BREAKFAST & SOUPER SUPPER
• Happy 2022! The Johnson Valley Saturday Breakfast is back, this Saturday, January 8th, between 7:00-10:00 a.m. The full menu is available, to enjoy with your never-empty coffee cup, or to order to-go (call 760-792-4555).
And the First Saturday Dinner, the long-awaited Souper Supper, happens at 5:00 p.m.!
Bring your bowl, bring your spoon, as they did in the days of the early homesteaders before there was even a kitchen in the hall. And as we have done every year since (well, except 2021).
Take your choice, or sample more than one soup if you wish. We hear the Johnson Valley cooks plan to bring some of their favorite recipes, including Split Pea Soup, Potato Soup, and Zippy Potato Soup, Italian Sausage with Beans, Broccoli Cheese Soup, Mild Chili Soup, and Tortilla Soup with Avocado. Also, you’ll have salad and dessert cupcakes!
Doors open at 4:30 p.m., only 5.00 per person, kids age 12 and under, 2.00. Cash, check, or credit card accepted. (All prices include sales tax. Yes, even as a non-profit, we must collect sales tax.)
Mask Mandate Reminder, even with all the conflicting viewpoints we see and hear from day to day, we are mandated to ask you to wear a mask when you enter the Community Center or get up from your table to choose a soup. We have plenty of masks in the lobby if you need one, also hand sanitizer at every table after you have handled the soup ladles.
Soup’s on at 5:00 p.m. Stay for the General Meeting afterward and find out what’s been going on around the valley!
JOIN IN FOR 2022
• The Johnson Valley Improvement Association is still signing up new members and renewals for 2022!
You can sign up in person when you come to Saturday Breakfast or the Souper Supper. Or sign up online at www.johnsonvalley.com by secure credit card. (Please download and print the application form to mail to JVIA.)
Annual dues, only 15.00 per person, cash, check, or credit card accepted. Any extra donation is always very welcome!
New members receive a Free Breakfast card when your application has been processed.
JV JOURNAL ADVERTISERS
• We plan to resume regular publication in March of the Johnson Valley Journal which mails to members every two months.
Many members have a big interest in off-road equipment.
Many travel here on Hwy 247 or Hwy 62 for weekends and vacations.
Property owners have an interest in home improvements.
If you have a business offering OHV parts and service, travelers’ supplies, or home improvements, call me for ad rates in the JV Journal, quite inexpensive! Please leave a message, 760-364-2646.
JVIA MONTHLY MEETINGS
Everyone welcome, you do not have to be a member.
• The General Meetings are after the dinner on the first Saturday of each month except May and October.
• The Board of Directors meet at 6:00 p.m. on the 2nd Friday of each month, except this month will be on January 14.
KING OF THE HAMMERS
• Friday, January 21, the Welcome Gate opens for entry from Hwy 247 on Boone Road into the Johnson Valley OHV Area at Means Dry Lake, home base for the 15th year of King of the Hammers events.
On Thursday, January 27, pre-running the full course begins. Drivers try to familiarize themselves with obstacles and pit distances and figure out the best lines to take in the boulder-filled Hammers trails and the high-speed sandy trails.
It’s the toughest off-road racing in the world. No paved track, no concrete barrier walls, no chase vehicles (driver and co-driver must do their own repairs, or they wait till they make it back to the pits in Hammertown).
Ultra4 cars are unlimited 4-wheel-drive endurance racers. Rocks, deserts, hill climbs, whoops, trees, you name it, they race it. Other events feature trucks, UTV/Side-by-Sides, the qualifying races, and the Everyman Challenge.
Newcomers to off-roading can thank this annual trial-by-terrain for amazing comfort, durability, and safety improvements these dedicated racers, parts manufacturers, and fabricators have generated.
For tickets, connections to live-streaming, as well as spectator info, log on to
One ticket gives you entry for the entire King of the Hammers week of events, January 25-February 5.
Active-duty Military are always no cost at the gate and Veterans only are 50% off at the gate (no discounts for family or friends). Please present valid paperwork or I.D.
NO COST AGE 12 AND UNDER
An additional $25 Camper pass is required if you bring any camping vehicle with living quarters, (ie; RV, Trailer, Cab-Over, Toter-Home) into Johnson Valley during KOH. This applies to all campers, whether you stay with a team inside Hammertown or go dry-camping anywhere in Johnson Valley.
Camping is first-come, first-served on the lake bed, with no hookups or water services.
Camp wherever you like as long it’s more than 150 feet away from racecourse, which is clearly marked.
Camping inside the fences of Hammertown is reserved for pre-registered race teams and sponsors.
Unlicensed motorized vehicles need a California OHV permit.
All individuals in UTVs/Side by Sides are required to wear helmets per California law.
Know before you go; be prepared for any kind of weather and large crowds, watch out for the kids, pack it in and pack it out. Enjoy!
• On December 13th, the California Public Utilities Commission proposed to charge consumers a solar penalty fee (!) of $57 per month on average – just for putting solar panels on your roof! This penalty you do not deserve, and other components of the proposal reflect the wish list for which PG&E, So Cal Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric lobbied.
The CPUC’s proposal puts solar out of reach of a lot of us. For years, we have recognized that solar at the point of use is the better way to utilize solar energy. Massive installations of solar panels and miles of energy-wasting transmission lines destroy our desert environment.
Who doesn’t want more control over our energy bills? Many of us want to do more to protect the environment. Solar on the roof does that. And a battery in the garage protects you from blackouts.
But Edison and other utilities want you to pay more to send them the power you generate.
See https://solarrights.org for details and actions you can take.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
To new readers of the JV NEWS who have not visited the Johnson Valley Community Center:
The mailing address is
50567A Quailbush Rd.
Johnson Valley CA 92285
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.
We ask only that you PLEASE keep kids and dogs out of the garden railway layout!
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