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CHP RECRUITING FOR NEW OFFICERS

The California Highway Patrol is hiring and has begun recruitment. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells you how to apply…
The California Highway Patrol is looking for men and women from diverse communities to provide the highest levels of safety, service, and security. Each candidate must be 20 to 35 years old, a U.S. citizen, have a high school diploma, and no felony convictions. Applications will be accepted online for four-days only starting today and through 5 p.m. this Thursday. To learn more or apply, visit chpcareers.com. Each applicant must complete the entire evaluation process including written and physical ability tests, background investigation, and medical, vision and psychological evaluations. All components of the testing process as well as a study guide and practice test can be found at chpcareers.com.


LOU GERHARDT’S 9-WEEK SEMINAR SERIES STARTS THURSDAY

“Honest Answers to Tough Questions” is the title of the Rev. Dr. Lou Gerhardt’s nine week seminar beginning this Thursday, March 5, 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph of Arimathea Episcopal Church, at the corner of Onaga and Church Streets in Yucca Valley. Each unit is self-contained. This not a Bible study, It is a presentation of practical aids in the development of a more positive outlook on life and relationships. Each week there will be music and there is no charge. For information call Gerhardt at 800-995-1620


AREA PILOTS INVITED TO LEARN HOW TO AVOID MILITARY AIRCRAFT

Local pilots are invited to learn how to avoid military aircraft in the area. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the details…
When you’re flying, it’s not a good idea for one plane to be in another plane’s airspace. The Combat Center and Copper Mountain College will hold a Mid-Air Avoidance Safety Class at the college on March 7. The class will identify safety issues facing military and civilian pilots flying in the Morongo Basin, and will educate civilians on the different types of military special use airspace they might encounter while flying in the area. The class, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 9 to noon in Room 119 at the college. For more information call Kristina Becker at 760-830-3765.


YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL GIRL WRESTLER FIFTH IN STATE CIF RANKINGS

California has more female wrestlers than any other state so Yucca Valley High School’s Vanessa Contreras accomplished something very special this past weekend. Contreras placed fifth overall—for the entire state of California—at 116 pounds at the CIF State Championships Friday and Saturday in Visalia. On behalf of the Yucca Valley High School wrestling coaches, spokesman Brandon Whitbread said, “Congratulations on your fantastic accomplishment Vanessa! We are truly proud of you.”


YUCCA VALLEY RECREATION OFFERS SPRING ADULT SOFTBALL

The Town of Yucca Valley is offering four adult Spring slow pitch softball leagues. Teams will play an average of ten games followed by playoffs and a championship game; league play begins the week of March 23. Teams may choose from men’s league, ladies league and two coed leagues. Games will be played once a week at the Community Center with ladies’ league on Monday; coed leagues on Tuesday or Thursday; and men’s league on Wednesday. In addition to the traditional coed league, the Town offers a casual coed division for teams that prefer a “decaf” level of play. Casual coed is well-suited for newcomers as well as corporate or family teams that want to play for fun and exercise. League fees are $400 per team and must be paid in full at the time of registration. First place teams receive a League Champion trophy and player t-shirts; a second place trophy is awarded to the runner up. Umpire fees, scorekeeping, balls, lights and field preparation are all included. Registration for adult softball is open through March 16 at 5:00 p.m., or when divisions are full. All interested teams can register online at www.yucca-valley.org or in person at the Yucca Valley Community Center from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. For information contact Yucca Valley Community Services at 760-369-7211.


"SNOWBIRDS"

We camped at Jumbo Rock mid-week in mid-February, and marveled at the influx of wildlife.  Ranger Pam Tripp says watch out for the snowbirds…

The Snowbird is a common winter migrant easily recognized by its lightly covered, bright colored plumage. Traveling in well-appointed nests, they usually arrive in early January to take advantage of the warmer temperatures in the Mohave and Colorado Deserts. You’ll see them throughout the Park in campgrounds, visitors centers, hiking and nature trails, and basking on sun-drenched granite boulders.

These hardy Snowbirds are of the two legged, human variety who show up in tank tops, walking shorts, and sandals, when the local folks are wearing layers of warm clothing, closed shoes and wool socks.  Their well appointed “nests” are usually solar powered 5th wheels or motor homes or luxury trailers complete with slide outs that expand their living and sleeping areas. Here at Joshua Tree National Park we look forward to our returning winter guests.  We delight in the enthusiasm of first time, as well as seasoned snowbirds as they discover our desert winter wonderland.

For Z107.7, this is Park Ranger Pam Tripp, reminding you to enjoy the solace and wonder of your national parks.


CACTUS SEW-ABLES QUILT GUILD MEETS MONDAY

The general meeting of the Cactus Sew-ables Quilt Guild will take place this Monday, on March 2, in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the meeting begins promptly at 1:00 p.m. Program for the afternoon will be “a Moo-ving Experience,” a trunk show with quilts and designer garments by Cathie I. Hoover. Guests are welcome. A $3 donation is requested.


HIGH DESERT WATER SUMMIT

The undersecretary for the California Environmental Protection Agency will be the keynote speaker at the second annual High Desert Water Summit in Victorville. Gordon Burns will talk about “Science: the Key to Managing Water in a Changing World” and the state’s recent legislation groundwater legislation. The event will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. April 8 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Victorville. The event is sponsored by the Mojave Water Agency. For more information, call 760-946-7001.


YUCCA VALLEY MAYOR OFFICE HOURS

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.


LOW-COST PET VACCINES, MICROCHIP, AND SPAY/NEUTER

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in March for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spaying and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you with your lost pet. Clinics will be held in Joshua Tree, west of the dinosaurs on Highway 62, on March 2, 11, 12, 13, 19, 20, and 31; and in Landers at C&J Feed Barn on March 14. All clinics are held from 10 to 2. Visit animalactionleague.us for updated schedules on clinics. To make an appointment for spay or neutering, call 760-366-1100.


URINETOWN THE MUSICAL NOW PLAYING AT THEATRE 29

The first Broadway musical production of the Theater 29 2015 season opened last night and runs through March. Directed by Desert Theatre League “Best Director, Musical” Award winner Gary Daigneault, with musical direction by Ed Will, and choreography by Mandi Pushkar, “Urinetown the Musical” is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the audiences should not let the title fool them; the musical is not an indulgence in toilet humor…

“Urinetown the Musical” is a light and cerebral look at how greed and corruption on the highest levels impacts us all. Mirroring the headlines of today, a terrible water shortage—caused by a 20-year drought—has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company. But one man decides he’s had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom. “Urinetown the Musical” at Theatre 29 runs through March 28, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m., with 2:30 p.m. Sunday Matinees March 8 and 22.

Tickets are $12 for regular admission, $10 for seniors and military, and $8 for children under 12 and students with ID. With some mild “Potty humor” it is suitable for children. Tickets may be ordered online at www.theatre29.org, or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.


SNOW SHOEING TRIP CANCELLED

The Desert Hills Presbyterian Church’s trip to Big Bear to go snow- shoeing on Sunday has been cancelled due to the threat of inclement weather. Apparently, it’s going to snow.


FREE GARDEN SEED EXCHANGE

If you’ve got extra garden seeds, Reporter Taylor Thacker says you can trade them tomorrow…

The 29 Palms Inn is holding a free Garden Seed Exchange event where participants will be able to trade their extra garden seeds with other participants. On March 1st, from 10:00am to 3:00pm, gardeners of all kinds will have the chance to explore new food and flowers and share gardening information with other gardening fanatics. During this event, there will be free packaging and labels available, live music by Artemis and James Groft, and light refreshments provided by the 29 Palms Inn. This free event takes place in the big white tent at the 29 Palms Inn. For more information call 760-367-3505.


JUPITER AND A WAXING MOON

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, February 28. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 6:30 p.m. and end about 11:00 p.m. A waxing gibbous moon will be near Jupiter and will dominate the sky, offering the opportunity to observe dramatic craters and mountains on the lunar surface. Bring binoculars, telescopes, water, snacks, chairs, and dress for cold weather. For more information, call 760-367-7222. 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.


JOSHUA TREE LOCAL FOOD PROGRAM

Locally-grown food and helping local families — that’s the dual objective of the Joshua Tree Local Food Program Reporter Sara Snyder says that two organizations are jointly sponsoring a fundraiser for the program…

 Transition Joshua Tree and the Community United Methodist Church of Joshua Tree want to provide organic food from local producers to needy families.  To further that goal, they are putting on a potluck fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the church.  There will be live entertainment and music provided by Mojave Sky.  The church is located at 6213 East Parkway, 4 blocks north of State Route 62 at Park Boulevard.  Pledges and donations can be made through contacts given in this story at z1077fm.com.

Send donations for the “JT Local Food Program” to:

Community United Methodist Church of Joshua Tree

Box 711

Joshua Tree, CA 92252

or via PayPal to communityumcjt@gmail.com.

For more information, contact Joe Fairbanks at 760 490 6287 or solarfairbanks@gmail.com.


OLD WEST MOVIES AT BOXOHOUSE IN JOSHUA TREE

Examining the myths of the Old West starts with a look at Old time Western movies. BoxoHouse will be screening those films. The second movie in the series is Sunday. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells you where to bring the popcorn…

BoxoHouse will host a series of movie screenings of old Westerns in conjunction with an artist’s residency program. During her residency, Olivia Parkes will create a body of work related to the myths of the Old West as portrayed by the entertainment industry. On Sunday, March 1, the 1952 classic “High Noon” will be featured.  The Old West movies concludes March 8 with the movie “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” from 1962. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. BoxoHouse is located at 62732 Sullivan Road in Joshua Tree.


TPHS CLASS OF ’65 REUNION

Are you a member of the Twentynine Palms High School Class of 1965? Or do you know someone who is? The Class of ’65 will hold its 50-year reunion the weekend of June 12 and 13 at Pappy and Harriets in Pioneertown. For more information, check out wildcats1965.com.


TWENTYNINE PALMS ART GALLERY RECEPTION SUNDAY

There’s a new exhibit being readied for the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery. Reporter Diana Medley sketches what will be on view…

The 29 Palms Art Gallery will open its March exhibition with a reception on Sunday, March 1, from 12 to 3 p.m. at the gallery.

Chuck Caplinger ‘s “Big Skies,” is inspired by the Hi-Desert’s panoramic beauty—from sunny days to dramatic stormy skies and phenomenal sunsets. Vann Nguyen’s “Distant Horizons” offers a contrasting perspective of hybrid imaginary constructions of architecture and landscape. New works by 29 Palms Art Gallery Guild Members will be on display in the Pickering Room. The March exhibition will remain on display at the gallery through March 29.

Reporting for Z107.7, this is Diana Medley.


MBTA MANAGER TO STEP DOWN JULY 1

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority’s general manager has announced he will be stepping down this summer. Joe Meer, who has been with the MBTA since 2002 and its general manager since 2006, said he plans to resign as of July 1 in order to pursue his graduate studies. During the eight-plus years that Meer served as general manager, the agency’s ridership nearly doubled; the agency made the transition to buses fueled by natural gas; and the MBTA completed the Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms transportation centers and numerous bus stops. Meer said he will not end his relationship with the MBTA after he steps down as general manager, as he plans to direct the vehicle purchasing and grants program after July 1.


STANDING ROOM ONLY AT SCHOOL DISTRICT SCIENCE FAIR, 11 WINNERS NAMED

Twentynine Palms Junior High School hosted a standing-room-only crowd for the annual Morongo Unified School District Science Fair Tuesday night. Reporter Dan Stork celebrates the winners…
Megan Pfau and Lori Anderson, the MUSD Science Fair coordinators, presented the medals and ribbons to the Science Fair contestants on Tuesday, February 24. Eleven students will go on to the next level of competition and enter their projects in the Science and Engineering Fair for the Inland counties of Riverside, Inyo, Mono and San Bernardino to be held on April 6 and 7 in San Bernardino at the National Orange Show facility. They are:
Lauren Guzman, Grade 5, The Power of Magnets;
Griffin Hilderbrand, Grade 5, Agua Caliente;
Sebastian Ventura, Grade 6, What R.F. Values Does Your Candy bar have?
Devon Moore, Grade 6, What R.F. Values Does Your Candy Bar have?
Jaylene Harmon, Grade 6, Soap Wars;
Abigail Hobson, Grade 6, Storage Struggles;
Johnathan Horn, Grade 6, Who am I?
Jaelyn Hannan, Grade 6, Who am I?
Mei Chua, Grade 6, Salt Water vs. Fresh Water;
Emily Stuckey, Grade 6, The McCollough Effect;
Madison Carpenter, Grade 6, Hot Stuff.
Medals were also awarded for class projects. Ms. Cowan’s third grade class from Landers Elementary School won the gold medal. Ms. Buchanon’s sixth grade class from Condor Elementary School won the silver medal, and Mrs. Hilderbrand’s second-third combo class from Joshua Tree Elementary School won bronze.


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