Johnson Valley News 7/12/2019

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The big red Johnson Valley sign on Hwy 247 we always mention in
directions to our dinners and other events – well, we get the word from
Caltrans it must move farther away from the highway and from Larrea
Road. Or go away.

The same goes for the smaller sign for the First Baptist Church.

Of course we will move it, but first, we need an ok from the landowners – nothing is easy in this world.

big red sign sits on Caltrans right of way. Evidently illegal for at
least 30 years, they gave the community 30 days to move it.

the meantime, the usual suspects, JVIA Volunteers, are putting their
heads together to figure ways and means to uproot our illegal landmark.
We know it withstood wind, weather, and earthquake all these years. How
well can it withstand uprooting? We shall see.

• Hwy 247 also figures on the agenda of issues to discuss at the Homestead Valley Community Council this Monday, July 15.
We invited Lt. Cooper, Commander of the California Highway Patrol for
our area, to discuss our highway safety problems with us. He confirmed
that he or a representative would be there.

We also hope to hear updates on the County Fire Tax and the litigation against it.

Alert! The meeting time is delayed to 4:00 p.m. due to a conflict with a conference call from County Land Use Services concerning Scenic 247.

to the Flamingo Heights Community Center, 55977 Perris Rd. From Hwy
247, turn at La Copine Restaurant; the center is just ahead, on your

• We
doubt that many plan to come for off-road recreation in the Johnson
Valley OHV Area in our August heat, but just in case, the area the
public shares with the Marine Corps stays open this August. They
announced that plans for 2019 training exercises do not include the
Shared Use Area.

So, if you do go out, take plenty more water
than you think you need, travel with other vehicles, make sure you
receive a cell phone signal (usually ok for all except ATT, but check it
out). Actually, just common sense any month of the year.

can download the Discover Johnson Valley app free to your cell phone,
and be sure you avoid accidental trespass onto the Combat Center.


A chronic problem, especially after long weekends: some visitors to the
area near the historic Rock Corral have fun doing some target practice,
but that’s not all. Rather than take aim at rocks or paper targets,
they take the trouble to bring their own targets. But that’s not all.
The targets they bring include such appliances as refrigerators and TVs
(are they such poor marksmen they can’t hit a ring on a standard paper
target?). But that’s not all. They leave the shot-up remnants of their
targets, glass, trash, brass and shotshells littered all over the place.

Maybe their mamas never make them clean up after themselves? Maybe they
do not plan ever to return and have to look at the mess? Maybe they
have made return trips and found the trash cleaned up? Maybe they think
the Bureau of Land Management sends out a clean-up crew? Maybe they
don’t think.

members of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association, you will receive
the Johnson Valley Journal six times a year. By now, you should have
received your first issue. The next issue should arrive early in

The JVIA General Meeting after the first Saturday
Dinners is another resource for finding out what’s happening around
here, and what’s happening with the Johnson Valley Improvement

In between Journals, this JV NEWS e-mail includes
stories and information published in the weekly community news columns
in the Hi-Desert Star.

If you prefer not to receive these e-mails, reply and say Cancel.

you are not a JVIA member yet, you may join anytime, only 15.00 per
person for the rest of 2019. Application forms are on the lobby desk at
the Center.


If you can volunteer some hours on a Saturday morning, consider joining
one of the breakfast crews! Cooks and pancake cooks needed, plus help
with serving, dishwashing, or cashiering. Please talk to Kim Abramson,

Stop by
the Community Center between 7:00-10:00 a.m. for the Saturday Breakfast
with a never-empty coffee cup. Large breakfast, only 6.00! Small
breakfast, 4.00.

Navigating by GPS? – find your way to the Community Center:
34.3424938     -116.56066880000003.

best way to the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area using community
roads: go straight down to Hwy 247 on the road nearest you. You can
cross directly over the highway legally to the dirt trail running along
the north side of Hwy 247. (Please stay on the dirt shoulders if you
travel on the paved Larrea Road while in or on a green-sticker vehicle.)

days are getting hotter! Take more water than you think you need, tell
people where you plan to go. Verizon has pretty good cell coverage out
there; ATT not so much. Never go out there alone.

Slow, please,
on the community roads. Lots of blind corners, you can’t see what’s
coming. Remember, any vehicle, street-legal or not, going over 25mph
damages dirt roads. Delivery vehicles and the trash truck do the worst,
but OHVs get the blame. Noise can carry, and dust can drift a long way.
Let’s not annoy the folks who live here.

Both JVIA members and non-members are welcome to scheduled activities and special events!

Regularly-scheduled events:

    -Saturday Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

-Dinner: every 1st Saturday at 5:00 p.m. followed by the General
Meeting (except May and October). Non-members also welcome.     

    -JVIA Board Meeting: Friday following the 1st Saturday, 6:00 p.m.

    -Card Club: Pinochle on Tuesdays, noon-4:00 p.m.

    -NEW  Quilters: EACH Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

    -NEW  Hobby Club: EACH Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Special events:

Homestead Valley Community Council holds regular meetings in Johnson
Valley three times a year on the third Monday, at 3:00 p.m. The next is
on October 21.

-JVIA Fundraising events:
Planning in the works now, for JVIA 10th Annual Oktoberfest! Saturday afternoon, October 12, with lots of craft beers and cider, and a delicious German buffet.
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta 2020 will be Saturday afternoon, May 2. General Meetings are not held in October or May, only fun stuff.

Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden now shows off brilliant flowers on
the Orange Jubilees and oleanders, well-established on the land next to
the Community Center parking area. Underground irrigation and plantings
that tolerate dry heat and love warm nights surround relics from
homesteading days in Johnson Valley.
It will probably be too hot for
train watching comfort right now, but you can ask the cashier at
Saturday Breakfast if the Garden Railway model trains will run. I’m sure
the crew will not be available for the next couple of Saturdays.

if you are planning a birthday or anniversary celebration, a wedding or
other family gathering, the Community Center and the Garden are usually
available. JVIA asks for a donation to cover overheads and that you
leave the place as you found it.

Johnson Valley Community Center
50567 Quailbush Rd.
Johnson Valley CA 92285

From Hwy 247, turn onto Larrea Rd,
go 1-3/4 miles up to the corner of Quailbush Rd.
You see the Community Center on your left.

Betty Munson

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One Response to Johnson Valley News 7/12/2019

  1. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter July 12, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    Traffic dangering telephone poles are okay alongside the highway, yet here in our rural backyard a little red sign that has been there for years is a menace? That is all part of our rural area, and that sign is a part of the scenic route designation we all would like to see happen. Many people don’t know exactly where they are until they see the little red sign. These are MAC issues that I feel never get discussed because everything is from government top down. Our issues get buried.


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