Johnson Valley News 08/01/2019

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• This Saturday evening, August 3,
come and enjoy the Johnson Valley Fried Chicken Dinner which includes
mashed potatoes and gravy, fresh coleslaw and potato salads, and a
dessert bar of favorites designed to go with it. All of this is only
7.00 per person; kids 12 and younger, only 4.00.

Doors open at the Johnson Valley Community Center at 4:30 p.m. Chicken at 5:00.

awhile after dinner for the announcements, the JVIA General Meeting,
and door prizes. Find out what is going on around here, including
unannounced blackouts affecting over 20,000 SCE customers!


Our brewmeister has announced seven craft beers and two hard ciders he
will have on tap for the 10th Annual Johnson Valley Oktoberfest at the
Community Center. We’ll have the popular 3-oz Sampler again, so you can
try out three different brews for only 4.00, and a full 12-oz. pour is
still only 3.00.

Early Bird Ticket sales will begin soon, which includes your dinner and free fresh-baked pretzel bites to go with your brew!

The big day comes on Saturday, October 12.
The plans include the popular Beer Garden in the back patio and the
sumptuous buffet of German-style dishes you have come to expect.

More details are coming soon, as well as your chance to order the Oktoberfest T-shirts in the colors and sizes you want.
Stay tuned!


Attached please see the letter written by our friend Steve Mills,
always the vigorous critic of bureaucrats’ doubtful plans that have
progressed as far as a Draft Environmental Impact Report.

It’s a
long letter, but it takes on all the objectionable actions the County
wishes to substitute for our existing Community Plans. Throughout the
entire Countywide process, at community meetings, at JVIA meetings, and
at Homestead Valley Community Council meetings, everyone has objected to
it. We objected to their replacing a clear set of locally-generated
guidelines with “action plans,” which could easily be changed or

Well, I won’t list all the objections. Steve’s letter covers them all.

We in Johnson Valley and the Homestead Valley share some of the specifics Steve states concerning Lucerne Valley.

If you wish to sign on to this letter, please send your name and community on an e-mail to

Written comments on the draft EIR are due on August 15, 2019.  Please let Steve know if you’d like to be included as a signer by August 9.

Please send the letter to your neighbors who may not have seen it.

failures built into this Countywide Plan will only aggravate the
problems inflicted on our unincorporated desert communities by
government and unelected bureaucrats.

By the way, feel free to address your own comments to Linda Mawby, the more, the merrier.

• If you have a story, photos, or an ad for the Sep-Oct issue of the Johnson Valley Journal, please call or e-mail me by Friday, August 9. Our readers like stories about olden days in JV, adventures, and wildlife photos.

Chris Lawrence is coming back to Johnson Valley, and he is available
for Chiropractic house calls at your home or office. Call or text
760-810-2443 for an appointment this weekend. Or schedule a visit to his
office in Apple Valley if you wish.

our new members of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association, you will
receive the Johnson Valley Journal six times a year. The next issue
should arrive early in September.

The JVIA General Meeting after
the first Saturday Dinners is another resource for finding out what’s
happening around here, and what’s happening with the Johnson Valley
Improvement Association.

In between Journals, this JV NEWS e-mail
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, reply and say Cancel.

you are not a JVIA member yet, you may join anytime, only 15.00 per
person for the rest of 2019. Application forms are on the lobby desk at
the Center.


If you can volunteer a few hours on a Saturday morning, consider
joining one of the breakfast crews! Cooks and pancake cooks needed, plus
help with serving, dishwashing, or cashiering. Talk to Kim Abramson,
760-792-4555, or in person at Saturday Breakfast.

Both JVIA members and non-members are welcome to scheduled activities and special events!

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 (except May and October). Non- members welcome.    
-JVIA Board Meeting: Friday following the 1st Saturday, 6:00 p.m.
-Card Club: Pinochle on Tuesdays, noon-4:00 p.m.
-Quilters: EACH Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
-Hobby Club: EACH Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Special events:

Homestead Valley Community Council holds regular meetings in Johnson
Valley three times a year on the third Monday, at 3:00 p.m. The next is
on October 21.

-JVIA Fundraising events:
Planning in the works
now, for JVIA 10th Annual Oktoberfest! Saturday afternoon, October 12.
with lots of craft beers and cider, and a great German buffet.
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta 2020 will be Saturday afternoon, May 2. General Meetings are not held on those months.

Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden looks amazingly good considering the
relentless heat we experience – but some of those plants prefer it!

PICTURES? We hear photos taken by visitors to the Garden show up on
Facebook and elsewhere. The surprise: when you look for “Johnson Valley
Community Center” on Google Maps and the first picture you see is the
airplane wind vane! (Some nice comments, too.)
REQUEST! Please e-mail
me any pictures you have taken when you have visited the Garden. We may
make a page on the website, and use a few in the Journal.

if you have a birthday or anniversary celebration, a wedding or other
family gathering coming up, the Community Center and the Garden are
usually available. JVIA only asks for a donation to cover overheads and
that you leave the place as you found it.

by the Community Center between 7:00-10:00 a.m. for the Saturday
Breakfast with a never-empty coffee cup. Large breakfast, only 6.00!
Small breakfast, 4.00.

Navigating by GPS? – find your way to the Community Center:
34.3424938     -116.56066880000003.

best way to the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area using community
roads: go straight down to Hwy 247 on the road nearest you. You can
cross directly over the highway legally to the dirt trail running along
the north side of Hwy 247. (Please stay on the dirt shoulders if you
travel on the paved Larrea Road while in or on a green-sticker vehicle.)

you are adventuring out in all this heat, take more water than you
think you need, tell people where you plan to go. Verizon has pretty
good cell coverage out there; ATT not so much. Never go out there alone.

Slow, please, on the community roads. Lots of blind corners, you can’t see what’s coming.

any vehicle, street-legal or not, going over 25mph damages dirt roads.
Delivery vehicles and the trash truck do the worst, but OHVs get the
blame. Noise can carry, and dust can drift a long way.

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 the corner of Quailbush Rd.
You see the Community Center on your left.

Betty Munson

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