Road construction is starting up again in the National Park tomorrow.  Ranger Pam Tripp tells what to expect…

Joshua Tree National Park, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, will begin construction of approximately 10 miles of Pinto Basin Road on Monday, February 10, 2014. The primary objective of the project is to improve safety conditions for travelers through the Pinto Basin.  The proposed action includes widening, realigning, and modifying the existing 20- to 22-foot-wide paved road to a 24-foot- wide road, with a design speed of 35 or 45 miles per hour. It also redesigns and realigns the road to improve sight distances and safety at the Porcupine Wash area and the area south of the Cottonwood Visitor Center. The construction will result in travel delays of up to thirty minutes. The proposed action is part of an effort to rehabilitate many of the park’s primary roadways in accordance with the park’s General Management Plan.  For information on road construction and expected delays, contact us at 760-367-5500 or look on our website at  For Z107.7, this is Park Ranger, Pam Tripp, reminding you to enjoy the solace and wonder of your national park.


The Chaparral Artists Guild will hold their monthly meeting Monday, February 10 at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church in Yucca Valley. The meeting starts at 1 with a potluck lunch and will be followed by a demonstration by artist Snake Jagger. The church is located at 56750 Mountain View Trail in Yucca Valley.


Buildings at the Homestead Valley Park have recently suffered a rash of vandalism. The repairs to fix the vandalism are costly. The Homestead Valley Community Council needs to replenish the bank account so there will be funds for the 3rd of July fireworks show. The Council will hold a live music event Saturday, February 15, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Yucca Mesa Community Center. There will be live music; $10 buys entrance and two beverages.


The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, February 10th.  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

There will also be distributions at

  • the Waystation, 61722 Commercial Street in Joshua Tree, on Friday February 14, from 9 to noon
  • the American Food Bank, 55922 Twentynine Palms Highway in Yucca Valley, on Tuesday February 25 from 11 to 1.

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


The Twentynine Palms High School golf team will hold a fundraiser golf tournament Saturday, February 15 at Roadrunner Dunes Golf Course in Twentynine Palms. Entry fee is $60 per person, and includes a four-person scramble for 18 holes of golf, food, and prizes. There’ll be prize money for closest to the pin, longest drive for both men and women, and the top lowest scoring teams. Women and golfers 75 or older can play on gold tees. Proceeds go to the Wildcat golf team. Show time is 8 a.m., with a shotgun start at 9. The Roadrunner Dunes Golf Course is at 4733 Desert Knoll Avenue in Twentynine Palms. Reserve your tee time by calling 760-367-5770.


The Yucca Valley High School Wrestling Booster Club will host a spaghetti dinner and auction. The wrestlers will bake cakes that will be auctioned off at the dinner on Tuesday, February 11, starting at 6:30 p.m., in the YVHS multi-purpose room. Funds raised will go toward the team’s end of season banquet and awards ceremony.  A $5 donation gets a plate of spaghetti, salad, and drink, and entrance to the cake auction at the end of the event.  All are welcome to attend.