Johnson Valley News 2/23/2018

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• You do not have to be Irish to wear the green at the Johnson Valley Corned Beef Dinner on Saturday evening, March 3.

Savory corned beef, cabbage and carrots, with potatoes, too, make an excellent feast indeed. Then enjoy the special treats at the dessert bar – all this for only 7.00 per person; kids 12 or younger, 4.00.

Doors open at the Johnson Valley Community Center at 4:30 p.m., dinner at 5:00.

• Those arriving at the Center for last Monday’s meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council saw a living demonstration of “Sand Transport,” the topic of the day. Across the highway, high winds were lifting a plume of sand and fine silt from Soggy Dry Lake and transporting it as far as we could see.

Pat Flanagan’s presentation to the HVCC mapped wind paths as they carry dust for miles. The bad news is, the terrain that generates the dust is the terrain coveted by developers of industrial-scale solar fields. Existing solar installations cleared desert soils in Joshua Tree and Lucerne Valley and simply explode with dust when the winds blow.

We expected protection from this industrialization last August with the new Renewable Energy and Conservation Element (RECE) of the County Plan, but the most protective policies got left out for “further study.” This opened a window for more applications for permits!

Now we face the threat of over 5,500 acres of solar projects sprawling on both sides of Hwy 247 on the north side of Lucerne Valley. Property owners in this Development Focus Area – and all of us downwind in unincorporated communities – now must fight these dust generators one by one.

Take steps to urge County Supervisors to approve the policies – as written! –  that they left out of the RECE.
For all the details, visit
Write a letter.
Your rural desert quality of life is at stake, and so are your property values.

A reminder of nearby events where you can find some very special deals:

at the Landers Elementary School next Wednesday, February 28, goes from 6:00-7:30 p.m. and features a baked potato dinner deal also, for only 5.00!
You’ll find a long list of donations of merchants’ items, services and restaurant dinners plus themed Student Baskets created by each grade to bid on.
All proceeds benefit students’ field trips, Science Camp, prizes for Family Activity nights and more.
You must be present to win, and pay for your items that night.

The school is at 56450 Reche Rd, just minutes from JV on Hwy 247.

hosted by the Morongo Basin Historical Society is Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3, from 8:00-a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Landers Museum and Research Center at Vernette Landers’ homeplace.

Collectibles, antiques, household items in working condition, jewelry, clothes, toys, décor pieces, tools, artwork, sports, camping, BBQ, gardening, desert plant cuttings, bikes, auto parts, sewing items, crafts and one-of-a-kind items – this sale is a primary source of income for MBHS.
Donations accepted every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Call Gene Woodley, 760-364-2825, for information.
Location: 632 Landers Lane; turn left off of Reche Rd, turn right at the Landers Post Office.

• We have a query from Caltrans,
“in a dispute with a land owner that claims the highway was realigned post 1972 at Camp Rock Road.

“The problem with many highways in outlying areas is that they are not on record, and the State’s right to the land is prescriptive, or by continued use by the public and maintenance by the State.”

Any photos showing the area before 1972, or information confirming there was no realignment of that section of the highway after 1972, would be welcome.

Just e-mail what you have, I can put you in touch with the right person.

• Remember, you are going to dig out those old family photos from earlier days in Johnson Valley. Building a homestead cabin, scenes of Rock Corral, social events like the Firefighters Breakfasts, camping, offroading, old maps, stories and memorabilia…everyday happenings become tomorrow’s history.

The deadline for stories and photos in the May-June issue is February 9th, but any time you come up with something, let me know.

You are welcome to every Saturday Breakfast, monthly Dinner, scheduled activities and special events at the Center; you do not have to be a JVIA member to join the fun.

If you are new to this e-mail list and have not visited the Community Center before, it is at 50567 Quailbush Rd. From Hwy 247, turn onto Larrea Rd, go 1-3/4 miles to Quailbush. The building is on your left at the corner.

The Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden is next to the parking lot. If weather permits and the garden railway crew are all here, the trains could be running on any Saturday. Come watch after Saturday Breakfast (served 7:00-10:00 a.m. in the hall).

Off-roaders navigating by GPS – according to Google Maps, the coordinates for the Community Center are
34.3424938     -116.56066880000003.
Try this out; if it steers you to Kansas, you let me know (stranger things have happened with Google  Maps).

If you come from the OHV Area, you can legally cross the highway, but not travel on the right of way.
A dirt trail parallels the highway on the north side; cross over to any of the community roads. Remember to take it easy, watch out at blind corners.

If you come up Larrea Road, travel alongside it, off the pavement. Plenty of parking at the Center.

By the way, new visitors, please, do not join the ranks of offroaders who annoy everyone racing up and down the dirt roads, or doing doughnuts. Remember, people live here; dust travels, and noise in this desert carries. Any road maintenance is done by neighbors; dry conditions mean little maintenance. Slow down, thanks.


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