Johnson Valley News 8/7/2020

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• Well, are the three weeks up yet? You know, the three weeks the latest lockdown was supposed to last?
The Johnson Valley Improvement Association’s traditional First Saturday in August Dinner did not happen. Before that, the Fourth of July’s Two-Buck Chuckwagon was a no-go. Before that, no June Spaghetti Dinner, no Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, no April Spring Dinner. Mm, mm, mm, how time flies when you’re not having fun.
At least, the Johnson Valley Saturday Breakfast continues, as a to-go operation. This last remaining source of income for maintenance of the Community Center saw a goodly increase in attendance last week. The Johnson Valley Improvement Association thanks you for your patronage and thanks to the volunteers who make it happen!
This Saturday, August 8, promises to be somewhat cooler during the breakfast hours of 7:00 and 10:00 a.m. (between 60° and 78° if you can believe that). A good thing, since we can allow you to enter the Community Center only to place your order. Our servers bring your orders outside, to take home, or to picnic in the Garden next to the parking lot.
To shorten your wait time somewhat, you might call before you come, 760-792-4555. If the line is busy, please keep calling; messages can’t be monitored.

• Since the Homestead Valley Community Council published their Resolution in support of local, state, and federal law enforcement, recognizing their officers’ commitment to public safety and calling for increased funding, we received messages thanking the Council for that action. 
The Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association (LVEDA) forwarded it to the County Board of Supervisors. 
The latest comment was a thank-you letter from Sheriff John McMahon himself. 
If you have not seen the Resolution, check it out at
p.s. The next HVCC meeting will be at the Yucca Mesa Community Center, Monday, August 17. Fire Tax on the agenda.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^HWY 18 DELAYS
• Speaking of LVEDA, its President Chuck Bell reminds us of road work delays on Hwy 18, between Central Rd. in Apple Valley to the west of Fairlane Rd. in Lucerne Valley.

He says, “Take a book with you!  Open your car windows and enjoy the nice cool air. Schedule your trips to AV accordingly.” Yeah, cool.

Heading west out of Lucerne Valley on Hwy 18, you may encounter a lane closure from as early as 6:00 a.m. to as late as 3:00 p.m. To check out day and time, log onto www.quick Click on the “Options” menu, go to “Road Conditions.” Check “Fast/Slow,” “Lane Closures,” and “Full Closures.” Scroll northward on the San Bernardino map to see where the halt is before you leave.

As impatient as you may be, this work will repair a bunch of annoying-to-dangerous pavement failures. If you head that way often, you will be smiling pretty soon.

• Wildfire occupies everyone’s attention around here lately. The first columns of smoke from the Apple fire towered high enough to look like it was just over the next ridge, and we could smell it. Since then, those signs have drifted out of sight and scent in Johnson Valley.
However, our friends in Pioneertown are on standby, and some fire appliances had positioned themselves in the area yesterday. Ash drifting down over Yucca Valley made others nervous.

Too many of us recall the hell that former JV resident Ed Warren and his family went through when they were caught up in the Camp fire and they had to escape their home in Paradise so suddenly.

NOTE: We know so many these days explore off-road flying your drones to peek over ridgelines and canyons seeking out trails. However, restrain yourself if you feel the temptation to looky-loo at the Apple fire or any other for that matter.

The firefighters use drones to gather information otherwise out of reach and invisible. We know you would never stand in front of a fire truck, keeping it from reaching the fighting line. Your drone might just do the same damage.

You probably have heard it: “If you fly, we can’t.” They don’t mean just drones, they mean they ground every aerial assistance, helicopters, and airplanes, too. Pilot distraction and collision hazards simply make flying too risky.

Also, BLM and NPS remind outdoor enthusiasts to be extra-extra-careful while taking your precautions to prevent wildfire. Don’t leave until you KNOW that fire is dead.
EVACUATION ORDERS as of this morning:
“Evacuation Orders for Riverside County have been lifted. An Evacuation Warning is still in effect for the area east of Potrero Road, north of Morongo Road and west of Whitewater Canyon Road.

“For San Bernardino County Residents: The community of Oak Glen remains under an evacuation order. Forest Falls, Pioneertown, and Rimrock are all under an evacuation warning.

“The San Gorgonio Wilderness has been closed to all use. An Emergency Forest Closure Order is in effect as of August 2, 2020. The order prohibits all entry into the San Gorgonio Wilderness and some adjacent areas. This order also includes the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail between the Forest Boundary and Forest Road 1N01. Additionally, all Forest Service recreation areas in the Forest Falls area are closed. Fire restrictions have increased across the San Bernardino National Forest.”
To new readers of this JV NEWS who have not visited the Johnson Valley Community Center, and those who figure we may have sunk into the sunset:

The address is 50567A Quailbush Rd. Johnson Valley, CA 92285,
and Kim still picks up the mail.

From Hwy 247, turn onto Larrea Rd, go 1-3/4 miles to Quailbush. The building is on your left at the corner.

The Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden is next to the parking lot, open to all, lots to see.

Everyone is welcome to every event at the Center; you do not have to be a JVIA member. However, the only event happening these days: the JVIA Saturday Breakfast between 7:00-10:00 a.m. (see info above).

Of course, you can address questions or comments to me anytime –

• How quickly stuff can change. The wind changed direction. The distant mountains across the highway from the community of Johnson Valley have disappeared.
• Morongo Valley folks now are under an evacuation warning.
• Chuck Bell reports the latest Caltrans announcement says workdays on Hwy 18 are now 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Betty Munson

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