• Bad news: We must confirm the Johnson Valley Community Center cannot reopen until next week when Stephen Campbell of Worldwide Construction returns to find and fix our gas leak.

We want to thank G&K Propane for their fast response to our emergency call and their sound advice. Their driver, Bruce, had just left our neighborhood and was almost to Pioneertown. He turned around immediately. We had all doors open, valves shut off, and our volunteers continue with decorating and setting up for Saturday Breakfast while waiting for him.

He determined the underground line leaked between the building and the tank. Of course, the propane had all escaped, stinky and hazardous. We tried to determine a temporary fix. Bruce offered to return after hours Friday to set us up to start cooking at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday.

After conference and consultation, (interrupting Stephen again at a lunch), we finally chose to cancel Saturday Breakfast. Don Minnix began the trench to expose the gas line, the doors were closed and a sign was posted. We hope everyone gets the word. Some of you travel quite a distance on Saturdays and find you’ve wasted a trip.

We hope to open for the Card Club on Tuesday and Hobby and Quilting on Wednesday. We certainly should be back in action for Saturday Breakfast on January 25. Updates ASAP.

• Speaking of quilting, if you would like to come on Wednesdays to work on a project, there’s plenty of room. Beginners welcome. Give Carole Bickel a call, 760-364-3485.

• The good news is: once again, our County Supervisor Dawn Rowe plans to come to the Homestead Valley Community Council (HVCC), which meets this Monday, February 20, at 3:00 p.m. in Landers Belfield Hall, 58380 Reche Rd.

Rowe does not anticipate an update on the FP-5 Fire Tax so far, but we may hear how the Short Term Rental regulations, in effect since December 5, are working out.

During many months of community comments, one point of view claimed private property, their home, can be used to earn income. The other side complained of increased traffic, loud partying, strangers who do not respect the community. “Where is the balance?” Rowe asked.

Supervisors passed voted to pass the Short-Term Rental Ordinance on November 5, to implement after 30 days. Much burden on the Sheriffs Department now transfers to County Code Enforcement. Free apps allow you to report problems.

Find online permit application on http://wp.sbcounty.gov/ezop
The time involved depends on the location. Your application will be taken, then property inspected; first come, first served.

• The Johnson Valley Potato Bar, Saturday, February 1st, offers you a big hot baked potato with whichever toppings you wish to add. Of course, you will find sour cream and chives, but also the choices include shredded cheese, chili, cilantro, bacon bits, a shredded cabbage relish, and butter. Special desserts, too, and it’s all for 4.00 per person, kids 12 and younger, 2.00. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. potatoes at 5:00.

The after-dinner program begins around 5:45.

Our speaker, Rick Russell, has explored many off-road destinations and created the Sidekick Off Road maps to get us into and back out of adventure country.

Rick (who kindly included our Saturday Breakfast in his Johnson Valley OHV Area map) also has experience with King of The Hammers racing. In 2012, the Johnson Valley Journal featured a photo of Rick waiting beside Ultra4 vehicle #4476 at Chocolate Thunder trail during Last Chance Qualifying. Run by Bomtec Racing, a small team mostly of active military, the co-driver was Rick’s son Jeremy. Rick was smiling after their under-6-minute run up that grueling trail. Driving over and around boulders of all sizes with a sharp left around a monster which defeated many. Unfortunately, we didn’t see #4476 in the finishers’ list after the King of the Hammers race on Friday. Not unusual.

After talking to Rick, you are invited as always to stay for the latest news and announcements, the General Meeting of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association, and door prizes. You do not have to be a JVIA member to participate.

• The Bureau of Land Management announces a temporary closure of public lands in the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Area from January 31 through February 8.

They say this is to enhance public safety during the 2020 King of the Hammers desert races, authorized by a BLM Special Recreation Permit.

The temporary closure complies with the area management plan. We have access to three staging areas from Hwy 247 (Boone Rd to Hammertown at Means Dry Lake, Bessemer Mine Rd., and Camp Rock Rd. to the Cougar Buttes area) for both weekends of the KOH Week temporary closure.

Registered race spectators, participants, and race officials are exempt from the closure.

BLM reminds us to cooperate with race officials and local law enforcement officers to help spectators and participants stay safe and ensure the success of the off-road races, which attract approximately 50,000 spectators during the nine-day period.

See information on the King of the Hammers race event and a map of the closure area for the 2020 race event, posted at the California Desert District Office, the Barstow Field Office, and on the BLM website:

• YOU MUST HAVE A PERMIT for open fires, such as campfire, barbecues and portable stoves on federally managed lands, also on private lands that are the property of another person.

On private lands, written permission from the landowner is also required for campfire use. Get your California Campfire Permit quickly and easily online at www.readyforwildfire.org.
For more information about current fire restrictions on BLM-managed public lands, please see www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/california/fire-restrictions

• The San Bernardino County Fire Code has some points of interest concerning fireworks – of which some residents and visitors to these wide open spaces may not be aware.

In California, all fireworks that explode, shoot into the air or move along the ground are officially called “dangerous” and are illegal to possess anywhere in the state.

Unincorporated San Bernardino County includes Johnson Valley – and possession of any fireworks is illegal here.

If misused fireworks cause a fire – and plenty do – the responsible persons are likely to face criminal charges and liability for damages.

Fire and law enforcement officials confiscate any fireworks, and issue citations to the offender for illegal use of fireworks, with fines up to $1,250 for the first offense. Property owners may be cited if they allow fireworks to be possessed, stored or used on their property. Could be expensive entertainment.

Entry Fee: $10 per pot. 
Call Arlan (909)224-1353,
or Michele (909)224-3376.

The big day is Saturday, February 15th, with a Wild West theme!

All chili cooking will be outside the Center, to be finished by 4:30 or earlier. Judging time: 4:40-5:15

Prizes: 1st place: medallion + 40% of entry money.
2nd place: medallion + 30% of entry money.
3rd place: medallion + 20% of entry money
Best Decorated Booth wins 10% of entry money.

CHILI DINNER at 5:30 p.m.
$1 per sample cup of chili
$5 Chili Dinner with salad, bread, dessert bar
Wear your western finery!

A new fundraiser event for JVIA!

Planning for Saturday, March 20, from 7:00 a.m. till noon IF at least six vendors sign up before March 4th.

Please call me, 760-364-2646, and leave a message, or, inform the cashier at any Saturday Breakfast or a Board member, so we can let everyone know.

We keep reminding you, so you will check it out again, then feel the urge to sign on!

• Johnson Valley Improvement Association owns and operates the Community Center.

• The time you spend on Saturday morning as a volunteer working the breakfast translates into a donation to JVIA.

• Saturday Breakfast proceeds are a mainstay keeping the doors of the Community Center open for everyone,

• A cook and pancake cook, servers, dishwasher, and cashier make up each crew. Extra servers may be helping on big weekends.

• Our volunteers take food handler training and test (available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to take at home or at the Center)  The training and multiple-choice test take about 1-1/2 to 2 hours and cost $22. Credit, debit, and prepaid debit cards are accepted. JVIA reimburses you. Your Food handler certificate is good for three years (anywhere in this County).

• Resident or weekender, you can sign up for a particular week, or put your name on the call list as a backup when you are available.

Talk to manager Kim Abramson for more details or a tour during breakfast to see how it all works, 760-792-4555, or in person at the Saturday Breakfast, 7:00-10:00 a.m.

• Reminder, JVIA dues for 2020 are due.

Maybe you are a 2018 or 19 member who has not yet signed up. I can check our database to be sure.

If you have not signed up yet, see the attached application form to print. Your deadline for dues is January 31st, to have voting membership in JVIA, also to receive the Johnson Valley Journal and the JV NEWS e-mails.

Please, mail in the application form to Helene, whether you are paying your 2019 dues with a check, or by secure credit card PayPal payment on www.johnsonvalley.com.

Or find the application form on the lobby desk at the Center, to fill out, date, and give to the cashier with your dues.

Your E-Mail address: If you want to continue receiving this JV NEWS e-mail between Journals, be sure to print your e-mail address plainly on your application form.

To our new members of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association, you will receive the Johnson Valley Journal six times a year.

Extra copies of the Journal will be available in the lobby of the Community Center, in case your membership application had not been processed before time to print mailing labels.

You will also find the JVIA General Meeting after the first Saturday Dinners is another resource for learning 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, plus additional items of particular interest to Association members.

If you prefer not to receive these e-mails, simply reply and say Cancel.

• Please check out the current information handout about activities in the Center and the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next door,  available in the lobby.

Please take one. If you know anyone who may wish to participate or join JVIA, this will give them an idea of what goes on around here.

Everyone welcome to scheduled activities and special events at the Community Center:

-Saturday Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.(except this Saturday, January 18, closed for gas line repairs)
-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, now starts at 11:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Beginners welcome.
-Quilting: Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Beginners welcome.
-Hobby Club: Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

-The Homestead Valley Community Council (HVCC) holds regular meetings in Johnson Valley three times a year on the third Monday, at 3:00 p.m. The next meeting in JV is on February 17. (The January 20 meeting is in Landers Belfield Hall, 58380 Reche Rd, only about ten minutes from JV.)

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta 2020 will be Saturday afternoon, May 2, Taco Bar, margaritas, and home-brew cerveza.

JVIA 11th Annual Oktoberfest with lots of craft beers and ciders, and a German buffet, Saturday, October 10.
No General Meetings those two months.

You will find the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next to the parking lot. JVIA member and past president Paul Van Hook purchased the property and donated it to the Association in 2015.

Enter from the parking lot through the new entry gate created, donated, and delivered by JVIA member Tim Norton. Or come in on the historical Old Woman Springs Road, upslope behind the solar canopy. (The Garden preserves this remaining open stretch of the original county road, abandoned when Hwy 247 was laid out on the northern edge of the JV community road grid.) Here you find the whimsical small "Town Center" buildings, OK Corral and a three-tier fountain.)

The JVIA Garden Committee has planted drought-tolerant trees and shrubs, served by underground irrigation. Most have tolerated our 3000-foot-altitude temperature extremes very well. Look uphill to see how the Garden area first appeared: scattered creosote bushes, a few jumping cholla and beavertail cacti.

Landscaping includes donated boulders of all types, and artifacts large and small, dating from homesteading days in Johnson Valley.

The G-scale garden railway can run four trains simultaneously on separate tracks. The railway operates during the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, Oktoberfest, and other times when weather permits and the crew are all available.

Flying above it all is a one-man airplane built by former JVIA president and officer Ed Warren. Mounted on the gearbox of an antique windmill, then mounted on a derrick constructed and raised by volunteers, it turns into the wind. And it even attracts attention from low-flying aircraft.

How do we maintain all this? Donations, donations. Garden supporters purchase commemorative bricks or make direct donations for the Garden. Any help appreciated.

Talk to Court Prittie if you have equipment or supplies that might be useful in their ongoing gardening and construction efforts. Or if you have time to lend a hand.

Garden visitors, if you take photos, please e-mail them to me at www.ranchotaj@gmail.com. We may use them for the Johnson Valley Journal or on the Johnson Valley website.

If you are planning a big event, you may use the Garden and the Community Center, or both.
The Center is heated and air-conditioned, with an A-rated kitchen. You are asked for a donation for rental, and to leave the Center as you found it. Call Betty Munson to reserve, 760-364-2646, please leave a message.

A little rain and snow make wonderful riding conditions – after they soak in. Most people prepare for cold, but no one likes whiteouts, slush or mud. Watch the forecasts; Landers is closest.

If you have guests, be sure they know where they are and can find their way home. Supply them with a map, your phone number, and a compass can help. We know this sounds like OHV 101, but newbie off-roaders and newcomers to the desert can get turned around easily, separated from friends, and be unable to tell rescuers where they came from. It happens.

Are you planning an early start? Come by the Community Center between 7:00-10:00 a.m. for the Saturday Breakfast! Enjoy a hearty breakfast with a never-empty coffee cup. Large breakfast, only 6.00! Small breakfast, 4.00. Coffee only? 1.00. Best of all, someone else cooks and washes dishes!

Navigating by GPS? – find your way to the Community Center:
34.3424938     -116.56066880000003.

Always take water, tell people where you plan to go. Verizon has pretty good cell coverage out there; ATT not so much. Never go out there alone.

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.

2020 KOH WEEK: Hammertown opens on FRIDAY, January 31, and races continue ten days now because the MOTOS ARE BACK, plus there will be a massive celebration closing ceremony with live music –presented by Monster Energy – on Saturday night.

Racing will include the Can-Am Motorsports UTV King of the Hammers, the Shootout, the Everyman Challenge, the Toyo Desert Invitational (T1 trucks), the Nitto King of the Hammers Ultra4 race, PLUS the King of the Motos event! All of it happens in the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area.

Find out the schedule, spectator requirements, and volunteering at https://ultra4racing.com/race/43

BOONE ROAD. The turnoff that leads you to the Johnson Valley OHV Area is between mile markers 20 and 21. The BLM sign sits right at the turn. Slow down, so you avoid overshooting Boone; you may bog down in the sandy road intersections while trying to turn around!

Be prepared for crowds. Be patient if you get in a line of slow-moving vehicles, headed to the Hammertown gate on Boone Rd. Please use this road, however. All others serve folks’ private properties.

Please take any trash home with you. Actually, that’s best anytime you visit the desert. Trash pickup facilities are rare. If you would not leave a bag of trash sitting in your front yard, you can count on animals and high winds out here to scatter your discards. Litterbugs not welcome anywhere.

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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