Johnson Valley News 4/6/2017

Share with:

• Saturday, April 29th, take a leisurely tour of the four Homestead Valley communities on Scenic 247. Help plan the food purchases by reserving your entries in advance! Call me to get your names on the list, leave a message. 760-364-2646.
Pay your entry fee at the Yucca Mesa Community Center (15.00 per person, 25.00 per couple,

includes breakfast, snacks, lunch and ice cream ), draw your first card during breakfast starting at 8:30 a.m.You fill out your poker hand by drawing cards at the Flamingo Heights Community Center, Landers Belfield Hall, the Landers Museum & Research Center, and the Johnson Valley Community Center (where your final card is drawn by 2:30 p.m. You must be present)!

Best 5-Card Draw hand wins $150;
Second place, $100;
Third place, $50.

Take this opportunity to make new acquaintances and find out what happens in the Homestead Valley communities! You can see the complete Itinerary, with the times for each drawing, and with the map showing the Poker Run route at www.hvccsite. org. Or pick up the flyer at the JV Community Center lobby during the Saturday Breakfasts 7:00-10:00 a.m.

• For those who can’t make the entire Poker Run, you are invited to come to the Ice Cream Social in Johnson Valley, 1:30-3:00 p.m. for the grand finale announcing the big winners of prizes and the best Poker Run hands. Also enjoy:
A Scoop in a cup or a cone for 1.00, or
A loaded Banana Split for 5.00, or
A Root Beer Float for 3.00
(Poker Run players’ ice cream included in entry fees.)
• The Johnson Valley Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is Saturday, May 6, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Admission only 10.00 per person, and it includes beef, pork or chicken tacos, rice and beans and two salsas, PLUS a FREE margarita, soft drink or bottled water, PLUS a FREE sombrero for first comers while quantities last!

If the weather permits the whole fiesta will be outside.

Two margarita bars will be blending, one by the Taco Stand under the solar canopy in the Community Center parking lot, one in the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next door.

The desserts will be displayed for you to choose from, just inside the side door of the hall. Everything else is outdoors.

Tables will be set up near the Taco Stand and in the old road; some chairs, benches, and tables are scattered around the Garden, but bring your own seating if you can.

If you have not visited the Desert Dreams Garden since last year’s Fiesta and Garden Dedication, a lot has happened there. And the garden railway has doubled in size!

There is no General Meeting this month. No business, all play! Bring your friends! ¡OLE!

• Remember to e-mail me photos or stories for the Johnson Valley Journal by April 10. Homesteading history, wildlife, pictures of any Johnson Valley events or in the Desert Dreams Garden.

• Kristina Becker is the External Affairs Director in the G-5 Government & External Affairs Office of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms (MCAGCC).

At last month’s meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council she noted several questions from the audience about the relocation of tortoises out of harm’s way, before upcoming training activity in the former Open Riding Area of Johnson Valley.

She took these questions to their Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs experts and sent us the response from that department:

1.) What is MCAGCC doing in regards to predation (i.e. coyotes and ravens) to protect the desert tortoise that will be translocated?

Studies have shown predation rates are not significantly different between translocated and non-translocated tortoises.  However, the Combat Center has developed predator management actions to reduce the impact of predation on desert tortoises in the recipient areas.  The Combat Center will monitor predator activity.  Ravens known to predate on tortoises will be reported to USFWS for removal.  If coyote trauma to tortoises exceeds certain thresholds defined by USFWS, the Combat Center will target those offending coyotes for removal.

2.) What is MCAGCC doing to identify cultural sites in the expansion area? How are they protecting those sites?


The Combat Center has surveyed substantially all of the expansion area.  Training activities will avoid any historic properties.


3.) Is MCAGCC required to provide the community updates on the translocation process? How will the community know the status of the translocation? Success or mortality rates?


The Combat Center will provide annual reports of translocation results on its website.

Walter J. Christensen
Head, Conservation Branch
Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs

• Reminder, the Morongo Basin Historical Society Rummage Sale is this Friday and Saturday, April 7th and 8th. Lots of good finds at the Museum at 632 Landers Lane in Landers. Time 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Early birds get the best selection, but you always find good bargains.
Proceeds support the MBHS mission: “Preserving History of the Morongo Basin.”

You can help keep illegally-dumped tires out of our desert. Bring tires without rims (sorry, no semi or tractor tires) to the Homestead Valley Park in Landers for proper recycling on Saturday, April 15, between 8:00 a.m. and noon.

They are collecting electronic waste that morning, too, so get rid of that old TV or computer hardware properly!

You’ll find Homestead Valley Park on Belfield Road between Linn Rd. and Reche Rd.

You know, where you go to see the fireworks on July 3rd!

• The Johnson Valley Community Center is located 1-3/4 miles from Hwy 247. Between mile markers 21 and 22, turn onto Larrea Rd. (paved) at the red Johnson Valley sign. Go up Larrea to the corner of Quailbush; the Center is on your left.

The mailing address is 50567a Quailbush Rd., Johnson Valley CA 92285.

• The Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden is just to the east, on the property adjacent to the Community Center.

Everyone welcome!


Betty Munson

Share with:

Liked it? Take a second to support Cactusthorns on Patreon!

Leave a Reply

Leave a Reply