A great many of the Hi-Desert’s visual and performing artists will be a part of the 12th Annual Hwy 62 Art Tours, set for the last two weekends in October. The art tour is a self-guided tour of more than 200 galleries, shops, homes, and private studios from MorongoValley to WonderValley. The tour starts with the west end of the Morongo Basin (Morongo Valley, Yucca Valley, Landers, Pioneertown, and Joshua Tree) October 19 and 20, and moves to the east end October 26 and 27 (Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms, and Wonder Valley). In addition, there’ll be poetry readings, live music, theater, and special arts events throughout the Basin both weekends. A collective exhibit of artists participating in the art tour will be held at the 29 PalmsArtGallery, October 2 through the 28. The art tour’s launch party is aT Zircon Wish Circus on Saturday, October 19. YuccaValley will host a gourd festival October 19 and 20. The annual closing party will be Sunday, October 27, at Furst World Studio. For more information about the 2013 art tour, visit hwy62arttours.com.


The talented theater students at TwentyninePalmsHigh School are putting on murder mystery tonight at 6 pm.  Managing Editor Tami Roleff says you can help solve the crime…

Ever wonder what it would be like to solve a mystery? Well, now you have a chance in the Twentynine Palms High School I.T.S. 8th annual audience participation murder mystery dinner theater. This year’s production is My Fatal Romance: A Deadly Affair. Watch as a murder takes place in the midst of an award ceremony for the best romance novel of the year. Audience members can examine the evidence, interview the suspects, and even find out some secrets. Performances are 6:00 Friday and Saturday, October 11 and 12, in the High School MPR. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, military, and students, and are available in the activities office at the school, from cast members, and at Whitakers Art Supply in the HistoricPlaza. Tickets are also available at the door for $20 for adults and $15 for senior citizens, military, and students.


A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Thursday, accused of felony child abuse. According to a Sheriff’s report, Donald Crocker, 27, is suspected of picking up his elementary school-aged son by the shirt and throwing him to the ground. The boy sustained minor scraped to his back. Donald Crocker was arrested for investigation of felony child abuse and booked into the Morongo Basin Jail.


An area woman was arrested Thursday night, after a deputy found methamphetamine in her possession. According to a Sheriff’s report, Debra Landry, 54, was stopped near Twentynine Palms Highway and Palm Avenue about 9:30 Thursday for failing to stop at a stop sign. The deputy determined that Landry was under the influence of a drug. During a search of the vehicle, the deputy discovered a black key chain with a small canister and screw-off lid. Inside the cap the deputy located a white substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. Debra Landry was arrested for investigation of possession of a dangerous drug and booked into the Morongo Basin Jail.


Our local bus system is looking for ways to offer its services to more community groups.  Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells how to apply for a grant…

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority has set aside funds to support eligible transportation assistance projects here. Local government agencies and 501(c)3 non-profits may apply as long as their primary program helps with unmet transportation needs, such as accessing, promoting or augmenting existing transit services. Eligible programs could include trip reimbursement and other matching assistance programs. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Friday, October 18. For more information or an application, contact Joe Meer at 760-366-2986 or via email at joe@mbtabus.com . For Z107.7 News, this is assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz.


This month’s Saturday Art Crawl in Joshua Tree will feature the official unveiling of a new mural. Jacob Dudley, a painter from the Midwest, was a 2010 Joshua Tree Highlands Artist in Residence, who now lives in Los Angeles. Dudley painted the mural, depicting a contemporary and stylized scene of Joshua Tree National Park, on three large-size canvases that are on the west side of the Joshua Tree Art Gallery. Frederick Fulmer of JTAG said the hope is to commission other artists to paint murals that can be rotated in the three frames. The unveiling of Dudley’s mural will be at 6:00; the art crawl goes until 8 p.m.


Drive-in movie theaters still exist, including one in Twentynine Palms.  ROP Broadcasting student Careylyn Mendoza urges you to share in a great American tradition…

Twentynine Palms has one of the few remaining drive-in theaters in the United States. The first drive-in theater was created by Richard M. Hollingshead in the 1930’s. His efforts lead to the creation of drive-in theaters available today.   Today, drive-in theaters are not as popular as they were back then. Starting in the 1980’s, Cable TV and VCRs caused people to stay home rather than go to drive-ins. Many drive-in theaters closed down and there are as little as 353 drive-in theaters currently available in the United States.   Society is forgetting the fun experience of going to drive-ins with their families and friends. Everyone should all go to Smith’s Ranch Twentynine Palms Drive-In Theater, one of the few drive-in theaters left in the United States. It is located on 4584 Adobe Rd. in Twentynine Palms and is open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Getting in only costs 5 dollars per person and is free for children under 3 years of age. Come today and watch newly released movies every Friday! eporting for Z107.7 I’m ROP Broadcast Student Careylyn Mendoza.


Middle- and high-school students who are interested in attending a military academy are invited to attend a free event tonight to learn more about the country’s five service academies. Representatives from the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy will be on hand to answer questions regarding requirements and qualifications for entrance to an academy, Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarships, military prep schools, and congressional nominations. U.S. Service Academy Nights will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 15, at the VictorvilleCity Hall, Conference Room D, 14343 Civic Drive. High School seniors who reside in Representative Paul Cook’s 8th Congressional district, and who are seeking admission to the military academies for Fall 2014, must submit a completed nomination packet to Cook’s district office by December 1. For nomination forms, visit Cook’s website at cook.house.gov. For more information about the service nights, call Jan Leja at 909-797-4900.


The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up a Sunday breakfast of pork chop special with a full breakfast menu. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.  The VFW post is located at 6402 Veterans Way in downtown JT.