Bobby Lee Kirchner, a 49-year resident of Twentynine Palms, died unexpectedly on Tuesday July 15.  He was 54 years old at the time of death.  He had been employed at the Desert Winds Golf Course on board the Marine Base for 35 years.  He also played bass for the local band Hazmat.  A celebration of life will be held at the southwest end of Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms on Saturday July 26 at 6 pm.


You’ve got errands to run, you decide to take your dog with you, and you know better than to leave your pet in a hot car for any length of time. You can leave your friend at Doggy Day Care, a service run by the Canine Relief Foundation.  The Canine Relief Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization, 100% staffed by volunteers, that also provides food and shelter for lost and abandoned canines.  Doggy Day Care is climate-controlled, with an attendant on duty, and is located at 56885 29 Palms Highway in Yucca Valley, in the Big Lots plaza.  All proceeds from fees benefit the homeless canines in the Foundation’s foster care program.  The hours of the Canine Relief Foundation are 10 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, and its phone number is 760-365-8844.


The San Bernardino Vet Center (SBVC) offers readjustment counseling, benefits counseling, and referral services to veterans in the Morongo Basin every Tuesday.  A Vet Center counselor is available from 10 am to 3 pm on Tuesdays at Copper Mountain College, 6162 Rotary Way, in Joshua Tree, in the Office of Student Services.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Yesenia Thomas at 909-801-5762.


The third Monday of July  is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus Federal food in the Morongo Basin.  Managing Editor Tami Roleff has the times and places…

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, July 21st.  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.


Desert Blood Service will hold a blood drive Wednesday July 23 in the Yucca Valley Vons parking lot, from 2:30 to 6:30 pm. 

Donors receive free cholesterol screening and donor reward points that may be redeemed in the online donor store at www.desertbloodservices.org.

Healthy individuals at least 15 years of age may donate blood All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. Donors receive a free mini-physical as part of the donation process. Donating blood takes about an hour, yet gives someone a lifetime. For more information, please call 760-777-8844.


Some people think that because we’re in the desert, that there’s nothing to burn.  We know better, and Ranger Pam Tripp tells about the work of the Wildland Firefighters…

For almost 100 years the National Park has been a steward of public land and the Wildland Fire Branch has been part of the mission of protecting these lands. The wildland fire program is committed to working with our neighbors and park partners to protect park and local resources.   Firefighters at the park conduct prevention, containment and suppression of wildland fires to protect the park resources and the visitors to Joshua Tree NP.  They also conduct and participate in regular trainings in order to stay prepared for fire situations, as well as helping to fight fires in other areas as needed.  Remember to practice safety when it comes to fire. If you build a campfire be sure to keep safety in mind before, during and after you build it and when putting it out.  As Smokey Bear says, only you can prevent wildfires.  Thank you to our Wildland Firefighters for the work they put in everyday to protect our national parks and local areas.

For Z107.7, this is Park Ranger Pam Tripp, encouraging you to get to know how your national park works.