Johnson Valley News 5/10/2019

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 • If you missed last week’s Cinco de Mayo Fiesta in Johnson Valley, you missed a fun afternoon.

and Michele Hawthorne really know how to feed a big party; Linda Walsh
outdid herself creating desserts. Even more great raffle prizes arrived.
Paula Mattecheck and John Sullivan served up truly outstanding
margaritas as well as Jim Harvey’s home-brewed Mexican-style lager beer.

the 83 folks who came for the taco dinner, an estimated 50 came outside
to enjoy the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden, the running of the
model trains, the return of the airplane/windvane, the blooms on trees
and shrubs, and the perfect weather.

This kind of gathering,
catching up with old friends and weekenders and meeting new visitors,
made Johnson Valley a good place to be on a Saturday in Spring.


Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, the airplane windvane flies again. A
mini-tornado in January had broken the century-old windmill pipe shaft
on which Ed Warren’s one-man airplane had turned in the wind for two

That antique windmill gearbox had made the fake engine on
the plane, and, hidden from view, a piece of pipe in the shaft had
rusted. This failed; the plane crashed on its tail and fell over on its

Months passed as Court Prittie, Don Minnix and Ken Cash
repaired and replaced damaged parts. Court did a lot of bodywork. Parts,
materials and good advice came from Larry Weishaar and Arlan Hawthorne.
Larry donated aluminum for the fuselage and tail. Arlan had donated a
huge bearing which allows the plane to swivel. He now donated a high
grade solid steel shaft to ride in the bearing, which Justin and Jim
Leineweber machined to Court’s specifications.

The day before the
Fiesta, a crew of volunteers gathered. John Jones brought his tractor
to lift the plane and windmill. Arlan arranged the strapping to hold the
airplane with the backhoe bucket, then directed John as he positioned
the plane nose down while Don, David Keppler, Tim Keppler, John
Sullivan, Arlan, Jim Hanley and Ken held it steady.

positioned his Jeep in the middle of the Garden, about 40 feet from the
derrick. They attached his winch cable over a pulley stand so the
derrick could be hoisted upright.

Court and Arlan reattached the
windmill gearbox to the shaft and  derrick. Jim Hanley held a guide
rope around the propeller and the Kepplers held the wings, which
stabilized the plane as the winch raised the derrick. Don bolted the
windmill to the derrick to secure it.

Once more, the little
airplane turned into the wind. Cinco de Mayo guests who had missed it
loved to see it up there again; those who had never seen it before were

Court, Don and Ken had also been enlarging the Garden
Railway this spring. Train-watchers saw action on three tracks as the
model locomotives and rolling stock chuffed and whistled, running out
among the shrubs and trees then returning into view.

artifacts and the gorgeous rocks and boulders donated by people in the
community and Mitsubishi Cement 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.

You are welcome to
visit any time! Often on Saturdays, the trains operate when the weather
allows and the crew are here. Ask the cashier at the Saturday Breakfast
7:00-10:00 a.m. if the railway will be running.

Reminder, watch your step, as work continues on both garden and model train layout.

Please make sure kids stay out of the railroad layout.

Dr. Chris Lawrence is coming out to Johnson Valley again this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12.
Call or text for an appointment for a chiropractic house call at your
home or office, 760-810-2443. If the weekend does not work for you, you
can schedule an office visit in Apple Valley.


Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18,
is  the Clean Sweep Sale at the Morongo Basin Historical Society. If
you love to find bargains, come by between  8:00 a.m and 3:00 p.m. I
would say, come early for the best selection, they promise the pricing
is rock bottom!

This big sale is at the MBHS Museum and Research
Center. Find patio and indoor furniture, Western decor (including Cowboy
Christmas), collectibles and hand-stitched treasures, toys and sports
equipment. Not everything is a blast from the past: check out the brand
new negligées, new exercise clothes and tee-shirts, and bags of new Wild
Animal socks.

While you are there, look around the grounds (the
house was the home of Newlin and Vernette Landers). You can see the
original Landers Post Office and artifacts donated to the Society.

Also on display next weekend:
-Wink & Ginger’s Hit-and-Miss Engines, Friday, 10:00 a.m.
-Vintage Tractors from the Good Ole Days!

…only minutes from Johnson Valley at 632 Landers Lane.
Hwy 247, turn on Reche Road in Landers, go 3 miles and turn onto
Landers Lane next to the modern Post Office. The Center is .3 mile from
the corner on your right.

the last decade, projects like utility-scale solar fields and other
encroachments on public lands too close to communities, national parks
and monuments have damaged air quality, water resources, health and
habitat, both human and wildlife.

What do you need to know to make effective comments to defend our public lands against such  disastrous development?

the upcoming NEPA Workshop, experts can show you how best to use the
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to open the eyes of
decision-makers in D.C. – most of whom know nothing about the desert –
that these projects have awful consequences.

It’s up to us to
counter too-rosy descriptions that developers want legislators to
believe. They have been known to gloss over their consultants’
undercounts of endangered desert tortoises, and disregard the proven
harm caused by disturbing desert soils. How can those who decide the
fate of the desert know these things cannot be fixed or mitigated, if we
do not tell them.

Big plans, long-term plans, have been made by
folks who argue about climate and saving the planet. They may sincerely
believe costly industrialization of a landscape that hosts millions of
carbon-absorbing, oxygen-producing plants will have any good effect.
However, sincere belief does not make it true.

California has
lofty goals, but “reducing a carbon footprint” by stomping all over
thousands of acres of a natural carbon sink using equipment powered by
fossil fuels and installing systems proven not to be efficient or worth
our taxpayer money, makes you ask, “How is this logical?”

negative comment does not count as a no vote on a project. It must count
as a solid argument against it the shortcomings of the project, that
the developer must address.

You can do it.

Workshop date: next Saturday, May 18.
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Place: the Yucca Valley Community Center, 57090 Twentynine Palms Highway.
RSVP before May 12, to

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.

by the Community Center between 7:00-10:00 a.m. for a great breakfast
with a never-empty coffee cup. Large breakfast, only 6.00!

welcome! While you are here, ask for a 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!
(Plus, they make great gifts for friends!)

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

best way to the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area: go straight
down to Hwy 247 on the road nearest you. You can cross directly over the
highway legally to the dirt trail running along the north side of Hwy
247. (Please stay on the dirt shoulders if you travel on the paved
Larrea Road while in or on a green-sticker vehicle.)

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

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 fantastic landscape to add to the slide show for the Johnson Valley
page, on the new website for the Homestead Valley Community Council.

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: on the 4th Wednesday, 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 this year: we just had our
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, May 4, Oktoberfest comes up on Saturday afternoon,
October 12,.with lots of craft beers and cider, and a great German
buffet. No General Meetings those months.

-The Center and the
Garden are available for birthday or anniversary celebrations, parties,
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
available dates.

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

Betty Munson

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