Johnson Valley News 8/18/2017

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• Save 33% when you order your Oktoberfest admission tickets at the Early Bird discount price of 8.00 per person. The price will be 12.00 after September 25, and at the door on the big day, Saturday, October 7.
Log on to to buy your tickets online with secure credit card purchase.
Or get them when you come to the center for the September 2nd Lasagne Dinner, or at the Saturday Breakfasts between now and September 23, 7:00-10:00 a.m.

The patio Beer Garden behind the Johnson Valley Community center will open at 3:00 p.m., serving 14 craft beers and a cider created by Mojave Desert Brewers Guild. See the Brew Menu on the website, too.
Buffet dinner of German-style dishes is from 5:00-6:00.

You can get souvenir pub glasses and T-shirts at the party. As soon as we confirm available colors, you can even reserve and pay for your T-shirts online, details shortly!

If the wind stays calm on October 7th, you will be able to watch the model railway running in the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next to the parking lot at the Community Center. This makes the third year the trains will operate, and the eighth year for our Oktoberfest – bigger and better than ever!

• E-MAIL ME if you want to see the agenda for this Monday’s meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council, and you are not already on the HVCC Interest list.

We hope our representatives from the Sheriff’s Dept and our firefighters have time off from emergencies to attend. They are always invited.

A lot to discuss:
– The Board of Supervisors 5-hour hearing on the Renewable Energy and Conservation (REC) Element for the County Plan.
-Yet another application for an enormous solar project – 990 acres about two miles south of the Ord Mountain Solar 483-acre project and Edison’s Calcite substation north of Lucerne Valley, right on the Barstow Road section of Hwy 247.
– Recent developments in the campaign for Scenic Highway 247.

These issues affect us all in the Homestead Valley. They affect everyone in San Bernardino County one way or another. You are invited to come talk about them.

We meet this month in the Yucca Mesa Community Center at 3:00, Monday, August 21. From Hwy 247, turn onto Aberdeen Road. At Balsa Ave turn left. The center is at 3133 Balsa on your right.

p.s. To compare the Final Draft of the REC Element presented in April with the version adopted by the Supervisors log on to

Look on Page 39. for RE Policy 4.10, generated from previous public comment at the Planning Commission.  4.10 deleted from the REC Element as accepted.

To find out exactly what happened to this Policy, watch the video of the Supervisors’ Hearing:
At 1:47 Terri Rahhal of Land Use Services and Supervisor Ramos discuss RE Policy 4.10
Residents waited a long time to make their 3-minute statements. Toward the later part of the meeting, we heard the representative of the construction unions begin their arguments against RE Policy 4.10, and there were a couple of environmentalist oppositions.
The Supervisors voted to approve the REC Element, minus the 4.10 section and also to eliminate the 10mw or greater definition of utility-scale projects.

These were sent back to the Planning Commission for further study.

As a side note: Chairman Lovingood stated he considers these solar projects a dead technology.

We hope agreement on establishing dead zones for their construction happens before the dead technology spreads like kudzu over a dead desert.

• Last Saturday’s Bake Sale Auction drew only a small crowd to come in out of the heat, but it still raised welcome funds for the operation of the Community Center.

Thanks to Arlan Hawthorne, auctioneer (and occasional bidder), to Kim Abramson, cashier keeping up with the bidding, and to our baker contributors for covering the tables with so many good things: Joann Davidson, Barbara Harris, Michele Hawthorne, and Linda Walsh.

Barbara’s stories from her research on the Legends of Giant Rock and the Integratron continue to expand, and new pictures come to light. Giant Rock amazes even before you ever hear any of the tales of spies and UFO conventions. No surprise it attracts legends, just your first sighting of it amazes you.

• Finding out that people feel no qualms at trashing the area around Giant Rock amazes you, too. Barbara had told us of what looked like a suddenly-abandoned encampment in the neighborhood of the boulder, leaving discarded food, clothing, and worse, seemed unbelievable.

We are delighted to hear some folks have already mobilized to get this trash dump out of the desert. The Landers Association’s Judy Laffoon sent this link to the Giant Rock Clean Up Event on September 9th, 8:00 -11:00 a.m.

Judy wrote, “ Karyl Newman of Blight Sites – 310-766-9476, created the event and will be following up with a flyer that can also be shared. Landers Association, Blight Sites, Mojave Desert Land Trust, and BLM are co-hosting the clean up. There are already residents who heard the story on Z107.7 and are making clean up runs at Giant Rock on their own. Apparently, we as a Community take great pride and ownership of our wonderful Giant Rock.”

If you decide to join the cleanup, remember your good shoes, work gloves, hat, sunblock and plenty of water!

• Change of timing for Saturday, September 2.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. at the Johnson Valley Community Center

At 5:00, see the demonstration by Manuel Borges, handcrafter of primitive bows and arrows!

Dinner at 5:30 includes o-oh-so-o-delicious lasagne with garlic bread, salad and dessert, donation just 7.00 per person, 4.00 for kids 12 and younger.

After dinner, around 5:45, the JVIA General Meeting will begin. We’ll be catching you up on Oktoberfest plans, and the Early Bird tickets will be on sale (they cost only 8.00 per person before September 25 – afterward and at the door they will cost 12.00).

The Johnson Valley Community Center
Mailing address; 50567A Quailbush Rd. Johnson Valley CA 92285   Phone: 760-364-3575 (no voice mail)

From Scenic 247, between mile markers 21 and 22 turn onto Larrea Rd. (paved), go 1-3/4 miles up to the corner of Quailbush Rd.

The Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden adjoins the parking lot on the east side of the Community Center.

The Johnson Valley Directory is for sale in the lobby, 3.00 tax included

Betty Munson

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