CALTRANS CONTINUES CONSTRUCTION ON INTERSTATE 10

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.

BLOOD DRIVE AT VONS TUESDAY

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.

LANDERS TIRE CLEAN UP SATURDAY

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.

DESERT INSTITUTE OFFERING “HIKE AND HEAL” CLASS

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.

LADYCAT SOFTBALL WINS 3 OF 4 GAMES IN WEEKEND TOURNEY

The Twentynine Palms High School LadyCats softball team played a four-game tournament this weekend.

The LadyCats tied Shadow Hills High School, 10-10, the tournament time limit expired.

In the second game, Kaiser High School beat Twentynine Palms, 11-0.

Saturday was a much better day for the LadyCat, who defeated Indian Springs High School 14-3. The second game on Saturday against Palo Verde High School was a close, well-played game, and the LadyCats won 5-3.

Kaitlyn Steffins pitched in three games and came away with one win, one loss, and one tie.

Tori Emhoff got her first win of the season against Indian Springs.

Steffins came away with first team tournament honors with six hits and eight RBIs.