A FAMILIAR VOICE RETURNS TO Z107.7 RADIO

A familiar voice has returned to Z107.7 Radio. Jessica Jean, who used to host the afternoon drive-time on Z107.7 Radio, has returned as the co-host of the Z107.7 Morning Show with Gary Daigneault. She said that when former co-host Pat Michaels left, she reached out about returning to the radio station.

Jessica Jean

“I’ve been itching to come back for awhile.”

Since she left Z107.7 about two years ago, she’s been doing her other love.

“I’m focusing a lot on graphics. I finally had the opportunity to do the thing I’ve been wanting to do since I was itty bitty. I’ve been interested I graphic design since junior high.”

Jessica Jean has also become a mother, to a son Santos who just turned one year old, and she’s looking forward to sharing her new life with her Z107.7 family.

Jessica Jean, new co-host of the Morning Show with Gary Daigneault on Z107.7 Radio. Tami Roleff photo

“I’m excited for all the fun stuff I get to talk about on the air, all the adventures.”

Jessica Jean is excited to be back on the air.

“The radio station is like working with family; I missed the camaraderie and closeness of the radio station. I missed it so much, miss it a lot. I missed you guys.”

Welcome back Jessica Jean; we missed you too.

3-CAR CRASH SENDS THREE TO HOSPITAL FRIDAY NIGHT

UPDATED: 2:00 PM

Three people were seriously injured in a head-on crash near Pioneertown Friday night. About 8:15 p.m., Stanley White, 75, of Pioneertown, was driving a Ram 2500 in the wrong direction on Pioneertown Road south of Chateau Road. Fan He, 26, of Pasadena, was driving a Hyundai Accent southbound aproaching the Ram 2500. He turned his Hyundai right to avoid a collision and was sideswiped on the lefthand sideby White’s vehicle. White continued traveling in the wrong direction until he collided head-on with a Honda Odyssey driven by Eileen McNulty, 25, of Los Angeles. Both McNulty’s passenger, Christopher Hager, 26, of Forthfield, Minnesota, and Stanley White, were taken by Morongo Basin Ambulance to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs with major injuries. Eileen McNulty was flown by a CHP helicopter to Loma Linda Medical Center. Pending release from the hospital, Stanley White was determined to be driving under the influence and was arrested for felony driving under the influence, booked into West Valley Detention Center.

ONE INJURED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS CRASH FRIDAY

Also on Friday, a 67-year-old man was injured about 4:10 p.m. in a two-vehicle crash at Highway 62 and Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms. That intersection is currently being prepped for a traffic signal. The injured patient was taken by Morongo Basin Ambulance to a local trauma hospital.

ROLLOVER CRASH IN YUCCA VALLEY MONDAY MORNING

A 25-year-old woman was injured in this single-vehicle rollover crash early Monday morning. Tami Roleff photo

And early this morning, at 3:49 a.m., crews were sent to 56800 block of 29 Palms Highway in Yucca Valley, across from the Big Lots shopping center, for a single-vehicle rollover crash. A 25-year-old woman sustained minor injuries in the crash.

LOCALS EAGER TO HEAR SYMPOSIUM ON SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

The Bell Center at Copper Mountain College was nearly full on Friday night as Sandy Smith, executive director of the Copper Mountain College Foundation, moderated the symposium, “Sustainable Tourism: Balancing Tourism and Conservation and Preservation.” Reporter Heather Clisby was there…

The Bell Center conference room on the Copper Mountain College campus was nearly full for a symposium on sustainable tourism. Heather Clisby photo.

With visitation to Joshua Tree National Park nearly doubling in the last five years, Friday night’s symposium, “Sustainable Tourism: Balancing Tourism and Conservation and Preservation,” played out before a room full of locals eager to hear the strategy for a new normal that includes nearly three million visitors to the park every year.

Ryan Becker, vice president of communications for Visit California, told the audience at a sustainable tourism symposium that most of the travel industry has focused more on environmental stewardship over the last two years. Heather Clisby photo

Ryan Becker, vice president of communications for Visit California, stated that most of the travel industry has focused more on environmental stewardship over the last two years.

Gary Orfield, director of tourism development of the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitor Bureau, mentioned efforts to obtain passenger rail service from Los Angeles which would not only alleviate visitor traffic but could also decrease the number of freight trucks on the roads and highways. Heather Clisby photo

Gary Orfield, director of tourism development of the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitor Bureau, mentioned efforts to obtain passenger rail service from Los Angeles which would not only alleviate visitor traffic but could also decrease the number of freight trucks on the roads and highways.

Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith said the park’s budget has remained the same despite attendance increasing by 130 percent. Heather Clisby photo

David Smith, superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park, noted that while visitorship has increased 130 percent, the park’s budget has remained the same.

The evening included bigger discussion around water, dogs in the park, and light pollution. All panelists made a plea for locals to become ambassadors and educate visitors.