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• Bring your bowl, bring your spoon and bring 4.00 to enjoy the Johnson Valley Souper Supper.
Or bring a soup and get in free!

This long-standing tradition for the first First Saturday Dinner of the year dates back to the early days when our quirky old Community Center was the new gathering place for homesteading neighbors. It had no kitchen, so potlucks and dinners like Souper Suppers were the norms.

Come sample the different soups to decide on your favorite, or pick out one to fill up on. So far, we have heard some JV Cooks are bringing White Chicken Chili, Creamy Potato Soup, and one simmered with a ham bone from our great Holiday Dinner.

You’ll also find garlic bread, crackers, and a buffet table of desserts!

It’s this Saturday, January 7th at 5:00 p.m. Free with a soup, 4.00 per person without.
Everyone welcome!


  • Memo: January 31st is the due date for your membership dues for the Johnson Valley Improvement Association, still only 15.00 annually plus 3.00 if you wish to subscribe to the Johnson Valley Journal in the mail. See info below in the FAQ.

    You’ll find your Membership Application in the lobby of the Community Center when you come for Saturday Breakfast, 7:30-10:30 a.m., or the Souper Supper on Saturday, January 7th at 5:00 p.m.

    • Additional funding from our County Board of Supervisors has enabled the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department to launch “Operation Dust Devil.”

    During the first week of Operation Dust Devil, deputies patrolled High Desert locations including Deep Creek, Hesperia Lakes, Summit Valley, and the Cajon Wash. They made 140 contacts to educate OHV riders on legal riding areas in our County, along with safe riding practices.

    They issued 21 California Vehicle Code citations, 25 San Bernardino County Code Enforcement citations, towed three vehicles, and made four arrests.

    During the second week, deputies patrolled the Summit Valley, Phelan, and Calico areas, making 230 contacts.

    They issued 4 California Vehicle Code Citations, and 16 San Bernardino County Code Enforcement citations, towed one vehicle, recovered one stolen vehicle, and made one arrest.

    During the New Year vacation weekend, Barstow Sheriff’s Station made approximately 199 educational contacts in Dumont Dunes and issued 22 warning citations. Sadly, the California Highway Patrol had to investigate two fatal off-highway vehicle collisions at Dumont Dunes that weekend.

    Please review the safe and proper use of your OHV equipment, stay on designated off-highway vehicle trails and open areas, and always use your helmet and seat belts.

    If you want the Dust Devil team to assess any particular area regarding illegal riding, please email OHV@sbcsd.org

    • In the California Off Road Vehicle Association (CORVA) newsletter, Managing Director Amy Granat commented about how many offroaders and Off-Highway Vehicle Associations devote their time to trail upkeep, conservation and preservation without their efforts ever making the news.

    She said,

“However, times have evolved, and we have people who are new to off-roading that have joined our large off-road family during the years of the pandemic.

“They found out what as a community, we’ve known all along. There is no better way to get away from the pack than by riding or driving on public lands! Many of these folks don’t have a history or background with off-road recreation, but just the same they are riding and driving on our roads and trails throughout the state.

“Whether they are Overlanders, Adventure Bike Riders, new to 4-wheeling, or have just discovered the thrill of dirt bike riding, they are now part of our group of off-road enthusiasts. And it’s important to all of us that these new users become responsible members of the off-road community, working with the rest of us to protect our motorized roads and trails in California.”

• The San Bernardino County Museum will debut “Mosaics of the Mojave” at the Victor Valley Museum on Friday, January 13th.

Created in close collaboration with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the exhibit features an immersive experience with a native rock dwelling, voices of tribal youth, modern rock art, and much more.

A brief discussion with the curator of this wide-ranging project, Tamara Serrao-Leiva, confirmed our assumption that writing, researching, and building the complex exhibits took a long time. She said gathering the cultural and biological material has taken 1-1/2 years after the first brainstorming.

Exploring our desert here takes on a new significance. Tribal input and participation, the land, the oases, the bighorn sheep and mountain lion, and more – all are pieces in the Mosaic of the Mojave.

This is planned to be a long-term exhibit, and it ties in with the current exhibit on the Paleontology of the Mojave and its primeval relics. The Mammoth of Victorville and Afton Canyon caught our eye in the photo in Supervisor Cook’s newsletter; must-see.

Call (760) 995-8770 for more information.
The Victor Valley Museum is at 11873 Apple Valley Rd., Apple Valley; only about 45 minutes from Johnson Valley. The Museum is open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Admission is $5 for adults,
$4 for military and seniors, and
$2.50 for students and children.
EBT cardholders are $1.
Children 5 years or younger and Museum Association members are free.


To new readers: this JV NEWS e-mails every week or two, expanding on items published in the neighborhood column in the Hi-Desert Star. Other notices of particular interest to Johnson Valley residents and property owners also circulate to this list.
If you do not wish to receive this information, just reply and tell me to remove your name.

The mailing address is:

50567A Quailbush Rd.
Johnson Valley CA 92285

Directions to the Community Center:

From Hwy 247, between mile markers 21 and 22, turn onto Larrea Road at the big red highway sign and go 1-3/4 miles to Quailbush Rd. The Community Center is on your left at the corner.

You are always welcome to every event at the JV Community Center, member or not…but now’s a good time to join up for 2023! Dues, only 15.00 per year. Subscription to the JV Journal in the mail, 3.00 for 6 issues.
Pick upOr, pay your 15.00 annual dues by secure credit card on www.johnsonvalley.com and download your membership form to print and fill out and mail to us.

HVCC: The monthly meetings of the Homestead Valley Community Council give you a wealth of information from our County Supervisor’s office, the Fire Department, CalFire and the Sheriff’s Department, the Marine Base, and other representatives from county, state, and federal authorities.

The Johnson Valley Improvement Association is one of the four associations in unincorporated communities which established this grassroots organization. Information is circulated among our members and other JV residents and property owners. Citizens present issues in the meetings, the Council follows up with them wherever we see the need.

Plan to come to HVCC meetings at 3:00 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. The location rotates around the four Community Centers; it’s Johnson Valley in February, June, and October.

The next meeting is in Landers Belfield Hall, 58380 Reche Rd. on Monday, January 16th.

See Newsletters, HVCC Actions, and Comments, as well as meeting agendas on http://homesteadvalleycc.com
See scenic highway documents and the Visual Assessment on the website-in-progress www.scenichighway247.com


😵The NILE Virus (Type C)😳

Even the most advanced computer programs cannot take care of this one. It appears to target those who were born prior to 1948.
The COVID-19 “lock-down” seems to have increased the chances of being affected.

Virus Symptoms:

  1. Causes you to send the same e-mail twice. (Done that.)
    2. Causes you to send a blank e-mail. (That, too.)
    3. Causes you to send the e-mail to the wrong person. (Yep.)
    4. Causes you to send it back to the person who sent it to you. (Ah-ha!)
    5. Causes you to forget to attach the attachment. (Done that.) (Done that.)
    6. Causes you to hit SEND before you’ve finished. (Ooooh, no. Not again!)
    7. Causes you to hit DELETE instead of SEND (Hate that!)
    8. Causes you to hit SEND when you should DELETE. (Cringe.)

This fast-spreading virus is called the C-NILE Virus!📈

Many of us have already been inflicted with this dreadful disease and, unfortunately, as we age, it gets worse!

And, if you cannot admit to any of the shown symptoms, you might have inadvertently been infected with another, equally noxious strain, which is called…

…the D-NILE Virus!🙊

Betty Munson
c/o Ship-It-Shop
51720 Hacienda Rd.
Johnson Valley CA 92285

By Betty Munson

Betty Munson c/o Ship-It-Shop 51720 Hacienda Rd. Johnson Valley CA 92285

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