ROAD CONSTRUCTION STARTS SOON IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Joshua Tree National Park officials announced that construction will begin soon on Pinto Basin Road inside the park. The project will include widening, realigning, and modifying the road to 24-feet wide, with a speed limit of 35 to 45 miles per hour. It’s expected the realignment will improve sight distances

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL PART 3 OF 3: VACATION HOME RENTALS, FIRE DEPARTMENT LOAN FORGIVEN

Reporter Dan Stork broke his report on a very long Twentynine Palms City Council meeting Tuesday night into three parts. In today’s final installment: Building abatement, vacation home rentals, two vacated positions, fire truck loan forgiveness, and a policy for unpaved roads…

Building abatement program

Development Director Matt McCleary showed

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LEARN ABOUT “THE SCIENCE OF THE SEASONS” AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Not to be confused with “phrenology,” the pseudo-science of analyzing a person by feeling the bumps on his head, “phenology” is the science of seasonal biological changes, in relation to climate. Dan Stork tells how you can learn to become a “citizen scientist” in this specialty…

Explore phenology, “the science

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JOSHUA TREE SEARCH AND RESCUE INFORMATIONAL MEETING SATURDAY

Joshua Tree National Park will hold an informational meeting for new volunteers for the Joshua Tree Search and Rescue team (JOSAR). The meeting will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, February 2, at the Black Rock Visitor Center in Yucca Valley. JOSAR searches for lost hikers, rescues injured or stranded climbers,

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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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