COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE CLOSED TUESDAY

Copper Mountain College will be closed and there will be no classes, Tuesday, April 18, for faculty and staff development. Normal business hours will resume 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 19.

FREE PTSD COURSE OFFERED ABOARD THE TWENTYNINE PALMS COMBAT CENTER

Veterans and their families who need help dealing with post-traumatic stress syndrome and the after-effects of combat are invited to attend a free 12-week course at the Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. Managing editor Tami Roleff fills in the details…
Reboot Recovery is not a support group, but a 12-week course that meets for two hours every week to help veterans, service members, and their families deal with the after-effects of combat. The course focuses on the spiritual aspects of recovery. Some of the topics covered include A Wounded Soul, The Roots of Trauma, A Restored Soul, Making Wise Decisions, Be Free from False Guilt, Depression and Suicide, and more. Meals and childcare will be provided. The first class meets Thursday, April 20. Registration is required. See rebootrecovery.com for more information.

ASSEMBLYMAN CHAD MAYES SPEAKS OUT AGAINST GAS TAX

California State Assemblyman and minority leader Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley issued a statement Thursday on the new gas tax recently passed by the California legislature. Mayes spoke out against the tax increase, saying that it passed due his colleagues being bought off with transportation projects, arm twisting, and deals made behind closed doors. Mayes said before the vote, the Legislature’s Democratic leaders began showering reluctant legislators with transportation projects for their districts. Senate Bill 1 would increase gas taxes by 12 cents per gallon and 20 cents per gallon for diesel, effective November 1, and increased vehicle license fees effective January 1. The $52 billion in anticipated revenue would be used to fix California’s roads and bridges. The bill passed in the Senate 27-11 and then went to the Assembly, where it passed 54-26.

“TAKE A HIKE” WITH PARK SUPERINTENDENT DAVID SMITH APRIL 23

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District and Joshua Tree National Park have partnered on a project designed to promote wellness through exercise and even help patients healing from illness, injury or surgery. Called “Take a Hike,” this free program enables local medical providers to write a prescription good for 90-days’ entrance into Joshua Tree National Park to walk or hike on pre-designated easy, moderate or strenuous trails. Patients who receive the prescription present it at the park entrance. Kirby Davis has more information about a special hike with the park’s superintendent…
To promote the Take a Hike program—and in honor of April 23, National Park Prescription Day, a national celebration promoting the growing movement of prescribing parks to improve health—a special hike is planned with Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith, Sunday, April 23, at 9 a.m. sharp. Participants will meet at the Twin Tanks parking area. The group, which is limited to 40 participants, will hike on the California Riding and Hiking trail. Preregistration is required to go on the hike. Call 760-367-5502. Directions to the trail will be provided at time of registration.

HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL TO MEET MONDAY

Among the items up for discussion at this month’s meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council are the latest information on hauled water; progress on the campaign for designating State Route 247 a scenic highway; and whether off-highway vehicles are banned from county-maintained dirt roads. Residents from Yucca Mesa, Landers, Flamingo Heights, and Johnson Valley are encouraged to attend the meeting at 3 p.m. Monday, April 17, at the Yucca Mesa Community Center on Balsa Avenue, just off Aberdeen Road.