NEW JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SUPERINTENDANT NAMED

David Smith has been selected as the new superintendent for Joshua Tree National Park in California. Smith is currently the superintendent of Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, Kansas. He will begin his new position in mid-September, replacing former superintendent Mark Butler, who retired earlier this year.

New Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith.

New Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith.

According to a release from the National Park Service, It is a bonus that David considers Joshua Tree to be ‘his dream park.’ It is where he signed on as a park volunteer, and in 1998, got his first permanent position with the National Park Service.”During 22 years with the National Park Service, Smith has served as a law enforcement ranger, a park interpreter, and a biological technician in a host of western parks. “I grew up climbing and camping in what is one of America’s hidden jewels: Joshua Tree National Park,” said Smith. “Helping to lead Joshua Tree in the coming years is an honor. Smith earned a BS in Forestry/Developmental Studies from the University of California, Berkeley as well as an MS in Resource Interpretation from Texas State/Stephen F Austin University. Smith grew up in northern San Diego County, he’ll be joined by his wife and two children. Smith’s hobbies include rock climbing and trail running. He is looking forward to finding a local church, maintaining his ties with Rotary and becoming an active member of the area communities.

COMMUNITY DISASTER RELIEF ORGANIZATION MEETING

A group of local emergency agencies and providers are working to make sure we all have some help if a local disaster happens. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the Morongo Basin Emergency Management Council will meet Thursday the 24th…….
When a disaster strikes, a coalition of community organizations works together to deliver hope in times of need. On Thursday, July 29, members of the Morongo Basin Emergency Management Council will meet at 9 a.m. in the Helen Gray Education Center at the Hi-Desert Medical Center, to discuss whether the Council should be changed to a formal Community Organizations Active in Disaster. The mission of the new community organization will be to deliver disaster recovery services to Morongo Basin residents by sharing information, simplifying access to services, and jointly resolving cases. With the proposed re-organization, the organization will fall under the County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. community organizations who are involved in disaster preparedness, relief and recovery efforts are highly encouraged to attend. For more information, call Niki McBain at 760-830-6074.

HUMAN REMAINS FOUND IN DESERT AT LEAST A YEAR OLD

Human skeletal remains were found Wednesday near the desert community of Newberry Springs. The Sheriff’s Department says an off-roader in the open desert near Silver Valley Road and Bon View Avenue found the remains. The remains were not immediately identified, and it was unclear how they came to the location, the release said. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said the remains had been at the location for at least a year, too long to be those of Erin Corwin, 20, who went missing from Twentynine Palms on June 29. The search for Corwin has recently focused on the Joshua Tree area. Anyone with any information on the remains is asked to call Detective Daniel Rodriguez or Sgt. Jason Radeleff at 909-387-3598.

FREE FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION MONDAY

The third Monday of July is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus Federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Dan Stork has the times and places…
The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, July 21st. The locations and times are:

  •  The Church of the Lighted Cross, at 11518 Elbow Lane in Morongo Valley, from 8 to 10
  •  Belfield Hall, on Reche Road in Landers, 8:30 to 10:30
  •  The Community Center in Yucca Valley, 8:30 to 10:30
  •  Copper Mountain Mesa Foundation, 65336 Winter Road in the Copper Mountain area, 9 to 11
  •  Joshua Tree Community Center on Sunburst Road, 9 to 11
  •  The fire station in Wonder Valley, 11 to 12, and
  •  The Evangelist Mission Church at 6595 Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms, from 10 to noon.

Recipients are requested to bring their own paper or plastic bags. For more information, call 909-723-1580.

REALTORS ORGANIZATION ENDORSES YUCCA VALLEY SEWER ASSESMENT

Yesterday, The Desert Communities Association of Realtors voted unanimously to support the Hi Desert Water District’s sewer assessment district vote. The organization consists of Realtors for the entire Morongo Basin. The assessment district ballots will be sent out on August 14th and will require a simple majority vote to pass.

FREE LEGAL ASSISTANCE OFFERRED LOCALLY

Morongo Residents can now go online for limited legal assistance. Reporter Cara Conway has the URL…..
Online legal assistance is being offered for Morongo Basin residents regarding traffic violations, domestic violence, harassment cases, how to change your name, as well as other topics. This free and low-cost site includes web links, contact information, and court forms. Visit www.courtinfo.gov/selfhelp for more.

AUDITIONS FOR “YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN” AT THEATRE 29

Theatre 29 announces auditions for the musical “Young Frankenstein,” written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, with music and lyrics by Mel Brooks. “Young Frankenstein” utilizes an ensemble cast of characters ranging in age from mid-20s through mid-50s. All parts are open and available and all actors are encouraged to audition. “Young Frankenstein”, The inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend is based on Mel Brooks’ classic 1974 comedy film masterpiece, the story follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein (that’s Fronkensteen) as he attempts to complete his grandfather’s masterwork and bring a corpse to life. But this musical comedy hit is not without scary and hilarious complications. The show includes such memorable tunes as “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and the famous “Puttin’ On The Ritz.” Performances are at Theatre 29 October 3rd through November 1. Auditions for “Young Frankenstein” are at Theatre 29 at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms Monday, August 18, at 6:00 p.m.. Rehearsals start August 19th. The Artistic Director is Gary Daigneault, and the Music Director is Bill Barrett. For vocals, those auditioning are asked to bring a back-up CD or mp3 file on a Smartphone or mp3 player (no accompanist will be available). Broadway tunes only, (not from “Young Frankenstein”), no pop music, acappella is discouraged. Readings will consist of cold sides from the script.For information about auditions for “Young Frankenstein” contact Gary Daigneault at 760-366-8471.

LAST WEEKEND FOR “A DOLL’S HOUSE”, TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE

This is the final weekend for the riveting drama, “A Doll’s House” at Theatre 29. Reporter Taylor Thacker says tickets are still available…….
Regular tickets are now available for the fourth production of the Theatre 29 season, the classic “A Doll’s House”, a gripping drama from a true master, Henrik Ibsen and directed by Kurt Schauppner. Performances will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday night. Tickets are $12 for regular admission, $10 for seniors and military, and $8 for children under 12 and students with ID and can be purchased online at www.theatre29.org or by calling 760-361-4151.

JTNP ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE NAMED FOR 2015

Joshua Tree National Park and the Joshua Tree National Park Association announced the selections for the 2014-2015 Artist-in-Residence Program. Four visual artists and a multimedia artist were invited to participate in the program’s seventh year of providing a unique residential opportunity to artists from around the nation. The 2014-2015 artists are Chuck Kimmerle (a photographer from Casper, WY); Emily Underwood (a painter from Carmel Valley, CA); Doug Shoemaker (a watercolorist from San Francisco, CA); Deanne Belinoff (a painter from Seattle, WA); and Sonja Hinrichsen (a sculptor/videographer from San Francisco, CA). Gail Panske (a visual artist from Oshkosh, WI) and Andrew Gottlieb (a writer from Irvine, CA) were selected as alternates. The park will provide accommodations for the artists-in-residence for two to four weeks so that they may create work in their chosen medium. A jury comprised of five local artists and a park staff member made their selections from a pool of 70 applicants. For more information about Joshua Tree National Park’s Artist-in-Residence Program, please contact Caryn Davidson, Park Liaison at 760-367-3012.

YUCCA VALLEY SUMMER CONCERT SATURDAY NIGHT

For the 20th year, Saturday nights in the summer means music in Yucca Valley. Dan Stork says, come out and listen to Adrianna Marie…
The Yucca Valley Summer Concert for July 19 features Adrianna Marie and the Groovecutters. Adrianna Marie vocalizes R&B, jazz, folk, and blues with a voice and style that is at the same time sultry and upbeat. The gates open for the free concert at 6:30. The music starts at 7 pm at the ball field behind the Community Center, where it’s always cool, on even the hottest Hi-Desert days. You can bring your own food but NO ALCOHOL, PLEASE — and there will be food vendors, too. You can even bring pets, just so long as you stay with them on the upper ballfield. You can grab a little preview of Adrianna Marie at her website http://www.adriannamarieandhergroovecutters.com/

J.T. VFW KICHEN BUSY THIS WEEK

A busy kitchen at the Joshua Tree VFW this Friday. Fish and chips from 4 to 6, and don’t forget taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

CAR WASH SATURDAY TO BENEFIT HOMELESS VETERANS

Vets Cruisin’ for a Cause will hold a carwash Saturday, July 19, to raise funds for food, shelter, and health care for homeless veterans. The car wash is from 9 to 2, or until the last car is washed, at the Change for Vets thrift store, 5758 Adobe Road, Suite B, in Twentynine Palms.

BOY SCOUT CAR WASH IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

Boy Scout Troup 309 is having a car wash this Saturday, the 19th, from 9am to 2pm at Ultimte Motors, next to Sue’s Health Food, across from Big Lots, in Yucca Valley.

NO OPEN MIC AT 180 MINISTRIES TONIGHT

The weekly OPEN MIKE hosted by One 80 Ministries in Joshua Tree will be cancelled this Friday due to Church programs. OPEN MIKE Will resume next Friday at its regularly scheduled time of 6pm.