Johnson Valley News 6/14/2018

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• Last Saturday’s Johnson Valley Landowners Jamboree drew unprecedented numbers of folks and families to the Community Center, the former Fire Station #43, and the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next door.

A guesstimated 170 or more people browsing tables loaded with practical information handouts, talking to representatives of businesses and community resources, checking out the gleaming classic cars and vintage fire truck, watching model trains running on three tracks around the amazing Garden, enjoying burgers and dogs hot off three grills, meeting old friends and new – happy talk and laughter made our Resource Fair into a big party.

Event chairman Arlan Hawthorne hatched this idea and worked hard to make it successful. One thing about it, the Hawthorne crew know how to throw a wingding (remember our last several Cinco de Mayo Fiestas!).

The Landowners Jamboree connected JV residents, newcomers, and weekenders with folks who help us here in Johnson Valley. It showcased the activities of the volunteers of the 60-year-old Johnson Valley Improvement Association for those who had not been here in a long time, or ever.

Home-grown endeavors such as H2O2U Water Delivery, OHV Recovery & Storage, Johnson Valley Realty, Bobbie’s Hair Shack, Worldwide Construction and the First Baptist Church represented part of the community glue that holds us together.

We owe special thanks to friends who traveled from far away to let Johnson Valley landowners know we are not alone out here in the back of beyond. This community has many reasons for staying or playing here in the wide open spaces of the high desert, but we do not cut ourselves off from civilization.

We need the goods and expert advice from the extraordinary folks at the Lucerne Valley Market and Hardware.

We need the links to the past, preserved by the Morongo Basin Historical Society.

We need the links to the future, nurtured by our Lucerne Valley Unified School District.

We’ve got ‘em; we’re grateful.

Thanks to Arlan and Michele Hawthorne and family, to our great cooks, servers, and all who pitched in to help them, and to all our guests who came out in that heat (and blessings on the inventors of AC and patio misters).

• Reminder, the Homestead Valley Community Council, another valuable resource, meets this Monday, June 18, at 3:00 p.m. in the Johnson Valley Community Center.

As always, representatives from the Sheriffs Dept, County Fire and CalFire are invited; if they are available, they are happy to answer our questions.

Once again, the campaign for designation of Hwy 247 as a State Scenic Highway is on the agenda – and the question is why does the Land Use Services Department not show us their draft of the County’s Letter of Intent to Caltrans?

Delay, and more delay? Yes or No, does County really support Scenic Highway 247? Our “disadvantaged” communities need the proven boost we would get from tourism that Scenic status delivers.

Come participate. HVCC represents the four unincorporated communities of Yucca Mesa, Landers, Flamingo Heights and Johnson Valley to local, county, state and federal officials. Hear the latest on issues that affect you and your property values.

Public comments are first on the agenda and always welcome!

• On Saturday, June 23, as part of the “Evening Desert Series” the Lucerne Valley Museum Association sponsors historian Cliff Walker at the Moose Lodge.  Find out what bootleggers were up to in the isolated high desert from 1919 to 1933.

Free admission, free chicken tacos and for adults, moonshine samples, and an engaging speaker you won’t want to miss!

From the 4-way stop in Lucerne Valley, go west on Hwy 18 one mile; turn south toward the mountains on Trade Post Rd. then right on Foothill (dirt). The Moose driveway is on your left at 31878 Laramie Rd.

For more info, call 442-243-2515.

• If you took pictures at the Landowners Jamboree, please send them to me! We need them ASAP for the Johnson Valley Journal, and the deadline is upon us.

Also pictures from last month’s Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!
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Thank you!


• Save the date! Saturday, July 7, at 5:00 p.m. the Two-Buck Chuckwagon returns, also the first JVIA General Meeting since April.

Time for good eats easy on the wallet, and catching up on the latest news – everyone welcome!

To all newcomers to the JV NEWS e-mail list:
The Johnson Valley community news column in the Hi-Desert Star in Yucca Valley usually becomes the basis for these e-mails – and most non-resident members and interested parties do not subscribe to the Star.

You get added details here that space restrictions in the newspaper do not allow, as well as items specific to JVIA members.

You will receive these messages once a week, if time allows.

If you do not want the JV NEWS, just reply and say Cancel.

The following address and general information repeats every time, so you will not have to look it up:

Johnson Valley Community Center
50567 Quailbush Rd.
From Hwy 247, turn onto Larrea Rd,
go 1-3/4 miles to Quailbush Rd. The building is on your left at the corner.

You do not have to be a member of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association to join in on scheduled activities and special events at the Community Center!

The Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next to the parking lot is open to visitors for free. You are welcome to enjoy this approximately 2-acre plot full of drought-resistant plants and trees, artifacts from homesteader days and whimsical decor our garden designers have created.

An extensive model railway claims top billing here. Be sure to keep an eye on the kids. They should not enter the train layout; it can be easily damaged.

The G-scale trains run when the crew is available, and the weather smiles on us.
When you come to Saturday Breakfast, ask if the trains will be running that day.

Off-roaders navigating by GPS – according to Google Maps, the coordinates for the Community Center are
34.3424938     -116.56066880000003.

When you travel to and from the OHV Area, you can legally cross the highway at any of the community roads, but not travel on the right of way. A dirt trail parallels the highway on the north side. Remember to take it easy, watch out at blind corners for junior offroaders and thoughtless speeders.

We always ask you to slow down on the community roads. People do live here; noise and dust travel a long way.

If you come up Larrea Road while in or on a green-sticker vehicle, travel on the dirt alongside the pavement.

Betty Munson

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