Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Understanding Chronic Pain

Why don’t those medicines work? Understanding Chronic Pain
with Andrea Rubinstein, MD, chief, department of Pain Medicine, Kaiser Permanente, Santa Rosa

Chronic pain is common and millions of people suffer from it. But chronic pain is not just pain that lasts a long time. For a long time we treated chronic pain with the same drugs we used to treat all other pain and yet patients did not get the relief they sought. Far too many people were given drugs such as opioids that actually make pain worse over time. This talk will focus on why chronic pain is different and the risks of treating it like acute pain primarily with opioids. We will also discuss what does work and how to get better.

Everyone is invited and welcome to attend and participate.

11 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Wednesday, April 4, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Wonder Valley Community Center
80526-½ Amboy Road
Wonder Valley CA 92277
Call (760) 367-9880 for more information

Solar | Can you be energy independent?

Free Clean Photonics generation vs Utility Scale Dirty Expensive generation
a presentation with Buck Buckley, Licensed General, Solar, and Plumbing and Electrical contractor

2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Saturday, March 31, 2018

Wonder Valley Community Center
80526-½ Amboy Road
Wonder Valley CA 92277
Call (760) 367-9880 for more information

You will learn why you might want solar, how much your system should cost, if you can do it yourself, what it will save you, and if you can be energy independent.

Bring in your electric bills for estimating. This is not a sales pitch!

Buck is an inventor, naturalist, low-tech builder, now retired contractor with 30 years experience, creating working models for others to capitalize on.

Everyone is invited and welcome to attend and participate!

First Quarter 2018 Water Notification

From the Special District Department, Water and Sanitation Division
Important information about your drinking water
Este informe contiene informati├│n muy importante sobre su agua potable.
Trad├║zcalo o hable con alguien que lo entienda bien.

County Service Area Wonder Valley has Levels of Fluoride above the Drinking Water StandardRead more...

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Crime Stats February 2018

In February 2018 we had 56 calls, 7 reports, and 1 arrest for dangerous drugs.

There were 2 petty thefts, 1 theft, 1 burglary of a vehicle, and 1 burglar alarm.

The data from 2015 and 2016 were provided by the Sheriff's Department. They provided no data for February of 2017. The data from 2018 was gleaned from Sheriff's Department Media Reports and so may not be as accurate as that provided by the Sheriff's Department.

Not everyone reports crimes when they happen, though accurate data about crimes occurring in Wonder Valley is very useful. I encourage people to report crimes when they happen, and to ALWAYS ask for an INCIDENT NUMBER.

Stay safe. Keep an eye out for each other.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Desert Trail Column, March 1, 2018

Lift Transportation is a service of the Morongo Basin Healthcare District. With three wheelchair-friendly vans, they provide free transportation from your home to medical appointments anywhere in the Morongo Basin, then return you to your home. And, yes, they do travel on dirt roads! Their drivers provide “door-through-door” service and cater to seniors and the disabled. Contact Lift at 760-366-5438 or

The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery, 77575 Highway 62, will host an artists reception on Saturday, March 3 from 1 to 5 p.m. Featured artists will be Cathren Barhsdale and Tom Corvellas. Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments, plus music by Hunter and the Wicked. This show runs through March 25. For information, call Laurel at 760-367-3807.

Since the birthstone for March is the aquamarine and the flower is the jonquil, we send out Rainbows-of-Aquamarines-and-Jonquils to Sandy Mitchell and Tonya Briggs who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday, Tonya and Sandy!

Johhny Cash eating his birthday cake.
Karen’s Commentary: Giving my space to the bird!

Darlene’s Commentary:  My daughter Julie and I were leaving my house when we saw a beautiful hawk standing on the dirt berm with an injured wing. Julie caught him fairly easily and wrapped him in a soft sweatshirt while I got numbers from Karen for injured wildlife. After frantically dialing several numbers, I received a call back directing us to the Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center where Wildlife Bio-technician Kristin Lalumiere was waiting for us. When we arrived, several park rangers and a small crowd of people gathered around Julie’s truck to see the hawk and listen to Kristin’s assessment. She said that the broken wing was quite serious, but because he’s only about a year old, he has a chance for recovery, and she offered to take him to The Living Desert for medical care. Also, he’s not a hawk, he’s a prairie falcon! I wish to thank Kristin, the rangers and others who were willing to stop what they were doing on a moment’s notice to help a beautiful injured bird.

Reach Out Morongo Basin offers free rides to and from the Twentynine Palms Nutrition Site for lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Pick up/drop off is at The Palms at 10 a.m./2 p.m. If you have a problem getting to The Palms, ROMB will come to your residence. Call 760-361-1410 for further information.

Handy Hint: An orchid plant can go as long as 18 months without blooming. As long as the leaves are firm and uniformly green, it should produce flowers again.

Today’s Thought: Just as humans have distinctive fingerprints, dogs have nose prints – no two are the same.

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

View of the salt mines from the east.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

WV Special Meeting | March 10, 2018

Everyone is invited and welcome to attend and participate in a Wonder Valley Community Special Meeting, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-1/2 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277.

This will be a Special Meeting with only one item on the agenda: filling out the survey for Wonder Valley's Fundamental Plan. The surveys will be used by Land Use Services to compile a profile for our area. Creating a Fundamental Plan is the first step toward a Community Plan, which is designed to give residents of an area a degree of control over the direction of their communities.

Land Use Services is employing a business management tool called SWOT Analysis. SWOT stands for "Strengths," "Weaknesses," "Opportunities," and "Threats." In addition to these there are a few other categories. It's a little complicated and I thought it might be helpful if we filled them out together. I have 30 copies. We can discuss the categories and then each person can fill out their survey the way they choose.

This is important. If you can't make it, come in on any Monday, Wednesday, or Saturday between the hours of 9 and 2 and I will walk you through the process.

There will be scones. Please attend. Again, your input is very important to our community!

Thank you.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Another Wonder Valley Music Festival

Another Wonder Valley Music Festival is produced by Wonder Valley old timer Ben Vaughn, and includes Amilia K. Spicer, Firebug, Donna Bummer, R.J. Bloke, Wormstew, The Sibleys, and The Ben Vaughn Ensemble.
     Saturday, March 10th, at 6 p.m. at the Palms, 83131 Amboy Road. Free camping if you can stand the cold.