FREE PHOTOGRAPHY HIKES IN BARKER DAM

An artist in residence at Joshua Tree National Park will lead three free photography hikes at Barker Dam this weekend. Anyone with any type of camera—even a cell phone camera—is invited to take part in the 45-minute hike led by Luke Matjas. Matjas is the chair of art and performing

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TWO HIKER RESCUES IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Two hikers were rescued in Joshua Tree National Park Sunday in separate incidents. On Saturday, a 21-year-old man from Great Britain was hiking in the Rattlesnake Canyon area when he became separated from the others in his party. Search and rescue teams from Joshua Tree National Park, Desert Search and

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CORWIN MURDER SUSPECT APPEARS IN SAN BERNARDINO COURTROOM

Christopher Lee, accused of murdering Erin Corwin of Twentynine Palms in June 2014, made his first appearance in a San Bernardino courtroom Thursday morning. Under Judge Glenn Yabuno, Lee’s attorney waived a formal arraignment and entered a plea of not guilty. Under a series of peremptory challenges filed by the

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR TOMORROW

Joshua Tree National Park and the National Environmental Education Foundation ask for volunteers tomorrow to work side by side with park staff. Reporter Rebecca Havely shares the details…

The 22nd National Public Lands Day is Saturday, September 26, and its a fee-free day for visitors. Volunteers are needed from 8

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TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE “EVERY KID IN A PARK” PROGRAM

The National Park Service is mounting an effort targeted at fourth graders to get them to visit our national parks. Reporter Dan Stork explains how area children can take advantage of the free program—Every Kid in a Park—to visit Joshua Tree National Park or hundreds of other national parks… With

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53 ARTISTS, 26 LOCAL, SELECTED FOR NATIONAL PARK ART SHOW

Of the 53 artists selected for inclusion in the third annual Joshua Tree National Park juried art exhibition, 26 are local artists. From Joshua Tree are Matt Collins, Doug Dolde, Fred Fulmer, James Hammons, Jennifer Kane, Casey Kiernan, Noreen Lawlor, James O’Keefe, Eric Pfranger, Karine Swenson, Alita Van Vliet, and

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SKY'S THE LIMIT STAR PARTY SATURDAY

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, September 19. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 8:10 p.m. and end about 1 a.m. The highlight of the evening will be a crescent moon and the ringed planet Saturn. For more information, call 650-678-0179. Sky’s

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SKY’S THE LIMIT STAR PARTY SATURDAY NIGHT

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, September 12. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 8:20 p.m. and end about 1 a.m. The highlight of the evening will be galaxies and globular clusters. For more information, call 760-367-7222. Sky’s The Limit Observatory and

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SKY'S THE LIMIT MARKS HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE ANNIVERSARY

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party tomorrow, Saturday, September 5. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 8:00 p.m. and end about 1:30 a.m. Astronomer Ray Yeager will give a presentation marking the 25th anniversary of the Hubble space telescope. The talk will be

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MONSOONS BRING WILDFLOWER ACTIVITY TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Joshua Tree National Park has put out a special monsoon edition of its blooming wildflower report. Golden carpets of manybristle cinchweed are covering the desert floor on the west entrance to the park, along with yellow bushes of desert senna, and several other colorful flowers. Desert sand verbena, creosote flowers,

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TUESDAY DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART EXHIBITION

Tuesday, September 1, is the deadline for entries for the Joshua Tree National Park Juried Art Exhibition 2015, a highlight of the third annual JTNP Art Exposition at the Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms. Entry is open to visual artists 18 and over for original work created within the

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STAR PARTY AT SKY'S THE LIMIT SATURDAY

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, August 22. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 8:45 p.m. and end about 1 a.m. The highlight of the evening will be Saturn and its rings along with a perfect first quarter moon. Bring water, snacks,

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SCHOOL BOARD IN WORKSHOP/STUDY SESSION TONIGHT

In a 5:30 p.m. work/study session tonight, the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education will review the single plans for student achievement for Landers, Morongo Valley, Palm Vista, and Oasis elementary schools. Those plans will be approved during the 7 p.m. open session. During a closed session, the board

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ART SOUGHT FOR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART EXPOSITION

Entries are now being accepted for the third annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition, to be held in November at the Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms. A panel of jurors will select about 50 artists for inclusion in the show. Entry is open to all artists 18 years

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STAY SAFE IN THE HEAT IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

High temperatures require planning and safety in Joshua Tree National Park. While Visiting the park in the summer can be a relaxing and scenic experience away from the crowds during high season. A park spokesman said certain preparations and precautions should be observed by visitors in order to insure a

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OVER 200 ON HAND FOR EAGLE MOUNTAIN SCOPING MEETING

The National Park Service is exploring the feasibility of expanding the Joshua Tree National Park boundary to include as much as 32,000 acres near Desert Center in Riverside County. The area in question is bounded on three sides by the park and once belonged to Joshua Tree National Monument, but

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK BOUNDARIES MEETING TOMORROW

The fate of land that was once removed from the then-Joshua Tree National Monument for mining, and almost became home to a huge landfill, and still could host a hydroelectric project, is up for discussion. Reporter Dan Stork says the public is invited to join the conversation in Joshua Tree…

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MEETING SET AS JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK STUDIES ANNEXING EAGLE MOUNTAIN AREA

Morongo Basin residents will be able to give their input in person at a meeting held by the National Park Service on whether it’s appropriate and feasible to add the Eagle Mountain area back within the boundary of Joshua Tree National Park. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains how the public

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK GETS AN “F” FOR AIR POLLUTION

A report released yesterday (Tuesday) ranks Joshua Tree National Park as having some of the most polluted air of the country’s national parks. The National Parks Conservation Association graded 48 national parks on healthy air, visibility, and effects of climate change, and ranked Joshua Tree National Park as the fourth

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WOMAN DIES WHILE HIKING 49 PALMS OASIS TRAIL IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Updated July 29, 8:45 a.m.

A female hiker died of a heart attack while hiking 49 Palms Oasis Trail in Joshua Tree National Park yesterday. According to Twentynine Palms Fire Chief Jim Thompson, rescue personnel from Twentynine Palms Fire Department, the Park Service, and Joshua Tree Search and Rescue were

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