With the example of the Colby fire very much in mind, campers need to use appropriate fuel for their fires.  Ranger Pam Tripp has firewood advice…

Whenever camping, one of the main events of a good camping trip is the campfire.  There is nothing like the smell of campfire smoke when enjoying the outdoors and cool evening.           At Joshua Tree National Park all designated camp sites have fire rings.  Visitors must bring their own firewood, however, as it is prohibited for anyone to gather wood or kindling of any kind within the park boundary.  This helps to protect our park’s vegetation and allows the insects and animals to continue to use the shelter and sustenance of fallen trees and other plants.  The park and local communities encourage visitors to purchase firewood and kindling at the stores and establishments throughout the areas surrounding the national park.  Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, and Yucca Valley are the nearest towns along the Northern border of the park, while to the south is the Coachella Valley and its many towns.  For more information about bringing or buying firewood, call 760-367-5500.  For Z107.7, this is Park Ranger Pam Tripp, inviting you to experience your American landscape.


The Land Use Committee of  the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council is having a field trip on Monday.  The committee will inspect the area for the proposed 248 house gated community – the Alta Mira Project — in Joshua Tree. The meeting place will be on Alta Loma Drive, just west of Friendly Hills Elementary school on the north side of the street, Monday January 20th at  9am Monday. After the inspection the groupp will return to the county government center at Whitefeather Road for a short meeting and discussion. The public is invited to attend and join the discussion.


The cast has been selected and rehearsals have begun for the St. Joseph’s Players production of the classic comedy/drama “On Golden Pond,” which is scheduled to open on Friday, February 21, and play through Sunday, March 16, in the Rusack Parish Hall at the St. Joseph of Arimathea Church, 56312 Onaga Trail in Yucca Valley (corner of Onaga Tr. & Church St.).

“On Golden Pond,” written by Ernest Thompson, opened on Broadway in 1979, garnering several awards including a Toni, and has since become something of an American theatrical classic. Thompson adopted the play to the screen for the 1981 film production featuring Katherine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, and Jane Fonda, which received multiple industry awards, including Oscars for Hepburn, Henry Fonda, and Thompson for his adapted screenplay.  The drama was later produced for television in 2001 starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.

Retired couple Ethel and Norman Thayer spend every summer at their cabin on Golden Pond.  This year their adult daughter Chelsea visits bringing her new fiancé and his 13 year old son.  The turbulent relationship between father and daughter, the generation gap between young and old, and the difficulties facing a couple in the twilight years all combine to give this play a unique insight into the modern family.

The cast assembled by Director Rebecca Havely includes Lloyd Steele as Norman Thayer Jr., and Sue Kelly as his wife Ethel Thayer.  Their daughter Chelsea will be portrayed by Sadie Johannsson, Chelsea’s fiancé Bill Ray by Benjamin Bees, and young Billy Ray by Trevor Carpenter.  Ben Sassnett will play the Mailman, Charlie Martin, and Jananne Turner will assume the role of the telephone operator.

Tickets to the intimate 50 seat theater are $10.00 general admission and $8:00 for Military, Students & Seniors (55+), CASH ONLY please, and are available at “The Silk Purse” in Twentynine Palms and “Wind Walker” in Joshua Tree, as well as from church and cast members. To reserve tickets, call 760-365-7133. St. Joseph of Arimathea Episcopal Church is located at 56312 Onaga Trail at the corner of Church Street & Onaga trail in Yucca Valley.


The annual and always inventive “Reduce, Reuse, Recyle” art exhibit opens soon.  Reporter Taylor Thacker has your invitation…

As part of the Town of Yucca Valley’s annual Earth Day celebration, local residents are invited to the Hi-Desert Nature Museum’s  “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” art exhibition on display January 25  through April 26. Paintings, sculpture, mixed media creations, photographs of recycled products, and art-related objects are loaned to the museum for display in the exhibition.  An opening reception will be held on Friday, January 24th, from 5:00-7:00pm. The reception is free to the public. For more information call 760-369-7212.


In high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School boys’ basketball team will take part in the Martin Luther King Jr. Showcase in Rancho Cucamonga.


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.