CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

The last Saturday of this December has been set for an annual Audubon Event.  Ranger Pam Tripp sounds the bird call…

Attention bird lovers and volunteers:  your expertise and enthusiasm are needed for the upcoming Joshua Tree National Park Christmas Bird Count.  The count begins at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 28.  Participants of all skill levels of birding are encouraged to attend.  The National Audubon Society sponsors the event that attracts thousands of observers each year, throughout the nation.  Those who participate in the bird count help to collect important data used in many scientific studies.  This data constitutes the largest body of information about wintering bird populations anywhere in the world and helps us learn more about the environment.  For the bird count, inexperienced birders will be partnered with veteran birders.  Territories are mapped out ahead so that participants know where to start the morning of the count.  Volunteers should be prepared for an all day event in the field.  Contact Joe Zarki at 760-367-5520, or Bill Truesdell at 760-362-4132 to sign up for this year’s Christmas Bird Count.              For    Z107.7, this is Park Ranger Pam Tripp, reminding you to visit your national parks – America’s best idea!

HOMESTEAD VALLEY MEETING

The Homestead Valley Community Council plans to continue the discussion of large-scale, commercial solar projects at its next meeting, Monday, December 16. Dawn Rowe, an aide to Congressman Paul Cook, plans to be at the meeting and will be able to answer questions about the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Recreation Area. The Council will also discuss the policy that prohibits property owners from building if the owners rely on hauled water. The meeting will be held 3 p.m. Monday at the Johnson Valley Community Center, at the corner of Larrea Road and Quailbush Road.

JBWD SPECIAL MEETING

The Joshua Basin Water District has announced a special meeting for Monday December 16, at 5 pm.  The Board of Directors will meet in closed session to discuss the appointment of a General Manager.  That position has been vacant since Joe Guzetta resigned to become the City Manager in Twentynine Palms.  A public report on the results of the closed session is scheduled to follow.  The meeting takes place at Joshua Tree Community Center on Sunburst Avenue, not at water district headquarters.

MEET AND GREET CONGRESSMAN COOK

Come say hello to your Congressman.  Diana Jones says it’s time meet and greet Paul Cook…

Congressman Paul Cook is having a “Meet and Greet” event in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valle yCommunity Center, on Monday evening December 16, from 5:30 to 7:30. If you are interested in attending, you’re asked to RSVP by calling Cook’s Apple Valley District Office at 760-247-1815.

THE FUTURE OF THE TWENTYNINE PALMS LITTLE LEAGUE

This Monday, December 16, Little League District 58 Administrator, Howard Reeves, will be hosting a Town Hall meeting to discuss the future of Twentynine Palms Little League. The primary purpose of the meeting is to find people who are interested in filling up key positions on the board of directors for the 2014 season. The secondary purpose is to discuss the future of the league including a possible cooperative agreement with the Marine Corps Combat Center Youth Sports program. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Center across the street from the Park and Rec offices at LuckiePark in Twentynine Palms. For more information send an email to: LL29palms@yahoo.com.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION FOR DECEMBER

The third Monday of the month is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus Federal food in the Morongo Basin.  Reporter Sara Snyder has the times and places…

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, December 16th.  The locations and times are:

  • The Church of the Lighted Cross, at 11518 Elbow Lane in MorongoValley, from 8 to 10
  • Belfield Hall, on Reche Road in Landers, 8:30 to 10:30
  • The Community Center in YuccaValley, 8:30 to 10:30
  • Copper Mountain Mesa Foundation, 65336 Winter Road in the CopperMountain area, 9 to 11
  • JoshuaTreeCommunity Center on Sunburst Road, 9 to 11
  • The fire station in WonderValley, 10:30 to 11:30, and
  • Little Church of the Desert at 6079 Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms, from 10 to noon

There will also be a distribution at the American Food Bank, 55922 Twentynine Palms Highway in Yucca Valley, on December 31, from 11 to 1.  Recipients are requested to bring their own paper or plastic bags.  For more information, call 909-723-1580.

CHILI COOKOUT FUNDRAISER FOR CMC STUDENT CENTER

The Rotary Clubs of Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms, Yucca Valley Noon and Yucca Valley Sunset will host the drawing for a 2013 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail raffle at a Chili Cook-off on Friday, December 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Bell Center at Copper Mountain College.   All proceeds will benefit the building of the Christine Proudfoot Student Activity Center at Copper Mountain College.  You can purchase last minute raffle tickets, be entertained by the local band, Spankshaft and enjoy homemade chili, fresh cornbread and an ice cold beer.  Winner need not be present.   To enter the chili cook-off call the Foundation at 760.366.3791 ext. 5012, last minute entries will be accepted.  Chili entries need to be dropped off between 4 and 5 p.m. in the Bell Center.  Judging will begin promptly at 5 p.m. The winners will be announced that evening.   If you can’t attend, tune into Z107.7 FM, or listen online to hear the live broadcast at http://www.z1077fm.com/.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the YuccaValleyHigh School wrestling team will host BanningHigh School, with the meet starting at 5 p.m. Starting tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms boys basketball team will be playing in the Rancho Cucamonga Tournament through December 21.