Author Archives: Bill Ford, Founder

About Bill Ford, Founder

Born in the late 30s - you do the math. Lots of life experiences in numerous endevors but not an expert in any that I know of. I'm a fan of challenging projects. When I'm told it can't be done I go ahead and do it anyway. This web site is one of 'em. How long will this web site last? Hard to say. Depends on how long I live. Film at Eleven. --bf

Wow! How far away was that one?

How to calculate the distance from you to the lightning bolt flash. In reality and with some scientific accuracy, we can estimate the distance between the flash of the lightning bolt and when the thunder is sounded. Sound travels through … Continue reading

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Hi-Desert Cultural Center News

Release Date: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 06/21/13   Hi-Desert Cultural Center to Open West Coast Premiere of New Critically Acclaimed Theatrical Comedy, “Home of the Great Pecan”   JOSHUA TREE, CA - The Hi-Desert Cultural Center is proud to announce that … Continue reading

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WalMart rumored to open July 15, 2013

June 1, 2013 While there are factions that oppose WalMart in general as a “big-box” invader, there are also a few within the Morongo Basin who would put up their life’s savings to help kill the opening of the new  WalMart Super Center at the eastern … Continue reading

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Eclectic shopping in Joshua Tree

In southern California, SHOPPING IN JOSHUA TREE is an adventure in discovery. In Joshua Tree, shopping for vintage, handmade, eclectic and cool stuff is nothing less than an adventure into the unknown   -   Click for Related photos » Joshua … Continue reading

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Made in America… but which one?

Over the past couple decades or so I have attempted to elicit answers to the ever growing question: Who, in our western hemisphere, is an American and who are not Americans? Suffice it to say that no one seems to … Continue reading

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A Musical History Of The World

JOSHUA TREE PHILHARMONIC’s “History Of The World” in 2013 Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday – May 16, 17, 18 & 19. Times are 7 p.m. and the Sunday show starts at 2:00 p.m. The amazing Joshua Tree Philharmonic (JPHIL) returns … Continue reading

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JT Nat’l Park officials close popular Park sites

  Graffiti forces closure of popular Joshua Tree Nat’l Park sites The Associated Press Posted:   04/13/2013 08:12:22 PM PDT April 14, 2013 3:48 AM GMT  –  Updated:   04/13/2013 08:48:25 PM PDT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif.  -  Acts of graffiti … Continue reading

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BOBCAT Assembly Bill AB-1213

Trapped BOBCATS rise 51% during 2012-2013 trapping season. This priceless photo is from Annica Kreuters photo collection of a bobcat mother and her two cubs within close proximity of her Joshua Tree back yard and home. Kreuters has tracked the growth and behavior of visiting … Continue reading

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Dan “O” & BirthDays

Hey there Dan-O !! Cactus-Thorns has it you just got older. Listen, if yer having difficulty in judging if yer “old” or not, you’ll know yer gittin’ old when ya plop down in that rockin’ chair and can’t git the damn thing going. Have another … Continue reading

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GOIN’ POSTAL ain’t “gone”

Is Yucca Valley’s “Goin’ Postal” Gone?  Ans: Absolutely NOT !!    Yucca Valley business “Goin’ Postal” is presumed “gone.” Friday Sept 30, 2011………… (view the original short article HERE) Today, Monday February 25, 2013, I received a “comment” regarding Lisa Thompson’s … Continue reading

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NO TRESPASSING signs – Calif law

No Trespassing – Hunting, Trapping This article is in response to the discovery of the BobCat trap on Tom O’Key’s private Joshua Tree property (click for orig story) and adjoining the northern boundary line of the Joshua Tree National Park. While advocates for … Continue reading

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BOBCAT ATROCITY Discovered by local JT resident

Local resident, Tom O’Key, discovers a hidden Bobcat live-trap on his private property, set to capture a Bobcat (disregarding size, age, gender) solely for stripping the skin and fur off the animal to be sold to a buyer in a foreign … Continue reading

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Joshua Tree Philharmonic Spring/Summer Season

  Joshua Tree Philharmonic Spring Season PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 02/07/13 JOSHUA TREE, CA – After December’s sold-out concert series featuring the music of Mannheim Steamroller, and sponsored by Chip Davis himself, musicians from the Morongo Basin, Coachella Valley, … Continue reading

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POSTAL SERVICE STOPS SATURDAY MAIL DELIVERY

Delivery of common “mail” on Saturdays to stop in one of the most significant steps taken by the United States Postal Service (USPS) to cut $2-billion costs at the struggling U.S. Congress controlled agency.   Packages (parcels) will continue to be delivered … Continue reading

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CASINO TO BREAK 29-PALMS GROUND

The following is a direct copy of the PRESS RELEASE excluding the graphic. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Therese Everett-Kerley / Lisa Herman 760-834-8599 / PR@CordMedia.com TWENTY-NINE PALMS BAND OF MISSION INDIANS TO BREAK GROUND ON NEW CASINO Project Will Bring … Continue reading

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