The possibility of an earthquake is NOT on hold during the Federal government shutdown.  Ranger Pam Tripp says, get ready for Great California Shakeout…


Drop, Cover, and Hold On.  On October 17, at 10:17 am, Joshua Tree National Park will participate in the The Great California ShakeOut.  This nationwide earthquake drill helps people in homes, schools, and organizations practice how to be safe during big earthquakes, and provides an opportunity for everyone to improve their overall preparedness. Last year, over 12 million people registered to take part in this important exercise, and many more are expected to be a part of it this year.   If you are visiting the park that day and wish to participate with us, a visitor center is the place to be.  The staff and visitors will simulate the event of an earthquake and how we can be prepared and stay safe.   For more information about how Joshua Tree National Park will participate in the Great Shakeout, call us at 760-367-5500.  However, if you want all the scoop on how to participate on your own, go to the official website at

For Z107.7, this is Park Ranger Pam Tripp…Encouraging you to experience your American landscape.


The Town of Yucca Valley will be holding community workshops for the upcoming Highway 62 raised median island and sidewalk projects.  On Monday evening, October 14, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and Tuesday morning, October 15, from 7:00 am to 9:00 am, the Town will provide an overview of the two upcoming raised median and sidewalk projects, and will cover topics such as anticipated project schedules, project funding sources, and business community outreach and communication during project construction. Both workshops will be held in the Yucca Room at the Yucca Valley Community Center.  There are two separate Highway 62 projects.  One project runs from Apache to Palm, and includes curb, gutter, sidewalks, raised median islands, and a traffic signal at Church Street.   The other project includes the construction of raised medians from Kickapoo Trail to Elk Trail and from Cherokee Trail to Apache Trail, and sidewalk improvements from Palm Avenue to Dumosa Avenue.  If your property or business is affected by either of these two projects, or have a general interest in the projects, please plan on attending one of the workshops, on either Monday evening, October 14, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, or Tuesday morning, October 15, from 7:00 am to 9:00 am.


Tickets are now on sale for the 29 Palms Art  Gallery’s Pioneer Days Chili Dinner. The dinner, part of the Twentynine Palms Pioneer Days festivities, is one of the biggest fund-raising events of the year for the art gallery, and is set for Saturday, October 19. The chili dinner will be served under the stars on the gallery’s patio, accompanied by live music by the Luminators.   Bruce’s Coyote Kitchen will prepare both vegetarian and meat chili, along with all the trimmings, and corn bread, plus salad, desserts. A no-host bar, serving wine, beer, and sodas, opens at 4:30 on the gallery’s patio, and the chili dinner will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets for the Chili Dinner are $13 individual, $25 couple, and $8 children under 10.  Tickets may be purchased in advance at the 29 Palms Art Gallery. Advance tickets are also available at The Silk Purse Art & Antiques, and at the 29 Palms Chamber of Commerce. Tickets will also be sold at the door. The art gallery is located at 74055 Cottonwood Drive, off National Park Drive in Twentynine Palms.


Twentynine Palms High School will be hosting College Information Night on Monday October 14.  The counselors and various college speakers will be presenting a wealth of information for  juniors and seniors.  It will start at 6:00 pm in Room 110 which is located near the large student parking lot.  So if you have questions in regards to scholarships, college applications, financial aid and much more —then this night will be very helpful!   Goodies will also be provided.


ROP Broadcasting student Makayla Ogdahl reviews the reaction to Marine Corps expansion plans into JohnsonValley, and the status of a NationalOHVPark designation for the area…

In early 2011, the Marine Corps expressed their interest in overtaking 168,000 acres of land known as the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area – an expansion which would mean the permanent loss of half the California desert available to the public. Angered, citizens rallied together and raised over $35,000 thanks to volunteers in and out of the Save The Hammers program. They hoped this would be enough to get a federal bill passed into law which would make JohnsonValley a NationalOHVPark. On April 23, 2013, Representative Paul Cook proposed a plan to create this new National Park. Cook’s plan would designate Johnson Valley OHV area specifically for recreational use, including – but not limited to – off-highway vehicle use, camping, and hiking. Marine Corps activities would be permitted to take place twice annually, but could not include explosives that could be left behind. As of June 14th, 2013, the plan passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 315-107, as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (also known as the NDAA). The NDAA now moves on to the Senate, where, if passed, will move to the President’s desk for his signature.

Reporting for z1077, I’m ROP Broadcast student Makayla Ogdahl.


Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley plans to honor military veterans from his district at a ceremony November 8. “Heroes of the 8th” Veterans Recognition Ceremony will honor past and present members of the military for their distinguished service, community involvement, or advocacy for veterans’ causes. Nominations for honorees can be submitted until October 18 via Cook’s website at For more information, email