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February 10, 2005 | Barbara King, Times Staff Writer
A cold, insistent wind twirls about the high desert sands of Joshua Tree, pushing through doorways, penetrating layers of wool and leather and whipping errant strands of hair across the face. Up a remote twist of uneven, cleft-ridden dirt roads made more precarious by recent rains, vehicles bump and wobble as if they're mule-drawn wagons. Here and there, cottontails and kangaroo rats scuttle through the scrub brush of the uncompromising terrain.
The city of Lancaster, departing from common government practice, did not appraise 22.5 acres of land it purchased recently from an investor and ended up paying 45% more than he had paid three years ago. Lancaster officials contend they were not required to get an appraisal and even say the city got a good deal. But city critics have questioned the price, and officials at other government agencies said they believe state law almost always requires appraisals, in part to safeguard public funds.
May 17, 2012
MUSIC Dance your heart out in the desert at the 10th Annual Joshua Tree Music Festival. This fantastic roster of bands including Fork Knox Five, Gaudi, Breakestra and MC Rai is guaranteed to satisfy all your world-music and open-space cravings. The Joshua Tree Lake Campground, 2601 Sunfair Road, Joshua Tree. Various times, Fri. to Sun. $120.
January 27, 2002
I thoroughly enjoyed the article "Camera Ready Inside Joshua Tree" (Weekend Escape, Jan. 13). As a graduate student at UC Irvine in the late '70s and early in 1998, I spent winter vacations in Joshua Tree. All my photos remind me of a totally alien landscape, almost prehistoric. The isolation of the campsites was something right out of Stephen King: the cold morning silence with not a breath of wind; weird rock formations; twisted and aged metal and wood in the most ungodly places; palm and Joshua trees; cactus; the occasional beer bash.
March 15, 1987
Having read the Grimms' article on Joshua Tree, the following week my wife and I traveled to view the wonders of this national monument. The article expertly described the beauty of the region, orientation guidelines, national park regulations and the many, fascinating nature experiences. As the article suggested, I phoned the 29 Palms Inn543256164accommodations at $42 per night; the clerk laughed and said, "You must have read The Times article. We have no deluxe rooms--they are all bungalows."
April 13, 2013 | By Phil Willon
Joshua Tree National Park has become a destination of taggers , and the graffiti has visitors and park officials outraged. "We come to this place because it's not as touristy as surrounding national parks, and you don't run into as many people. You kind of feel like you're alone. In ancient times. There's nothing like this place," said Butch Wood, 51, a guitar builder visiting from North Aurora, Ill. "You don't like to see the modern world intruding on history. It's a shame. " The graffiti in Rattlesnake Canyon, which meanders for a mile through the northern edge of Joshua Tree's Wonderland of Rocks, started with just a few markings but quickly became rampant.
April 7, 1992 | NONA YATES
The native desert plants of Joshua Tree National Monument will be the subject of a field trip to the area sponsored by the California Native Plant Society Friday through Sunday. Participants will learn about the vegetation of the arid region in a visit to the Cottonwood Canyon and the Lost Palms Oasis on weekend outings. Space is limited; call (310) 472-5464.
November 18, 2007 | Rosemary McClure
HIDDEN VALLEY Joshua Tree National Park in Riverside and San Bernardino counties Spectacular granite formations, combined with forests of bizarrely shaped desert plants, make Joshua Tree National Park a rock star. Climbers from around the world scramble across its boulder fields and ascend its spires and pillars. They're joined by hikers, campers, nature buffs and families -- about 1.2 million visitors annually. A favorite spot is Hidden Valley, a recreation area concealed by huge boulders.
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