Spring forward, fall back. Yes, it’s that time again. Managing editor Tami Roleff reminds us to not only change our clocks, but also smoke alarm batteries…

Daylight Saving Time ends tonight, which means it’s time to change our clocks again. In March, we “spring” forward one hour, so on the first Sunday in November, we “fall” back, gaining that hour we “lost” eight months ago. The official time change is 2 a.m. Sunday, but for most of us, that means we’ll need to set our clocks back one hour before we go to bed tonight. The San Bernardino Fire Department urges residents to use the time change as a reminder to change the batteries in your smoke alarms. Working smoke alarms are extremely important in providing you early warning to get out in case of a fire. Some smoke alarms have a 10-year lithium battery and there is NO need to change these batteries every year. After 10 years you replace the smoke alarm with a new one. Reporting for Z107.7, this is managing editor Tami Roleff.

… On the subject of alarms, there are different types of alarms, with a variety of features.  An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires, and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires.   The County Fire Department suggests installing both types, or a combination alarm that uses both technologies.  There are also recordable alarms ( on which you record a brief message for your family), alarms for hearing impaired, and alarms that combine technology with carbon monoxide detectors.


This weekend, the Twentynine Palms Historical Society will again host its Annual Weed Show at the Old Schoolhouse Museum, Twentynine Palms, on Saturday, November 2, from noon to 4 pm and Sunday, November 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The theme this year is “California Gold”, honoring the memory of Huell Howser, with each category bearing the name of a local landmark —  Sugar Bowl, Sheep Hole Pass, Historic Plaza, Oasis of Mara, Luckie Park, the Marine Base, and so forth.  Entries in the various categories must use purple glass, or be of a specified size, or relate to mining or education or transportation of other guidelines. Awards will be granted in 12 categories, with a People’s Choice award to be decided by visitors to the exhibition.  For more information visit the Historical Society website,  After you view the weed show, step out back of the museum to see this year’s Chalkfest 29, and then meander over to the Art Gallery to view the Southland Show. It’s all within a 1-block radius and  it’s all free!


The Dale Basin Well Owner’s Association will hold its bi-annual meeting Sunday, November 3, at 4 p.m. at the Wonder Valley Community Center on Amboy Road in Twentynine Palms. On the agenda is the election of officers and a discussion of current water issues. For more information, call Mary Quamme at 760-367-2411.


The Chaparral Artists  Barn Sale continues today, November 2 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. In addition to art supplies, there will be all sorts of items for sale.  Look for the balloons and barn. There is parking in back of the barn, 7685 Valley Vista, corner of Onaga, Yucca Valley.


The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up Sunday breakfast of chicken fried steak from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.