SOLAR POWER USES IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Lost amidst the hubbub over commercial solar energy generation are many quiet site-specific implementations of solar power.  Ranger Pam Tripp tells how it’s used at Joshua Tree National Park…

Solar power is one of the most environmentally friendly sources of power available today. With the help of our bright desert sun, Joshua Tree National Park is using solar power to run our campground amphitheaters at Jumbo Rocks and Indian Cove. At the south end of the park, the Cottonwood Visitor Center, campground amphitheater and residences have run completely on the power of the sun for many years. And in the northern are of Twentynine Palms, our maintenance facility at park headquarters uses solar power, which helps us to cut down on the amount of electricity used annually.  Even our Night Sky programs are experiencing the benefits of the use of solar power. The vehicle we are using to transport equipment and conduct night sky programs uses solar panels to provide power to the telescope and projectors.  This renewable energy source is certainly a natural fit for the National Park Service and the desert environment at Joshua Tree National Park.  `For Z107.7, this is Park Ranger Pam Tripp, inviting you to celebrate 75 years of inspiration at Joshua Tree National Park.

LA CONTENTA BOOK FAIR

The La Contenta Middle School book fair will be held Monday through Friday, in room 53 from 10 to 12:30 each day. On Tuesday, October 29, the book fair will be open evening hours as well, from 5 to 8 p.m. The book fair is sponsored by the La Contenta Parent Association.

WORLD WAR II AND TWENTYNINE PALMS

The Twentynine Palms area has many World War II connections. ROP Broadcasting student Xavier Johmson tells about some of them…
World War II was 1939-1945. During those years there are a couple ways our Twentynine area contributed to the war effort that maybe you didn’t know. Like Navy glider units were trained at what you know now as the Marine Corps air ground combat center. Also the great General Patton used this region to train tank units during world war II. And the people of Twentynine Palms and I greatly thank and appreciate all of the World War II veterans in and out of Twentynine Palms.

SOUTHLAND SHOW ART CALL

The 29 Palms Art Gallery is issuing an Open Call for Art for its upcoming “Southland Show.” Works may be hand delivered to the gallery at 74055 Cottonwood Drive in Twentynine Palms, CA, on Monday, October 28, between 9:00 and 11:30 a.m. only. This event is open to all artists, local and out of state, member or non member. Categories are: Painting, Photography; Graphic Arts: Sculpture, Mixed Media, and assemblage.  A total of three entries may be submitted. The fee is $10 per entry; seniors 65 and over pay $7 per entry. The “Southland Show” will be awarding more than $500 in cash prizes and will encompass the entire gallery for the month of November.  Works must not have been in any other judged show at the gallery and must be completed within the last 3 years to be in the show.  A reception/awards presentation will take place at the gallery on Sunday, November 3, from 12-3pm. For complete rules, check out the gallery’s website at 29palmsartgallery.com . For more information call 760-367-7819.

ROTARY RAFFLE FOR COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE CENTER

There’s a fundraising raffle for a student center at Copper Mountain College that could result in getting you a new motocycle.  Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells how to get your tickets…

If you’ve been lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the brand new Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail motorcycle traveling about the Basin on a trailer, you may want to push your luck even further and buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win this machine. Valued at almost $18,000, the Harley-Davidson will be given away on December 20.  It’s all part of a campaign to raise $30,000 for the recently named Christine Proudfoot Student Activity Center at Copper Mountain College which is now under construction. Raffle tickets are $20 each and will be available from Rotarians as well as at community events taking place over the next three months and online at cmccd.edu. Only 2,500 tickets will be sold. For more information contact Roger Wagner at 760-366-5289 or Sandy Smith at 760-366-3791 ext. 5296.  For Z107.7 News, this is assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz.