Saturday, June 22, 2019

Salvation Army Food Distribution

The Salvation Army Food Distribution takes place starting at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 26, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-½ Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277. The Community Center is located between the Fire Station and the palm tree cell tower.

Sign up starts at 9 a.m. Please do not line up before 9 a.m. Staff will not arrive until 9 a.m.

The distribution is first come first served, and ends when there is no more food. The distribution is open to Wonder Valley residents, who self-certify on site. No documentation is required, though you will need to fill out a form the first time you attend.

The distribution will be “shopping style.” You will take what you like from a selection of food from Trader Joe’s. Please be mindful that people behind you need food, as well, and only take what you need. There may also be a selection of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Palms has a new sign.

The Palms Bar and Restaurant, Wonder Valley's only brick and mortar business open to the public, has a new buffalo on their sign, and a rather spacey one at that.

Planets play across the body of the buffalo's silhouette.

Hear tell one of Wonder Valley's finest artists took it upon themselves to replace the shabby shic buffalo that had graced the sign for a decade or more. This person may be breakfasting gratis for some time.

Thanks for the beautification!

Desert Trail Column - June 20, 2019

This month the mobile medical van will be providing basic dental services only at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road at Blower Road, on Wednesday, June 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A dentist will do exams with x-rays, simple restorations and simple extractions. Care is provided regardless of insurance or ability to pay. Appointments are highly recommended; walk-ins will be accepted as time permits. Call 760-820-4131.
Also on June 26, will be the Salvation Army Food Distribution at our community center at 11 a.m. Food will be distributed until gone.
Most WVCC events are sponsored by Friends of Wonder Valley. For additional information on any local event, contact our Coordinator Teresa Sitz at or 760-367-9880.
We send out Rainbows-of-Pearls-and-Roses to Donny Pixley who celebrates his special day this week. Happy birthday, Donny!
Darlene’s Commentary: Have you ever walked into a store where you felt like a stranger on another planet? Well, not at Big Five Sporting Goods. It is one of my favorite stores, hands down. The people that work there provide excellent assistance, and that is why customers return again and again. For instance, when I walk into the shoe department, someone comes to assist me right away. During a recent visit, I ran into a problem that the manager Christina took care of cheerfully and efficiently. Then friendly clerk Nicole rang up my purchase and I went on my merry way. I really love Big Five!
Karen’s Commentary: Last Thursday was going along just fine until my husband Ted announced he’d been stung by a bee. Since he’s allergic to bee stings, this was not good. We grabbed the EpiPens and discovered they’re way past expired, but used one anyway. Amid lots of protest, I called 911. Morongo Basin Ambulance with two young men arrived first, followed by a gigantic fire truck with four young men from Combat Fire. They took excellent care of Ted, and so did the ER staff at Hi Desert Medical Center. Despite a few scary moments, he came through it just fine. Thank God for our healthcare professionals.
Interested in Wonder Valley? Go to and find out everything you ever wanted to know about Wonder Valley but were afraid to ask! Ken and Teresa Sitz do a bang-up job keeping this site loaded with local information.
Handy Hint: After using your can opener, wash it with an abrasive sponge, detergent and hotwater, or run it through a dishwasher. Can openers are notorious for harboring bacteria.
Today’s Thought: A dog who attends a flea circus may steal the show.
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

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.