Johnson Valley News 1/11/2018

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• A field trip for this month’s meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council! We are going to the Landers Elementary School for a special meeting on Tuesday, January 16, at 3:00 p.m.

You are invited to visit the school with us and help with ideas to increase student enrollment in this small rural school with a stellar reputation. As council member Rick Sayers pointed out, between charter schools and homeschoolers the public schools have a very, very long row to hoe as long as they are perceived as being second rate. Is the perception always accurate?  Jim Harvey asked is it declining population? Residents and parents need to know to be proactive.

The address is 56450 Reche Rd., just a mile from Hwy 247, turn left at Cambria Ave. Come in the front door; the meeting will begin in the school library, and we get a tour of a couple of classrooms and the computer lab.

The Homestead Valley needs this valuable asset; see what we can do to support it.

• News items from Hammerking Productions:

Pre-purchase your KOH Week Tickets at and save one-third! Advance price, $20, if you order before January 29. Cost at the gate is $30! You may also get Pit Crew Tickets for $25. Save time at the gate, all you will need is a print of your scannable code, and you’re good to go!

KOH Week is February 2-9.

Also, you can rent a privately-owned RV for KOH, with lots of amenities available, like pre-purchased groceries, hotel-quality linens and high-end electrical bicycles for cruising around Hammertown. E-mail

Coming to KOH Week with a 4WD vehicle? Follow Tony, Jordan and Jamie Pellegrino from GenRight Off Road during The KOH Experience – on the very same trails featured during the King of the Hammers race. It’s Saturday. February 10, at 10:00 a.m. Only $20 and you get lunch and a t-shirt. 35” tires and lockers recommended. Check it out!

As of the Live Show on Tuesday at 4 Wheel Parts showroom:

-440 teams have registered for KOH;
-510 entries for the 10th UTV/side-by-side race;
-130 cars for the Everyman Challenge (now mixing both Legends and Modified classes per drivers’ requests, positioned in qualifying order);
-King of the Motos described as a “marathon” with the night race returning, 94 amateurs and 150 pros entered.

Dave Cole said the King of the Hammers course this year will go places in Johnson Valley where it has never gone before. One hint: racers will head into rock climbers’ favorite, Cougar Buttes, and a spectator area will be established there, too.

He also announced some great volunteers’ incentives – KOH Week needs more volunteers than ever before. Check out if you wish to volunteer, for any length of time, anywhere during the week.

The conjuring has begun, next to a desolate dry lakebed – Hammertown streets, tents, vendors, lights, media, and, oh, yes, race crews and incredible vehicles, plus thousands of spectators all seemingly magnetized from everywhere, to witness the 12th running of the world’s most challenging off-road race and all the other races it has spawned.

Racers’ challenges, and an unmatched spectator experience, right here in Johnson Valley.

• Mark the dates, you want to be here:
Saturday evening, February 3rd at 5:00 p.m. it’s the ever-popular Potato Bar! Jumbo potatoes and super toppings to pile on top, only 4.00 per person.
Ladies Salad Luncheon, the following Saturday, February 10, at noon. Bring your favorite salad or dessert to share! No charge. Weekends welcome!

• All kidding aside, the volunteer roster for the Saturday Breakfast has shrunk again due to circumstances beyond JVIA control. The 4th Saturday needs a cook; every Saturday needs backup cooks, servers, and dishwashers. Please consider helping out, even if only part of a shift.

Call Joanna Wright, 760-364-2207.

• We have the date now for the Celebration of Life for Larry Edwards, who died on Friday, December 28, at the age of 77. It will be at the Landers Moose Lodge, 58266 Reche Rd., on Saturday, February 3, at 1:00 p.m. It’s a potluck, bring a dish if you wish.

• The due date for 2018 membership dues in the Johnson Valley Improvement Association is January 31, to be eligible to vote in the election of Officers and Directors or run for office yourself (think about it!) Stay on the JV Journal mailing list, don’t miss an issue!

Membership Application attached. Print, fill out and mail it with your check to JVIA Membership Chair Helene Cash, 5175 Last Mile Rd, Johnson Valley CA 92285.

To new readers of the JV NEWS who have not visited the Johnson Valley Community Center:

The address is 50567A Quailbush Rd. From Hwy 247, turn onto Larrea Rd, go 1-3/4 miles to Quailbush. The building is on your left at the corner.

The Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden is next to the parking lot, open to all.

Everyone is welcome to every event at the Center; you do not have to be a JVIA member.

Hope to see you at the Saturday Breakfast between 7:00-10:00 a.m.


Betty Munson

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