TWENTYNINE PALMS SOFTBALL UMPIRES WANTED

Applications are now being accepted for umpires for the City of Twentynine Palms’ adult slow-pitch softball leagues. Applicants must be 18 and over and be able to work evenings beginning June 16. Thorough knowledge of the rules and regulations of the game of slow-pitch softball is required; knowledge of ASA regulations is highly desirable. Applications are available at the Twentynine Palms Recreation office from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 760-367-7562.

EARTHQUAKE SAFETY AND PREPAREDNESS

Do you have all your prep done for the big rumble?  Managing Editor Tami Roleff has the earthquake checklist…

We all know the Big One is coming, maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but sometime.  Before the Big One strikes, get together with your family or roommates to plan on what each person will do before, during and after an earthquake. Practice drop, cover, and hold on. Identify safe spots in every room. Keep shoes and a flashlight next to your bed. Select a safe place outside your home to meet. Designate an out-of-the-area person as a contact person, and make sure everyone has the phone number. Keep copies of important documents in a secure, waterproof container. Know the locations for the shut-off valves for water, electricity, and gas. And finally, have a disaster preparedness kit ready and accessible.  Reporting for Z107.7, this is managing editor Tami Roleff.

CACTUS SEWABLES MEET MONDAY

Cactus Sewables Quilt Guild will meet Monday, June 2, in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.; the meeting begins at 1 p.m. This will be their last meeting until September.

DINOSAURS ON DISPLAY AT THE HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM

A new exhibit opened Friday at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley. Reporter Taylor Thacker says “Hatching the Past” looks at the life of dinosaurs…..

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum will present a new temporary exhibition, “Hatching the Past,” on display May 30 through September 22. This exhibit takes a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs through their eggs, nests, and embryos. “Hatching the Past” blends the arts and sciences with an astounding array of dinosaur eggs and nests collected from all over the globe, including those of each major plant and meat-eating dinosaur group. This science-rich, hands-on exhibit invited visitors to dig for eggs, touch a real dinosaur bone and discover the mysteries of dinosaur family life. For more information call 760-369-7212.

CAMPGROUND CLOSURES IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

It’s hot, but local camping is still available for the hearty.  Ranger Pam Tripp tells what campgrounds are open in Joshua Tree National Park…

During the hot summer months, the demand for campsites at Joshua Tree National Park decreases, allowing certain campgrounds and portions of others to the closed.  This provides an opportunity to improve impacted areas and reduce the cost of maintaining these facilities.  Even in the hot temperatures, however, we have many visitors coming to the park, and so there are still many opportunities to camp and enjoy the desert.  For those hearty summer campers, Jumbo Rocks and Hidden Valley will remain open.  Partial campground closures include Black Rock on the eastern side, one loop at Cottonwood, and Indian Cove on the western portion.  Complete closures include Belle, Ryan and White Tank Campgrounds in their entirety.  A restroom will remain open at White Tank for hikers on the Arch Rock Nature Trail.  All campgrounds should again be available for the October Columbus Day weekend. For more information on campground closures and camping in the park contact the park at 760-367-5500.  For Z107.7, this is Park Ranger Pam Tripp, reminding you to enjoy the solace and wonder of your national park.

…In addition to the campground closures, the closure for the Cottonwood Springs Oasis and trail areas will be continued until further notice. This closure is necessary to allow for remediation of the damage and safety hazards in the area from the September 2013 floods.

NEXT ROUND OF YUCCA VALLEY HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION STARTS MONDAY

Just when you thought road construction on Highway 62 was finally done in Yucca Valley, a new project is scheduled to start Monday, June 2. The Highway 62 Traffic and Pedestrian Improvements project will include construction of curbs, gutters, sidewalks, and raised median islands from Apache to Palm Avenues. In addition, a traffic signal at Church Street and the highway will be installed, as well as modifications to the traffic signal at Mohawk Trail. During this round of construction, the plan is for the construction company to install curbs, gutters, and sidewalks on the north side of the highway first, then move over on to the south side of the highway, and finally, install the medians and the traffic signal. The Town is working with the construction company to have all travel lanes re-opened at the end of each construction day and on weekends, to minimize the effect on traffic on the highway. The project is expected to be completed in October.