Johnson Valley News 8/9/2019

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Don’t you just hate seeing clouds, and wind coming up? Wondering if
you’ll get another unannounced blackout because somebody has decided you
live in a high fire risk area?

To see if you do live in a high risk area, check the map at

wait. Unless you are very familiar with local geography, it will not
tell you much. No roads. No community names. Just County boundary lines
and blobs of red and orange.

Edison also supplies lots of helpful tips, how to plan for an unplanned blackout, “Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).”

help the poor souls unable to deal with a generator, or even afford
one. Too bad if you rely on the grid for medical equipment. Too bad if
the high temperatures affect your health (and we always hear good
advice: stay indoors, keep cool – hah!– drink lots of water). And good

• Well, let’s
think about fun things now. Like food. Like how great last Saturday’s
Fried Chicken Dinner turned out. Like looking forward to the September 7th Lasagna Dinner at the Johnson Valley Community Center. And the 10th Annual Oktoberfest on Saturday afternoon, October 12,
with fresh-baked pretzel bites to go with our craft beer or cider and
the wonderful buffet of German-style dishes. Mark the dates on your
calendar and stay tuned for more details about each event!

• The Big Bear Valley Historical Society invites you to another history tour, next Thursday, August 15.

Meet up at the Discovery Center at 9:00 a.m. to carpool to tour new museum displays regarding the CCC.  It’s at 40971 North Shore Drive (Hwy 38) in Fawnskin.

that tour, curator, Jonnie Vindiola, will lead the group around the
North Shore of Big Bear Lake, to several historical sites, which match
displays and pictures in the Historical Society Museum.

They finish in Fawnskin at the old Post Office, then go for a picnic in Miller Park…Bring a lunch!

For more details, please call Marilyn McDonald, Field Trip Chairperson, at 909-744-4768.

• The Homestead Valley Community Council meets in the Yucca Mesa Community Center this month. Date: Monday, August 19. Time: 3:00 p.m. Place: 3133 Balsa Ave. (three miles from Hwy 247, turn left). Plenty to talk about!

HVCC represents the four Homestead Valley communities: Yucca Mesa, Flamingo Heights, Landers and Johnson Valley.

However, we share many concerns with other desert communities and folks attend from all over.

are delighted to report that the HVCC. the JVIA, and lots of
individuals signed on to the Coalition letter written by Steve Mills. He
called out all the defects of not only the Countywide Plan but also
that Environmental Impact Report. 

From the outset, we objected
to their throwing out our Homestead Valley Community Plan of 2007 to
make impractical “action plans.” They ignored years of public objections
to renewable energy projects destroying the desert, then ignored
addressing our objections in the EIR.

Everyone welcome to the HVCC: guest comments come first on the agenda.


Reminder, if you have a story, photos, or an ad for the Sep-Oct issue
of the Johnson Valley Journal, please call or e-mail me by tomorrow, Friday, August 9. Our readers like stories about olden days in JV, adventures, and wildlife photos.

• We have been extended an opportunity to weigh in this month about the issues facing the High Desert.

You can share what you like about our region and what needs to improve.

There are 3 surveys: for residents, for people that work in our region, and for those that work in government.

Take the survey most relevant to you and let us know what you think. Be a part of the solution.

Take the survey at

Or on Facebook:

our 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.

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 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,
760-792-4555, or in person at Saturday Breakfast.

Thanks to Arlan and Michele Hawthoerne for volunteering for two weeks in a row!

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.
-Quilters: EACH Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
-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 we
host 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
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta 2020 will be Saturday afternoon, May 2. General Meetings are not held on those months.

Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden looks amazingly good considering the
relentless heat we experience – but some of those plants prefer it!

PICTURES? We hear photos taken by visitors to the Garden show up on
Facebook and elsewhere. The surprise: when you look for “Johnson Valley
Community Center” on Google Maps and the first picture you see is the
airplane wind vane! (Some nice comments, too.)

THANKS to Garden
visitors answering the call and e-mailing pictures you have taken! Can’t
have too many! We plan a page on the website, and using them in the

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

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.)

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.

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.

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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