JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK NEW E-MAIL ADDRESS TO REPORT GRAFFITI, VANDALISM

Joshua Tree National Park, as well as many other parks across the country, has experienced a notable increase in visitation in recent years. With that increase also means an increase of graffiti and acts of intentional vandalism within the park. Park Superintendent David Smith says that while 99 percent of the park’s visitors respect and appreciate the pristine scenery, there are, unfortunately, visitors who feel it necessary to damage what Mother Nature has produced. To help Joshua Tree National Park monitor and mitigate graffiti, a new email address—jotr_graffiti@nps.gov—has been created for visitors to send reports of graffiti and vandalism in the park. Forms to report graffiti and vandalism are also available at park visitor centers and entrance stations. When reporting graffiti, please provide a detailed description of the location. Photos and GPS coordinates are also helpful.

MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST OPEN HOUSE TOMORROW IN THE AMBOY CRATER

The Mojave Desert Land Trust will hold an open house for the public to learn about the Land Trust’s projects. This year, the open house will be held at Amboy Crater, instead of the organization’s headquarters in Joshua Tree. The event is also a celebration of the first anniversary of the Mojave National Monuments designation. Managing editor Tami Roleff has your invitation…
The Mojave Desert Land Trust will host its Spring Open House at Amboy Crater, an extinct cinder cone in the Mojave Trails National Monument. The event will be “Backyard BBQ” themed and feature related crafts and guided hikes along the rim of the crater. The Land Trust will be joined by the Girl Scouts of the San Gorgonio Council, who will unveil the Mojave Monuments Patch. With a winter Sand to Snow excursion already under their belts, the Girl Scouts will earn their second of three bars towards the patch after spending a fabulous day in Mojave Trails. The open house is set for Saturday, April 8, at 10 a.m.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR DRUGS, STOLEN CHECKS, AND MORE

A Yucca Valley man wanted on arrest warrants was arrested Wednesday, also accused of possessing stolen checks. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy went to the 7700 block of Mariposa Trail in Yucca Valley about 9 p.m. with an arrest warrant for Christopher Harris, 43. When Harris realized a deputy was at the door, he ran out a back window, but was detained after a short foot pursuit. During a search of the residence, the deputy discovered that Harris was in possession of stolen checks and methamphetamine. Christopher Harris was arrested on his misdemeanor warrants for possession of methamphetamine, driving under the influence, and on a new felony charge of possession of stolen property. He was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $60,000.

LANDERS MAN FOUND WITH STOLEN DIRT BIKE

A Landers man who was found with a stolen dirt bike was arrested Wednesday. About 11:30 a.m., a deputy went to the 56200 block of Lum Lane in Landers. A records check determined that a dirt bike at the residence had been reported stolen. Raymond Lindley, 22, was arrested on a warrant for driving under the influence causing injury, and for possession of stolen property. Raymond Lindley was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $75,000.

PEDESTRIAN KILLED IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS IDENTIFIED

A 75-year-old man killed Wednesday morning after he was struck by a car in Desert Hot Springs has been identified. Ronald Blumkin was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Palm Drive and Ironwood Drive about 6 a.m. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died.

SIGN-UPS BEING TAKEN FOR GRUBSTAKES DAY TUG O’ WAR

Grubstake Days is still seven weeks off, but it is time to get your tug o’ war team ready and signed up. Reporter Edica Gonzales tells you how to sign up…

The Grubstake Days tug-o-war is back, and organizers are looking for teams to participate. A special challenge is being sent out to Marines and sailors, as well as law enforcement, firefighters, and local businesses to form teams and compete for bragging rights and prizes. There is a weight limit of 1,500 pounds per team. The tug-o-war will be held on the carnival grounds in Yucca Valley. The preliminary competition will start 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 27, with the finals starting the next day, Sunday, May 28, at 11:30 a.m. The deadline to register teams is April 30. The registration fee is $100. For more information, call Carl at 760-401-6552 or Tracey at 760-368-8990.

BLOOD DRIVE AT LANDERS MOOSE LODGE TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Saturday, April 8, at the Landers Moose Lodge, 58266 Reche Road, from 11 to 3. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 800-TRY-GIVING.

LANDERS ASSOCIATION MEETS TOMORROW

The monthly meeting of the Landers Association is tomorrow at 3 p.m. in Belfield Hall, just east the Moose Lodge on Reche Road in Landers. On the agenda is a brief look at upcoming events including the “Greater Landers Monster Tire (and eWaste) Round up Part 2” set for April 15; the Homestead Valley Community Council’s Poker Run on April 29; and Landers big indoor/outdoor Bizarre Bazaar set for May 6. Saturday’s meeting is open to all. Come early to check out the Thrift Shoppe. The Thrift Shop is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WONDER VALLEY COMMUNITY MEETING TOMORROW

Wonder Valley’s once-a-month community meeting is tomorrow. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has this preview …
The monthly Wonder Valley Community Meeting takes place tomorrow, April 8 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Wonder Valley Community Center on Amboy Road. On the agenda is a presentation and update from County Fire Station 45; also a discussion on starting up and running a recycling program, an Artist of the Month program, and a community needs assessment. These are in addition to the regular Wonder Valley Community Report, the Community Center report, Neighborhood Watch and illegal dumping updates. Tomorrow’s meeting is open to everyone. Cuban pastries and French Roast coffee will be available.

GALLERY 62 EXHIBIT RECEPTION TOMORROW

Gallery 62 will hold an opening reception for its new exhibit, Terra Firma, Saturday, April 8, during the Second Saturday Art Crawl, from 6 to 8 p.m. The show runs through April 30. The exhibit showcases a variety of Earthy works in several mediums, as well as urban photography by Dimitri Kirillov, and an installation by Jennifer Kane documenting the art of Artist’s Tea. The gallery is located at 61607 29 Palms Highway in downtown Joshua Tree. Regular hours are Fridays, 12-3; Saturdays, 9 to 3; and Sundays, 12 to 3.

OPENING RECEPTION AT JOSHUA TREE ART GALLERY

The work of three outstanding artists will be featured in a new exhibition at the Joshua Tree Art Gallery, or “JTAG”. Managing Editor Tami Roleff invites you to the show and reception this weekend…

Three California artists with links to the High Desert will be exploring “The Grid” in an upcoming exhibit at the Joshua Tree Art Gallery (JTAG). “Three Sisters: Off the Grid” will feature the work of Joshua Tree painter Judy Wold, and her sisters-in-law, textile artist Martha Wold Cornwall, and painter Mary Wold Souza. An opening reception will be Saturday, April 8, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. An Artist Talks event, in which each artist will discuss her work and inspiration, will be held at the Gallery on Saturday May 6, from noon to 1 pm, just prior to the show closing. JTAG is located at 61607B 29 Palms Highway and is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays noon to 3 p.m. For more information, call Bob Wold at 310-913-5885.

JOSHUA TREE JAZZ BAND IN CONCERT TOMORROW

The Joshua Tree Jazz Band will hold a concert Saturday, April 8, during the Second Saturday Art Crawl. The concert will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in back of Zannedelions Boutique at 61877 29 Palms Highway in Joshua Tree. There will be a no host bar and munchies available. The concert is free, but donations are appreciated.

PLAY BOARD GAMES IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

Some good old-fashioned fun tomorrow at the Yucca Valley Community Center. Reporter Kirby Davis invites you to pop in to play classic board games…

Remember the good old days playing board games? The Yucca Valley Parks and Rec Department is holding drop-in sessions where people of all ages can play board games, from the classics to new games. The drop-in board game session is Saturday, April 8, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Yucca Valley Community Center. Admission is $2 at the door. Helpers will be available to teach any game, and will supply a free take-home game to each participant. For more information, call 760-369-7211.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL SWIM TEAMS ARE 5-0

The Twentynine Palms High School Swim Team traveled to Rancho Mirage High School Wednesday with the Wildcats taking a bite out of the Rattlers, 95 to 73 for the girls, and 104 to 61 for the boys. Both teams are now 5-0 to start the season. Individual stats can be seen below. The teams’ next meet is 3:15, April 12 at Yucca Valley High School for the second annual battle of the 500 Bell.

A SENIOR AT TPHS TABITHA ZUNIGA SWIMS BUTTERFLY

ANDREW BAXTER SWIMMING WITH 100 YARD FREE STYLE

KYLE BOBADILLA AND HUGO FOURNIER DIVE INTO THE POOL WITH A RANCHO MIRAGE SWIMMER

LEXI WADE A SENIOR AT TPHS BACKSTROKE START

NICK VALENZUELA AND BRADEN BEAUDOIN IN GREEN CAPS SWIM 200 YARD FREE STYLE

NICOLE ELMER SWIMMING THE 500 YARD FREE STYLE

200 Medley relay

Girls
1st Gabby Crank, Taylor Scamman, Lexi Wade, Lindsey Scamman
3rd Bella Crank, Nicole Elmer, Devanee Johnson, Tabitha Zuniga

Boys
1st Kyle Bobadilla, Josiah Henderson, Tyler Abrams, Brian Soster
3rd Braden, Beaudoin, Hugo Fornier, Michael Hedges, Jacob Smith

200 Free

Girls
1st Taylor Scamman
2nd Ashley Waring
3rd MeganLynn Slover

Boys
1st Nicolas Valenzula
2nd Braden Beaudoin

200 Individual Medley

Girls
1st Gabby Crank

Boys
1st Tyler Abrams
2nd Kyle Bobadilla

50 Free

Girls
2nd Lea Speer
3rd Bella Crank

Boys
1st Brian Soster
2nd Cody Landry

100 Butterfly

Girls
1st Lindsey Scamman
3rd Lexi Wade

Boys
1st Josiah Henderson
3rd Tyler Abrams

100 Free

Girls
2nd Gabby Crank
3rd Teagan Thompson

Boys
1st Brian Soster
3rd Cody Landry

500 Free

Girls
2nd Nicole Elmer
3rd Ashley Waring

Boys
1st Nick Valenzuela

200 Free Relay

Girls
1st Gabby Crank, Taylor Scamman, Teagan Thompson, Lindsey Scamman

Boys
1st Josiah Henderson, Nic Valenzuela, Cody Landry, Brian Soster

100 Back

Girls
1st Lexi Wade
2nd Taylor Scamman

Boys
1st Josiah Henderson
2nd Braden Beaudoin

100 Breast

Girls
1st Lindsey Scamman

Boys
2nd Kyle Bobadilla
3rd Hugo Fournier

400 Free Relay

Girls
1st Nicole Elmer, Teagan Thompson, Lexi Wade, Lea Speer

Boys
1st Cody Landry, Kyle Bobadilla, Tyler Abrams, Nicolas Valenzuela
3rd Andrew Baxter, Matthew Councell, Hugo Fournier, Michael Hedges

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

In high school sports today, the Yucca Valley High School baseball and softball teams will travel away to Desert Hot Springs to play the Golden Eagles. Both games start at 3:15.
 
The Twentynine Palms High School baseball and softball teams will play Desert Mirage High School today. The baseball game will be in Thermal; the softball game is at home in Twentynine Palms. Both games start at 3:15.

SERVICES SET FOR JAMARCUS GILMORE

JaMarcus Gilmore, a three-year-resident of Twentynine Palms, died April 1. He was 13 years old. JaMarcus Gilmore is survived by his parents, Marcus and Angela Gilmore, his brother, Zavion Gilmore, his grandparents, and a host of aunts, uncles, relatives, and friends. JaMarcus was an honor student at Twentynine Palms Junior High School. A memorial service will be held at his church, Spirit and Truth Worship Center, 4751 Adobe Road, 3 p.m. tomorrow, April 8, with Bishop Perry Ford officiating. JaMarcus Gilmore was a member of the Honor Society, a Robotics team member, and a student volunteer.