A MODERATE WILDFLOWER SEASON BEGINS

Warmer wetter weather is bringing a moderate wildflower season to our desert region. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the wildflowers are already starting to show their colors in Joshua Tree National Park… Rain fell somewhere in the Basin every month since November; and while experts aren’t predicting a banner year, this

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PARISIAN STREET ARTIST ACCUSED OF VANDALIZING JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Vandalism in the form of spray painting on rocks is becoming a scourge in Joshua Tree and other national parks. A well-known international street artist appears to have vandalized Joshua Tree National Park last week. According to the blog Modern Hiker, Andre Saraiva, also known as Mr. Andre, posted a

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR YOUTH CONSERVATION CORPS

Joshua Tree National Park is recruiting for their Youth Conservation Corps program. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to apply… This summer, Joshua Tree National Park will sponsor an 8-week, Youth Conservation Corps program. Teens between the ages of 15 and 18 are encouraged to apply. Selected applicants will work

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MOTORCYCLIST INJURED IN SINGLE-VEHICLE CRASH IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

A motorcyclist was injured during a single-vehicle crash inside Joshua Tree National Park Sunday morning. About 11:20, Twentynine Palms fire fighters were called to the crash south of the cholla cactus garden. According to Lane McGivern of the Twentynine Palms Fire Department, it took rescue personnel about 30 minutes to

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NEW “EVERY KID IN A PARK” INITIATIVE WILL IMPACT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Starting this fall, fourth graders and their families can visit Joshua Tree National Park–and any of the other national park–for free. President Barack Obama unveiled his Every Kid in a Park initiative yesterday in an effort to get more young people out into the great outdoors. All fourth grade students

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SEARCH FOR MISSING HIKER IS 4-HOUR WILD GOOSE CHASE

Search and rescue personnel went on a four-hour goose chase near Joshua Tree National Park yesterday. About 9:30 Monday morning, a call came in that a hiker was missing in or near the park; the reporting party didn’t really know where they had been hiking. About 10 searchers from Fire

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FEE-FREE DAYS AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Free admission, warmer weather, longer days, and fewer crowds make this day a great time to visit a national park. To celebrate Presidents’ Day weekend, Joshua Tree National Park is waiving entrance fees Saturday, February 14, through Monday, February 16. Managing editor Tami Roleff urges area residents to take advantage

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STAR PARTY AT SKY’S THE LIMIT SATURDAY

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, February 14. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 6 p.m. and end about 11:30 p.m. Jupiter will be bright and four of its moons will be visible. Bring binoculars, telescopes, water, snacks, chairs, and dress for

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NATIONAL PARKS FREE THIS PRESIDENTS’ DAY WEEKEND

To celebrate Presidents Day weekend, Joshua Tree and all 405 National Parks are waiving entrance fees on this Saturday, February 14 through Monday, February 16. Visitors to Joshua Tree National Park are reminded that the weather in February can be unpredictable and temperatures may fluctuate. When hiking or walking, always

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SKY’S THE LIMIT STAR PARTY SATURDAY NIGHT

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, February 7. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 6 p.m. and end about 9 p.m. Jupiter will be bright and four of its moons will be visible. Bring binoculars, telescopes, water, snacks, chairs, and dress for

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JOSHUA TREE SEARCH AND RESCUE SEEKS MEMBERS

Joshua Tree Search and Rescue has been the salvation of many a lost hiker or injured climber in the National Park. Reporter Dan Stork says there are slots open on the team… Joshua Tree Search and Rescue is recruiting new volunteer members. No prior training or experience is required. Joshua

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PRESIDENT’S PROPOSED BUDGET WOULD BENEFIT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Joshua Tree and other national park supporters are watching what happens with the proposed budget in Washington, D.C. President Obama’s budget request for fiscal year 2016—the centennial year of the National Park Service—includes $3 billion for the Park Service. The budget would boost the National Park Service’s programs and operational

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DOG ATTACKS BICYCLIST IN JOSHUA TREE, IS SHOT AND KILLED BY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY

A dog was shot and killed by a Sheriff’s deputy after it attacked a bicyclist near Joshua Tree National Park Saturday afternoon. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Derek Garvin, about 12:45 p.m., Burnley Willis was riding his bicycle on Quail Springs Road near California Avenue in Joshua Tree when a Rottweiler

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FREE ENTRANCE INTO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TOMORROW

After you participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. march, perhaps you’ll take a trip to Joshua Tree National Park. Park Ranger Pam Tripp says Monday is a free entrance day for all national parks… How about a free visit to a national park site? The National Park Service has

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK FREE ADMISSION ON KING BIRTHDAY HOLIDAY

Joshua Tree National Park will offer free admittance on Monday, January 19, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Fees for camping, reservations, and tours will still be collected. Visitors are reminded to bring their own water as most campgrounds and picnic areas do not have water. Water is

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ALTERNATE ENTRANCES TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK RECOMMENDED

With record attendance at Joshua Tree National Park, some visitors are now finding themselves waiting in long lines of vehicles to get in. Park Ranger Pam Tripp says the park is urging visitors to use alternate entrances to alleviate the waiting time… Every year Joshua Tree National Park is seeing

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UNIQUE PUBLIC PRIVATE SPONSORSHIP BRINGS OVER 15,000 ACRES TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

The National Park Service says a unique public-private partnership has led to the permanent preservation of over 15,000 acres of private in-holdings across Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley and Mojave National Preserve. The parks and preserve were established under the California Desert Protection Act of 1994, but land acquisition

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STAR PARTY AT SKY’S THE LIMIT SATURDAY

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, January 17. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 5:30 p.m. and end about 11 p.m. The Milky Way will be visible, as well as the constellations Cassiopeia, Auriga, Taurus, Orion, and Gemini. Jupiter and its moons

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2014 SETS NEW RECORD FOR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK VISITATION

A new National Park Service report shows that nearly 1.6 million people visited Joshua Tree National Park in 2014, up from 1.4 million in 2013. Park Superintendent David Smith said, “Joshua Tree has evolved from a fall-through-spring park, to a year-round destination.” Over 180,000 people visited the park in December,

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STAR PARTY TONIGHT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, January 10. The star party will start at the Twentynine Palms observatory about 5:30 p.m. and end about 10:30 p.m. Early January is one of the finest months to observe the heavens. Many of the best and brightest constellations are out

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