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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK INTERPRETATION DIVISION

How can visitors learn on site about Joshua Tree National Park?  Ranger Pam Tripp says, that’s what the Interpretation Division does…

Every year at Joshua Tree National Park, over a million visitors come to enjoy the scenery, activities, programs, and night skies of this beautiful desert landscape.  About 2/3 of these visitors will stop in at any of our three visitor centers to ask questions and obtain directions as to where they can go and what they can do.  The Interpretation Division staff works behind the desk in the visitor centers and conducts programs throughout the park.  As each season begins and ends, they modify programs and interpretation as the weather warms up in the summer and cools down in the winter.  Other staff in the division also work to keep our official website and social media up to date as things change and progress.  We wish to thank our Interpretation Division for their visitor services as they work to ensure that visitors enjoy their time at the national park and are able to do so safely and prepared.  For Z107.7, this is park ranger Pam Tripp, encouraging you to get to know how your national park works.


APPLICATIONS BEING TAKEN FOR YUCCA VALLEY SENIOR HOUSING

Applications are still being accepted for rentals in Phase 2 of the Dumosa Senior Village in Yucca Valley. Residents have moved into Phase 1 of the low-income senior housing next to the Yucca Valley Town Hall. Rents for Phase 2 range between $504 and $629, depending on income, and residents are expected to be able to move into Phase 2 in December. Applications are accepted Monday through Friday from 9 to 5 in the third floor reading room in Phase 1 of Dumosa Senior Village, 57110 29 Palms Highway, or call 909-257-0960 to make an appointment.


ADOPT-A-CHILD FOR CHRISTMAS

As the holidays approach, the Basin-Wide Foundation is again sponsoring their “Adopt-a-Child” Program. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells you how to help…

Children in the Child Protective Services program, through no fault of their own, are often found during the holidays in temporary homes or foster care. The Basin Wide Foundation sponsors an “Adopt a Child” program that gives residents the opportunity to be their Santa and to bring smiles to many little faces. It’s easy; you’ll be assigned a child or family, and given their first name, age, and any special requests. You’ll be asked to spend between $35 and $40 per child you “adopt.” Drop off the gifts by December 13 at the Basin Wide Foundation office, located inside the California Welcome Center in Yucca Valley. For more information, or to “adopt” a child, call 760-365-7219.  Reporting for Z107.7, this is managing editor Tami Roleff.

 


CHP SECURES GRANT TO ENCOURAGE SEAT BELT SAFETY

In an effort to save lives and help improve vehicle occupant safety, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is implementing a yearlong statewide campaign to encourage seat belt and child safety seat usage.

“Seat belts save lives and reduce the risk of injury during a collision,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “If you are ejected from a vehicle in a crash, there is a good chance you will not survive. Why take that risk?”

The CHP’s goal with the Vehicle Occupant Restraint Education and Instruction IV grant is to reduce the number of unrestrained passengers – of all ages – killed or injured in traffic collisions throughout California. To achieve this goal by September 30, 2015, the CHP will host educational seminars, classes, and child safety seat inspections.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Seat belts and child passenger safety seats may be the one piece of equipment inside a vehicle that determines whether or not someone survives a collision. Despite these lifesaving benefits and a law requiring all vehicle occupants in California to be safely restrained, hundreds of people are killed every year in collisions because they did not buckle up.  According to the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, 25 percent of the 1,679 vehicle occupants killed in collisions in 2012, which is the most recent year finalized data is available, were not properly restrained.


CAREERS IN DENTAL HYGIENE

Dental hygiene is a portable and secure career (as long as people have teeth).  ROP Broadcasting student Bralynn Silva has some information about requirements for those interested…

According to Dental Hygienist Charity Daigneault if you want to pursue a career in becoming a Dental Hygienist be prepared to put all your time and energy into school. Dental hygienists typically need an associate’s degree and all states require dental hygienists to be licensed, but the requirements vary by state. It may seem like a lot but you’re only there for two years. Daigneault said the process of becoming a Dental Hygienist will be very difficult, but in the end you will be proud of how much you accomplish and amazed at how much you learn. Reporting for Z107.7 news, I am ROP broadcasting student, Bralynn Silva.


TWENTYNINE PALMS CHAMBER OFFERS 2015 COMPLIANCE POSTERS

The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce reminds merchants to protect their business and livelihood. State and federal law requires that you maintain compliance regarding employment regulations every year. The Chamber of Commerce offers these 2015 California and Federal Employment Compliance materials to help serve you and your business. Orders are now being accepted through December 1 to allow you to meet the January 1 deadline. Download the order form today at 29Chamber.org and email it to 29Chamber@29Chamber.org or stop by the Chamber office downtown Twentynine Palms. Remember, orders are only accepted through December 1, so act now. For more information, contact the Chamber at 760-367-3445.


“SHAKESPEARE IN HOLLYWOOD” AT THEATRE 29 TONIGHT

Theatre 29’s final production of 2014, “Shakespeare in Hollywood,” is a hilarious comedy-farce. It’s 1934, and Shakespeare’s most famous fairies, Oberon and Puck, have magically appeared on the Hollywood set for the filming of a big-budget feature film based on Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” “Shakespeare In Hollywood” will run five consecutive weekends through December 20. The curtain rises Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m. and 2:30 for Sunday matinees on November 30 and December 14. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, and $8 for students with ID. Because of Mature themes the show is not recommended for children under 13. To purchase tickets and make reservations call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151 or purchase tickets online at theatre29.org.


AUDITIONS FOR “THE IDEAL HUSBAND” AT THEATRE 29 SUNDAY

Auditions for the classic farce “An Ideal Husband” by Oscar Wilde are scheduled this Sunday afternoon. Reporter Diana Jones has the details…

Theater 29 veteran director Butch Pelfrey seeks eight men and six woman for the cast of “An Ideal Husband,” a farce set in London 1895.  The eight male roles include:  Sir Robert Chiltern (who play the tragic hero), plus two lords, a secretary, an attache, two footmen, and a butler, whose ages range from early 20’s to late 50’s.  The women’s roles include Lady Gertrude (our hero’s wife), his sister, several ladies and the villainess of the piece, Mrs. Cheevely.  Women’s roles range I age fro 20’s to 60’s.

Auditions will be held November 23 at 3 p.m. at Theater 29, 73637 Sullivan Road, Twentynine Palms. You should also attend auditions if you are interested in helping backstage with costumes, props, or sets.


SKY’S THE LIMIT STAR PARTY SATURDAY NIGHT

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, November 22. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 5:20 p.m. and end with moonrise about 1 a.m. The focus of the star party will be globular clusters and planetary nebulae. Bring binoculars, telescopes, water, snacks, chairs, and dress for unpredictable weather. For more information, call 760-367-7222. 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.


FREE ACTING CLASSES IN NOVEMBER AT THEATRE 29

Whether or not you want to go on the stage, acting classes are a path to self-discovery.  Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells how to get in on ongoing classes at Theatre 29…

Free acting classes will be held at Theatre 29 through December 7. The free classes will give attendees from beginners to experienced actors a chance to see how the classes work and what they offer. Actors ages 16 and up are welcome; the class size is limited in order to give all participants an opportunity to work. Classes will be led by Abe Daniels who has received several Desert Theatre League awards. Daniels uses the Method Acting approach to theatre. Acting classes will be held on Sundays from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. at Theatre 29. For information or to register, call Abe Daniels at 626-233-4768.

Reporting for Z107.7, this is managing editor Tami Roleff.


FESTIVAL OF WREATHS AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE SUNDAY

Support our local college while enjoying some great company, a rowdy auction, plus fine wine and cheese. The Fifth Annual Festival of Wreaths is this Sunday, November 23, at 2 p.m. in the Bell Center at Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree. There will be a wine  and cheese reception followed by a live auction. Tickets are $5 per person and are available at the door the day of the event. This year’s festivities will also include a silent auction with a variety of wreaths and a raffle for a beautiful centerpiece.


MORONGO VALLEY TREE LIGHTING

Morongo Valley will hold a community tree lighting ceremony Sunday, November 30. Ed Will, with help from members of the Church of the Lighted Cross, will lead some old-fashioned carol singing. Cookies and hot chocolate will be available, and Sparky will have treats for the kids. Morongo Valley Community Serivces District General Manager Donna Munoz said, “We want to start our Morongo Valley Christmas season off with a real, old-fashioned community event.” The public is invited to this free event. The tree lighting ceremony will be held at the Morongo Valley Fire station, 11207 Ocotillo Street.


HIKING SAFETY

Hiking is fun and satisfying, but a degree of caution is vital.  ROP Broadcasting student Kevin Brown has some safety advice…

Do you like to hike? If so here are some hiking tips that Lorna Shuman, a supervisory park ranger, from the Joshua Tree National Park Service has to offer to make sure you have a fun and safe time. Always tell someone where you are going and when you will be back, it’s also better to go with someone than to go alone. Stick to your plan you have and if you change the plan update whoever is your contact that is not going with you.  You should know the route, pay attention to your surroundings, and have maps that will help you know your way around. Bring a lot of water to stay hydrated; you should also bring a small snack, sunscreen, hiking shoes, a backpack, and maps. Have a great hike and remember to be safe and have a good time. Reporting for Z1077 NEWS, I am ROP Broadcasting student, Kevin Brown.


JOSHUA TREE VFW THANKSGIVING WEEK SCHEDULE

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post volunteers will be taking Thanksgiving week off; there will be no Sunday breakfast or Taco Wednesday next week, and the post will be closed on Thanksgiving.


MEDICAL MARIJUANA PETITIONS DELIVERED TO YUCCA VALLEY TOWN HALL

Yucca Valley’s only medical marijuana dispensary was forced to shut down last December by a town ordinance that prohibited its operation in the town limits. Since then, residents have been trying to convince the Town Council to repeal its ban on dispensaries. Yesterday, representatives from the Alliance 4 Safe Access of Yucca Valley and the California Cannabis Coalition presented a petition to the Town Clerk that would require the Town to hold a special election for Town residents to vote on an ordinance that would allow one medical marijuana dispensary per 10,000 residents. Managing editor Tami Roleff was there when the 2,014 signatures were presented, and files this report…
More than 2,000 signatures on petitions to permit medical marijuana dispensaries in Yucca Valley were presented to the Town yesterday. According to state law, the Alliance 4 Safe Access of Yucca Valley, which organized the petition drive, needed between 961 and 1,442 registered voters in Yucca Valley to sign the petition to force an election on the issue. Jason Elsasser, who owns the Yucca Valley Medical Marijuana Resource Group, said he hoped there wouldn’t be an election. “A special election is going to cost the town money…. I really would like to see somehow the petition and ordinance be adopted by the town to avoid the special election.” He added that allowing up to two legal dispensaries would be good for the town, as the taxes from the sale of medical marijuana would generate revenue for public services and infrastructure in Yucca Valley. “There are several ways to implement a financial component to the ordinance, and I know the Town would like to see that, and I would like to see that. I’m prepared to work together and I hope the Town would do the same.” Elsasser said the 2,000 signatures were collected in about six weeks. The petition and signatures will be delivered to the County Registrar of Voters today, which has 30 days to certify them. Assuming enough signatures were collected, the Town then has to schedule an election for the residents to vote on the ordinance.
The owner of the Yucca Valley Medical Marijuana Resource Group, Jason Elsasser, will be on the Up Close show today (November 21). Elsasser is also the sponsor of the ordinance petition that would require the Town of Yucca Valley to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in Town limits. This is your opportunity to call in with questions and comments about medical marijuana dispensaries and medical marijuana. Jason Elsasser and medical marijuana on the Up Close show today, starting at 10 a.m.

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CAR FIRE AND CRASH IN SEPARATE INCIDENTS IN YUCCA VALLEY

Yucca Valley fire fighters were busy yesterday. About 1:45 p.m., fire fighters were called to a vehicle fire on the highway between Palm and Grand Avenues. An eastbound VW had caught on fire for unknown reasons, and the station’s newly assigned probationary fire fighters put the fire out in a few minutes. The mother and her son escaped from the fire safely.

Then a half hour later, rescue personnel were called to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Onaga Trail and Joshua Lane involving an F150 Ford truck and a Honda. The F150 blocked both lanes of Onaga Trail for about 45 minutes. One person from the Honda was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center with a complaint of pain. Jeffrey Mosley, 53, was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence of drugs, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, and released about 8 p.m.


CALL FOR “YUCCA VALLEY’S GOT TALENT” PERFORMERS

The town of Yucca Valley’s High Desert Nature Museum is seeking submission for Yucca Valley’s Got Talent. Entertainment reporter Rebecca Havely explains how to apply for an opportunity to be featured in this one-night only event…
Do you sing, dance, play an instrument, do stand-up comedy, dramatic or comedic skits, or have a great novelty act? Then Yucca Valley’s Got Talent needs you. Performers of all ages may apply and there’s no entrance fee to participate. To be considered all you need to do is pick up an application at the High Desert Nature Museum or the Community Services office in Yucca Valley. You can even apply on line at hidesertnaturemuseum.org, no later than Saturday, November 29. Participants will be selected during the month of December and the one night only performance will take place the evening of Saturday, January 31. For more information call Stefanie Ritter at 760-369-7212.


“SHAKESPEARE IN HOLLYWOOD” OPENS AT THEATRE 29 TONIGHT

Tonight’s opening night gala for Theatre 29’s final production of 2014, “Shakespeare in Hollywood,” is sponsored by Tender Loving Cause, the celebrated non-profit organization that has put on the Tender Loving Christmas event for the past 30 years.
In this hilarious comedy-farce, its 1934, and Shakespeare’s most famous fairies, Oberon and Puck, have magically appeared on the Hollywood set for the filming of a big-budget feature film based on Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and hilarity ensues. The TLC-sponsored opening night starts at 6 p.m. with a Shakespeare-themed dinner and silent auction. The curtain rises at 7. Desserts will be served at intermission. Tickets for the opening gala are only $25. For more information about TLC or to purchase tickets for opening night only, call Mara Cantelo at 760-333-2413. Tickets are also available at the Z107.7 Studios in Joshua Tree. “Shakespeare In Hollywood” will run five consecutive weekends through December 20. The curtain will rise Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday matinees will be at 2:30 p.m. on November 30 and December 14. After the opening gala, tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, and $8 for students with ID. Because of Mature themes the show is not recommended for children under 13. To purchase tickets and make reservations call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151 or purchase tickets online at theatre29.org.


ANIMAL ACTION LEAGUE GRAND OPENING TOMORROW

The Animal Action League, who brings low cost pet vaccination, micro chipping, and spay-neuter services to the Morongo basin, will be celebrating their grand opening tomorrow. Managing editor Tami Roleff invites you to join them…
Show off your pet in a best-dressed pet contest at the grand opening celebration of the Animal Action League in Joshua Tree Saturday. The celebration is from 10 to 3, with the large pet contest at 11, and the small pet contest at 1 p.m. The celebration will also include pony rides, bounce house, and other children’s activities; a food and a bake sale for humans and pets; raffles; vendors of all types; and pet adoptions. All proceeds will go toward spaying and neutering dogs and cats of local low-income pet owners. For more information call Animal Action League at 760-366-1100 or visit animalactionleague.net.


FIFTH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF WREATHS AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE SUNDAY

Support our local college while enjoying some great company, a rowdy auction, plus fine wine and cheese. The Fifth Annual Festival of Wreaths is this Sunday, November 23, at 2 p.m. in the Bell Center at Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree. There will be a wine and cheese reception followed by a live auction. Tickets are $5 per person and are available at Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley Chambers, KCDZ Studios, the CMC Foundation Office, or at the door the day of the event. This year’s festivities will also include a silent auction with a variety of wreaths and a raffle for a beautiful centerpiece.


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