CORRECTION TO STORY ON MARK BUTLER’S RETIREMENT

This correction today: In our story yesterday on Mark Butler’s retirement as Superintendant of Joshua Tree National Park, we mistakenly referred to his wife as Cindy. In fact, her name is Cathy.

DISCOVERY DAYS SATURDAY AT SKY’S THE LIMIT

Discovery Days is back at the Sky’s the Limit Observatory Center in Twentynine Palms. Reporter Taylor Thacker gets out her solar telescope…. Sky’s The Limit Discovery Day is back. This Saturday, February 1, “Be Weather Wise,” by Ray Yeager and “Identify and Protect Our Ancient Plants” by Robin Kobaly will

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SUPERINTENDANT MARK BUTLER RETIRING

After nearly 38 years of service, Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent Mark Butler announced he plans to retire March 1.

Butler has been a National Park Service employee since 1976, with many of those years at Yosemite National Park, and the last three years at Joshua Tree National Park.

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HOLIDAY WEEKEND BUSIEST ON RECORD FOR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK RANGERS

According to the National Park Service, last weekend was one of the busiest holiday weekends on record for rangers at Joshua Tree due to warm weather that brought a high number of visitors: Friday evening, Rangers were called out to a report of a possible dead man in the Sheep’s

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FAMILY OF 7 RESCUED FROM JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK LAST NIGHT

A family of seven, who were taking advantage of the free admittance to Joshua Tree National Park yesterday, got a little more excitement than they planned. According to Sheriff’s Corporal Steve Everhart, Steve and Tamara Funk and their five children, ages 3 to 8 years old, were hiking the Desert

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FREE ENTRANCE TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TODAY

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Joshua Tree National Park, along with the country’s 400 other national parks, will waive its entrance fee on today. Camping fees will still apply. Entrance fees are $15 for a vehicle, good for a week; $5 for bikers and hikers; or $30

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FREE ENTRANCE TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK MONDAY

And in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Joshua Tree National Park, along with the country’s 400 other national parks, will waive its entrance fee on Monday. In addition to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the National Park Service will waive admission fees on eight other days in 2014:

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY PLANS “AREA 62” FUNDRAISER

The Morongo Basin Historical Society is boldly going where no historical society has gone before. The historical society is hosting the fundraiser “Area 62,” a day-long event celebrating the area’s ties to UFOs and extra-terrestrials. Reporter Diana Jones puts on her foil hat… The Morongo Basin Historical Society boldly goes

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COMMON TOYS ENDANGERING JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK WILDLIFE

What we may think of as a common toy is bringing real danger to the wildlife in Joshua Tree National Park. Park Ranger Pam Tripp has this precaution……. Something commonly used for celebration or as a memorial, and thought of as a harmless decoration is one of the most hazardous

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CLIMBER FALLS INTO CREVICE IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Kennya Pimentel, 20 of Las Vegas, Nevada fell while climbing at the Hemmingway Buttress area of Joshua Tree National Park Wednesday. Park Rangers say she fell about six feet and became wedged in a crevice about 100 feet above the ground. She was not wearing a safety helmet and initially

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BRING YOUR VISITORS TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Looking for something for all those visiting friends and Family to do?… Joshua Tree National Park Ranger Pam Tripp says come visit our park…

Do you have relatives visiting and need to entertain them? Joshua Tree National Park invites you to join the fun and attend a ranger led program

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CALL FOR MINERVA HOYT AWARD NOMINATIONS

Those who work toward the preservation and protection of our magnificent desert are being honored. Reporter Dan Stork says nominations are being taken for the annual Minerva Hoyt award… The Joshua Tree National Park Association (JTNPA) is seeking nominations for the tenth Annual Minerva Hoyt California Desert Conservation Award. Minerva

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VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

The annual Christmas Bird Count is coming to Joshua Tree National Park. Park Ranger Pam Tripp says volunteers are being sought… Attention bird lovers and volunteers: your expertise and enthusiasm are needed for the upcoming Joshua Tree National Park Christmas Bird Count. The count begins at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday,

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SKY’S THE LIMIT SKY PARTY SATURDAY

Sky’s The Limit and Joshua Tree National Park will host a free sky party Saturday, December 21, starting at 6 p.m. Park Ranger Pam Tripp will start the party with a talk about navigating with the stars. Then, state-of-the-art telescopes will focus on galaxies, nebulae, and other sky objects throughout

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OVERFLOW CROWDS AT INAUGURAL JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART SHOW AND FAIRE RECEPTION

More than 300 people attended the opening night reception of the Joshua Tree National Park Art Show and Faire at the 29 Palms Art Gallery Friday evening. Four artists received an artist award and a check for $1000: Robert Fogel of Louisiana for his metal sculpture “High Blue Turquoise Seam;”

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART FAIRE AND SHOW OPENS TONIGHT

The Joshua Tree National Park Art Show and Fair opens tonight with a reception and award ceremony at 5 p.m. at the 29 Palms Art Gallery. The show and fair continues through the weekend at five venues in Twentynine Palms, the Joshua Tree National Park Oasis Visitor Center headquarters, 29

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART SHOW AND FAIRE THIS WEEKEND

The inaugural Joshua Tree national Park Art Show and Faire kicks off Friday in Twentynine Palms. Joshua Tree National Park Ranger Pam Tripp says the event is a team effort…. Joshua Tree National Park staff, along with the town of Twentynine Palms will host the first Joshua Tree NP Art

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HOSPITAL PARTNERS WITH PARK FOR A FRIDAY HIKE

Hiking, walking, biking and rock climbing are just a few of the many ways to get outside and enjoy nature, while also increasing your energy and stamina. Joshua Tree National Park has more than 270 miles of trails for hiking and paved roads for biking. In order to help jump-start

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART SHOW AND FAIRE THIS FRIDAY, SATURDAY, AND SUNDAY

An inaugural event spanning five venues and three days this weekend is centered on the artistic beauty of Joshua Tree National Park. Reporter Dan Stork has the event line-up for the Joshua Tree National Park Art Show and Faire… On December 6, 7, and 8, Twentynine Palms will host the

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ART SHOW AND FAIRE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS DECEMBER 6-8

Mark your calendars from next week and the first ever Joshua Tree National Park Art Show and Faire at various venues in and around the headquarters in Twentynine palms. ROP Broadcast Student Crystal Faith Rickman has a preview…

According to a press release from the City of Twentynine Palms, there

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