Thursday, January 17, 2019

Desert Trail Column - January 17, 2019

The Wonder Valley Community Meeting was very interesting and informative. The future of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council was discussed, plus the newly-formed non-profit organization Friends of Wonder Valley. Retired police officer Steve Reyes gave a great presentation on ways to secure your property. Many of the ideas presented are simple and inexpensive, but would undoubtedly be very effective security measures.

The Salvation Army Food Distribution will take place on Wednesday, January 23, at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road near Blower Road, at 11 a.m.

 Karen’s Commentary:  First off, I want to thank Bob for loads of coupons and Jan Peek for used postage stamps that she sent from her new home in Arizona. Last week I forgot to mention one of my all-time favorite “home remedies” – gargling with saltwater. At the very first sign of a sore throat, start gargling! A doctor told me many years ago to gargle with warm saltwater the very first thing in the morning and the very last thing at night. He said that the salt kills the bacteria in your mouth and throat, stopping the progression of irritation and inflammation, and yes, it absolutely works!

 Darlene’s Commentary:  Thank you, Mother Nature, for turning off the DEEP FREEZE! My beautiful encelia bush is now in full bloom in the most gorgeous shade of yellow. The recent off-and-on rain might trigger double-blooms this year. We might even see some flowers that we don’t see every year, like the five spot, trumpet flower, Indian paintbrush, desert lily and those white star-shaped belly flowers. Well, even if we don’t have a double-bloom year, I’ll be happy to greet and admire what we do have. Isn’t our desert a spectacular place? Don’t you think so, too, Mother Nature? Hello? Well, I guess she’s already left for work.


The Wonder Valley Community Church, 82575 Amboy Road at Kuhns Road, holds services every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. A potluck luncheon is held following the service on the second Sunday of each month. There are also Bible studies on Sundays at 9:15 a.m., and on Mondays at 8:30 a.m. Call Pastor Lonnie Casper at 760-401-6128 or 760-391-0480.


Handy Hint:  What can you do with wood ashes? Fertilize your houseplants. Place ashes in a cloth bag, tie it off and steep it in a five-gallon bucket of water for a few days. Use this “ash tea” to water plants weekly.

Today’s Thought:   The plastic coating on a shoelace is the “aglet,” the spot between your eyebrows is your “glabella” and the white crescent-shaped part of your fingernail is your “lunule.”


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

Friday, January 11, 2019

WV Community Meeting -- January 12, 2019

The full moon and Venus at dawn in December 2018 -- TSS
Everyone is invited and wecome to attend the 
Wonder Valley Community Meeting
from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, January 12, 2019

at the
Wonder Valley Community Center
80526-1/2 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277

The meeting will be hosted by the
Friends of Wonder Valley, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization

The agenda will be posted at least 72 hours before the meeting at the Wonder Valley Community Center, and online.

AGENDA: -- posted 5:30 a.m., January 7, 2019

Wonder Valley resident and retired Los Angeles police officer Steve Reyes will present on ways to secure your property.

Wonder Valley no longer has a MAC Delegate, as the MAC was dissolved in November. Our former MAC Delegate, Teresa Sitz, will chair this meeting and clarify issues regarding our representation with the County.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Desert Trail Column - January 10, 2019

A Wonder Valley Community Meeting will be held on Saturday, January 12 at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road near Blower Road, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Former MAC representative Teresa Sitz will talk about the dissolution of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council, and as the Wonder Valley Community Center Coordinator, she will report on the WVCC and the park. Ken Sitz will give a brief report on our local non-profit Friends of Wonder Valley, and retired police officer Steve Reyes will give a presentation on ways to keep your property secure. Contact Teresa at or 760-367-9880 for information.

On TUESDAY, January 15, the USDA Food Distribution will be held at our community center at 9:30 a.m. Please note that this is a change in the day of distribution.

We send out Rainbows-of-Garnets-and-Carnations to Jennahrose Davies-Foster who turns 11 this week. Happy birthday, Jennahrose!

Darlene's Commentary: Here’s a little poem I recently created. Hope you enjoy it. “We are all mothers, fathers and brothers, and children and sisters and friends; like opening familiar storybooks with a beginning and an end. For we are young and we are old and learn to turn the pages. We’re sometimes timid, sometimes bold, regardless of the ages. So let’s climb aboard the mother ship for our very first exciting trip.” The End!
Karen’s Commentary: I’d like to talk about stickiness. Yes, stickiness. Why is it that postage stamps stick so well and never fall off – I want some of that glue. And how about Post-it Notes – REAL Post-it Notes – they never fall off either, but can be removed easily. Where do I buy this adhesive? And the labels on Sterlite products – the red-headed step-children of Rubbermaid – peel off easily and cleanly after YEARS of being firmly affixed!
The non-profit 29 Palms Soaring Club meets at the Twentynine Palms Airport, Highway 62 at Godwin Road, every Sunday from 11 a.m. to sunset, weather permitting. The club owns two gliders and a tow plane, and provides glider rides for $20 to $50, depending on the altitude desired. Cash only is accepted, and gift certificates are available and have no expiration dates. For information, call Mike at 760-464-2835.
Handy Hint: To make a neat jewelry holder, staple chicken wire inside a large wooden frame that has been painted and/or decorated. You can hang this frame on the wall or stand it up on a dresser or cabinet. Use small S-hooks to hang jewelry.

Today’s Thought: “I was going to sue for defamation of character, but then I realized I have no character.” – Charles Barkley
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Bill Hillyard Reading.

William Hillyard reads from Welcome to Wonder Valley
1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, February 2, 2019
(after the Farmers Market and just before The Palms opens!)
at the
Wonder Valley Community Center
80526 1/2 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277
There is a $2 suggested donation to support future events. 
If you can't afford $2, please be our guest.

What is it about Wonder Valley that brings people across the Morongo Basin, across the state, even around the globe to spend a day or two in this little patch of sand?

Local author William Hillyard will read sections from his forth-coming book Welcome to Wonder Valley. Hillyard has known and spent time with more local characters than anyone else and has seen firsthand what makes these enduring and endearing characters tick. His book offers insight into both the fortitude and eccentricities that make life bearable in a no-horse town, with bad water, and temperatures topping 120 in the summer.

Hillyard will answer questions, and talk about the writing process.

A $2 donation helps support events like this, but if you don’t have the money, please be our guest.

Not Bad.

Full Moon in Wonder Valley, The Honoroable D.H.C.

Monday, January 7, 2019

WV USDA Food Distribution

The USDA Food Distribution will begin at 9:30 a.m. on TUESDAY, January 15, 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 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 They are also available at the WVCC on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., and at the information kiosk at the WVCC the week before the event.

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

The text below is required.

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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.

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

December 2018 Crime Stats

Arrests included a 245 -- assault with a deadly weapon; and 11550 - use or under influence of a controlled substance. There were 5 calls for illegal ORV riding throughout the month, and 7 calls for illegal shooting.

There were eleven 459 calls -- 6 were alarms; 1 was listed as VR (vacation rental?); 3 were RR (residential?); and one was unmodified.

These statistics are gleaned from media reports, they are not supplied by the Sheriff's Department, so there may be a small margin of error.