Johnson Valley News 6/5/2020

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Our apologies. The Johnson Valley Community Center remains closed this Saturday, June 4. However, this unusual weather blowing hot and cold works in our favor again. At least for this Saturday morning, June 6, we can offer you breakfast-to-go again, to eat here or take home.
The forecast says between our breakfast hours of 7:00-10:00 a.m. the temperature will range from 56° up to 69°.

We expected to have to be inside in air-conditioned comfort, but that idea has lost its charm again. The hall needs more clearing out anyway if we expect to observe social distancing. (The tables and chairs moved for spacing may be out on the back patio, if you prefer to eat outside. Or carry-out to a bench in the garden next to the parking lot if you prefer.)

So, the cashier station set-up by the front door still makes social distancing easy, and our servers will bring your breakfast outside.

Choose from our traditional favorites or Breakfast Burritos. You can order your breakfasts in advance. Just phone Kim after 7:00 a.m. at 760-792-4555. Call back if her line is busy.

Or, come on over to the parking lot or park on the street. Order from Kim in person at the cashier station. The Breakfast Burrito and the Large breakfasts are 6.00, and the Small breakfast, 4.00.
Cash or credit card accepted. Enjoy!

Reminder, we have Johnson Valley Sidekick Bandana Maps back in stock, big bandanas silkscreened with a topo map showing the trails out in the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area. Don’t leave home without it, only 8.00. The folding paper Sidekick Map also includes trail descriptions, only 3.00.

The “Heart Bar and Johnson Valley Neighbors” book of local ranching and homesteading days although we may need to re-order soon. Written by Johnson Valley homesteader and historian Martha Coutant, with her original files preserved by her son, Stan, also a historian, we have them for 20.00 each.

For those of you who have not visited The Johnson Valley Community Center before, from Old Woman Springs Road (Hwy 247), between mile markers 21 and 22, look for the big red Johnson Valley sign at Larrea Road. Turn onto Larrea Road (paved), go 1-3/4 miles up to Quailbush Road. The large building is on the corner to your left, you can’t miss it!

• Jason Hansen sends an update and reminder of the Red Cross Ready Training WebEx event online for Monday, June 8, at 10:00 a.m.
I am forwarding Jason’s e-mail to you shortly, in case your address is not on their contact list.

• We read about this in Congressman Paul Cook’s newsletter, which circulated an Op-Ed in the San Bernardino Sun:

“In his latest budget revision, which reflects a deficit brought on by COVID-19 and by the state’s stay-at-home order, Gov. Gavin Newsom proposes closing one of the state’s finest and most useful facilities, an idea so detached from reality that it would actually increase costs, while displacing nearly 200 veterans — many with serious medical conditions — and add 200 of the facility’s workers to the already overwhelmed unemployment line…

“The Barstow Veterans Home was built to serve veterans in a location central to many military installations: Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, the National Training Center at Ft. Irwin, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms and Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. These bases, along with former military installations like George Air Force Base in Victorville and Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino, have led to a high concentration of retired military veterans in our region.”

Four of our elected representatives signed this letter:
Paul Cook represents the 8th District in the House of Representatives.
Shannon Grove represents the 16th District in the California State Senate.
Jay Obernolte represents the 33rd District in the California Assembly.
Dawn Rowe represents District 3 on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

• Sgt. Lonnie Siebert from the Lucerne Valley Substation wrote:

“On Thursday, May 28, 2020, the Sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team spent the day in the Lucerne Valley. Assisting the team were deputies, detectives, sergeants and lieutenants from throughout the county, Fish and Wildlife, Code Enforcement and even some Army Reserves attached with Fish and Wildlife. In all we had 75 personnel assigned to five teams. 
 “We served 28 search warrants on properties with illegal grows. We arrested 10, seized over 13,000 plants and over 400 pounds of processed marijuana. The total wholesale value of those plants if they were harvested would be over 6 million dollars. The wholesale cost of the processed marijuana would be over $400,000.00!
“So we put a dent in the market and hopefully sent a message that illegal outdoor marijuana grows will continue to be taken down, and violators prosecuted. Maybe they will move to another county?”
Or, maybe another state? How about a deserted island in the Bermuda Triangle?
We hope the Sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team can come to our district and catch up on all the tips and reports?


Everyone stay safe. It’s a jungle out there.
p.s. Hoping to have a July-August issue of the Johnson Valley journal. If you have pictures or stories or oldtimers’ history, the deadline to e-mail them to me is June 12.

Betty Munson

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