- WANDERING DOG
Received a message this morning:
In the Valley Vista Road area, a German Shepherd-type dog, dark with tan legs, attracted the attention of my dogs, wandering outside the fence at about 9:30 a.m. today, Thursday, 9/15.
Looks fine, has a collar and tags, but never got near enough to read them. He (?) left down the wash on the west side of Valley Vista.
Marti (760) 364-3115
• Robott Land Co. has issued their answers to questions posed by attendees at the August Homestead Valley Community Council meeting about the controversial Flamingo Heights 640 commercial “Glamping” development in a Rural Living Zone.
As promised, HVCC has made the document easily available. You can download and view their answers from the website at
So far, the consensus among locals we have heard from is that the Homestead Valley unincorporated communities are already plagued by an unexpected overload of tourists. Many of these are unfamiliar with desert conditions, respect for private property not defined by curbs or fences, and unaccustomed to travel on a two-lane country road.
Yes, we don’t want to be in the big city either, but fleeing unprepared and incautiously leads to problems and ill will all around. Any community that no longer can supply single-family rentals or purchases ceases to be a community of neighbors who have a stake in its future.
Robott Land Co. has included RL zoning information and a list of allowable uses in their document, including Campgrounds.
HVCC will be discussing RL zoning and the extensive list of allowable land uses at the next meeting this Monday, September 19th at 3:00 p.m. in Landers Belfield Hall, 58380 Reche Rd, about 3.5 miles from Hwy 247.
Working with Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association, HVCC will consider a joint letter requesting County Land Use Services do an immediate review of RL zoning and this extensive list of non-residential related allowances that could affect any of us at any time. You can view this draft letter when the meeting agenda is posted on the website at the end of this week. Feel free to attend the meeting and comment!
OKTOBERFEST TICKETS + UPDATES
• Get your discount Early Bird Oktoberfest tickets when you come to Saturday Breakfast, or by secure credit card online at www.johnsonvalley.com.
The discounted Admission to the 12th Annual Johnson Valley Oktoberfest is 10.00 per person until September 30th. Quantities are limited! (Early Birds help us guesstimate how much food we will need to cook.)
Admission will be 12.00 per person after September 30th, and at the door on Oktoberfest day, Saturday, October 15th. It includes the German-style Dinner Buffet and Dessert Bar.
Update! The Beer Garden opens at 3:00 p.m., dispensing your choice of five craft beers and a hard cider on tap – BUT now you’ll find it under the shade pergola in front of the Community Center.
The back patio will still be open for enjoying your brews and dinner outside. Or, stay out front, or inside the hall, as you please.
Enter at the east door near the mailboxes to get your wristbands, drink tickets, and souvenirs (and JVIA 2023 membership if you wish).
Then go out through the lobby door to the tapper bar and make your choices from the Brew Menu:
-Five craft beers and a hard cider, 12-oz. p0ur, 4.00,
(Get a full 16-oz. pour for 4.00 in the souvenir Oktoberfest Pub Glass, 5.00)
-Sampler of three brews, 5.00,
-Canned domestic beer, 4.00
-Soft drinks and bottled water, 1.00.
To go with your brew, enjoy fresh homemade pretzel bites FREE while quantities last.
The traditional German Dinner Buffet is between 6:00-7:00 p.m. featuring grilled brats, sauerkraut, roasted Brussels Sprouts, and German potatoes, plus your selection from the Dessert Bar.
DONATE A RAFFLE PRIZE?
• A lot of the Oktoberfest fun is the guests trying to win one of our wide variety of raffle prizes.
Businesses in Yucca Valley and Lucerne Valley donate gift items and gift cards for merchandise and services. Local pyrograph artist Michelle Zumstein has already created handcrafted wooden Johnson Valley plaques (see one attached below).
If you are an artist or crafter, your donation would be greatly appreciated.
A gift card from any member or local business offering services, repairs, yard clean-up, what else can you think of?
Of course, any new store-bought item you feel would shine as a raffle prize; offroading equipment, first aid kit maybe? Guy things.
Oktoberfest for eleven years has been the major fundraiser in support of the operation and maintenance of the Community Center – make it even better for the twelfth year!
Call Kim Abramson at 760-792-4555 or bring her your prize at Saturday Breakfast. Thanks in advance!
SCHOOL DISTRICT AWARD
• We often brag about being in the Lucerne Valley Unified School District. Again it has been recognized as special, winning another award: one of the state’s Pivotal Practice Awards for acting with ingenuity and creativity during COVID.
State School Superintendent Ted Alejandre said, “These districts made sure their students were connected to learning during that time.”
We know our little school district gains enrollment instead of losing it, listens to parents, makes a point of being fiscally foresighted, and acts with transparency.
Kudos again to Schools Superintendent Peter Livingston, staff, and the Board of Trustees.
BREAKFAST AT JV
• Reminder, the JV Saturday Breakfast hours moved later by half an hour. No matter what the sign on the highway says or other published information reports, the doors at the Community Center open every Saturday at 7:30 a.m., and close at 10:30. No change of menu, still with the never-empty coffee cup.
Menu prices, as well as the prices for items on the Boutique Table, include sales tax. All tips are donations to help operate the Center.
The latest issue of the Johnson Valley Journal is now on sale in the lobby for 1.00 each. See all the Oktoberfest details and more!
P.S. Help wanted! Vacations and family events have shrunk our pool of volunteers for cooking and serving Saturday Breakfast. If you think you might be able to help, ask the cashier or a server how it works.
Everyone is welcome to every event at the Community Center; membership is not required.
ILLEGAL POT FARMS
• Operation Hammer Strike has now expanded to two permanent teams, which frees up deputies from our regional stations who were assisting. These teams continue to focus on eradicating illegal cannabis grows throughout San Bernardino County.
Since the program’s inception, close to $1 billion in illegal marijuana (street value) has been taken off the streets. Additionally, during the service of search warrants, the Hammer Strike teams have seized over 1.4 million cannabis plants, 97 tons of processed marijuana, and 175 pounds of concentrated cannabis, along with over 350 firearms.
FREQUENTLY ANSWERED QUESTIONS
To new members of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association recently added to this e-mail list:
The JV NEWS comes out every week or two and brings any news and announcements in a more timely manner than the Johnson Valley Journal, scheduled to publish every two months, and only mailed to members who subscribe when filling out their Membership Application for 2023.
The items and stories expand and add to those published in the community column in the weekly 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.
- JVIA ADDRESS & DIRECTIONS
The mailing address is:
50567A Quailbush Rd.
Johnson Valley CA 92285
Directions to the Community Center:
From Hwy 247, turn onto Larrea Road and go 1-3/4 miles to Quailbush Rd.
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.
No charge; just keep the dog on the leash and kids out of the train layouts – THANKS!
😛IMPOSSIBILITIES IN THE WORLD
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.
TEN (10) THINGS I KNOW ABOUT YOU
1) You are reading this.
2) You are human.
3) You can’t say the letter ”P” without separating your lips.
4) You just attempted to do it.
6) You are laughing at yourself.
7) You have a smile on your face, and you skipped No. 5.
8) You just checked to see if there is a No. 5.
9) You laugh at this because you are a fun-loving person & everyone does it, too.
10) You are probably going to send this to see who else falls for it.
You have received this e-mail because I didn’t want to be alone in the idiot category.
Have a great Day. Laugh, and then laugh and sing, It’s a Beautiful Morning, even when it’s not.
“Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.”