Johnson Valley News 01/17/2019

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• A total eclipse of the Super Blood Wolf Moon occurs this Sunday, January 20,
starting about 7:36 p.m. PST, when the Earth begins to shade the moon.
The shadow will cover the moon around 8:41, for about an hour. (Since
Pacific Standard Time stretches from Arizona to the ocean, to pinpoint
the exact time in Johnson Valley is beyond me.)

Early colonists
and native tribes called the January full moon the Wolf Moon for the
howling they heard at that season. Its close approach to Earth makes it
look larger than usual, so it’s a supermoon. It’s also a blood moon
because of the reddish tint it takes on when traveling through the
shadow of the Earth.

So, you will look up at the Super Blood Wolf Moon this January. And super stars.

have an excellent open view near the Community Center, no houses,
trees, or mountains. If you come out an hour or so early and position
yourself facing away from the direction of the sunset, you can see the
moon looking super big as you watch it rise, magnified by the Earth

Unless, of course,  cloud cover moves back in.

• Aside from all the other taxes being planned for us, we still have the County Fire parcel tax hanging over our heads.

from applications for over 5,000 acres of industrial-scale renewable
energy projects already in the hands of County Land Use Services, we
still have the fight to get protective language as approved by the
Planning Commission to preserve our desert communities, to be approved
by the Board of Supervisors at this January 29th meeting.

We have
a new Third District Supervisor, Dawn Rowe. What message will the
Homestead Valley Community Council pass on to her about your opinions
and your concerns for our unincorporated communities? Come to the HVCC
meeting this Monday, January 21, and weigh in on the Fire Tax and the County Renewable Energy policies.

gives residents and property owners in Johnson Valley, Landers,
Flamingo Heights, or Yucca Mesa the advantage of a combined voice to
address County, State or Federal officials.

Not only that, when
County Fire, Calfire, or Sheriff’s Department representatives are
available, they are happy to give us updates and answer questions.

See you at Landers Belfield Hall, 58380 Reche Rd., Monday, January 21, at 3:00 p.m.

Go east on Scenic 247, turn left on Reche. Go past the Post Office, Belfield Hall is just a short distance on your left.

Remember when you come to the Community Center to get tickets for the
drawing for the Dyna-Glow gas outdoor grill cart, donated as a JVIA
fundraiser by Home Depot Yucca Valley. We showed it in the Journal, and
it’s on display now in the hall. Check it out at Saturday Breakfast,
7:00-10:00 a.m. or any event.

Each ticket costs only 1.00, or get 6 for 5.00. Get a few each time you visit, improve your chances!

is on May 4, during our Cinco de Mayo Fiesta. If you can’t be here that
day, be sure to write your name and phone number on your tickets!


Dr. Chris Lawrence is available for house calls in Johnson Valley this
weekend: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 18, 19, 20.

mobile chiropractic care vehicle carries three sizes of portable tables,
therapeutic ultrasound, vibratory massage, hot packs, and ice packs.
Call or text for an appointment, 760-810-2443. Or schedule an office
visit in Apple Valley if you prefer.

Are you a 2018 member who has not yet signed up? Be sure to do it soon, see the attached application form to print.

mail in the application form to Helene, whether you are paying your
2019 dues with a check, or by secure credit card PayPal payment on

Or pick up your application form on the lobby desk at the Center, to fill out and give to the cashier with your dues.

address: If you want to continue receiving this JV NEWS e-mail between
Journals, be sure to print your e-mail address plainly on your
application form.

Friday 1/25 – Gate Opens
Friday 2/1 – Hammertown Opens
Saturday 2/2 – UTV Qualifying
Sunday 2/3 – UTV Race
Monday 2/4 – 4500/4600/4800 Qualifying & Monday Night Shootout between Rock Bouncers and Ultra4 Vehicles.
Tuesday 2/5 – 4400 Ultra 4 KOH Qualifying
Wednesday 2/6 – Every Man Challenge Race (EMC)
Thursday 2/7 – T1 Trucks – Toyo Desert Invitational Presented by Monster Energy
Friday 2/8 – Nitto King of The Hammers Race Powered by Optima Batteries (KOH)

The King of the Hammers race that started it all happens on Friday,
February 8th.  Considered the toughest one-day off-road race in the
world, it has grown to be the largest off-road race event in North
America, in terms of both competitors and spectators.

high-speed desert racing and rock crawling challenges, KOH has expanded
from one race to a series of five races, not only pitting the incredible
Ultra4 Vehicles against each other and a grueling course, but also
other classes of vehicles from nimble side-by-side UTVs to desert

Most races from 2018 return for this year, including the popular Every Man Challenge and the uproarious Monday Night Shootout.

New for 2019: a T1 Desert Truck race, the Toyo Tires Desert Invitational Presented by Monster Energy on Thursday, February 7th.

• We have been asked several times by local KOH fans, but we doubt JVIA will have entry wristbands again this year.

You can order an Advance Entry Pass online until January 20 for $20 per person, at
to enter Hammertown and the race spectator areas for every event during
KOH week, Friday, February 1, through Saturday, February 9.

General Entry Pass – $30 at the Gate.
Kids 10 and younger are free!
Military Discounts – available only at the Gate with your Military ID
(Do not purchase these tickets online as all sales are non-refundable)
Active Duty – Free at the Gate
Veterans and Dependents – 1/2 off at the Gate ($15)

PASS – $20 online or at the gate. This fee applies to any camping
vehicle with living quarters, (i.e., RV, Trailer, Cab-Over, Toter-Home)
entering Johnson Valley during KOH Week.
This pass is good for the
duration of KOH and is required of ALL attendees of KOH (spectators, pit
crew, teams, etc.) with a camping vehicle.
Camping is primitive and
first-come, first served for spectators, outside of Hammertown.
Registered race teams are assigned addresses in Hammertown.
Camper Pass is a separate pass from the car/truck/pit bike parking
passes required of teams that drive vehicles inside of Hammertown.
gives you LOTS of tips and info! If you want to get an idea of just how
important KOH has become to off-road enthusiasts, fabricators,
suppliers, and associated businesses, click on PARTNERS!

Click on
SPECTATOR for the FAQ, rules, requirements, tips for first-time
visitors to the lakebed, permits necessary for any OHV you want to bring
in, food, vendors, camping, etc. etc.

CAUTION  Keep pets
confined! Count on strange noises that could spook the most laid-back
animal. If you do lose, or find, a wandering pet, post with a photo if
possible on “Pets of the Hammers” on Facebook.
(Actually, this resource is useful anytime you might lose a pet out there.)

going to and from the OHV Area from our community roads, do not travel
on the Hwy 247 right-of-way, use the dirt trail that parallels it on the
north side. Cross the highway legally and very carefully to get onto
any of the community roads.

If you come up Larrea Road while in or on a green-sticker vehicle, travel on the dirt alongside the pavement.


JVIA members receive the Johnson Valley Journal 6 times a year – this
JV NEWS e-mail in between Journals keeps you up-to-date. You also get
information, especially for JVIA members.

Space restrictions for
the weekly community news columns in the Hi-Desert Star do not allow
much room for these items. Also, the deadline is the Tuesday before
Saturday publication – so not always the latest news. Anyway, many of
our weekenders do not see the papers.

If you prefer not to receive the JV NEWS e-mails, just reply and say Cancel.

is welcome to every event at the Center! Johnson Valley Improvement
Association members or non-members may join in on scheduled activities
and special events!

The Center is available for birthday
celebrations, family gatherings, weddings. No rent, just a donation to
cover overheads, and that you leave it as you found it.

recent rains not only give us some hope for a wildflower show this
spring, but they also help the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden, next
to the Community Center parking lot. The drought-resistant plants and
trees have had time now to become established, Long showers have
delivered moisture with time enough to soak in. So far, January freezes
have done minimal damage.

Greening up comes at different times
for different varieties. We wait a long time for some, which only start
showing signs of life when days get longer and much hotter. Worth the

As the weather improves, the Garden Railway crew can get
out and do track maintenance chores, so we can see the model trains run.

Make sure kids do not enter the train layout; the track and model buildings are fragile, and repairs can be difficult.

trains might run any Saturday, and maybe at other times, too. Ask when
you come to Saturday Breakfast, 7:00-10:00 a.m. if the trains are
running that day.

Johnson Valley Community Center
50567 Quailbush Rd.
Johnson Valley CA 92285

From Hwy 247, turn onto Larrea Rd,
go 1-3/4 miles up to Quailbush Rd. You see the building on your left at the corner.

Betty Munson

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