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…
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, 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
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.
Caltrans is continuing work on Interstate 10 this week. From today through March 13, work will be completed in the eastbound center median from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. from 8th street in Banning to Main Street in Cabazon. During the hours of 7 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., alternating lane and ramp closures will be in place to continue work in the center median, strengthen the shoulder and improve concrete in both directions.
LifeStream will conduct a
community blood drive on Tuesday, March 3, at Vons in Yucca Valley from 1:30 to
6:30 p.m. Donors receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream offers receive
free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. To make an appointment to
donate blood, call 800-TRY-GIVING.
They appear as a single tire—or more often in stacks of two,
three or four tires—hastily dumped along county roads in the dead of night.
Reporter Mike Lipsitz has news of an effort this Saturday to get these eyesores
out of our desert and into a recycling program…
When law-abiding people replace tires, they leave them with
the tire shop for a small fee; the Landers landfill accepts tires for about
$5.25 each; but a great number of tires are illegally discarded along our
desert roads. This Saturday, March 7, County Code Enforcement and the Landers
Association team up to get those discarded tires out of our communities and
into a recycling program for free. Open to residents in the unincorporated
areas in and around Landers, Saturday’s event takes place at Homestead Valley
Park on Belfield Boulevard from 8 a.m. to noon. Residents are limited to
bringing nine tires per load; tires with and without rims will be accepted. Please do not leave tires at the park before
or after this even; no commercial haulers. Volunteers are needed; call
760-449-4048 for more information.
Do you seek life changes but need inspiration? The Desert Institute is offering a “Hike and Heal” class that will offer tools to help you move forward in the right direction while taking in our gorgeous desert landscape. Reporter Heather Clisby has more details …
The Desert Institute is offering a class called “Hike and
Heal” designed to address the heavy emotional loads that many of us carry in
our lives. Led by Sydney Williams, author of “Hiking My Feelings,” the class
will address the ramifications of unresolved traumas followed by a hike through
Joshua Tree National Park.
Using her own life as a Type 2 Diabetes patient as an example of how hiking helped her heal, Williams will encourage attendees to unburden themselves by sharing personal stories of pain and struggle. After an initial sharing session, there will be a 6.5-mile moderate hike that includes self-discovery exercises. The class will be held on March 14 starting at 9 am. Sign up by visiting the Desert Institute at joshuatree.org.