Updated: Johnson Valley News 04/03//2018

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• Reminder, head to the Johnson Valley Community Center for a very special Spring Dinner next Saturday, April 7.
Enjoy spaghetti topped with the famous meat sauce from Vince’s Spaghetti House in Ontario, green salad with choice of dressing, garlic bread, and a non-alcoholic Sangria with fresh apple slices, orange slices and raspberries.Doors open at 4:30 p.m., dinner is at 5:00. Only 7.00 per person (including dessert!), 4.00 for kids 12 and younger.

Bring your friends; there’s plenty!

May 5, Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, open house 1:00-5:00, Taco Grill 2:00-4:00.
NO General Meeting afterward.

June 2, NO dinner, NO General Meeting,
because of a special event on the following Saturday afternoon, June 9, details to come!

This Saturday, April 7, the after-dinner General Meeting will include the swearing-in of the JVIA Board for 2018-19, (including me, the second time around as president, and Paula Mattecheck as secretary) plus some major announcements. Be sure to remain after dinner for this, even if you can’t stay for the whole meeting.

The next General Meeting of the JVIA is at 5:00 p.m. following everyone’s favorite, the 2-Buck Chuckwagon dinner.

If you have comments or questions for the Board in the meantime, the regular business meetings are at 6:00 p.m. on Fridays, May 11, and June 8.

See ya!


• You need to know the latest about the 5000+ acres of solar fields proposed for Hwy 247 north of Lucerne Valley. You also want to know about Big Solar proposals for the State Lands along 247, stretching from the historic Old Woman Springs Ranch into Johnson Valley.

These will be under discussion (you bet!) at several meetings this month, in or near JV.

This evening, Tuesday, April 3, at 5:00 p.m., the Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association (LVEDA) has Big Solar on the doorstep, and the agenda, meeting in the Senior Center behind the Library on Hwy 247.

After the dinner at the Johnson Valley Community Center Saturday evening, April 7, the JVIA General Meeting will have some updates (you need not be a member to stay for the meeting, which begins around 5:45).

The Homestead Valley Community Council (HVCC) has always opposed industrial-scale solar fields in the desert. They meet on Monday afternoon, April 16, at 3:00 p.m. at the Yucca Mesa Community Center, 3133 Balsa Ave. just off Aberdeen Rd., open to the public.

The Lucerne Valley-Johnson Valley Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) meets Thursday evening, April 19, at 5:00 p.m. at the Lucerne Valley Community Center, on Hwy 247, just past the firehouse, next to Pioneer Park.

Your comments and questions are always welcome at all these meetings.

If you are a landowner or resident in Yucca Mesa, Flamingo Heights, Landers, Johnson Valley or Lucerne Valley you want to pay attention to these threats to our rural desert lifestyle, their effect on our property values, and our health.

Also hear updates on the on-and-off progress of the Scenic 247 campaign, now on again!

• We hear the water birds have been coming in for rest stops on the cottonwood-shaded ponds. We also hear there’s room for a few more on this rare tour of this historic ranch house and grounds, hosted by the Morongo Basin Historical Society.

The date is Saturday, April 14. Ranch gates near Milepost 30 on Hwy 247 open at 9:30 a.m., tour begins by 10:30.

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

To pre-pay, mail 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 760-366-7896.

Plan to bring your lunch and a folding chair and picnic by the ponds.

• IT’S ON! Make your plans to enjoy two days of Wild West action at the Grubstakes Days Rodeo at the Homestead Valley Park in Landers.
Friday and Saturday, May 25 and 26, the gates open at 5:00 p.m., the show begins at 7:30. There will be food and beer vendors, and on Saturday, the Rodeo Dance.

Each day admission, 15.00 per person; Kids 3 and under free; kids 4-12, 5.00 each.
Rodeo Dance, 5.00 per person.

Vendors now accepted by e-mail:
For more information, call Missy at 760-218-1980.

Homestead Valley Park is only minutes from Johnson Valley: Go right onto Hwy 247, to Linn Rd. Turn left, go to the end of the pavement, turn right at the Integratron onto Belfield Blvd., pass Gubler’s Orchids. The park is straight ahead on your left.

Everyone welcome to the Community  Center; you do not have to be a JVIA member to join in on scheduled activities and special events!

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.

The trains run when the crew is available and the weather is nice.

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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