• Five volunteers, a backhoe, tractor, and two ladders later, our big red Johnson Valley sign has been set back farther from Hwy 247, and from Larrea Rd.

The original two-sided plywood sign remains intact. Several improvements, including replacement of the badly-weathered crossbar, should help extend its life at least another 30 years.

The volunteers plan further enhancements and touch-ups, but getting it back up as quickly as possible and visible from the highway came first.

• It seems despite all the warnings and worries about wildfire season, some folks have not gotten the message:

You need permits.

From BLM Newsbytes: Campfire permits are required for open fires, such as campfire, barbecues and portable stoves on federally managed lands and 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! (readyforwildfire.org)

Visit the BLM California fire restrictions website for more information about current fire restrictions on BLM-managed public lands.

• You also may want to take advantage of TENS. During an emergency, the County of San Bernardino uses a system known as the Telephone Emergency Notification System (TENS) to send high-speed mass notifications by telephone and text messages.

If you only use a mobile phone or have more than one mobile phone in your family, it's important for you to register those mobile numbers in TENS to receive these critical updates.

Follow wildland fire incident information and updates online via InciWeb and CAL FIRE.

• Summertime favorite coming up ­– the delicious Fried Chicken Dinner in the Johnson Valley Community Center on Saturday, August 3.

We’ll be serving up all the best-loved side dishes, including mashed potatoes and gravy, coleslaw and potato salad, and scrumptious desserts.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Dinner at 5:00. Tell your friends they are invited, too. For each person, the donation is only 7.00. Kids 12 and younger, 4.00.

If you have not visited the center before, it’s at 50567 Quailbush Rd., a mere 1-3/4 miles from Hwy 247.

Between mileposts 20 and 21, AT THE BIG RED JOHNSON VALLEY SIGN, you turn south off the highway onto Larrea Rd., the only paved road for miles around. Go straight up Larrea; you will find the building on your left, and air conditioning inside!

You are always welcome to stay after dinner for the news and announcements and the General Meeting of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association. The Association owns and operates the center for everyone in the community, and we love visitors.

• If you plan to join the Morongo Basin Historical Society, and just haven’t gotten around to it, now’s the time! They are having an early membership drive, and a fascinating menu of local history coming up.

Among the attractions:

-The 2019-2020 2nd Wednesday Lecture Series will include Morgan Reche, to talk about his grandfather, Charlie – miner, cowboy, water man, Deputy Sheriff in the Willie Boy hunt, an early pioneer.

-At the Museum & Research Center at 632 Landers Lane in Landers, new exhibits trace the daily lives of settlers who homesteaded this area. Learn about our military history. “Serving Proudly—Veterans in the Morongo Basin.”

-“Founders Day,” March 8, 2020, remembers Newlin Landers, the founder of Landers, and his wife Vernette, who established the first Post Office in Landers.

-The MBHS Newsletter puts history in your mailbox, stories and photos from yesteryear (the latest issue covers the story of aviation and how it became a force in settling our communities).

MBHS membership renewal date is September 30 each year. If you are a new member who joined after April 30, 2019, your next renewal date won't come around until September 2020!

Just download and print the attached Membership/Volunteer form, and mail it back with your check to Morongo Basin Historical Society, P.O. Box #2046, Yucca Valley, CA 92286 – or renew online at www.mbhs.net

Dr. Chris Lawrence will be in Johnson Valley this weekend. You can call or text 760-810-2443 for an appointment for a Chiropractic house call at your home or office. Or if you prefer, you can schedule a visit to his office in Apple Valley.

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.

If 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 to find out what is needed, 760-792-4555.

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.

The 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.)

If 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.

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.

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.

    -NEW  Quilters: EACH Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

    -NEW  Hobby Club: EACH Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Special events:
-The Homestead Valley Community Council holds regular meetings here three times a year on the third Monday, at 3:00 p.m. The next 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 buffet.
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta 2020 will be Saturday afternoon, May 2. General Meetings are not held on those months.

The Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden now shows off brilliant flowers on the Orange Jubilees and oleanders, well-established on the land next to the Community Center parking area. Underground irrigation and plantings that tolerate dry heat and love warm nights surround relics from homesteading days in Johnson Valley. Some trees look stressed, but so do we all at over 100° in the shade. When we find shade. Forecast to be a little cooler this weekend.

It is too hot for trainwatching comfort right now, but you can ask the cashier at Saturday Breakfast if the Garden Railway model trains will run. I’m sure the crew will not be available for the next couple of Saturdays, and they have been busy moving the sign.

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

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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Johnson Valley Weekly Neighborhood News
by Betty Munson