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RONALD MCDONALD AT THE JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY TOMORROW

Kids are gonna be lovin’ it at the next Joshua Tree Library summer reading program. Dan Stork tells why…

The Joshua Tree Library will host a free family summer reading program performance starring Ronald McDonald Tuesday July 22 at 1:00 p.m. This special performance of the Ronald McDonald library show “Book Time” is a creative mix of music, magic and games which reinforce the idea that reading is fun.
The summer reading program is free and offered at all San Bernardino County Libraries. Children and teens can keep up their reading skills during the summer while earning incentive prizes. Adults can sign up to win prizes too. For every 25 books checked out of the library all customers will receive a ticket to a drawing for a WiiU Gaming system, a Nook HD+ tablet and more!
Preschool aged children are invited to attend Summer Reading Program story time on Wednesday mornings at 11:00 a.m. through the summer.

For more information about the Summer Reading Program at the Joshua Tree Library please call 366-8615.


SERVICES SET FOR BOBBY KIRCHNER

Bobby Lee Kirchner, a 49-year resident of Twentynine Palms, died unexpectedly while working on the Marine Base Golf Course Tuesday July 15. He was 54 years old at the time of death. He had been employed at the Desert Winds Golf Course on board the Marine Base for 35 years. He also played bass for the local band Hazmat. A celebration of life for Bobby Kirchner will be held at the southwest end of Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms this Saturday July 26 at 6 pm.


CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR BOBBY LEE KIRCHNER

Bobby Lee Kirchner, a 49-year resident of Twentynine Palms, died unexpectedly on Tuesday July 15.  He was 54 years old at the time of death.  He had been employed at the Desert Winds Golf Course on board the Marine Base for 35 years.  He also played bass for the local band Hazmat.  A celebration of life will be held at the southwest end of Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms on Saturday July 26 at 6 pm.


DOGGY DAY CARE

You’ve got errands to run, you decide to take your dog with you, and you know better than to leave your pet in a hot car for any length of time. You can leave your friend at Doggy Day Care, a service run by the Canine Relief Foundation.  The Canine Relief Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization, 100% staffed by volunteers, that also provides food and shelter for lost and abandoned canines.  Doggy Day Care is climate-controlled, with an attendant on duty, and is located at 56885 29 Palms Highway in Yucca Valley, in the Big Lots plaza.  All proceeds from fees benefit the homeless canines in the Foundation’s foster care program.  The hours of the Canine Relief Foundation are 10 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, and its phone number is 760-365-8844.


VETERANS’ COUNSELING SERVICES

The San Bernardino Vet Center (SBVC) offers readjustment counseling, benefits counseling, and referral services to veterans in the Morongo Basin every Tuesday.  A Vet Center counselor is available from 10 am to 3 pm on Tuesdays at Copper Mountain College, 6162 Rotary Way, in Joshua Tree, in the Office of Student Services.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Yesenia Thomas at 909-801-5762.


FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS MONDAY

The third Monday of July  is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus Federal food in the Morongo Basin.  Managing Editor Tami Roleff 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.


BLOOD DRIVE WEDNESDAY IN YUCCA VALLEY

Desert Blood Service will hold a blood drive Wednesday July 23 in the Yucca Valley Vons parking lot, from 2:30 to 6:30 pm. 

Donors receive free cholesterol screening and donor reward points that may be redeemed in the online donor store at www.desertbloodservices.org.

Healthy individuals at least 15 years of age may donate blood All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. Donors receive a free mini-physical as part of the donation process. Donating blood takes about an hour, yet gives someone a lifetime. For more information, please call 760-777-8844.


WILDLAND FIRE BRANCH OF THE NATIONAL PARK

Some people think that because we’re in the desert, that there’s nothing to burn.  We know better, and Ranger Pam Tripp tells about the work of the Wildland Firefighters…

For almost 100 years the National Park has been a steward of public land and the Wildland Fire Branch has been part of the mission of protecting these lands. The wildland fire program is committed to working with our neighbors and park partners to protect park and local resources.   Firefighters at the park conduct prevention, containment and suppression of wildland fires to protect the park resources and the visitors to Joshua Tree NP.  They also conduct and participate in regular trainings in order to stay prepared for fire situations, as well as helping to fight fires in other areas as needed.  Remember to practice safety when it comes to fire. If you build a campfire be sure to keep safety in mind before, during and after you build it and when putting it out.  As Smokey Bear says, only you can prevent wildfires.  Thank you to our Wildland Firefighters for the work they put in everyday to protect our national parks and local areas.

For Z107.7, this is Park Ranger Pam Tripp, encouraging you to get to know how your national park works.


ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP FOR TREVOR GORWIN

 On July 15, 2014 Yucca Valley High School graduate Trevor Gorwin accepted a full scholarship at Cal State Fullerton, where he will compete in Track & Field.  He’ll be throwing the shot put, discus, hammer & javelin for the Titans over the next 4 years.  He culminated his high school career with a school record in the shot put with a throw of 59’10.5″ and placed 7th in the California State Track & Field Championships in June, with all divisions combined.


MBTA TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE GRANTS

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority has leveraged fee income it gets from other agencies to fund a program of Transportation Assistance Grants — the TAG program

Local government agencies or nonprofit 501(c)3′s who can define an unmet transportation need that accesses, promotes, or augments MBTA transit services can apply for a grant.  Some project examples are (but not limited to):

  • Trip reimbursement programs
  • Providing matching local funds for federal transportation grants
  • Capital  assistance in acquiring equipment to be used solely for transportation needs of Basin elderly and disabled
  • Operating  assistance for services to be used solely for transportation needs of Basin elderly and disabled
  • Match funding assistance for purchasing MBTA passes for eligible groups

Ineligible Projects include but  are not be limited to

  • those undertaken by private firms or individuals,
  • or where funding would be for programs whose primary purpose is not transportation oriented,
  • or programs deemed non-complementary or detrimental to MBTA services.

Application information is listed in this story at z1077fm.com.  Submission deadline for the coming year’s grants is Friday August 22 at 5 pm.  For more information call (760) 366-2986 or email joe@mbtabus.com .

Please submit one signed (in blue ink) paper copy of each completed and signed project proposal to:  Morongo Basin Transit Authority, TAG Program, 62405 Verbena Road, Joshua Tree, CA 92252.  For assistance or information regarding the completion of this proposal, call (760) 366-2986 or email joe@mbtabus.com .  Applications are available for download at the MBTA website www.mbtabus.com (click Bids and Proposals) or by calling 760.366.2986 


CHILD CRUELTY ARREST IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A Twentynine Palms man has been arrested for beating up on a child.  At 11:49 am on Thursday, Sheriff’s deputies received a report from a woman in a residence on Bermuda Avenue that, according to her 11-year old son, her husband had  choked the child and had hit the boy’s head on the wall.  The woman reported that the husband had a history of violence toward her, but not toward the children.  At the time of the report, the woman was in a bedroom with her five children, and the husband was elsewhere in the house.  Deputies arrived at 12:10 pm.  The husband, Scott Barron, was detained at 12:30.  Scott Baron was arrested later in the afternoon, and was booked into West Valley Detention Center for investigation of felony cruelty to a child, with bail set at $100,000.


FINAL PERFORMANCE OF “A DOLL’S HOUSE”

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.


ADRIANNA MARIE IN CONCERT IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Yucca Valley Summer Concert for tonight, 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/


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.


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