TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF ANIMAL CRUELTY AFTER THROWING HIS DOG ONTO THE SIDEWALK

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Thursday night (July 8) accused of animal cruelty after reportedly picking up his dog and throwing it on the sidewalk. According to Sheriff’s reports, a witness reported seeing a man, later identified as Stephen Salas, 64, kicking and beating his dog near the intersection of Adobe Road and Sunnyslope Drive in Twentynine Palms around 6 p.m. Deputies responded and contacted Salas. During their investigation, Deputies determined that Salas had picked up the dog and thrown it onto the sidewalk, causing injuries to the dog. Stephen Salas was arrested for investigation of felony animal cruelty and was booked into the West Valley Detention Center with his bail set at $50,000.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HOSTS DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION PROJECT NAMING CONTEST

Now that the long-awaited Project Phoenix is underway, the city of Twentynine Palms is hosting a renaming contest for areas within the project and are hoping for public involvement. Reporter Heather Clisby has details…

As downtown Twentynine Palms undergoes a Project Phoenix makeover, the city is hosting a Downtown Revitalization Project Naming Contest to rename the downtown plaza area as well as Yucca Avenue.

Seeking names that are “more reflective of the local character, culture and environment,” the city is asking locals to submit ideas for a chance to win $300.

Each entry can include up to three names for both the plaza area and Yucca Avenue. There is no age limit or geographic restriction. The winning submissions will be selected by a panel of public officials and community representatives and the individuals will be recognized by the mayor and council at a public meeting. Deadline for submissions is July 29 at 5:00 p.m. For more info, see the link below.

https://www.ci.twentynine-palms.ca.us/index.asp?SEC=24CD1A6F-B6D9-49A2-9E52-232F2A904F5F&DE=8B4A013D-E04B-49C0-839C-32BDBD44EFDF

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK PROPOSES CAMPGROUND FEE INCREASE

Joshua Tree National Park is proposing a campground fee increase in response to increased demand for camping services. In their recent newsletter, the park reported a 23 percent increase in camp night stays over the past five years, leading to campgrounds being at or near capacity six out of 12 months each year. The increase in campground use has led to increased need for visitor support, more frequent bathroom cleaning and septic pumping, increased trash and recycling removal, and a need for more park rangers to ensure the safety of both visitors and the park.

To offset these increased costs, the park is proposing a campground fee increase of $5 per night for all park campgrounds. The funds would be used to hire additional park staff. The deadline for public input is Sunday, July 11. If approved, the fee increase would go into effect in October, 2021. For more information on the proposal, or how to give public input, visit the link below.

https://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectId=101977

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR 2021 MINERVA HOYT AWARD

The Joshua Tree National Park Association is looking for nominations for the prestigious Minerva Hoyt California Desert Conservation Award. The annual award recognizes individuals or organizations who have left a significant and lasting impact on California’s deserts. Minerva Hoyt’s campaign to preserve those deserts led to the creation of Joshua Tree National Monument in 1936. Here’s reporter Mike Lipsitz with more on eligibility…

Nominations must be for conservation accomplishments in the California deserts. Candidates must be at least 18 years old and must have made a notable achievement toward conservation of the California desert 1) by providing leadership toward legislative action or public policy in desert conservation; 2) or with research leading to improved conservation knowledge, techniques or strategies; 3) or by fostering conservation partnerships and collaborations; 4) or by strengthening public stewardship through education and outreach activity. Nomination guidelines and forms are available at a link in this story at Z1077fm.com. Nominations must be received by this Sunday, July 11. The Hoyt Award winner will be announced later this month.

http://www.joshuatree.org/minerva-hoyt-award/

ARTISTS’ RECEPTION TONIGHT AT GALLERY 62

“Space is the Place” is the theme of this month’s exhibition at Gallery 62 in Joshua Tree. The group exhibition showcases the artwork of 33 local artists who drew inspiration from mankind’s observation, fascination and admiration of the great beyond through the Morongo Basin’s phenomenal dark evening skies. Gallery 62 will have an artists’ reception Saturday, July 10, from 6-8 p.m. during the Second Saturday Art Crawl in Joshua Tree. The show will be on display through August 29. Gallery hours are Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. Gallery 62 is located at 61607 Highway 62, behind JTAG.

The artists featured include Thomas Alban, Ben Allanoff, Gubby Beck, Gina Bost, David Bottoms, Bonnie Brady, Rose Cefalu, Don David Young, Doug Dolde, Julianne Elliott, Jamie Ferguson. Larry Fike, Frederick Fulmer, Marcia Geiger, Jason Graves, Daniel Hogan, Snake Jagger, Dinorah Knight, Kevin Knight, Rik Livingston, Louise Marler, Kim Martin, Mitch Miller, Hiroko Momii, Elisabeth Pollnow, Melisa Rimada, Tammy Romatko, Joan Scott, Jen Shakti, Constance Walsh, Ray Yeager and Don David Young.