept. 20, the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) announced that it has awarded Blythe’s DeConinck Farms with $121,205 in Carl Moyer Program funds toward a 2018 MFWR 9960 Windrower, with 208 horsepower, to replace a 2005 Hesston 9260 Windrower, thereby reducing emissions up to 94 percent.

9/24/2018: Air quality officials view demonstration of electric school bus — Daily Press

VICTORVILLE — Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District Governing Board members rode the future of busing after their meeting Monday morning.

9/24/2018: New all-electric, zero-emission school buses are a game changer — Victor Valley News

VICTORVILLE, Calif. — Members of the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District’s (MDAQMD) Governing Board members were treated to a ride on an electric school bus Monday to see firsthand the potential to make local fleets run cleaner in the future.

9/4/2018: Air District Awards $121k to Trona-based company for emissions-reducing equipment — Victor Valley News

TRONA — One more large piece of air-polluting equipment is out of commission thanks to a grant the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) recently awarded to a Trona-based construction company.

August

8/13/2018: MDAQMD lifts smoke advisory as air quality in High Desert returns to healthy levels — Daily Press

MOJAVE DESERT AIR BASIN — Residents can breathe a bit easier now as the smoke advisory enacted last week has officially been lifted and smoke from the Holy Fire has largely left the region, Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District officials announced Monday afternoon.

8/13/2018: Smoke Advisory Lifted as Air Quality Returns to Healthy Levels — High Desert Daily

(Victor Valley)— Residents can breathe a bit easier now as the smoke advisory enacted last week is officially lifted and smoke from the Holy Fire has largely left the region.

8/13/2018: Air quailty in the Victor Valley returns to healthy levels; smoke advisory lifted — Victor Valley News

MOJAVE DESERT AIR BASIN — Residents can breathe a bit easier now as the smoke advisory enacted last week is officially lifted and smoke from the Holy Fire has largely left the region.

8/9/2018: Mandatory evacuations in Southern California ordered as Holy fire grows to 6,200 acres; arson suspect arrested — Chico Enterprise Record

The Holy fire roared toward Lake Elsinore-area communities to the northwest of the lake in Riverside County on Wednesday, Aug. 8, prompting authorities to order residents to flee a blaze that police say was intentionally set.

8/9/2018: Smoke From Holy Fire Continues to Blanket the Victor Valley — Victor Valley News

Victor Valley, Calif. (VVNG.com) — The Smoke Advisory issued on Tuesday morning due to smoke impact from the Holy Fire remains in effect until further notice.

8/8/2018: Mandatory evacuations ordered as Holy fire grows to 6,200 acres; arson suspect arrested — Orange County Register

The Holy fire roared toward Lake Elsinore-area communities to the northwest of the lake in Riverside County on Wednesday, Aug. 8, prompting authorities to order residents to flee a blaze that police say was intentionally set.

8/8/2018: Smoky conditions persist: Holy Fire continues to affect High Desert air quality — Daily Press

MOJAVE DESERT AIR BASIN — A smoke advisory will remain in place here as the more than 4,000-acre Holy Fire burning in the Cleveland National Forest continues to affect local air quality.

8/7/2018: Holy Fire Smoke Advisory Today Through Wednesday — High Desert Gazette

Mojave Desert Air Basin — Residents within the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District this week are feeling the effects of drift smoke from the Holy Fire in Trabuco Canyon, adding to smoke from fires in Northern California also still making its way into the region.

8/7/2018: Smoke Advisory in Effect Until Further Notice —High Desert Daily

(Victor Valley)— Residents within the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District this week are feeling the effects of drift smoke from the Holy Fire in Trabuco Canyon, adding to smoke from fires in Northern California also still making its way into the region.

8/7/2018: Smoke advisory in effect in Victor Valley until further notice due to Holy Fire — Victor Valley News

MOJAVE DESERT AIR BASIN — Residents within the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District this week are feeling the effects of drift smoke from the Holy Fire in Trabuco Canyon, adding to smoke from fires in Northern California also still making its way into the region.

8/7/2018: Smoke advisory in effect in High Desert until further notice as Holy Fire adds to smoke from Northern California fires — Daily Press

MOJAVE DESERT AIR BASIN — Residents within the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District this week are feeling the effects of drift smoke from the Holy Fire in Trabuco Canyon, adding to smoke from fires in Northern California also still making its way into the region.

8/6/2018: Smoke from wildfires billows into Victor Valley — Daily Press

Smoke from rapidly growing fires in Southern California billowed into the Victor Valley Monday, but authorities said air quality here should not be affected.

8/4/2018: Smoke advisory in effect through Sunday for the Victor Valley — Victor Valley News

MOJAVE DESERT AIR BASIN — Smoke from fires still raging hundreds of miles north of the Mojave Desert is expected to drift into the region this weekend.

8/3/2018: MDAQMD issues smoke advisory for the weekend

MOJAVE DESERT AIR BASIN — Smoke from fires still raging hundreds of miles north of the Mojave Desert is expected to drift into the region this weekend.

July

7/27/2018: Smoke Advisory for Victor Valley Friday Through Monday — High Desert Gazette

Mojave Desert Air Basin — Residents within the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District this weekend may feel the effects of smoke driven by at least two fast-moving fires

7/26/2018: Victor Valley: Smoke advisory in effect through Monday — Victor Valley News

MOJAVE DESERT AIR BASIN — Residents within the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District this weekend could feel the effects of smoke driven by at least two fast-moving fires.

7/26/2018: Smoke advisory issued for High Desert through Monday — Daily Press

The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory for the High Desert region late Thursday that will extend through Monday.

7/24/2018: Heat wave gives rise to agency warnings: Alerts issued for Palo Verde Valley - County urges caution — Palo Verde Valley Times

With spiking summer temperatures continuing across the country — and with the National Weather Service forecasting numbers in California’s high desert and greater Palo Verde Valley in excess of 110 degrees this week — area agencies are again urging communities to take precautionary measures in order to prevent public health issues this season.

7/22/2018: Heat wave brings potential air quality threat — Daily Press

With rising temperatures also often comes potentially dangerous ozone levels that can increase health risks. Beginning Monday, the High Desert and Palo Verde Valley will be subjected to excessive heat with temperatures soaring possibly as high as 110 degrees, the National Weather Service warns.

7/20/2018: Heat wave next week has potential of producing dangerous air quality — Victor Valley News

With rising temperatures also often comes potentially dangerous ozone levels that can increase health risks. Beginning Monday, the High Desert and Palo Verde Valley will be subjected to excessive heat with temperatures soaring possibly as high as 110 degrees, the National Weather Service warns.

7/19/2018: Barstow partners with MDAQMD to improve air quality — Daily Press

BARSTOW — Thanks to grant funding from one local agency, the city recently purchased a new piece of equipment that help improve air quality.

7/14/2018: Donate Blood, Enter to Win A Harley — Victor Valley News

The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District is teaming up with Lifestream to host a community blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 19 at MDAQMD headquarters, 14306 Park Ave. in Victorville.

7/13/2018: Donate Blood, Win a Harley — High Desert Daily

(Victorville)– The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District is teaming up with Lifestream to host a community blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 19 at MDAQMD headquarters, 14306 Park Ave. in Victorville. Donors at this drive can enter to win a Harley-Davidson motorcycle using promo code LMHDE.

7/11/2018: City of Barstow Receives More Than $20K For New Equipment — High Desert Daily

(Barstow)– The City of Barstow is saving money as well as reducing emissions after taking advantage of grant funds from the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) for a new piece of equipment that will be much easier on the air.

June

6/26/2018: MDAQMD celebrates 25-year anniversary — Daily Press

VICTORVILLE — The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) this week is celebrating 25 years of service to residents in the High Desert and Palo Verde Valley.

6/26/2018: Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District Celebrates 25 year Anniversary — Victor Valley News

VICTORVILLE, Calif. — The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) this week is celebrating 25 years of service to residents in the High Desert and Palo Verde Valley.

6/25/2018: Air District Celebrates 25-Year Anniversary — High Desert Daily

(Victor Valley)– The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) this week is celebrating 25 years of service to residents in the High Desert and Palo Verde Valley.

6/19/2018: Solar Cook-Off sizzles — Daily Press

APPLE VALLEY — More than 60 students and their advisors gathered on May 12 at the Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley to face off in the 6th annual Solar Cook-Off competition.

6/17/2018: Local students win big in MDAQMD contest — Daily Press

VICTORVILLE — The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District recently recognized a dozen local students for their creativity and artistic expression in the District’s 2018 Clean Air Month Poster Contest.

6/13/2018: Mojave Desert AQMD Seeks Exemplar Award Nominations — High Desert Daily

(Victorville)– The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District is now accepting nominations for its 2017-2018 Exemplar Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions toward the prevention or control of air pollution in the Mojave Desert Air Basin.

6/9/2018: Local students win big in air district contest — Victor Valley News

VICTORVILLE, Calif. — The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District on Wednesday night recognized a dozen local students for their creativity and artistic expression in the District’s 2018 Clean Air Month Poster Contest.

6/7/2018: Local Students Win Big in Air District Contest — High Desert Daily

(Victorville)– The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District on Wednesday night recognized a dozen local students for their creativity and artistic expression in the District’s 2018 Clean Air Month Poster Contest.

May

5/29/2018: New set of wheels — Hesperia Star

HESPERIA — Two Hesperia Unified School District students will be sporting some new wheels soon thanks to an annual contest hosted by the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District.

5/23/2018: Hesperia Cleans Up in Drawing for New Bicycles — High Desert Daily

(Hesperia) — Two Hesperia Unified School District students will be sporting some new wheels soon thanks to an annual contest hosted by the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District.

April

4/17/2018: City officials, area dignitaries attend PVVTA ribbon cutting — Palo Verde Valley Times

Following the morning’s Palo Verde Valley bus tours and Blythe’s 61st Annual Community Outlook Conference, the Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency (PVVTA) welcomed guests, area dignitaries, friends and neighbors to the Blythe CNG (Compressed Narural Gas) Station at 100 W. 14th Ave. for the facility’s official expansion ribbon cutting, April 12.

4/3/2018: PVVTA complete CNG Station expansion project: Ribbon cutting ceremony to be held April 12 — Palo Verde Valley Times

In recognition of the completion of the Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency’s (PVVTA) Blythe Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Station’s expansion project, the resident transit authority will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 12, at 2:30 p.m.

March

3/26/2018: Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District To Hold Community Meeting on March 28th — High Desert Daily

(Victor Valley)– The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) invites you to attend this informational public meeting to learn more about air quality. This meeting will provide a summary of how two new laws will assist our efforts to address air pollution in our region.

3/19/2018: Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District To Hold Community Meeting on March 28th — High Desert Daily

(Victor Valley)– The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) invites you to attend this informational public meeting to learn more about air quality. This meeting will provide a summary of how two new laws will assist our efforts to address air pollution in our region.