On a recent hike on Ryan Mountain in Joshua Tree National Park, a friend of mine saw and photographed big horn sheep right on the trail!  Ranger Pam Tripp describes some other wildlife you might see…

Bighorn sheep posing on the Ryan Mountain trail in Joshua Tree National Park on Dec.  3, 2013.   (Photo by Gary Eastin)

Bighorn sheep posing on the Ryan Mountain trail in Joshua Tree National Park on Dec. 3, 2013. (Photo by Gary Eastin)

When visiting national parks, what are you interested in doing?  A large number of visitors like to hike, camp, drive, and sightsee.  However, another group of visitors are interested in the chance to view wildlife protected within this beautiful landscape.  Wildlife ranging from reptiles and birds, to Big Horn Sheep, coyote, Bobcat or Mountain Lion, is what draws many to the wonders of the park.  The excitement of seeing a Roadrunner or a desert tortoise or other animals is something the visitor takes home as a wonderful memory.  Though much of our wildlife is born and grows within park boundaries, they also enter the park through land areas called corridors.  These corridors are important because they are fragile small areas of transition for the wildlife and need protection from human encroachment.  They allow wildlife to travel from mountainous and urban areas into the protection of the park wilderness.   For information on the wildlife of the desert, visit our website at www.nps.gov/jotr or call us at 760-367-5500.  For Z107.7, this is Park Ranger Pam Tripp, encouraging you to experience the American landscape.


Director Marty Neider has announced auditions are set for Theatre 29’s second show of the 2014 season.  A Farndale Murder Mystery, “Murder at Checkmate Manor.” Auditions are on Monday, January 13th at 6 pm at Theatre 29 at 73637 Sullivan Road, Twentynine Palms.  This play is a fast-paced (at times) comedic farce about 5 British ladies who fearlessly take on big plays and then struggle with everything from costume changes, injured actors, missed lines, missed cues and sets falling down, but in the tradition of the British, “Stiff Upper Lip and all that,” they carry on and manage to get through the process.  There is a fashion show in the middle of the play, not to mention the home movie that starts out the show, and a prize for the patron who pays close attention to what is going on in the play and answers the most questions correctly, and a surprise twist at the end.  There are 4 female roles and one male role, for actors from mid-20’s to their 60’s.  The roles that are being cast and selected sides are available at theatre29.org .   The director is looking for English accents, good comedic timing, and the ability to play the role of a “bad” actor.   All roles are open for casting.  Rehearsals run from January 14th to February 27th.  Opening night is February 28th, and will run until March 27th with two Sunday matinees.  People interested in volunteering for set building, lighting and sound, and backstage support, are also invited to come to the audition session.


The second Monday of January is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus Federal food in the Morongo Basin.  Reporter Sara Snyder has the times and places…


The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, January 13th.  The locations and times are:

  • The Church of the Lighted Cross, at 11518 Elbow Lane in Morongo Valley, from 8 to 10;
  • Belfield Hall, on Reche Road in Landers, 8:30 to 10:30;
  • The Community Center in Yucca Valley, 8:30 to 10:30;
  • Copper Mountain Mesa Foundation, 65336 Winter Road in the Copper Mountain area, 9 to 11;
  • Joshua Tree Community Center on Sunburst Road, 9 to 11;
  • The fire station in Wonder Valley, 11 to 12; and
  • Little Church of the Desert at 6079 Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms, from 10 to noon.

Recipients are requested to bring their own paper or plastic bags.  For more information, call 909-723-1580.

Reporting for z107.7 news, I’m Sara Snyder.


The Morongo Basin CHP is offering another FREE Start Smart class for teen drivers and new drivers. These classes provide valuable safety information, and classroom instruction on collision avoidance techniques, collision-causing elements, and driver responsibilities. The class will be held on Tuesday, January 21, in the CHP offices on the highway in Joshua Tree starting at 6 p.m.  Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend as well. Reservations are required by January 16 and can be made by calling Officer Joan Griffin at 760-366-3707.


The Twentynine Palms Library will offer a FREE mature driver education class every Wednesday from 2 to 3:30 p.m., beginning January 8. This continuous class will cover everything needed to pass the DMV written exam over any given six-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, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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 13, 15, 23, and 29. To make an appointment for spay or neutering, call 760-322-4560. Visit animalactionleague.us for updated schedules on clinics.