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• If you missed last Saturday’s Holiday Dinner, you missed a treat! We actually may be allowed to hope we can settle back into our pre-lockdown groove as more folks come to the Community Center.

Our dinner planners have been on a roll, collecting ever more compliments these last few months on such fare as the Fried Chicken Dinner, the Lasagna Dinner, the Oktoberfest German dishes, the November Tamale Casserole, and the Holiday Ham Dinner.

JVIA is an association of volunteers. New members have been volunteering their help and expertise. I believe we’ve certainly revived the old standard “better than any restaurant” we heard so often in the past.

Next up we plan for some longtime favorites in the New Year: the January 7th Souper Supper to chase the chills and the February 4th Potato Bar with a bunch of toppings for you to choose from! “Better than any restaurant,” for sure, at prices that won’t break the bank.


HVCC New Committee?

Monday, December 9th, the Homestead Valley Community Council meets in the Yucca Mesa Community Center at 3:00 p.m. at 3133 Balsa Ave, just off Aberdeen Rd.

Possible topic: the formation of a Rural Living Committee. Why?

  1. Conditional Use Permit applications for controversial permanent commercial “campsite” enterprises in Rural Living Zones
  2. HVCC outreach to County Land Uses Services to clarify allowed uses.

These developments/precedents present a need to establish an HVCC committee to keep tabs on applications and alert us to problems.

Committee members are not required to be members of the Council. If you are interested in heading or being a committee member, please contact Justin Merino at merino@hdeaa.org or at 760-550-5824.

See more about the HVCC in the Frequently Answered Questions below.



• Remember the Johnson Valley Community Center Boutique Table for handmade gifts, decorations, and several JV-related items, including:


-Heart Bar Ranch and Johnson Valley Neighbors, written and published in the 1980s by early JV homesteader Martha Coutant, re-published in 2021 by the Morongo Basin Historical Society, with added photos from their collections. This large-format book is only 20.00 (discounted for us by the MBHS as a JVIA fundraiser, actually available year-round while supplies last).


-Off-road expert Rick Russell’s Sidekick Bandana Map, 21.5” square, silk-screened with a map of Johnson Valley OHV Area trails and topography, plus GPS Coordinates for the original Hammers trails, only 8.00 (also available year-round, while supplies last).

P.S. Rick added our JV community to the map years ago by special request.


-Assorted Johnson Valley specialty gifts include the Keychain Flashlight, very little but very bright, only 5.00.


(All prices include sales tax. All proceeds go toward the operation and maintenance of the JV Community Center, so every purchase is a donation!)

• The Toy Drive sponsored by the Homestead Valley Community Council to benefit Mara’s Christmas Wish in Yucca Valley continues with several nearby locations available to bring your unwrapped gifts and toys– value 10.00 or more, for infants to 13-year-olds.

See the flyer attached below.

“Pay it forward” for a merrier Christmas for some kid!

• If you’re thinking about heading for the mountains when snow falls, San Bernardino County Public Works has a website for you to find everything snow-related — including weather conditions, road closures, maps, links, and more at https://snowinfo.sbcounty.gov/.

The Live Weather Links section informs you of current conditions in Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear, Angelus Oaks, Forest Falls, Mt. Baldy, Wrightwood, Running Springs, and Oak Glen.


See for yourself! Live Webcam Links livestream right-now views of Big Bear, Angelus Oaks, Crestline, Fawnskin, Running Springs, Mt. Baldy, Lake Arrowhead, and Forest Falls.

Also, find lots of Snow Play destinations and info!


Wherever you go, be prepared! Check weather and road conditions, bring chains, and pack a blanket and emergency supply kit before you leave.

Law enforcement all winter will be ticketing illegally parked vehicles, and are reminding travelers “no snow play on the roadway.”


• We heard the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has received reports of scammers who claim to be a member of the department.

They ask for money via Zelle online to clear warrants. The Sheriff’s Department wants to emphasize that they never call and ask for money to clear warrants.

Hope you don’t have any outstanding warrants, but if you get a call like this, hang up and block the number.

If scammers worked as hard doing good things…oh well. As the saying goes, if wishes were horses, beggars could ride.

• Don’t know how much of Johnson Valley will be affected, but the Edison recording says, this coming Tuesday, December 13th, between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. while equipment gets upgraded.


Log in to sce.com/outage for lots of information and tips, good to know to protect yourself and your family in case of any emergency.


Outage #000800188155. (Judging by the number of leading zeroes, they’re ready for a lot of outages. Already over 800 million, wow.)

• An out-of-the-blue referral to a local member of the MJM Network for cell phone, PC, and Mac repair gets a good review. Quick work while the owner of the problem phone waited, reasonable fee, what more can we ask?

H-m-m, maybe lower gas prices, since the location is not really “local” to JV. But, as close as Twentynine Palms is pretty local for us.  At least we can avoid city driving.

Call for an appointment.
Local: 760-283-7371
Main Line: 800-963-9151

Let me know how it works out.


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.

We now have 93 Early Membership Campaign Signups for 2023, and more in the works.


You can pick up your 2023 JVIA membership application in the Community Center at the Saturday Breakfast between 7:30 and 10:30 a.m. or when you come to a First Saturday Dinner.
Or, 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.

(Former members: you should have received a membership application in the mail.)

Dues are due on January 31, 2023, but please sign up soon, so your receipt and membership cards won’t be delayed too much by holiday activities and vacations.


  • The monthly meetings of the Homestead Valley Community Council get 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 from unincorporated communities which established the HVCC. This information is shared with 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 the HVCC meeting 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



See Newsletters, HVCC Actions and Comments, as well as meeting agendas on http://homesteadvalleycc.com

See scenic highway documents and Visual Assessment on www.scenichighway247.org.


1)    You can’t count your hair.

2)    You can’t wash your eyes with soap.

3)    You can’t breathe when your tongue is out.

Put your tongue back in your mouth, you silly person.

…and keep smilin’

Betty Munson

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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