Johnson Valley News 3/26/2018

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• Make plans now – Sunday morning, April 1, the First Baptist Church of Johnson Valley holds its Easter sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. You are invited, and you can always come a little earlier if you wish.

Watch morning light up our beautiful valley – founders chose the church site for its unmatched view. Bring a jacket, expect around 55° at that hour, and bring your own seating if you wish.

After the service, come in and enjoy warm fellowship and a delicious breakfast, no charge. If you have not visited the church before, it’s easy to find. On Hwy 247 between mileposts 21 and 22, look for the red Johnson Valley sign and the church sign and turn onto Larrea Rd. (paved). Go three miles up to the very end and turn left onto Golden Ray Rd. The address is 50636 Golden Ray.

• Saturday, April 7, the Johnson Valley Spring Dinner is your destination!
The main dish: spaghetti topped with marinara sauce from Vince’s Spaghetti House in Ontario! Everyone familiar with Vince’s reacts with ooh’s and aah’s when they hear the news.

Linda Walsh will supply your desserts and a delicious non-alcoholic Sangria with slices of fresh oranges, apples and blueberries floating in it. Where else do you find a dinner like this for only 7.00 per person? And kids 12 and younger are only 4.00. The doors at the JV Community Center open at 4:30, dinner served at 5:00 p.m.

• As we gossip about the outside forces that pose so many threats to our desert life and peace of mind, we felt encouraged by some of the things we heard at last Monday’s meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council.

Discussions included the County heel-dragging on the Renewable Energy Conservation Element (RECE) of the County General Plan. If we want reinstatement of the policies giving us protection against the blight of industrial solar projects, go to the Supervisors meetings and speak up!

The HVCC asked for reports from folks who attended the BLM meetings scoping for public opinions on a possible amendment of the Desert Renewable Energy and Conservation Plan (DRECP). The consensus: as much as we don’t like the DRECP targeting the California desert for generation of energy from renewable resources, educating a new administration on all the problems boggles the mind, so, no amendment, please.

A Deputy Sheriff’s actions responding to a Johnson Valley break-in resulting in the recovery of stolen property, an arrest and further leads was good to hear. We can only hope these lowlifes can be kept out of our neighborhoods for a very long time. Not likely, but we can hope.

• Hosted by the Morongo Basin Historical Society, this tour takes you around the ranch and in the ranch house.

The desert half of the Heart Bar Ranch, Old Woman Springs Ranch was winter quarters. Their cattle ranged along the north slope of the San Bernardino Mountains, then in summer were moved up Rattlesnake Canyon to the Big Bear area.

The cottonwoods you can see from Scenic 247 surround still ponds of fresh water; a rest stop on the flyway for migrating water birds. Bring your lunch and a folding chair for a picnic in this oasis in the desert.

Rarely open to the public, on Saturday, April 14, the ranch gates open at 9:30 a.m., tour begins by 10:30.

Cost is 20.00 for members, 30.00 for non-members. Sign up right away; pre-sign-up is a must.

Pre-pay by mailing your check to:
Morongo Basin Historical Society
PO Box 2046
Yucca Valley CA 92286
(write “OWS” on the memo line)

or download the
OWS sign-up sheet from

For more info, contact Claudia at
or call 760-364-7896.

• The 2018 Desert-Wise Living Landscape Tour on Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, will open your eyes to waterwise desert garden possibilities. Tickets are only 5.00 per person.

This is the eighth year for this event organized by the Morongo Basin Conservation Association. You are invited to visit 12 different sites each day, open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at various locations throughout the Morongo Basin (A link to the online Tour Book with maps and directions will be sent to you a few weeks before the event.)

See the details of the tour and registration at

• A story in the Daily Press 3/22/18 of interest to those of us participating in home schooling efforts:
“VICTORVILLE — Fire Bill AB 2756 is expected to go to committee today to make amendments to the Education, Health and Safety codes that will require private home-schoolers to have a fire marshal conduct an annual fire inspection.”

Authors of the bill want homeschooling oversight, claiming “The state needs to better ensure that all students, including the ones who are home-schooled, are learning in a safe, healthy environment.”

Opponents don’t think there is justification for a fire marshal to come into a home without cause, that protecting a home-schooling home is imperative.”If you can start with home school, then you can do it to everyone.”

You can see the whole story, pro’s and con’s, on

For more information about AB-2756, visit the California Legislative Information at and enter “AB2756” in the search box.

• For those of us in the unincorporated areas, County Code Enforcement administers those programs designed to protect your safety, welfare, and property value, the San Bernardino County ordinances and State/Federal laws relating to land use, zoning, housing, public nuisances and vehicle abatement.

Don’t just cuss about noise or that automobile graveyard on your road – file an anonymous complaint with Code Enforcement at (760) 995-8140 or (909) 884-4056. Or online at A smartphone app called SBCode can also be used to file complaints.

Some problems take a long time to correct, but they take longer if you don’t make the call.

• Do you have any photos from earlier days in Johnson Valley? Any stories to tell about your family homesteading? Favorite trails or explorations?

Call or e-mail me. If you don’t feel like writing it up yourself, just dictate it to me. The homesteading story in the last issue drew a lot of interest. Stories that are just old stories to us give others a view of history. When too few people know the history, it fades too easily. Tumbledown cabins and vacant slabs prove there were tales to tell, but no one around today to tell them.

Always entertaining and sometimes quite surprising – what drew you to Johnson Valley in the first place? Let’s collect the stories.

• The Saturday Breakfast on March 31 may not be happening – no cooks, no crew, as of today. This sad day almost came last Saturday when the cook was unable to come, and we have no back-ups on the call list.

When he heard me talking on the phone to Joanna last Friday evening, Court Prittie called the Garden Committee (who volunteer to cook on the second Saturday of each month). Don Minnix and Ken Cash were here and willing to come in at a moment’s notice. A good thing, too, since Spring Break time always brings in weekenders and they served 58 excellent pancake breakfasts.

Unfortunately, for Easter weekend we have no one available so far. However, you are welcome to come in between 7:00 and 10:00 a.m. to socialize over hot coffee and store-bought pastries. No charge, but donations are always welcome.

Everyone welcome to the scheduled activities and special events at the Center; you do not have to be a JVIA member to join the fun.

Johnson Valley Community Center
50567 Quailbush Rd.
From Hwy 247, turn onto Larrea Rd,
go 1-3/4 miles to Quailbush Rd. The building is on your left at the corner.

The Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next to the parking lot is open
to visitors for free. Please keep an eye on the kids; they should not enter the train layout, it can be easily damaged.

Off-roaders navigating by GPS – according to Google Maps, the coordinates for the Community Center are
34.3424938     -116.56066880000003.

When you travel to and from the OHV Area, you can legally cross the highway at any of the community roads, but not travel on the right of way. A dirt trail parallels the highway on the north side. Remember to take it easy, watch out at blind corners. Big weekends see little ones on the roads.

If you come up Larrea Road, travel alongside it, off the pavement. Plenty of parking at the Center.

Betty Munson

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