NESTING RAPTORS CAUSE CLOSURE OF SOME JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK CLIMBING ROUTES

Seven climbing routes in the Indian Cove area of Joshua Tree National Park have been temporarily closed, the Park Service announced Monday. Park Superintendent Mark Butler signed a temporary emergency closure notice due to raptors who are nesting in the area. The closed climbing routes include Slatanic Area, Rattlesnake Buttress,

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OUR DESERT IS BEING INVADED

Our desert and Joshua Tree National Park are being invaded. Park Ranger Pam Tripp tells you how to be a defender…

Did you know that an invasion of the desert is occurring right below your feet? Sahara mustard is a non-native plant that invades our desert’s natural areas. Sahara mustard

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NATIONAL PARK SERVICE OFFERS ANNUAL AND SENIOR PASSES

With the Visitor season starting out with big crowds at Joshua Tree National Park we are reminded that park annual passes are a bargain. With details here is Park Ranger Pam Tripp…

Looking for a great way to save money and have fun, too? Regular admission to Joshua Tree National

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TOWN CONSIDERING CONVERTING BLACK ROCK CANYON ROAD INTO A DIRT ROAD

The Town of Yucca Valley is considering removing the failed asphalt and turning the troubled Black Rock Canyon Road into a graded dirt road. According to a release from the Town, a grant application to repair the road submitted by the town and Joshua Tree National Park in April 2013

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THE DESERT’S DEEP DARK SECRETS AT SKY’S THE LIMIT SATURDAY

Sky’s The Limit and Joshua Tree National Park will explore the desert’s dark secrets during a lecture and presentation Saturday. Park Ranger Sarah Jane Pepper will talk about “The Dark Side of Joshua Tree National Park” and the animals that come out after the sun goes down, and how light

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FREE ENTRANCE TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK THIS WEEKEND

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 15, through Monday, February 17. Presidents’ Day weekend is generally the start of the busy

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LECTURE ON THE INVASIVE SAHARA MUSTARD TUESDAY AT HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM

Invasive species are considered the largest threat to biodiversity, second only to habitat loss. Joshua Tree National Park is threatened by the invasive Sahara mustard plant. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more on the annual kick-off event for the “Hold the Mustard” campaign…

According to Park Officials, the non-native Sahara

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A LESSON ABOUT INVASIVE PLANT SPECIES

The price of freedom from the insidious desert invader, the Sahara mustard plant, is eternal vigilance. That’s one thing reporter Dan Stork learned at the recent Morongo Basin Conservation Association’s annual meeting…

Sahara Mustard, up close and personal.

 

London Rocket, –” tastes like arugula”

Morongo Basin Conservation

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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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