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PLEIN AIR PAINTING CLASS IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK THIS WEEKEND

Budding artists who enjoy creating outdoors may take note of an upcoming painting class in Joshua Tree National Park. Reporter Heather Clisby has the details…

The Desert Institute will host a creative class entitled, “Plein Air Painting in Joshua Tree National Park” on October 17 and 18. The French term, “plein air” simply means to create an entire finished painting outside.

Led by artist Jessica Schiffman, the workshop will help attendees recognize and organize light patterns, shadows and shifting colors of the desert landscape. Previous drawing experience is helpful but not required.

The class will be held at the reserved Lost Horse Campground with the option to car camp with the instructor on Saturday night.

For more info, call 760-367-5539 or visit joshuatree.org.
To register, visit this link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/plein-air-painting-workshop-in-joshua-tree-national-park-fall-2020-registration-105259106822

JOSHUA TREE DEVELOPER RUNS AFOUL OF THE LAW AND THE NEIGHBORS

Between the time someone buys raw land and the construction or placement of a structure on that land, there is a long and tedious process of surveying the property, drafting plans, and applying to the county for permits; there are reviews, inspections, and studies. So last week when neighbors saw a whirlwind of activity at an undeveloped five-acre parcel about a mile from the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park on Quail Springs Road in Joshua Tree, they quickly mobilized to stop it. Reporter Mike Lipsitz picks up the story from here…

Before last week when things started going downhill for property owner Sally Hirsh, the process appeared routine. Hirsh enlisted the services of civil engineer William Murray & Associates of Morongo Valley. Murray was to complete a boundary survey and topographical map, the first steps required before any development at the property can be initiated. Murray said Hirsh wanted to stay in a temporary trailer on the property so he applied for that permit.

Hirsh declined to talk to Z107.7 News for this story, but it appears she grew tired of waiting because according to Murray, he arrived at the site early last week to find workers clearing brush around two large fifth-wheel trailers, and the smaller trailer where Hirsh intended to stay. Clear violations of county code, Murray insisted Hirsh arrange to relocate the trailers immediately. What Hirsh did next isn’t known, but what is known is that owners of nearby vacation home rental properties had already united with residents in protesting the owner’s actions to County Code Enforcement.

Stay tuned in to Z107.7 News for updates as we follow this story in the days ahead.

WORK IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK DELAYED

Southern California Edison was supposed to start construction in Joshua Tree National Park as of October 5, but the construction has been delayed. Ernest Figueroa explains what’s going on, and what visitors can expect…

Due to an unforeseen delay, road construction in Joshua Tree National Park, due to begin Monday, October 5, will begin next Monday, October 19. Preliminary signage will be installed as early as October 12. The construction project will allow Southern California Edison to construct a 12-kilovolt electric distribution line along Park Boulevard from the Twentynine Palms entrance of Joshua Tree National Park to the Pinto Wye turnoff. Visitors should expect some traffic disruption as work begins along the south bound lane both when entering the park, until they pass the Pinto Wye marker. The project will replace a deteriorated 1960’s era buried line that is at the end of its life cycle. The distribution line supplies power to several users, including the park and Belle Mountain.   

The entrances in the village of Joshua Tree, and in the southern end of the park off Interstate 10 at Cottonwood will not be affected. Work will take place Monday through Friday during daylight hours. Construction will not be conducted during weekends or holidays. Traffic control with flaggers will be employed in certain areas during this roadwork to increase efficiency and ensure safety. There could be wait times of up to ten minutes.

WE LOOK BACK AT MAJOR FIRES IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

In this year of some of the worst fires ever in California history, we take a look back, in this historical highlight, at some of the worst fires to ever burn in Joshua Tree National Park. Ernest Figueroa has the details…

On July 31, 1995, an afternoon thunderstorm touched off two fires when lightning struck about 10 miles apart in Joshua Tree National Park. The smaller fire burned about 80 acres in the Lost Horse area near the Ryan Campground. Firefighters had to hike in an hour with all their gear to get to it,  but they had it fully contained by the next day.

The other fire, which started in the Covington Flats area and was named for Covington Flats, burned thick stands of juniper and Joshua trees. At its peak, more than 1000 firefighters from 17 different federal, state, and local agencies were fighting the 5,100-acre blaze, aided by helicopters and aerial tankers. The fire burned a vacation cabin and a travel trailer in the “Whispering Pines” area of the park, and threatened the village of Joshua Tree. It took three days before the Covington Flats fire was under control.

For more information, see the Hi-Desert Magazine article below:
http://z1077fm.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/JoshuaTreeNationalParkFire.pdf
Copyright © 1995 Hi-Desert Magazine.

SCE TO WORK INSIDE JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Southern California Edison will start construction in Joshua Tree National Park starting Monday. Ernest Figueroa explains what’s going on, and what visitors can expect…

Southern California Edison will start construction Monday of a 12-kilovolt electric distribution line along Park Boulevard from the Twentynine Palms entrance of Joshua Tree National Park to the Pinto Wye turnoff. The project will replace a deteriorated 1960s-era buried line that is at the end of its life cycle. The distribution line supplies power to several users, including the park and Belle Mountain.  

Work will take place Monday through Friday during daylight hours. Construction will not be conducted during weekends or holidays. Traffic control with flaggers will be employed in certain areas during this roadwork to increase efficiency and ensure safety. There could be wait times of up to ten minutes. 

The entrances in the village of Joshua Tree, and in the southern end of the park off Interstate 10 at Cottonwood, will not be affected.

Pinto Wye is a marked turnoff approximately six miles inside the park entrance on the park loop road. Visitors should expect some traffic disruption as work begins along the south bound lane both when entering the park, until they pass the Pinto Wye marker.

The park is open. Please enjoy the cooler weather, but keep in mind all safety precautions. Cell access is minimal in the park. Traveling and hiking with water, sun protection, and salty snacks is crucial. Always hike with a buddy or when traveling by vehicle, give someone an itinerary.