TUESDAY DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART EXHIBITION

Tuesday, September 1, is the deadline for entries for the Joshua Tree National Park Juried Art Exhibition 2015, a highlight of the third annual JTNP Art Exposition at the Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms. Entry is open to visual artists 18 and over for original work created within the

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STAR PARTY AT SKY'S THE LIMIT SATURDAY

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, August 22. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 8:45 p.m. and end about 1 a.m. The highlight of the evening will be Saturn and its rings along with a perfect first quarter moon. Bring water, snacks,

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SCHOOL BOARD IN WORKSHOP/STUDY SESSION TONIGHT

In a 5:30 p.m. work/study session tonight, the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education will review the single plans for student achievement for Landers, Morongo Valley, Palm Vista, and Oasis elementary schools. Those plans will be approved during the 7 p.m. open session. During a closed session, the board

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ART SOUGHT FOR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART EXPOSITION

Entries are now being accepted for the third annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition, to be held in November at the Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms. A panel of jurors will select about 50 artists for inclusion in the show. Entry is open to all artists 18 years

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STAY SAFE IN THE HEAT IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

High temperatures require planning and safety in Joshua Tree National Park. While Visiting the park in the summer can be a relaxing and scenic experience away from the crowds during high season. A park spokesman said certain preparations and precautions should be observed by visitors in order to insure a

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OVER 200 ON HAND FOR EAGLE MOUNTAIN SCOPING MEETING

The National Park Service is exploring the feasibility of expanding the Joshua Tree National Park boundary to include as much as 32,000 acres near Desert Center in Riverside County. The area in question is bounded on three sides by the park and once belonged to Joshua Tree National Monument, but

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK BOUNDARIES MEETING TOMORROW

The fate of land that was once removed from the then-Joshua Tree National Monument for mining, and almost became home to a huge landfill, and still could host a hydroelectric project, is up for discussion. Reporter Dan Stork says the public is invited to join the conversation in Joshua Tree…

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MEETING SET AS JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK STUDIES ANNEXING EAGLE MOUNTAIN AREA

Morongo Basin residents will be able to give their input in person at a meeting held by the National Park Service on whether it’s appropriate and feasible to add the Eagle Mountain area back within the boundary of Joshua Tree National Park. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains how the public

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK GETS AN “F” FOR AIR POLLUTION

A report released yesterday (Tuesday) ranks Joshua Tree National Park as having some of the most polluted air of the country’s national parks. The National Parks Conservation Association graded 48 national parks on healthy air, visibility, and effects of climate change, and ranked Joshua Tree National Park as the fourth

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WOMAN DIES WHILE HIKING 49 PALMS OASIS TRAIL IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Updated July 29, 8:45 a.m.

A female hiker died of a heart attack while hiking 49 Palms Oasis Trail in Joshua Tree National Park yesterday. According to Twentynine Palms Fire Chief Jim Thompson, rescue personnel from Twentynine Palms Fire Department, the Park Service, and Joshua Tree Search and Rescue were

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK WORRIED ABOUT DISEASED BIGHORN SHEEP

Joshua Tree National Park rangers are concerned about the possibility that bighorn sheep in the park may have contracted a deadly disease. A couple months ago, a wildlife biologist observed two sheep–one an adult, and one a lamb–coughing. When a bighorn sheep coughs, it violently throws its head all the

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HOW TO COMMENT ON STUDY TO BRING EAGLE MOUNTAIN INTO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

The Eagle Mountain area, which is bordered by Joshua Tree National Park on the north, south, and west, has survived an attempt to turn it into a landfill, only to be face a new a proposal to convert it to a hydroelectric power plant. The area is an important migration

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK REOPENS PINTO BASIN ROAD

Joshua Tree National Park has reopened Pinto Basin Road after road crews worked for two days clearing mud, sand, rocks, and debris caused by heavy rainfall over the weekend. At this time, all paved roads are open in the park. Box Canyon Road from Mecca provides access to Cottonwood Springs

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ROAD CLOSURES

In Joshua Tree National Park, heavy rains resulting in washed out road conditions have closed the Pinto Basin Road from White Tank Campground to Cottonwood Springs. Park maintenance crews expect to have the roadway cleared by tomorrow. Box Canyon Road from Mecca is currently open and is the only way

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK EXAMINES ADDING EAGLE MOUNTAIN AREA

The Eagle Mountain area and Chuckwalla Valley in Riverside County comprise 32,000 acres, two-thirds of which is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. These areas are surrounded by Joshua Tree National Park on three sides, and were a part of Joshua Tree National Monument until 1950 when they were

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49 PALMS CANYON CLOSED TO ALL BUT THIRSTY BIGHORN SHEEP

The popular 49 Palms Canyon Hiking trail from Twentynine Palms into Joshua Tree National Park is closed to anything but thirsty Bighorn Sheep. Because of four years of drought, other water sources for bighorn sheep in that part of Joshua Tree National Park have dried up, leaving the 49

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART EXPO SEEKING ENTRIES

The third annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Expo is set for November this year. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says artists submissions are being sought…Entries are now being accepted for the third annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition, to be held in November at the Oasis of Mara

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SUMMER RAINS BRING OUT DESERT TORTOISES, HOW TO HELP

Summer rains mean that desert tortoises are on the move, searching for puddles from which to drink. Many tortoises will be traveling on roads, which makes them vulnerable to being hit by cars. Desert tortoises should only be moved in emergency situations. Officials at Joshua Tree National Park have produced

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK CLIMBING AREA REOPENED

The climbing area known as the “Towers of Uncertainty” has reopened in Joshua Tree National Park. The area, which is approximately 2.5 miles south of Geology Road, was closed March 30 in order to protect nesting raptors. A park spokesman said this was the third year that redtail hawks had

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EAGLE MOUNTAIN POWER PLANT A STEP CLOSER

The proposal to turn the former Eagle Mountain iron mine into a hydroelectric power plant is one step closer to reality. Eagle Crest Energy Company announced Wednesday, July 1 that it purchased the former mining site on the southeast border of Joshua Tree National Park from Kaiser Ventures, which developed

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