Johnson Valley News: Turkey Dinner, Quilt Raffle, RECE Vote finally! MBHS Huge Sale

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• This Saturday, November 3rd, how does this sound?
Turkey, roasted to perfection.
Savory stuffing.
Mashed potatoes and turkey gravy.
Green beans seasoned with bacon and onion.
Apple pie or pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

This sounds like it’s time to head for our famous Turkey Dinner in Johnson Valley!

Bring your friends; it’s just 10.00 per person; for kids 12 and younger, 5.00.

open at 4:30 p.m. Dinner at 5:00, in the Johnson Valley Community
Center. Stay after dinner for the Raffle drawing, Announcements, and the
JVIA General Meeting which will be around 6:00 p.m. Catch up on
everything going on!

RAFFLE GIFTS Several businesses in Yucca
Valley have donated gift cards for our fundraising raffle – thanks to
Kim Abramson for calling on them and picking up the prizes!

Raffle tickets are 1.00 each, six for 5.00.
your tickets when you come to Saturday Breakfast or the Turkey Dinner.
The drawing will be held shortly after dinner and before the
Announcements, about 5:45-6:00 p.m. If you can’t stay for the drawing,
write your name and phone number on the back of your tickets before
turning them in!

RAFFLE QUILT  Get your tickets now to enter the raffle for the gorgeous quilt you will see on display at the Center.

to the Association by Johnson Valley Quilter Carole Bickel, it’s a
queen-sized work of art. These tickets are also 1.00 each, six for 5.00.
This drawing will be held after the December 1st Holiday Dinner; write
your name and phone number on the back of your tickets if you think you
might not be here!


• After months of delay, the Policy 4.10 part of the County Renewable Energy Element (RECE) of the County Plan comes to a vote at the Board of Supervisors meeting, Tuesday, November 6.

The Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association (LVEDA) is sponsoring a special meeting tomorrow, Thursday, November 1st
rallying desert residents to comment in person to the Supervisors. This
is at the Lucerne Valley Senior Center behind the library on Hwy 247,
starting at 6:00 p.m. (p.s. get the latest on the lawsuits against the County Fire parcel tax, too!)

Chuck Bell, president of LVEDA, explained, we’re sending comments –”but
need to get as many there as we can. It worked for the Planning
Commission hearing where we got what we wanted. Need to do the same for
this hearing too.  It will determine if industrial-scale solar will be
allowed within areas that have community plans – or not.

“This really is a do or die issue for our communities.”

serious. Our consistent resistance to industrial solar fields and wind
turbines has not stopped this renewable energy gold rush into our
deserts. The projects we failed to fight off prove every awful warning:
disturbed soils, dust clouds, construction noise, rodents and snakes in
homes, no local jobs, faulty maintenance after the contractor pulls out –
in short, nothing you want to wake up and find in your vicinity.

Sacrifice communities to send costly-to-produce-and-transmit energy to the big city? NO.

We support the original protective language in Policy 4.10, as approved by the County Planning Commission!

The Board of Supervisors meeting begins at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 6, at 385 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino.

Or make your 3-minute comment via teleconference at the high desert Government Centers:
63665 29 Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree, or
15900 Smoke Tree St., Hesperia.
Go early; you may sit and wait, but you may get a seat to wait in.

Remember, too; it’s Election Day.

• See the attached flyer for some exceptional bargains and great gift ideas, this Friday and Saturday, November 2nd and 3rd, 8:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m.
edition books signed by their famous authors, and great desert-theme
books for kids, as well as horsy stuff and yard art! Check it out!

• I know we have been bombarding your Inbox with updates and special meeting notices about the County Fire parcel tax and the Renewable Energy Element of the County Plan. We cannot exaggerate how important the outcome of the two issues will be to us.

The Johnson Valley
community news column in the Hi-Desert Star in Yucca Valley usually
becomes the basis for the JV NEWS e-mails.

If you own property
but do not live here, chances are, you have no other way to stay current
with all the meetings, litigations, comments, tax plans and do-or-die
battles against industrial solar.

JVIA members receive the
Johnson Valley Journal 6 times a year – this JV NEWS e-mail in between
Journals keeps you up-to-date. You also get info specific to JVIA
members that space restrictions in the newspaper do not allow.

If you do not want to receive these e-mails, just reply and say Cancel.

• The weather invites more recreation in the desert and more off-roaders arrive for Saturday Breakfast.

Don’t leave home or camp without the Sidekick Offroad Map of the Johnson Valley OHV Area, available at the Center.

It features a detailed topographical map, a Guide to the original Hammers trails, general information, and off-road tips.

The folding paper map is 3:00. The silkscreened Bandanna Map is 8.00.

Off-roaders navigating by GPS – according to Google Maps, the coordinates for the Community Center are
34.3424938     -116.56066880000003.

going to and from the OHV Area, do not travel on the Hwy 247
right-of-way. A dirt trail parallels it on the north side. Cross the
highway legally and very carefully to get onto any of the JV community

If you come up Larrea Road while in or on a green-sticker vehicle, travel on the dirt alongside the pavement.

to slow down on the community roads. Any speed, any vehicle,
street-legal or not, going over 25 mph does major damage. Aggressive
tires, so valuable in desert conditions, can mess up the roads even at
lower speeds.

Be aware, we no longer have large crews of volunteers out mending donuts or picking rocks.

be extra cautious: a junior offroader or heedless speeders could be
right around the next blind corner, where you have never met any traffic

Remember, people do live here; noise and dust travel a long way. Let’s not irritate the neighbors!

UP OR RENEW YOUR JVIA MEMBERSHIP. Don’t miss an issue of the Journal!
See the attached 2019 application form to print, due by January 31,
2019. Mail it to Helene, whether you are mailing a check, or making a secure credit card payment via PayPal on

pick up an application form during Saturday Breakfast at the Center,
between 7:00 and 10:00 a.m. and hand it in with your dues to the

If you know friends or neighbors who are not members, let them know about the Association and urge them to join, too.

A MEMBER SPONSOR! Add a donation to your dues. Help rebuild JVIA
reserves depleted by the recent replacement of our old septic tank. Or
earmark a donation toward an almost certain need to replace our
antiquated AC system in the hall soon. It has already cost a bundle just
to keep it going a little longer!

Johnson Valley Community Center
50567 Quailbush Rd.
From Hwy 247, turn onto Larrea Rd,
go 1-3/4 miles to Quailbush Rd. The building is on your left at the corner.

do not have to be a member of the Johnson Valley Improvement
Association to join in on scheduled activities and special events,
although we would love to have you join.

Reminder, you can book
the Center for birthday celebrations, family gatherings, weddings. No
rent, we ask for a donation to cover overheads, and that you leave it as
you found it.

Visitors now enjoy the fall days in the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden
next to the parking lot. Recent drenching rain followed by warm weather
has sprouted some green on the bare sand. The drought-resistant plants
and trees look good, though some leaves, of course, have turned color
and started to fall.

Additions have been made to the artifacts
from homesteader days donated by community members, and some have been
put to use by the Garden Committee. Maybe not the use originally

Make sure kids do not enter the train layout; the
track and model buildings are fragile, and repairs can be difficult. All
was in good working condition at Oktoberfest, even after that rain;
trains on all three tracks.

When the weather allows, and the crew
are here, you can usually watch the trains on Saturdays, and maybe at
other times, too. Ask the breakfast cashier if they are in action.

Betty Munson

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