Sunday, December 9, 2018

USDA Food Distribution

Please note the CHANGE OF DAY and DATE.

The USDA Food Distribution will take place TUESDAY, December 18, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-½ Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277. The Community Center is next to the Fire Station. Sign up begins at 9:30 a.m. Food boxes will be given out between 10 a.m. and noon.

From now on the USDA Food DIstribution at the WVCC will be on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

There will be no Salvation Army Food Distribution in December.

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

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

The text below is required.

Nondiscrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Desert Trail Column - December 6, 2018

Ted and Karen Meyers celebrate 58 years together this week. Happy anniversary, Karen and Ted!
Darlene’s Commentary:
Brrrr! Maybe Mother Nature heard me grumbling and complaining all summer. I’d better make a note to watch what I say about her! I should be thankful for our desert’s weather. Fall brought some beautiful warm days with gentle breezes, and cool, comfortable nights without the hum and rattle of the swamp coolers and air conditioners. Most nights you can look up into a sky that looks like black velvet sprinkled with diamonds of all sizes and shapes. We have amazing sunrises and sunsets that sometimes cover an entire section of sky with the brightest colors imaginable! And then we have the Sheephole Mountains that in winter can quickly change from beautiful purple to magenta to brilliant pink. We are so very lucky.
Karen’s Commentary:
I’ve purposely not mentioned the little Christmas elves, hoping they’d go away, or at least lower their personal volume controls! I already know that I’m way behind, that Christmas is less than three weeks away, that I have a ton of OTHER stuff to do besides getting ready for the holidays. So why do those cute little elves feel compelled to remind me daily? Or hourly?! I absolutely love Christmas, but it’s undoubtedly the most stressful of all the holidays for me. I thought when I got older, this love/hate relationship would end, especially since I don’t have young-uns living in the house anymore. But that apparently wasn’t the problem. I guess it’s just me. Anybody got some elf-sized pieces of duct tape?
If you would like to go to the Twentynine Palms Nutrition Site for lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Reach Out Morongo Basin will provide free rides. Pick up is at 10 a.m. and drop off is at 2 pm., both at The Palms, 83131 Amboy Road at Thompson Road. If you have a problem getting to The Palms, ROMB may pick you up and drop you off at your residence. Call 760-361-1410 for further information.
Handy Hint:
If you’re thinking of tossing a lamp that flickers when it’s on, first check for frayed wires. If there are none, then it’s probably only the bulb, which is a common cause of flickering. And remember, even a new bulb can be a dud. If the bulb isn’t at fault, try plugging it into another outlet. If that isn’t the cause either, it needs to be rewired or replaced.

Today’s Thought:
Adult rattlesnakes only eat about once every two weeks, and it’s not unusual for a rattlesnake to live 30 years.
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

TSS - Sunrise with the Moon and Venus

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Gayle Covery Interim Staff for 3rd District

The San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor’s office is being staffed by Field Representative Gayle Covey until a new supervisor is appointed to succeed James Ramos, who began service as a member of the State Assembly on Monday.

Covey, with support from the County Administrative Office and the Office of Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Lovingood, will be the Third District Office contact for constituents, county departments and agencies, and municipalities and other public entities in the Third District.

The Third District includes all or portions of the cities of San Bernardino, Grand Terrace, Colton, Loma Linda, Highland, Redlands, Yucaipa, Barstow, Big Bear Lake and Twentynine Palms, the Town of Yucca Valley, and surrounding unincorporated communities and areas, including Lucerne Valley and Johnson Valley.

The Third District office can be contacted by email at, by phone at 909-387-4855, or through its website at

Property taxes are due

San Bernardino County property taxes are due on December 10, 2018.

It's possible to pay onine at:

Senior Services in Twentynine Palms

Bob Dougherty, from SBC Adult and Aging Services, will meet seniors, 60 year of age and older, from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., on December 12, at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center, 6539 Adobe Road, in Twentynine Palms.

He will be answering questions and distributing bus pass es. HEAP still has funding for 2018 wood and propane if someone has not applied already this year. HEAP for 2019 funds will start probably in mid- to late-January 2019.

Call Bob for a HEAP appointment at (760) 228-5219

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Desert Trail Column - November 29, 2018

Last week, the Great Turkey Giveaway, sponsored by Friends of Wonder Valley and San Bernardino County Community Action Partnership provided many Wonder Valleyites with a turkey dinner that they may not have had otherwise. Thank you to all who were involved in making this happen.

 Being given away along with the turkeys were “X-Mas with the Kroms” CDs that we wrote about last week. Kroms Dominic and Naomi Bruxer have also produced a three-CD set comprised of their albums Desert Sands, Scorpion Dance and Black Widow. These are instrumental songs composed by Naomi, telling about desert insects, wildlife, terrain, environment and occurrences. The stories are told through music with Naomi playing different instruments and Dominic on percussion. One example of the music telling a story is when the tambourine represents the sounds of our local rattlesnakes! Call or text 760-413-8227.
The annual Get Loud Holiday Party will be held at The Palms, 83131 Amboy Road at Thompson Road, on Friday, November 29 and Saturday, December 1 starting at 6 p.m. both nights. Admittance is free and entertainment will be provided by more than a dozen bands from Austin, Denver, Seattle, Portland, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Joshua Tree and Wonder Valley.

 On Saturday, December 1, Redlands Pilots Association members will fly their planes to Twentynine Palms Airport, 29 Palms Highway at Godwin Road, with donated Christmas gifts for Twentynine Palms area people in need. The gifts will be handed over to the Marine Corps Reserves as part of Toys for Tots. Santa himself will lead planes, pilots and crews to the airport to meet the Marines at approximately 10:45 a.m. Everyone is welcome to come and watch this once-a-year event. Last year, 24 airplanes landed at the airport, delivering $1100 and 2500 toys.

 The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery, 77575 29 Palms Highway at Thunder Road, will host a special artists reception on Saturday, December 1 from 1 to 5 p.m. for the 2018 High School Student Art Show. The featured artists will be from Twentynine Palms High School and Yucca Valley High School. Come enjoy the free refreshments along with music provided by Damien Tiner. Come and meet these talented and creative students whose works will be on display through December 9. Many of the students’ creations can be purchased at very reasonable prices. Call Laurel at 760-367-3807.

 We send out Rainbows-of-Topaz-and-Chrysanthemums to Carson Bevins (7) and Cambria Fairweather who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday to you both!

 The Wonder Valley Lending Program has lots of books and movies available for loan at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road.

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

Saturday, November 24, 2018

2018 Get Loud Holiday Party, 11/30-12/1

This year's annual Get Loud Holiday Party will be in Wonder Valley at The Palms Restaurant Nov 30 - Dec 1, 2018. Tons of bands, booze, laughs and gifts. Free entry all weekend.

Appearances by :
Roselit Bone (Portland, OR)
Danny Dodge and the Dodge Gang (LA, CA)
Felix Rose (Sacramento, CA)
Chelan (Joshua Tree, CA)
Ghost Ring (Portland, OR)
Grizzled Mighty (Seattle, WA)
Kinky Fingers (Denver, CO)
Firebug (Joshua Tree, CA)
The Needs (Wonder Valley, CA)
Chief White Lightning (LA, CA)
Merciful Heavens (Austin, TX)
Acid Tongue (Seattle, WA)
Sibleys (Wonder Valley, CA)
+ special jams sessions all weekend.

Friday November 30, 2018, 6:00 pm
Roselit Bone, Acid Tongue, Chief White Lightning, Felix Rose, Sibleys, The Needs + more

Saturday December 1, 2018, 6:00 PM
Grizzled Mighty, Danny Dodge & the Dodge Gang, Firebug, Kinky Fingers, Chelan, Merciful Heavens, Ghost Ring + more

The Palms Restaurant, 83131 Amboy Road in Wonder Valley, 92277