Remote control toys are neat, and there are appropriate places to play with them.  Ranger Pam Tripp says, the National Park is NOT one of them…


Kids of all ages love to play with toys, and visitors to Joshua Tree National Park are no exception. There are restrictions, however, to what can be used in the park. An example is remote-controlled vehicles, such as cars, trucks, helicopters, airplanes, and drones. These toys are not natural to the park and the wildlife become scared and stressed by the presence of them. The animals see them as predators, which changes their behavior. They may leave a favorite watering hole, and not come back, because of an encounter with a remote control toy.

The noise such toys make is also out of place here in the park.  Not only do animals find it disturbing, many humans enjoy the quiet and solitude that a machine like this can disrupt.

Help make everyone’s experience here in JTNP a little better by leaving remote control toys at home. For more information on how to enjoy our beautiful desert park, call 760-367-5500.


The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, April 21. 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
  •  The Evangelist Mission Church at 6595 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.


The Twentynine Palms Rotary Club is sponsoring a free collection of your electronic waste. On Saturday, April 26, from 10 to 1, you can drop off—for free—your televisions; computers, laptops, and computer components; fax machines, copiers, or printers and their ink cartridges and toners; video game consoles; cameras; VCR and DVD players, cell phones and telephone equipment; and mp3 players. Bring them to 74325 Joe Davis Road in Twentynine Palms. And just a reminder, you can also drop off your e-waste for free at Cardinal Van and Storage, 73873 Callie Todd, just off Adobe Road, in Twentynine Palms, Monday through Friday, from 8 to 4.  For more information, call Randy Councell at 760-367-7562 extension 105.


Come dine al fresco at an abandoned homestead cabin in beautiful Pipes Canyon during a fundraiser for Reach Out Morongo Basin. An Evening at the Ruin will be a unique dining experience, from 4 to 8 p.m. May 10, featuring a barbecue dinner by Hero’s Catering, a no-host bar with beer and margaritas, and live music by Machin’ and The Luminators. Tickets are $35 per person and $60 per couple and are available at Reach Out offices in the Yucca Valley and 29 Palms Senior Center, ArtFx and Furnishings in Yucca Valley, 29 Palms and Yucca Valley Chambers of Commerce, Reach Out Board Members or by calling Reach Out at 760-361-1410.


While this year’s wildflower bloom can’t be called the best ever, it is better than we’ve seen in a few years.  ROP broadcasting student Jessica Harwood tells about what makes for a good bloom…

Here in our Morongo Basin in Twentynine Palms we can receive dazzling wildflower blooms throughout spring. If weather conditions permit, the wildflowers may bloom during spring and into early summer but the rain needed for their germination falls, on a good year, during the winter along with the occasional winter snow. According to the Joshua Tree National Park’s wildflower report, about an inch of rain with a half inch or so of snowfall is what produces an abundant bloom. Sadly the year of 2014 will probably not have a breathtaking bloom because we didn’t receive enough precipitation in winter. However certain areas in the park according to their website’s wildflower report will still have hike worthy sites of flowers scattered around Joshua tree national park.


The International Footprint Association will hold its first Children’s Charity Poker Run Saturday, May 3.  All proceeds will benefit the youth organizations of the Morongo Basin. The poker run will start at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, 56750 Mountain View Trail in Yucca Valley. Registration is 9 to 10 a.m. The run ends at 2 p.m.  There will be doughnuts and coffee to send you on your way and hamburgers, hotdogs and drinks at the end of the run. The winning hand will win $250. Not lucky? The worst hand gets $50. The entry fee is $25 or $35 for a rider and passenger. No motorcycle?  Bring your car. Pre-register at Bear Arms Gun Shop and at Hi-Desert Motorcycle Supply in Yucca Valley.


The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors meets Monday at 4:30 p.m. for a special closed session involving trade secrets. The meeting will be held in the Helen Gray Education Center.


Join the Twentynine Palms Library for their monthly teen book club meeting. On Thursday, April 24th, at 4 p.m., they will discuss the book The Hobbit  by J.R.R. Tolkien. Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, home-loving hobbit, is quite happy to stay at home until he meets a wizard, Gandalf, and is enticed into an adventure in which he becomes an “Expert Treasure Hunter.” Together with Gandalf and a band of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins sets out to reclaim a fortune in gold that is now in the hands of Smaug the Magnificent, a terrifying dragon. Along the way they encounter threats in the guise of trolls, spiders, and wolves. Bilbo must draw upon his courage and strength of conviction to stand alone before the dragon and do what he has been chosen to do. In the end, Bilbo makes a discovery that will have far-reaching effects on the inhabitants of Middle-Earth. This event is open to teens in grades 7-12 and refreshments will be served. For more information call 760-367-9519.


In high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School Wildcat tennis team will host the Desert Mirage Rams at home. First serve is at 3:15.