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Johnson Valley News 7/26/2019

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IN THE DARK

On both Tuesday and Wednesday, Johnson Valley has suffered power
outages in the afternoon well into the evening and the dead of night,
too. Several neighbors received updates stating power would be restored
but at widely varying times.

Wednesday morning, an Edison
robocall woke me up at 7:00 a.m. informing us our power had been
restored, which we had known since about 2:00 a.m when lights and AC
woke us up.

Thursday morning we received another call from Edison
informing us our power had again been restored, which we had known
since about 12:30 a.m when lights, AC, and TV woke us up.

Both
outages had finally ended, but not at the same time for everyone: one
neighbor had his lights back several hours before we did.

When I called for updates, SCE informed me at various times:
-The crew is aware of the problem and will respond in five hours
-Power will be restored at 6:00 p.m. Then 11:00 p.m.
-Additional service crews are needed, power will be restored at 2:00 am

I
called SCE this again morning to ask some questions about these unusual
events. After the recorded message repeated for the umpteenth time not
to touch a live wire, duh, I finally got to talk to a human. I was told
the report read:
“Equipment failure due to weather conditions, most likely due to heat.”
When I asked, two different outages? “Maybe other failures.”
Maybe?
Then after a delay, he told me, “It was a broken cross arm.” Then,
“They completed replacing the broken cross arm this morning.”
I asked, had they put a bandaid on it on Wednesday morning, that failed?
Finally,
the person said he would ask his supervisor if he had more details.
After a couple of minutes on hold, the annoying recording asked me to
take an end-of-call survey. The first question, what is your opinion of
SCE in general as a power supplier, or words to that effect. I hung up
without giving it the benefit of my opinion.

First
of all, last month on June 13 or 14, a crew on Quailbush Rd. told a
neighbor they came out here to replace cross arms on the power poles.
Did they overlook a bad one? Or do a sloppy job?

Later
today, I heard this explanation thirdhand from a “reliable source” I do
not want to get into trouble. See what you make of it.

You
may have heard about Edison’s new computerized system to protect
everyone from a wildfire caused by weather conditions such as high
winds, high heat, or lightning. Why? Because Pacific Gas & Electric
had the fingers pointed at them after the Camp Fire that destroyed most
of Paradise, a town set on a slope, amid hundreds of trees.

Evidently,
Edison singled out Johnson Valley in this area to enjoy the benefits of
this computerized outage because we have no pressurized water system.
Not that you can do much about a wildfire with your garden hose, or
should even try. Not that Calfire ever mapped a fire anywhere along Hwy
247 larger than three acres since record-keeping began after World War
II. We discovered this when protesting the Calfire Fire Protection Tax
we ended up paying for four years (no refunds yet).

So
the computer shuts us down. A person on call drives up here from Palm
Springs, examines JV section by section, inspecting each power pole,
logging it, then restarting each section. Which explains the variation
in times the power returned to our houses.

Now,
we all have heard the dire warnings that excessive heat is dangerous to
your health. We all hear if you have heart problems, don’t get
overheated.

When complaining about our power outages in the heat
of the day, a neighbor heard that this was the justification: “Better a
few people die than a whole city burn.” That makes me feel special.

p.s.
In case you hear the thunder rolling right now (4:50) the little rain
we have today must be assuring our computer master that we are cool and
dead calm, no candidate for wildfire.

Oops. Cancel that. Power out 4:55.
Edison truck spotted in Yucca Valley, about 5:40. Oh well.

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FRIED CHICKEN
• Winner, winner, chicken dinner! ­
Next Saturday, August 3, the Johnson Valley Fried Chicken Dinner menu has a lot to tempt you.
-Delicious fried chicken
-Mashed potatoes and gravy
-Fresh coleslaw
– Fresh potato salad-Your
choice of desserts. (Two we know of: cherry chocolate sheet cake and
baked rice pudding. Linda Walsh has not settled on which other recipes
she will use.)
So
remind yourself not to miss this dinner, back by popular demand and a
bargain: only 7.00 per person; kids 12 and younger, 4.00.
Doors
open at the Johnson Valley Community Center at 4:30 p.m. Chicken at
5:00. From Hwy 247, between mileposts 20 and 21, at the big red Johnson
Valley sign, turn onto Larrea Rd., and go 1-3/4 miles. You see the
building on your left, 50567 Quailbush Rd.
You do not have to be a
member of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association to stay after
dinner for the news, announcements, the JVIA General Meeting, and door
prizes. Find out what is going on around here.
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MINER FIFTY-NINERS

Any miners (not minors) reading this? Just in case: The Bureau of Land
Management reminds claimants who wish to retain their existing mining
claims on federal public lands through the 2020 assessment year to pay a
maintenance fee or file a Maintenance Fee Waiver Certification (Small
Miner’s Waiver) on or before Tuesday, September 3, to prevent the mining claim from being declared forfeit and void.

We
know some claims were filed all around Johnson Valley in homesteader
days and after; in fact, all around the High Desert. So, in case you had
not noticed some teeny public notice before now, here’s your heads up. 
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^OKTOBERFEST BREWSJust
in! Dampfbier, Raspberry Wheat Beer, Fall Spiced Apple Cider, just
three of the craft beers you will see on the 2019 Brew Menu for the 10th
Annual Johnson Valley Oktoberfest.
We will soon post the entire menu of seven beers and two hard ciders well in advance of the big party coming up on Saturday, October 12, and all the other details, too! Stay tuned.
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FREQUENTLY ANSWERED QUESTIONS
New
members of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association, you will receive
the Johnson Valley Journal six times a year. The next issue should
arrive early in September.

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 Association.

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.

If
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.

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BREAKFAST HELP STILL WANTED!

If you can volunteer a few hours on a Saturday morning, consider joining
one of the breakfast crews! Cooks and pancake cooks needed, plus help
with serving, dishwashing, or cashiering. Talk to Kim Abramson to find
out what is needed, 760-792-4555.

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OFF-ROADERS WELCOME
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.

The
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.)

If
you are adventuring out in all this heat, 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.

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ABOUT THE COMMUNITY CENTER
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 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:

-The
Homestead Valley Community Council holds regular meetings here 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 great German buffet.
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta 2020 will be Saturday afternoon, May 2. General Meetings are not held on those months.

THE GARDEN NEXT DOOR
The
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. Some trees look stressed, but so do
we all at over 100° in the shade. When we find shade. Forecast to be a
little cooler this weekend.

It is too hot for train watching comfort in the Garden right now.

-Remember,
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.

ADDRESS & DIRECTIONS
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.

www.johnsonvalley.com

Betty Munson

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One Response to Johnson Valley News 7/26/2019

  1. Betty Munson
    Betty Munson July 26, 2019 at 7:52 am

    So too are they unusual events electrical outages in unincorporated 29 and other areas in the MB. Seems each rainfall the grid goes down in patchwork throughout the areas.

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