A San Bernardino County program offers free behavioral heath services for military service members and their families. All active duty and retired military personnel, reservists, or National Guard who have served on or after September 11, 2001 and their families are eligible. Services include confidential behavioral health assessments, rehabilitative support, family services, and in-home visits as needed. For more information, contact Pacific Clinics at 760-228-9657.


ROP Broadcasting student Jean Dizon emphasizes the attractions of Joshua Tree National Park…
Have a little extra time on your hands? Do you love spending time outdoors and enjoying nature itself? Come visit the Joshua Tree National Park today and experience the many attractions and beautiful views Joshua Tree has to offer. Many activities such as hiking, rock-climbing, and even camping can be done here with friends and family to enjoy. Spend time looking through fascinating rock formations and some famous attractions such as the Keyes View. The Joshua Tree National Park is located at 74485 National Park Dr, Twenty-nine Palms and is open every day, anytime for the public. Plan your visit here at the Joshua Tree National Park. For more information call (760) 367-5500.


A bereavement support group meets twice a month to help those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. The free meetings provide a safe and comfortable setting to help heal and recover after a loved one’s death. Gloria Beatle, a hospice social worker with the Hi-Desert Home Care Services hospice program, leads the meetings on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 6336 Hallee Road in Joshua Tree. For more information, call 760-366-6427.


Enjoy the National Park, and keep it clean. Ranger Pam Tripp asks for your considerate behavior…

The question often asked by visitors to Joshua Tree National Park is “What will we see as we drive through?” Our common answer is that you will see some animals, lots of vegetation, and great scenery such as the large boulder piles and the iconic Joshua Trees. Unfortunately, another sight that can be seen inside the park is trash, in the form of paper, drink cans, glass bottles, and shiny Mylar balloons. The shine or glare from trash left at the side of the road can distract ones eye from the beauty of the park. Trash can also affect the wildlife, if eaten by animals or if the animals get tangled somehow in string or plastic. We can all do our part by picking up our trash and throwing it away in the proper receptacles, found in campgrounds and picnic areas. Please help us keep your national park clean. For information about the park and how to help preserve it for future generations, call 760-367-5500.


The Homestead Valley Community Council will hold its monthly meeting 3 p.m. Monday, March 17, at the Yucca Mesa Community Center, 3133 Balsa Avenue, just off Aberdeen Road. Representatives from the fire department and Sheriff’s office usually make community reports and can answer questions. Residents from Johnson Valley, Flamingo Heights, Landers, and Yucca Valley are welcome to come and air their concerns.


If you’re off to a community college soon, and have interests in a technical field, Mike Lipsitz urges you to apply for a STEM scholarship…

College bound local high school seniors may be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship from the Copper Mountain College Foundation. Multiple scholarships are available for what are called “STEM” fields … Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The CMC Southern California Edison STEM Scholarships are available to students pursuing an associate degree in math, Computer Information Systems, Computer Programming, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, and Liberal Arts with emphasis in math and science. Preference goes to students preparing for transfer into a baccalaureate degree (B.S. or B.A.) program in science or math at CMC. For an application, follow the link in this story at ( ). Applications must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2014.


Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School golf team will host Apple Valley High School at home. Tee off is at 2:45. The Twentynine Palms High School boy’s tennis team will host Indian Springs at home; first serve is at 3:15. At Joshua Springs High School, the Lightning baseball team will host West Shores High School at home. First pitch is at 3:15.  And Yucca Valley High School boys’ tennis team will travel to Rancho Mirage to play Marywood-Palm Valley High School. First serve is at 3:15.