Johnson Valley News 6/12/2020

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• Saturday Breakfast at the Johnson Valley Community Center continues as a to-go operation, serving our traditional menu items plus the increasingly-popular Breakfast Burrito.

So, the cashier station will be by the front door again. Social distancing is still a concern. Our servers will carry your breakfast outside. You may choose to picnic in the Garden next door or take breakfasts home for a group.

If you wish to order in advance, phone Kim after 7:00 a.m. at 760-792-4555. Call back if her line is busy. Or drive over to the parking lot or park on the street. The Breakfast Burrito and the Large breakfast is 6.00, and the Small breakfast (same menu, smaller portions), 4.00. Cash or credit card accepted.

We will continue Breakfast-To-Go as long as the morning temps remain comfortable for our volunteers and guests. This Saturday, June 13, the weather gurus predict an early 52° warming up to 67° during our breakfast hours, 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. Who’da thunk?

• We have a re-supply of the “Heart Bar and Johnson Valley Neighbors” book from the Morongo Basin Historical Society, for sale as a JVIA fundraiser for only 20.00 each. You can purchase them at Saturday Breakfasts, along with several other items great for gifts or yourself.

• The Homestead Valley Community Council remains active, although next Monday’s regular meeting, scheduled to be held here in the Johnson Valley Community Center, has been crossed off the calendar.

The HVCC also had to cancel the Summer Solstice fundraiser planned for June 20. Last year’s longest-day party at the Homestead Valley Park included pizza to order and craft beers, the good ole days. We thought we could have it this year, but lack of meeting time to plan, and the lack of permits to sell beer nixed the fun.

The HVCC campaign for establishing Hwy 247 as a State Scenic Highway progresses. Planning for emergency preparedness continues.

HVCC hopes to resume the regular monthly meetings soon; next would be in Flamingo Heights, then Yucca Mesa in August, if all goes well. Stay tuned.

• The loosening of stay at home restrictions has many of us planning trips into other sections of the great outdoors. (If you don’t plan such a trip, you can skip over this story.)

The Bureau of Land Management has issued seasonal fire restrictions for public lands managed by the Bishop Field Office in the Eastern Sierra effective Monday, June 8.

Due to increased wildland fire danger in the region, they will remain in effect until November 1, and are in addition to the year-round statewide restrictions issued on April 28.
We’re talking territory from the southern Owens Valley in Inyo County, north to Topaz Lake, and the Nevada border in Mono County. 
These fire restrictions also apply to popular BLM-managed recreational areas in the region, including the Alabama Hills National Scenic Area, Inyo Mountains Wilderness, Volcanic Tableland, Long Valley, Adobe Valley, Mono Basin, Bodie Hills, Bridgeport Valley and Slinkard Valley. 
BLM say that, on average, human-caused wildfires make up 95 percent of all wildfires in California. Many of these occur along roadways, adjacent to communities and within recreational areas, posing considerable threat to everyone’s safety. 
Do what you can to reduce wildfire risk while recreating on public lands. Provide defensible space around your home before a fire occurs. Help keep property, the public, and firefighters safe.
The following restrictions remain in place until fire dangers subside:
• No campfires, barbecues, or open fires, except in a fire ring or fire pit specifically provided for such use in the following developed campgrounds: Tuttle Creek, Goodale Creek, Horton Creek, Crowley Lake and Pleasant Valley Pit. Portable stoves with gas, jelled petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed with a valid California campfire permit available free at all BLM, U.S. Forest Service and Cal Fire offices, or at
• No tools powered by internal combustion engines off BLM designated roads or trails (such as chainsaws or lawnmowers).
• No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or camp trailer, or while stopped/standing in a designated developed campground with a three-foot diameter area barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
• No motorized vehicles off BLM designated roads or trails.
• No fireworks, including “safe and sane” fireworks.
• Target shooters may not use incendiary, exploding, tracer, steel core, steel jacketed or armor-piercing ammunition. No steel targets allowed – hot bullet fragments, exploding targets, and metal from recreational shooting can spark a wildland fire. Hunters actively engaged in the legal pursuit and take of game and non-game species must have a valid California hunting license and abide by California laws and regulations.
• No welding or operating acetylene or any other torch with open flame.

Anyone found guilty of violating a fire prevention order may be fined not more than $100,000 and/or face imprisonment for not more than 12 months. Restitution for total fire suppression and damage costs incurred may be borne by the trespasser.
So there.
JOURNAL IN THE WORKS?• If you have a story of your family’s association with Johnson Valley over the years, vintage photos, or maybe recent photos of how you avoided the viral virus here, please e-mail them.
All other stories I already have are not exactly LATE-BREAKING NEWS. But we’ll try to publish and catch up with things, even if digitally on
The May-June-July-August issue? With not a lot on the calendar? We’ll see.

Keep calm and stay well.

Betty Munson

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