AGE WELL, DRIVE SMART

The California Highway Patrol works at improving the driving skills of motorists at all parts of the age spectrum.  Reporter Taylor Thacker tells how older drivers can sharpen their abilities behind the wheel…

Morongo Basin Area drivers age 65 and older are invited to attend one of the upcoming Age Well, Drive Smart classes offered by the California Highway Patrol. The goal of the program is to help seniors maintain their driving independence for as long as they can safely drive. The course aims to help participants improve their driving skills and refresh their knowledge of the rules of the road, as well as how to adjust to normal age-related physical and mental changes. This event takes place on the Wednesday, May 14th, from 10am-12pm and will be held in the Twentynine Palms City Hall in the Council Chambers. An additional class will be offered at the Town of Yucca Valley Senior Center on Thursday, May 15th, from 10am-12pm. No registration is necessary for these classes. For more information call 760-366-2707.

VOTER INFORMATION PACKETS SENT OUT

Voter Information Guides were delivered to voters’ mailboxes earlier this week for the June 3, Statewide Primary Election. Mail ballots will be delivered to voters on the permanent mail ballot list beginning May 10. The Voter Information Guide contains a sample ballot, as well as information regarding voting, candidates, and measures. On the back cover of the Voter Information Guide, voters will find the address of their assigned Election Day polling place.

CALTRANS WORK ON ROUTE 62

CalTrans is working on Highway 62 from Indian Canyon Avenue to Interstate 10. The project involves repaving of the existing roadway, widening the existing inside shoulder from two to five feet, upgrading the metal beam guardrail and replacement of an existing dike. Lanes in each direction will be closed 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday this week to perform concrete tests as well as to restripe the roadway. Oversize loads are still limited, due to narrow shoulders and lanes during the construction. Turns on to Dillon Road from both directions are also prohibited during road work. The project is expected to be complete by early summer.

TRASH OR TREASURE IN THE NATIONAL PARK

It may look like trash, but if it’s old enough, and it’s in the National Park, it’s not.  Ranger Pam Tripp says, leave it lay…

Let’s fact it: Many artifacts within Joshua Tree National Park seem like old trash. However, anything over 50 years old is considered historic, and in many cases, these artifacts may be the only visible remains of a historic site. Archeological sites are non-renewable resources. When a site is disturbed, the clues used to understand the past are destroyed as well. A rusty can or other artifact tells us who, when, and where people once lived in the area. Removing these artifacts can destroy the essential information needed to better understand the people of the past. It is vital that historic sites not be disturbed. Please leave artifacts where you find them. Take a photograph of the object for yourself and to share with us. Letting us know where you found it will help to keep it in the records for a lifetime. For more information on how to help protect our historic sites, check out our website at www.nps.gov/jotr.

DESERT HILLS PRESBYTERIAN CAMPOUT

Family-Up of Desert Hills Presbyterian Church is planning an overnight camp-out at Black Rock Campgrounds at 5:00 pm, on Friday, May 16, with breakfast at 8:00 am on Saturday, May 17.  For information, call the office at 760 365-6331.  The Men’s Breakfast will be held at the church on Saturday, May 17 in Fellowship Hall.  Desert Hills Presbyterian Church is located at 56750 Mountain View Trail, in Yucca Valley.

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

There are many resources in the Morongo Basin for individuals and families struggling with mental health problems.  Mike Lipsitz points out some of them…

May is mental health month and no better time to make a mental note of some of the services available in Morongo Basin.  County Supervisor James Ramos reminds us that the County “(doesn’t} want anyone to go without help because they don’t know where to seek assistance.” Through community partners, the County provides a variety of quality behavioral health services including the Crisis Walk-In Clinic, or CWIC, open 24/7 on Santa Fe Trail in Yucca Valley.  Drug and alcohol related services are available through Mental Health Systems on Business Center Drive in Yucca Valley.  At nearby Desert Mountain Children’s Center is help for those under 6 and Hi-Desert Behavioral Health is a full service facility open 24/7.   For Z107.7 News, this is assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz.