Johnson Valley News 6/22/2018

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Saturday, July 7, at 5:00 p.m. the legendary Two-Buck Chuckwagon comes to Johnson Valley hauling some tasty grub to the Community Center.

You are invited to enjoy cookout hot dogs and hamburgers in cool air-conditioned comfort, with potato salad and chips on the side, raspberry iced tea, and special dessert treats. All this for a mere two bucks a head, and Little Britches chows down for only one buck.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m., good eats at 5:00.

After dinner, the first JVIA General Meeting since April is a must, if you want to catch up on everything that’s been happening. We want to hear your stories about the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and the Landowners Jamboree. We will also vote on a small change in the By-Laws.

You do not have to be a JVIA member to stay for the meeting; it’s open for everyone.

• At the June 18th meeting in Johnson Valley of the Homestead Valley Community Council, the Scenic 247 campaign was on the agenda – and the question of Land Use Services Department not showing us their draft of the County’s Letter of Intent to Caltrans.

County now says, no letter until the Scenic 247 Committee finishes all the work on a Visual Assessment of non-scenic intrusions on the scenic corridor and a corridor management plan. The Committee volunteered to do this just to get it done. Many delays over many years…

HVCC represents the four unincorporated communities of Yucca Mesa, Landers, Flamingo Heights and Johnson Valley to local, county, state and federal officials. The clash of developers’ applications for 5,000+ acres of industrial solar fields with a Scenic Highway running through them is just the latest.

Flamingo Heights Community Center hosts the next HVCC meeting on Monday, July 16, at 3:00 p.m. 55977 Perris Rd. Please attend. The outcome of Industrial Solar vs. Scenic Highway affects us all.

• Household Hazardous Wastes make up a category of throwaways that must not go into the landfill.

Do you have stuff on hand you need to get rid of? The Household Hazardous Waste Collection in Lucerne Valley will take it off your hands this Saturday, June 23, between 9:00 a.m. and noon:



Only 23 miles (of scenic travel) west of JV, behind the Fire Stations on Hwy 247. Turn left at Ladera Rd.

• Reminder, this Saturday afternoon, June 23, 3:00-5:00 p.m., the “Evening Desert Series” by the Lucerne Valley Museum Association sponsors historian Cliff Walker at the Moose Lodge. Prohibition in the high desert made some history, too.

Free admission, free chicken tacos and for adults, moonshine samples, a speaker you want to hear!

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.

• On Friday, June 30, you can find “Cool Deals by the Light of the June Moon” at the Marketplace/Yard Sale from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Morongo Basin Historical Society Museum & Research Center, 632  Landers Lane.


  • new portable dishwasher
  • bread makers
  • espresso/coffee maker


  • Dark brown leather  6 ft. sofa
  • 2 cream color leather recliners – one Papa Bear


  • Folding rocker
  • Combo BBQ/cooler and grill to-go


  • Fabulous Laura Ashley matching set: Quilt and full sheets, drapes, and towels
  • White sheer full-length curtains with valences, still in the package


Books • DVDs • Beanie Babies • Dolls • Games • Toys • Jigsaw puzzles • Jeans $2 • Jackets $1 • All other clothes 50¢

From Larrea Rd. in Johnson Valley, turn right on Hwy 247, go 10.5 miles to Reche Rd. Turn left and go 3 miles, turn right at the Post Office corner onto Landers Lane. MBHS is .3 miles on your right.

This event supports their mission to preserve history around the Morongo Basin.

To our 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.

JVIA publishes the Johnson Valley Journal 6 times a year, which mails to members. If you are not a member, pick up an application when you come to the Community Center. Or e-mail me; I can e-mail a form you can download and print. We need the form with your check to process the membership.

You get added details here in between Journals, that space restrictions in the newspaper do not allow, as well as items specific to JVIA members. You usually will receive the JV NEWS once a week.

If you do not want to receive these e-mails, just reply and say Cancel.

We usually repeat the following address and general information, 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, do not go on the highway right of way. A dirt trail parallels it on the north side. Cross the highway legally to any of the community roads.

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.

See you at Saturday Breakfast, 7:00-10:00 a.m!
Check out the literature rack in the lobby. We stocked it with handouts and brochures given to us by our Jamboree Resource Fair participants!


Betty Munson

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