Johnson Valley News 10/10/2019

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•  This Saturday, October 12,
the 10th Annual Johnson Valley Oktoberfest begins in the patio Beer
Garden at 3:00 p.m., serving nine craft beers and two hard ciders on
tap; 12-oz. 3.00.
A Sampler of three tasters is only 4.00. Soft drinks and bottled water are 1.00.

(12.00 per person) includes pretzel bites warm from the oven to enjoy
with your brews, and the Buffet between 5:00-6:00 with grilled brats,
potatoes, sauerkraut, and roast Brussels sprouts, plus 18 delicious
creations on the Dessert Bar.

Our souvenir T-shirts, 20.00, and
pub glasses, 5.00, carry the Johnson Valley Oktoberfest logo, great for
yourself or for gifts. 

Extra-Special Drawings include:
huge “baskets” with a wild-west theme of local desert history and
destinations, treats, and handy items for desert travel. Tickets 5.00
-Michelle Zumstein wood-burned Johnson Valley plaques. Tickets 1.00 each, 6 for 5.00.

-A third drawing includes gifts and gift cards from businesses and Oktoberfest supporters, tickets 1.00 each, 6 for 5.00.
Gommel at Lucerne Valley Market and Hardware sent this message: “We
have a giant bottle of wine to bring you for a door prize at the
Oktoberfest. Supposed to cost $150, but I’m not sure I believe it.
Anyway, it’s impressive.” And it is!

Important! If you cannot stay for the drawings after dinner is over, be sure to put your name and phone number on the back of your tickets!

p.s. Thanks to Patrick Sheehan and Jason Hansen for putting up the Oktoberfest ceiling decorations at Saturday Breakfast. Nothing like a couple of tall guys, no stepladder needed!


The  JV Garden Committee, creators of the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams
Garden next to our parking lot, took a day last Tuesday for historical
study and analysis for their G-scale garden railway. In other words,
they chased Union Pacific’s restored #4014 Big Boy steam locomotive, an
exact copy of an engine in the Garden. Uh-huh.

Court Prittie, Ken
Cash, and Don and Vi Minnix settled in the Mojave River bed at the
remote eastern end of Afton Canyon, equipped to capture by photo and
video this living breathing dinosaur from the Era of Steam.

decided this fantastic location would not draw hundreds of railfans,
and he was right. They saw only a few followers, and evidently the
campground at the west end drew several dozen.

“Big Boy,” chalked
on the boiler front by one of its manufacturing crew, is replicated on
this only operating survivor of the world’s largest steam locomotives,
now touring the western states.
It snaked through the fantastic rock
formations of the canyon – arguably the most incredible backdrop in all
the thousands of railfans’ images documenting this undreamt-of return
to steam.

Our Garden crew returned to the highway, joining a
caravan of Big Boy followers and even airplanes, then Don videoed the
train charging to Yermo, again to be mobbed by devotees. Big Boy rules.


Speaking of the Desert Dreams Garden, JVIA member Tim Norton has
manufactured a steel marquee for the entry from the parking lot, and the
crew has erected it already with additional help from John Sullivan and
John Jones.

The design, loosely-based on our little locomotive
silhouette logo, is cut out of steel. Tim has added lettering to the
crossbeam. All this, and the uprights, he has donated and delivered
You will see it in place at Oktoberfest.


Reminder, you may want to take some time on your way to the Lucerne
Valley Frontier Day to drop off household hazardous wastes, Saturday morning, October 12, from 9:00-noon, behind the Fire Stations in Lucerne Valley.

Please bring only:
Sorry, no trash or anything else, but we need to dispose of all those things on that list properly.

checking out the Frontier Day Bake Sale and other booths and fun stuff
at Lucerne Valley Pioneer Park, come on back to the Johnson Valley
Community Center for Oktoberfest – great food and craft brews!

HVCC MEETS IN JV• The next monthly meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council is Monday, October 21st at 3:00 p.m. in the Johnson Valley Community Center. Light refreshments available.
you can imagine, hot topics these days tend to relate to taxes,
break-ins, and illegal marijuana farms popping up everywhere. However,
the HVCC can address any issue with local, county, state, or federal officials, and guest comments come first if you have something to talk about that is not on the agenda.^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^LOCAL HELP FOR YOUR MEDICARE QUESTIONS
• Reserve your seat at a UnitedHealthcare Medicare plan meeting, Thursday, October 24, at 2:00 p.m. at the JV Community Center. 760-364-2646; please leave a message.

will learn about your Medicare options and the Medicare Advantage plans
available in our area. Hosted by Bill Proctor & Associates
Insurance Services – you have seen their ad in the JV Journal.
Check out the flyer attached; it also lists meetings that may be closer to you.


The mailboxes of property owners in a huge percentage of the San
Bernardino County now see a tax bill levied on every parcel they own, to
pay for the County Fire Department budget shortfall.

parcels with little need for either a fire emergency call or a medical
call get the same bills as high-value properties that hold expensive
developments that generate plenty of income to pay them.

holders of parcels with low property tax assessments find that County
Fire gets more than the County. Here in Johnson Valley, we heard we
could expect NO improvement in services or response time, and the threat
of reduced services hangs over our heads. (Though it’s hard to figure
how much they can reduce.)

The Board of Supervisors is the governing board of the Fire Department. Their  contact numbers (a clerk takes your message):
Robert A. Lovingood (First District Supervisor) (909) 387-4830
    Janice Rutherford (Second District Supervisor) (909) 387-4833
    Dawn Rowe (Third District Supervisor) – (909) 387-4855
    Curt Hagman – Chairman (Fourth District Supervisor) (909) 387-4866
    Josie Gonzales – Vice-Chair (Fifth District Supervisor) (909) 387-4565

may want to ask why a County Fire budget shortfall can’t be made up out
of the General Fund, as was the previous system. Why do severely
economically disadvantaged communities (translation: poor) have to bear
the burden?

• From the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn. “As you may know, Californians will soon vote on partial repeal of Proposition 13.
so-called “split roll” ballot measure would mean an immediate $9
billion property tax increase. But its backers’ longer-term goal is the
complete dismantling of Proposition 13 including the power to impose
unlimited tax hikes on your home.”

“While California is top ten
for highest gas tax, individual/corporate taxes, and sales tax, Prop 13
keeps state property tax in the mid ’30s of all the states. The recent
push by unions to chip away Prop 13 and raise property tax is the latest
plot to fund the state’s generous public pensions.”

Find out more at

You may want to give some support to their Protect Proposition 13
campaign – a few bucks now could save you lots of bucks later – and
Prop 13 is Ground Zero for State legislators always looking to collect
more out of your wallet.


Doc Lawrence says, “Happy Oktoberfest” and sends a friendly reminder he
will be in Johnson Valley this weekend and available for a chiropractic
appointment at your home.
Dr. Chris Lawrence, 760-810-2443


Please think about volunteering a few hours on a Saturday morning, by
joining one of the breakfast crews! Cooks and pancake cooks welcome,
plus help with serving, dishwashing, or cashiering. Talk to Kim
Abramson, 760-792-4555, or in person at the Saturday Breakfast,
7:00-10:00 a.m.

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 in your mailbox early in November.

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, some of which are
published in the weekly community news columns in the Hi-Desert Star,
plus info specific to JVIA.

If you prefer not to receive these e-mails, reply and say Cancel.


• The new information handout about activities in the Center and the Garden next door is available in the lobby.

take one. If you know anyone who may wish to participate, or join JVIA,
this will give them an idea of what’s happening around here.

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. (except this October, scheduled for Friday, October 18th)
-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 (HVCC) 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:
JVIA 10th Annual Oktoberfest! Saturday afternoon, October 12. with lots of craft beers and cider, and a German buffet.
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta 2020 will be Saturday afternoon, May 2. No General Meetings those two months.

AGAIN to Garden visitors answering the call and e-mailing pictures you
have taken! Take more at Oktoberfest, please. Can’t have too many! Just
send them to me at

The Community Center is available for your event, too!
and air-conditioned, with A-rated kitchen. You are asked for a
donation, and to leave the Center as you found it. Call Betty Munson,
760-364-2207, leave a message.  
Days still long enough for touring adventures…weather cool enough to enjoy it…some of the best riding times are right now!

an early start? Stop 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.

Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area offers lots of trails for every
kind of vehicle, complete with amazing views and varied terrain.

best way to head out there 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.)

Always take water,
tell people where you plan to go. Verizon has pretty good cell coverage
out there; ATT not so much. Never go out there alone.

please, on the community roads. Lots of blind corners you need to be
wary of. These days we start to see more traffic – you can’t see what’s
heading your way, and it could be juniors on mini’s.

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.

LARREA ROAD. Please take care, watch for vehicles, watch for kids
playing. Intersections with the side roads can be hard to see. Ask your
guests to be careful, too, we don’t want their visit ruined.

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
leave a message, I may not recognize your name or number on Caller ID,
and I rarely just pick up the phone because of robocalls.

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