Johnson Valley News 1/25/2019

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• Potato Bar fans, it’s back! Those gigantic potatoes, our February dinner tradition, coming up next Saturday, February 2nd!

at the Johnson Valley Community Center open at 4:30 p.m. Potato Bar at
5:00. What’s better than a hot potato custom-loaded with savory
toppings, including sour cream, chopped onions, cheese, butter, chili,
and more? Enjoy!

Be sure to stay for the announcements and the meeting afterward! Everyone welcome!


Last Sunday’s total eclipse of the Super Blood Wolf Moon lived up to
its billing. The sky was clear for the whole event despite the cloudy
Super, it was! Right at the end of our driveway!

No doubt a super-bazillion images of this unusual phenomenon reside on cell phones and cameras anywhere in the country that had clear skies. Just in case you missed, this hand-held photo does a pretty fair job of showing it. Thanks, Court Prittie.


After moonset, Mother Nature turned the bear loose! We hope you did not
suffer damage from the winds that roared all night and the next day.
One reading clocked 65mph on the west side of JV, and we may have had
some twisters.

Reports came in of trailers overturned and tents
blown apart in Hammertown, right in the worst of it. The build-up gets
complicated enough out there in the outback of Johnson Valley without
this setback!

All the noise has calmed down, though the
explosions from the Marine Base kept the animals and us jumpy. Today: no
wind, no clouds, temp in the upper 60’s, dropping 30 degrees by sunup


We were pleased to have Supervisor Dawn Rowe present at the meeting of
the Homestead Valley Community Council in Landers Belfield Hall last

She swore in our Council officers: Jim Harvey from JV,
back to serve again as president; Rick Sayers of Yucca Mesa, who has
served for years as vice president; myself as secretary; and Floy
Creveling of Landers as treasurer.

We discussed several hot
topics affecting the four Homestead Valley communities of Johnson
Valley, Flamingo Heights, Landers, and Yucca Mesa, including:

County Fire parcel tax (that would afflict almost all County landowners
by the expansion of County Fire Protection Zone FP-5). A grassroots
coalition formed to mount a fight against this proposal which had been
weighted against any meaningful protest by the property owners. The
coalition now seeks ways and means to reach out to all voters if current
legal challenges succeed in bringing that parcel tax to a proper legal

-Supervisor Rowe spoke about the February 28 special
meeting of the Board. This time their agenda has only one item: the
Renewable Energy and Conservation Element of the County Plan. She
invites us to come comment to the Supervisors before they take a vote on
whether or not to include the Policy 4.10 as recommended by the
Planning Commission.

We do want to get as many people as
possible to go to this meeting, as went and argued our case so well that
they got unanimous approval from the Planning Commission.
We need
4.10 to protect our rural communities and desert ecosystems from
large-scale industrial solar projects, and to encourage rooftop and
parking lot solar at the point of use.

More details on these
issues to come. The next regular HVCC meeting will be held here in
Johnson Valley, on Monday, February 18th, at 3:00 p.m.

• Next Thursday, January 31,
is the last day to sign up or re-up for membership in JVIA, if you want
to have voting privileges, run for office, and receive the Johnson
Valley Journal.

Just print the attached application form and get
it into the mail by the 31st with your check made out to JVIA. Or pay
your dues by secure credit card PayPal payment on, AND mail the form to Helene, address on the form.

get an application form on the lobby desk when you come to Saturday
Breakfast at the Center, fill it out and give it to the cashier with
your dues.

E-Mail 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.


The big haulers and race trailers have been rolling in, carrying the
incredible loads of equipment for Hammertown spectators, and the cars,
trucks, and tools for the race crews. This week of off-road racing draws
myriads of fans – expect crowds, fantastic off-road vehicles,
conversations with race crews, good food and fun for the family.

the planning and logistics by Hammerking Productions, the staff and
volunteers, well, it boggles the mind to consider how far this event has
grown over so few years. Surveying Hammertown (its footprint has grown
every year), setting up miles of spectator fencing, trenching for miles
of underground cables for lights, wireless and the Jumbotrons, erecting
all those tents for the racers’ garages and the multitude of vendors,
contracting with sheriffs and fire departments, Porta Potties,
livestreaming helicopters and other news media arrangements, driver
meetings, and gatekeepers, on and on and on. Dave Cole should be proud
that so many people return to work this event every year.

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)

races from 2018 return for this year, including the Monday Night
Shootout – the Ultra4 cars vs. rock bouncers. And you would be surprised
how many well-known Ultra4 and other KOH drivers have jumped into the

We will miss the Motos, but new for 2019: a “T1” Desert
Truck race, the Toyo Tires Desert Invitational Presented by Monster
Energy on Thursday, February 7th. The top 30 racers from SCORE
International and the Best in the Desert Series will run two races.
Entries include Cameron Steele, winner of the Baja 1000 last November,
and Jesse James of Monster Garage and West Coast Choppers. The addition
of this race forced a rearrangement of the other race days, and the
painful decision to exclude the Motos.

The total purse for KOH
Week 2019 adds up to more than $300,000. Now the Legends Class, usually
trophy-only, wins money. UTVs and Every Man Challenge classes win $5,000
for first place, $2,500 for second, and $1,500 for third place. T1
Truck winners get $100,000 for first, $15,000 for second, and $10,000
for third place, and the fastest lap setter wins $3,750.

participant and crew member ever interviewed claims major bragging
rights if their vehicle even finishes. Or if they even get out there and
give it their best, and the grueling course gets the better of them.

Pellegrino and the GenRight team takes fans out on the race course on
Saturday, February 9th, after KOH is over, as part of the GenRight KOH
Experience. What are the Hammers trails really like? Oh, yeah.

• Local KOH fans, JVIA does not have entry wristbands again this year.

General Entry Pass – $30 per person, at, or at the Gate
 to enter Hammertown and the race spectator areas for every event during KOH week
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, for any camping vehicle with living
quarters, (i.e., RV, Trailer, Cab-Over, Toter-Home) that enters Johnson
Valley during KOH Week.
This pass is good for the duration of KOH and is required of ALL spectators, pit crews, and teams with camping vehicles.
is primitive, and first-come-first-served for spectators, outside of
Hammertown. Registered race teams have assigned addresses in Hammertown.
(See map on
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!

Check out all the stuff and services your entry fees pay for, that make this event a unique spectator experience.

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 from the vehicles, the fans, and
nearby Marine Base training exercises! If you do lose or find, a
wandering pet, post with a photo if possible on “Pets of the Hammers” on

Please do not approach Hammertown on Darancette Rd.,
be mindful it’s open for the residents only. Be ready for slow going
every day, all week, on the approaches to Hammertown. Smile and be
patient, have your tickets handy at the gate. We’re not here to stress
out; we’re here to enjoy a good time. And don’t ruin your whole visit by
passing a line of slower vehicles, only to meet head-on with another
vehicle hidden just over a rise. Think two-lane road, NOT a freeway.

new fans unfamiliar with the area miss the turn onto Boone Rd., then
try to turn around on the community roads. And some people wait at the
highway to meet friends and lead them to their campsites. Watch out for
traffic all around, and for kids!

Remember, if you pack it in,
pack it out. Clean-up after KOH is also an enormous undertaking. We know
some un-cool visitors have left their trash bags by the highway –
don’t! If wind and critters get to them, it doesn’t take much to have
garbage spread around by the road.

 When 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 the Journal is 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 at any time; tracks and
model buildings are not toys! Repairs can be difficult and expensive,
and make the crew members sad.

The 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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