Joshua Tree National Park has been the inspiration for so many artists.  Ranger Pam Tripp says that the Park encourages the process with a Artist-in-Residence program…

Joshua Tree National Park and the Joshua Tree National Park Association are pleased to announce the participants in the 2014-2015 Artist-in-Residence program.  Five artists were invited to participate in the program’s seventh year of providing a unique residential opportunity to artists from around the nation. Chuck Kimmerle; Emily Underwood; Doug Shoemaker; Deanne Belinoff; and Sonja Hinrichsen will spend time in the park this coming fall and next spring to work on projects chosen from a pool of 70 applications.

The park will provide accommodations for the artists-in-residence for two to four weeks. Through partnerships established with other agencies within the region, the artists will produce a program or exhibit to engage members of the surrounding communities.

Selections were based on criteria that included relevance of the applicant’s proposal to the mission of Joshua Tree National Park, caliber of the work, and feasibility of the project within the NPS guidelines. We congratulate all the selectees!


Yucca Valley High School Registration begins Monday, August 18th.  The process starts in the YVHS Library.  If you received a notice from the library, please bring your books to turn in or be prepared to pay for these items during registration.  Class schedule pick up will follow in the YVHS MPR.  The first day of registration, August 18th, is reserved for incoming freshmen only. Registration on August 19th and 20th is open to ALL grade levels. Registration hours for all three days are 7am to 11 am, and 4 pm to 7 pm.  Students will have their school ID cards made at this time.  Please have all paperwork completed & signed prior to beginning the process (including all forms in the yellow packet and student’s blue card).

Please note that 11th and 12th grade off-campus ID cards for 1st semester will be completed ONLY during registration!  Also, you will not be able to see your counselor during registration without having made an appointment in advance.


Twentynine Palms Youth Club is taking registrations for its after-school program for Twentynine Palms school children. The after school program begins August 25. Applications can be picked up at the Youth Club, 5882 Luckie Avenue, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is free for students of Oasis Elementary; for all others, the cost is $100 per month. Oasis students must attend Monday through Friday from 2:45 to 5:45 and be picked up by 6 p.m. Hours for all other students are 2:30 to 6. Students will receive 1 hour of literacy class, 30 minutes of math and physical education, and help with homework. For more information, call the Youth Club at 760-367-5776.


Desert Hills Presbyterian Church in Yucca Valley will hold a family dinner and game night 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 20, at the church, 56750 Mountain View Trail. The men’s group will meet for breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday, August 23, at Carrow’s in Yucca Valley.


The third Monday of August 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, August 18th.  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.


Two Copper Mountain College students were awarded the 2014 Martie Avels Nursing Scholarship. Bobbie Buckman of Joshua Tree, and Breanna Ingalls of Yucca Valley, both registered nursing students at CMC, will receive a total award of up to $6,000 to defray the cost of tuition and books. Buckman said she was humbled to be chosen. “I can’t say I’m any more deserving than anyone else who applied.” Ingalls is already one year into the two-year CMC registered nursing program. “I’m looking forward to working at Hi-Desert Medical Center once I graduate,” she said. The scholarship was named in honor of Martie Avels, a longtime registered nurse at Hi-Desert Medical Center, and is awarded to registered nursing students at CMC.