Johnson Valley News 4/29/2018

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• Johnson Valley Cinco de Mayo open house, next Saturday afternoon, May 5, between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m.
Admission, 10.00 per person, includes a free margarita, your choice of carne asada beef, chicken or pork tacos, rice and beans, and two salsas from the Taco Grill between 2:00 and 4:00, plus desserts!

The Margaritaville Bar and Desserts Bar will be inside the building; the Taco Stand alongside on the east.

Everyone welcome! Bring your own lawn chairs if you wish. Watch the model trains run in the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden (weather permitting) while you enjoy your margaritas.

If the weather gets too hot, we’ll all just go inside the cool Community Center.

• Some landowners who have sent their RSVP’s have not been on the JV NEWS  list before. You will receive it approximately 3-4 times a month; it’s a collection of items of general interest like dinner and event announcements, updates on various issues we have with the County, the State and the Feds, written for the weekly community column in the Hi-Desert Star. Some items specific to the Association members get included, too.

If you don’t want to receive the JV NEWS, just reply and tell me to remove you from the list.

In the meantime, we will update you on the Landowners Jamboree.

If you own property in Johnson Valley, you should have received your invitation to this free Community Resource Fair on Saturday afternoon, June 9th. Open house from 1:00-5:00 p.m. plus a free picnic of hot dogs and hamburgers.

For those of you who rarely visit, we are collecting information and referrals, phone numbers you might need to know. Many of our weekenders have an interest in offroading, fourwheeling, astronomy and dark skies, rockhounding, and other pursuits in the Johnson Valley OHV area just across the highway. We hope to collect stuff for all of that.

Remodeling, home improvements, DIY, where do you find what you need?
Schools, local history and desert lore, too. Don’t miss it! RSVP before May 15th.

• Help JVIA replace the reserves being drawn down to purchase a new septic tank at the Community Center. You can make a secure credit card donation by PayPal on, or mail a check made to JVIA, memo septic tank, to
50567 Quailbush Rd.
Johnson Valley CA 92285

p.s. AAA Pumping, an advertiser who helps support the Johnson Valley Journal, will install the septic tank. Jeff Smith, owner/operator, plans to be at the Landowners Jamboree, so you can talk with him if you need a new system or service for an old one.

• Renewed County interest in the proven revenues provided by tourism and scenic highways has bump-started our Scenic 247 campaign again.

Members of the Scenic 247 Committee of the Homestead Valley Community Council had a ride-along with two Caltrans Landscape Architects on March 29, to help understand the requirements for a Visual Assessment of the scenic corridor and how to assess buildings and other intrusions that can detract from it.

County objectives contrast with the 5,000+ acres of solar projects proposed for North Lucerne Valley – sites on both sides of 247 that could blight scenic wild areas you see as you travel 247 to Barstow, and crest the 4,100-ft-high Goat Pass through the Ord Mountains.

Caltrans says:
“The intent of the State Scenic Highway Program is to protect and enhance California’s natural scenic beauty.”
“If a highway is listed as eligible for official designation, it is also part of the Scenic Highway System and care must be taken to preserve its eligible status.”

Of course, Johnson Valley enjoys the jewel in the crown of Scenic 247 – the wide open spaces, dunes, hills of every color, with the distant Ord Mountains and Rodman Mountain for a backdrop – a view barely changed since the first homesteaders arrived! We do not want industrial solar fields intruding here.

As our visual assessment of the highway progresses, the Scenic 247 Committee awaits the County’s promised Letter of Intent to Caltrans, the sooner, the better!

If you are not familiar with this effort, visit to see our original presentation to the County, The Case for Scenic 247, and other information. Caltrans wants to know this campaign has local support, so watch for dates of some public meeting you can attend.

• Johnson Valley has lost another friend, good neighbor and hard worker for the benefit of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association for many years.

Roger died last Tuesday, April 24, when Parkinson’s finally laid him low.

We saw many long faces at Saturday Breakfast as the word went around. We had already been missing him at his regular place at the Liars Table, always laughing, with an endless fund of funny stories and tall tales.

Pilot, bandleader, accordion maestro, landscaper, heavy equipment operator, road grader, what else? I can’t think of everything he did.

We will keep you posted when we know the date the family plans to have services.

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

Everyone welcome to the Community Center; you do not have to be a member of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association to join in on scheduled activities and special events!

Ask about using the building for your personal events, also. Call or e-mail me for open dates and times. No rent, we just ask for a donation and clean-up, to leave it as you find it.

The Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next to the parking lot is open
to visitors for free. Alert: kids love the model trains, but they should not enter the train layout, it can be easily damaged.

The trains run when the crew is available, and the weather smiles on us. Ask the cashier at Saturday Breakfast if the trains can run that day.

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.

As always, take it easy on our dirt roads, let’s not offend the neighbors with noise and dust!

If you come up Larrea Road while in or on a green-sticker vehicle, stay on the dirt alongside the pavement. Plenty of parking at the Center.


Betty Munson

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