Johnson Valley News 02/28/2019

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• Reminding you – the Johnson Valley Corned Beef Dinner happens this Saturday evening, March 2.
We borrow some Irish luck, wear the green, and bring family and friends
to the Community Center to enjoy the traditional feast of corned beef
and cabbage and potatoes.

Save your fork for the delicious
special desserts by Linda Walsh. Better than any restaurant, only 7.00
per person; kids 12 or younger, 4.00. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., dinner at

• Be sure to stay afterward to catch up on the latest news
and announcements, and for the JVIA meeting, too (member or non-member,
everyone welcome!).

Hear the results of the meeting today in
San Bernardino, when the County Board of Supervisors votes on Policy
4.10, to protect us from industrialization by utility-scale renewable
energy projects.

We thought it was to be a straight up-and-down
vote on the original wording as recommended by the Planning Commission,
but iffy bureaucratic harble-garble appeared in today’s presentation to
the Supervisors.

Kowtowing to the developers? Make-work so Land
Use Services look like they have shouldered the burdens of this
controversy? More delay? Weasel-words to let more industrial solar
applications in the door?

We already have several to fight one
by one. Policy 4.10 won’t stop the projects already accepted for review –
some 5,000 acres worth of applications by international corporations to
make a solar wasteland of the San Bernardino County high desert.


The Morongo Basin Historical Society invites everyone who wants to know
how the High Desert and homesteading grew, to their first Founders Day
Open House, honoring Newlin and Vernette Landers. See the garden of
native plants, the original Landers post office, pan for gold!

 The MBHS Research Center in the Landers’ home will be open Sunday, March 10, between 1:00-4:00 p.m. (Remember, we’ll have sprung forward to Daylight Saving Time).

Hwy 247, turn onto Reche Rd, go to the corner of Landers Lane (today’s
post office location) and turn right. You will see 632 Landers Lane on
your right.

• Campfire evening, Saturday, March 23, 6:00 2:00 a.m., is billed as a small, more intimate spin-off of the Yucca Mesa Improvement Association annual fundraiser, Mesa Fest. Featuring favorite Mesa Fest bands, a delicious meal, an open bar of locally brewed, Jim Harvey’s locally-brewed wine and campfire beer.

All this happens on the grounds of the Yucca Mesa Community Center, 3133 Balsa Rd.

This is an all-inclusive, 21 and up event, limited to 150 participants, 80.00 each. Check for camping info, updates.

From Hwy 247, turn onto Aberdeen Rd. Go 3.5 miles to Balsa. The Community Center is a short distance ahead on your right.


The turkey vultures are already on the move, heading for northern
California. Maybe they know something we don’t know – warmer days and
nights here to stay?

We hear the little birdies gossip in the
early morning. We already spot a few wildflowers and last week’s
slow-melting snow certainly bodes well for a special wildflower show to
come to the high desert.

Some of the guesswork for good
photography locations has been alleviated online, where we can find
several wildflower-spotting reports, including:
Theodore Payne Wild Flower Hotline
Desert USA Wildflower Report

Speaking of snow, see the photo attached of the snow gauge in the Paul
Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden on the morning of February 21st.


Reminder, Billy Mitchell’s cattle fencing suffered flash flood damage.
You may spot strays ranging the foothills anywhere from the vicinity of
New Dixie Mine Road on the east, to Rock Corral, to One Hole Spring on
the west. The worst danger comes when they get near Hwy 247.

your eyes open when you head out Scenic 247 to upcoming community
events, to commute to work, or to start exploring for wildflowers. Give
Billy and Julie Mitchell a call if you see any cattle, 760-954-6259 or


“Beautiful JOHNSON VALLEY” bumper stickers have been designed by Paula
Mattecheck as a fundraiser for Pets of the Hammers. Get yours at the
hall, two versions, 1.00 each, six for 5.00.

See Pets of the Hammers on Facebook; they operate all year to reunite lost or found pets in Johnson Valley with their families.

• JVIA members, you should receive the latest issue of the Johnson Valley Journal today or tomorrow. If not, please let me know.

JVIA members receive the Johnson Valley Journal six times a year.

JV NEWS e-mail in between Journals includes stories and information
published in the weekly community news columns in the Hi-Desert Star. If
you prefer not to receive these 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!

Special events: the Homestead Valley
Community Council holds its regular meeting here three times a year on
the third Monday, at 3:00 p.m. The next will be in June and October.
(These meetings rotate among the four Homestead Valley community centers
in Flamingo Heights, Yucca Mesa, and Landers, then back to Johnson
Valley. None are very far apart, easy to get to from here on Hwy 247.)

Regularly-scheduled events:
Saturday Breakfast, 7:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Dinner, every 1st Saturday at 5:00 p.m. followed by the General Meeting

events 1st Saturdays: Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and Oktoberfest, usually
begin in the afternoons, includes a dinner. No General Meetings those

Board Meeting, on Friday following the 1st Saturday, 6:00 p.m.
Card Club on Tuesdays, noon-4:00 p.m.
Hobby Club on Wednesdays 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m, except 4th Wednesday; they come in on Friday, 10:00 a.m.
Quilters every 4th Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Center and the Garden are available for birthday celebrations, family
gatherings, weddings. JVIA asks for a donation to cover overheads, and
that you leave it as you found it.

The Paul Van Hook Desert
Dreams Garden, next to the Community Center parking lot, has enjoyed an
abundance of rain, and now that slow-melting snow! The plants may be
drought-tolerant, but it helps when moisture soaks in, encouraging deep
roots. Most irrigation in the Garden flows underground, but the plants
and trees have experienced only dry times since the Garden’s beginnings
in June 2015.

Caution: Make sure kids stay outside the Garden
Railway layout at any time; those brass tracks and town buildings are
not toys! Repairs can be difficult and expensive, and make the crew
members sad.

When winds and rains and snows depart, the trains
may 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

• Riding season has begun! Be sure
to pick up your Sidekick Offroad Map of the Johnson Valley OHV Area when
you come to the Community Center. You get a detailed topographical map,
a Guide to the original Hammers trails, general information, and
off-road tips.

The folding paper map is 3:00. The silkscreened Bandanna Map is 8.00.

Off-roaders navigating by GPS –  the coordinates for the Community Center are
34.3424938     -116.56066880000003.

going to and from the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area, you can
cross the highway legally from any of the community roads to use the
dirt trail that parallels Hwy 247 on the north side. Using the community
road nearest your starting point means you won’t have to zigzag past so
many houses.

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

any speed, any vehicle, street-legal or not, going over 25mph does a
lot of damage to dirt roads. We have a shortage now of tractor and drag
volunteers to help smooth them out again. Also, when it’s dry and dusty,
dragging does not help much. No County maintenance here, just your

Remember, noise can carry, and dust can drift a long way, so please take it easy.

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.

Happy March!

Betty Munson

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