Johnson Valley News 12/27/2019

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• The lights were turned way down low…well, actually the lights went off.

rain and flooding in the early hours of Thursday, sunup brought snow
after dawn. Enough snowfall to cause whiteouts, enough to cause problems
on the roads, to the point we had 3-4 inches this morning in Johnson
Valley depending on windbreaks.

Then just before 7:00 p.m. yesterday evening, a blackout. No lights anywhere, just movie-effects feathers still coming down.

The power came back on, two hours, twenty minutes later.

the photo attached for this morning’s sunrise – an rare sight in this
neck of the woods, a vista of the valley, taken from Valley Vista Road
by Don Minnix.

Trying to predict what we will see when we look out the window in the morning can be an iffy proposition in JV.

forecasts include us with Landers; we all know how different that can
be. Now we see another prediction of snow beginning 2:00 a.m. this
coming Monday, December 30, to snow “showers” through midnight Tuesday,
New Year’s Eve.

Highways are hazardous. Our dirt roads are muddy. Please take care.


To JVIA members: We made allowances for holiday times, but not for
winter weather blocking roads. The Journal sits completed at the
printer, but envelopes may not print until Monday, or mail until
Tuesday. If then. Oops, more snow and another holiday.

So you may miss the announcements for these two events early in the New Year:

Saturday, January 4th,
the first dinner of the New Year, you are invited to come to the JV
Community Center for a long-time New Year favorite: the Johnson Valley Souper Supper!  Johnson Valley Cooks host a soup potluck, bringing crockpots of homemade soups to chase the chills.

your bowl, bring your spoon, as the homesteaders did in the days before
JV had a kitchen! Enjoy samples, or pick a favorite to fill your bowl.
We hear there could be tortilla soup, split pea, cheeseburger soup, and
root vegetable, plus garlic bread and more!

Free if you bring a soup; 4.00 per person without. Kids 12 or younger 2.00.
Doors open 4:30 p.m. Soup at 5:00!

• Think: Better Health for the New Year. On Wednesday, January 8, 2020, come and check out the facilities aboard the Morongo Basin Mobile Medical Unit, between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m, at the Johnson Valley Community Center.

clinic-on-wheels has two private exam rooms. An electric lift gives you
easy access if you use a wheelchair or have any problem climbing steps.
Nurse Practitioner provides primary medical care and screenings, and if
necessary, prescribing lab tests and refilling prescriptions. Some
immunizations are available. Medi-Cal, IEHP, and most insurances are
accepted. A discounted fee-for-service is available if you have no

See what they offer you, both convenience and expertise!

The Community Center will be open, with hot coffee and light refreshments, if you want to come inside.

See the page layout from the Journal attached (with an update since the Journal printed; no appointment necessary now)


If you have heard stories about voter registration mix-ups, motor-voter
inaccuracies, and party preferences changed for already-registered
voters, try these links to info.

You can check how you are presently registered at

You can change your status, if needed, at

• Johnson Valley Improvement Association owns and operates the Community Center.

• The time you spend on Saturday morning as a volunteer working the breakfast translates into a donation to JVIA.

• Saturday Breakfast proceeds are a mainstay keeping the doors of the Community Center open for everyone,

• A cook and pancake cook, servers, dishwasher, and cashier make up each crew. Extra servers may be helping on big weekends.

Our volunteers take food handler training and test (available online 24
hours a day, 7 days a week, to take at home or at the Center)  The
training and multiple-choice test take about 1-1/2 to 2 hours and cost
$22. Credit, debit, and prepaid debit cards are accepted. JVIA
reimburses you. Your Food handler certificate is good for three years
(anywhere in this County).

Resident or weekender, you can sign up for a particular week, or put
your name on the call list as a backup when you are available.

to manager Kim Abramson for more details or a tour during breakfast to
see how it all works, 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
mails ASAP. Extra copies will be available in the lobby of the Community
Center your membership application has not been processed before time
to print mailing labels.

You will find 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 published in the weekly
community news columns in the Hi-Desert Star, plus additional items of
particular interest to Association members.

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


The new information handout about activities in the Center and the Paul
Van Hook Desert Dreams 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.

JVIA welcomes both members and non-members to scheduled activities and special events at the Center:

-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.
-Card Club: Pinochle on Tuesdays, now starts at 11:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Beginners welcome.
-Quilting: Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in 2020
-Hobby Club: Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Homestead Valley Community Council (HVCC) holds regular meetings in
Johnson Valley three times a year on the third Monday, at 3:00 p.m.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta 2020 will be Saturday afternoon, May 2.
JVIA 11th Annual Oktoberfest with lots of craft beers and ciders, and a German buffet, Saturday. October 10.No General Meetings those two months.
will find the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next to the parking
lot. JVIA member and past president Paul Van Hook purchased the property
and donated it to the Association in 2015.

The new entry gate
created, donated and delivered by JVIA member Tim Norton welcomes
everyone. You may also enter from the road that crosses the property on
the upslope side. (the Garden preserves this remaining open stretch of
the original Old Woman Springs Road, the location of the whimsical small
“Town Center” buildings, OK Corral and a three-tier fountain.)

see many drought-tolerant trees and plantings, served by underground
irrigation, all well-established after over four years of care from the
JVIA Garden Committee. Everything hibernates now in the falling
temperatures, but the slow-soaking from winter snow and rain promises
even more growth next year.

Landscaping includes donated boulders
and artifacts from homesteading days. The main attraction is the
G-scale garden railway. The extensive layout can run four trains
simultaneously on separate tracks. The railway operates during the Cinco
de Mayo Fiesta, Oktoberfest, and other times when weather permits and
the crew are all available.

An unusual sight is a one-man
airplane built by former JVIA president and officer Ed Warren. Mounted
on the gearbox of an antique windmill, then mounted on a derrick
constructed and raised by volunteers. It turns into the wind and even
attracts attention from low-flying aircraft.

The purchase of
commemorative bricks and direct donations support the continuing success
of the Garden, a unique accomplishment.

Garden visitors, if you take photos, please e-mail them to me at We may use them for the Johnson Valley Journal or on the Johnson Valley website.

EVENTS If you are planning a birthday party, anniversary, or wedding,
both the Garden and the Community Center are available for you.

Center is heated and air-conditioned, with an A-rated kitchen you may
use. You are asked for a donation for rental, and to leave the Center as
you found it. Call Betty Munson for details, 760-364-2646, please leave
a message.

little rain and snow make excellent riding conditions – after it all
soaks in. We saw a lot of rigs leaving yesterday; we can only assume
camping got uncomfortable, particularly for the younger set cooped up in
an RV.

Most people prepare for cold, but no one likes whiteouts, slush or mud. 

you have guests, be sure they know where they are and can find their
way home. Supply them with a map, your phone number, and a compass can
help. We know this sounds like OHV 101, but newbie off-roaders and
newcomers to the desert can get turned around easily, separated from
friends, and be unable to tell rescuers where they came from. It

Are you planning an early start? Everyone welcome to
come by the Community Center between 7:00-10:00 a.m. for the Saturday
Breakfast. Enjoy a hearty breakfast with a never-empty coffee cup. Large
breakfast, only 6.00! Small breakfast, 4.00. Coffee only? 1.00.

Navigating by GPS? – find your way to the Community Center:
34.3424938     -116.56066880000003.

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.

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.

KOH WEEK: Hammertown opens on FRIDAY, January 31, 2020, and races
continue 10 days now because the MOTOS ARE BACK, plus there will be a
massive celebration closing ceremony with live music –presented by
Monster Energy – on Saturday night.

Racing will include the
Can-Am Motorsports UTV King of the Hammers, the Rock Bouncer vs. Ultra4
Nighttime Shootout, the Everyman Challenge, the Toyo Desert (T1) trucks,
the Nitto King of the Hammers Ultra4 Main Event, PLUS the King of the
Motos event! All of it happens in the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle

Find out the schedule, spectator requirements, and volunteering at
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.

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