With the approach of spring comes a promise of color in the desert. Ranger Pam Tripp welcome spring blooms…
A sprinkling of spring blooms has begun in the south end of the park, along with a few Joshua Trees and other blooms in the north. Scattered areas are alive with Chuparosa, Sand Blazing Star, Chia, Bladderpod, and various types and colors of wildflowers. As the weather gets warmer, blooms will begin blooming more toward the north side of the park. Look for blooms along the roadside, in washes, or tucked up close to rock bases where rain has dripped and pooled. Also, look in shady places during the hot days. Nooks and crannies provide excellent moisture retaining spots for the little rainfall that falls on our desert. The Spring Bloom displays a variety of shapes, sizes and colors that are a visual feast for our eyes. But for the animals that depend on the blooms as a food source, it is a virtual feast, rather than famine. Call the visitor center at 760 367-5500 for more information about our desert’s wildflowers. For Z107.7, this is Park Ranger Pam Tripp, reminding you to enjoy the solace and wonder of your national park.


The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meeting on Monday March 10 features two action items.  One will be on Recommendations for enhancing access to and transparency of Land Use Services application review process for Renewable Energy Generation Facilities.  The other  is a Resolution in support of a citizens request that CSA 70W-1 be annexed into the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency service area, and will follow a presentation by Big Horn Desert View General Manager Marina West.  That’s  in addition to regular reports from the Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, the San Bernardino County Fire Department, committees, and MAC members.  The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 pm in the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst.


The 24th Annual Walk 4 Life, to benefit the Hi-Desert Pregnancy Clinic, is set for Saturday, March 15 at Brehm Sports Park in Yucca Valley. Registration for the fundraising walk is $5, $15 for a family of three or more. T-shirts and sweatshirts will be given to walkers who have pledges totaling $100, $200, and $250. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., the walk begins at 9:30. The event will include live music, face painting, crafts, and magic, and food will be available.


Artists are invited to submit artwork for three themed art exhibitions planned for the Twentynine Palms Visitors’ Center. “Desert Rocks! Life on the Faultline” will be shown in the visitor center’s gallery April 1 through June 27. Artists should bring in their art to the Visitor’s Center March 28. The summer show, from July 1 to September 26, is “Water in the Desert: Scarcity and Abundance.” The fall-winter show, from October 1 to December 26, is “Gold, Iron & Steel: A Metallic History of the Morongo Basin.” Artists are encouraged to submit three-dimensional work such as assemblage, sculpture, ceramics, or fabric art as well as more conventional mediums, like oil or acrylic painting, watercolor, photography, and mixed media. There is no charge to submit art. For more information about in-out days, contact Jon Beard at 760-367-7562 or email publicarts@29palms.org.


In high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms boys’ tennis team will host Cathedral City at home. The Yucca Valley High School boys’ tennis team will host Banning at home. First serve for both schools is at 3:15.