BLM DECLARES ELEVATED FIRE RISK

The California Desert District of the Bureau of Land Management has declared a level of Stage 3 fire restrictions for the area ranging from Ridgecrest, CA to the border of Mexico. Fine fuels, which are at the driest level in recorded history, combined with hot, windy conditions, have created an

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STORROR TEAM APOLOGIZES FOR JOSHUA TREE VIDEOS

The group of men who posted videos recently of them breaking several laws in Joshua Tree National Park to promote a British clothing brand removed their videos from YouTube and posted an apology to their Facebook page. In the videos promoting the Storror brand of clothing, the group of nine

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GALAXIES AND GLOBULAR CLUSTERS AT SKY’S THE LIMIT

Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center will hold a star party Saturday night, May 27. The event begins at 8:30 p.m. and will end about midnight, but you are encouraged to come when you can and leave when you want. Highlights of the night sky include Jupiter, the Big

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BRITISH APPAREL MARKETING TEAM CRITICIZED FOR ILLEGAL NATIONAL PARK ABUSE

A group of young men who travel the world and film themselves doing stunts to promote a British clothing brand recently released a video of themselves breaking several laws in Joshua Tree National Park. The group of nine men can be seen running up and launching themselves off a Joshua

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LOCAL DESERT DEFENDERS DISAPPOINTED IN PROPOSED PARK SERVICE BUDGET

Local desert lands supporters are “disappointed and troubled” at the new fiscal year 2018 figures for the National Park Service included in the latest budget proposal. President Trump proposed a $2.55 billion budget for the National Park Service, including funding increases for Administration priorities like deferred maintenance. The administration says

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WOMAN INJURED WHEN SHE IS THROWN FROM A HORSE

A woman was taken to the hospital Saturday after she was thrown from her horse in Joshua Tree National Park. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow, the woman was riding a horse with a friend on a trail near Black Rock Campground in Yucca Valley around 4 p.m.

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TWO CAMPFIRE TALKS TONIGHT IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Park rangers from Joshua Tree National Park will hold two evening campfire talks in the park tonight. A talk on tortoise tales will be held at Jumbo Rocks campground amphitheater, while at the Cottonwood campground amphitheater the topic will be on water in the desert. Both talks are at 8

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THREE CAMPFIRE TALKS THIS WEEKEND IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Park rangers from Joshua Tree National Park will hold three evening campfire talks in the park this weekend. Friday, May 19, stories from Keys’ Ranch is the focus of a talk at the Jumbo Rocks campground amphitheater. On Saturday, May 20, a talk on tortoise tales will be held at

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ATTENDANCE UP 27%, ON TRACK FOR ANOTHER RECORD

Joshua Tree National Park set a record for annual visitation in 2016. More than 2.5 million people visited Joshua Tree National Park in 2016, and 2017 appears to be on track to have even more visitors. March 2017 saw a record high of 404,545 visitors, most likely due to this

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ROCK CLIMBER BREAKS LEG IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK FALL

A woman climbing the rocks in Joshua Tree National Park fell and broke her leg Monday. The woman, who was described only as being in her 20s, was climbing on Dairy Queen Wall near Hemingway when she fell and broke her lower left leg. Joshua Tree Search and Rescue, along

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NEW APP MAKES IT EASIER AND FASTER TO GET INTO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

We’ve all heard about peak attendance and long entrance lines at Joshua Tree National Park. Now the park service has made it easier and faster to get into the park. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says pull over and get out your smart phone… Joshua Tree National Park now offers a free

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JOSHUA TREE AND GALAPAGOS ISLAND ARE NOW SISTER NATIONAL PARKS

Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith will officially sign a Sister Park Agreement today between Joshua Tree National Park and Galapagos Islands National Park in Ecuador. National parks around the world are linked together by migrations by birds, butterflies, sea turtles, whales and other marine life, who travel between

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NEW APP MAKES IT EASIER AND FASTER TO GET INTO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

We’ve all heard about peak attendance and long entrance lines at Joshua Tree National Park. Now the park service has made it easier and faster to get into the park. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says pull over and get out your smart phone… Joshua Tree National Park now offers a free

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APPROVAL OF HYDROELECTRIC PROJECT NEAR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK CLOSER

A controversial hydroelectric power project on the southern border of Joshua Tree National Park is another step closer to reality after the Bureau of Land Management said Thursday that pumping billions of gallons of water from the aquifer, and building power transmission lines would have “no significant impact” on the

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK VISITOR SPENDING LOCALLY GOING UP

Visitor spending to Joshua Tree National Park in 2016 increased by more than $25 million over the previous year, according to a new report released by the National Park Service. The report shows that last year, more than 2.5 million visitors to Joshua Tree National Park spent $123.3 million in

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TAKE A HIKE WITH JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SUPERINTENDENT THIS SUNDAY

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District and Joshua Tree National Park have partnered on a project designed to promote wellness through exercise and even help patients healing from illness, injury or surgery. Called “Take a Hike,” this free program enables local medical providers to write a prescription good for 90-days’ entrance

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK: THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT

Seems there’s an app for everything nowadays, the latest is from Joshua Tree National Park. It includes an essentials and a nature guide for visitors. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says that’s not all… The apps aims to help visitors get the most from their visit. It includes “The essentials guide,” which

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SIGN UP NOW FOR PARK-TO-PARK BIKE RIDE

The City of Twentynine Palms, in conjunction with the Joshua Tree National Park and the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, is sponsoring the first annual Park-to-Park Bike Ride and Earth Day educational fair. Kirby Davis has all the details… Attention bicycle enthusiasts, mark your calendar for April 29 for

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“TAKE A HIKE” WITH PARK SUPERINTENDENT DAVID SMITH APRIL 23

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District and Joshua Tree National Park have partnered on a project designed to promote wellness through exercise and even help patients healing from illness, injury or surgery. Called “Take a Hike,” this free program enables local medical providers to write a prescription good for 90-days’ entrance

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FREE ADMISSION DURING NATIONAL PARK WEEK

Federal officials are celebrating the nation’s 417 national parks with programs and events marking National Park Week, which starts today, Saturday, April 15, and goes through Sunday, April 23. Joshua Tree and other National parks that normally charge entrance fees will be free today and tomorrow, April 15, 16, and

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