“SNOWBIRDS” IN THE NATIONAL PARK

While much of the nation suffers nasty winter weather, a wise species of wildlife flocks to our neighborhood.  Ranger Pam Tripp welcomes 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 Colorado Deserts. 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.

HELP A HOMELESS VETERAN

There are many homeless veterans in the Morongo Basin who are lacking the necessities to keep warm and fed. A new organization, Vets Cruzin for a Cause, is collecting jackets, blankets, and food to distribute to these homeless vets. If you have old jackets, blankets, and food you can spare, call Kevin at 760-368-8715, to make arrangements to donate.  Help an American hero who has fallen on hard times.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL GOLF FUNDRAISER

The Twentynine Palms High School golf team will hold a fundraiser golf tournament Saturday, February 15 at Roadrunner Dunes Golf Course in Twentynine Palms. Entry fee is $60 per person, and includes a four-person scramble for 18 holes of golf, food, and prizes. There’ll be prize money for closest to the pin, longest drive for both men and women, and the top lowest scoring teams. Women and golfers 75 or older can play on gold tees. Proceeds go to the Wildcat golf team. Show time is 8 a.m., with a shotgun start at 9. The Roadrunner Dunes Golf Course is at 4733 Desert Knoll Avenue in Twentynine Palms. Reserve your tee time by calling 760-367-5770.

WOMEN’S HEALTH SYMPOSIUM AT MARINE BASE

A women’s health symposium will take place January 28 from 7:30 a.m. to 1p.m. on the Combat Center in Bldg 1707. This symposium is by women for women. All women with base access are encouraged to attend and female leaders are asked to encourage female subordinates to attend. Guest speakers and information tables will offer a wealth of information on how women can improve their health and lower risk from disease. A question-and-answer session will feature a panel of specialists to answer pre-submitted, anonymous, questions. Child care is available but parents must be pre-registered with the Child Development Center. For more information, please call 760-830-2814.

MISS YUCCA VALLEY SPONSORS NEEDED

Z107.7 has started airing interviews with the 10 contestants vying for the title of Miss Yucca Valley. The 10 girls—Aimee Frank, Alicia Murphy, Cerena Foy, Hailey Lasiter, Maddy Nimmo, Mariah Muchtar, Rita Zelaya-Arauz, Rosie Paulino, Sophie Wargo, and Vanessa Valle—are juniors from Yucca Valley High School and Joshua Springs Christian School. The scholarship pageant will be held Saturday, February 1 at Joshua Springs. Sponsors are still needed for the official program. Sponsorship, from businesses or individuals, can be ads or messages of encouragement. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Sheldon Hough at ghough@adelphia.net.

SMARTPHONES & DISASTER

Many people now carry a live-saving device in pocket or purse.  Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells how to exploit your smartphone…

For Smartphone users, incorporating the devices into emergency plans can save lives. If you don’t use texting regularly, familiarize yourself with your phone’s texting functions. Text messages consume less battery and often get through when wireless networks are overwhelmed. And you can broadcast a single text update to many contacts at once, further conserving battery power. Save copies of important documents and insurance information in the Cloud or on your Smartphone in case they aren’t accessible in a disaster. Keep the battery full and have an extra on hand, and consider a solar powered charger in case power is out for an extended period. In a disaster, limit non-emergency calls to reduce demand on wireless networks. Incorporate these tips into your emergency plan; it could save a life. For Z107.7 News, this is assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz.

ANIMAL VACCINATION CLINICS

The Animal Action League has added two more clinics to its January schedule. Clinics will be held Monday and Tuesday (Jan 27 and Jan 28) in Joshua Tree, behind the dinosaurs on Highway 62, from 10 to 2. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips. Call 760-322-4560 to schedule an appointment for low-cost spaying or neutering. Visit animalactionleague.us for updated schedules on clinics.

TWENTYNINE PALMS LITTLE LEAGUE NEEDS BOARD MEMBERS

The Twentynine Palms Little League has two positions open for the Board of Directors, and is also searching for an All-Star Coordinator and Concessions Director.  Anyone interested in either position should call Ronda Morton at 760-368-7107. Baseball and softball signups are underway at 4 Sports N More; registration is $50 per player. A coach’s informational meeting will be held Monday, January 27, in the community services building on Joe Davis Drive.