JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

It takes a lot of work to run a national park.  Ranger Pam Tripp gives a peek at the administrative services at Joshua Tree National Park…

The administrative division of Joshua Tree National Park works behind the scenes to support the essential work of personnel. They perform duties, such as managing budgets and negotiating contracts with outside vendors for the purchase of supplies and services needed for park programs, as well as paying bills and ensuring that purchases comply with regulations.  The Human Resources office of administration facilitates the hiring process, posting job announcements, evaluating applicant qualifications, and assisting with selection processes.  Other duties of administration include managing park property, handling the park’s lost and found items, and managing in-coming and out-going mail and parcel delivery. The staff assists all employees by processing payroll and helping arrange travel and training, while monitoring travel regulations. They manage park housing assignments and calculate rents. And lastly, they maintain the park’s extensive IT network of nearly 150 computers, associated servers, and related hardware throughout the park.  Joshua Tree National Park thanks the administrative staff for all they contribute in the running of this organization and park.

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR MILITARY

A San Bernardino County program offers free behavioral heath services for military service members and their families. All active duty and retired military personnel, reservists, or National Guard who have served on or after September 11, 2001 and their families are eligible. Services include confidential behavioral health assessments, rehabilitative support, family services, and in-home visits as needed. For more information, contact Pacific Clinics at 760-228-9657.

HELPING HOMELESS VETERANS

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.

OASIS 5TH-GRADER RAISING FUNDS FOR PEOPLE TO PEOPLE PROGRAM

A local 5th grader has a great opportunity to learn about international cooperation in Europe.  Managing Editor Tami Roleff says Pearl Burch is raising money for her trip…

Pearl Burch, a fifth-grader at Oasis Elementary School in Twentynine Palms, was selected to attend the People to People Student Ambassador Program as a student leader. During the two-week exchange program this summer, Pearl will travel to England and France, meet with government officials, interact with other students her own age, and participate in educational activities. Pearl’s trip is expensive, however; she needs to raise $7,000. Pearl has been holding an online Tupperware fundraiser, and has collected recyclables, knitting scarves, and helping at school and church for extra money. She plans to hold some car washes and bake sales, along with a bowl-a-thon. If you would like to help Pearl reach her goal with a donation, call 760-362-3964, or send a donation to the address in this story at kcdzfm.com

Reporting for Z107.7, this is managing editor Tami Roleff.

DESERT CHRIST PARK FUNDRAISER

The Desert Christ Park Foundation is holding a raffle to raise money for the park in Yucca Valley. A matted, framed, and signed black-and-white photo of one of the statues in the park “Suffer the Children,” by photographer Phil Dunham will be won in a raffle drawing, set for November 2. Tickets are $1 each, or 6 for $5. To purchase tickets, call 760-365-3984. Desert Christ Park is located at 56200 Sunnyslope Drive.

CACTUS SEWABLES MEETS MONDAY

Cactus Sewables Quilt Guild will meet on Monday, May 5, in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center, 57098 29 Palms Hwy. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.; the meeting begins at 1 p.m.  Guests are welcome. The speaker this month will be quilt designer DeBorah Yeboah, who will discuss her portraits on fabric. She will be holding a workshop, teaching her methods on Martin Luther King, Elvis, and Billie Holliday the following day. Samples will be available for viewing at our meeting.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS MONDAY

In high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School boys’ tennis will host the Shadow Hills High School Knights at home. First serve is at 3:15.