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• Last Monday’s HVCC meeting heard a lot about the possible repeal of the expansion of County Fire Protection Zone 5 (FP-5) and the tax on every parcel in the zone. Fire Chief Dan Munsey is invited to next month’s meeting to discuss County Fire finances.

The meeting also heard the HVCC comment opposing the highly-unpopular resort campsite proposed on a large parcel just south of Flamingo Heights –  a commercial project in a non-commercial zone!

We all know the traffic scares in that region of Hwy 247, heedless drivers of cars and big trucks heading into the curves that lead into Pipes Wash. This “Glamping” luxury campsite will accommodate up to 300 guests. You can be sure most will be townies unprepared for a two-lane country highway.

Log onto www.hvccsite.org, then in the header click on “Action” to see the Project documents and the HVCC comments opposing.
Then click on “In the News”.

If you live or own property in a rural desert area, you’ll find a lot to interest you on this website!

• From the BLM Newsbytes: The BLM will host a public virtual meeting of the California Desert District Advisory Council on Saturday, May 14, 9 am–4:30 pm. The meeting will include presentations on conservation …the DRECP, and more. (BLM CA press release)

Three photos accompany this notice:

-a closeup of an endangered desert tortoise,
-a lovely scene with Joshua trees, and
-a montage of a wind turbine and solar panels.

NOT compatible, no matter what.

We hope the DAC hears more about conservation. We have enough devastation by renewable energy projects.

• JVIA will not be holding the General Meeting on the first Saturday in May – the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta makes a comeback that day (May 7). It’s time for a relaxing afternoon with ice-cold drinks, and tasty treats from the Taco Grill, courtesy of Arlan Hawthorne & Family, and the Dessert Bar, courtesy of Linda Walsh and Michele Hawthorne.

Admission is 10.00 per person. You get a free frozen margarita, (courtesy of bartenders Paula Mattecheck and John Sullivan), the Taco Grill Dinner, and the Dessert Bar! If you want another margarita, it’s 3.00.
Doors open at 2:30 p.m., and the event lasts from 3:00 to 6:00.

Sit around indoors or out; crunch some chips and dips with the margaritas.

The Taco Grill will be serving from 4:00 to 5:30.
Hasta luego!

• The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department just announced the opening of a High Desert office to process your concealed carry weapon permits.

The new office, in the Victorville Court Services Division at 14455 Civic Drive on the northeast side of the courthouse, will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Sheriff Shannon Dicus announced the new CCW location during a press conference Monday.  “The High Desert has grown exponentially over the last 30 years — it’s now home to over 500,000 people,” Dicus said. “Many of our residents live in remote areas and own businesses and want peace of mind by having a CCW.”

Right now you requalify at a local High Desert gun range but must drive all the way down to San Bernardino to complete your application.

Streamlining this process will include being able to begin the application online, complete it in Victorville, and have staff available for assistance.

All CCW permit holders must attend a mandatory eight-hour training course before issuance of a new CCW permit.
Renewing a CCW requires a four-hour training course before the issuance of a permit.

Although the new office is not currently processing renewal requests, sheriff’s officials said they anticipate the service to be available “in the coming months.”

Stay tuned.



JVOHV Shared Use Area Closure

  • Offroaders reminder: Marine closure of the Johnson Valley Shared Use Area is April 29 – May 9, 2022. The closing date was April 26 but got postponed.


• Model train enthusiasts! Head on over to the Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley and get an eyeful of operating model train layouts, crafts, and other activities. Great for the junior engineers, too.

Train Days runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., beginning Saturday, April 23 through April 30.

Local train clubs Antelope Valley N’ Scalers and Sun City Train Club, and others as well, will showcase their layouts and love to chat with visitors.

The event will feature daily train activities and crafts for families and a “chugging” photo booth station. (Hm?)

It’s a fun time for all ages, only about 45 minutes from JV.
On Hwy 247, go into Lucerne Valley then straight ahead onto Hwy 18. Proceed to the left turn onto Bear Valley Rd., go about 7 miles, and turn left at Apple Valley Rd. The Victor Valley Museum is a short distance ahead, on your left.

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.

The Train Days event is included with museum admission.
Parking is free.
The museums are accessible to persons with disabilities.


Get more information about Train Days and other attractions on
www.sbcounty.gov/museum or
call 760-995-8770.

• 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 Road,
go 1-3/4 miles up to Quailbush Road.
The Community Center is on your left at the corner.

The Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden is next to the parking lot, open to all.
Watch your step on garden paths, keep a lookout for things like garden hoses and work sites. Overgrown branches could get in your way if the crew has not spotted them yet (please pass the word).


Community donations of relics from our early days, plus many hours of dedication and hard work have produced a unique desert demonstration garden that’s a fun destination. The crew wants everyone to enjoy it and help be careful with it.

(For their own safety, please help keep kids and dogs out of the garden railway layout. It’s easily damaged, and the trains won’t run with dirt and obstacles on the tracks. Just like the big guys!)



Keep smilin’ – the doggie sure is.



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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