Thursday, December 7, 2017

Desert Trail, December 7, 2017

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meeting will [NOT] be held on Monday, December 11 at the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst, at 6:30 p.m. [There are no MAC meetings in August or December.] Wonder Valley’s Councilmember Teresa Sitz will pass along any concerns of Wonder Valley residents to our County Supervisor James Ramos. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. Contact Teresa at 760-865-9550 or for further information.

The Wonder Valley Community Meeting, organized by Teresa Sitz, will be held on Wednesday, December 13 at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road near Blower Road, at 11 a.m. A representative from the Marine Corps Base will be present to discuss illegal shooting, the dumping of animals and other issues. Contact Teresa for further information.

We send out Rainbows-of-Turquoise-and-Narcissus to Elsilynn Foster (11) and Diana Akins who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday to you both!

And anniversary wishes go out to Ted and Karen Meyers who celebrate 57 years together this week. Happy anniversary, Karen and Ted!

Karen’s Commentary: This week I sent manufacturer’s coupons to U.S. Navy and Army bases in Sicily, Japan, Germany, Belgium and Italy. The commissaries on the bases honor coupons up to six months expired, and these coupons help expand military families’ budgets. If you’d like to send coupons to our bases in foreign countries, go to to get the addresses of bases requesting coupons. By the way, the postage is the same as if you are sending them next door to your house!

Darlene’s Commentary: I just had to share this interesting bit of information I read recently. The world’s largest aspen “tree” is located in Utah, in an enormous grove of quaking aspen trees. The grove covers 197 acres and contains about 47,000 individual aspen trees, and every tree is connected by the same root system! The oldest trees range in age up to 130 years, but the root system is perhaps 80,000 years old! The entire organism is a single male aspen tree.

The Wonder Valley Community Church, 82575 Amboy Road at Kuhns Road, holds church services every Sunday at 10:30 a.m., plus Bible Studies at 9:15 a.m. on Sundays and at 8:30 a.m. on Mondays. A potluck luncheon takes place following the regular service on the second Sunday of each month. Call Pastor Garry Brooks at 760-367-0279 for further information.

Handy Hint: If you have wasted space underneath a cupboard or shelf, screw in cup hooks and hang a handled basket or tote bag for extra storage.

Thought for Today: The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly and lie about your age.

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

Supermoon over the Sheephole Mountains, December 3, 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Music at the Palms this Saturday night

Live music starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, 2017
The Palms Wonder Valley
83131 Amboy Road
Wonder Valley CA 92277

  • Victoria Williams
  • The Blues
  • Wildlife Freeway
  • Florian C
  • Max Maximillian
  • The Sibleys

Free Parking * Free Camping


When I was taking Fire Technology classes at Copper Mountain College a year ago, in hopes of restarting a Paid Call Firefighter (PCF) program in Wonder Valley, I kept hearing one name, over and over again, Kasandra Shaw.

Shaw, along with Jack McConaha and Star Javiar, were instrumental in maintaining the PCF program in Wonder Valley, at least before County Fire took over.

An obituary in the Hi-Desert Star reported that Shaw died on November 12 at Desert Regional Hospital. She was 65. She worked as a PCF for 10 years. She was an artist and loved painting, writing, singing, and dancing.

Services will be announced. For more information, please call her son, Dylan Hubbard, at (760) 408-6831.

Mary Sibley tells me that Shaw worked as a bartender at The Palms for several years.

Kasandra Shaw touched many lives, and many people in Wonder Valley mourn her death. If you have anything you'd like to share about Kasandra, please include it in the comments.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Wonder Valley in Forbes Magazine

It's not often that Wonder Valley is mentioned in a national financial magazine like Forbes, and in a sense we really weren't. It was Wonder Valley Olive Oil, the olive oil not made here, and more and more associated with Joshua Tree.

Here's the mention:
How A Trip To Marfa Boosted This Brand's Bottom Line

"We met Alison and Jay Caroll who left their life in LA to move to the Mojave desert and start Wonder Valley Olive Oil company. They were the most inspiring couple; their travel, simplified life in Joshua Tree and desire to create something and work with their hands."

This is all seems to be true.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

WV December Community Meeting

Everyone is invited and welcome to attend and participate in the
WV December Community Meeting
from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13, 2017
at the
Wonder Valley Community Center
80526-1/2 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277

Representative from the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (the "Base") 
to discuss illegal shooting, the dumping of animals, and other issues.

The agenda will be posted at the Wonder Valley Community Center and online 
on or before Wednesday, December 6, 2017.
Agenda posted, 7:30 a.m., December 6, 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Free Thanksgiving Dinners and Food

Many thanks to the businesses and organizations below who reach out to those in need through the holidays.

The Joshua Tree local free food program is serving a vegetarian/vegan Thanksgiving celebration at 5 p.m. on November 19, at the United Methodist Church, 6213 East Parkway, in Joshua Tree. Vegetable will be distributed to those in need. Please bring your own place setting.

The Way Station provides free raw turkeys and Thanksgiving dinner fixings for anyone in need on November 21. The gates open at 8 a.m. You must be signed up between 8-10:30 a.m. The Way Station is located at 61722 Commercial Street, in Joshua Tree. Catholic Charities will be present to help with utility bills. A continental breakfast with hot beverages will be served.

John’s Place in Yucca Valley offers free Thanksgiving breakfast from 7 - 11 a.m. and free Thanksgiving Dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 23. John’s Place is located at 56249 Twentynine Palms Highway in Yucca Valley.

Andreas Char-Broiled Burgers offers a free ham and egg breakfast from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Nov. 23. They are located at 73780 Twentynine Palms Highway in Twentynine Palms.

The Beatnik Lounge is offering a vegan potluck from 3 - 6 p.m. at 61597 Twentynine Palms Highway in Joshua Tree. Bring a healthy vegan dish, if you can, and a place setting for yourself. No charge and no one turned away.

Food for Life offers a free Thanksgiving meal from 1 - 4 p.m. on Nov. 23 at the First Baptist Church, 6414 Split Rock Avenue in Twentynine Palms. The church will also be distributing a limited number of coats and blankets.

Desert Trail, November 16, 2017

The Dale Basin Well Owners meeting was held on November 12. Clarence Chambers resigned after 18 years serving as President, and Mary Quamme is looking for someone to take her place as Secretary-Treasurer. She has also held this position for 18 years. Former Vice President Jerry Peek is the newly-elected President and Max Rossi is the new Vice President.

Huge thanks go to both Clarence and Mary for their many years of service and assistance to the well owners in Wonder Valley.

The USDA Food Distribution will take place at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526½ Amboy Road near Blower Road, on Monday, November 20 from 10:30 to noon.

The Salvation Army Food Distribution will also be this week, on Wednesday, November 22 at the Wonder Valley Community Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Since the birthstone for November is the topaz and the flower is the chrysanthemum, we send out Rainbows-of-Topaz-and-Chrysanthemums to Karen Meyers (75) and Sharon Fangmeyer who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday to you both!

And Anniversary wishes go out to Bill and Sherry Hague this week. Congratulations, Sherry and Bill!

Darlene’s Commentary: I enjoyed reading an article about birds in “Tidbits” and would like to share some interesting things with you. Hummingbirds must eat more than their body weight each day. All domestic breeds of chickens originated with the red jungle fowl of Southeastern Asia about 8,000 years ago. The albatross can fly thousands of miles without ever landing, even sleeping on the wing. It shuts down half of its brain at a time, placing the other half on auto-pilot!

Karen’s Commentary: First, many thanks to columnist Fran Becker for the kind words regarding the loss of our little dog. Second, thanks to Annie French for sending lots of nicely cut-out coupons for the military families overseas. And last, congratulations to husband Ted for bringing home four more ribbons from the Weed Show! The competition this year was fierce, with the number of fantastic entries at an all-time high, but Ted came through once again, proving how talented he really is.

If you’re looking for Wonder Valley information, go to Ken and Teresa Sitz do a bang-up job keeping this website updated and interesting.

Handy Hint: For a unique coffee table with storage, top four wooden crates (open sides facing out) with an old door. You can screw everything to a plywood base and add castors if you like. The vintage look is very popular!

Thought for Today: “I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult.” – Rita Rudner

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