Johnson Valley News 3/16/2017

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• Our Saturday Breakfast menu offers an extra this week – try out the breakfast burrito filled with eggs, cheese and potato plus your choice of sausage, ham, bacon or chorizo. Burrito, 5.00; add refried beans and rice for 1.00.

Or, stay with your favorites from the regular menu: large breakfast 6.00, small, 4.00. All include the small OJ and the never-empty coffee cup.

Come for breakfast, stay to socialize, 7:00-10:00 a.m. every Saturday at the Community Center. Weekenders, come on over, let someone else do the cooking and dishwashing for one meal at least.

p.s. In conversation with breakfast and dinner guests recently, Linda Walsh has discovered that many do not know that volunteers in the Johnson Valley Improvement Association built the Johnson Valley Community Center, not the County, and JVIA volunteers maintain and operate it to this day. Your purchase of breakfast on Saturday and the donations you leave in the tip jar and the Red Tip Box constitute the mainstay for Community Center operations, keeping the doors open year-round for the whole community and our visitors to enjoy. And thank you!

To new readers; the Johnson Valley Community Center is at 50567 Quailbush Rd. From Scenic 247, between mile markers 21 and 22, turn at the red Johnson Valley sign onto Larrea Road (paved!), go 1-3/4 miles up Larrea to the corner of Quailbush; you’ll see the Center on your left. You are welcome to come to every event, you do not need to be a member of JVIA. (Of course, we would like you to join us!)

• What feels like a landslide of issues that affect citizens of the Homestead Valley can be discussed at the meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council next Monday, March 20.

If you own property or live in Flamingo Heights, Landers, Yucca Mesa or Johnson Valley, find out any updates on our problems discussed last month by County Supervisor James Ramos.

The HVCC always invites representatives from the Sheriffs Dept (this month we will get the annual crime stats) and County Fire, CalFire, and Jim Schooler, Field Rep for State Senator Jean Fuller. They attend if no emergencies or date conflicts occur and are happy to answer your questions.

The meeting begins at 3:00 p.m., this Monday afternoon, March 20, at the Flamingo Heights Community Center, 55977 Perris Road, behind La Copine Restaurant on Scenic 247.

• Saturday evening, April 1st, make plans to come to the Ham Potluck at the Community Center. If your name begins with A-D, bring a salad; E-Z, bring a side dish. The ham and desserts are supplied by the Association. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. so the potluck table can be set up; Dinner is at 5.00.

Donation 3.00 per person with a dish; 7.00 without.

Be sure to stay after dinner for the JVIA General Meeting – everyone is welcome. Catch up on what’s happening around here.

• Ok, time for some more activism, folks. We do get frazzled fighting off governmental edicts handed down by people who neither know nor care about responsible OHV uses and recreation. As the California Off Road Vehicle Association (CORVA) points out, the OHV contribution of billions of dollars to State and local economies plays an important role in our quality of life. And our reasons for even coming to Johnson Valley.

Take a little time online and check them out:
FEDERAL: Passing H.R. 1315 will protect the 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles currently in use on America’s roads and trails (and you who depend on their safe operation) from inadvertent misfueling.
Also, oppose the Bikes for Beef trade regulation. See the americanmotorcyclist dot-com RIGHTS page. (for dot-com, substitute  .com no spaces to make a live link)

STATE: SB 249 would gut the California Off-Highway Vehicle Program. See the California Off Road Vehicle Association website, corva dot-org. Write to State Senator Jean Fuller through the arra-access dot-com /action website.

Read everything; these are your rights!

• The Bureau of Land Management has reopened the Desert Discovery Center after putting on a new roof and doing several interior upgrades, including a classroom makeover and expansion.

While finishing touches took place inside, DDC school programs started and the center reopened to the public on February 28. They encourage every High Desert resident and visitor to visit, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday.  A grand reopening celebration takes place on Saturday, April 22.

Constructed in 1973 and home to the “Old Woman Meteorite,” the DDC serves as an environmental education center for the surrounding high-desert communities. A unique partnership between several governmental, educational, and non-profit organizations works to provide environmental education, contribute funding for facility operations, write grant applications, prepare interpretive displays, create public art and promote the DDC.  Programs and activities this year focus on “Discovering the Desert.”

It’s only about an hour drive from Johnson Valley on Scenic 247 (depending on how many wildflowers you find to photograph, and we hear they are starting). Make the right turn at the Crossroads in Lucerne Valley onto the Barstow Rd. section of Scenic 247. After you cross over the I-15 interchange and enter Barstow, the Desert Discovery Center is on your right at 831 Barstow Rd. For information, call Zachary Pratt at 760-252-6040.

p.s. The Mojave River Valley Museum is close by. A charter sponsor of Scenic 247, they are on your left on Barstow Rd. just past the freeway interchange. You’ll love it.

• Johnson Valley loses another longtime neighbor, Helene DiAco. She passed away at her home on Sunday, March 5, just a few days over three months after the death of her husband of 64 years, Victor.

She was born March 29, 1934, in Bishop, West Virginia. She and Vic had known each other since childhood. She would have turned 84 on March 29. In frail health for a while, she still managed to drive and tend to business when Vic’s health failed. A multitude of factors contributed to her final illness.

But, among memories of happier times, we picture her volunteering for the Association, as our smiling cashier at the Saturday Breakfast, as chili cook for the JVIA Christmas carolers and as correspondent writing the weekly Johnson Valley Community column in the Hi-Desert Star.

Helene was also preceded in death by daughter Vicki McDonald. She is survived by daughter Linda Strachen, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

You are invited to the celebration of life and potluck at the Johnson Valley Community Center, on Saturday, March 25, at 2:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers make a donation to either:
-The Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden; make your check to JVIA, memo: donation Garden. Bring or mail to JVIA, 50567A Quailbush Rd, Johnson Valley CA 92285
-Landers Moose Lodge, memo: In Memory Helene DiAco. Mail your check to PO Box 3147, Landers CA 92285.

Betty Munson

Remember, Cinco de Mayo in JV is on May 6th this year. Mark your calendar now – you won’t want to miss this Open Air Fiesta
 in the afternoon at the Community Center and the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next door!  Margaritas, great food, train-watching, more details to come!

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