Johnson Valley News 09/27/2018

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• Save 33 % on your admission to the 9th Annual Johnson Valley Oktoberfest, if you buy now! The discount ends this Friday, September 28.

Make a secure credit card purchase on only 8.00 each! After the 28th all tickets will be 12.00 each.

The Oktoberfest event begins when the Patio Beer Garden opens at 3:00 p.m. on the afternoon ofSaturday, October 13.
Choose from a Brew Menu of nine craft beers and two hard ciders brewed
here in Johnson Valley and not available in any store, 12 oz. for 3.00.
(And, if you get the souvenir JVIA Oktoberfest pub glass for 5.00, you
get a 16 oz. pour for only 3.00)

Can’t make up your mind? Get a Sampler; your choice of any three for only 4.00.

Enjoy free home-baked Pretzel Bites with your brew, so tasty!

check out the souvenir T-Shirts and ladies Tank Tops in a variety of
colors, screen-printed with our JVIA Oktoberfest logo, each for 20.00.

Your admission includes the German Buffet Dinner served between 5:00 and 6:00; grilled brats, German potatoes, sauerkraut, and roasted Brussels Sprouts, then your choice of treats from the Dessert Bar.
indoors in the hall or enjoy the afternoon in the Paul Van Hook Desert
Dreams Garden across the parking lot. If the weather allows, the model
trains will run!


“You can’t squeeze blood from a turnip.” As you know, County Fire
proposes to expand Service Zone FP-5 from its urban roots down below,
out to the boundaries of the county itself. They propose to ding a whole
lot of Turnips (title holders of each parcel of land) $157.26 each year
(with inflation built in) to make up predicted shortfalls in their

We fear County Fire illusions of collecting this
tax/fee from our “disadvantaged” rural unincorporated communities can’t
bode well either for us overtaxed Turnips or our already shrunken level
of emergency fire and medical aid services.

Every Turnip in
California knows we bleed out the highest taxes anywhere, but the
benefits we expect to receive rarely materialize. Even worse, the
benefits go to the areas of denser population, highway improvements,
public safety, etc.

Turnips who own vacant properties would be forced to pay for County Fire services although they would never use them.

You can only get from people what they are willing or able to give.

hope you received the notice. I hope every property owner who lives out
of the county, out of the state, out of the country, receives theirs.
It looks like no response might count as a favorable vote – highly

Find out all the details at

Since no protest form came with your notice, you must download it from
and print it yourself, also a questionable requirement. Mail your
written protest, or speak at the hearing in San Bernardino on October 16.

No access to a computer? Pick up protest forms and instructions at any of these places nearby:
-Wheeler’s Ship-It-Shop, 51720 Hacienda Rd., just off Hwy 247, Monday through Friday between 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Valley Community Center, 50567 Quailbush Rd. at the corner of Larrea
Rd. during Saturday Breakfast between 7:00-10:00 a.m.

Valley Market & Hardware, from Hwy 247 (Old Woman Springs Rd.) turn
left at the Desert Crossroads and go south on Hwy 18; look for the
market on your left.

-Lucerne Valley Chamber of Commerce,
32750 Old Woman Springs Rd.

Mail your forms ASAP, to be sure they arrive before Oct. 16.


Johnson Valley Quilter Carole Bickel has donated a gorgeous queen-size
quilt to the Association for a fundraiser raffle, and you can see it on
display in the Community Center.

She tells us this unusual pattern is called “Turning Twenty” for the twenty dramatic blocks of color splashed across it.

Raffle tickets are 1.00 each, 6 for 5.00. The drawing will be held at the Holiday Dinner on Saturday, December 1. If you cannot be present, be sure to write your name and phone number on your tickets!

UP OR RENEW YOUR JVIA MEMBERSHIP. Don’t miss an issue of the Journal!
The early membership campaign for 2019 has begun. See the attached
application form to print. Mail it to Helene, whether you are paying
your dues with a check, or by secure credit card PayPal payment on

pick up an application form at a Saturday Breakfast at the Center,
between 7:00 and 10:00 a.m. and hand it in with your dues to the

If you know friends or neighbors who are not members, let them know about the Association and urge them to join, too.

A MEMBER SPONSOR! Add a donation to your dues. Help rebuild JVIA
reserves depleted by the recent replacement of our old septic tank. Or
earmark a donation toward an almost certain need to replace our
antiquated AC system in the hall soon.


The Johnson Valley community news column in the Hi-Desert Star in Yucca
Valley usually becomes the basis for the JV NEWS e-mails. A lot of
non-resident members and interested parties do not see the Star.

Johnson Valley Improvement Association publishes the Johnson Valley
Journal 6 times a year, which mails to JVIA members and advertisers. This
JV NEWS e-mail in between Journals keeps you up-to-date, and you get
extra info specific to JVIA members that space restrictions in the
newspaper do not allow. You usually will receive the JV NEWS weekly.

If you do not want to receive these e-mails, just reply and say Cancel.

is welcome to every event at the Center! You do not have to be a member
of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association to join in on scheduled
activities and special events!

Reminder, you can book the Center
for birthday celebrations, family gatherings, weddings. No rent, we ask
for a donation to cover overheads, and that you leave it as you found

You are welcome to enjoy the approximately 2-acre Paul Van
Hook Desert Dreams Garden next to the parking lot. You’ll see
drought-resistant plants and trees, artifacts from homesteader days
donated by the community, and some whimsical decor our garden committee
has created.

Open to visitors for free every day.

Railway. Oktoberfest, Saturday, October 13, will see the first fall
running of the G-scale model railway in the Garden on three separate
train tracks! Make sure kids do not enter the train layout; the track
and model buildings are fragile!

When the weather allows, and the crew are here, the trains usually run on Saturdays, and maybe at other times, too.


Be sure to pick up your Sidekick Offroad Map of the Johnson Valley OHV
Area when you come to the Community Center. It features 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 – according to Google Maps, the coordinates for the Community Center are
34.3424938     -116.56066880000003.

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

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

to slow down on our dirt roads. Any speed, any vehicle, street-legal or
not, going over 25mph does major damage. Be aware, our tractor and drag
volunteers have dwindled away.

Caution! Blind corners! Junior offroaders! Thoughtless speeders.

Remember, people do live here; noise and dust travel a long way. Let’s not irritate the neighbors!

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.

Betty Munson

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