Friday, July 3, 2020

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Desert Trail Column - July 1, 2020

Somehow we omitted a very important date in last week’s column – the wedding anniversary of Ken and Teresa Sitz. They have been together for 20 years and we wish them a belated but sincere happy anniversary!
And this week we are sending out best wishes to Penny and Ron Root who are celebrating 27 years together. Happy anniversary, Ron and Penny!
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the Walnut Creek Police Department are asking for Wonder Valley’s help in locating a missing woman. She is 37-year-old Erika Lloyd. She is 5’ 4”, weighs 125 pounds and has dark brown hair and blue eyes. She has a small tattoo on the inside of her left wrist and a larger tattoo on her back. Her car was found abandoned and vandalized near Highway 62 and Shelton Road. If you have seen her or have heard anything about her whereabouts, please call 760-366-4175 or simply dial 911. Her family is totally devastated and extremely worried about her so please help if you can.

Karen's Commentary: Twice in the past week I’ve walked into a public establishment without a mask. I can hardly believe it. I’m so gung-ho on keeping the masks on in order to bring this pandemic to an end, and I’ve just walked right in without one! This just shows how easy it is to get distracted and forget about following guidelines, no matter how important they are. We’ll all be happy when this is over, but we have to work at it in order for it to actually be over.
Darlene’s Commentary: How do you clean clutter off your desk? First, make sure you have a clear walkway and a good chair! Box up everything that doesn’t even belong in that room, let alone on your desk, to be taken to where they belong. Try out every pen to make sure it writes before giving it space in your desk drawer. Plastic zipper bags are great for containing small items. You can also use those small gift boxes that you don’t have the heart to throw away, but never use!
Wonder Valley Community Church, 82575 Amboy Road at Kuhns Road, is again holding regular church services every Sunday at 9 a.m. Please call Pastor Lonnie Casper at 760-401-6128 or 760-391-0480 for further information.
Handy Hint: Have your computer search for savings! Honey is a free extension you add to your web browser. When you shop online, click on the icon and it searches for coupons. Go to for information.
Today’s Thought: Never miss an opportunity to sleep on a screened-in porch.

Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

Monday, June 29, 2020

All fireworks are illegal in Wonder Valley and adjacent.

Do not do this at home or away.
San Bernardino County Fireworks Facts
Fireworks are NOT permitted in
unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County.

Firework Safety from the San Bernardino County Fire Department

If you choose to disobey the law and use fireworks anyway remember that the nearest hospital is more than 30 miles away. If you are out at the mines it may take the fire department more than an hour to find you or your children, pick you up, and get you out.

I'm only saying this because of couple of young boys had to be airlifted out a couple of years ago.

Two boys sustain serious injuries with fireworks east of Twentynine Palms

To make an anonymous report, residents may visit Be sure to include the date, time, and specific location of the alleged activity. Any photos and videos of incidents will aid in the investigation of alleged violations. Photos and videos may be included in the submission of each report.

Off road vehicles are illegal in incorporated areas, and shooting is illegal, too. The locals WILL call the Sheriff's Department. They have patrols out on the holidays. This is not a wasteland. People live here.

Okay, SBC. Don't mess it up.

The state hasn't set the bar very high, so don't get sloppy. Wear masks. Don't crowd the bars. Keep some social distance, and wash your hands for two rounds of "Happy Birthday to you," or it's back to drinking at home!

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Desert Trail Column - June 24, 2020

The drive-thru food distribution went very smoothly, as usual. Some participants are hoping that it will continue in this manner even after the pandemic is over. It is run very efficiently and seems to save a lot of time. Of course this is only one side of the coin. Perhaps the volunteers see it in a different light. For one thing, at this time of year it is hot out there in the sun. The people taking down information really need a pop-up to stand underneath. And perhaps two or three pop-ups would help the people loading boxes into the vehicles, too. It also may be that the “getting ready” phase takes a lot longer – or perhaps it is easier and/or faster. All these things and more should be taken into consideration. It seems that some good will certainly come out of this pandemic because it has forced people to accomplish things in a completely different manner. Surely many new ways of doing things will prove to be surprisingly better than before.
Potholes abound on Amboy and Godwin – Wonder Valleyites, unite! Phone calls need to be made to the County Roads Department on a DAILY basis until ALL the potholes are repaired with something that lasts longer than a week! The number to call is 760-366-3572. Tell them which road (Amboy or Godwin), which lane of travel (southbound, eastbound, etc.) and the nearest cross street (just east of Meriwether, 1/4-mile south of Becker, etc). Remember, the squeaky wheel gets the grease!

We send out Rainbows-of-Pearls-and-Roses to Josiah Bevins who turns 11 this week. Happy birthday, Josiah!
Karen’s Commentary: I sent out hundreds of coupons this week to U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine and Army bases in Japan, Guam, Germany, Spain, Sicily and Italy.
Darlene’s Commentary: I’m pretty sure a small cluster of tiny fine cacti got stuck in my sock because my ankle was raw. I ended up just throwing the sock away. I gently washed the whole area with soap and water, but when I started to pat it dry I discovered that I was just pounding the little needles deeper into my ankle! It was really painful. You will find that when a big foot steps into a little wonderland of these tiny sharp spines they bend to just the right degree and leave you with a souvenir you can’t get rid of! So if you love to clomp around in bare feet, sandals or socks, get yourself a back scratcher and keep it handy so you won’t need to bend down constantly to scratch your ankles! Now where’s my scratcher?
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Desert Trail Column - June 17, 2020

According to our good friend Judy Taylor, Animal Action League is not doing nail trimming at this time, but they are still doing shots. They do not know when they will resume their regular services. Call 760-366-1100 for current information.
Our Wonder Valley Community Center was in a flood zone the other evening! Apparently a pipe broke, flooding the grounds with well water. Jim Copeland discovered it and contacted Ted Meyers who TRIED to contact someone for assistance. MAC representative Steve Reyes was out of town, WVCC coordinator Teresa Sitz didn’t answer, the Special Districts’ emergency operator said she had no way of handling this, a recording was reached at the Twentynine Palms Fire Department and the Sheriff’s Department dispatch number was busy! In the meantime, Jim Copeland managed to find a shutoff valve, so the flooding was finally stopped. What a fiasco!
[Note: Teresa Sitz contacted SDD and the break was repaired on the next business day. Thank you to Jim Copeland who figured out where to turn the pipe off and did so. Mighty neighborly of you.]

The Drive-thru USDA Food Distribution will take place on Tuesday, June 16 outside our community center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road at Blower Road, at 10 a.m. Everyone needs to wear a face covering and remain in their vehicle. The community center is currently closed.

We send out Rainbows-of-Pearls-and-Roses to Bill Hague who celebrates his special day this week. Happy birthday, Bill!

Karen’s Commentary: This is a story called "The Owl and the Jackrabbit." Just about every evening, five jackrabbits show up in our front yard and play and chase each other around our trees. I usually sit on the porch swing awhile and watch them. Currently we have a great-horned owl living here, so some evenings the jacks don’t show up at all, we assume because the owl is too close. The other night Ted noticed the owl perched on a low branch in one of the trees right where the jacks play. Three jacks had arrived and were chasing each other around, sometimes right underneath the tree where the owl was perched! I held my breath every time this happened. Then two of the jacks ran out into the desert, leaving the largest one alone, directly under the owl! Suddenly the owl jumped to the ground about six feet from the jack. They both just stood there, thoroughly looking each other over! They weren’t the least bit aggressive, just curious. This went on for about five full minutes, then the owl just flew away. An up-close-and-personal "National Geographic Moment!"
Helpful Hint: If you rant and rave when the brown sugar is hard as a rock, store it in the freezer. Unlike other frozen foods, it won’t harden.
Today’s Thought: Volunteer. Sometimes the jobs no one wants conceal big opportunities.

Until next time..., remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

May 2020 Crime Stats.

     These stats are gathered from the SBC Sheriff’s Department Media Reports. There may be a small margin of error.
     Crime seems to be down from previous years, though there has been a rash of suspicious fires. Please keep your eyes open and report anything suspicious. Always ask for an incident number. Three thefts were reported, and there was some illegal shooting.