DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME

Daylight Saving Time started at 2 a.m. this morning. Spring forward, fall back. Did you remember to change your clocks? If you didn’t, you’re late! And while you’re at it, change the batteries in your smoke alarms, too.

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK CLIMBING AREA CLOSED

A pair of nesting red-tailed hawks has temporarily closed some climbing routes in Joshua Tree National Park. Park Superintendent David Smith announced that all public entry and activities in the area described as Morongo Man Cliffs—about one-half mile northwest of the Split Rock parking lot—are prohibited during the hawks’ nesting season. This area includes the climbing routes Morongo Man, Morongo Child, and From the Mouths of Dogs. The closure will remain in effect until the birds have fledged and the nest has been abandoned.

CAMPGROUND RULES AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Joshua Tree National Park Ranger George Land reminds campers of some visitation rules…

As visitation to Joshua Tree National Park increases, many people are making the trip to come in and enjoy the park, including those who wish to camp. The park has eight campgrounds and a total of 494 campsites. Only two campgrounds accept reservations; others are first-come, first-served. There are regulations to adhere to when planning and camping in this beautiful desert park: No more than two vehicles, three tents, and six people are allowed per site, at all times. Groups over six people cannot gather in one spot, as this has a negative impact on the surrounding resources. Feel free to contact us by phone or online at www.nps.gov/jotr for more information on the best way to enjoy your camping experience. For Z107.7, this is Park Ranger George Land, encouraging you to plan ahead and enjoy your trip to your national park.

MINERVA HOYT CALIFORNIA DESERT CONSERVATION AWARD-WINNER ANNOUNCED

The Joshua Tree National Park Association has announced that Cindy Zacks is the winner of the 13th annual Minerva Hoyt California Desert Conservation Award. The award honors those who have been an example of environmental leadership, inspiring past and future generations to take on the challenges the California deserts face. An award ceremony to honor Zacks will be held at the Yucca Valley High School April 12. The event is by invitation only. If you would like to receive an invitation to the ceremony, send an email to: mail@joshuatree.org by April 1.

REGISTER NOW FOR YUCCA VALLEY SOFTBALL LEAGUES

Yucca Valley is getting ready to start the spring softball leagues. Managing editor Tami Roleff joins us with the details…

What better way to start spring than joining one of four adult slow pitch softball teams? Registration is now open for the Town of Yucca Valley’s four adult slow pitch softball teams. Each team will play an average of 10 games at the Yucca Valley Community Center, followed by playoffs and a championship. There is a men’s league, women’s league and two co-ed leagues. Ladies play on Monday, co-ed teams play Tuesday or Thursday, and the men’s league plays on Wednesday. Registration closes March 22. Register online at yucca-valley.org or in person at the Yucca Valley Community Center from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. League fees are $400 with a $200 deposit to hold a team spot; league play begins the week of April 3. Reporting for Z107.7, this is managing editor Tami Roleff.

SAVE THE DATE FOR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ASSOCIATION ART FESTIVAL

The Joshua Tree National Park Association’s Art Festival has been celebrating the inspiration of nature for 25 years. This year’s festival, set for April 7 through 9, will feature 30 local and regional artists who will show and sell their work and share their personal interpretation of Joshua Tree National Park and the desert southwest. Original works of painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, art glass, jewelry and gourd art will be featured. The free Art Festival runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day on the patio overlooking the Oasis of Mara at the Joshua Tree National Park’s Oasis Visitor Center in Twentynine Palms. For more information, visit www.joshuatree.org or call 760-367-5535.