• March seems like only yesterday; we’ve had so many blank squares on the calendar since then.

However, JV welcomes back the Homestead Valley Community Council, which meets in the Johnson Valley Community Center this Monday, October 19.

Our County Supervisor Dawn Rowe will be here again, and Captain Niles from the Sheriff’s Department, and possibly representatives from our fire departments and State Senator Shannon Grove. Get the latest on
-the spread of illegal pot farms in our desert, and in our communities;
-the ban on building permits if you must use hauled water,
-the Countywide Plan that replaces our Homestead Valley Plan; and
-the proposed Stagecoach Solar project industrializing 3,000 acres of undisturbed State Lands next to Hwy 247.

Your questions and comments help keep everyone current with the issues that concern us all.

Masks and social distancing prevail; non-contact thermometer and hands-free hand sanitizer are available for you.

Time: 3:00 p.m.
Address: 50567 Quailbush Rd. at the corner of Larrea Rd. just 1-3/4 miles from Hwy 247.
If you cannot be here, check this e-mail next week for a report.
And keep smiling even behind your mask!

• Way back in March, panic and lockdowns so rudely erased the Calendar of Events for the Johnson Valley Improvement Association. We reported,
“Too bad. We feel disappointed over having our plans for the near future up in the air. Our sparse, widely-scattered population and our weekenders get together, not just to enjoy a good meal, but to catch up with each other’s news. That’s called socializing. That’s why the doors stay open.

“Oh well, we will just stay in touch via phone, e-mail or text, or wave as you drive by.

“With meetings and parties suspended, we can clear out the closet and straighten up the garage and check off some other honey-do’s we keep procrastinating over because we just don’t have time!”

Still too bad. Our “near future” faded long ago. The closet was cleared long ago. The only regular gathering now in Johnson Valley began when we resumed Saturday Breakfast as a takeout, still keeping everyone out of the Community Center.

We did manage a final gathering on Thursday, March 12, when our friends and former neighbors  Stan and Dixie Coutant were here to talk Johnson Valley history, on the occasion of our local launch of the re-publication of “Heart Bar Ranch and Johnson Valley Neighbors.”

About twelve of us braved the heavy rain and Lake Larrea (remember rain?) and kept Stan busy autographing multiple copies. Written by Stan’s mother, Martha, an early homesteader and a historian, this edition has vintage photos added from the collections of the Morongo Basin Historical Society. We were delighted to get a re-order recently from the Society, which kindly discounted it so we can offer it to you as a JVIA fundraiser.

Be sure to ask for your copy when you come to Saturday Breakfast To-Go (and they make wonderful gifts!). A great deal for only 20.00, including sales tax.
Kim will also have JVIA specialty fundraiser items on the desk, including that crazy 7-function pen that’s a toolbox in your pocket (only 3.00), and the Sidekick Bandana Map silk-screened with Johnson Valley OHV Area trails (only 8.00).

• Speaking of Saturday Breakfast-To-Go, attendance surged last week. Nothing like more temperate fall weather to bring us desert critters out to enjoy the wide-open spaces.

And, we’re having fun watching the return of the migrant turkey vultures spiraling by the dozens, drifting ahead of cold weather. Birdwatching to the max, seeing them spread their wings after spending a night in trees and on rocky hills, waiting for the updraft for liftoff, so beautiful in flight. Not so beautiful close-up, a face only a mother vulture could love, but fascinating anyway.

As a neighbor said, “Aren’t we lucky to live where we can see such sights?” You bet.

• Our Johnson Valley Breakfast-To-Go this Saturday, October 17, has a 50-75° in the weather forecast. During serving hours 7:00-10:00 a.m., you may want to wear a jacket while you wait outside the Community Center to order. Or phone it in, 760-792-4555. If the line is busy, keep calling; we can't answer messages. Credit card OK.

How about the Breakfast Burrito, with fresh salsa if you want, and coffee, only 6.00 (added every week as an easy takeaway, this may become a permanent item in the future!)
Take your choice from our regular Saturday Breakfast menu, first-come, first-served (we may run out of groceries if 67 folks show up again)
1. Hash Browns with a Biscuit, or
2. Pancakes, or
3. Biscuits and Gravy, or
4. French Toast
plus two eggs any way, and your choice of bacon, ham, or sausage.
Large breakfast is 6.00; Small breakfast (one egg, smaller portions) 4.00.
Servers will bring your orders outside, with one cup of coffee.

• One thing we can do – outside – the Johnson Valley Tailgate Swap Meet is official: Saturday, November 9th, starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Center parking lot. We were going to schedule it until noon, but there may be so many good things for sale this year, we say, until noon or until everyone leaves.

Vendors, you can begin your set-up at 6:00 a.m. By then, our clocks are set back to Standard Time, so you will have daylight that early. Space rent is a 5.00 donation to the Johnson Valley Improvement Association. Bring your own tables if you need more display than in the bed of your truck or a tarp on the ground.

Bargain hunters, we hear trailers full of good stuff are coming, and a project buggy will be towed in. Get locally-grown desert mesquite and palo verde trees, tools, knick-knacks and collectibles, kitchen appliances, a Halloween fog machine(!), something for everybody, cookware, a Franklin cast-iron woodburner stove, and two never-used wood fireplaces with fanfold glass doors, mesh spark curtains, blower-capable, ready to install. And that's not all, folks! Shop and Swap never had it so good.

The popular JVIA New-To-You Table will be set up outside, too – LOTS of good things have been donated all summer.

Lots of fun, and you can have a good breakfast, too. Even if the Community Center must still remain closed for eating breakfast indoors by that date, the restrooms will be available, along with masks and hand sanitizer for those who need them.

Off-roaders, in case you had not heard, Marine military training will close the Shared Use Area in the Johnson Valley OHV Recreation Area between Friday, October 30, through Monday, November 9. That’s the territory closest to the 29 Palms Marine Base, which you enter on Boone Rd. or Bessemer Mine Rd. from Hwy 247.

Now that the favorable October weather is here, if you plan to head out into the desert, please take it easy on the community roads. High speeds and dry weather add up to ruts, bumps, and dust – and street-legal vehicles can be worse than motorcycles, quads, or buggies.

• To new readers of the JV NEWS who have not visited the Johnson Valley Community Center:

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

The Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden is next to the parking lot, open to all, fun to explore.

Everyone is welcome to every event at the Center; you do not have to be a JVIA member.
However, the only event happening these days: the JVIA Saturday Breakfast between 7:00-10:00 a.m. (see info above).

Of course, you can address questions or comments to me anytime – ranchotaj@gmail.com
Please do not reply to this e-mail, I may not see it!

Betty Munson

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Johnson Valley Weekly Neighborhood News
by Betty Munson