SUBSTANTIAL FEE HIKES PROPOSED FOR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Less than a month after a new superintendent took over at Joshua Tree National Park, the Park proposes to substantially increase its user fees, in some cases more than doubling them. The proposed fees for a 7-day pass for vehicles would increase from $15 to $25; hikers and bicyclers would

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26 OF 53 ARTISTS NAMED FOR NATIONAL PARK ART SHOW ARE LOCAL

Of the 53 artists selected for the second annual Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition, 26 are local to the Morongo Basin. Twentynine Palms artists include Robert Arnett, Chuck Caplinger, Anne Lear, Mark Spangenberg, and Gillyan Thorburn. From Joshua Tree are Fred Fulmer, Coco Hall, James Hammons, Gerhard Kammer, Anahita

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LECTURE ON CHALLENGES TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TOMORROW

The Desert Institute and Copper Mountain College will hold a free lecture Friday, October 17 on “Challenges to Joshua Tree National Park.” Panelists will include Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith; the park’s Chief of Resources Andrea Comptom; and the park’s Chief of Interpretation Jennie Albrinck. The lecture is

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ART RECEPTION FRIDAY AT 29 PALMS VISITORS CENTER ART GALLERY

An opening reception will be held on this Friday “Gold, Iron and Steel: A Metallic History of the Morongo Basin,” the new art exhibition at the Downtown Twentynine Palms Visitor Center. The public is invited to attend the reception from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. and meet the artists. Refreshments will

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CONTROVERSIAL PALEN SOLAR PROJECT WITHDRAWS PROPOSAL

Environmentalists have been alarmed at the prospect of a solar concentrator in the desert near Joshua Tree National Park. Reporter Dan Stork reports that it appears that the 750-foot tower surrounded by thousands of mirrors is not going to happen… On Friday, Palen Solar Holdings of Oakland filed a Notice

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STAR PARTY AT SKY’S THE LIMIT SATURDAY

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, September 27. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 7:15 p.m. and end about 2:30 a.m. In the sky will be a crescent moon, next to Saturn, along with the vibrant Mars and Antares, as well as

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CELEBRATE NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SATURDAY

This Saturday is National Public Lands Day. Reporter Cassie Zimarik says volunteers are sought… Volunteers are invited to Joshua Tree National Park to participate in the 21st annual National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 27th, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. In cooperation with the National Environmental Education Foundation,

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A MARATHON AT SKY’S THE LIMIT TOMORROW NIGHT

The truly dedicated stargazer will enjoy a marathon event tomorrow night at Sky’s the Limit. Reporter Cassie Zimarik gets out her telescope and a jacket… Hardy stargazers are invited to a Messier Marathon on Wednesday, September 24 at Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center, located just outside the entrance

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SOLAR TOWER ALMOST APPROVED: “SUBSTANTIAL ADVERSE IMPACT” TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Despite warnings from government agencies that a 75-story solar tower in the desert southeast of Joshua Tree National Park would have “significant unmitigated impacts to biological, cultural, and visual resources” and “substantial adverse impact” to the viewsheds of Joshua Tree National Park, a preliminary decision last Friday by a committee

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NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY COMING AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Celebrate 50 years of the Wilderness Act by volunteering at your national park on National Public Lands Day. Joshua Tree National Park Ranger Pam Tripp tells us how you can help, and when…

“Helping Hands for America’s Lands.” This slogan describes our nation’s celebration of National Public Lands Day on

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MONDAY IS DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART EXPO

A reminder to the local Morongo Basin Art Community that this Monday is the deadline for submissions to the Joshua Tree National Park Art Expo. Reporter Diana Jones has details…

September 15 is the last day to submit an entry application for the Second Annual Joshua Tree National Park Art

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STAR PARTY TONIGHT AT SKY’S THE LIMIT

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party tonight. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 7:30 p.m. and end about 11 p.m. Bring binoculars, telescopes, water, snacks, chairs, and dress for unpredictable weather. For more information, call 760-367-7222. Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center

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NATIONAL PARK OFFERS FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Now that the heat of the summer is waning, more people are enjoying the national park in our back yard. Reporter Cara Conway says the Desert Institute offers several family-friendly classes in Joshua Tree National Park…

Learn the ins and outs of the Joshua Tree National Park from the Desert

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MONDAY IS DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART EXPO

A reminder to the local Morongo Basin Art Community that this Monday is the deadline for submissions to the Joshua Tree National Park Art Expo. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has details…

September 15 is the last day to submit an entry application for the Second Annual Joshua Tree National Park

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF WILDERNESS ACT

Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, which was signed into law by President Johnson on September 3, 1964. The act established the National Wilderness Preservation System, which today encompass 758 wilderness areas covering more than 109 million acres in 44 states and Puerto Rico. Together, they represent

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CALL FOR ART FOR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART EXPOSITION

Monday, Sept. 15, is the deadline to submit entries for the second annual juried Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition set for December in Twentynine Palms. Artists can go online to www.jtnparts.org and read the guidelines on the Call for Art page, then submit their entries online or download and

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THE NEW MOON, STARS, PLANETS, AT SKY’S THE LIMIT SATURDAY NIGHT

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, August 30. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 8:00 p.m. and end about 1 a.m. Bring binoculars, telescopes, water, snacks, chairs, and dress for unpredictable weather. For more information, call 760-367-7222. Sky’s The Limit Observatory and

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APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK RESEARCH GRANTS

Applications are being accepted for Joshua Tree national Park research Grants. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you how to apply… Graduate students interested in doing research on some aspect of the natural or cultural resources of Joshua Tree National Park are invited to apply for the Robert Lee Graduate Student

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FREE PARK ENTRANCE TODAY FOR PARK SERVICES BIRTHDAY

The National Park Service is 98 years old today, and to celebrate, Joshua Tree National Park, along with the other 400 national parks, are waiving their entrance fees today. Joshua Tree National Park was established as a monument in 1936 to preserve the desert and its iconic trees, and then

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DESERT INSTITUTE TO OFFER NATURAL SCIENCES COURSES

The Desert Institute is offering fascinating classes about our Joshua Tree National Park. Reporter Cara Conway tells you how to sign up for classes in Natural Sciences… Discover the vast selection of natural species in Joshua Tree National Park. Five courses—including topics on snakes and insects of the desert, lichen

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