JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK REOPENS TO VISITORS

Joshua Tree National Park is open, most public areas and roads are accessible while facilities and other public services are brought back online. Joshua Tree National Park has been closed since October 1, due to the lapse in Congressional appropriations. Interpretive programs will resume on Saturday, October 26. Keys Ranch programs for this week will be conducted for previously scheduled tours. Any tours that were missed while the park was closed will be either rescheduled or refunded. All campgrounds except Jumbo Rocks are open and available for use. Jumbo Rocks campground and a portion of the park loop road remains closed due to storm damage that occurred September 7. The section from the north entrance, near the Oasis Visitor Center, to the turn-off to Cottonwood will remain closed until further notice.

MISSING REDLANDS MAN FOUND IN LANDERS

A Redlands man who was reported missing Tuesday was found Wednesday afternoon in Landers. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Steve Wilson, Eugene Loeffler, 82, told his family Tuesday that he was driving to the Home Depot in Redlands, but when he didn’t return, they filed a missing persons report. About 3:15 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, a Landers resident called the Sheriff’s department to report that an elderly man had gotten his truck stuck in the soft sand on Deer Trail, near the intersection of Linn Road and Deer Trail, and had been there most of the day. When a deputy checked on the stuck motorist, he found it was Loeffler. Eugene Loeffler was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center for treatment and reunited with his family.

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, October 21. The locations and times are:

• The Church of the Lighted Cross, at 11518 Elbow Lane in Morongo Valley, from 8 to 10;
• Belfield Hall, on Reche Road in Landers, 8:30 to 10:30;
• The Community Center in Yucca Valley, 8:30 to 10:30;
• Copper Mountain Mesa Foundation, 65336 Winter Road in the Copper Mountain area, 9 to 11;
• Joshua Tree Community Center on Sunburst Road, 9 to 11;
• The fire station in Wonder Valley, 10:30 to 11:30; and
• Little Church of the Desert at 6079 Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms, from 10 to noon.

There is also a distribution on Friday, October 25, at The Way Station in Joshua Tree, 61722 Commercial Way, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Recipients are requested to bring their own paper or plastic bags.

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino is a private, non-profit organization that seeks to serve the low-income families, elderly, disadvantaged and homeless of the county. For more information, call 909-723-1580.

YUCCA VALLEY TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT TO FOCUS ON SPEEDING

Yucca Valley traffic enforcement officers will be looking for speeding and other vehicle code violations on Highway 62 between Trojan Lane and Church Street. Motorists are reminded to obey posted speed limit signs.

EMERGENCY DRILL ON MARINE BASE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING

This reminder today for residents of the Twentynine Palms Combat Center and surrounding areas: There will a lot of noise and activity this afternoon and evening as Marines practice a non-combatant evacuation operation exercise. Marines will simulate the evacuation of civilians from a potentially hostile area from 4 to 10 p.m. Helicopter and tilt-rotor flights will be conducted over the Combat Center, with multiple landings.

COUNTY TO SWEAR IN MORONGO BASIN M.A.C. MEMBERS MONDAY

This Monday, Supervisor Ramos will swear in members of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council. This MAC will consist of nine members. The public meeting will take place on Monday, at 3:00 p.m. at Supervisor Ramos’ Joshua Tree District Office.

MORONGO VALLEY FIESTA DAYS NETS $4,000 FOR FIRE DEPARTMENT

The recent Morongo Valley Fiesta days was big success. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the event brought in much-needed funding for the fire department…
This year’s Morongo Valley Fiesta Days celebration saw the largest number of participants ever. That success played out at last Thursday’s meeting of the Morongo Valley Firefighter’s Auxiliary when Chuck Harris, from the Fiesta Days Committee, presented Firefighters Auxiliary President Glenn Shepherd a check for $4,000. The contribution will go toward purchase of various items including ceiling fans at the fire station, a concrete pad and wiring for a generator, material to build a hose drying rack, and, according to Harris, other items to make their lives easier at the fire station.

PIONEER DAYS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS THIS WEEKEND

Pioneer Days in Twentynine Palms is going on now through Sunday. The multi-day event commemorates the unique pioneering history of Twentynine Palms. With a parade this Saturday at 10 a.m. and numerous ancillary events, Pioneer Days salutes the Native Americans, miners, cattlemen, and homesteaders that made the desert oasis home. For all the latest information on Pioneer Days, click on the link at z1077fm.com.

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 starts with the west end of the Morongo Basin this weekend, October 19 and 20, and moves to the east end October 26 and 27. In addition, there’ll be poetry readings, live music, theater, and special arts events throughout the Basin both weekends. The art tour’s launch party is a Zircon Wish Circus tomorrow. Yucca Valley will host a gourd festival October 19 and 20. The annual closing party will be Sunday, October 27, at Furst World Studio. For more information about the 2013 art tours, click the link at z1077fm.com.

PIONEER DAYS MOTORCYCLE POKER RUN THIS SUNDAY

Local motorcyclists can enjoy a beautiful poker run this Sunday as part of Pioneer Days. ROP Broadcast Student Matthew Thompson tells you how to sign-up…
The Pioneer Days Poker Run, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Twentynine Palms, will be held Sunday, October 20, with registration beginning at 9 a.m. at Desert Cycle Works. The entry fee of $20 includes lunch for one rider. For more information, contact Desert Cycle Works at 760-361-3226.

JOSHUA TREE VFW EVENTS FOR THIS WEEK

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will hold a special prime rib anniversary dinner Saturday afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $18, and are only available in advance. There will not be a Sunday breakfast.

TWENTYNINE PALMS YOUTH CLUB BREAKFAST SUNDAY IN LUCKIE PARK

The Twentynine Palms Youth Club will hold a breakfast fundraiser Sunday, October 20. The $5 breakfast will include biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, coffee or juice. Breakfast will be served at the Twentynine Palms Youth Club, 5882 Luckie Avenue, from 8 to 1. For more information, call 760-367-5776.

SCIENCE SATURDAY AT THE HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley will host their ongoing science Saturday event tomorrow. Reporter Taylor Thacker invites you to learn about our spectacular night sky…
One of the many joys of the desert is observing the night sky. The vast black sky is dotted with awe-inspiring sparkling stars on beautiful clear nights. However, when a person stares out into that vast abyss it brings into question what exactly they are looking at. Children of school age are invited to join Museum Educator Crystal Mason as she teaches young minds about the stars and even how to identify constellations. This Science Saturday will take place on Saturday, October 19 from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum. No pre-registration is required and there is no cost for this event. For more information call 760-369-7212.

FALL SOCIAL EVENT TOMORROW AT YUCCA VALLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

The Yucca Valley Methodist Fall social, luncheon, and silent auction is Saturday at the church at 11 a.m. A silent auction will be featured. Following the auction, an “unfashionable” fashion show will surely tickle your funny bone. The delicious chicken lunch is just $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12, and $25 for families. Advance purchase is recommended to guarantee your lunch. The event benefits missions for women and children, both locally and around the world. The Methodist Church is located at 57273 Onaga Trail at Joshua Lane in Yucca Valley. Call 760-365-3671 for more information.

BINGO SUNDAY TO BENEFIT JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY

Everyone’s a winner when you play bingo at the Sportsmans’ Club to support the Friends of the Joshua Tree Library. Dan Stork has the time and date…
The Sportmans’ Club is sponsoring a bingo fundraiser for the Friends of the Joshua Tree Library. Mark your calendar for Sunday October 20, from 4:30 to 9:30 pm. The Club is located at 6225 Sunburst Avenue in Joshua Tree. Doors open at 3 p.m. Food and beverages are available for purchase. For more information, call the Library at 760-366-8615.

JUNIOR AND SENIOR HIGH GOLF CLINIC SUNDAY

The Twentynine Palms High School golf team will host an introduction to the golf experience event at Roadrunner Dunes Golf Course this Sunday at 2 p.m. This free event will introduce young people, junior high and high school students to the basic aspects of the game of golf and provide aspiring high school players a chance to see the Twentynine Palms High School golf team in action. They encourage junior high and high school students—male or female—who have an interest in playing high school golf to attend. Please call Roadrunner Dunes Golf Course to register at 760-367-5770.

YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLERS CAR WASH TOMORROW

The Yucca Valley High School wrestling team will host a car wash Saturday (tomorrow) in Yucca Valley at Computer Zone, 55971 29 Palms Highway. A $5 donation is suggested. Come out and support your local high school students. For more information, call Coach Murphy at 760-902-9620.

Yesterday, the Twentynine Palms High School Lady Wildcat Tennis team continued their undefeated De Anza League winning streak by beating Desert Hot Springs with a score of 16–2. The Wildcats are 7 –0 in League play and 9-3 overall.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

Coming up in high school sports today, the Yucca Valley High School Trojan football team will host the Rams of Desert Mirage High School at home. The Joshua Springs Lightning football team will host Trinity Classical at home, and the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats will host Shadow Hill High School Silver Knights at home. Kick off for all games is at 7 p.m.

In high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School girls’ volleyball team will participate in day 2 of the Nike Tournament, starting at noon. The Twentynine Palms High School cross country team will travel away to Jurupa Valley, with the first event at 8:30 a.m.