Thursday, April 18, 2019

Desert Trail Column - April 18, 2019

Yoga at The Palms with Lorelei Vox Greene will take place on Saturday, April 20 from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. These classes are donation-based, and all levels of skill are welcome. Call 760-361-2810 for further information.

 Also at The Palms on April 20 will be the Hi-Desert Hukilau starting at 4 p.m. Get ready for eight hours of live music on two stages. For information, call 310-920-4804.

On Wednesday, April 24 the MBHD Medical Van will be at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road at Blower Road, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A Nurse Practitioner will provide primary medical care and screenings, refer for lab tests and write prescription refills. Some immunizations may be available, and most insurances are accepted. Care is provided regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Walk-ins will be accepted as time permits, but appointments are encouraged. Call 760-365-9305.

 Also at our community center on April 24 will be the Salvation Army Food Distribution starting at 11 a.m. Food is from Trader Joe’s and usually includes fresh produce and meat.

 For any additional information about any of the above events, call our WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at 760-367-9880.

This week marks our seventh anniversary of writing this column! We are two of the three daughters of Louise Borquez who wrote this column for 18 years. Karen has lived in Wonder Valley since 1981, Darlene has lived here since 1991, and third sister Donna is a former Wonder Valley resident now living in Yucca Valley. Our mom loved writing this column and so do we. Thank you for reading it!

 Darlene’s Commentary:  At the corner of Amboy and Blower Roads two buildings sit silently waiting, but for what? We’re hopeful their (and our) waiting will end with the return of our firefighters.

 Karen’s Commentary:  Thanks go out to Bob and Joe for coupons that were sent to US Marine, Army, Navy and Air Force bases in Japan, Guam, Belgium and Italy.

 The Animal Action League will spay or neuter pets living in Wonder Valley at a very low cost. They also give vaccinations, trim nails and implant microchips, all at reduced costs. AAL is located at 62762 29 Palms Highway, just west of the dinosaurs, in Joshua Tree. For costs and information call 760-366-1100.


Handy Hint:  According to the Marketing Science Institute, when we shop with someone else, as much as 65 percent of what we buy is unplanned.


Today’s Thought:  The average payout from a visit by the tooth fairy in 2017 ranged from $4 to $6. (I wonder what dentures are going for!)

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

Monday, April 15, 2019

Illegal Dumping.

Dumped: Two couches, a chair, a flat screen TV, a pet carrier, and a tricycle, all dumped at the Dog Wash today on Shelton between Amboy and 62. If any of this is yours, please pick it up and take it to the dump.

Please, NEVER pay someone to haul your trash without getting a dump receipt. THIS is where it ends up. This will go NOWHERE until private citizens move it.

PS - if you're going to pick up the tricycle, please, at LEAST take ONE couch to the dump.

We have a new MAC Delegate!

The MAC is the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council, and it was created by our Third District County Supervisor Dawn Rowe, to advise her on the state of the nine unincorporated communities in the MB.

Teresa Sitz was the delegate from March 2015 until last November when our then Third District Supervisor James Ramos resigned. Before her, Max Rossi, from the Godwin Christian Fellowship, served as MAC Delegate.

The news just came across today that Wonder Valley resident Steve Reyes has been appointed as our next MAC delegate. Steve is a former LAPD police officer, and has spoken at WV Community Meetings on security issues. He also just finished a two-day course on grantwriting sponsored by the Basin Wide Foundation. Steve is a great guy who I am certain will do an excellent job.

Many thanks to others who applied for the position. Thank you for your commitment to Wonder Valley, and for stepping up to serve. If you'd still like to volunteer, please feel free to sign up at the Wonder Valley Community Center. We can always use good people.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Desert Trail Column - April 11, 2019

The USDA Food Distribution will take place at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road at Blower Road, on Tuesday, April 16, starting at 9:30 a.m. As we wrote last week, you will be surprised at the fast, new method of distribution.

Also on April 16, the Morongo Basin Healthcare District’s mobile medical van will be at our community center at 10 a.m.
Mark your calendar for the upcoming Hi-Des Hukilau at The Palms on April 20.
For additional information about any of the above events, call our WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at 760-367-9880.
We send out Rainbows-of-Diamonds-and-Sweetpeas to Penny Root who turns 53 this week. Happy birthday, Penny!
Others celebrating birthdays this week include Shannen Doherty (48), Andy Garcia (63), Al Green (73), Rick Schroder (49), Paul Sorvino (80) and Anthony Michael Hall (51).
Fifty-one years ago this week the Civil Rights Act of 1968 was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. This act protected civil rights workers, expanded the rights of Native Americans and prevented antidiscrimination measures in housing.
Sixty-four years ago this week the first McDonald’s opened in Des Plaines IL. Owner Ray Croc got the idea from a hamburger joint in San Bernardino run by the McDonald brothers. On opening day, a hamburger was 15 cents. The Big Mac was introduced in 1968 for 49 cents and the Quarter Pounder in 1971 for 53 cents.
And eighty-five years ago this week the highest-velocity natural wind ever recorded occurred at the Mount Washington NH observatory. Three weather observers observed and recorded the phenomenon in which gusts reached 231 mph – the strongest natural wind ever recorded on the earth’s surface.

The Wonder Valley Community Church, 82575 Amboy Road at Kuhns Road, holds regular services every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. On April 21, there will be an Easter potluck; on April 27, there will be an Arbor Day/Memorial tree planting; and on May 18, there will be a movie matinee featuring the movie “Do You Believe.” Pastor Lonnie Casper invites everyone to join him in a walk around Luckie Park every Monday at 9 a.m. For further information, call 760-391-0480.
Handy Hint: If you use liquid soap, you can save 50 per cent of the cost by buying a gallon bottle for refilling those small pump bottles instead of replacing them. (The biggest variety of the large Softsoap refill bottles we’ve seen are at Walmart.)

Today’s Thought: The song “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” was written by a boy! Philadelphia singer Robert Hazard wrote and recorded the original version four years before Cyndi Lauper made it a hit.

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

Monday, April 8, 2019

Mobile Medical Unit in Wonder Valley

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District Mobile Medical Unit will be at the Wonder Valley Community Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Wednesday, April 16 and 24 , 2019. The WVCC is at 80526-1/2 Amboy Road, in Wonder Valley -- next to the old fire station.

This coincides with the USDA Food Distribution (9:30 a.m. - Noon, April 16), and Salvation Army Food Distribution (11 a.m., April 24).

A Nurse Practitioner will be on board, providing primary medical care and screenings, and if necessary, prescribing lab tests and refilling prescriptions. Some immunizations are available.

Medi-Cal, IEHP and most insurances are accepted. A discounted fee-for-service is available for those without insurance. Care is provided regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.

Appointments are encouraged. To schedule an appointment, call 760-365-9305.

Walk-ins will be accepted as time permits.

Morongo Basin Healthcare District seeks to improve the health and wellness of residents who live within its designated boundaries. Services of the healthcare district include the Morongo Basin Community Health Center with offices in Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley; and LIFT Transportation Services, providing free, non-emergency transportation to medical appointments. Business offices of the Morongo Basin Healthcare District are located at 6530 La Contenta Road, Suite 100 Yucca Valley | 760.820.9229 |
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Felons foiled again!

While at the Palms on Sunday, a local resident told me that they had called the Sheriff's Department the previous day on two squatters that were robbing one of their properties. Within 15 minutes three sheriff's department vehicles descended on the residence, immediately handcuffing the two miscreants -- one man and one woman. They were initially charged with burglary, but these charges may have been expanded to reflect the pile of meth, the pile of cash, and the scales found on the premises. The sheriff's department also impounded and towed two vehicles.

The resident was pleased, said the SD did a great job, and were very polite.

USDA Food Distribution -- April 16, 2019.

The USDA Food Distribution will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at noon on Tuesday, April 16th, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-½ Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277. The Community Center is next to the Fire Station.

Low income Wonder Valley residents self-certify on site. No ID or other documentation is required. You may pick up ONE (1) box for a neighbor, or they may pick up ONE (1) box for you, IF a signed pick up form is presented. One pick up per person. Pick up forms are available online at They are also available at the WVCC on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., and at the kiosk outside the WVCC the week before the event.

For more information, call Teresa Sitz at (760) 367-9880.

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