Sunday, January 14, 2018

Water Reports and other water issues

Water test results for 2016 and 2017 for the well at Station 45 in Wonder Valley. The highlighted portions indicate chemicals in the water over state standards, including : bicarbonate, chloride, fluoride, nitrate, boron, chromium, magnesium, calcium, arsenic, potassium, and sodium.

Please read the Center for Disease Control | Rural Water Supplies and Water-Quality Issues
15% of people living in the U.S. are not served by approved public water systems.

California Drops Tough Chromium-6 Standard, Sara Jerome, August 16, 2017
The standard was dropped because the state "failed to properly consider the economic feasibility of complying."
Please realize that the decision was based on costs, and not what was best for the health of the people. if we do not know the health effects of chromium at these lower levels we may be arguing against our own best interests. Anecdotal information, as in, "I've consumed this water for 40 years and I'm fine," are not scientific and do not adequately address the health issues associated with our water. People who died early, perhaps due to water issues, are not here to tell their side of the story.

Homestead / Recreational Cabin FAQ, from Land Use Services
addresses issues around wells and hauling water.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

"East Coast Wasted" -- Improv at The Palms!

East Coast Wasted is a high energy improv show. They drink on stage, you drink in the audience, and we all party after! Suggested donation at the door: $5, to cover their gas money (or they just might need it for their bar tab..!!)

East Coast Wasted" Improv at The Palms!
Public · Hosted by Boneybone Productions and Palms Restaurant
Saturday, January 27 at 8 PM - 9:30 PM
Palms Restaurant
83131 Amboy Rd, Wonder Valley, California 92277

Sunday, January 7, 2018

2017 in Wonder Valley - the Year in Review


January 14, 2017 -- WV Community Meeting
January 30, 2017 -- SBC Aging and Adult Services Presentation
March 11, 2017 -- WV Community Meeting
March 25, 2017 -- Legal Access to Medical Marijuana for Seniors
April 8, 2017 -- WV Community Meeting
April 29, 2017 -- Jack McConaha Memorial
May 6, 2017 -- WV Community Meeting
May 6, 2017 -- Permaculture in Wonder Valley, with Tim DeLorey
June 8, 2017 -- WV Community Meeting
June 10, 2017 -- Citizen Science Project in Wonder Valley
August 2017 -- The WVCC Coordinator, Ricardo Figueroa, exits his job.
September 2017 -- The WV Fire Department leaves for Twentynine Palms.
September 9, 2017 -- WV Community Meeting
December 13, 2017 -- James Rikker, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center


     The Community of Wonder Valley is maintained by a faithful congregation of volunteers that spans every group. I want to start by thanking Starlene Javiar, Mary Quamme, and Karen Meyers - the energizer bunnies of our community - whose continued faithfulness keeps us humming along. Many thanks, as well, to the following, who show up and help at community events: Lupe, Sunny Downer, Jack Gandtt, Matt Haubner, Grey Hill, Mary Lindsley, Jill Reinig, Ken Sitz, Randy Smith, Deborah Tobin, Gary Tufel, Bob Wood, Ed Vallerand, Steven Wilhelm, and the many others that I cannot recall at the moment.
     I also want to call out Olympia and Max Rossi who donated space for the Well Owners Association meetings, and along with Diane and Garrett Brooks, tend to the spiritual needs of our community.
Many thanks to the Sibleys and Kevin Bone for creating such a lovely meeting place, and to Laurel Seidl and Frank Mezget for the Glass Outhouse Gallery.


Stephen Joseph Dahl
Andrew Boyce Evans II
Nikos Lukaris
Jeffrey Perry
Leonard James Sampson
Kassandra Shaw
Bill Yokum

If I have forgotten anyone or anything I apologize. Please let me know and I will edit this page.

Inland Counties LEGAL SERVICES | Schedule for Outreach Senior Centers - 2018

Here is the schedule for legal service for seniors 60 years old and over, at these two locations.

Twentynine Palms Senior Center
6539 Adobe Road, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

Yucca Valley Human Services Building
56357 Pima Trail, Yucca Valley CA 92284

To schedule an appointment call Robert Dougherty at (760) 228-5219 or (760) 228-5232.

11 Yucca Valley
24 Twentynine Palms / Yucca Valley

8 Yucca Valley

8 Yucca Valley
28 Twentynine Palms / Yucca Valley

12 Yucca Valley

10 Yucca Valley
23 Twentynine Palms / Yucca Valley

14 Yucca Valley

12 Yucca Valley
25 Twentynine Palms / Yucca Valley

9 Yucca Valley

13 Yucca Valley
26 Twentynine Palms / Yucca Valley

11 Yucca Valley

8 Yucca Valley
15 Twentynine Palms / Yucca Valley

13 Yucca Valley

This is the schedule for 2018 Outreach at the Senior Centers I serve. Please consider these dates affirmed, but not absolute dates. Changes MAY have to be made from time to time to accommodate possible emergencies, illness, mandatory training or vacation schedules. While every effort is made to have someone fill in if a change has to be made, on occasion an appointment date may have to be changed. Every effort will be made to give advance notice should a change be necessary.
Barbara Seifrits

Saturday, January 6, 2018

December 2017 Crime Stats

There were no real surprises in the Crime Stats for December 2017. The number of calls were down slightly, as was the percentage of reports to calls. The numbers for December 2015 were provided by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. They stopped providing us these numbers in October of 2016. Teresa Sitz, the MAC Delegate for Wonder Valley, has been teasing our stats out of media reports since May of 2017. This is tedious work. The stats are unofficial, and there is a small margin of error.

A change in numbers does not reflect a change in service. A change in numbers can reflect a change in the willingness to call the Sheriff's Department, with reports and arrests adjusting in response.

If you call the Sheriff's Department, ALWAYS ask for an INCIDENT NUMBER. Please write it down.

There were approximately 6 calls for burglaries in December, with one arrest. This was at the Wonder Valley Thrift Store where 3 people were arrested. An additional arrest was on a warrant.

Because we are lacking crime stats between October 2016 and April 2017, I've taken a three year slice when stats were available - May through September. Reports per calls peaked last year in July at 16.9% and declined steadily until December when it peaked again at 11.7%.

It's difficult to assess, in any quantifiable way, the quality of service that we receive from various county agencies. The percentage of reports to calls may not be of much use, but it is one metric that is available to us when others, including monthly crime stats, are not. The residents of Wonder Valley want to maintain an effective Neighborhood Watch, but without assistance from the Sheriff's Department, and without meaningful metrics to gauge how we are doing in our efforts, results are anecdotal at best. We are left not knowing how to best spend our energies in crime prevention.
The Sheriff's Department has really stepped up to help us with illegal shooting in Wonder Valley. Detective Dominic Vaca has been assigned to address the problem and came to last month's meeting to hear resident's complaints and offer advice. 

Vacation Rental and AirBNB Tax Collections

Airbnb will collect and remit occupancy taxes in Twentynine Palms, CA

If you have vacation rental property in Wonder Valley listed on AirBNB, you may have received a notice from them that a transient occupancy tax ("TOT") and a Tourism Business Improvement District (“TBID”) Assessment will be collected from your guests and paid to Twentynine Palms.

Wonder Valley shares a zip code with Twentynine Palms (92277) so this notice was probably sent to all VR owner/managers in the area, including those in Wonder Valley.

We, in Wonder Valley, are an unincorporated area and are under the governance of the County of San Bernardino and not Twentynine Palms. No properties in Wonder Valley should be assessed TOT or TBID taxes to be paid to the City of Twentynine Palms. If this happens to you, please notify your MAC Delegate, Teresa Sitz, at

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Wonder Valley Community Clean Up

Saturday, January 20, 8 a.m. until noon (Event will end earlier if equipment is full.)
Wonder Valley Community Cleanup

Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-½ Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277

The San Bernardino County Code Enforcement and Solid Waste Management Divisions, with support from CalRecycle, will be providing bulky trash collection containers for the FREE disposal of accumulated trash, e-waste, and waste tires. Please bring your bulky items and trash to the designated containers at the locations listed above. This program is limited to the residents of the unincorporated County areas. We cannot accept commercial or industrial waste from businesses. Please remember to safely secure and properly cover your loads prior to traveling to the event. If you are bringing waste tires, please limit your load to a maximum of 9 tires. Tires on rims will be accepted. PLEASE NOTE: If you have oversized, loose, or hard-to-handle loads, you may be turned away to dispose of your waste materials at your own expense. We can only accept waste as long as we have available capacity, so plan to arrive early!


If you have any questions regarding this event, please call Code Enforcement Officer David Jorgenson at (909) 948-5091.

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