NATIONAL PARK REGULATIONS

There are so many things to do and enjoy in Joshua Tree National Park.  Ranger Pam Tripp requests us to observe a few simple rules…

Every year approximately 1.4 million visitors come to Joshua Tree NP to enjoy the desert and what it has to offer, such as camping, hiking, rock climbing, and sightseeing of the beautiful landscape.  Along with great scenery and activities, however, there are regulations that help visitors and park personnel preserve and protect the scenery, wildlife, and vegetation.  Here are a few:

  • Campfires are allowed only within designated sites.  Remember to bring your own firewood, while keeping it contained within the fire ring
  • Help protect wildlife by not feeding or harassing the animals.
  • For the safety of visitors and protection of wildlife, no hunting of any kind is allowed in Joshua Tree NP
  • Cutting of vegetation is not allowed, nor is the tying up of vegetation to other objects.
  • Be sure to observe all speed limits within the park. Posted speeds range from 35 to 45 miles per hours.

For information on rules and regulations, check us out at www.nps.gov/jotr, or call us at 760-367-5522.

YUCCA VALLEY RESIDENTS QUESTION SEWER ENGINEERS

An overflow crowd sat through more than 3 ½ hours of discussion on the Yucca Valley sewer project and assessment district vote at a special meeting held Thursday night by the Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors. Managing editor Tami Roleff says that even after all that discussion, not much was accomplished…

More than three dozen Yucca Valley residents turned out for the Hi-Desert Water District’s special meeting Thursday night to ask questions of the engineers who designed the town’s wastewater treatment facility. Residents questioned how the initial estimate of $125 million for the sewer project ballooned up to more than $146 million—more miles of pipe and higher materials cost—and grilled directors and staff on the actuality of the Town receiving a 0 percent loan from the State Revolving Fund. Staff told residents that another city had received a zero percent loan from the SRF for a 10-year period, and reassured residents that it was possible. When residents started asking specific questions about the sewer project in their neighborhoods, directors reminded residents that the water district holds neighborhood meetings every Tuesday at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. where they could get their questions answered.

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

SHERIFF’S FITNESS CHALLENGE FOR WOMEN

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is holding a fitness challenge for women 21 years and older who want to see if they have what it takes to be a deputy sheriff. The event will consist of a “pursuit and rescue” obstacle course, push ups, sit ups, and a 1 ½ mile run. The fitness challenge is Saturday, August 23, at the Sheriff’s Department Academy, 18000 Institution Road, San Bernardino. Register online by August 19. Check in begins at 7 a.m. Only participants will be allowed on the premises; all spectators, men, and children will be turned away.

PET VACCINE AND MICROCHIP CLINICS

The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in August for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spay and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you with your lost pet. Clinics will be held in Joshua Tree, west of the dinosaurs on Highway 62, on August 11, 19, 20, and 25. A clinic will also be held at Wild Mustang Feed in Morongo Valley on August 14 . All clinics are held from 10 to 2. To make an appointment for spay or neutering, call 760-322-4560. Visit animalactionleague.us for updated schedules on clinics.

PAINTING AND DRAWING COURSES OFFERED

Joshua Tree National Park inspires all sorts of artistic impulses.  Reporter Cara Conway previews courses that nurture those impulses…

Bring out your inner artist! Joshua Tree National Park is introducing residents to oil, watercolor, and clayboard painting and drawing! Learn to re-create botanicals and historic sites found in the park by working directly with instructors and the serene landscapes. Taking advantage of the morning light, most classes begin early, between 7 and 8 A.M. and are $60 for members – $70 nonmembers. Beginning Saturday, October 4 and continuing on various weekends through November 16, be sure to sign up before spaces are filled! For exact dates, courses and registration call 760-367-5535 or visit www.joshuatree.org.

RUBBER DUCKY FUNDRAISER

The Rubber Duckies are back! The Center for Healthy Generations, formerly the Morongo Basin Senior Support Center in Yucca Valley, is hosting a Rubber Ducky fundraiser September 12 at 6 p.m. Call 760-365-9661 for more information.