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“Alive. It’s alive! It’s alive!” “Young Frankenstein,” a wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend based on Mel Brooks’ classic 1974 comedy film masterpiece, opens this Friday at Theatre 29 for a five-week run. The story follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein (that’s Fronkensteen) as he attempts to complete his grandfather’s masterwork and bring a corpse to life. But this musical comedy hit, winner of the 2008 Outer Critics Circle Award, is not without scary and hilarious complications. The show includes such memorable tunes as “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and the famous “Puttin’ On The Ritz.” Artistic director is Gary Daigneault, the music director is Bill Barrett. “Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein” will run Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m. from October 3 through November 1. Matinee performances are Sunday, October 12 and Sunday, October 26 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at, or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-366-8471.Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms. Theatre 29 is an all-volunteer, non-profit, 501( c ) 3, Community Theater organization.


Even as one show opens, the hard-working volunteers at Theatre 29 are preparing for their next production. Reporter Cassie Zimarik says auditions will be held a week from today…
Auditions for the last production of Theatre 29’s 2014 season, “Shakespeare in Hollywood”, have been scheduled for Monday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m. on the Theatre 29 Main Stage at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. The show will take the stage for five weeks beginning November 21 through December 20. The show, directed by John Wright, tells of when Shakespearian characters appear on a Hollywood set and are consumed by the glitz and glamour. The show is looking for eight male and four female comedic performers, over 17 years old, with various roles playing multiple parts; along with four ensemble performers. The production is also seeking technical assistance as stagehands, set builders and costume construction. Anyone 16 years or older wishing to participate backstage please also attend auditions. Auditions are Monday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m. on the Theatre 29 Main Stage at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms.


The 39th Annual Gem, Mineral, and Craft show is coming to the Sportsman’s Club of Joshua Tree. The show runs from Wednesday, October 1, through Sunday, October 5, with doors opening at 9 a.m. daily. More than 60 vendors will offer rough and polished gems, jewelry, beads, gifts, minerals, geodes, meteorites, fossils, carvings, tools, and more. It’s not just for rock hounds. Learn how to pan for gold and keep what you find. There will also be raffle drawings, a charity auction, and a vendors’ dinner. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be available every day. The Sportsman’s Club is at 6225 Sunburst Street in Joshua Tree. Admission is free.


Signups are now being accepted for the Twentynine Palms Pioneer Days Outhouse Races. Build it, sit on it, and push your outhouse to the finish line! Roll it the fastest and your team will win the coveted Toilet Seat Trophy! Challenge your friends, heck, challenge your enemies. Four walls, a seat, a moon on the door, and a roll of T.P. The Twentynine Palms Pioneer Days Outhouse Race will be held Sunday, October 18, at 2:00 p.m. To sign up or for more information, call the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce at 760-367-3445 or visit


The Twentynine Palms Soroptimist Club is giving young women in our area and opportunity for educational cash awards. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to apply…
Soroptimist International of Twentynine Palms is actively seeking applicants for their 2014 “Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women.” This program is open to any woman who has a financial need, is her family’s primary breadwinner, and is enrolled or has been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program. The application deadline is November 15 and is available through the link below or by calling 760-333-8995. The Twentynine Palms club will provide a $500 cash grant to its award recipient, who will then advance to the Soroptimist Golden West Region level, where recipients could receive up to an additional $5,000. The program culminates with three finalist $10,000 awards.


The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats football team opened the 2014 De Anza league season with a 30-22 win over the newest De Anza league school, Rancho Mirage. Coach Ernest Martinez said key standouts from Friday’s game were Beayahn Carrllo with 215 yards on 17 carries, and Jimmy Shragge with 76 yards rushing and a touchdown run. Demetrius Holmes had two key receptions, and snared an interception to preserve the win. Andrew Wilson led the team in tackles with 10 and had two quarterback sacks. Josh Alderson, Kyle Hope, Dylan Martinez, and Shane Estrada played outstanding defense and teamed up for six other quarterback sacks on the night. Hope and outside linebacker Arlen Myers teamed up for 17 tackles as well.

The Twentynine Palms frosh-soph Wildcats played outstanding and won again thanks to a fourth quarter comeback. The come-from-behind-win gives the frosh-soph a 3-1 record after wining the game 10-7. The ’Cats blocked a 30-yard field goal attempt in the final minutes to preserve the win. Outstanding players were Eneliko Tuli, Ryan Stowers, Derek Sutherland, K.J. Magwood, Quentin Griffin, Gunner Moss, and Bryton Williams.

The Yucca Valley High School varsity Trojan football team lost their opening league play at Big Bear 43-20. Coach Andrew Amosa said senior quarterback William Perrance came out the second half with a 80-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Sean Wallace. Perrance and Creston Cole added each had a rushing touchdown to finish the game. The defense was led by senior Mike McKay with 12 tackles and junior Larry Williamson with nine tackles. Taylor Smith posted eight tackles and sophomore Dylan Deluna had a sack for the Trojans.

The Yucca Valley High School junior varsity football team remains undefeated with a trouncing of the Baby Bears, 33-6. Coach Tim Cannavo said Lucas Lopez returned a punt 67 yards for one touchdown and had 144 yards and two more touchdowns rushing. Daniel Hoover rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown. On defense, Joseph Jennings led the way with 19 tackles. Daniel Hoover had 15 tackles and EJ Featherstone contributed with 14 tackles.

Joshua Springs Lightning football traveled to Van Nuys Friday night, defeating the Fulton College Prep Jaguars 56-0. The Lightning racked up eight touchdowns by five different players. Coaches say Jeff Bachman was the leading rusher for Joshua Springs, taking a 67-yard touchdown on his way to 81 yards total. The defensive highlight came via Kyler Dimoff, as an errant Jaguar throw resulted in a 73 yard interception return. The Lightning, playing 8-man football, is now 4-0 on the year

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Joshua Springs Christian School volleyball team will play Baptist Christian School in Hemet. First serve is at 5:30.


The popular Keys Ranch Tours are about to resume.  Ranger Pam Tripp has the time and fee schedules…

Joshua Tree National Park is pleased to announce our Keys Ranch tours for the 2014 through 2015 season. Beginning October 17, tours of the historic ranch will be offered three times a week. Every Friday and Saturday, there will be a tour at 2:00 p.m. and every Sunday we will offer a 10:00 a.m. tour.  Reservations are required, as tours fill up quickly. The cost is $5 per person, with a discount for children and bearers of the Senior and Access Pass. These can be made in advance, by phone or at our Oasis or Joshua Tree visitor centers. To preserve the character of Keys Ranch, participation is restricted to 25 people during a 90-minute, half-mile guided walking tour. To make a reservation by phone, for a regular tour, or for more information regarding special Artist Tours, directions and availability, call 760-367-5522.  Come join us for a tour of this wonderful historic spot within the park.

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


Are you ready for the Big One?  Managing Editor Tami Roleff says there’s still time to register for the Great California Shakeout…

The earth starts shaking. It could be “The Big One.” Do you know what to do the moment the shaking starts? Your instinctive actions can save you from injury and even save your life. The best way to train your instincts to drop, cover, and hold on, is to practice drop, cover, and hold on. And the best practice is to participate in The Great California ShakeOut, October 16 at 10:16 a.m. Go to and register. And, on October 16, at 10:16 AM, join 12 million people for ShakeOut!


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


Relay for Life of Morongo Basin will be hosting the Opening Night Gala of “Brighton Beach Memoirs”, by Neil Simon,  on Friday, October 10 at 6 p.m. at St. Joseph of Arimathea in Yucca at the corner of Church St. and Onaga Trail in Yucca Valley.

Brighton Beach Memoirs will be performed by the St. Joseph’s Players, and is directed by Desert Theater League award winner and nominee, Rebecca Havely.  Set in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, New York in September 1937, this coming-of-age comedy/drama  focuses on Eugene Morris Jerome, a Polish-Jewish American teenager who experiences the trials of puberty, and a search for identity as he tries to deal with his crazy  family, including his older brother Stanley, his parents Kate and Jack, Kate’s sister Blanche, and her two daughters, Nora and Laurie, who come to live there after their father’s death.

For Opening Night, Friday, October 10th, doors open at 6 p.m. with curtain at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres before the show, and dessert and coffee during intermission. There will be a silent auction held before the show and during intermission as well.  Proceeds from the Sponsored Opening Night Gala fundraiser will help support the American Cancer Society’s survivor and caregiver programs.   The show will run 4 consecutive weekends thru Nov. 2nd and offers both matinee and evening performances.  For more information or tickets to the Opening Night Gala, contact Diane Durden at 760-218-4584.  For all other reservations and inquiries call 760-365-7133.


Do you have your reusable grocery bags with you when you shop?  Reporter Caitlin Logan says that next year it’ll cost you if you don’t…

California is poised to become the first state in the nation to enact a statewide ban on single-use grocery store plastic bags. While opponents argue it will cost consumers and businesses money, advocates say the ban is the first step in putting an end to 30 years of single-use plastic bag litter, which never decomposes. Bill Hickman, CEO of Cleanups for Change, says his organization is excited about the plastic bag ban. “It gets rid of one of the top litter items we find at beach cleanups, and cleanups inland.” Belinda Smith, a partner with Gary Manufacturing, says her concern is preserving the state’s quality of life. “California spends more than $40 billion a year on cleanups,” she explains. A ban wouldn’t take effect until 2015, and stores would offer paper bags, reusable plastic bags or compostable bags for a 10-cent fee.


Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School girls’ tennis and volleyball teams will travel away to Indio to play Shadow Hills High School. The tennis match starts at 3:15; volleyball at 4:30.

The Yucca Valley High School girls’ volleyball team will travel away tomorrow to Thermal to play Desert Mirage High School. Match time is 4:30.


JTNP Supt David SmithJoshua Tree National Park employees gathered Wednesday morning, September 24, to welcome Superintendent David Smith, who assumed his new role on Monday. Smith spoke about his leadership priorities and fielded questions from park staff.

In his remarks, Smith addressed:

  • Threats to the park
  • Need for taking care of park staff as well as the park itself
  • Prioritizing good relationships with tribal governments, and all local communities
  • Reaching out to new audiences and historically underserved groups.

Martha Lee, Deputy Director of the Pacific West Region, traveled to the park from San Francisco to introduce Smith, who comes to the park from Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Kansas. “We had many outstanding applicants for the position of superintendent,” said Lee, “but David Smith’s background made him the ideal candidate for the job. We are delighted to welcome him to Joshua Tree and the Pacific West Region.”

After the retirement of former superintendent Mark Butler on March 2, 2014, Andrea Compton and Todd Suess served as interim superintendents at Joshua Tree.  Suess offered his farewell to park staff at this morning’s meeting, as he heads back to his position as Deputy Superintendent at Olympic National Park in Washington. Compton continues her service as Joshua Tree’s Chief of Resources Management.


Tonight is the last chance to take in “Shattered Ceilings” at Theatre 29.  Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells about this effort to shine a light on some great American women…

After discovering that there was a severe lack of plays about great American women, the California Desert Regional Theater set about to rectify that situation. Members of the theater each selected a woman they admired and wrote a monologue using the actual words of the women taken from letters, diaries, and news reports. The compilation of their work is “Shattered Ceilings,” a touring play that will conclude its two-night performance tonight at Theatre 29 in Twentynine Palms. Curtain time is 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available at the Theatre 29 box office. Call 760-361-4151 for reservation. Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms.

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


The men’s group at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church will hold their end-of-season fund-raiser this afternoon, Saturday, September 27, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to join them for hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, watermelon and soft drinks!  All this for $8 for adults and $4 for kids. The church is located at 56750 Mountain View Trail in Yucca Valley.


The Yucca Valley Youth Commission has extended their recruitment dates. Reporter Caitlin Logan tells teens how to apply…

The Town of Yucca Valley has a Youth Commission that provides communication between Yucca Valley’s elected officials and Yucca Valley Youth. Yucca students in grades 7 through 12 are eligible to serve. Appointments are made in the fall with members serving throughout the school year. The Youth Commission meets with the Town of Yucca Valley staff members at 6:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month; workshops are scheduled as needed. Applications to serve are available at the community center or online at The deadline for completed applications has been extended to October 2nd, 2014. For more information contact the Community Services Office at (760)-369-7211.


A breakfast and rummage sale in Morongo Valley’s Covington Park will benefit the Morongo Valley Fire Department. The Fire Fighters Auxiliary is hosting breakfast, set for 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 4; tickets are $7 for adults, $3.50 for children. The breakfast will feature homemade pancakes, eggs, sausage and beverages. In addition, individuals and businesses can buy a table sponsorship for $25. An acknowledgement of your sponsorship will be placed on display on the dining tables. Several donated prizes will be raffled off. Bring your recycled riches for the rummage sale, which will be held 8 to noon October 4 under the covered pavilion in Covington Park. Spaces are $10 and sellers must provide their own tables. No commercial vendors, please. For more information, call Debbie Harris at 760-861-8765 or Linda Bailey at 760-363-6004.


The desert is an inexhaustible source of inspiration.  Reporter Cara Conway says there’s a course that will help you realize your artistic yearnings…

Bring out your inner artist! The Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park is introducing residents to oil, watercolor, and clayboard painting and drawing! Learn to re-create botanicals and historic sites found in the park by working directly with instructors and the serene landscapes. Taking advantage of the morning light, most classes begin early, between 7 and 8 A.M. and are $60 for members – $70 nonmembers. Beginning Saturday, October 4 and continuing on various weekends through November 16, be sure to sign up before spaces are filled! For exact dates, courses and registration call 760-367-5535 or visit

Reporting for Z107.7, this is reporter Cara Conway.


The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will offer a Sunday pancake breakfast with breakfast burritos, omelets, and more from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.  The VFW post is located at 6402 Veterans Way in downtown JT.


Motorists who drive on State Route 247, also known as Old Woman Springs Road, should prepare to be inconvenienced for the next seven months or so. CalTrans is planning an $8 million dollar project on eight miles of the highway, from El Cortez Road to Handley Road that will start around the beginning of October. A CalTrans spokesman said traffic control and flaggers will be out to direct traffic as necessary as workers put in guard rails, temporary delineators, rumble strips, construct and widen shoulders to eight feet, and grind out and replace the pavement. The project is estimated to take 140 working days, or until about the end of April or early May.


At least one candidate for a local office has complained about disappearing campaign signs. What can be done about it? Reporter Dan Stork says, not much …
State law has a fair bit to say about the responsibilities of parties who put out campaign signs in the run-up to balloting. But with regard to the theft and vandalism of signs, the web site of the California Secretary of State says, “This is typically a local issue and is not mentioned in the Elections Code. Some cities have specific ordinances that prohibit campaign sign theft/vandalism—check with your local code enforcement department. Otherwise, sign theft/vandalism is treated as any other minor property crime and can be reported to your local police or sheriff’s office.”
What state law does do is to exempt the placing of Temporary Political Signs from normal outdoor advertising display requirements.
Further, a Temporary Political Sign meets the following criteria:
1. Encourages a particular vote in a scheduled election.
2. Is placed not sooner than 90 days prior to the schedule election and is removed within 10 days after that election.
3. Is no larger than 32 square feet.
4. Has had a Statement of Responsibility filed with the Department certifying a person who will be responsible for removing the sign.
Also, CalTRANS can remove unauthorized political signs, and bill the responsible party for removal.

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