Johnson Valley News 5/21/2020

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• Still happening! With the terrific coverage recently in the Hi-Desert Star, we hardly need to detail what’s going on at – not in – the Johnson Valley Community Center these days. As long as the weather remains reasonable, breakfast-to-go, or a socially-distant picnic in the garden next door will stay on the calendar. This Saturday, May 23, you may even want to wear a jacket!

Leslie Shaw, in her story, agreed with other reports: just getting out in the desert, enjoying the wide-open scenery and fresh air in JV, makes the trip here for breakfast worthwhile. And it won’t break the bank!

All this goes on from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.
-Breakfast Burrito, 6.00,
two eggs any way, and your choice of bacon, ham, or sausage, plus your choice of:
-Hash Browns and Biscuit, or
-Pancakes, or
-Biscuits and Gravy, or
-French Toast
Large breakfast is 6.00; Small breakfast (one egg, smaller portions) 4.00.

It being a holiday weekend, we can’t guess how many will come. Since everyone’s been on holiday anyhow, we might have enough supplies, but it’s first-come, first-served.

The servers bring your orders outside, with one coffee. Condiments, creamer, sweetener are spread out on a table for you to pick up exactly what you want.

If you want to order in advance, call ahead to Kim after 7:00, 760-792-4555.
Call back if her line is busy. Or just drive into the parking lot or park on the street, and come to the cashier station by the front door.

Cash or credit card accepted. Sorry, still no entry inside the Community Center.

• Reminder, while you are here, pick up your “Heart Bar and Johnson Valley Neighbors” book of local history, by JV homesteader Martha Coutant, 20.00 each.

• Even though it looks like we see the light at the end of the tunnel, we still have no firm dates for events inside the Community Center. Stay tuned for developments.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^GOING CAMPING THIS WEEKEND?
• Remember that old joke, ”California has two seasons: Spring and Fires.” The second season is upon us. BLM has issued a statewide Fire Prevention Order.

They require you to have a year-round campfire permit, maintain a five-foot diameter clearance around your campfires, and to heed other common-sense restrictions and tips while on BLM public lands outside of a developed campground. (That’s the JV OHV Area, for sure.)

If you are found guilty of violating a fire prevention order, you may be fined not more than $100,000 and/or camp in jail for not more than 12 months. Restitution for total fire suppression and damage costs may be borne by you, the violator.

But, your permit is free at any local field office, or find it online at

• Burt Umstead, a veteran educator who spearheaded Lucerne Valley Elementary School’s turnaround, will retire. “During his tenure at the Elementary School enrollment has grown to 485 students up from a low of 336 students in 2015-16,” Superintendent Peter Livingston said. “Burt has been a student-centered leader who always put his focus on what was best for kids.”
Umstead led the district team working with San Bernardino County to bring academic, behavior, and social emotional learning programs to students, according to the superintendent. “Burt has also been active in our charter oversight process, as well as representing us at assistant superintendent meetings,” Livingston said.
Assistant Principal Ricky Anderson takes Umstead’s place as principal. 
• Nearly 50 seniors, many of whom have gone to school together for 13 years, will walk the stage in person at their commencement ceremony, Saturday, May 29, with “Pomp and Circumstance.” 
One of California’s smallest districts, which includes Johnson Valley, LVUSD adds in-person graduation ceremonies to their list of achievements and innovations – with a three-tiered set of back-up plans in case the situation changes.
Katelyn Miller, a senior at Lucerne Valley High and student representative on the school board, was quoted as saying, “I realized that I had experienced all my lasts, and I didn’t even know it. The last time I would present to the school board or walk to the agriculture department, that hit really hard.
“But the district has given me a lot of hope and something to look forward to at such an unpredictable time.”
Her long-term goal is to major in agricultural science and minor in education, then become an agricultural science teacher.
“Everything from prom to senior trip and just going to school every day, it’s hard to let go of any of those things, but graduation is the real big wrap up,” Miller said. 
“I worked for the diploma, but my parents worked for the memory of graduation. They want to see me in a cap and gown.”

Congratulations to everyone involved!

Betty Munson
760-364-Two Six Four Six

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