Johnson Valley News 12/28/2018

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Counting blessings for the New Year, good health and good friends, and the hope of an improving outlook for our desert.


Our former Third District Supervisor James Ramos won election to the
California Assembly, representing the 40th Assembly District in the
Highland area.

The County Board of Supervisors unanimously has selected Dawn Rowe to complete the final two years of Ramos’ term.

was sworn in Tuesday, December 18, to this big job in the biggest
district. The Third District includes a majority of the area in San
Bernardino County (largest county in the USA) with a minority of the
population. Supervisor Rowe (her name rhymes with “now”) represents all
or parts of the cities of San Bernardino, Grand Terrace, Colton, Loma
Linda, Highland, Redlands, Yucaipa, Barstow, Big Bear Lake, Twentynine
Palms, the Town of Yucca Valley, and surrounding unincorporated
communities (including Johnson Valley) and wide open desert. Dawn
commutes an hour-and-a-half to work now, but says she uses the time to
catch up on phone calls.

Many of us know Dawn and were happy to
see a “desert person” chosen to represent us. She knows the concerns we
have with government-mandated industrial renewable energy projects
blighting our communities, and the statewide ban on building permits if
you rely on hauled water.

Such issues, as well as the fire tax
and the Community “Action” Plans, vital to many of us, barely impinge on
the consciousness of urban dwellers. They rarely understand how such
things damage the economy of County desert and mountain communities,
thus depressing the economy of the entire County.

Dawn’s public
service experience includes election to the Yucca Valley Town Council,
including a stint serving as mayor. Since 2009, she has served as an
aide to Congressman Paul Cook, until just before taking on this

We first met her in the days of the Marine Base
expansion, when so many desert recreation enthusiasts joined forces, and
eventually demonstrated to Congressman Cook how and why we wanted to
keep the public lands of the Johnson Valley OHV Area. Dawn has
maintained her membership in the Johnson Valley Improvement Association
and has visited the Community Center on various occasions.

encourages her new constituents to contact her directly with any ideas
or suggestions on how to improve our County government.

Contact information:
3rd District offices: (909) 387-4855

We wish her the best in this new office.


Our former neighbor Ed Warren and his family successfully escaped the
ferocious Camp Fire, then camped in an RV Park while looking for a place
to shelter over the winter.

Ed’s daughter, Donna Carrell, wrote
before Christmas with good news and not-so-good. They have rented a home
in a retirement community in Roseville. Ed caught some virus the day
after they arrived, but Donna said he was feeling much better.

Donna and her husband Oney now search for a mandolin to replace Ed’s “absolutely gorgeous” instrument, burned up in his house.

wrote, “This disaster has left us feeling confused and not knowing
really what to do next. There’s a lot of talk about positive attitudes
in the Town Of Paradise about rebuilding, but it’s going [to be hard to
bring the] Town back to anything close to what it was. We’re not sure
whether to hang around and see what happens or not. It’s a pretty awful
feeling not to know that. Anyway, we’re in a very nice place and we plan
to have a nice Christmas and see what happens next year.”

their positive attitude and definite plans now falter under the
unpredictability of other folks’ attitudes and plans. Just the clearing
up after this disaster boggles the mind.

Who knows what the future holds, but to have daily life and routines undermined so suddenly defies any preparations.

We all wish Ed and his family a happy and prosperous New Year. They have earned it.

• Welcome 2019 at the Johnson Valley Community Center on New Year’s Eve, this Monday, December 31.

No charge, bring your own drinks and snacks.

Doors open at 8:00 p.m. Stay until who-knows-when to celebrate the arrival of the New Year.

Best of all, most of us can get to the party and home again without having to travel on the highway.

But be aware, when you do venture out onto the highway during the next four days, the CHP is observing the New Year with a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) from 6:01 p.m. this evening, December 28, to 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, January 1.

available personnel will be on duty, of course, to focus on impaired
drivers, but officers also watch for distracted driving, speeding, and
seat belt violations, or ignoring no-passing lines, as well as motorists
in need of assistance.

So take it easy; starting the new year in an ER or in the clink kinda spoils everything.

• Now Johnson Valley has experienced some freezing nights, we really look forward to our annual Souper Supper on Saturday, January 5, starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Community Center.

Hosted by the Johnson Valley Cooks, this soup potluck warms the heart and chases the cold shivers.

welcome! Bring your bowl, bring your spoon ­­– it’s the JV
homesteaders’ tradition – sample any of the variety of soup recipes, or
pick a favorite to fill your bowl.

Admission free with a soup,
and only 4.00 without. Kids 12 and younger, 2.00.  If you forget your
bowl and spoon, they will have some on hand for you.

Stay after dinner for the New Year news and announcements, the General Meeting, and door prize drawings.

Remember to get tickets for the drawing for the Dyna-Glow gas outdoor
grill cart, now on display at the Center. See it at the Souper Supper or
any Saturday Breakfast, 7:00-10:00 a.m.

Drawing on May 4,
during our Cinco de Mayo Fiesta. If you can’t be here that day, be sure
to write your name and phone number on your tickets!

• JVIA members should be receiving your Journals in the mail before the first Saturday of the year.

it went to the printer before Christmas, some items you will find we
have updated in this e-mail. But some simply require more attention than
we can give them here:

TAX FIGHT  One story, most of three pages, details litigation being
brought against the County, fighting that annual 157.26 parcel tax
proposed to balance the County Fire Department budget – a tax you would
pay on top of your current property taxes. Find out about the Red
Brennan Group who are facing off against the County over this unfair

Homestead Valley Community Council newsletter, reprinted in the Journal,
has pictures which speak louder than words on why desert residents
resist these harmful developments.

-And there’s fun stuff, too, with pictures supplied by members.

the 2018 members who has not yet signed up? Or 2017, who get this e-mail
news, but now miss out on the stories and photos in the Journal?

people signed up early for memberships, including ten new members. But
to mail the Journal at the bulk rate, we must mail a minimum of 200.
Part of your 15.00 dues help with expenses of printing and mailing not
covered by our advertiser sponsors.

If you have not signed up
yet, see the attached application form to print. Your deadline for dues
is January 31st, to have voting membership in JVIA. If you sign up after
January 31st, you will still receive the Journal, and the JV NEWS

Mail in the application form to Helene, whether you are
paying your 2019 dues with a check, or by secure credit card PayPal
payment on

Or find the application form on the lobby desk at the Center, to fill out and give to the cashier with your dues.

address: If you want to continue receiving this JV NEWS e-mail between
Journals, be sure to print it plainly on the E-mail line on your
application form.

THANK YOU, MEMBER SPONSORS! The extra you added to your 2019 dues makes all the difference between scraping by when we incur big expenses!


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 not always the latest news. Anyway, many of
our weekenders do not see the papers.

If you do not want to receive the JV NEWS e-mails, just reply and say Cancel.

To everyone who has sent a thank-you and kind words about the JV NEWS, I appreciate it very much.

is welcome to every event at the Center! You do not have to be a member
of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association to join in on scheduled
activities and special events!

The Center is available for
birthday celebrations, family gatherings, weddings. No rent, we ask for a
donation to cover overheads, and that you leave it as you found it.

are welcome to enjoy the approximately 2-acre Paul Van Hook Desert
Dreams Garden next to the parking lot. You’ll see drought-resistant
plants and trees, artifacts from homesteader days donated by the
community, a real airplane, built by Ed Warren, now doing duty as a wind
vane, and some whimsical decor our garden committee has created. Not to
mention the large Garden Railway layout. Three separate tracks wind and
loop around the plantings, huge boulders, and the desert bushes, so
three different trains can run at the same time.

Open to visitors for free any day.
Make sure kids do not enter the train layout; the track and model buildings are fragile, and repairs can be difficult.

the weather allows, and the crew members are here, the trains usually
run on Saturdays, 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.

Off-roaders navigating by GPS – coordinates for the Community Center are
34.3424938     -116.56066880000003.

see RVs and big rigs with trailers headed in to the Johnson Valley OHV
Area already. Be careful if you plan to go out; we have had enough rain
to soak the ground. You may find wet places still.

When going to
and from the OHV Area, 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.

Johnson Valley Community Center
50567 Quailbush Rd.

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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