Thursday, June 13, 2019

Desert Trail Column - June 13, 2019

The Community Meeting was very informative. One thing our Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council representative Steve Reyes spoke about was registering for the Telephone Emergency Notification System (TENS) by going to This system is designed to send urgent high-speed mass notifications via telephone and text messages.
Yoga at the Palms with Lorelei Vox Greene will take place at The Palms, 83131 Amboy Road, on Saturday, June 15 from 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. This is a donation-based class in which everyone can participate regardless of their skill level. Call 760-361-2810.
The USDA Food Distribution will be held at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road, on Tuesday, June 18, from 9 to noon.
Bob Dougherty, Social Service Aide from the San Bernardino County Department of Aging and Adult Services will be at our community center on Wednesday, June 19, from 11 to noon to assist seniors. His services include giving out bus passes and Farmer’s Market checks, and helping with HEAP applications. Everything is on a first come, first served basis.
Most WVCC events are sponsored by Friends of Wonder Valley. For additional information, contact our Coordinator Teresa Sitz at or call 760-367-9880.
We send out Rainbows-of-Pearls-and-Roses to Josiah Bevins who turns 10 this week. Happy birthday, Josiah!
Karen’s Commentary: I had the pleasure of meeting Donna and Pappy Parsons’ grandson recently. His name is Gavin Lesneski, and he’s 11 years old. This intelligent young man is very adept at carrying on conversations with older adults, which is pretty rare. Thank you, Gavin, for a nice visit.
Darlene’s Commentary: It used to be that our firefighters “lived” at our Wonder Valley Station #45 during each shift, always ready to immediately assist the injured or sick in our area. And just like Fran Becker’s comments, it’s so sad to see our station now just sitting here, silently waiting.
Reach Out Morongo Basin will provide rides to and from the Twentynine Palms Nutrition Site every Tuesday and Thursday. Pickup is at 10 a.m., drop off at 2 p.m., at The Palms. If you have a problem getting to The Palms, they may be able to come directly to your residence. Call 760.361.1410.
Handy Hint: Bring a few office supplies into the kitchen. Use stackable plastic letter trays for unruly packages and bags, and bright-colored bins for items near spoiling or close to expiration dates.

Today’s Thought: Where were you in 1968? During that year, “Mr Rogers’ Neighborhood” debuted on National Educational Television, “In the Heat of the Night” won the Academy Award for Best Picture and the best-selling Christmas toys were Hot Wheels.
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

County Supervisors Vote to End Controversial Fire Tax


There are two stories here, so be sure to read through to the end. It's a little confusing, and clarifications will probably come out over the next days. It seems that our new 3rd District Supervisor Dawn Rowe is a hero, voting on the side of the people.

Former Supervisor James Ramos was the deciding vote FOR the fire tax last year, his parting gift to San Bernardino, as he left the area to represent the 40th District in the California State Assembly. SBC Fire Chief Mark Hartwig beat it out of town a couple of months later. See:

Receive emergency text messages on your cell phone.

Telephone Emergency Notification System
In an effort to quickly communicate information on impending dangers, the San Bernardino County Sheriff and Fire Departments send high-speed mass notifications via telephone and text messages. This system is known as the Telephone Emergency Notification System (TENS).

The County uses a database of landline telephone numbers, which is updated every six months, to send emergency messages to landline phones only. By signing up below, residents can also receive emergency text messages on their cell phones, add voice over internet phone numbers (V.O.I.P.), and manage their own account using a valid email address. Those without internet connections can sign up by calling 2.1.1 or 888.435.7565.

TENS alerts do not generally go out to the entire County but instead are targeted to affected areas. You must enter a valid San Bernardino County address. This is the address for which you will receive alerts.


  2. Click on the “Emergency Services” TAB.
  3. Click on the “Alert and Warning System” LINK.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page, to “Telephone Emergency Notification System”.
  5. Click on the “Sign up here for Emergency Alerts” BUTTON.
  6. Then click on the “Register Swift 911” BUTTON and follow the directions.

If you don’t have Internet, you can sign up by calling 2-1-1, or (888) 435-7565.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Improv at the Palms

Noon - 3 p.m.
Saturday, June 15, 2019
The Palms Restaurant
83131 Amboy Road
Wonder Valley CA 92277

Ever experience Organic Comedy? Once you try improv, you'll never go back to regular, store-bought comedy ever again. Learn to leave yourself at the door, accept whatever comes your way and to build on it. At this workshop, led by HEATHER CLISBY, we'll learn the basics of comedy improv - making up characters and scenes on-the-spot. We will play like children. You can expect spontaneous joy, unexpected insight and solid belly laughs. The only wrong answer in the class is "No." Come join!

Cost: donation (suggested $5-$10). Whatever you're comfortable with.

Heather Clisby has worked with people of all ages and experience (or lack of it!). We guarantee that you're going to have fun at this !!

Free Children’s Art Collage Workshop.

Summer is the time to participate in fun family experiences with your kids. This art collage workshop will inspire both imagination and creativity.All materials, and refreshments, will be provided.

Children will enjoy a relaxed environment, encouraging participation and expression of ideas. They will take home a finished piece of artwork. Parent/guardian will work beside their kids, or just chill on the sidelines in our lucious air conditioning.

This workshop will give your kids the skills to work on their own at home.

Children ages 6 - 17 are welcome with their parent/guardian. You must remain at the WVCC through the entire workshop.

Noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 20, 2019
Wonder Valley Community Center
80526-½ Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277
Next to the palm tree cell tower.

Artist patti dietrick will lead the workshop. She has taught youth workshops at the 29 Palms Gallery, and the Beatnik Lounge, in Joshua Tree.

RSVP is appreciated. Call Teresa Sitz at (760) 367-9880, or email at

This program is sponsored by the Friends of Wonder Valley, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

USDA Food Distribution.

The USDA Food Distribution will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at noon on Tuesday, June 18, 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.

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.

Dental Care debuts in Wonder Valley.

IMMEDIATE RELEASE - MMU debuts dental services in Wonder Valley
Karen Graley <> Mon, Jun 3, 2019 at 3:49 PM

Contact: Karen Graley, Director Communications

760.853.3027   |


The Morongo Basin Healthcare District’s Mobile Medical Unit will provide basic dental services, Wednesday, June 26, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (NOTE: No medical services will be offered this day).

A dentist will be on board, providing dental exams with x-rays, simple restorations and simple extractions. Endodontist services, crowns and dentures will not be provided on board.

Medi-Cal and IEHP 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 highly recommended.  To schedule an appointment, call 760-820-4131.   Walk-ins will be accepted as time permits.

The Mobile Medical Unit is an extension of the Morongo Basin Healthcare District’s Community Health Center, which operates full dental services in both Yucca Valley and 29 Palms.

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 |


Karen Graley, Director Communications & Board Clerk



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