Johnson Valley News 4/20/2019

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Reminder, the First Baptist Church of Johnson Valley is not having
their traditional Easter Sunrise Service this year, but they invite you
to come for a light continental breakfast and fellowship at 10:30 a.m.
and the Easter celebration service afterward, Sunday, April 21st.

you have not visited the church before, from Hwy 247, between mile
markers 21 and 22, turn on Larrea Rd. (paved). Go 2-½ miles up to the
end, turn left at Golden Ray Rd. Enjoy the view of our beautiful valley,
in full Springtime finery.

• OK, amigos! Check out what’s in store for you at the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at the Johnson Valley Community Center on Saturday afternoon, May 4th.

Uno: Open House from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Taco Grill 2:00-4:00 p.m. (your choice of carne asada beef, chicken, or
pork, two salsas, plus rice, beans and the famous Fiesta Dessert Bar!)

Tres: Great raffle prizes, including that stainless steel barbecue cart donated by Home Depot in Yucca Valley, drawing 4:30 p.m.

Enjoy your tacos indoors or outside in back patio or the Paul Van Hook
Desert Dreams Garden. Watch the big model trains run on three different
tracks in the Garden any time (if it’s not so windy that boxcars blow

Get your admission wristbands in the front lobby, only
10:00 per person (includes taco dinner, a FREE margarita or craft brewed
Mexican-style lager, and a sombrero, while supplies last!)

directions as to the church, but go just 1-3/4 miles up to Quailbush Rd.
and you see the center on your left. Lots of free parking.

See details on the Events page on for the Fiesta flyer!


Last Monday’s meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council in
Yucca Mesa covered a lot of ground, with much to talk about.

TAX: Our contact with The Red Brennan Group, Tom Murphy, drove all the
way from San Diego County to fill us in on the details of their lawsuit
challenging the constitutionality of the County Fire Department
expansion of Fire Protection Zone 5 (FP-5). They proposed to take in all
unincorporated land in San Bernardino County and make up their budget
shortfall with a permanent tax on each parcel of 157.26 per year.

NO 2/3-vote approval from the voters. NO proper notification to the property owners and NO response form included.
every title holder on the Assessor’s rolls received the notification.
The 3% opposition response makes that unlikely.

The suit was
denied, but the non-profit Red Brennan Group will appeal. (The Homestead
Valley Community Council, Johnson Valley Improvement Association, and
the Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association have signed on as
plaintiffs in the suit.)

To get on the e-mail list for updates, write to Tom at

CRISIS RESPONSE: Kelly Hake, AMFT, Clinical Therapist, informs us about
the County Department of Behavioral Health; Community Crisis Response
Team (CCRT) for the Morongo Basin, presented all the actions the team
can undertake to provide a mobile response for psychiatric emergencies.

serve 7:00-10:00 p.m., seven days a week, 365 days a year, offering
mental health assessment, relapse prevention, intensive follow-up, as
well as on-site crisis intervention. The Morongo Basin office number is

SENATOR’S FIELD REP: A regular now on the HVCC
agenda, Dominic Heiden, Field Representative for State Senator Shannon
Grove, described legislation she has in the works, including
improvements for the developmentally-disabled community and caregivers,
and increasing sentences for theft of agricultural equipment.   Dominic
now serves as a full-time rep in the Field Office in Yucca Valley. His
contact info:
Dominic Heiden
7248 Joshua Lane
Yucca Valley, CA 92284
Office: (760) 228-3136 |
Fax: (760) 228-2462

COUNTY ISSUES: Third District Supervisor Dawn Rowe and her Field
Representative Mark Lundquist discussed many actions: what’s happening
with the Night Sky Ordinance and light trespass; problems with excess
traffic because of the National Park, short-term rentals and Code
Enforcement challenges; the “grandfathered” industrial renewable energy
projects and her suggestion she mediates between the developers, unions
and the desert communities; a local issue with longtime manure piles and

The Supervisor has put the June HVCC meeting on her
calendar; that will be in Johnson Valley on Monday, June 17, at 3:00
p.m. Mark the date; these meetings are valuable for letting us know who
wants to impose on us next.

• Claudia Sall, Secretary of the California Desert Coalition, writes:

the past decade, the desert has been a bullseye for projects, some
unwelcomed and inappropriate.  Many of these proposed projects have been
federal projects which are regulated by the National Environmental
Policy Act.

The California Desert Coalition along with key
partners have organized a public advocacy workshop that will train
citizens how to engage in federal environmental review processes and
shape outcomes with effective public comments.

The workshop is free but reservations are requested. Contact info:


Since the photos of flowers in black and white in the JV Journal just
don’t cut it, I attach one or two in case you have not been here to
capture your own.

One is from Stan Coutant of the view over the
back fence at the Coutant homestead, one of the earliest in the valley
in an area mapped long ago as Timico Acres.

The other looks from Boone Road across acres of color toward the San Bernardino Mountains.

Check out to see the gallery of wildflowers of the  Mojave Desert.

you renewed your JVIA membership for 2019? If not, let me know. I will
e-mail a form to print and mail back with your 15.00 dues. Or renew with
PayPal and mail the application form. See

you are not a JVIA member yet, you may join anytime, only 15.00 per
person for the rest of 2019. Application forms are on the lobby desk at
the Center.

Members of the Johnson Valley Improvement
Association receive the Johnson Valley Journal six times a year. It
contains news, Association events, photos of wildlife, OHV happenings,
history, and advertisements for businesses willing and able to serve us
out here and on the highway.

This JV NEWS e-mail keeps you up to
date between Journals, including stories and information published in
the weekly community news columns in the Hi-Desert Star. If you prefer
not to receive these e-mails, reply and say Cancel.

bright lime green “BEAUTIFUL JOHNSON VALLEY” bumper stickers by Paula
Mattecheck, are available at the Community Center to raise money for
Pets of the Hammers. Your choice of two versions, 1.00 each, six for
5.00. And visit Pets of the Hammers on Facebook; they reunite lost or
found pets in Johnson Valley with their families all year long!

you have an excellent high-resolution shot of your group or family
trail riding in the Johnson Valley OHV Area, please e-mail it to me.
We’re looking for one that typifies the recreational opportunities in
that amazing landscape! You just might find it featured on the Johnson
Valley page on the new website for the Homestead Valley Community
Council, soon to be up and running.

Mild weather and the flower show make a scene we haven’t had in a long, long time.

by the Community Center between 7:00-10:00 a.m. for a great breakfast
with a never-empty coffee cup. While you are there, pick up your
Sidekick Offroad Map of the Johnson Valley OHV Area. The folding paper
map is 3:00. The silkscreened Bandanna Map is 8.00. Don’t leave home
without it!

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

do not need to zigzag through the community roads on your way to or
from the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area. The best way: go
straight down the road nearest you that goes to the highway. You can
cross directly over the highway legally to the dirt trail running along
the north side of Hwy 247. (Check out the roadside flower show!)

Please stay on the dirt shoulders if you travel on Larrea Road while in or on a green-sticker vehicle.

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. Volunteers do any tractor work and drag the roads: no County
maintenance here, just your neighbors.

Noise can carry, and dust can drift a long way. Let’s not annoy the folks who live here.

Both JVIA members and non-members are welcome to scheduled activities and special events!

Regularly-scheduled events:
-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)

-JVIA Board Meeting: Friday following the 1st Saturday, 6:00 p.m.
-Card Club: Pinochle on Tuesdays, noon-4:00 p.m.
-Hobby Club: on Wednesdays 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
-Quilters: will meet on the 4th Wednesday, next month, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Special events:
Homestead Valley Community Council holds regular meetings here three
times a year on the third Monday, at 3:00 p.m. The next will be in June
and October.

-JVIA Fundraising events: Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, May
4, and Oktoberfest, October 12, usually begin in the afternoon. They
include great food, plus margaritas and craft Mexican-style lager in
May, and lots of craft beers and cider in October. No General Meetings
those months.

-The Center and the Garden are available for your
birthday celebrations, family gatherings, weddings. JVIA asks for a
donation to cover overheads and that you leave the place as you found
it. Check with me for availability.

Be sure to stop by the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next to the parking area at the Community Center.

the pathways and relax on a bench, enjoy all the desert flowers, the
drought-tolerant plants, and young trees leafing out and blooming.

vintage artifacts donated by people in the community can be found all
over this approximately two-acre area. A remnant of the original Old
Woman Springs Road travels across it. The Garden Crew preserves it and
has positioned three trailers the road that had been given to them for

Having transformed these trailers into a Sheriff’s
Department, Hotel California, and Cash’s Golden Falcon Cantina, this
“town center” gives us seating with a view over the garden to the hills
and mountains across the highway.

Reminder, watch your step, as
work continues on both garden and model train layout. The crew now tests
G-scale replicas of some large steam locomotives on the newly-remodeled
track, designed to accommodate them. These are not ride-on size, but
they are big.

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 Quailbush Rd. You see the building on your left at the corner.
(Scroll to the bottom of the website page, click on the JOHNSON VALLEY WILDFLOWERS button)

Betty Munson

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