SNOWBIRDS IN THE PARK

They’re back, or will be soon.  Ranger Pam Tripp heralds the flight of the snowbirds…

The Snowbird is a common winter migrant easily recognized by its lightly covered, bright colored plumage. Traveling in well-appointed nests, they usually arrive in early January to take advantage of the warmer temperatures in the Mohave and ColoradoDeserts. You’ll see them throughout the Park in campgrounds, visitors centers, hiking and nature trails, and basking on sun-drenched granite boulders.  These hardy Snowbirds are of the two legged, human variety who show up in tank tops, walking shorts, and sandals, when the local folks are wearing layers of warm clothing, closed shoes and wool socks.  Their well appointed “nests” are usually solar powered 5th wheels or motor homes or luxury trailers complete with slide outs that expand their living and sleeping areas.  Here at Joshua Tree National Park we look forward to our returning winter guests.  We delight in the enthusiasm of first time, as well as seasoned snowbirds as they discover our desert winter wonderland.  For Z107.7, this is Park Ranger Pam Tripp, reminding you to enjoy the solace and wonder of your national parks.

PEDIATRIC CAREERS

It’s a long and expensive process, but it’s worth it if you care about kids.  ROP Broadcasting student Jocelyn Valdez tells what it takes to become a pediatrician…

Are you interested in a medical career specializing in treating children? Becoming a pediatrician could be the right choice for you! As a pediatrician, you will treat illnesses and other health conditions, as well as provide preventative care. According to DegreeDirectory.org, it would be highly beneficial to earn a bachelor’s degree, gain volunteer or paid clinical healthcare experience, participate in extracurricular activities and take on some leadership positions while in college, since admission to medical school is highly competitive. It is required to complete a Medical College Admission Test in order to get into most medical schools. After college, you must graduate from medical school and earn a Medical Doctor degree or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. After medical school, you must earn a license before you can practice medicine in the United States. Next, you must complete residency training in pediatrics, which usually lasts for three years. Earning a board certification following residency should be considered, although it is not required. The benefits of becoming a pediatrician, according to DiplomaGuide.com, include job security, high salary, flexible hours, many career options, and high job satisfaction. For further information you can go to DegreeDirectory.org and DiplomaGuide.com.

Reporting for Z107.7 News I’m ROP Broadcasting student, Jocelyn Valdez.

QUILT GUILD MEETING

The Cactus Sewables Quilt Guild will meet Monday, December 2, in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center. The doors open at 12:30 p.m., the meeting begins promptly at 1 p.m. Following lunch, the general meeting will feature Monica Gonzales of Monica’s Quilt and Bead Shop. Gonzales will present a program on “What’s New at Market” and have many new items for sale.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL SELECT CHOIR — PART 2

The Twentynine Palms High School Select Choir was notified this past spring that it had been invited to participate in a multi-day workshop in New York City next April, a trip that would culminate in a performance in Carnegie Hall. In part 2 of a 2-part report on the choir, assignment reporter Taylor Thacker talked with music director Michael Mayes about how the students are trying to raise the funds to make the trip….

At first, Music Director Michael Mayes thought he wouldn’t be able to raise enough funds to go on the trip. “Approximately $56,000 in order to go.” But after talking to the school board and other teachers and community members, he decided to accept the invitation. “We have been doing a ton of fundraisers including cheesecake sales, coffee sales, sponsor letters, a lot of performances throughout the community, in fact we’re lined up to do about 9 performances just in December alone.” Mayes and the TPHS Select Choir are going to need everyone’s help if they wish to accomplish the difficult task of raising enough funds for the trip. “With the help of our community, we’re going to make this happen.” For more information call 760-361-5306.

Reporting for Z107.7, this is assignment reporter Taylor Thacker.

STUFF THE BUS FOR TLC

Tender Loving Cause, or TLC, has been organizing volunteers to provide a free Christmas meal to residents of the Morongo Basin for the past 29 years. But feeding 5,000 people a turkey and ham dinner with all the sides isn’t the only thing TLC does. The organization also provides gift packages to children and shut-ins. Tender Loving Cause will hold a “Stuff the Bus” event next week to gather donations of non-perishable food, toys, stuffed animals and new clothes. The bus will be at Walmart in YuccaValley December 3 and 4; at the Z107.7 studio in Joshua Tree December 5, and at the Hi-Desert Star parking lot in YuccaValley December 6. All times are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be entertainment and caroling at the events.