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.