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GRAFFITI IN THE NATIONAL PARK

Whether defacers of nature fancy themselves artists, or are celebrating an infatuation, they’re still jerks.  Ranger Pam Tripp tells what you can do to fight graffiti…

The beauty of Joshua Tree National Park speaks for itself in the vast open views, the wondrous rock piles, the unique Joshua Trees, and the photographers and painters inspired by these landscapes.  These features are a form of art on their own and draw approximately 1.6 million visitors each year to this natural scenic area.  Unfortunately, there has been an increase in graffiti to our natural and cultural sites.  Graffiti, when taken into nature and applied without approval on natural and cultural objects ceases to be art.  It is vandalism and is against the law.  Help us protect the parks natural and historic treasures by reporting any sightings of graffiti in the park.   If you see vandalism, take photos, note time and location; and if available a description of the persons involved and their vehicle information.  Please report vandalism to park staff or by calling dispatch at 909-383-5668.  We appreciate your help in stopping the vandalism of our natural and cultural beauty, here at Joshua Tree National Park.

For Z107.7, this is Park Ranger Pam Tripp, inviting you to help us protect your national park.


EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE

Evangelical Free Church will hold a sunrise service Easter morning, April 5, starting at 6 a.m. The service will be held in the amphitheater, behind the church, 6804 Mohawk Trail in Yucca Valley. After the service, children are invited to go next door to Desert Christ Park and search for Easter eggs hidden amongst the park’s statues. The Easter egg hunt starts at 8 a.m. Desert Christ Park has been gracing the hillside of Yucca Valley for 64 years. For more information about the egg hunt, call 760-365-3984 or 760-369-4505.


TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN SERVES ON NAVY WARSHIP

Monument High School graduate Heather Krough servers on board the USS New Orleans.

Monument High School graduate Heather Krough servers on board the USS New Orleans.

A local high school graduate has a post aboard an advanced naval vessel.  Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells where Heather Krough is serving…

A Twentynine Palms native is serving aboard one of the Navy’s newest and most advanced amphibious ships. Heather Krough, a 2001 graduate of Monument High School, is a Petty Officer 1st Class aboard the San Diego-based USS New Orleans. The ship is a San Antonio class amphibious transport dock ship that is 684 feet long, 105 feet wide, weighs more than 24,000 tons, and can travel at 24 knots. Krough, 32, is a member of the ship’s 427-member crew, which transports about a battalion of about 700 Marines and their helicopters, MV-22 Ospreys, and air-cushioned landing craft. This means that amphibious assaults can begin well over the horizon, as much as 600 miles away from the enemy’s coastline.

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


YVHS BASEBALL RESULTS

The Yucca Valley High School Trojan baseball teams lost to the powerhouse Cajon Cowboys of San Bernardino at home Thursday afternoon. Senior Isaiah Kinder started and pitched six innings in workman-like fashion, striking out five Cowboys in the process. The Trojan offense was shut down most of the day and supplied no run support for his pitching effort. Most of the runs against the Trojans were the result of untimely errors and only four runs and seven hits were charged to Kinder. The final score was 10-0.

The Trojan junior varsity also lost 10-0. The junior varsity team plays home games at the Brehm Sports complex on Little League Drive.


SPRING TEEN BASKETBALL LEAGUE

The City of Twentynine Palms has a wealth of recreation programs.  ROP broadcasting student William Lopez says that the successful teen basketball program is accepting registrations…

The city of Twentynine Palms Park and Recreation is having a 2015 spring teen basketball league. Twentynine Palms Park and recreation are accepting registrations for spring basketball all through April 7th. Signups for the pro division through 10th, 11th, and 12th grade will be held at the Twentynine Palms High School at 2:30pm. Signups for college division through 7th, 8th, and 9th grade will be held at the Twentynine Palms Junior High School at 6:00pm. For the students who play it will be $20.00 for each player.   Reporting for Z107.7 I am ROP Broadcasting student William Lopez.


MONDAY MARCH 30 HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School Trojan tennis team will travel away to Desert Hot Springs to play the Golden Eagles. First serve is at 3:15.

Also tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat tennis team will host Shadow Hills High School at home. The match begins at 3:15.


ABIGAIL’S DAY

A fundraiser is set for today, Saturday, March 28, to help the family of a 12-year-old Yucca Mesa girl who has had surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments on a cancerous 15-pound tumor on her neck. Friends of the Snipes family are hoping to raise $7,000 at the event to pay the family’s rent for the rest of the year, so that Abigail’s parents can concentrate on Abigail and their other two daughters without worrying about expenses. Abigail’s Day will be a fun-filled day of barbecue, raffles, games, vendors, and a bake sale. Z107.7 will be broadcasting live from the fundraiser at the Yucca Mesa Community Center from noon to 5 p.m. The Yucca Mesa Community Center is at 3133 Balsa Avenue. If you would like to help by donating food, bake sale or raffle items, or would like a booth for the event, see the contacts in this story at Z1077fm.com.

Want a booth? Call Becky Pahssen 760-220-4934

Want to help with food donations for the BBQ? Call Jennifer Russell 760-333-5777

Want to help with bake sale or items to be raffled? Call Martie Olson 760-821-5171


HILLTOPPER GRAND PRIX THIS WEEKEND

There is an influx of off-road motorcycle racers and their families and fans into the Twentynine Palms area this week. The 41st annual Hilltopper Motorcycle Club Grand Prix will be held this Saturday and Sunday. Reporter Diana Medley has details and ticket information…

The American Motorcycle Association and Hilltoppers Motorcycle Club are hosting the 41st Annual Grand Prix this weekend. Races are held on an 8-mile course three miles east of downtown Twentynine Palms, on 29 Palms highway at Mojave Road. The event includes peewee, quad, sidecar, vintage, classic, unclassified, and pro team races. Races start at 7:30 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s last race is 4:30 p.m. and the last race Sunday starts at 2 p.m. Vendors will be open both days. Gate fee is $10 a day, per person, or $15 for the weekend. Seniors, military, and kids 6 to 12 years old pay $5. Overnight camping is allowed, and there will be registration booths open for anyone who wants to take part in the Grand Prix.

OHV ENFORCEMENT DURING HILLTOPPPERS GRAND PRIX

The Sheriff’s Department reminds everyone that OHV riders should ride in designated riding areas and trails only; and respect private lands. The Sheriff’s Department OHV Team and County Code Enforcement will be enforcing OHV violations during the Hilltoppers’ Grand Prix event. Please report OHV violations by calling the Sheriff’s Department at 760-956-5001. The Sheriff’s Department would like everyone to enjoy their OHV riding experience, but carelessness can create tragedy. Always wear your helmet and if you drink, don’t ride.


FINAL WEEKEND FOR “URINETOWN THE MUSICAL” AT THEATRE 29

The edgy new musical with the terrible title, “Urinetown,” is coming to the end of its run at Theatre 29.  Reporter Rebecca Havely tells you how to get the last few seats to the show…

If you haven’t seen the show everyone’s talking about and critics and audiences agree is a hit, here’s your final chance. “Urinetown the Musical” has pleasantly surprised theatre goers at Theatre 29. The title isn’t great but the show is really witty, with a cast that’s a blast.  The final performance is here 7 p.m. Saturday evening. Tickets are $12 for regular admission, $10 for seniors and military and $8 for children under 12 and students with ID available on line at theatre29.org. Once the site shows all the seats have been sold, you still may be able to purchase tickets in the theatres’ over flow section. For reservations call the theater box office at 760-361-4151.


SKY’S THE LIMIT STAR PARTY

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, March 28. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 7:45 p.m. and end about 12:30 a.m. The first quarter moon will be just west of Jupiter and are the night’s primary exhibits. Bring binoculars, telescopes, water, snacks, chairs, and dress for cold weather. For more information, call 760-367-7222. Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center is just north of the Twentynine Palms entrance to the Joshua Tree National Park at 9697 Utah Trail.


TORTOISE SCULPTURES & 80S CONCERT AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO

Tortoise sculpture by Ricardo Breceda at Tortoise Rock Casino

Tortoise sculpture by Ricardo Breceda at Tortoise Rock Casino

In celebration of its one-year anniversary, Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms unveiled two eye-catching new sculptures Tuesday outside of the casino at the corner of Adobe Road and Baseline Road. The spectacular 8-foot-tall metal tortoises were created by Ricardo Breceda of Temecula. Breceda also created the sculptures of bighorn sheep and the gold miner and donkeys on National Park Drive in Twentynine Palms. The tortoises are eight feet tall, eight feet wide, 10- and 12-feet long, and weigh almost 300 pounds each; it took Breceda three months to design and create them. The unveiling was in conjunction with the casino’s celebratory anniversary weekend, which kicked off last night with a free concert by the group Checker’d Past. With more on the concert—which repeats tonight—is managing editor Tami Roleff…

In case you missed them last night, or want to relive the crazy 80s one more time, tonight is the second of two concerts featuring the group Checker’d Past. The concert will feature all of the infamous ‘80s styles and fashion, along with the classic music from Duran Duran, Devo, Men at Work and more, for a fun and entertaining evening. The free concert starts at 8 p.m. on the outdoor stage at Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms.

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


DESERT HILLS PALM SUNDAY SERVICE

This Sunday, March 29, Desert Hills Presbyterian Church will celebrate Palm Sunday with a 10 a.m. service. The choir will join the children in singing “Knock, Knock, Knock, Hosanna.” a new composition by Clyde Grabski. Desert Hills Presbyterian Church is located at 56750 Mountain View Trail. Information can be received by calling 760-365-5331 or emailing dhpc.office@gmail.com .


PASSOVER SEDER IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS

Jewish residents of the Morongo Basin and Desert Hot Springs — including military personnel — are invited to a community Passover Seder during this year’s Passover holiday.  The Seder is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Desert.  The festival service and meal will be taking place at Mission Lakes Country Club in Desert Hot Springs, at 5 p.m. on Thursday April 9th.  Reservations are a MUST – walk-ins will not be accepted that evening.  Please RSVP by April 2nd to Sandy at the Jewish Federation of the Desert, either by phone at (760) 324-4737, or via email at sandy.durham@jfedps.org.


TPHS SELECT CHOIR

Twentynine Palms High School can point with pride to its Select Choir.  ROP Broadcasting Student Keonna Williams tells what it’s like to belong to the talented group…

The Twentynine Palms Select Choir gives people a chance to improve in their singing voice. Select Choir also gives students a chance to build their relationship with other students. Being in Select Choir, teaches you how to work with music and how to make their voices stronger than they are. While students are in Select Choir, they will have a chance to perform different place and also travel a lot. Select Choir students wear the same and the students always look put-together while they perform. Reporting for z107.7 News, I’m ROP Broadcasting Student, Keonna Williams.


VACCINE CLINICS AND SPAY/NEUTER SERVICES

The Animal Action League will offer low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in April for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spaying 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 April 1, 2, 3, 6, 15, 16, 28, and 29; and in Morongo Valley at Wild Mustang Feed on April 13. All clinics are held from 10 to 2. Visit animalactionleague.us for updated schedules on clinics. To make an appointment for spay or neutering, call 760-366-1100.


DON’T FALL FOR CHECK-CASHING SCAM

Scammers tried to fool a Joshua Tree resident into giving them nearly $1700 recently through a check-cashing scam. A check-cashing scam starts when the victim receives a realistic check or money order as overpayment for merchandise or a secret shopper scheme, with the request the victim deposit the check, and send the remaining cash to someone else. By the time the victim discovers the check is phony, it’s too late, and they are out the cash. Managing editor Tami Roleff offers the following tips from the U.S. Postal Service on how to avoid being a victim of a check-cashing scam…

To avoid being a victim of a check-cashing scheme, know the scenario of a potential scam. Think about it—there is no legitimate reason why anyone would give you a check or money order and ask you to send cash anywhere in return. Be aware that just because you can get the cash quickly—usually in 1 to 5 days—doesn’t mean the check or money order is good. Crooks take advantage of the fact that counterfeits can take weeks—even months—to discover. By then you’ve sent the money and have to pay it back to your bank. Typically, phony checks and money orders are so realistic-looking that even bank tellers can be fooled. Only cash a check or money order from a person or busi­ness you know or trust. The best way to avoid being a victim is to be cau­tious. If it seems too good to be true, it likely is.

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


THIS RACE WEEKEND, SHERIFF ENFORCING OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE LAWS

The Sheriff’s Department would like to remind everyone that the Hill Toppers Moto-Cross Gran Prix event in Twentynine Palms occurs this weekend Friday, March 27, through Sunday, March 29. OHV riders should ride in designated riding areas and trails only; and respect private lands. The Sheriff’s Department OHV Team and County Code Enforcement will be enforcing OHV violations during this event. Please report OHV violations by calling the Sheriff’s Department at 760-956-5001. The Sheriff’s Department would like everyone to enjoy their OHV riding experience, but carelessness can create tragedy. Always wear your helmet and if you drink, don’t ride.


TWO ARRESTED WITH DRUGS AND WARRANTS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Two people were arrested Wednesday morning after they were found with drugs. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy performed a traffic stop near Mariposa Avenue and Two Mile Road in Twentynine Palms about 10 a.m. Wednesday. The deputy determined that the driver, Joe Ramirez, 30, was wanted on a traffic warrant and was driving on a suspended license. In addition, the deputy found “honey oil” in a package on the driver’s seat. The passenger, Vanessa Estrada, 30, had a traffic warrant out for her arrest. Joe Ramirez was arrested on his warrants and for investigation of possession of marijuana, and released on $5,000 bail. Vanessa Estrada was arrested on her warrants and released on $50,000 bail.


PUBLIC VOTE SET TO APPROVE HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER LEASE

The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board has set the date for a public vote to approve the leasing of the local hospital to Tenet HealthCare. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was at last night’s special hospital board meeting…
Last night at Hi-Desert Medical Center, the governing board reconvened a special meeting from the day prior. The lone item remaining on the agenda was a resolution calling for a special mail ballot election which the board approved straight away. And with that, the matter goes to the County’s Registrar of Voters which is expected to mail the ballots to voters in the Health Care District in late May or early June. The ballots must be returned by June 23 with certification expected a day or two later. Hanging in the balance is the very existence of an acute-care hospital in Morongo Basin. Voters will decide either to allow Tenet California to run the District under the 30-year lease agreement or stay the course and watch the Basin’s third largest employer literally bleed out.


ABIGAIL’S DAY TOMORROW AT THE YUCCA MESA COMMUNITY CENTER

A fundraiser is set for tomorrow, Saturday, March 28, to help the family of a 12-year-old Yucca Mesa girl who has had surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments on a cancerous 15-pound tumor on her neck. Friends of the Snipes family are hoping to raise $7,000 at the event to pay the family’s rent for the rest of the year, so that Abigail’s parents can concentrate on Abigail and their other two daughters without worrying about expenses. Abigail’s Day will be a fun-filled day of barbecue, raffles, games, vendors, and a bake sale. Z107.7 will be broadcasting live from the fundraiser at the Yucca Mesa Community Center from noon to 5 p.m. The Yucca Mesa Community Center is at 3133 Balsa Avenue. If you would like to help by donating food, bake sale or raffle items, or would like a booth for the event, see the contacts in this story at Z1077fm.com.
Want a booth? Call Becky Pahssen 760-220-4934
Want to help with food donations for the BBQ? Call Jennifer Russell 760-333-5777
Want to help with bake sale or items to be raffled? Call Martie Olson 760-821-5171


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