HOLIDAY FUN IN THE PARK

When we have visitors from out of the area, we always go for a ride and a walk in Joshua Tree National Park.   Ranger Pam Tripp has suggestions for enhancing that experience…

Do you have relatives visiting over the Holidays and need to entertain them? Joshua Tree National Park invites you to join the holiday fun and attend a ranger led program or even just enjoy a drive through the park.   These programs are designed to enhance visitors’ appreciation of the cultural and natural resources of the park, while having a great time.   Programs include tours of the historic Keys Ranch.  Ranch tours are fee based, limited to 25 visitors per tour and are by reservation only (call 760 367-5555 to make reservations).   Talks throughout the park and geologic areas offer visitors the opportunity to learn how geology, climate, and even history influence plant, animal, and human development. These talks are free and require no reservations.     Finally, join a ranger for an evening programs on weekends at Jumbo Rocks, Cottonwood, and Indian Cove Campgrounds.  Call 760 367-5500 for additional information.   For Z107.7, this is park ranger Pam Tripp, reminding you to enjoy the solace and wonder of your national parks.

MAIL THEFT ARREST IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Sheriff’s deputies made an arrest Thursday of a man suspected of stealing mail out of mail boxes in Twentynine Palms. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Rick Millard, about 3:30 a.m. Thursday morning, a woman noticed a dark-colored SUV driving eastbound, on the wrong side of the road in the 73100 block of Sun Valley Drive. The vehicle stopped at every mailbox and the driver appeared to be shining a flashlight into the mailboxes. Deputy Brad Heard was nearby and initiated a traffic stop of the vehicle. The driver and sole occupant, Anthony Logan, 24, initially gave a false name to the deputy. Deputy Heard determined that Logan was under the influence of a controlled substance and arrested him. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, the deputy discovered shopping bags filled with hundreds of pieces of mail. Some of the envelopes had been opened with vehicle registrations and gift cards removed; other mail was still unopened. Anthony Logan was arrested for investigation of burglary and possession of stolen property. He was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $25,000. The unopened pieces of mail were returned to the post office for redelivery. The investigation is ongoing.

JOSHUA TREE DRUG ARREST

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Thursday evening, accused of selling drugs. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Steve Wilson, a woman was traveling on Broadway near Sunset about 7:45 p.m. when she says she was approached by a man who wanted a ride. When Deputy Lett approached in his patrol unit to investigate, the vehicle, which was parked with its lights on on the shoulder of the road, turned its lights off. Deputy Lett checked the vehicle, and found Darren Caudel, 43, whom he knew to be on parole. When Caudel got out of the truck, a knife fell out of his pocket. Deputy Lett searched Caudel and the vehicle and found 10.5 grams of methamphetamine. Darren Caudel was arrested for investigation of transporting a controlled substance, failure to appear in court, and for a warrant for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Darren Caudel was booked at the West Valley Detention Center with his total bail set at $100,000.

GREASE FIRE TIPS

You’ve left a pan with hot grease unattended, and it bursts into flame.  Quick – what do you do?  Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells you what…

The Yucca Valley Fire Department responded to a kitchen grease fire recently in which the residents tried to extinguish the fire by spraying it down with water. This is exactly the wrong thing to do. Pouring water on burning grease or oil will not extinguish the fire. It will only cause the burning oil to splash, spreading the grease fire around. In order to extinguish a grease fire, turn off the burner and cover the pan with a metal lid. If it’s readily available, you can pour baking soda onto the grease fire, but it may take more baking soda than what you have. A dry chemical fire extinguisher will put out a grease fire. Do not try to carry the burning pan outside; you’ll only slosh the burning grease around. If you are burned, treat the burn AFTER you put out the fire or get out of the house. If your clothes catch on fire, stop, drop and roll. And don’t be afraid to call 911 for help with your grease fire.

SKY PARTY BY SKYS THE LIMIT

Sky’s The Limit and Joshua Tree National Park will host a free sky part Saturday, December 21, starting at 6 p.m. Park Ranger Pam Tripp will start the party with a talk about navigating with the stars. Then, state-of-the-art telescopes will focus on galaxies, nebulae, and other sky objects throughout the evening. A full agenda is posted on SkystheLimit29.org website. The star party is free and open to the public at the Sky’s the Limit Observatory, located just north of the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park on Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms. For more information call 760-367-7222.

YUCCA VALLEY LIGHT PARADE

Come one, come all, to the Rotary’s 16th annual Festival of Lights Parade tonight, Saturday, December 21, starting at 5:30 PM.  The parade will be on Santa Fe Trail, starting at Cherokee Trail and ending at Inca Trail.  The floats from the parade will be displayed at the Hi Desert Water District area after the parade and the kids are all invited to come in to the Water District offices to meet Santa and receive a present as well as enjoy Miss Becky’s Puppet Show!  The district offices are located at Inca and Hwy 62.

THESPIANS OF TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL

Theater arts are alive and well at Twentynine Palms High School.  ROP Broadcasting student Bailey Hartmann presents the many faces of the International Thespian Society…

The International Thespian Society, or ITS, at Twentynine Palms High School are the people who do elementary school children’s theatre tours and combined high school and Copper Mountain College tours. They also do three full length performances with 15-30 actors per show, eight improvisations including three café night shows, as well as three competitions a year! Not only do they memorize that many lines per show and practice non-stop to put on amazing shows for their audiences but they only charge $20 to watch a musical or to enjoy their dinner theatre performances! The wonderful person in charge of all this craziness is the lovely Mrs.Waycott who has been directing the ITS gang for ten years! She herself has been in a couple hundred amateur/professional performances since she was 14 years old, and has been directing them since her 20’s. When asked “what about acting makes your day?” Mrs.Waycott had to think for a minute before responding with “it’s outrageous how the students just give and give the gift of happiness and enjoyment to their audience, watching them go from thinking that they know what they’re doing to knowing what they’re doing is amazing, and to see them apply what I’ve taught them is just incredible!” Reporting for Z107.7 news I’m ROP Broadcasting student Bailey Hartmann.