JOSHUA TREE MAN SERVING WITH NAVY

Quartermaster 3rd Class Jake Bigornia, from Joshua Tree, is assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (Bon hum Re shard) LHD-6. The Bonhomme Richard is the flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group. The strike group is operating in the Indo-Asian-Pacific region to enhance partnerships and is a ready-response force for any type of contingency.

Quartermaster 3rd Class Jake Bigornia, from Joshua Tree, Calif., determines the ship’s gyrocompass error using an azimuth circle from forward lookout aboard amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6)

TIPS TO AVOID GETTING LOST IN THE DESERT

With the search for a pair of missing hikers on everyone’s minds, managing editor Tami Roleff offers these tips on how to avoid getting lost in the desert—or anywhere else…

It’s not uncommon for people to become lost or turned around in Joshua Tree National Park. Thankfully, most find their way out, or are rescued by searchers. First of all, if you’re going in the desert, let someone know beforehand where you’re going, when you’ll be back, and give them your cell phone number. County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow offered these tips to avoid getting lost. He urged visitors and hikers to be familiar with the areas where they are going. Many maps can be preloaded onto your smart phone and used even in places where there is no cell service. Download the map before you leave home. Carry tape to mart the trail you’re on so you can find your way back more easily. Snow also said hikers could use a GPS to track your route and mark your way points. Some phones also have GPS apps. And another tip: look behind you occasionally so you can recognize the trail when you return. Reporting for Z107.7, this is managing editor Tami Roleff.

PIECES OF THE PAST IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

The Joshua Tree National Park has many pieces of the past along its paths. Park Ranger Sarah Jane Pepper to says report findings to park rangers…

Do you keep any mementos from family members who live far away or are deceased? Sometimes simple, everyday items have special meanings because of who gave them to us or because of how they were used in the past. At Joshua Tree National Park artifacts from historic and prehistoric civilizations are important clues to the rich cultures and lifestyles of the people who have lived here in the past. They are special to the people whose ancestors left them just like a scrapbook or locket might be. It can be very interesting to come across rock art, pottery shards, or even rusty tin cans in the park. Please help us protect these irreplaceable resources by leaving them where you find them and reporting sightings to park rangers. For Z107.7 this is Park Ranger Sarah Jane Pepper, inviting you to join the story of human history at Joshua Tree National Park.

FREE BREAD IN YUCCA VALLEY MONDAY

The Santa Fe Social Clubhouse will distribute bread every Monday at 11 a.m. until the bread is gone. The distribution will take place at the front of the building where there is sufficient parking. Wear proper attire for the weather and remember there are no public restrooms. The Social Club is located at 56020 Santa Fe Trail, Suite M, in Yucca Valley. For more information, call Susie or Phebe at 760-369-4057.