Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I want a byline

The Hi-Desert Star is soliciting for a Joshua Tree Correspondent and I've applied. June LeMert Paxton's wrote My Life on the Mojave and also wrote for local papers and for a prison journal. I think Helen Bagley, from Sand in my shoe: Homestead days in Twentynine Palms, may also have written locally, though I can't quite remember. Anyway, I'd be so honored to follow in the footsteps of these local giants. [Update: i GOT it!]

Frank and Helen Bagley, on a mural in Twentynine Palms, where they owned the first store.
I stopped by the Hi-Desert Star office and introduced myself to the editor. I sensed she didn't think I could handle the job, so I started sending her weekly columns. The deadline for the column below is this coming Wednesday and I thought I'd add it here because it details some interesting upcoming events.

Enjoy, and cross your fingers for me.
TUESDAY: Ever want to give the county supervisors a piece of your mind? Well, now you can! TUESDAY’s San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors meeting will be videoconferenced at the new Bob Burke Government Center, 63665 Twentynine Palms Hwy (in front of the Hi Desert Medical Center). Videoconferencing lets the public testify, make presentations, or simply watch the meeting. The public portion begins at 10:00 am. Preview the agenda
FRIDAY: Was running one of your New Year’s resolutions? Join the Copper Mountain College Foundation Zero Run this FRIDAY from 11:30 a.m. t0 12:30 p.m. Zero Run is the latest fitness craze and requires no training, uncomfortable sweating, or even shoes! The entry fee is $20 and earns you a t-shirt, commemorative photo and a water bottle. For $5 extra they’ll mail them to you and you can “run” at home. All proceeds benefit CMC students, programs, and activities. 
The first issue of the quarterly Desert Oracle is now available. A one-year subscription is only $15. Ben Sullivan and Doc Daniels write for the spring issue, with Drew Reese providing artwork. 
Tickets are still available for January 31 show of DESERT STORIES 8 at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center's Blak Box Theater. Artists include Klaus Wille, Dusty Wakeman, Tobias Crabtree, Matt Perry, Leah Taylor, Stacy Doolittle, Susan Cram, Louise Goffin, and Michel Cicero sharing true-life experiences and a few tall tales. Order tickets:

Sign up to learn placer gold mining through the Copper Mountain College Community Education Program. Four all-day SATURDAY courses beginning February 28 for $60. The course includes equipment needs, electronic prospecting, filing a claim, map reading, desert survival, and more. Lots of other useful classes available, peruse the catalog. 

A little olde-timey advice from Luminating Lem that most people are probably already familiar with: “Desert Efficiency Expert… Sez worst part of doing nothing is… you can never take any time off. Lem is sure thinkin' way ahead of most folks.”
-Harry Oliver’s Desert Rat Scrapbook, Packet four of pouch two, sometime between 1945 and 1967