JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK OFFERS SUMMER HIKING SAFETY TIPS

With the summer’s heat, locals and visitors who hike in Joshua Tree National Park need to take extra precautions. Park Spokesman George Land has some summer hiking safety tips…

Hot summer weather is upon us, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up hiking in the park. As long as you plan ahead and observe some basic guidelines, you can still enjoy your summer hike.

Start early in the morning when the day is cool. Be realistic about the hike you’ve planned with respect to the length and difficulty of the route you choose. If you’re not sure, talk to the staff at the visitor centers about their suggestions.

Always carry more water than you think you’re going to need. Protect yourself by wearing a hat, long sleeves, sunglasses, and sunscreen. It’s always a good idea to hike with a partner, but if you can’t, at least let someone know the trail you’re taking and what time you expect to be done.
Summer can still be an enjoyable time in the park provided you exercise good common sense and show respect for the desert environment.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN INJURED BY ACCIDENTAL GUNSHOT

A Yucca Valley man cleaning his pistol accidentally shot himself Wednesday night. According to a Sheriff’s report, the man, who was not identified, was cleaning his Springfield XD 40-caliber pistol in his garage about 10 p.m. The man neglected to check to see if the chamber was clear. When he began to disassemble the pistol and depressed the trigger to release the slide, the gun fired a round into his left palm. The bullet exited out the back of his hand. He called 911 and he was taken by ambulance to Hi-Desert Medical Center for treatment.

IMPROV TROUPE “BAKER’S DOZEN” AT THEATRE 29 SATURDAY NIGHT

The Theatre 29 Improv group, “Baker’s Dozen,” will strike again tomorrow night. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the details…

“The Baker’s Dozen,” Theatre 29’s new improvisational comedy troupe, debuted last month to a packed house and rave reviews. This Saturday, July 15, they perform again at 7 p.m. with an all new show, as no two improv shows will ever be the same. With improv, the plot, characters, and dialogue of a game, scene or story are made up in the moment. Director Chris Fleischman joins the cast of 13 talented comedian/actors. Troupe members include Cindy Daigneault, Cam D’Angeles, Amy Fangmeyer, Katie Fleischman, Kory Fleischman, Lisa Goldberg, Cody Joseph, Yvonna Mullen, Joseph Rego, Kylie Robinson, and Hope Spicer. Improv troupe show tickets are $10 each; military and seniors are $7; and students with ID are $5. Theatre 29 season ticket holders may attend one performance at no additional charge. For tickets visit www.theatre29.org or call the Theatre 29 box office at 760-361-4151.

COLLEGE BOARD GETS GOOD NEWS ON GOALS, APPROVES TRUCK-DRIVING CLASS

With a month away from the start of the fall semester, there was much to talk about at the CMC Board of Trustees meeting yesterday. The Classified Senate raised $5,085 for student scholarships at this year’s Bowl-A-Thon, the most EVER raised in 16 years. The Institutional Effectiveness Report showed an overall general improvement in not only retaining students, but helping them to complete their goals. Ground was broken for the Student Success Center Modular project yesterday. The project is estimated to be completed by mid-August, just before the start of the fall semester. After some discussion, the college board approved a class to provide training for drivers of tractor-trailers.

A YOUNG GIRL IN YUCCA VALLEY HAS OLYMPIC BMX DREAMS

A young girl in Yucca Valley has some big dreams. Reporter David Haldane explains…

Flash forward to 2024. It’s the summer Olympics, and representing the US in Cycling BMX is—wait for it—Kuylee Pettit, the Yucca Valley bicycling champion!

At least that’s 11-year-old Kuylee’s dream.

She’s been competing in the event—also known as Bicycle Motocross—for three years, often practicing on the track at Yucca Valley BMX, conveniently owned by her parents. For those unfamiliar with the sport, it involves riding a stout bike on a dirt obstacle course over sharp curves and steep hills.

Kuylee will take two big steps towards her Olympic dream later this summer; first by competing in the BMX World Championships in Rock Hill, South Carolina, then as a flag bearer at the State Games of America in Grand Rapids, Michigan. To make it happen, her parents have started an online GoFundMe campaign.

And what motivates Kuylee? “I love the adrenaline of racing. I love the rush you get. I love everything about the sport.”

To contribute to Kuylee’s trips to South Carolina and Michigan, go to www.gofundme.com, search for “Keri Dillman” and follow the instructions under the heading “State Games of America” and the picture of Kuylee on a hill with her bike.

HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETS MONDAY

The Homestead Valley Community Council will hold its monthly meeting Monday, July 17. The council represents the communities of Yucca Mesa, Landers, Flamingo Heights, and Johnson Valley. Representatives from the Sheriff’s Department, as well as County Fire and CalFire will be in attendance. The meeting starts at 3 p.m. at the Flamingo Heights Community Center on Perris Road, two blocks west of La Copine Restaurant.

DEADLINE TOMORROW FOR 5TH ANNUAL ART EXPOSITION

Artists hoping to win cash prizes and recognition in the fifth annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition have until midnight tomorrow to enter. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you how…

The deadline to enter artwork for the fifth annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition and Juried Exhibition is midnight Saturday, July 15. The art expo will be held in September at the Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms, next to Joshua Tree National Park Headquarters. Artwork must depict or be inspired by the unique aspects of Joshua Tree National Park or its cultural history. Artists may enter up to three artwork entries for an entry fee of $35, More information, complete guidelines, and the entry form are available at www.JTNPArts.org.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF ’67 PLANS 50TH REUNION

Twentynine Palms High School Class of ’67 is inviting ALL Wildcats to join in their 50th class reunion. It happens Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23, at Desert Princess Resort in Palm Springs. 007 and The Souls will be performing your classic rock favorites on Saturday night, and dinner will be served. For more information, email dot.swenson@yahoo.com.

TOWER OF POWER TRIBUTE AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO TONIGHT

Now in its third season, the Tortoise Rock Casino Live at the Rock free Friday night concert series salutes Tower of Power with a local band. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more on tonight’s tribute to funk and soul with Twentynine Palms’ own Desert Sol…

Get up and move with the powerful horns, tight rhythms, and T.O.P. vocals of Desert Sol in a tribute to Tower of Power. Whether you’re ready to “funkifize” or in need of a “soul vaccination” head over to Tortoise Rock Casino’s free Live at the Rock concert series tonight. Desert Sol will play hits such as “So Very Hard to Go,” “You’re Still a Young Man,” “Soul with a Capital S,” and more. Tonight’s free concert starts at 8 p.m. on the outdoor stage at Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms. In the coming weeks catch the Live at the Rock tributes to The Doors, Blink 182, and The Eagles.

YUCCA VALLEY SUMMER CONCERT FEATURES DIXIE MUSIC TOMORROW

Yucca Valley will hold the second of six concerts in its summer concert series this weekend. Managing editor Tami Roleff says this week’s band plays Dixie music…

The 23rd annual summer concert series, co-hosted by the town of Yucca Valley, Hi-Desert Publishing, and Z107.7, continues Saturday, July 15, with Persuasion. Enjoy the cool desert evening while listening and dancing to Dixie music on the grass at the Yucca Valley Community Center. The gates open at 6:30 p.m.; the music starts at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair. Dogs are allowed on the upper soccer field only. Upcoming bands include SouthBound on July 22; The Silverados on July 29; the Ted Herman Orchestra on August 5; and the final concert, The Answer, on August 12.

GOSPEL FELLOWSHIP CELEBRATES 18 YEARS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS WITH MORONGO VALLEY BBQ

The Gospel Fellowship Christian Center of 29 Palms will hold a free barbecue to celebrate 18 years of ministry this Saturday, July 15. There will be food, games, and activities for kids of all ages from noon to 4 at the Morongo Valley Community Center in Covington Park. For more information, call 760-361-6510.

ADD ICE TO YOUR CELL PHONE

Adding an In Case of Emergency, or ICE, contact to your cell phone can help emergency personnel contact your friends or loved ones if you are badly injured in an accident and can’t speak for yourself. Reporter Edica Gonzalez explains this simple idea…

Your emergency contact person should be someone who knows your medical history and how to contact your family, such as a spouse, significant other, parent, or good friend. Then, on your cell phone, create a new contact named I-C-E with the person’s name and phone number, address, and their relationship to you under notes. It’s a good idea to have at least two ICE contacts, labeled 1 and 2. If you have a password protected phone, there are ICE apps that you can add to your locked screen page that don’t require a password for emergency personnel to access. Search for “ICE” or “ICE lock screen” in your app store to find one that works on your phone. It’s also a good idea to keep an ICE card in your wallet in case your phone is lost or broken. Reporting for Z107.7, this is Edica Gonzalez.