Johnson Valley News 6/20/2020

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• Still closed. We know this disappoints many folks, but the Johnson Valley Community Center remains closed, and our Saturday Breakfast continues as a to-go operation, serving our traditional menu items plus the increasingly-popular Breakfast Burrito. Tomorrow, June 20, may be the last time, fingers crossed; the thermometer creeps higher. The unusually comfortable mornings can’t last.
So (this is getting repetitious), the cashier station sets up next to the front door again. Social distancing still pertains. Our servers will carry your breakfast outside. You may choose to picnic in the Garden next door or take breakfast home for everyone.
If you wish to order in advance, phone Kim after 7:00 a.m. at 760-792-4555. Keep calling if the line is busy.
Or drive over to the parking lot or park on the street, to order in person. The Breakfast Burrito and the Large breakfasts are 6.00, and the Small breakfasts (same menu, smaller portions), 4.00. Cash or credit card accepted.
• Reminder, we have a re-supply from the Morongo Basin Historical Society, of the “Heart Bar and Johnson Valley Neighbors” book by Martha Coutant, for sale as a JVIA fundraiser for only 20.00 each. Check it out when you come for breakfast.
The Heart Bar cattle ranching operation in the first half of the 20th Century, operating in the wintertime all along Old Woman Springs Road, then driving the cattle up Rattlesnake Canyon to the mountains when summertime heat arrived. The Old Woman Springs Ranch on Hwy 247 was their desert headquarters.
The winter headquarters name lives on in the Heart Bar Campground near Big Bear Lake, just off Hwy 38 in the pines of San Bernardino National Forest. Martha Coutant, a homesteader in Johnson Valley in the ’50s, interviewed Heart Bar hands for this history, which she first published in the ’80s. JVIA is happy to be able to offer it. Time goes by; history fades with the people who made it. Martha knew that and did something about it.

• BLM California continues to work with local officials to reopen recreation sites throughout the state as quickly and safely as possible. Many sites have already opened! Field staff continues to clean and prepare additional sites so they will be ready for visitors soon. (BLM CA Facebook)
BLM website says: Outdoor activities can provide many health benefits when practiced safely. We recommend visiting areas close to home while avoiding very popular or crowded locations where social distancing may be difficult and limiting group activities to members of your household. Do your part when visiting public lands. (BLM CA Website).
To really make you want to get into the great outdoors:
BLM-CA has issued season fire restrictions due to increased wildland fire danger in the state. Full list below:
BLM CA issues statewide Fire Prevention Order
BLM Bakersfield Field Office issues seasonal fire restrictions.
BLM Bishop Field Office issues seasonal fire restrictions
BLM Central Coast Field Office issues seasonal fire restrictions
BLM Mother Lode Field Office initiates seasonal fire restrictions
BLM initiates seasonal fire and target shooting restrictions in the California Desert District
BLM initiates Whitewater Canyon closure due to increased wildfire risk

PLUS Check out the latest #WildlandFireOutlook! Available here. (NIFC Facebook)
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• The Homestead Valley Community Council (HVCC) holds an impromptu council meeting, to catch up on long-postponed business in a socially-acceptable socially-distant way, at Homestead Valley Park.

You’ll receive another installment of this newsletter after this meeting –  we hope to report the resumption of regular monthly meetings.

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• Our friends working on disaster preparedness look like they will be sending out newsletters reasonably often. Get advance notices about disaster training dates, and info on everything they are doing in the community, including food giveaways.

To get on the e-mail list, you can reach them at

Meantime, stay safe and well, and look forward to more good times.

Betty Munson

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