A new show will open Friday, November 28, at Gallery 62 in Joshua Tree. “Through the Lenz” will feature photography by Georgia Toney, Ellie Tyler, Vera Topinka, Michael Gerry, and Tami Roleff. An artists’ reception will be held during the Second Saturday Art Crawl, December 13, from 5 to 8 p.m. The show will run through December 28. Gallery 62 is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11 to 5, and is located at 61871 Highway 62, just east of Art Queen.
Yucca Valley Recreation is offering kids a chance to write to Santa Claus. Reporter Caitlin Logan has the address for the North Pole…
Would you like to write to Santa Claus? Now through December 5, Santa’s elves will pick up letters to Santa. Letters can be dropped off at the special mailbox at the Community Center or mailed to Santa Claus, c/o Town of Yucca Valley, 57090 Twentynine Palms Hwy, Yucca Valley, CA 92284. The elves will be sure that Santa knows to “write back.” Participants must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with their letter. This holiday program is provided free to the public.
Food for Life wishes all a happy Thanksgiving. They remind you that their free Thanksgiving meal for low-income individuals and families will be held on Thanksgiving Day from 1 to 4 p.m. A full turkey dinner will be served at the Little Church of the Desert Community Hall in Twentynine Palms. There will not be a Saturday meal just for this week. Times are still available if you are interested in working at the meal to cook, serve, clean up or to drive meals to shut-ins. If you are interested in working this event, please call Teresa Brown at 562-324-9099. Workers are asked to wear black pants and white shirts.
We have very limited information about a homicide in Yucca Valley yesterday. About 3:23 p.m., investigators were called to a location off Avalon where a man was killed. The man’s identity has not been released pending notification of next of kin. We will have more information as it becomes available.
A fire destroyed a home in north Joshua Tree last night. Callers reported hearing numerous explosions from a home in the 63000 block of Sunny Sands about 8 p.m., and fire fighters could see smoke and flames from the home as they approached. The 1,100 square-foot, single-story home was fully involved when fire fighters arrived, and they went into defensive mode to knock down the flames and keep the fire from spreading. Power lines were also down near the front of the house. The residents were not home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Nearly 2,000 customers were without power for two to three hours Sunday morning. Southern California Edison reports that the first outage was reported just after 10 a.m. for residents along Highway 62 from Morongo Valley to Yucca Valley. Power was restored for most customers about 12:30. High winds may have been a factor in the outage.
The 29 wreaths in the fifth annual Festival of Wreaths auction yesterday brought in more than $10,500 for the Copper Mountain College Foundation. Executive director Sandy Smith said this year’s event was a record breaker. About 125 people attended the auction that saw some very spirited bidding. The highest bid of the night was $725 and went to Z107.7’s wreath, created by Tamura at Home. The wreath included a gift certificate for radio advertising. The People’s Choice Award went to a bird-themed wreath donated by Dr. Robert Lombardo, (which sold for $420), and which included a $300 gift certificate to Two Bunch Palms resort in Desert Hot Springs. A silent auction of 12 more wreaths raised nearly $800, and raffle tickets brought in about $740. Proceeds from the auctions and raffles went to the Copper Mountain College Foundation, except for the wreath for Relay for Life, which received the entire $290 bid. Former Superintendent/President Dr. Roger Wagner, who left CMC this summer for Victor Valley, was the guest auctioneer. Photos of some of the wreaths can be seen with this story at Z1077fm.com.
We may not see them, or if we do, we may not pay attention to them. But they’re there, living on the fringes of society. The homeless population of the Morongo Basin comes and goes. The Department of Housing and Urban Development requires that all sheltered and unsheltered homeless people be counted on one single night in January. The point-in-time count gives a snapshot of how many homeless people are in the area and what programs and services are needed. Reporter Diana Jones explains how you can help be a part of the homeless count…
Volunteers are needed for a one-day count of homeless persons living in the Morongo Basin. The Point-in-Time count is headed by Morongo Basin Haven, an affiliate of the Basin Wide Foundation. Volunteers will help identify locations where homeless people live, spend time, and receive services. The Point-in-Time count will be held Thursday, January 22, from 6 to 10 a.m. For more information, or to sign up for a volunteer position, visit a website in this story at z1077fm.com, or call Mike Lipsitz at 760-366-1488.
The all-volunteer board of directors of the non-profit Theatre 29 will be reorganizing early next month and is looking for those interested in serving. Theatre 29 will hold its annual Board of Directors elections and reorganization December 9 at 6 p.m. at the theater, 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. Anyone who is interested in serving a two-year term on the non-profit, all-volunteer, Theatre 29 board of directors is invited to send a letter of intent to: Brian Tabeling, President, Board of Directors, Theatre 29, 73637 Sullivan Road, Twentynine Palms, California, 92277. The deadline to receive letters of intent is December 8.
Season tickets for Theatre 29’s 2015 season are now available. Season tickets offer a significant savings over the year. They are also a gift that keeps on giving as they are good for seven productions over the entire year. Reporter Caitlin Logan tells you how to order…
Season tickets are now available for the 2015 season of Theatre 29. This year’s schedule will feature two comedies: “An Ideal Husband,” by Oscar Wilde, and directed by Butch Pelfry; and “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Production of ‘A Christmas Carol,’” directed by Marty Nieder; three musicals: “Urinetown,” directed by Gary Daigneault; “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” directed by Charles Harvey; and “The Addams Family,” directed by Kathryn Ferguson. Also on the schedule are a thriller, “Wait until Dark,” directed by Ben Bees; and “Jerome Bixby’s ‘The Man from Earth,’” directed by Eddie Tucker. Season tickets for all seven performances are $68, $56 for seniors and military; and $46 for children. Call the box office at 760-361-4151.
Reach Out Morongo Basin is looking for people it can help. Taylor Thacker tells how you can inquire about assistance from our local people-helping-people organization…
Reach Out Morongo Basin is seeking senior and disabled persons needing home repairs or yard work for upcoming service projects coordinated with volunteers from 3/7 Infantry Battalion, 3/11 Artillery Battalion and 1st Tank Battalion aboard the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center for upcoming service projects scheduled for Monday January 26, and with 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion on Friday January 30. Requests for home repairs such as painting, light carpentry and other repairs not requiring permits as well as yard work projects are being sought. Homes must be the primary residence and owned by the senior or disabled person requesting the assistance. All requests will require inspection to evaluate the scope of work required. For more information or to sign up for this program please call 760-361-1410.
Many people think it’s “right of passage” or inevitable: teen drinking. A group of Twentynine Palms residents is trying to change that perception, and to deter underage drinking. Reporter Cassie Zimarik reports on how you can learn more about reducing teen drinking…
Many residents worry about teenagers these days hanging out with “the wrong crowd” and drinking while underage. The Twentynine Palms Advocates for Safety and Change Coalition or TASC, aims to change that. The Coalition is a group of Twentynine Palms residents who focus on solving public health and safety issues. They plan to work with law enforcement to deter those who host parties that involve underage drinking, thereby reducing the number of teens drinking underage. If you would like to learn more about this coalition or get involved, email them at email@example.com.
It’s time to fill the beautiful night skies of Joshua Tree with more stars. For seven years in a row, businesses in Joshua Tree have displayed the lighted stars in front of their shops from Black Friday into January. This year, the six-foot, lighted stars will be sold at the Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce booth at the Holiday Market. The Star Lighting ceremony will be held at the Holiday Market on Black Friday. Listen to Z107.7 on November 28, at 5 p.m. as we count down to the official star lighting.
Being a commercial pilot is exciting, challenging, and yes, a wee bit glamorous. But you can’t just send off a resume and expect to get a job flying planes. ROP broadcast student Michael Gandara talked with a local pilot about what it takes to become a commercial pilot…
Ever looked up at an airplane and wanted to fly it, like I’ve done plenty of times? If so, then you should consider becoming a commercial pilot. We spoke with commercial pilot Jim Bagley who told us being a commercial pilot requires several things: You must be 18, trained by a certified instructor, and have a third class FAA medical certificate, an instrument rating, and 250 hours of flight experience. Bagley also led to information letting us know once this is all completed you need to pass a knowledge test with a 70 percent or better and successfully complete a practical flight test. A degree is not required but it is definitely recommended. Getting a degree in a related field such as Aviation or Aeronautical Engineering can help get you hired by airlines. The demand for commercial pilots is predicted to go up; according to Boeing, between 2014 and 2033, 533,000 pilots will be needed globally and 88,000 in North America. So next time I look up into the sky, I’ll know what it takes to get up there.
Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive tomorrow at the Little Church of the Desert in Twentynine Palms from 2 to 6:0 p.m. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. Those aged 18 to 44 years may register for Be The Match bone marrow screening free of charge.
The Twentynine Palms High School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will scrimmage against Palm Desert High School at 3:30 today. The girls will play at home; the boys will travel to Palm Desert.
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 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.
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.
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.