Johnson Valley News 12/8/2018

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• Caltrans begins a concrete overlay project on State Route 247 (SR-247) next Thursday, December 13, with flagging operations.

A full closure of SR-247 in both directions from south of Stoney Ridge Road to south of Oakdale Avenue, begins Friday, December 14, at 8:00 a.m. and continues until Monday, December 17, at 6:00 a.m. Flagging operations will cause delays again on Tuesday, December 18.
using more visible landmarks and familiar names, Stoney (spelled
“Stony” by Google maps) Ridge Road intersects 247 at about milepost 31,
near the Cottonwood Spring historical marker, between Old Woman Springs
Ranch and Bessemer Mine Road.

Oakdale Ave. meets 247 on the outskirts of Lucerne Valley, just west of Santa Fe Fire Trail Road.

closure area

This section of roadwork extends about five miles. Reduce speed in the work zone, of course.
Of course, rain could slow the work, if the long-range forecast can be trusted.

Caltrans expects to complete the 247 project in February 2020. Know before you go! Log on to and sign up for commuter alerts. View traffic conditions at and lane closures at

• No matter what we always say, sometimes it actually does rain in Johnson Valley.

case you were not here to enjoy it, Wednesday saw a fine drizzle
dampening the green grass that sprouted after October’s rain. This
continued into Thursday, then came the downpour. The rain gauge near the
hall read .69 in at 8:00, not bad for about two hours of drumming on a
JV roof, and drizzle still fell.

Lake Larrea overflowed the
crown of Hwy 247 again. Caltrans came around 10:00 p.m. From two miles
away, it looked like they were pushing the sandbar out into the desert.
This morning, very low clouds covered the tops of the mountains across
the way. Lots of white stuff showed early on the San Bernardino peaks,
at Rattlesnake Canyon, now hidden by clouds.

And the
desert-after-a-rain smell and silence met you as you went out the door.
Midafternoon clearing gave us dramatic cloud shadows, but not enough
sunshine to dry up all the moisture before it could soak into the

We know in Texas right now, 3/4 of an inch of rain would be non-news, but it’s a big deal in Johnson Valley.


That beautiful quilt, providing such colorful eye candy inside the
Johnson Valley Community Center since before Oktoberfest, has left the
building. Gone, but not forgotten, as the funds it raised as a raffle
prize help support the building, its maintenance and improvements.
Thanks to all who participated!

Donated by Johnson Valley Quilter
Carole Bickel, it departed in the arms of a smiling Paula Mattecheck
after the Holiday Dinner last Saturday.


We announced a new fundraiser raffle that evening, and you can get
tickets for this one anytime until our Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, May 4, only
a dollar each, six for 5.00.

This prize, donated by Home Depot
in Yucca Valley, will cook some winner dinners: a Dyna-Glow gas outdoor
grill cart that has two stainless steel burners with steel tents for
even heating across the whole grill. The thermometer built into the
stainless hood, easy-to-read when closed, gives you perfectly cooked
food without cooking the cook. Also included, a warming rack and side
shelves, one of which opens for a burner for pots or pans. Easy to clean
and maintain, easy to roll away. See it when you come to Saturday
Breakfast, 7:00-10:00 a.m., or any event at the hall.


Dr. Lawrence sends a reminder; he’s here in JV this weekend and
available for chiropractic house calls if desired. Call cell
Lawrence Chiropractic, Inc.
19153 Town Center Drive
Suite #103
Apple Valley, CA 92308

• Our Holiday Dinner marked the finale dinner for the Johnson Valley Improvement Association’s 60th anniversary year.

again, we enjoyed the company not only of JV neighbors but also guests
who arrived from some pretty long distances. All year, from Cinco de
Mayo through the summer’s monthly dinners, Oktoberfest, the Turkey
Dinner and now starting the holiday season, we have had the pleasure of
welcoming new faces.

For our weekenders and guests, we hope to
see you again often as you travel Scenic 247 to the wilds of Johnson
Valley. Well, sorta wild. Well, not really, but it looks wild when you
look outside.

• Going out
to enjoy desert travel after a rain? Good traction, less dust, all good.
Mud, not so good, you may encounter not-so-dry lakes.

navigating by GPS – according to Google Maps, the coordinates for the
Community Center are    34.3424938     -116.56066880000003.

Please go slowly, be kind to the community dirt roads. Only the neighbors repair them, take it easy.

Green sticker vehicle? If you enter or leave the community on Larrea Rd. when going to and from the OHV Area, please
run on the dirt trails beside the pavement. Go straight across the
highway legally and very carefully from any of the JV community roads to
reach the dirt trail that parallels it on the north side.


The Johnson Valley community news column in the Hi-Desert Star in Yucca
Valley usually becomes the basis for the JV NEWS e-mails.

If you
own property but do not live here, chances are good you have no other
way to stay current with all the meetings, litigations, comments, tax
plans and do-or-die battles against industrial solar.

members receive the Johnson Valley Journal 6 times a year – and this JV
NEWS e-mail in between Journals keeps you up-to-date. You also get info
specific to JVIA members that space restrictions in the newspaper do not

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

UP OR RENEW YOUR JVIA MEMBERSHIP. Don’t miss an issue of the Journal!
See the attached 2019 application form to print, due by January 31,
2019. Mail it to Helene, whether you are mailing a check, or making a
secure credit card payment via PayPal on

After January 31, your name could drop off the mailing list.

pick up an application form during Saturday Breakfast at the Center,
between 7:00 and 10:00 a.m. and hand it in with your dues to the

BE A MEMBER SPONSOR! Add a donation to your dues. Help
rebuild JVIA reserves, depleted by recent unavoidable maintenance
expenses. The success of our Oktoberfest fundraiser helped close the
gap, but we’re still running in the red for this fiscal year.
 (JVIA is a 501(C)4 non-profit. Your generosity, unfortunately, is not tax-deductible.)

BE A VOLUNTEER! Help once a month on a Breakfast crew, help keep the doors open!

TO THE NEW-TO-YOU! An item in good condition you no longer want or need
could be just what someone else wants or needs. They donate whatever
amount they wish in order to purchase it, and all the proceeds go toward
activities and upkeep of the hall. Think housewares, home decor,
collectibles, and things useful for campers and RVs. You never know what
you will find that’s new to you.

TABLE! Handcrafted items and fundraising specialties, plus Christmas
decorations, and all proceeds go toward Community Center activities and
general expenses. All prices include sales tax.

do not have to be a member of the Johnson Valley Improvement
Association to join in on scheduled activities and special events,
although we would love to have you join.

Book the Center 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.

Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next door welcomed the rain. The
latest commemorative bricks, donated artifacts from early homesteader
days, Ed Warren’s airplane, and the panoramic view of the hills and
mountains in the Johnson Valley OHV Area, the garden railway, all
looking good.

When you visit, make sure kids do not enter the
train layout; the tracks and model buildings are fragile, and repairs
can be difficult.

When the weather allows, and the crew are on
hand, you can usually watch the trains on Saturdays, and maybe at other
times, too. Ask the breakfast cashier if they are in action.

Johnson Valley Community Center
50567 Quailbush Rd.
From Hwy 247, turn onto Larrea Rd,
go 1-3/4 miles to Quailbush Rd. The building is on your left at the corner.

See you at Saturday Breakfast!

Betty Munson

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