• Our speakers and guests at the July 20th meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council got a first glimpse of the Visual Assessment for Scenic 247. To be presented by the County to Caltrans, requesting the State Scenic Highway designation, it shows photos identified by their mile markers. The narrative describes the views and discusses any man-made “intrusions” in the natural landscape. Caltrans defines the levels of intrusion, allowing a certain percentage over each scenic section.

The HVCC, after some intense research and advice from the Caltrans Landscape Architect, established its Scenic 247 Committee in 2012. As the years went by, more volunteers signed on. History, public outreach, photography, mapping, website, and graphics, have all gone into this 102-page document. Now it’s in the final stages of proofreading and double-checking. We were pleased to see that first draft on the screen!

The website-in-progress is www.scenichighway247.com. It features the original 2012 presentation to the County, a map of the scenic corridor, and The Case for Scenic 247. Some of the photography appears as a slide show. We will announce when the Visual Assessment is posted. We hope soon.

• Our thanks to all of you who came to Saturday Breakfast last week. We had a welcome boost in attendance during that slight dip in the thermometer. Not so lucky for this Saturday, August 1st., during the breakfast hours, 7:00-10:00 a.m.

Step inside the Community Center to order (please wear a mask), but you still have to wait outdoors to pick up your breakfasts. If you wish, order before you leave home at 760-792-4555, after 7:00 a.m. Just keep calling if the line is busy.

August 1st is Lammas Day, an old English celebration of loaves of fresh bread baked with the first wheat harvest of the year. In old Johnson Valley, we celebrate with Breakfast Burritos and fresh salsa, hash browns, pancakes, biscuits with gravy, and French Toast – tasty carbs to go with your eggs and bacon, ham, or sausage!
The Burrito or the Large Breakfasts are 6.00. Small breakfast (one egg, smaller portions) 4.00.
Cash or credit card accepted.

• So sad to see some victims of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHDV2), first crouching on the ground without moving, then dead the following day. A story in the Desert Sun earlier this month reported on the appearance of this plague in our area:

"Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease is not related to the novel coronavirus and does not affect humans or domestic animals other than rabbits.

“Infected rabbits and jackrabbits may exhibit no symptoms leading up to their sudden death, or may suffer from fever, swelling, internal bleeding and liver necrosis,” a CDFW statement said. “The range of susceptible species in North America is currently unknown, but all rabbit, jackrabbit, hare and pika species are likely susceptible.”

“All rabbit owners and veterinarians are being urged to learn about the virus and how to protect rabbits. A vaccine has been developed and is available on order. Domestic rabbit owners are encouraged to contact their veterinarian for more information.”

We hear the victims all seem to be mature older rabbits.

• This item from another of Congressman Cook’s newsletters may be useful to you if you can make a trip to Victorville. It’s an hour drive from Johnson Valley, (REMINDER, ADD TIME FOR ROAD WORK DELAYS ON HWY 18, between Lucerne Valley and Apple Valley) and a one-time event, but check it out – the operating word is FREE:

"Pull Up and Pick Up: Free Backpacks, Essential School Supplies, Shoes, Toys and More"
This is a one-time event held on Friday, August 7th, from 9 am-12 pm that helps families with children receive backpacks and essential school supplies for youth ages 5-18.

You must register to participate. See the contact info below. We would guess, call soon.
Date and Time: Friday, August 7th, 9:00 a.m.- noon.
Location: IEHP Community Resource Center – Victorville
12353 Mariposa Rd Suites C-2 & C-3,
Victorville, CA 92395
For more information, call Jennifer at (909) 513-4284 or (866)228-4347, ext. 5, or
E-mail rosalesj129@yvyla-ie.org
Read more about the program on their website:

• A new online, interactive map created by a group of volunteer mapping experts can show you where that smoke might be coming from, even from a fire so small and remote, you may not have heard of it, even if it’s relatively close to your home.

The Wildfire Early Notification Map provides a publicly-available, real-time map that shows fires as they happen across the United States. Zoom in to your area, click on a fire symbol, and the map brings up information about the blaze, such as its official name, size, percentage contained, cause, and when the fire was detected.

It works by bringing together information from public safety agencies, social media, fire cameras, and radio traffic so you can get a full picture of fire incidents. It’s a “one-stop-shop” for finding information early during an incident, said Paul Doherty, director of technology and innovation for the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation, which created the map.

The map can be found here: https://napsg.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=6dc469279760492d802c7ba6db45ff0e

Doherty stressed if the fire is near you, that you should quickly look to local agencies for any evacuation information.

Meanwhile, keep smiling!

Betty Munson

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Johnson Valley Weekly Neighborhood News
by Betty Munson