Johnson Valley News 10/6/2017

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• Come celebrate our 8th Annual Johnson Valley Oktoberfest this Saturday, October 7th!

The patio Beer Garden at the Johnson Valley Community Center opens at 3:00 p.m.
The German Buffet Dinner and Dessert Bar from 5:00-6:00 p.m. is also included in the admission price of 12.00 per person.
Visit, to decide which of the craft beers to sample, and to get tickets (print your receipt; it’s your ticket). Or pay at the door if you prefer.

The souvenir Oktoberfest T-shirts are in, we have a limited quantity of sizes and colors for men and ladies, and ladies’ tank tops, too. Get the best selection at Saturday Breakfast, 7:00-10:00 a.m. Each 20.00.

Yes, we also have the hand-etched souvenir glass steins for year 2017 to add to your collection of Oktoberfest glassware, 5.00 each.

Proceeds from all souvenirs and drawings go toward the maintenance and activities at the Community Center. All prices include sales tax.

SEE THE MODEL TRAINS RUN in the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next to the parking lot. Be sure to tell the Train Crew you want to sign their Guest Book.

Bring your own outdoor seating in case we run out of chairs. Soon after 8:00 p.m., moonshine should be available free (the sky kind).

• If you have not been to the Johnson Valley Community Center before, between mile markers 21 and 22 on Scenic 247, turn at the big red sign onto Larrea Road. Go 1-3/4 miles up Larrea to the corner of Quailbush, and you’ll see the building on your left. It’s a pleasant drive out into the beautiful wide open spaces (and paved all the way!). Come to the front entrance to get your admission wristband.

• Yikes, yet another application for an industrial solar field, submitted to the County to beat the “additional review” for the final Renewable Energy Conservation Element (RECE) of the County Plan. It joins the other last-minute plans for solar projects to blight miles of the Barstow Road section of Scenic 247 north of Lucerne Valley.

Already in the works:
Ord Mountain Solar’s 485 acres surrounded by people’s homes,
SCE’s 116-acre Calcite substation across Hwy 247,
Add 990 acres for the four sites called Siena,
and the potential Sorrell/Aurora project on State School lands, 2,650-4,550 acres.
This latest: Calcite Solar, four sites to destroy 630 acres.

Scraped desert covered with solar panels, inverter boxes, transformers, transmission cables and towers leading away, all fail the Caltrans requirement, “If a highway is listed as eligible for official designation, it is also part of the Scenic Highway System and care must be taken to preserve its eligible status.”

The Scenic 247 Committee joined organizations from Apple Valley to Twentynine Palms asking for another Solar Moratorium until protections in the RECE take hold.

How do the Board of Supervisors plan now to protect the County from this ugly industrialization – for megawatts of renewable energy that SC Edison cannot use for the foreseeable future.

Community Plans, the County Solar Ordinance, Caltrans requirements and outraged citizens – so far nothing deters these developers from applying. Or from misrepresenting the awful impacts of these projects.

So who profits? Not the people who live here, for sure.

• Last Saturday, we received a report of a young black Labrador found in the vicinity of Bighorn and Ocotillo Roads. She was described as continually looking back as though looking for her owner (possibly having been dumped, which happens all too often).

The next day the Lab seemed to be begging to be followed. Sure enough, she led the way to a small doggie wedged between two concrete blocks under a trailer, maybe while chasing a rabbit and getting stuck? They dug it out and both the dogs ran home. Another happy ending.

Still looking to be adopted, two nice dogs orphaned when Frank Heffern passed away on September 20. He loved his dogs so dearly, and now his last two companions need a new home.

The older dog Goldie is a male Golden Retriever, very sweet. 2-year-old Bonita is a Catahoula Leopard Dog-Pitbull mix described as full of love and energy.

Jim Hanley is caring for them and knows them well. Call him at 760-364-4829.

• Come share a potluck get-together and memories of Frank Heffern at the Community Center on Sunday, October 15 at 1:00 p.m. Bring a dish if you wish.

Betty Munson

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