The annual Great California Shake Out earthquake drill on Thursday, October 15, at 10:15 a.m. will involve more than 10 million people. Listen to Z107.7 as radio personality Cody Joseph leads you in the Shake Out earthquake drill. Before Thursday, make sure you, your family, and co-workers or students know how to protect themselves in an earthquake. Hint: Drop, Cover, and Hold On. Make sure that your disaster plans are current. Practice makes perfect, so register to participate at ShakeOut.org/california/register (although you don’t need to register to participate). ShakeOut.org also has information on how to prepare for an earthquake.
The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meets tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz shares what’s on the agenda…
Two major statewide water issues are on tap at tonight’s 6:30 meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council. First up is Mojave Water Agency General Manager Kirby Brill who will discuss California’s water supply and mandatory water restrictions. Then attendees will hear from the State Water Resources Control Board on the state’s new lower threshold for Chromium VI in our drinking water. The presentations come between public safety reports and community reports from MAC delegates. It all happens at the Joshua Tree Community Center behind the Sportsman’s Club on Sunburst Avenue in Joshua Tree.
In high school sports tomorrow the Yucca Valley High School volleyball and tennis teams will travel away to Big Bear. Tennis starts at 3:15; volleyball at 4:30.
The Twentynine Palms High School tennis and volleyball teams will travel away to Rancho Mirage High School. Tennis starts at 3:15; volleyball at 4:30.
The Joshua Tree Lightning volleyball team will host Desert Chapel School at home. First serve is at 5:30 p.m.
A public meeting will be held tomorrow on the proposed three national monuments designations in the California desert. The meeting is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 13 at the Whitewater Preserve. The proposed Mojave Trails National Monument would preserve desert lands linking Joshua Tree National Park and the Mojave National Preserve. It features the most intact stretch of Historic Route 66, and is habitat for desert tortoises and bighorn sheep. The proposed Sand to Snow National Monument rises from the Sonoran Desert floor to the top of southern California’s highest mountain, Mount San Gorgonio. It includes 25 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. The proposed Castle Mountains National Monument includes the historic gold mining ghost town of Hart, and is rich with wildlife such as golden eagles, bighorn sheep, mountain lions, and bobcats. This meeting will consider whether President Obama should create the monuments through the Antiquities Act. Members of the public are encouraged to attend to express their views. The Wildlands Conservancy Whitewater Preserve is located at 9160 Whitewater Canyon Road in Whitewater, just west of Highway 62 off of Interstate 10.
Some Morongo Basin residents can expect to start receiving their mail ballots for the November election. The Yucca Valley airport district, Morongo Valley Community Services District, and Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency district will be holding elections November 3. Running for the Yucca Valley airport are Timothy Lewis and and Irvin Craig; There are four Morongo Valley CSD candidates running for two seats: Matthew Campos, Johnny Tolbert, Jennifer Liebertz, and Linda Bailey. And three candidates are running for two seats on the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency: Michael McBride, Larry Coloumbe, and David Riley Ray. Voter information guides were mailed to eligible voters last week. Early voting for this election began October 5. Completed mail ballots may be returned by the U.S. Mail, in person to any polling place on election day, or at a ballot drop-off location. (Find locations at sbcountyelections.com). Voters can sign up for a mail-in ballot by filling out the application on the back of their voter information guide.
The Morongo Basin Historical Society hosts a rare tour next weekend. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more…
Rarely seen, Old Woman Springs is located on a private ranch on the north end of Johnson Valley. On Saturday, October 17 the Morongo Basin Historical Society hosts an exclusive field trip to the storied site with special guest speaker and guide beginning at 10:30 a.m. A donation of $15 for members and $25 for non-members donation is suggested. Bring a picnic lunch and chairs to relax at the pond after the tour. To sign up, contact Laurie Geeson at 760-363-6681. For Z107.7 News, this is assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz.
In honor of the National Park’s 100th anniversary they are celebrating with a Night Sky Festival. Park Ranger Pam Tripp has your invitaition…
The National Park Service, steward of Joshua Tree National Park and over 400 other park sites around the country, celebrates its 100th birthday in 2016. At Joshua Tree National Park, we cordially invite you to join us for our first ever Night Sky Festival on Friday, October 16–Sunday, October 18, 2015. This event kicks off our celebration of the NPS Centennial by bringing together astronomers, scientists, cultural speakers, night-sky enthusiasts, artists, volunteers, junior rangers, and members of nearby communities to celebrate the night skies of Joshua Tree National Park. In preparation for the event be sure to bring food and water, extra layers of clothes, and a chair. If possible please use only red light, as white lights can diminish the ability to see the night sky clearly. To find out more about the festival and for tips on how to be fully prepared, check out our website at www.nps.gov/jotr or call us at 760-367-5522
The Door Christian Fellowship Church will conclude its week-long gospel tent meeting in Yucca Valley tonight. The tent meetings will be held in the tent at 7:30 p.m. in the corner field lot of Highway 62 and Hilton Road in Yucca Valley. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.
One-on-one tutoring in math, writing, and reading is available for students in kindergarten through eighth grade at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church in Yucca Valley. The church is located on Mountain View Trail. For more information, call the church at 760-365-6331 and leave a message.
Yucca Valley Mayor George Huntington holds “office hours” at the Town Hall every Monday from 4 to 5 p.m. This is an opportunity for residents to meet with the mayor to discuss concerns, ideas for the community, or to learn more about the activities going on in the town. Meetings are on a first-come, first-serve basis. To schedule an appointment outside of regular office hours, call the town clerk at 760-369-2709 extension 226.
Monday is Columbus Day, and many government offices, banks, and other businesses will be closed. The City of Twentynine Palms and the county courthouse in Joshua Tree will be closed. The Town of Yucca Valley will be open, as will Copper Mountain College. However, the college will be closed Tuesday for a staff development day.
Copper Mountain College Foundation will host its annual fall gala tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has your invitation…
“If You Can Dream It, You Can Achieve It”, that’s the theme for the Copper Mountain College Foundation’s Annual Fall Gala, an elegant black and white evening that includes dinner, a presentation by motivational speaker Mr. Terrific, musical entertainment, silent auction and more. It all starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, October 10 in the Bell Center at Copper Mountain College. details can be found on the Foundation’s website at cmccd.edu/Foundation. The Fall Gala aims to support CMC students through scholarships, transportation assistance, and cultural and leadership opportunities. Tickets are $75 per person. Get yours from the Foundation at 760-366-3791 ext. 4200.
Future Psychology majors, this story is for you. ROP Broadcast student Yvonne Freeman has some tips for high school students to begin preparing now…
If you are preparing to study psychology in college, high school can prepare you. PSAT, SAT, or ACT tests are very important and needed for admission to college or a university. Establish good study habits, test taking will prepare you for the self-motivation to tackle the increased workload. Take college preparatory classes and advanced placement classes. You can talk to counselors, teachers, and parents to ensure that you are strongly prepared. Try to attend lectures on human behavior and mental health at churches and organizations. Attend psychology conventions or volunteer at a mental health clinic, shelter, or hospital. Reporting for Z107.7 news, I am ROP broadcasting student Yvonne Freeman.
Tri-Valley Little League will have Early Bird registration this Saturday. Reporter David Knutson tells you when and where…
Tri-Valley Little League softball and baseball team early registration for the 2016 season is Saturday, October 10 from 2 to 6 p.m. The registrations will be held at the Tri-Valley Little League park, 56625 Little League Drive, in Yucca Valley. There is an early registration fee of $75 per child and a discount for a family of three. Registration will be during the Oktoberfest festival and all proceeds will go to Tri-Valley Little League.
The third annual Oktoberfest and fall festival is today in Yucca Valley. The festival will feature a the American Bavarian Brass Band out of Beaumont, which will play all kinds of German music. Our own morning show co-host Pat Michaels will be there all day, along with Tom Huls, who will once again lead the crowd in the chicken dance, and the log sawing, keg tossing, and stein holding contests. Kids are welcome at the Oktoberfest; there will be a special kids zone set up just for them. Tickets may be purchased at the gate for $7 for adults, $3 for children. Oktoberfest will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. at the Little League field between Grand and Palm Avenues, north of the highway. For more information, call 760-365-6323.
Gallery 62 will hold an opening reception tonight for its fall members group show. The exhibition will celebrate 23 local artists who work in all forms of media. The opening reception will be held during the Joshua Tree Second Saturday Art Crawl from 6 to 8 p.m. Many of the artists in the gallery show are participating in the 2015 Open Studio Art Tours, October 17-18, and October 24-25, which is sponsored by the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council. Gallery 62 is open Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is located at 61871 29 Palms Highway in Joshua Tree.
Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, October 10. The star party will start at sunset so that visitors can tour the observatory campus before the cosmic tour at dark until about 12:30 a.m. The highlight of the evening will be clusters and nebulae in the Milky Way, the outer planets and later on the Andromeda Galaxy. Guests may bring their own telescopes or use the observatory’s. For information, call 650-678-0179 or check the group’s Facebook page. Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center is just north of the Twentynine Palms entrance to the Joshua Tree National Park at 9697 Utah Trail.
If you’re looking for a fascinating after school activity, how does building robots sound? ROP Broadcast student Frankie Newton tells Twentynine Palms High School students how to sign up…
The Twentynine Palms High School Robotics Club has been growing in its popularity recently. With plenty of new freshmen coming into the High School, Robotics Club sign-ups are much more abundant. The supervisor, Mr. Collins, provides the students with VEX robotics kits, which contain the basic parts to create a robot. They would then have the freedom to build robots of their choosing using the VEX parts. Members would come in to room 116 during lunchtime, and as an after-school activity on Wednesdays. The club is looking for more members, and is open to any and all students. Reporting for Z107.7 news, this is ROP Broadcasting student Frankie Newton.
Joshua Tree National Park rangers are closely watching the bighorn sheep in the park after a lamb died from pneumonia in August. Park spokesman George Land said the first report of a sick and coughing bighorn sheep was reported in early May, and the sick lamb, who died shortly after being found in the Hall of Horrors, died in mid-August. A necropsy confirmed the lamb was infected with pneumonia, which has a 50 to 90 percent mortality rate. There is no vaccine and no cure. Bighorn sheep contract pneumonia from contact with domestic sheep and goats, which carry the disease. Land said there are homesteads bordering the park which have sheep or goats; residents are cautioned not to release domestic animals into the wild. A pneumonia outbreak in bighorn sheep can cause a long-term decline in the population that can last more than a decade. Land said the 200 to 300 sheep in Joshua Tree National Park are in several herds which mix and mingle. He added that as far as park officials know, only one sheep has died from pneumonia. Park officials are part of an inter-agency task force to monitor outbreaks, suggest best practices for limiting the range and effects of the disease, and provide recommendations on how to manage the outbreak.
Scam artists continue to rip off residents of our Morongo Basin. Reporter Sara Snyder warns about the “Medical Alert” scam…
A new twist to the telemarketing scam. With promises of a “free” medical alert system, the scam targeted seniors and caretakers and claimed to be offering the system free of charge because a family member or friend had already paid for it. In many cases, seniors were asked to provide their bank account or credit information to “verify” their identity, and, as a result, were charged the monthly service fee. The system, of course, never arrived and the seniors were left with a charge they had trouble getting refunded. The Sheriff’s Department says be wary of “free” offers that require your personal information upfront and always verify with the supposed friend or family member that the caller says paid for the service.