Local environmentalists are gearing up to oppose the Soda Mountain Solar Project, a proposed 2691-acre renewable energy development that would be constructed adjacent to the Mojave National Preserve.  A press release from the California Desert Coalition says,  “This project is the poster child for inappropriately sited renewable energy projects and threatens bighorn sheep migration corridors, desert tortoise habitat, the integrity of adjacent wilderness study and natural areas and scenic viewsheds.”  The release goes on to say, “… the project’s groundwater pumping could harm water quality and quantity at MC Spring in the Mojave National Preserve, the home of the federally endangered tui chub, one of our most unique and rare desert fish.”  A workshop led by National Parks Conservation Association representatives has been scheduled for Friday January 10 from 4-6pm at the Joshua Tree Art Gallery to prepare for a public meeting the next day Saturday, January 11 from 1-4pm, at the Bureau of Land Management’s Soda Mountains Solar public meeting at the Travel Lodge in Yucca Valley, California (54850 29 Palms Hwy).


Next Saturday, z107.7 leads the push for funds to send a local student choir on a dream trip.  Taylor Thacker gives a heads-up for the Twentynine Palms High School Select Choir Radiothon…

            The Twentynine Palms Select Choir has been invited to sing at Carnegie Hall, New York by American Music Performance for Top Choirs in April of 2014. The choir will have workshops, clinics, master classes, and songs tailored to their singing group and will participate in a concert on the final day. This high school choir is determined to raise the funds needed to go and experience this amazing opportunity. On January 11th, from 12 to 5pm, Z107.7fm will host a “Radiothon” to help these dedicated students reach their goal. The “Radiothon” will raise money in a number of ways. Right now parents and supporters are actively looking for sponsors, guest DJ’s, and business and services to purchase radio time for the event. During the “Radiothon,” community members will be asked to call in and pledge funds. All of the funds raised will go to the effort to “Get the kids to Carnegie Hall.” All of the sponsors will be identified on the air continuously during the event. For more information call 760-361-5306.


Start the new year out by pledging to join the Joshua Tree Clean Team every 2nd, 4th and 5th Wednesday of the month with their goal to keep the community clean. The first scheduled clean-up in 2014 will be held on Wednesday, January 8 at the Rock House located on Alta Loma about 0.6 miles west of Olympic. The team will start at 8 AM and work for one short hour.  Afterwards, the team will meet for optional coffee and conversation at the Park Rock Café. As always, there will be trash bags, grabber sticks, gloves and water available to make the job easier.   For more information call 760 366-8415.


The Twentynine Palms Branch Library will offer a FREE Mature Driver Education Class every Wednesday from 2 – 3:30 pm, beginning January 8, 2014. This continuous class will cover everything needed to pass the DMV written exam over any given 6-week period. Seniors can join the class at any time during the year, and no pre-registration is necessary. Both the California Driver Handbook and sections of the Senior Guide to Safe Driving Handbook are reviewed. In each class, students are given sample written driver tests and the answers are discussed with references made to their location in the handbook.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Twentynine Palms Library during open hours at 760-367-9519. The library is open Monday through Wednesday, 11am-7pm, Thursday 10am-6pm and Saturday, 9am-5pm.


The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine clinics in January for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines; appointments are required for spay and neutering services. Clinics will be held in Joshua Tree, behind the dinosaurs on Highway 62, from 10 to 2 on January 7, 9, 13, 15, 23, and 29. To make an appointment for spay or neutering, call 760-322-4560. Visit for updated schedules on clinics.