Johnson Valley News 9/29/2017

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• The 8th Annual Johnson Valley Oktoberfest is almost here – next Saturday, October 7th!
See the Brew Menu online at, for the descriptions of the variety of 14 craft beers and a hard cider brewed by the Mojave Desert Brewers Guild with water from the JVIA Well.

The Beer Garden behind the Johnson Valley Community Center opens at 3:00 p.m. until…

Admission includes a German Buffet Dinner and Dessert Bar from 5:00-6:00 p.m. See all the details online and get tickets, 12.00 per person (print your receipt; it’s your ticket). Or buy at the door.

If the weather holds fine and you want to enjoy your brew outdoors, maybe watching the trains on the garden railway, bring your own seating in case we run out of chairs.

The JV Community Center is at 50567 Quailbush Rd., 1-3/4 miles from Scenic 247.

• The men’s and ladies’ t-shirts and the ladies’ tank tops imprinted with the Johnson Valley Oktoberfest logo will be ready for pickup tomorrow, September 30, and next Saturday, October 7, at the Community Center during Saturday Breakfast hours, 7:00-10:00 a.m. Supplies are limited so come early for the best selection! If you placed your order beforehand, they will be waiting for you at those times, or when you arrive at the event.

Also at the party, you can add to your collection of Oktoberfest glasses. This year’s souvenirs are hand-etched glass steins, very handsome, still only 5.00 each. And you get more pour in the stein for the same 3.00 price as in the 12-oz. cup.

• In case you haven’t heard, a wave of industrial-scale solar fields threatens to flow like lava over Lucerne Valley and eventually head our way.

California’s arbitrary goal to produce 50% of our power from renewable energy by 2030 has already been met and raised to 60%. Now the state wants it 100% by 2045, goodbye, desert. Government using our taxpayer dollars can warp a market and produce some catastrophes.

Our friend Steve Mills sent info from SCEdison’s 2017 Renewables Portfolio Standard (“RPS”) Procurement Plans:

Edison doesn’t need “new renewable energy at this time to satisfy its RPS program targets” and “does not have a need for renewable energy at this time to satisfy its RPS program targets” and won’t “need new eligible renewable resources for the foreseeable future” (p. 4)…that Edison has “More Renewable Energy to Meet Its Goals Than It Needs for The Foreseeable Future (p. 36) and that all the other Investor Owned Utilities are similarly well positioned (p. 36).”

But, Edison wants a substation called Calcite in the scenic corridor of Hwy 247, NextEra and 8minutenergy have applied to the County to cover almost 1500 acres alongside Hwy 247 with solar panels to feed in to Calcite.
These projects pass neither the Caltrans standards for maintaining the eligibility of 247 as a Scenic Highway, nor the County’s standards in the Solar Ordinance.

Ah, mining taxpayer gold in the California desert.


• A get-together potluck honoring Frank Heffern is planned for 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 15, at the Johnson Valley Community Center. Everyone is welcome.

Betty Munson

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2 Responses to Johnson Valley News 9/29/2017

  1. larry briggs
    larry briggs October 1, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Wonder Valley fire station to close!!! Why doesn’t CT cover that news. Both Dan and Benji live in the county. Afraid of upsetting your county elected officials?

  2. Steve Spear
    Steve Spear October 1, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    The TROLL strikes again!


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