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MARINE VOLUNTEERS TO HELP AREA SENIORS

Reach Out Morongo Basin, the local people-helping-people organization, has helped over 100 senior homeowners with yard work and other home repairs. Reporter Dan Stork says that Reach Out is looking for more people to help…

Reach Out Morongo Basin is seeking senior and disabled persons needing home repairs or yard work for upcoming service projects. Labor for these projects comes by way of volunteers from 1st Tank Battalion and naval chiefs from the Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital aboard the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. The next round of service projects is scheduled for August and September. The naval chiefs are new to this endeavor, and the 1st Tank Battalion will be participating for the fourth time. Organizers are seeking 20 homes in the Morongo Basin. Requests for home repairs such as painting, light carpentry and other repairs not requiring permits, as well as yard work projects, are being sought. Homes must be the primary residence and owned by the senior or disabled person requesting the assistance. All requests will require inspection to evaluate the scope of work required. For more information or to sign up for this program, please call Robin Schlosser at Reach Out Morongo Basin 760-361-1410.


VA ON THE MOVE AT THE TWENTYNINE PALMS SENIOR CENTER TOMORROW

VA on the Move will be at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center on June 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Mobile Vet Center, along with multiple VA and state personnel, will be able to answer questions and provide information and services to local veterans, active duty military, and their families. A readjustment counselor will also be on hand. Some of the services provided are: readjustment and supportive counseling for veterans, and military sexual trauma supportive services. In addition, counseling will be available on services through the Department of Veterans Affairs, information on Loma Linda VA Medical Services, and the Women Veterans Health Program, Veterans Benefits counseling, Cal Vet Benefits and Employment Education Development Resources. For more information contact Reach Out Morongo Basin at 760-361-1410.


KEEP YOUR PET SAFE ON THE FOURTH OF JULY

The fifth of July is the busiest day of the year for many animal shelters, as many dogs panic due to the loud bangs from fireworks celebrations, run off, and get lost. Managing editor Tami Roleff has some tips on how to keep your dog safe this weekend…

Many dogs are terrified of the noise from fireworks, whether they are the professional fireworks or just bottle rockets being shot off down the street. To keep your dog safe, don’t leave it out in the yard when fireworks are going off; bring it inside your house or garage. Have your dog properly identified, ideally with a microchip and a collar with ID tags, or at least, a collar and tags. Never shoot off fireworks around pets; besides scaring them with the loud noises, the fireworks could cause burns or trauma to the face or paws. Other items that are harmful to pets include glow jewelry and insect repellent not designed for animals (including citronella).


BLOOD DRIVE AT THE TORTOISE ROCK CASINO TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Tuesday, June 30, at Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms from 10 to 3. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream now offers free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. Those aged 18 to 44 years may register for Be the Match bone marrow screening free of charge. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 800-TRY-GIVING.


REV DR. LOU GERHARDT’S NINE-WEEK SEMINAR STARTS THIS THURSDAY

Local Reverend Dr. Lou Gerhardt will start a nine-week seminar series this week. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more…

“In The Time of Your Life, LIVE!” that’s the title of the Rev. Dr. Lou Gerhardt’s free nine-week seminar beginning at 10 a.m. this Thursday, July 2, at St. Joseph Episcopal Church, corner of Onaga and Church Streets in Yucca Valley. This series of motivational talks includes titles such as “Discovering The Joy In Meditation and Prayer,” “Larry, Joan and Their 65 Years,” “You Are My Sunshine,” “He Ain’t Heavy Mister,” “Feeling Good,” and “This Is The Day.” Gerhardt’s Thursday talks conclude August 27 with a talk entitled “The Soul of Man Never Dies.” This is not a Bible study or discussion group, but a presentation of practical aids for developing or maintaining a positive outlook. Each week there will be music by Paul Gerkin and others. Call Dr. Gerhardt at 760-367-4627 or Joe or Jananne Turner at 760-365-5695 with any questions.


“SHADE AND SHADOWS” ART SOUGHT FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS VISITORS CENTER

The theme for the summer art show at the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center and Art Gallery is “Shade and Shadows.” Desert artists are invited to submit one piece of original art for possible inclusion in the show. Artwork can include painting, watercolor, mixed media, photography, and three-dimensional work such as assemblage, ceramics, sculpture, and fabric art. Artwork should be delivered Friday, July 3, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. An opening art reception is planned for Friday, July 10, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., with music and refreshments. The Twentynine Palms Visitor’s Center and Art Gallery is located at 73484 29 Palms Hwy. in downtown Twentynine Palms. The show will be on display from July 3 to September 25.


ENTRIES SOUGHT FOR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART EXPOSITION

Entries are now being accepted for the third annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition, to be held in November at the Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms. A panel of jurors will select about 50 artists for inclusion in the show. Entry is open to all artists 18 years and over; the artwork must be original and created within the last five years. Cash prizes will be awarded. The deadline for submitting entries is September 1. The entry fee is $35, and artists may submit up to three images. Complete guidelines and an entry form are available at jtnparts.org. The art show will hang at the 29 Palms Art Gallery November 6 through November 29, with a gala opening, reception, and opening events November 13 through November 15.


SUNDAY JUNE 28 LAKE FIRE UPDATE

By 6:15 Sunday morning, according to the Incident Information web site, the Lake Fire, which has been burning in the mountains above the Morongo Basin since June 17, had hit 30,716 acres, and was 50% contained.  Mandatory evacuation remained in place for Burns Canyon. All other evacuations had been lifted.  State Highway 38 has been re-opened. The area affected by the fire remains closed to all recreational use.  Nearly 2100 personnel from 38 agencies have participated in fighting the fire, including fire departments from as far away as San Diego, Laguna Beach, and Bishop, as well as local resources.

For the latest fire report, go to http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4302/


SUMMER HIKING SAFETY

Before I moved to the desert, I could not have imagined hiking in the heat of summer.  But I do!  Ranger Cathy Bell tells how you can do it safely…

It’s no secret that it gets HOT in the desert in the summertime. But that doesn’t mean you have to be stuck indoors all day and all night. With plenty of preparation and a healthy dose of prudence, you can safely enjoy a summer hike in Joshua Tree National Park. Prepare by drinking water even before you hit the trail. Protect yourself from the sun. Remember to bring along a map and lots of snacks and water. Hiking in the heat can cause you to lose as much as one and one half quarts of water an hour, so drink plenty to replace these lost fluids, and don’t forget to replenish your electrolytes by eating salty snacks. Start your hike early in the morning, when it is still cool, and try to be off the trail by midmorning. If you do find yourself under the blazing sun in the middle of the day, seek shelter in the shade of rock formations or plants.  Remember, cell phones don’t work in most of Joshua Tree National Park. For safety, always let someone know where you’re going and when you plan to return.

For Z107.7, this is Park Ranger Cathy Bell, encouraging you to explore your national park.


AMERICAN WITH DISABILITIES ACT FORUM

Due to the recent spate of lawsuits against Morongo Basin businesses for being out of compliance with the American with Disabilities Act, the Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce plans to hold a forum to discuss ADA compliance and strategies. Small business owners and the general public from throughout the Morongo Basin are invited to attend the forum at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 10. A location is yet to be determined. Please contact the chamber of July 1 at info@joshuatreechamber.org.


BASIN WIDE FOUNDATION AUCTION DONATIONS

The Basin Wide Foundation is asking for donations for its fundraising auctions during its 19th anniversary annual awards dinner, set for August 29. The Foundation plans to hold both a silent and live auction to support its philanthropic activities in the Morongo Basin. In addition, businesses are asked to sponsor a table at the awards dinner for $500. To make a donation, or sponsor a table, call Kelly Carson at 760-365-7219.


SANTA FE SOCIAL CLUB RUMMAGE SALE

The Santa Fe Social Club in Yucca Valley is asking for donations for its rummage sale to be held next month. Donations may be brought to the club at 56020 Santa Fe Trail, Suite M, in Yucca Valley. For more information, call Susie or Phebe at 760-369-4057.


SOUTHBOUND AT TWENTYNINE PALMS 4 OF JULY CELEBRATION

The classic and southern rock band SouthBound will perform during the Twentynine Palms Independence Day celebration at Luckie Park. Southbound plays rock hits from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. The band will play from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 4. Following their performance will be the largest display of fireworks in the Morongo Basin, starting at 9 p.m. Animals and alcohol are not permitted in Luckie Park.


JULY CONCERTS AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO

Tribute bands will be rocking Tortoise Rock Casino with free concerts in July.  Kicking off the 4th of July weekend on Friday, July 3, will be Woodie and the Long Boards, a Beach Boys tribute band.  July 10 will be Creedence Relived, a tribute to CCR.  You Got Luck, a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute band, will play July 17.  The Journey tribute band, Journey LTD, is scheduled for July 24.  And closing out July is Neil Deal, a tribute to Neil Young.  All concerts are free, are held on the outdoor stage and start at 8 pm.


GUNFIGHTERS FOR HIRE TO HOLD SUNDAY SHOW

A big “Thank You” to all the firefighters with some help from the weather, it looks like the Gunfighters For Hire will be out on Mane Street shootin’ it up. Since the evacuations were lifted EXCEPT for Burns Canyon, the Gunfighters for Hire would like to give the firefighters some entertainment. Please pass along the info that the Sunday show will be held as usual in Pioneertown at 2:30 p.m., on Mane Street.


SATURDAY LAKE FIRE UPDATE

This morning, representatives from the Forest Service, Cal Fire, CHP, and the Sheriff’s department met to discuss the status of the fire, along with any safety concerns. During the meeting, these members from the Incident Management agreed to reopen Highway 38 as of 8:00 a.m. Evacuation orders have been lifted for the residents in the surrounding communities with the exception of Burns Canyon, which remains under mandatory evacuation. The camps in the area will be accessible for staff to conduct maintenance. The camps will not be operational with children at this time due to concerns of flash floods in the area from a possible thunderstorm over the weekend. The CHP and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will maintain a presence along Highway 38 to ensure there are no traffic issues.

The previously-cancelled Gunfighters for Hire show has been un-cancelled.  It will take place as originally-scheduled, at 2:30 pm on Sunday on Mane Street in Pioneertown.

Evacuation centers will remain open for residents until further notice.

Fire crews are continuing efforts to extinguish the blaze and have been very productive in limiting its growth over the past several days. Fire experts do not anticipate a change in the fire’s behavior today. All U.S. Forest lands in the affected fire areas remain closed for recreational purposes.

By Friday evening, the Lake Fire burning in the mountains above the Morongo Basin had grown to 30,526 acres, with 20% containment.  Fire growth was minimal compared to the previous two days. Weather conditions allowed firefighters to construct a direct line on the east side of the fire from Onyx Peak south. The favorable weather also allowed helicopters and air tankers to drop water and retardant on the more active areas of the fire. Crews continue to mopup, monitor, and patrol on the northwest side of the fire south of Highway 38.  Light rainfall during afternoon did not wet the ground. However, cloudy skies for most of the day resulted in the fire primarily creeping and smoldering. Fewer clouds are expected on Saturday and no thunderstorms are forecast. High temperatures should be in the high 70s to low 80s.

The San Bernardino County  Board of Supervisors declared an emergency Friday.  The proclamation will enable the County to seek State and/or Federal reimbursement for the cost of fighting the fire. So far, the cost of all resources in response to this fire has been estimated at $17.6 million.

For the latest fire report, go to http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4302/

SMOKE AND HEAT ADVISORY

A smoke advisory has been issued for Yucca Valley, Morongo Valley, Lucerne Valley, and surrounding communities. If you see or smell smoke, be cautious and use common sense to protect your family’s health. Everyone should limit their time spent outdoors and avoid outdoor exercise when smoke is in the area. An excessive heat warning remains in effect until 9:00 Saturday night with temperatures expected between 110 and 115.


FULL MOON HIKE IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SATURDAY NIGHT

Joshua Tree National Park will offer a full moon hike tonight, June 27. With hot summer days, the full moon hike offers a chance to take advantage of the cooler evening hours with the brightness of the moon lighting the way. Hikers will be treated to an hour-long, ranger-guided hike to explore myths of the moon, nocturnal animals, and finding solace and inspiration in the night. The remaining hikes will take place July 31 and August 29. For information Call Joshua Tree National Park Headquarters or check their website.


“THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD” FINAL WEEKEND AT THEATER 29

 “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” runs one last weekend at Theatre 29. Reporter Rebecca Havely tells you how you can help solve a murder…

This weekend is your last chance to help solve a murder. At Theater 29, come help the cast of the musical “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” catch a murderer. If you’ve seen it once, come again. The ending changes every night because you, the audience, decides who done it at each performance. This award-winning musical is based on a Charles Dickens novel that was never finished. It’s set in a Victorian-era music hall where a company of actors tell the tale of the presumably murdered Edwin Drood.  Was it Princess Puffer, the opium den madam; the seemingly innocent Reverend Krisparkle; the drunken grave digger Durdles; or perhaps the mysterious twins from the Orient? It’s all up to you. Don’t miss the chance to help solve this mystery while enjoying an extravagantly, costumed, choreographed and directed musical.

For Z107.7 news this is reporter Rebecca Havely.

Closing night of The Mystery of Edwin Drood” is tonight at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for military and seniors, and $8 for students with ID. Reserve tickets by calling  the Theater 29 box office at 760-361-4151 or visit theatre29.org.


FROM THE SHERIFF'S LOG: A FINGER, A FACE, 2 POT PLANTS IN AN OPEN TRUCK

IS SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEWLY MISSING A FINGER?

Sheriff’s deputies spent two hours Friday afternoon looking for a person who cut his finger off in Morongo Valley. A little before 2:30 p.m., deputies were called to Hess Boulevard and Senilis Avenue for a report of a self-inflicted finger amputation. However, despite tracking the blood trail, and even calling in a helicopter to help in the search, deputies were unable to find the victim, although they did find the finger. Paramedics with the Morongo Valley Fire Department were staged at the scene but because the victim wasn’t found, their assistance ultimately was not needed. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.

A PUNCH IN THE FACE RESULTS IN AN ARREST

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday afternoon, accused of punching another man in the face. According to a Sheriff’s report, Montgomery Evans, 25, was at a gas station near Cherokee Trail and Highway 62 about 3 p.m., when a witness said he got out of his vehicle and punched another man in the face. The victim was knocked out cold, and suffered a possible broken jaw. The witness said Evans then fled the scene, but a deputy contacted Evans at a home in the 7300 block of Bannock Trail. The report states that Evans said he punched the victim because he believed the victim had stolen items from his home. Montgomery Evans was arrested for investigation of assault with serious injuries, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $100,000.

WHAT NOT TO BRING TO A CASINO

An Arizona man decided to bring his pot with him to the casino Thursday night—in the form of plants. According to a Sheriff’s report, the Tribal police at Tortoise Rock Casino called the Sheriff’s Department at 7:10 p.m. to report that a white Toyota truck in the parking lot had two marijuana plants in the truck. The deputy searched the driver of the truck, identified only as “Goar” and found two additional bags of methamphetamine on him. The suspect was cited and released at the scene for possession of methamphetamine.


HAM RADIO OPERATORS FIELD EXERCISE THIS WEEKEND

Local ham radio operators will join others around the nation for their annual field day exercise this weekend. Managing editor Tami Roleff invites you to see the invaluable service they provide…

You may think that your cell phone or smart phone is all you need to communicate with others these days, but during a disaster, telephone lines or cell phone towers may be down. Amateur radio, also known as ham radio, can operate anywhere, sometimes by simply throwing a wire up a tree to act as an antenna. Ham radio operators will join thousands of others in remote locations across the U.S. June 27 and 28 in a field day exercise to improve their knowledge and operating skills, prepare for emergencies, and introduce the public to the world of amateur ham radio. The Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club’s Field Day starts at 11 a.m. today at the Yucca Mesa Community Center at 3133 Balsa Ave. in Yucca Valley and goes for 24 hours straight. The public is invited.

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


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