Remote control toys are neat, and there are appropriate places to play with them. Ranger Pam Tripp says, the National Park is NOT one of them…
Kids of all ages love to play with toys, and visitors to Joshua Tree National Park are no exception. There are restrictions, however, to what can be used in the park. An example is remote-controlled vehicles, such as cars, trucks, helicopters, airplanes, and drones. These toys are not natural to the park and the wildlife become scared and stressed by the presence of them. The animals see them as predators, which changes their behavior. They may leave a favorite watering hole, and not come back, because of an encounter with a remote control toy.
The noise such toys make is also out of place here in the park. Not only do animals find it disturbing, many humans enjoy the quiet and solitude that a machine like this can disrupt.
Help make everyone’s experience here in JTNP a little better by leaving remote control toys at home. For more information on how to enjoy our beautiful desert park, call 760-367-5500.
The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, April 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, 11 to 12; and
- The Evangelist Mission Church at 6595 Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms, from 10 to noon.
Recipients are requested to bring their own paper or plastic bags. For more information, call 909-723-1580.
The Twentynine Palms Rotary Club is sponsoring a free collection of your electronic waste. On Saturday, April 26, from 10 to 1, you can drop off—for free—your televisions; computers, laptops, and computer components; fax machines, copiers, or printers and their ink cartridges and toners; video game consoles; cameras; VCR and DVD players, cell phones and telephone equipment; and mp3 players. Bring them to 74325 Joe Davis Road in Twentynine Palms. And just a reminder, you can also drop off your e-waste for free at Cardinal Van and Storage, 73873 Callie Todd, just off Adobe Road, in Twentynine Palms, Monday through Friday, from 8 to 4. For more information, call Randy Councell at 760-367-7562 extension 105.
Come dine al fresco at an abandoned homestead cabin in beautiful Pipes Canyon during a fundraiser for Reach Out Morongo Basin. An Evening at the Ruin will be a unique dining experience, from 4 to 8 p.m. May 10, featuring a barbecue dinner by Hero’s Catering, a no-host bar with beer and margaritas, and live music by Machin’ and The Luminators. Tickets are $35 per person and $60 per couple and are available at Reach Out offices in the Yucca Valley and 29 Palms Senior Center, ArtFx and Furnishings in Yucca Valley, 29 Palms and Yucca Valley Chambers of Commerce, Reach Out Board Members or by calling Reach Out at 760-361-1410.
While this year’s wildflower bloom can’t be called the best ever, it is better than we’ve seen in a few years. ROP broadcasting student Jessica Harwood tells about what makes for a good bloom…
Here in our Morongo Basin in Twentynine Palms we can receive dazzling wildflower blooms throughout spring. If weather conditions permit, the wildflowers may bloom during spring and into early summer but the rain needed for their germination falls, on a good year, during the winter along with the occasional winter snow. According to the Joshua Tree National Park’s wildflower report, about an inch of rain with a half inch or so of snowfall is what produces an abundant bloom. Sadly the year of 2014 will probably not have a breathtaking bloom because we didn’t receive enough precipitation in winter. However certain areas in the park according to their website’s wildflower report will still have hike worthy sites of flowers scattered around Joshua tree national park.
The International Footprint Association will hold its first Children’s Charity Poker Run Saturday, May 3. All proceeds will benefit the youth organizations of the Morongo Basin. The poker run will start at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, 56750 Mountain View Trail in Yucca Valley. Registration is 9 to 10 a.m. The run ends at 2 p.m. There will be doughnuts and coffee to send you on your way and hamburgers, hotdogs and drinks at the end of the run. The winning hand will win $250. Not lucky? The worst hand gets $50. The entry fee is $25 or $35 for a rider and passenger. No motorcycle? Bring your car. Pre-register at Bear Arms Gun Shop and at Hi-Desert Motorcycle Supply in Yucca Valley.
The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors meets Monday at 4:30 p.m. for a special closed session involving trade secrets. The meeting will be held in the Helen Gray Education Center.
Join the Twentynine Palms Library for their monthly teen book club meeting. On Thursday, April 24th, at 4 p.m., they will discuss the book The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, home-loving hobbit, is quite happy to stay at home until he meets a wizard, Gandalf, and is enticed into an adventure in which he becomes an “Expert Treasure Hunter.” Together with Gandalf and a band of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins sets out to reclaim a fortune in gold that is now in the hands of Smaug the Magnificent, a terrifying dragon. Along the way they encounter threats in the guise of trolls, spiders, and wolves. Bilbo must draw upon his courage and strength of conviction to stand alone before the dragon and do what he has been chosen to do. In the end, Bilbo makes a discovery that will have far-reaching effects on the inhabitants of Middle-Earth. This event is open to teens in grades 7-12 and refreshments will be served. For more information call 760-367-9519.
In high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School Wildcat tennis team will host the Desert Mirage Rams at home. First serve is at 3:15.
The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department assisted in the arrest and capture of a man wanted for sexual assault on a 12-year old Claremont girl last month. Joseph Davall, 34, is suspected of entering the girl’s home in Claremont late on the night of March 20th, and physically and sexually assaulting her while she was home alone. The Claremont police developed leads that Davall was in Yucca Valley, and staked out a home in the 7600 block of Joshua Lane. When Davall left the house at 6:52 Friday morning, Claremont police attempted a traffic stop about a mile away. Davall fled in his vehicle back to the Joshua Lane house, where he was subsequently arrested.
National Park Week begins April 19, and Joshua Tree National Park will join the celebration. The National Park Service is waiving park entrance fees Saturday and Sunday, April 19 and 20, although camping fees and fees for Keys ranch tours will still be collected. April 22 is Earth Day, and volunteers who can roll up their sleeves and pitch in on projects are always appreciated. Saturday, April 26, is National Junior Ranger Day; young visitors will be invited to “explore, learn, and protect” their park. All visitors are urged to enjoy the solace and wonder of their national parks.
More than 20 Morongo Basin gardens will be open to the public for the annual Desert-Wise Landscape Tour on Saturday, April 26. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz has the details…
This popular, self-guided tour, sponsored by the Morongo Basin Conservation Association, lasts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It features beautiful water-wise landscapes throughout the Basin communities. The Landscape Tour allows exploration of a range of practical, low-water landscaping solutions that local gardeners can put to use. Participants have an opportunity to meet and talk with those whose inspiring personal sanctuaries blend low water consumption with artful desert living. A $10 per person donation is requested, discounted 50 percent for Conservation Association members. Details and registration are available through a link in this story at Z1077fm.com or at this Saturday’s Yucca Valley Earth Day Celebration, and at Wind Walkers in Joshua Tree. http://www.mbconservation.org/water_conservation_garden_high_desert
Sky’s the Limit will host an evening with the cosmos Saturday, April 19. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 7:30 p.m. and end about midnight when the moon rises. Observers will be able to focus telescopes on the galaxies in Ursa Major, also known as the Big Dipper, along with Mars, and other galaxies and stars. Visitors should bring binoculars or telescopes, chairs, snacks and water, and dress for unpredictable weather. For more information, call 760-367-7222, visit the STL web site at www.skysthelimit29.org or email email@example.com. Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center is just north of the entrance to the Joshua Tree National Park at 9697 Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms.
One 80 Ministries of Joshua Tree will hold an Easter service 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 20. Following the service, there will be a free barbecue with music and other activities. The public is invited. Childcare will be provided. One 80 Ministries is located at 61858 29 Palms Highway in Joshua Tree.
Desert Hills Presbyterian Church’s Easter service April 20 will include special music by the choir, which will perform “World of Love,” a composition written by music director Clyde Grabski. The children’s choir will also perform. Following the 10 a.m. service there will be two Easter egg hunts (by age) and face painting for the children. Children wishing to participate in the children’s choir should contact Martha Thomas 760-365-1679 or Susan Mikschl 760-780-7885. The church is located at 56750 Mountain View Trail, Yucca Valley. For more information call the office at 760-365-6331.
An Easter Sunrise Service is planned for 6 a.m. April 20 in the amphitheater at Desert Christ Park in Yucca Valley. Hosted by the Evangelical Free Church, the service will be followed by a pancake breakfast and regular church service at 10:15 a.m. Desert Christ Park is located at 56200 Sunnyslope Drive in Yucca Valley.
The Twentynine Palms Fire Department and Fire Department Explorers will host their Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, April 20, at 1:00 p.m. at the Little League fields in Luckie Park. It is open to children through age seven. Children will be placed in two age groups, walking to 3 years old, and 4 to 7 years old. The kids will have the opportunity to gather hundreds of prize filled plastic eggs. Fire engines will be on display with firefighters and fire explorers available to answer questions about the fire department and fire safety.
The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up an Easter Sunday breakfast — a ham steak special for $7. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.
ROP Broadcasting student Chris Hasley has a suggestions for teenagers with time on their hands during spring break…
Don’t have anything to do this spring break gospel fellowship Christian Center Church, located at 5898 Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms, is having a teen lock-in. I interviewed their first lady, Gerry Washington. She had this to say, “The lock-in is designed for children ages 13-18 or grades 7-12. Its primary objective is to teach them the word of god and to stand on gods principles.” There is free food, lots of dancing, good music, and cash prizes for the talent show. My final question I asked was, “Who created the lock-in?” She answered, “Pastor T.K. Washington created the event so teens would come to Christ and fellowship together.” For more information visit their web site www.gfccc.org.
Applications are available now for the Highway 62 Open Studio Art Tours, sponsored by the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council. Studios on the east end of the Morongo Basin—Twentynine Palms to Joshua Tree—will be open October 25-26. West end studios—Morongo Valley to Joshua Tree—will be open November 1 and 2. Applications to be a part of the open studio art tours are available online at hwy62art.org, or at the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council office. The application deadline is May 15. For more information, call 760-366-2226.