Friday, July 13, 2018

Wonder Valley August Artist of the Month | Joe Barrett


Joe Barrett is a local photographer and videographer who has loaned his expertise to the developing interest in Hazel I. Stiles’ Volcanic Gardens | Sermons in Stone.

Sermons in Stone is a text-based art project created by Wonder Valley homesteader Hazel I Stiles sometime in the 1980's. The text references both religion and patriotism, but is complicated by her vast personal readings and oblique references to Shakespeare and religious poets like Charles Barlow. The text was laid out meticulously -- stone by stone -- and can really only be read from above. The project covers an area of land about 300’ - 150’. Hazel’s personal story is interesting in itself and mirrors the disappointments that drive so many people out to this harsh land.

Ten photographs of the project, and 10 minutes of stunning drone footage, will be featured at the Wonder Valley Community Center, through August.

Joe Barrett will speak about his work on this project, drone photography, and videography, starting at 11 a.m., on Saturday, August 4th, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-½ Amboy Road, in Wonder Valley. Ken Sitz, his project partner, will also speak on Sermons in Stone, and the process that has taken place in bringing this homestead art to the public eye.

Everyone is welcome to come, enjoy the artwork, join the discussion, and ask questions.

ARTIST’S BIO

After serving in the US Air Force, Joe Barrett worked in the film industry in Los Angeles in several positions, including Production Design, Camera Operator, and Director. Active and involved in multiple artistic projects, Joe was sidelined in 2015 by the rare and debilitating disease, transverse myelitis. Retreating to the Morongo Basin, his long-time home away from home, Joe worked on his recovery, and turned to photography and video. He eventually bought land in Wonder Valley and transformed the remains of a derelict homestead cabin into one of the area’s most popular and unique HipCamps -- the Edge of the Wilderness.

In time, and with a lot of work, Joe got back on his feet - literally, and began shooting videos for local musicians and bands. Through these he became familiar with our harsh terrains, which he embraced, and optimized to emphasize human form and talent, making expert, and stunning, use of drone photography.

Joe met Ken Sitz at the local watering hole -- The Palms, and the two became friends. When Ken became interested in exploring Hazel Stiles’ homestead art project, long neglected and mostly forgotten, Ken turned to Joe for assistance in framing the project in a way that was more accessible to the public. Joe and his team spent many days on site photographing and filming this challenging project, which is best seen from above.

Joe’s latest video for Spectra Records recording artists, Firebug may be seen at the link below. The song is “Follower”, and was filmed almost entirely in Wonder Valley.
https://youtu.be/L8H7FirQyKY

Salvation Army Food Distribution

The Salvation Army Food Distribution takes place starting at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 25, 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.

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.

Starting in July the distribution will be “shopping style,” so bring a bag, and 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.

A Salvation Army worker will be present to help people apply for Energy Assistance Funds (EAF) in partnership with Southern California Edison and the United Way. This program provides up to $100 towards a SoCal Edison bill for those who qualify. This program is open to anyone in the Morongo Basin, not just Wonder Valley residents. To qualify you will need three things:

  1. An appointment. There are 10 appointments available this month. Call Teresa Sitz at 760-367-9880 for an appointment. Be sure to keep your confirmation number.
  2. Your most recent Southern California Edison bill.
  3. Your most recent proof of income.

Appointments will be scheduled starting at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 25, 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.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Experimental Sound, July 14, The Palms

It will be an evening of experimental sound starting at 8:30 p.m., Saturday, July 14th, at The Palms, 83131 Amboy Road in Wonder Valley. Phog masheeen headlines. Omninaut hales from the Netherlands, and Usufruct! from Wonder Valley.
   
The Kate Short Experience will regale us with accordion.

The event, as well as camping, is free, though donations for gas are much appreciated.

WV USDA Food Distribution


The USDA Food Distribution will begin sometime after 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 16th 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 a neighbor, or they may pick up a box for you, IF you present a signed pick up form. Pick up forms are available online at http://tinyurl.com/wv-pickup-form. They are also available at the WVCC on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m..

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

Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

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.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Mike Stinson and Rosa Pullman, July 28th

Kevin Bone, from The Palms, reports:

"Holy smokes, MIKE STINSON is going to be playing at the PALMS (with his band, all the way from Houston), and on the same bill is ROSA PULLMAN!!
Sat, July 28th, 7 PM. If you're looking for your bartender after the show starts, he'll be out on the dance floor bouncing up and down."


Friday, July 6, 2018

Crime Stats for June 2018

In June 2018 there were 64 calls, 4 reports, and 1 arrest. The arrest was for violating penal code 4573, which pertains to taking drugs or a controlled substance to a jail.

There were four 459s - burglaries or attempted burglaries, and one petty theft.

There were several reports of fighting in public, which I have not seen here before.


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 correlating in response.

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


Monday, July 2, 2018

Get out of the heat on Friday.


The Wonder Valley Community Center will be open this coming Friday, July 6, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for those of you who would like to get out of the heat. Service animals on leash and under their owner's control are welcome.

Temps are expected to be 111 degrees. We have A/C, WIFI, books, and puzzles. Bring a snack and something to entertain yourself.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Wonder Valley Community Meeting - July 2018


Everyone is invited and welcome to attend and participate in a

Wonder Valley Community Meeting
11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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

The agenda is linked below and will be posted online and at the WVCC by July 10, 2018.
https://tinyurl.com/wv07182018

We will be addressing the proposed expansion of FP 5 (Fire Protection District). If you'd like to come prepared, please read:
Fire deficits possible resolution at
http://www.wondervalley.org/2018/06/fire-deficits-possible-resolution.html.
County Fire will not be present to review the plan, but will be sometime in the future.

We'll also be talking about positive changes in the Salvation Army Food Distribution, and their help with EAF applications (Energy Assistance Funds).

I encourage everyone to attend.

WVCC Artist of the Month | Lisa Manifold


Wildlife and nature photographer Lisa Manifold is the Wonder Valley Community Center Artist of the Month for July 2018. Twelve photographs are on display and are for sale from $75 - $300. Manifold is donating 20% of her sales to the WVCC art program.

Manifold's work will be on display for the entire month of July. The WVCC is open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. It will be closed July 4. The WVCC is located at 80526-1/2 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277.

Wonder Valley residents interested in being an artist of the month should contact Teresa Sitz for an application at teresa.sitz@sdd.sbcounty.gov or call (760) 367-9880.

From Lisa Manifold's Artist's Statement:

Photographs of my six siblings and I --- adorned in 60’s style outfits, hairdos, pointedly colorful eye glasses and toothless grins --- were prominently displayed in my childhood home. The memories of those photos coupled with my newfound love of grandchildren drove me to purchase a digital camera in 2015. Little did I know just how much that camera would change my life! One photo after another, click after click after click; a few college classes, seminars, and months on end of photographing, downloading and posting prompted me to retire to see the world full time, through a Nikon lens or two or three...

What I see and experience beyond the camera lens is captured in the photos I share through LM Manifold Photography on Facebook, Instagram and my website.

INSPIRATION
As a freelance wildlife and nature photographer I’ve found inspiration in the Southwest deserts --- Mojave, Sonoran and Chihuahuan. The deserts are an absolute paradise to photograph: clear nights full of stars, meteors, and the milky way; moonlit pathways; unfathomable daylight perfection; “take-your-breath-away” sunsets and sunrises; monsoon lightning; hummingbird whimsy; lizard scampering dances, melodic Coyote “lullabies”; jackrabbit ears; cottontail tails, bobcats, tortoises, shaking rattlers; bighorn sheep; thundering hooves of wild horses; vast landscapes; Joshua Trees; magnificent Spring blossoms; geological wonders; uninhabited Homestead Cabins; earth shattering silence… Everyday is a new day to experience.

RECOGNITION and CONTACT INFORMATION
Contact Info: Not every photo I take is desert themed… sometimes my nomad spirit goes to the oceans, lakes, and forests. You can view my work and upcoming events on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – Manifoldlm -- and see my upcoming events and/or purchase a piece via a PM on Facebook, or my website: https://lisa-manifold.pixels.com
.
Recognition:
Copper Mountain College’s Howl Art & Literary Magazine
(Volume 19), Joshua Tree, California; 2015

GuruShots™ 
My photo “Jack or Jack’ette?” was featured in 29 Photographs of the Most Amazing Faces on Earth (Thataren’t Human), March 28, 2017

GuruShots™ 
My “Roadrunner Flight” photograph was featured in “32 Photos of Creatures BIG and Small – We Photographers
Love to Photograph Them”, April 11, 2017

The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center’s Marine Corps Community Services Desert Life Style Magazine Spring/Summer of 2017, Vol 10 Issue 2; and Farewell 2008-17, Vol 9 Issue 3

The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s 2018 Arizona Wildlife Calendar: Wildlife Views, 
Vol 60, Number

I‘ve also participated in two Highway 62 Art Tours and several local shows to include selection as a participant in the 2017 Joshua Tree National Park’s Art Expo. I look forward to hearing from or seeing you via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, on my website or at any upcoming events I’ll be participating in.

EAF - Energy Assistance Funds


"Electricity is a basic necessity. Because of unexpected expenses, many customers can find themselves facing financial hardships. The Energy Assistance Fund (EAF) is committed to providing critical support to those who need it most during trying times.

"Since EAF started in 1982, Southern California Edison has partnered with the United Way of Greater Los Angeles to provide one-time bill payments of up to $100 for nearly 250,000 qualified Southern California households. Last year alone, 15,000 SCE customers received help!"

The Salvation Army will be at the Wonder Valley Community Center starting at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, July 25, to help residents fill out applications for EAF funds to pay a portion of their electric bill.

You will need three (3) things:
  1. An appointment. Call Teresa Sitz at (760) 367-9880, or stop in at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-1/2 Amboy Road in Wonder Valley. Be sure to get a confirmation number for your appointment.
  2. Your most recent Edison bill.
  3. Your most recent proof of income.

There are 10 appointments open. If you don't get one this month, you can get one during the following months as long as the funds last.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

New signs in the area.

The County of San Bernardino installed eight of these signs yesterday, in response to an increase in illegal shooting.

"There are no designated off highway vehicle riding areas or trails in the Morongo Basin. Persons found operating off highway vehicles on any road including unpaved roads could be issued a citation per County Code Sec. 28.0403. Off highway vehicles traveling through the Morongo Basin must be towed.

"SBCC 22.0101 open shooting of rifles or handguns is prohibited within the Morongo Basin. For more information call the Morongo Basin Sheriff's station at (760) 366-4175."

Exemptions for FP-5 proposal

On proposed County Fire parcel tax, there are exemptions

Exemptions from the proposed expansion of FP-5 (fire protection district 5) are for those areas covered by a CSD - Community Service District. (We are a CSA - Community Service Area). These include Yermo, Newberry Springs, Baker and Daggett community services districts, and the city of Hesperia. Other areas are exempt, too. For a full list, refer to the article. Wonder Valley is not exempt.

Mark Lundquist, field aide for Third District Supervisor James Ramos, assured me there will be a presentation for Wonder Valley, and we'll be notified when the presentation schedule is released.

Consultants are crafting a special tax which would be an alternative to the proposed FP-5 expansion. A 3-month analysis is underway.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Crime Stats for May 2018


Arrests were for weapons; violation of a restraining order; and possession of methamphetamine.

Salvation Army Food Distribution - Wednesday, June 27

Salvation Army Food Distribution - this coming Wednesday, June 27


Please tell your friends and neighbors.

The Salvation Army will be here from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27. Low-income Wonder Valley residents self-certify on site.

Come pick up a box of food. One box per household. No picking up for anyone else.

This is a "use it or lose it" type of service. The more boxes we need/use, the more successful the program is, and the more likely it will continue.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Chill at the WVCC


Check weather.com in Twentynine Palms. If the posted temperature for the day is above 110° then we will open the Wonder Valley Community Center. We have water, books, WIFI, and some games. Bring snacks and something to occupy your time.

The WVCC is located at 80526-1/2 Amboy Road between the Fire Station and the fake palm tree. WVCC regular hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. 

We expect temperatures to rise above 110° on Friday, and maybe on Thursday. Come get out of the heat, at least for awhile.

Fire deficits possible resolution

To rectify County Fire budget, supervisors eye parcel tax in unincorporated communities
By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at 5:18 PM
VV News (Victor Valley)

County Fire and the Supervisors have been busy, and quite tight-lipped, about this possible solution to deficits.

"County Supervisors voted 3-2 last week to initiate proceedings to expand the boundaries of the FP-5 Service Zone, with notices set to be delivered to affected parties in August, the same month the first of two public hearings will occur."

Read: 
Resolution #2018
Board Copy of Fire Budget
From the Agenda of the June 12, 2018 Board of Supervisors Meeting

"Inclusion in the service zone means a $157.26 yearly parcel tax for property owners, which can rise up to 3 percent annually."

Other fire protection districts, like FP-4 in Wonder Valley, would be dissolved along with their assessments. There is no guarantee that County Fire would return to Wonder Valley.

"For those who already pay a parcel tax, the expansion won’t act as an additional cost, but as a replacement, according to County Fire spokeswoman Tracey Martinez."

In the meantime we should research both County and State property tax deferments for seniors who will not be able to pay the additional tax.

CA Property Tax Postponement
SBC Tax Collector -- Frequently Asked Questions

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Desert Quackers Comedy and Music Series



Kevin Bone is really excited about this Saturday (6/16)!!!
"Come to the Palms in Wonder Valley for a night of comedy and music, as I launch my new 'Desert Quackers Comedy and Music Series'!!
This show will feature not one but TWO comedy acts, as well as a very funny music act:

7 PM- the hi-desert's own "Curtain's Up!" Improv Troupe,
8 PM- From LA, music by the "Dick and Jane Family Orchestra",
9 PM- from Hollywood, the all-female improv team "Pearl"

$7. Food and full bar available.

The Palms Restaurant: 83131 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

USDA Food Distribution : Monday, June 18

The USDA Food Distribution will begin sometime after 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 18th 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 a neighbor, or they may pick up a box for you, IF you present a signed pick up form. Pick up forms are available online at http://tinyurl.com/wv-pickup-form. They are also available at the WVCC on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., and on the door of the WVCC the week before the event.

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

The text below is required.

Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

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.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

About that drone you have...

Please review.

 

You can't fly your drone within 5 miles of any airport. There's a mobile phone app created by the Federal Aviation Administration -- B4UFLY -- you can download to see if it's legal to fly your drone in different parts of Wonder Valley.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Crisis Hotlines and help

If you need help, please ask. Please.
NATIONAL SUICIDE HOTLINE: 800-273-8255
VETERANS CRISIS LINE: 800-273-8255, press 1
NATIONAL SEXUAL ASSAULT HOTLINE: 800-656-4673
LOCAL CRISIS WALK IN CENTEROpen 24/7 - (760) 365-6558
7293 Dumosa Avenue, Suite 2, Yucca Valley 92284
No appointment necessary
LOCAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 24-HOUR CRISIS LINE
Crisis counseling, information, referrals and access to the
immediate safety of emergency domestic violence shelter.
(760) 366-9663 x1

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Big footprint in the desert.



There's a big footprint over by the Dale Dry Lake. It's 700' long and it says, "Born in the Desert," and "Cairo 1949."

The copy under the video reads,
"1950. One year after its debut at the Chicago Shoe Fair, the Clarks Desert Boot went on sale.  Designed in 1949 by Nathan Clark and modeled on a crepe-soled boot made from rough suede made in the bazaars of Cairo, it was different. It was unexpected. It was original."
The artist that made the footprint is Jim Denevan and he raked out the world's biggest footprint.

The video was made two years ago.

I hope no one else gets any bright ideas.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

WEMO Workshop


If you're concerned about the BLM's plan to open off-road vehicle routes in residential neighborhoods adjacent to private property, come to a


Drop-in Letter Writing Event 
Saturday June 2, between 9 and 11 a.m., at the 

Wonder Valley Community Center
80526 1/2 Amboy Road in Wonder Valley

Volunteers will help you identify proposed routes and write an effective letter. Alternate viewpoints are welcome. The BLM can benefit from public input on how best to manage public land in San Bernardino County.

The deadline for public comment is June 14, 2018.

The BLM has drafted a new version of its WEMO (West Mojave) plan, and in response to comments from residents on its earlier plan in 2016 the agency has added a “Street-Legal Only” option, which would exclude most ORVs on neighborhood streets.  However, the BLM’s own preferred proposal still advocates opening local roads to ORVs.  Residents need to understand how these different options would affect them and register their views with the BLM, and the June 2 drop-in can help.

If you commented on the 2016 version, you still need to respond to this new draft plan.  If you’re unable to attend the drop-in, more information is available at http://www.orvwatch.com/; click on the “WEMO” tab to find the latest resources.

Glass Outhouse Gallery, Saturday, June 2

Artist Keith North
The Glass Outhouse Gallery presents:

Keith North/Artist
Harrison House Artist-in-Residence

Opening, Saturday, June 2, 5 - 9 p.m.
Glass Outhouse Gallery
77575 Twentynine Palms Highway
Wonder Valley, CA 92277

Dear Art Lovers,

Harrison House is pleased to collaborate with The Glass Outhouse for an exhibition of the works of our Artist-In-Residence, Keith North, in honor of their 9th Anniversary. The show will feature assemblage sculpture, painting and linoleum collage. The opening event is on Saturday, June 2nd, from 5-9pm at The Glass Outhouse Gallery, located at 77575 - 29 Palms Highway in 29 Palms.

Keith North is a self-taught outsider artist from the San Francisco Bay Area with Native American roots. A keen observer, his penchant for satire and social commentary infuse his work. During a previous residency in 2010, Keith created the iconic, 10 foot tall Sun Worshiper statue that welcomes visitors at the Harrison House gate.​​​
We hope you will join us.

Best,

Eva
_________________________
Eva Soltes, Founder/Director
Harrison House Music, Arts & Ecology

Donna's Poem at Open Mic

Donna and Donnie
A Poem Read at the The Palms Open Mic,
by Donna Bemmer

This girl can’t even tote a tune in a bucket,
So I wrote this little ditty about me!
Hope you like it.
And I hope I don’t show it, but I’m about as nervous as a cat
In a room full of coyotes.
But I don’t think anyone really cares,
For I’ve lived in this desert for so many years.

I’ve lived in this desert for, oh, a long while.
One thing I haven’t lost is my style
To smile at my desert livin’,
That just kept on given’
Me hell where I dwelled.

I discovered this scene a decade, waaaaay back.
When I was a more lean
(And recently told, a mean!) horse and donkey
Riding machine.
So I started thinkin’,
Ummm - maybe that’s the reason my desert livin’
Kept on givin’
Me hell, where I dwelled!!

So I came to this bar.
I found a new man, and he ain’t no joke!
The silver fox there, in the black coat.
In this desert scene,
In that desert sand,
Right out back there, under those palm trees
I asked him if’n
He was able if’n
He was willing
To accept what i was laying
Out on that table.
To help me through my desert livin’,
That kept on givin’
Me hell, where I dwelled.

I’m a lucky girl.
He accepted my offer,
He thought he ought
To help me through,
To not get killed or caught
Up, in my desert livin’
That kept on givin’
Me hell where I dwelled.

So life’s about change.
It’s changed for the best.
I can finally relax and just be.
With my new desert man
I found under those trees.

June 2018 Artist of the Month | Robert Rowell

Robert Rowell, artist, hatter, and musician -- the “Bob” half of the duo “Bill and Bob,” is the WVCC Artist of the Month, with six pieces hanging starting on Saturday, June 2, at
9 a.m.

Bob is an accomplished and rather prolific painter who hopes to reach other people with his work, raising questions and inspiring wonder.

Wilson Road

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

ASL Club

The ASL Club meets most every Saturday from 11 a.m. until noon. Beginners are welcome. This is a fun, friendly, and easy going group. Everyone is welcome to join in. A $1 donation to pay for the room is appreciated.

If you'd like to review the resources before the class, please see the links below. The most useful thing to learn is the fingerspelling alphabet.

ASL resources

American Sign Language Dictionary
https://www.handspeak.com/word/

FINGERSPELLING
Try to learn the alphabet as soon as you can.
https://www.handspeak.com/spell/
Dr. Bill Vicars - Read fingerspelling
http://asl.ms/

COLORS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TYlvmDCMcs

WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, and WHY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAQ1gPD8rBo

ASL Numbers 1 - 10
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LIV0miyxR8
ASL Numbers 11 - 20
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DL_7fooUJ20
ASL Numbers 20 - 30
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2OE1w1mtRg

Deafula | http://bit.ly/Deafula

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Write the BLM | June 14, 2018 deadline

I know many of you have and enjoy your quads, and this is NOT about you riding your quad to your neighbor's house, to pick up your mail, or about taking established trails exploring in the area. This is about whether or not the BLM will open all of our roads to unrestrained and unregulated ORV traffic from outside of our area -- 24/7, 365 days a year.

We here seem to have reached a sort of local peace regarding ORVs. People seem to be riding respectfully and other people don't seem to be reporting them. If this is your experience, this is a good thing. The BLM WEMO preferred plan would end that.

I have a feeling that even the most die hard ORV riders still like it quiet out here, still like the clean air, and enjoy our well-maintained roads, and untrammeled wilderness. All of this will be threatened if we don't speak up to protect it.

Instructions for writing a letter to the BLM before the June 14 deadline are below.

Thank you.

WEMO (the BLM's West Mojave Plan) is back, and YOU need to weigh in!
Comment Deadline June 14, 2018

In March 2018 the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a NEW draft West Mojave (WEMO) plan for allowing off-road vehicles to operate on the roads in our communities. And the plan has both GOOD news and BAD news for our rural residential neighborhoods:

The BAD news: The BLM’s “Preferred Alternative” (#4) designates most of the roads bordering their lands in our neighborhoods as “Motorized”, meaning off-road vehicles could legally use them as well as street vehicles.

The GOOD news: In response to the many comments we all sent in in 2016, the BLM is now offering an additional Alternative (#2), which instead designates most of those roads as “Street-Legal Only”.  This means use of the routes would be open to street-legal vehicles only as defined by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (excluding most ORVs!).

OUR TASK: Convince the BLM to use Alternative 2 (“Street-Legal Only”) rather than their current preference, Alternative 4 (“Motorized”)!  What will that take?  LOTS of comments, including from YOU!

HOW TO COMMENT: 
Use our Sample Comment letter:  Word Document formatPDF Format. Feel free to customize it, and be sure to include the date and your name and address!  Deadline is June 14, 2018.  You can copy-and-paste the letter into an email addressed to  blm_ca_wemo_project@blm.gov, or print it out and mail to:
Bureau of Land ManagementCalifornia Desert District
Attn: WMRNP Plan Amendment
22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos
Moreno Valley, CA 92553.
You can make your comment stronger by personalizing it and adding specific, substantive information on items of particular interest to you.  See what works best here.

IF YOU KNOW OF A ROUTE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE DESIGNATED AS SOMETHING OTHER THAN “STREET-LEGAL ONLY” — e.g., “Motorized” (open to all vehicles), “Non-Motorized” (such as bicycles), “Non-Mechanized” (such as hiking or equestrian trails) or Closed —you should submit a route-specific comment specifically to that effect.  Learn how here.

IF YOU SUBMITTED COMMENTS IN 2015-16 you need to resubmit them to make sure they count in the final plan. Learn the best way to resubmit here.

NOTE:  We do not advise you to use or comment via the BLM’s ARCGIS (“Interactive On-Line”) map as it is not accurate and does not display the “Street-Legal-Only” designation.  Instead, use the Georeferenced PDF maps we link to and the comment methods we’ve recommended to be sure your comments are accurate and counted.

You can access links to all WEMO maps and all of documents associated with the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) in the sidebar of our WEMO page.

NOTICE: The BLM includes the following notice on their comment site:
“Before  including your address,  telephone number, e-mail  address, or other personal identifying information in  your  comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information,  may be made publicly available at any time.   While you may ask us in your comment to withhold your  personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.  All submissions from individuals identifying themselves as  representatives or officials  of organizations or  businesses will be made available for public inspection in their entirety.”

Monday, May 14, 2018


There will be a USDA Food Distribution on Monday, May 21, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-1/2 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277.
Wonder Valley residents may sign in beginning at 10:30 a.m. Distribution will happen after the food truck arrives and we have had time to start putting boxes together.

There will be a USDA Food Distribution on Monday, May 21, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-1/2 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277.

Wonder Valley residents may sign in beginning at 10:30 a.m. Distribution will happen after the food truck arrives and we have had time to start putting boxes together.

Low-income Wonder Valley residents self-certify on site. No ID or documentation is required.

Pickup forms are available at the Wonder Valley Community Center, or online at: http://tinyurl.com/wv-pickup-form. If you want to pick up a box for someone else, or have someone else pick up a box for you, you must submit a *signed* pickup form.

If you have any questions, please stop by the WVCC, or call (760) 367-9880.

Required text:
Nondiscrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

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. 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture 
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 
1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or 


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Salvation Army Food Distribution | May 23, 2018


[ Please let your friends and neighbors know. ]

There will be a
Salvation Army Food Distribution 
from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on
Wednesday, May 23, at the
Wonder Valley Community Center, 
80526-1/2 Amboy Road,
Wonder Valley, CA 92277.

You may be asked to fill out a form (one time) but no ID or other documentation is required.

Each recipient must pick up their own box. You may not pick up for another person, or have another person pick up for you. There are a limited number of boxes.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Kate Lee Short at The Palms

Wonder Valley sound artist Kate Lee Short stole the stage at last night's Open Mic at The Palms.


There had been a stellar line up of musicians coming from as far away as Yucca Valley. Of particular note was 2/3 of the punk rock group The Sticky Dolls. They sang great original pieces and also covered X and Iggy Pop.

But Kate, the last act of the night, stole the stage with her haunting and mesmerizing accordion performance. The accompanying light show and background sound were a perfect backdrop to Short's breathy performance.

The work was so good that Harmonica Bob stood and doffed his hat to her.

And please forgive me. I can't write about music. She deserves better. Her act was really good.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Desert Trail column for May 10, 2018

The Dale Basin Well Owners Association meeting was well-attended and informative. Former Vice President Max Rossi is now President due to former President Jerry Peek’s relocation to Arizona. Ted Meyers was elected Vice President and Olympia Rossi was elected Secretary/Treasurer. Olympia will replace Mary Quamme who is retiring after this meeting, having served in this position for the past 18 years. We thank Mary for all her work and years of dedication to the association. Topics discussed included possible water contamination from fire-fighting foam used in training at the Marine Corps Base, well water issues at our fire station and community center, and letters received by well owners from the State Water Resources Control Board regarding water usage reports. One interesting fact brought up at this meeting is that Olympia Rossi has been drinking their filtered well water for the past 10 years with no ill effects. Her Kaiser health insurance has paid for ongoing blood tests to verify that drinking the well water is not harmful to her. This is very interesting.

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meeting will take place on Monday, May 14 at the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.

On Wednesday, May 16, the Wonder Valley Community Meeting will be held at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road near Blower Road, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Included on the agenda is a presentation by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, a review of the wondervalley.org website and the feasibility of forming a Wonder Valley Fire Committee.

For information on the above upcoming events, contact our Wonder Valley Community Center Coordinator and MAC Councilmember Teresa Sitz at 760-367-9880 or teresa.sitz@gmail.com.

Food for Life Ministry prepares and serves delicious free hot meals at the Church of the Nazarene in town every Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. If you are unable to travel to the church, Reach Out Morongo Basin will deliver these hot meals directly to your home at no charge. Call 760-361-1410 for further information.

Handy Hint: To clean up oily messes on the garage floor (or anywhere else), sprinkle kitty litter on the spills and they’ll be gone in no time.

Today’s Thought: The non-sibling with whom you share a grandparent is your first cousin. If you share only a great-grandparent, it’s your second cousin. The child of your first cousin is your first cousin “once removed,” indicating the number of generations separating you from each other. Therefore, “first cousin once removed” and “second cousin” are not the same thing.

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

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Two arrests

TWO WONDER VALLEY MEN ARRESTED ON WARRANTS
By Z107.7 News, on May 8th, 2018
Two Wonder Valley men were arrested Friday morning following a Sheriff’s search warrant. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies traveled to the 5000 block of Gopher Grove Lane in the unincorporated area of Wonder Valley to serve an arrest warrant. Deputies located Mark Mroz, 65, of Wonder Valley as well as Mark Vogt, 45 of Twentynine Palms at the location. During the contact, deputies saw a handgun in plain sight within the residence. Mroz and Vogt are both previously convicted felons. A search warrant was obtained for the property and deputies recovered the handgun, a shotgun, ammunition and several ounces of methamphetamine. Mroz was arrested for several outstanding arrest warrants, investigation of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and investigation of narcotics possession. Mark Vogt was arrested for investigation of being a felon in possession of Firearm. Both suspects were booked into the West Valley Detention Center with their bail set at $50,000 each.

Check out the new sign!


Didn't David Stone do an amazing job making a new sign welcoming people into Wonder Valley?

Someone stole the old sign. I believe David Greene made that one way back when -- please correct me if I'm wrong.

I love this sign!

If you don't, don't worry! It probably won't be there for long!

(Don't anybody steal the sign, please.)


MAC meeting presentation on WEMO 3

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meets next Monday, May 14 at its NEW TIME: 5:30 p.m., at the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst Street, in Joshua Tree.

Pat Flanagan, the representative from Desert Heights will be talking about WEMO, the West Mojave Route Network Project, which has great implications for Wonder Valley. If you've been thinking of attending a MAC meeting, this is the one you should attend.

Personally, I love taking my 4x4 out on the established trails to explore the mines, the salt flats, the hills, and the Dales, and the ability for residents of Wonder Valley to do that in the area in which they live should be maintained.

What I don't love about WEMO is the BLM opening EVERY one of our roads to ORVs and then working with private companies to advertise Wonder Valley as an off road dreamland open 24/7, 365 days a year for off-roading. The BLM has 1 (one) ranger for the whole of the Mojave and NO plan for enforcing laws in their plan. Remember, WE pay for the maintenance of our roads every year. The BLM's new use will not reimburse us for additional wear and tear.

Now, I'm just saying this as someone who lives here. You may have a different opinion about this. YMMV. (Your mileage may vary.) If you like the sound of this plan, this is your opportunity to write to the BLM and tell them. Likewise, if you don't.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Party at The Palms


Sand and Stars party
8 p.m., May 12, 2018

Bands:
Mini-O
Burnt Shirt / Jimmy Bongo
Desert Burrs
Personal Pronouns

All at The Palms, 83131 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277
Free camping. Everyone is welcome.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Free Health Fair in Yucca Valley

MORONGO BASIN HEALTHCARE DISTRICT ANNOUNCES HEALTH AND RESOURCE FAIR

Teresa Sitz, the Coordinator of the Wonder Valley Community Center, will be volunteering at the Desert AIDS Project table at the Yucca Valley Health Fair this Saturday. Stop by and say "Hi!" Ken Sitz, a registered volunteer, will open and staff the Wonder Valley Community Center in her place.

"The Morongo Basin Healthcare District, in partnership with the Town of Yucca Valley, is hosting a FREE Health & Community Resource Fair, Saturday, May 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Yucca Valley Community Center,  57090 Twentynine Palms Highway.

"The community is invited to enjoy fun and informative health activities, including: free health screenings; more than 40 community vendors providing resources and information; drop-in lectures on such topics as healthy eating on a budget, treating depression, and CPR; a new and improved Kids’ Zone; drawings and giveaways; the opportunity to donate blood; and static displays. A free healthy lunch will be provided.

"Morongo Basin Healthcare District seeks to improve the health and wellness of residents who live within its designated boundaries. Services of the healthcare district include the Morongo Basin Community Health Center with offices in Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley; and LIFT Transportation Services, providing free, non-emergency transportation to medical appointments.

"Business offices of the Morongo Basin Healthcare District are located at 6530 La
Contenta Road, Suite 100 Yucca Valley | 760.820.9229 | www.MBHDistrict.org"

Help wanted at the Salt Mine

From the Hi-Desert Star Weekender, May 5, 2018

CA Supreme Salt looking for hardworking, dependable, skilled Operator w/ min. 5 yrs exp. w/CAT. 613 & 623 self-loading scraper. 40 hrs/wk start at $18/hr w/ Mon. Bonuses. Call or e-mail Cody @ 760-995-5033, kingofsalt88@yahoo.com (or kingo-salt88@yahoo.com - there was a line break in the ad).

Dance Party at The Palms

DANCE PARTY - an LGBTQIAA+ inclusive DANCE opportunity featuring the vistas and flavor of the deep desert! Bring your friends and get ready to boogie.

Spring is here. The heat of summer will soon be upon us. Let's dance! The Palms is an awesome bar / community / entertainment space - they host an open mic 7 - 9pm - sign up!
Bring a potluck item and eat together at The Palms 6 pm!
We'll dance from 9 pm onward.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Wonder Valley Community Meeting | May 16, 2018

Old rock foundation, New Dale, Dale Mining District

Everyone is invited and welcome to attend and participate in the 
Wonder Valley Community Meeting
from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at

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

The AGENDA is posted at:
https://tinyurl.com/05162018-meeting
The NOTES are posted at:
https://tinyurl.com/05162018-notes
Posted May 16, 2018 at 1:40 p.m.

Highlights include a report and presentation from the 
San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department,
a review of the WonderValley.org website, and
plans for a Wonder Valley Fire Committee.

Friday, May 4, 2018

WVCC Artist of the Month : Chris Carraher

Wonder Valley artist Chris Carraher, the Wonder Valley Community Center artist of the month has three pieces on display from her cabin series.

From Chris' biography:
"Chris Carraher has been in the Mojave Desert for over 20 years and lives and works in a vintage homestead in Wonder Valley. The homestead cabins and the desert as both physical and metaphysical landscape have figured prominently in her artwork and in her community and environmental activism. She co-directed the Wonder Valley Homestead Cabin Festival in 2008, a pivotal event in bringing the homesteads into community social, political, and aesthetic consciousness. Her artwork concerning the homesteads has appeared throughout the high desert as well as in venues as diverse as Femina Potens Gallery in San Francisco and the Vargas Museum in Manila. In conjunction with Kim Stringfellow (Jackrabbit Homestead, The Mojave Project) she has presented on the topic at Farmlab in Los Angeles, Culver Center of the Arts at UC Riverside, and the 29 Palms Historical Museum and been featured in KQED ArtBound and the Jackrabbit Homestead Audio Tour. Find more of her work at www.magicgroove.net."

From Chris' artist's statement:

"What are all those shacks out there? Homesteading on government land is a tradition in the United States, but typical 160-acre farming parcels made little sense in the desert. However, recognizing the health and recreation benefits of the high desert, in 1938 Congress passed the Small-Tract Homestead Act. Five-acre parcels were made available not so much to farmers as to weekenders seeking relief from crowded urban conditions. The boom really got going after World War II when thousands of claims were filed in the Morongo Basin, sometimes sight-unseen in unbuildable washes or rock piles. Local companies such as Homestead Supplies grew by serving the 'Five Acre People', developing the quick-rising 'jackrabbit' cabin models that could be put up almost overnight to help meet the requirements for proving up a claim. The boom petered out and homesteading came to an end by 1976.
The wisdom of the Small-Tract Homestead Act is debatable, as neglected cabins became nuisances and providing infrastructure and services proved a challenge. The proliferation of small residential structures altered a wild desert unsuited to most human uses, but the desert, in turn, has continued to act on both the cabins and the residents, resulting in a dynamic 'tidal zone' of wilderness and human endeavor. Today, the 5-acre homesteads have become the basis of a special edge-culture built upon a combination of resourcefulness, creativity, determination, and diversity that is increasingly rare in the monotonous suburban landscapes of California."

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Desert Trail, May 3, 2018

Wonder Valley’s Glass Outhouse Art Gallery will host an Artists’ Reception from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 for featured artists Amanda Staples and Clayton Sipiona. Come and meet the artists, browse through the new artwork and enjoy the refreshments, with music provided by Hunter and the Wik’d. This show will run until May 27. The art gallery is located at 77575 Highway 62 at Thunder Road. For further information, call Laurel at 760-367-3807.

The Dale Basin Well Owners Association meeting will take place at Godwin Christian Fellowship, 6389 Godwin Road near Highway 62, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 6. An election for a new Secretary/Treasurer will be held because of Mary Quamme’s impending retirement. Dues are $5 per year, and all Wonder Valley well owners are encouraged to attend. Contact Max Rossi for further information at mrossi121@yahoo.com or 831-234-6848.

Since the birthstone for May is the emerald, and the flower is the lily-of-the-valley, we send out Rainbows-of-Emeralds-and-Lilies-of-the-Valley to Marlene Roberts who celebrates her special day this week. Happy birthday, Marlene!

Karen’s Commentary: This week I send thanks to Mary Quamme, Jan Peek and Bob for LOADS of coupons! My cutting hand is in permanent cramp mode, but the U.S. military families overseas will sure appreciate these coupons. I just sent a bunch to Air Force, Army and Navy bases in Germany, Italy and Japan. Also, I want to thank Olympia Rossi for LOTS of used postage stamps that will be going to Boys Town to help with funding.

Darlene’s Commentary: The saguaro in my yard is already sprouting buds a month early on the ends of its huge arms. These will soon burst into large white flowers, making the cactus look like two ladies wearing white bonnets and carrying babies in their arms while on their way to church! Each flower will be open for a day, then fall to the ground. Anticipating this will be the cottontails and jackrabbits who love to eat these shriveled-up flowers.

Animal Action League provides low-cost spay and neuter, plus vaccinations and microchips, for pets from unincorporated areas such as Wonder Valley. They are located at 62762 Twentynine Palms Highway in Joshua Tree, just west of the dinosaurs. Call 760-366-1100 for further information.

Handy Hint: Turn a low shelving unit into a footboard that provides a spot to sit in your bedroom. Line up matching baskets on the lower shelf to keep items neatly tucked away.

Today’s Thought: “If you have a headache, do what it says on the aspirin bottle:  Take two aspirin and keep away from children.” – Roseanne Barr

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

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Special Community Meeting with County Fire


Everyone is invited and welcome to attend and participate in the Special Community Meeting, from 10 a.m. to noon, on Wednesday, May 2, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-½ Amboy Road, in Wonder Valley.

The meeting will be an update on “plans for Wonder Valley Fire,” according to Mark Lundquist.

The meeting was arranged in response to a request by Municipal Advisory Council delegate Teresa Sitz. Mark Lundquist, the Field Representative for 3rd District Supervisor James Ramos; Molly Wiltshire, Chief Of Staff for Supervisor James Ramos; and John Chamberlin, Deputy Fire Chief Fire Administration, San Bernardino County Fire, will present.

If you've been wondering when our firefighters will return to Wonder Valley, this is your chance to ask questions and get answers.

AGENDA: posted Sunday, April 29, 2018, 12:43
https://tinyurl.com/05022018-meeting
NOTES: posted Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 5 p.m.
https://tinyurl.com/05022018-notes

NOTE: If you'd like to get yourself up to date on the recent past history of Fire and Emergency Services in Wonder Valley, please click on the FIRE tab in the main menu. At least leaf through Chamberlin's October 15 Power Point Presentation.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Additional possible problems with our water

At 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 2, the Community will meet with the County to discuss possible solutions to the contaminated water at the Wonder Valley Fire Station 45. Everyone is invited and welcome to attend and participate.

As if the fluorides, chromium, and arsenic weren't enough, we now have the Department of Defense telling us of possible runoffs of "perfluorinated compounds, which have been linked to cancers and developmental delays for fetuses and infants, the Pentagon has found. And yes, our base is on the list.

Please read the following reports to find out more.

DoD: At least 126 bases report water contaminants linked to cancer, birth defects
By: Tara Copp, April 26, 2018
https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2018/04/26/dod-126-bases-report-water-contaminants-harmful-to-infant-development-tied-to-cancers/

Addressing Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA)
Maureen Sullivan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Environment, Safety & Occupational Health), March 2018
https://partner-mco-archive.s3.amazonaws.com/client_files/1524589484.pdf

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Desert Trail, April 26, 2018

Special Community Meeting to update everyone on “plans for Wonder Valley Fire” will be held at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road near Blower Road, on Wednesday, May 2 from 10 to noon. In attendance will be Supervisor James Ramos’ Field Representative Mark Lundquist and Chief of Staff Molly Wiltshire, along with Deputy Fire Chief John Chamberlin from San Bernardino County Fire Administration. This meeting is in response to a request by our Municipal Advisory Council representative Teresa Sitz who may be contacted at 760-367-9880 for further information.

We send out special wishes to Donna and Pappy Parsons this week. Happy anniversary to you, Pappy and Donna!

We also send out sincere condolences to our fellow columnist Fran Becker for the loss of her life partner. We are so sorry, Fran.

Darlene’s Commentary: I am looking forward, as our Wonder Valley Community Center is coming to life once again! In the last two or three months, we’ve had some speakers and presentations that were full of useful information, and these meetings were well-attended! Keep it coming, Teresa. My “I Ching” says (in a booming voice):  “Teresa – You have the gift of connections and follow-throughs!” Darn it, I think I missed my gift – hey, wanna trade for a fulgurite?

Karen’s Commentary: Well, Dar has a short commentary this time – will wonders never cease? So I get to fill up the rest of the column. Today I’m donning my Proud Grandma hat, this time for grandson Austin. He raced in the San Felipe 250 a couple weeks ago, which includes everything from paved roads (very few) to cow paths, plus climbing and descending mountains, and every kind of terrain imaginable. There were nine teams racing in the Pro Moto Unlimited Class that Austin races in, and his team came in third! The race was 321 miles long, and Austin covered 120 of those grueling miles. We are so proud of him, and so happy that he finished with no injuries, even though he went through a fence and almost crashed! By the way, this “little” race had 254 total entries from 25 U.S. states and 10 countries!

Handy Hint: If you’re having trouble opening a lid, wrap a rubber band (the thicker the better) around the lid and twist. This should improve your grip enough to open the lid. It might also help to wrap a second rubber band around the bottle or jar to improve the grip of your other hand.

Today’s Thought: Putting something in a safe place doesn’t mean you can find it again when you need it!

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

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Kip's Desert Book Club


DESERT TOWN BY RAMONA STEWART
7:00 p.m., May 7, 2018 at
The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery
77575 Twentynine Palms Highway, at Thunder Road
Wonder Valley, CA 92277

The 1946 novel Desert Town by Ramona Stewart has brothels, car chases, gangsters, cowboys, crooked cops, a love struck teenage girl and tons of thinly veiled homosexuality. What more could you ask for? Well it was also made into the film noir movie Desert Fury, shot in Technicolor, with a very young Burt Lancaster in 1947! Come join us at the Glass Outhouse on Monday, May 7th at 7:00pm where we will discuss the book and watch the movie outdoors when it gets dark enough. There seem to be quite a few used copies floating around online. I think the cover art on my Pocket Book is fantastic.

To get to the Glass Outhouse, drive 4 miles east of 29 Palms on Hwy 62 and turn right on Thunder Road, where you will see the Book Club sign and the gallery sign. The water tank painted to look like a giant Pepsi can is a good landmark to watch for. If you pass the airport, turn around, you went too far. See you at the movies!—Kip

Monday, April 23, 2018

Dale Basin Well Owners Association Meeting

Sunday, May 6, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Godwin Christian Fellowship
6389 Godwin Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277

Elections will take place to select a new Secretary/Treasurer with Mary Quamme's impending retirement. Minutes will be read and set for approval, along with the financial report. The president will give a brief report, and then, comments and issues will be received from the attendees to help build an ongoing agenda.

All well owners in Wonder Valley are encouraged to become members, and the annual dues are only $5.00. Meetings are held twice a year in May and in November.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Meeting Notes

Notes from previous meetings have been posted.

April 3, 2018
Chronic Pain Notes: posted 2:00 p.m., April 21, 2018
https://tinyurl.com/03042018-chronic-pain
Chronic Pain Deck: posted 2:00 p.m., April 21, 2018
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NzWazspnCR9RNQrjiUofAduiNPGAdiYP/view?usp=sharing
(If you have any trouble viewing the deck, email me at teresa.sitz@gmail.com and I'll send you the PPT version.)

February 21, 2018, February Community Meeting
AGENDA:
posted 7 a.m., February 8, 2018
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HRG4gzlGV-hcev-9o6As5qLU5DJVyVPhCUO7XMQWrV8/edit?usp=sharing
NOTES: posted April 21, 2018
https://tinyurl.com/02212018-meeting-notes

February 14, 2018, Sexual Harassment and Domestic Violence Special Meeting
AGENDA: posted 7 a.m., February 9, 2018
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cKXnes2oFJEkam_NzaVI6Ra98avBn76BnP3NVNXdz7Y/edit?usp=sharing
NOTES: posted 1 p.m., April 21, 2018
https://tinyurl.com/02142018-sexual-harassment

Sorry for the delay. I made the notes for February 14 a long time ago, but forgot to post them. Discovered this when I posted the other meeting notes today.

Agendas and notes are listed under the [ MAC ] tab on the top menu of this site. Once there click on the first link and you'll be taken to the agendas and notes of all the meetings we've ever had.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Crime Stats for March 2018

We had 76 calls, 3 reports, and 0 arrests.

There were calls for trespassing, two calls regarding illegal shooting. There were two calls for burglaries, but no reports. There were also two calls on dumping, which I hadn't seen before. Good work, whoever made those calls.

There are people in the Community who continue to preach that calling the Sheriff's Department doesn't do any good, and it's up to you whether you choose to call of not. What IS true is that if you DON'T call, it is impossible for us to get an accurate picture of how much crime occurs in our area. An accurate picture is useful, for it tells us what we need to do to protect ourselves.


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.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

420 + 1 Cannabis Presentation


Saturday, April 21 at 4:20 p.m.

Wonder Valley Community Center
80526-½ Amboy Road (next to the Fire Station)
Wonder Valley CA 92277

Lanny Swerdlow, RN LNC, who presented to the Community of Wonder Valley last year on Medical Marijuana, is back this year for a followup.

Like the San Andreas Fault, the cannabis paradigm has shifted. Cannabis legalization has a taken firm hold in California with farmers cultivating, companies manufacturing, and dispensaries opening in locations throughout the state for all persons 21 years or older. What this all means to you will be explained at 4:20 p.m., on Saturday, April 21, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, by Inland Empire cannabis law reform activist Lanny Swerdlow, RN LNC.

With a brief look back at the evolution of California’s cannabis laws, Mr. Swerdlow will provide an informative and entertaining presentation on the implementation of Prop. 64 as it affects the individual consumer and those who want to jump into this burgeoning industry. He will undertake an examination of Prop. 64’s commercial business provisions including the microbusiness license that may be of interest to people in the area.

He will also explain driving laws, laws regarding personal cultivation, the advantages of having a doctor's recommendation, and what is happening or should be happening but isn’t in San Bernardino county. How much California will be affected by the Trump Administration, and what is happening on the federal level will be discussed. Swerdlow will conclude the presentation with the latest information on health issues, including using cannabis for insomnia, depression and the opioid crisis.

The 420+1 Celebration will also feature a special birthday tribute honoring Yippie living legend, political satirist, cannabis advocate, "Desert Pot Springs" resident Paul Krassner, author of countless pro-pot articles and books including "Pot Stories for the Soul."

Refreshments will be served. There is no charge for admission but donations will be accepted to cover the cost of our speaker’s travel from the Inland Empire.

Live theater and live music, 4 p.m., Sunday, April 15


The Wonder Valley Community Center is proud to present local theater, for the first time in a really long time, with Project Sheba's
STAND FOR FREEDOM CABARET.

The show follows the closing night performance of Cabaret performer, Thelma Edwards. Set in a small southern town, this play was written to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. assassination.

Starring Miri Hunter in the title role, the show is a collaborative work which features a script by Hunter and Lisa Mednick Powell and an original music score by the Hi Desert bands Hunter and the Wick'd and Arroyo Rogers.

The tile of the show, STAND FOR FREEDOM, is inspired by a line from Dr. King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

There is a $10 requested donation, but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Your donations help keep the doors of the Wonder Valley Community Center open and producing important and necessary programming.

Please come and support this exciting program, and enjoy live music by some of the best Hi-Desert music groups.

Find out more at: http;//www.projectsheba.com/thoughttheatre

THOUGHT THEATER, formed in 2017, was founded in order to bring productions to the hi desert that are thought provoking and entertaining, which also have the possibility of sparking dialogue between performers and community.

PROJECT SHEBA is an arts and education 501(c) 3 organization. It was founded in 2002 by Miri Hunter. The organization produces a number of music and theatre events throughout Southern
California, including music and spoken word events for "Daniel Pearl World Music Days" (www.danielpearl.com), as well as participation in the Southern California Literary event,
Lit Crawl (www.litcrawl.org).
For more information contact Miri Hunter at projectsheba@yahoo.com.

MAC Meeting -- April 9, 2018

I went to the MAC Meeting in Joshua Tree last night.

WV FIRE RESPONSES
Unknown Fire - 2
Vehicle Fire - 1
EMS / Rescue / Trauma - 14
Traffic incident unknown injury - 1
Total - 18

I spoke to Mark Lundquist. He is working with County Fire to try to get us some answers regarding our situation. When he has things sorted out he’ll send me some dates and we’ll schedule a community meeting. He seemed to be saying that this will happen soon. I decided not to have an April community meeting because there is currently no news.

There’s a meeting in Joshua Tree on April 26 regarding the Desert Protection Plan DRECP which is in danger of being partially dismantled. If you are interested in going, please contact me and I’ll send you the details.

Thanks to everyone who submitted their surveys on the FUNDAMENTAL PLAN. This is the first step toward having a COMMUNITY PLAN. The unicomms (unincorporated communities) with Community Plans are better protected against unrestricted industrial solar development.

There were two speakers from Southern California Edison present last night. Jennifer Cusack was speaking on TOU - Time of Use - residential rates. See more here:
https://www.sce.com/wps/portal/home/residential/rates/Time-Of-Use-Residential-Rate-Plans/

They also warned about spoofing -- people who seem to be calling from SCE threatening to turn off your electricity if you don’t pay them, usually with gift cards. ALWAYS hang up and call SCE directly if you need to know more about your bill. NEVER pay anyone on the phone in gift cards. No legitimate business takes payment in gift cards.

Luis Lara spoke on outage reports. He said they had more than 1000 outages last year due to mylar balloons. Some even brought down live wires. Mylar balloon seasons peeks between Valentines Day and Graduation Day. If you must buy mylar balloons, PLEASE, never release them in the air -- dispose of them properly in the trash. There are documented cases of desert tortoises eating the balloons, and also losing legs after becoming tangled in the strings.

Report outages at: 800-611-1911.

According to our new Sheriff’s Department Captain Travis Newsome crime has dropped over the last year. You can see their annual report at:
http://cms.sbcounty.gov/sheriff/AnnualReports.aspx