Now that fall and cooler weather are here, many people are enjoying the night air by sitting around a campfire. CountyFire Captain Mark Murphy of the Yucca Mesa fire station reminds residents and visitors that all campfires and warming fires require a permit. The permits are free; just drop by the fire station to get the permit. Murphy also recommends that a fire extinguisher and other fire prevention tools, such as hoses, be nearby in case the fire gets out of control.


A local institution, Tender Loving Cause, is looking for help, as it does every year at this season.  ROP Broadcasting student Nina Dizon tells how you can help…


The annual Tender Loving Christmas holiday event is just around the corner. According to the Tender Loving Cause website, people can volunteer and participate in their food drive to make this year’s event successful.  The event will provide a buffet for the needy and lonely who have no where else to celebrate their holidays. A toy give-away for children will also be held at sight. The Tender loving Christmas event will take place at the Yucca Valley Community Center beginning at 12:30 p.m on Christmas Day. For more info about the event or volunteering, feel free to contact Mara Cantelo at (760) 333-2413.Reporting for Z107.7 News, I’m ROP Broadcasting Student Nina Dizon. 


ArtFx & Furnishings in Old Town Yucca Valley will be hosting the second annual Hi Desert Holiday Art Auction on December 14  from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm as a benefit for ReachOut Morongo Basin and its programs for senior and disabled neighbors. Organizers are seeking donations of artwork for this event from local artists.  Donations of artwork are requested by December 1, 2013 and can be delivered to ArtFx & Furnishings 55836 29 Palms Hwy, Yucca Valley, Ca (4 doors west of Pioneer Town Rd.) or to Reach Out at 6539 Adobe Rd. Twentynine Palms, CA. or you can call

Carlos Reyes at 619-990-5683 or Reach Out at 760-361-1410 to arrange for donations pick up or for more information.


The Twentynine Palms Select Choir was recognized for their excellence with an invitation to go to New York City for a workshop and perform in Carnegie Hall. In this first of a 2-part report, assignment reporter Taylor Thacker reports on what it was like for the choir to receive the invitation…

Music Director Michael Mayes received an exciting message to inform him that the TPHS Select Choir was invited to participate in a multi-day workshop in New York City in April of 2014. Mayes said, “I was so impressed and so excited.” American Music Performance is an elite, invite-only division of Choirs of America. “It is extremely significant because the American Music Performance only picks about 17-20 choirs in the entire nation to be invited and our choir at Twentynine Palms High School was one of the top choirs that were picked. The choir will have many amazing opportunities in New York. “There is a composer who has been commissioned to write a piece just for us to sing and we will be actually singing the premier performance at Carnegie Hall.” Mayes and the TPHS Select Choir are going to need everyone’s help if they wish to accomplish the difficult task of raising enough funds for the trip. For more information call 760-361-5306.  Reporting for Z107.7, this is assignment reporter Taylor Thacker.


The Joshua Tree Art Gallery, JTAG, is putting out a call for art for its December show. The themed show is titled PLACE. Artwork may describe geography–whether of an actual place or of the artist’s self, a place in history, or where the artist is now or is going in the future.  A cash award will be given for Best in Show. The deadline for submission to the show is Saturday, November 30. An application can be found on the gallery’s website, joshuatreeartgallery.com. An opening reception will be held Saturday, December 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will run through January 3.


Morongo Basin firefighters will be collecting toys to distribute to needy children. Boxes where residents can drop off toys will be in local businesses, banks, and mobile home parks. In addition, Walmart will host a “stuff the truck” event at the store for the next three weekends to collect toys. Firefighters will be at Walmart Fridays, starting November 29, from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturdays 1 to 5, and Sundays, noon to 5, through December 15 to collect monetary donations and new toys. Toys for both boys and girls up to age 17 should be valued at $20 or less.


Are you tough enough to compete against United States Marines in a cross-fit challenge? The Marines are looking for the toughest athletes in the desert to compete in the Fourth Annual Desert Crossfit Challenge in PalmDesert on December 14, starting at 8 a.m. The event will consist of two tournaments: a crossfit competition, and an “Are You Marine Corps Tough?” challenge. The entry fee is one new, unwrapped toy, valued between $15 and $20, which will be donated to Toys for Tots. For more information, call 760-779-8880.


Barbara Hieber, a 54-year resident of Twentynine Palms, deceased on Sunday November 24 at her home in Twentynine Palms  She had retired from civil service after 30 years, in 1989, from the local Marine Corps Base.  Among family members who survive her are 4 children, 16 grandchildren, and 26 great-grandchildren.  Services will be held at Desert Congregational Church, 5688 Sunrise Road in Twentynine Palms on Monday, December 2nd.  The viewing will be from 9 to 10 am, funeral services at 10 am, with graveside services to follow at Twentynine Palms Cemetery.


A two-vehicle crash in Twentynine Palms Wednesday morning injured four people. Twentynine Palms Fire Chief Jim Thompson said a collision between a car and pick-up truck shortly after 10 a.m. blocked the westbound lanes of Highway 62 at El Rey Avenue. Westbound traffic was diverted into the eastbound lanes. Four people received minor to moderate injuries in the crash.


An ongoing construction project at Twentynine Palms High School will, when completed, streamline the school’s operations.  ROP Broadcasting student Alex Silva previews the new administration building…

The new building being constructed on Twentynine Palms High School campus will serve a variety of uses. Principal Justin Monical says that the new building will centralize all of the campuses staff facilities to one location. Monical also says that the new building will save time for students and staff alike that must walk from the counseling office to the front office and back again on school days. Monical added that none of the existing school facilities will go to waste. The old office, he says, will be turned into a new computer lab for the students, and the old teachers’ lounge will be turned into a new classroom. A use for the old counseling office has yet to be decided, but Principal Monical assures us that everything will eventually serve a purpose.

Reporting for z107.7, I’m R.O.P. broadcasting student Alex Silva.


There will be a yard sale and raffle Saturday November 30 to benefit the Joshua Tree Legal Defense Fund.  This fund has been set up by opponents of the Dollar General store planned for Joshua Tree.  Items can be dropped off on the morning of the sale, which will be held in the vacant lot by Coyote Corner in the center of downtown Joshua Tree.  The sale starts at 9 am.


Mark your calendar for a special cultural event next weekend.  Reporter Taylor Thacker previews the Joshua Tree National Park Art Show and Faire…

Discover your inner artist at the first ever Joshua Tree National Park Art Show and Faire. On December 6th, 7th, and 8th, the Joshua Tree National Park staff along with the town of Twentynine Palms will host a three-day celebration of art and music at the historic Oasis of Mara. Festivities include a juried art show with an opening reception, awards, and a weekend art faire with artists’ booths, art demonstrations, cultural displays, park history presentations, youth art activities, and live music. The artwork displayed is demonstrating natural beauty and cultural history of Joshua Tree National Park and is created my local, national and international artists. These artists will compete for a $6,000 prize. The art show opens at noon on Friday, Dec. 6, at the 29 Palms Art Gallery, with an opening reception set for 5 to 8 p.m. For more information call 760-367-5520.


Copper Mountain College student artists will be featured next month at the Glass Outhouse Gallery east of Twentynine Palms. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says a reception will be held this Saturday…

Called “dazzling” and “eclectic” visual art of the Copper Mountain College student art show will be on exhibit at the Glass Outhouse Art Gallery from November 30 through December 6. This exciting display of CMC’s emerging visual art talent includes drawings, paintings, prints, digital photos, ceramics, and sculpture. The public is invited to the artists’ reception Saturday, November 30, from 1 to 5 p.m. Snacks will be provided, along with live musical performances by Daytime Moon and guests.  All artworks will be for sale. The Glass Outhouse Gallery is at 77575 Highway 62 in Twentynine Palms, open 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.  For more information call 760-367-3807 or 760-366-3791.


Joshua Tree’s downtown businesses will light their “stars” at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, the 29th of November, as the start of the holiday season. There will also be caroling downtown tonight. Participants are asked to meet at Pie for the People at 5:31 p.m. for a quick, no host, snack and brief rehearsal with the band. The Joshua Tree Community Jazz Band members and carolers will leave the Starlight Courtyard at 6:30. Music will be furnished. Bring a flashlight and ENTHUSIASM! Vocal talent not necessary.


With full houses, the holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol” continues its run though December 14th at Theatre 29.   Director Rob Wanless explained that Charles Dickens originally wrote the tale of redemption after being asked by members of Parliament to write a pamphlet on poverty. After visiting workhouses and mills instead of a pamphlet, he wrote this story.    Wanless said , “This adaptation of “A Christmas Carol,” adapted by Romulus Linney, captures a very direct affect that one person can have on another. Scrooge could help hundreds of people if he only treated them with companion and mercy. He could quite literally save lives, end suffering, if he only chooses to. But it takes a great scare to wake him up to the affects of his greedy behavior.  I think Charles Dickens would be quite pleased.”

Reviewer Tami Roleff praised the caliber of the performers, saying, “Theatre 29 veteran Kurt Schauppner is perfect as Ebenezer Scrooge; it’s the role he was born to play. Also outstanding is Lizzie Schmelling as Belle, Scrooge’s love interest when he was a young man…. this is her best performance to date. Other standouts are Herman Platzke as Scrooge’s dead business partner Jacob Marley, Adam Redman as Scrooge’s nephew Fred, and Leonard Weber as Bob Cratchit.”

“A Christmas Carol” is playing Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 pm weekends though December 14th with a 2:30 pm Matinee Sunday, December 8th. Tickets are $8 to $12 and can be reserved and purchased online at www.theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.


The Santa Fe Social Club will distribute free food on a first-come, first-served basis Wednesday December 4, starting at 3 p.m. The distribution center serves individuals and families living in the Morongo Basin who need supplemental food due to low income. The distribution center is located at 56020 Santa Fe Trail, Suite M, in Yucca Valley. For more information, call 760-369-4057.


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.


Children needn’t have to do without Christmas toys.  Reporter Mike Lipsitz says that this year’s Toys for Tots drive is in progress…

The Toys for Tots campaign is well underway. And while many families haven’t yet turned in Toy Request Forms, others are already wondering when they’ll receive a gift for their child. Wonder no more, we’ve got distribution dates right now. There are three distribution dates in Morongo Basin. For Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, Morongo Valley and Landers, toys will be distributed from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. December 12 at the Yucca Valley Community Center. Distribution to Twentynine Palms families is on December 17 at the Twentynine Palms Community Center from  8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. That is also a second chance date for anyone in Yucca Valley who missed earlier distribution. And for families aboard the Combat Center, toy distribution is set for Dec. 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Building 2070 on 13th Street. That date is for military/base personnel only.  For Z107.7 News, this is assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz.


Tonight is the third night of the 8-day holiday of Chanukkah.  This year’s unusually early start has led to coining the name Thanksgivukkah .  The holiday commemorates the victory of an insurgent Jewish group over a Syrian overlord in a 3-year war, ending in the year 165 B.C., and the subsequent return of the Temple in Jerusalem to traditional worship practices.  In celebration, we say Chag Sameach – happy holiday!


A fire caused major damage to a florist shop in the Historic Plaza in Twentynine Palms last night. Twentynine Palms Fire Chief Jim Thompson said firefighters responded to a reported commercial structure fire at the Flower Garden in the 5600 block of Historic Plaza at 11:50 Tuesday night. Firefighters arrived to find a large amount of smoke pouring from the florist shop. Firefighters forced entry into the business and located the fire at the front counter area of the shop. Twentynine Palms firefighters, assisted by Combat Center and Wonder Valley firefighters, had the fire under control in 25 minutes.  A county fire engine from Joshua Tree covered the Twentynine Palms district during the fire. Thompson said the fire was reported by retired Twentynine Palms Fire Chief Bob Coghill, who was driving home when he noticed smoke drifting across Adobe Road just north of Two Mile Road. He investigated further, located the fire, and immediately called 911. Thompson said Coghill’s actions limited the severity of the fire and prevented further damage to businesses in the Historic Plaza. The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation, but appears to be accidental. Fire damage was confined to the front counter area; however the entire building and contents suffered heavy smoke damage. The loss to the building and contents is estimated at $15,000.