Everyone reading this is invited to the Homestead Valley Community Council meeting this Monday, April 19th, in Yucca Mesa.

Hear about HVCC actions versus illegal pot farms in our rural communities…Hear from the Sheriff’s Department, the Fire Department…the latest on the Scenic 247 campaign. County Supervisor Dawn Rowe plans to be there.

The agenda also includes the proposal for a large “luxury camping” resort ­in the proposed Scenic 247 corridor in the Pipes Wash area (and won’t that be a scary place to increase traffic dumping onto the highway?).

Guest comments are first on the agenda at each monthly public meeting of the HVCC. Make your voice heard on any County, State, or Federal issue affecting your desert lifestyle.

The meeting starts at 3:00 p.m. in the Yucca Mesa Community Center, 3133 Balsa Ave. To get there from Hwy 247, turn on Aberdeen Ave. near milepost 5, go about 2.5 miles, turn left at Balsa. The Center is a short distance on your right.

You may want to mark your calendar to come to HVCC regularly, at 3:00 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. The location rotates among the community centers in the Homestead Valley. Next will be Landers, then Johnson Valley, Flamingo Heights, then back to Yucca Mesa. Check www.hvccsite.org the weekend before to see what's on the agenda. Let me know if you think an item should be added to the agenda; HVCC is your voice to all levels of government.

Residents of other rural unincorporated communities and townships share many concerns that come before the Council. Meetings are not exclusive to Homestead Valley residents; everyone welcome.

• A big chunk of the public lands in the Johnson Valley OHV Area we share with the Marine Corps. Twice a year, it's closed to the public.

In 2021, closures occur from April 30 to May 10 and October 15 to November 1.

These closure periods include ample time for inspecting the land to clear any hazards before reopening to the public.

For questions about military training in Johnson Valley, or to be added to their contact list, please email the Resource Management Group at

• Look forward to the next Johnson Valley Dinner: Saturday, May 1st, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
You can actually come inside the Community Center if you want, sit down with friends and neighbors while you enjoy your meal!

Or you can stick with takeout if you wish: place your order in the lobby and pick it up at the kitchen pass-through window – no more drive-around necessary.

Eat at the outside tables or in the Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden next to the parking area. The weather’s been mild, and daylight lingers longer these days.

The Garden has greened up nicely, but the crew is not ready to run the garden railway yet. They ask you to help by keeping kids and dogs out of the railroad layout!

What’s on the dinner menu?
Traditional soft tacos, filled with your choice of savory steak or chicken
Fresh salsa to put on top
A surprise dessert
All for only 7.00 per person.

We have been ready to open since last July with all the Covid-Compliant arrangements. Finally! We can say, Welcome Back!
p.s. This invite goes for Saturday Breakfast, too – 7:00-10:00 a.m.

• Recently, four Lucerne Valley Middle High School students won the VFW's 2020-21 “Patriot’s Pen” essay contest, answering "What is patriotism to me?"
The Victorville Daily Press published their essays as submitted by the Lucerne Valley Unified School District (which includes Johnson Valley).

See the attached PDF.

• Major resurfacing on Twentynine Palms Highway (S.R.62) starts Monday, April 6th, in Twentynine Palms and will eventually work all the way down to Indian Canyon Drive.

You can plan your commute and view live traffic conditions using
Click "Options" then "Waze Alerts," then "Construction."

See the attached Caltrans Mill and Overlay notice for more details.

The Johnson Valley Community Center mailing address (mail pickup about once a week):
50567A Quailbush Rd.
Johnson Valley CA 92285

From Hwy 247, between mileposts 21 and 22, turn onto Larrea Rd. at the big red Johnson Valley sign. Go 1-3/4 miles up to the corner of Quailbush and you arrive at the Community Center, 50567 Quailbush Rd. Easy to find; pavement all the way.

The phone number is 760-364-3575; no messages.

Everyone is welcome to every event at the Center, non-members included. Invite your friends and family!

Betty Munson

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Johnson Valley Weekly Neighborhood News
by Betty Munson