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 20, 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.

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.

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

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Glass Outhouse Gallery - Opening Reception April 7


The Glass Outhouse Gallery opens from 5 - 9 p.m., on Saturday, April 7, 2018, featuring artists Helen Sprague and Christine Hansen. The Luminators perform live. There will be refreshments. Admission is always free.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

WVCC Artist of the Month | Suzanne Ross

Desert Find, by Suzanne Ross *
Wonder Valley artist Suzanne Ross is the first local artist to be shown in the new WVCC Artist of the Month program. Her piece, Desert Find, is featured at the WVCC through the month of April. The piece is made of fiber, paint, pastel, dye, and found objects. It was first made in the 1980's, and recently revised.

A native of New York State, Suzanne Ross attended the Empire State College and University of Buffalo and holds a Bachelor's Degree in the Visual Arts. While living in New York City for six years she studied at Pratt Graphic Arts Center, The New School, The School of Visual Arts and the Art Students League.     

In 2000, Ms. Ross moved to Wonder Valley, California, where she presently maintains her studio.

The mission of the Artist of the Month Program, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, is to:
  • Promote the WVCC as a gathering place that engages and empowers community members
  • Provide a place for local artists, and those inspired by the Mojave Desert, to show their work
  • Encourage the creation of art within the Community
  • Acquaint the residents of Wonder Valley with artists in our Community, and 
  • Promote our artists as a source of civic pride. 
If you are interested in applying to be an Artist of the Month, please email Teresa Sitz at teresa.sitz@gmail.com, and you will be sent an application, or stop in at the WVCC and pick one up. The WVCC is open Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

* Please forgive the horrible photography.

Open Mic, March 30, 2018

Jesse Fink
The open mic at the Palms last night was wonderful as usual. I especially loved Jesse Fink's poem about Wonder Valley.

I found the wonder
in Wonder Valley.
No longer to wander

The desert has captured me.

The stars 'n' warm sunshine
No hassles strife or strain
And the people here genuine
Here to forever remain.

Wonder Valley has captured my heart
My mind body 'n' soul
Should have been here from the start
Now I am completely whole.

A treasure we found in Wonder Valley
Like a captured bird finally set free
No other place I'd want to be
But right here right now forever in
Wonder Valley.

Jesse Fink, 3-30-2018

I know there are some people who are stranded in Wonder Valley and want to get out. I've met one. But for the most part, the one thing people here have in common with each other is that they really want to be here. A few weeks ago another woman, Donna, read a poem at open mic about meeting the love of her life here and her love for the area. I've lived in a few places -- big and small -- and have never heard so many odes to place. It's not for everyone, but as Jesse writes, "Wonder Valley has captured my heart."

Thanks, Jesse, for reading. Thanks, Grey for hosting Open Mic. And thanks to the Sibleys and Kevin Bone for giving Open Mic a home.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Wonder Valley opens in Joshua Tree

Wonder Valley is now more than a lifestyle brand, it's a brick and mortar boutique/cafe in..., wait for it:

JOSHUA TREE!

Don't miss the grand opening!

Wonder Valley OIL SHOP at The Station
opening Saturday, April 7th 10 a.m.
shop hours Thursday - Sunday 
by luck or by appointment
61943 Twentynine Palms Hwy
Joshua Tree, California 92252

Wonder Valley OIL SHOP at The Station

On Saturday April 7th, we will open the doors to our new storefront: Wonder Valley OIL SHOP. The shop will be located in The Station, an iconic 1940's former gas station in downtown Joshua Tree, California, that will be opening as a separate cafe/retail space. Out front is a 21 foot tall cowboy, Big Josh, you can't miss us! The Wonder Valley OIL SHOP will have new and classic W.V. products as well as shop exclusives and artist collaborations. Hope to see you soon!

If you want to be able to tell your friends that you've been to Wonder Valley, but you're a little too sceered to come here, you now have an option, and you don't have to venture beyond the hip, warm safety of Joshua Tree.

If, on the other hand, you prefer your Wonder Valley straight or on the rocks, an Open Mic at the Palms every Friday night at 7 p.m., 83131 Amboy Road in the genuine WONDER VALLEY, CA. Additional events are listed on the event calendar to your right.

If you actually live in WONDER VALLEY, CA, put on some shoes and run a comb through your hair, and check out the grand opening in Joshua Tree.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Just doesn't have the same ring to it

     Pat Rimmington, a volunteer at the Twentynine Palms Historical Society, came to nearby Wonder Valley today to kick off the community's Legacy Program. The Legacy Program is an attempt to encourage community members to preserve Wonder Valley's history and culture by scanning to an online photo album, and by donating original historic materials to the Twentynine Palms Historical Society.
     Pat told the small group of attendees the story of how Wonder Valley got its name. Residents then, as now, were given to naming their properties. One property that sat where the fire station now sits was named "Wonder Valley." That name stuck.
     A nearby property was name Calloused Palms and that very well could have become our name it cooler heads had not prevailed.
     Just think of it -- Calloused Palms Olive Oil -- nope, it just doesn't have the same ring to it.

The little town that might

By User:High Plains Drifter - Own work, Public Domain,
https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27717806
Life can be difficult when you're living in a tiny rural town with few people and even fewer resources. Think Nipton, California, in the Mojave Desert of San Bernardino County.

Last summer American Green Corporation bought Nipton for $5 million. AGC builds vending machines for cannabis, but their plans for the tiny town include something unexpected: they want Nipton to become one of the first zero-waste towns in the country. To do this AGC will use trash to make concrete, hoping to make Nipton environmentally self-sufficient.

Read the article. I'm not sure how it will turn out in the long run, but it seems like AGC might be crafting a promising future for Nipton, and it's not all based on cannabis.

Phoenix cannabis company uses Super Bowl trash to make concrete in struggling California town it owns
https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/2018/03/23/recycle-super-bowl-trash-to-make-concrete/

Want to be a POLL WORKER?

Poll Workers are an essential part of the successful creation of a positive experience for voters. Consider serving your community by becoming a poll worker for the 2018 Statewide Primary Election to be held on June 5th.

The successful completion of a two-hour training class is required to work on Election Day.  If you are interested in working, please sign up for a training class by following the steps below:

Step 1:
Download and complete a Poll Worker Application from our website at:
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Step 2:
Review the Poll Worker Training Class Schedule below and select a class that best fits your schedule.

Step 3:
Reply to this email with the class you have selected. You will receive a confirmation email for your scheduled training class within two business days.

Step 4:
Once you receive your confirmation email, review the date, time and location of your scheduled class and let us know if you need to reschedule.

Additional information including potential Election Day assignments and compensation is located on our website. If you have any questions, please contact the Election Worker Department by email at pollworkers@sbcountyelections.com, or by phone at (909) 387-8300.

Thank you for your willingness to serve.  We look forward to working with you.

Sincerely,

Election Worker Department
San Bernardino County Elections Office
777 E. Rialto Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92415
(909) 387-8300

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Wonder Valley Legacy Day


Bring a brown bag lunch and your stories and photos of Wonder Valley next Saturday, March 24, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Pat Rimmington, from the Twentynine Palms Historical Society, will come and tell us about best practices for preserving our history.

There will be a show and tell. Pat will tell us the best ways to preserve and share the historical assets that we have, and what might be best kept in the WV folder at the Twentynine Palms Historical Society.

We’ll also preview a Wonder Valley slide show that Teresa compiled. These can be made quite easily and played on the WVCC TV at any time.

Everyone is welcome to come, and share your treasures with us.

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...
https://drive.google.com/file/d/19Bh_kEvh6r9w66RYLQlZ0jRlsfM7FMg2/view

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 transportation@MBHDistrict.org.

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.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

On Shooting in Wonder Valley

The notes from the February 21, 2018 WV Community Meeting may be found here:
https://tinyurl.com/wvmeeting02212018

View the interactive shooting map here:
http://www.specialdistricts.org/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=306

Here is the County of San Bernardino Shooting Ordinance:
https://tinyurl.com/shootinginwv

SHOOTING REGULATIONS on BLM land within the boundaries of Wonder Valley are superseded by San Bernardino County regulations. The law is: shotgun ONLY within the boundaries of Wonder Valley on private, county, state, and BLM land.

Thank Yous
  • Thanks to the Sheriff's Department for attending the meeting and clarifying some issues on legal shooting in Wonder Valley.
  • Thanks to the neighbors who successfully shut down an illegal shooting range in their neighborhood.
  • Thanks to all the shooting enthusiasts who came and shared their thoughts and were so supportive of their neighbors. 
I think it speaks very well of our area that so many diverse voices can meet together and have a productive and friendly meeting. I'm very proud to be numbered among the people of Wonder Valley. 
-- TSS

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Wonder Valley Experimental festival #10

Wonder Valley Experimental festival #10

5 p.m. sharp, March 31, 2018
The Palms, 83131 Amboy Road
Wonder Valley CA 92277

Conscious Summary
OPENING
phog macheeen
Andrea Pensado
Black Artiodactyls
PATIO SET
Colonly Collapse
Dendera Blood bath
UNMOVE
Texts
INDOORSThe Sibleys
Dicionius
Sleepwalkers Local
Drunk by Noon
PATIO SET
Disappearing
Guillermo Galindo
The Burtal Poodle
Tony Mason
PATIO SET
Skunk Puppet
Screamapillar
Clowns & Fetuses

Monday, February 19, 2018

Incantations | March 30 - April 1, 2018


Incantations, Hosted by Mojave Sound Art
March 30 – April 1
Mar 30 at 6 PM to Apr 1 at 3 PM

Palms Restaurant
83131 Amboy Road
Wonder Valley, California 92277

Incantations is an installation based and site-specific performance sound art gathering in the High Desert of Southern California. As a space for creating and presenting sound art work, the desert landscape calls on artist to be open to its many opportunities and challenges. Incantations invites artists to work with the landscape, space and history of the desert and call forth or summons the spirit of the space while creating within relationship to it.

Inspired by the Wonder Valley Experimental Music Festival held at The Palms, the idea of this event is invite conversation and contemplation around sound, space and engaging sonically in the desert. Held in conjunction with this years 10th anniversary festival, Incantations will host over 15 artist creating site-specific performances and installations around Wonder Valley.

Featured Artist:
Chris Kubick, Nancy Barton, Bloodroot (gal*in_dog AKA Guillermo Galindo and Amber Stucke), Dan Gottwald, Endless Sample, Rose Meyers, No Bother (Cathy Allen, Luther Broome & Tony Mason), Ken Sitz, Shanna Sordahl, Anja Ulfeldt, Ven Voisey, Wonder Domes (Lindsey Anderson)

Please visit our website for more details
www.mojavesoundart.com

Event Schedule

Friday, March 30, 2018
6:00pm - 7:30pm Blind Tanks by Bloodroot (gal*in_dog AKA Guillermo Galindo & Amber Stucke)

8:30pm - 11:00pm Performance and Bonfire @ Hill's Acres Sound Performances by Ven Voisey & Chris Kubick. Fiddling around the fire by Ruarri Serpa

Saturday, March 31, 2018
6:00am Sunrise Performance by Endless Sample Tentatively @ The Swirls / Sheephole Pass

10:00am - 5:00pm Incantations installations available for viewing (See Map for details)

**Saturday Evening Recommended event**
Wonder Valley Experimental Music Festival @ The Palms

Sunday, April 1, 2018
**Sunday Morning Recommended Event**
9am - 12pm Brunch @ The Palms!!! Not to be missed!!!

10:00am - 3:00pm Incantations installations available for viewing (See Map for details)

Pop-up Poets Brunch


Pop-up Poets Brunch
Starting at 11:30 a.m., Sunday, March 25, 2018
at The Palms, 83131 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277

$5.00 RSVP to siouxzanne@yahoo.com
All poets are welcome. Sign up for a 3 minute reading.

with ART by Diana Shay-Diehl
Wax, words, and wood: a preview of a new body of encaustic work on ancient wood

Friday, February 9, 2018

Ivy Pochoda reads Wonder Valley at The Palms

Wonder Valley resident and musician Randy Smith taped Ivy Pochoda's reading at The Palms last night and posted it on VIMEO:

https://vimeo.com/255092685



Thursday, February 8, 2018

Desert Trail Column, February 8, 201

The presentation by representatives from the Morongo Basin Healthcare District was very informative. The District provides many services to residents in the Morongo Basin at low cost or totally free. There is too much information to present in this column alone, so we will write about different services in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

The USDA Food Distribution will be held at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road near Blower Road, on Monday, February 12 from 10:30 to noon.


The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meeting will take place on Monday, February 12 at the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst, at 6:30 p.m. All are invited and encouraged to attend.

On Wednesday, February 14, there will be a presentation concerning victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse at our community center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Victim’s Advocate Iris Robertson from the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office and Patrick Clark from Morongo Basin Sexual Assault Services will provide information and answer questions.

The monthly Wonder Valley Community Meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at our community center. One of the items on the agenda is the issue of illegal shooting in our area.

Our Wonder Valley Community Center Coordinator Teresa Sitz is also Wonder Valley’s representative on the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council. Teresa organizes all community meetings and presentations unless specifically stated otherwise. Call Teresa at 760-367-9880 to obtain information on any of the above meetings or presentations, or to make a suggestion, give a compliment, ask a question, lodge a complaint or just make a comment. She’d love to hear from you!

We send out Rainbows-of-Amethysts-and-Violets to Darlene Parris and to Mary Lindsley who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday, Darlene and Mary!


Wonder Valley Community Church, 82575 Amboy Road at Kuhns Road, holds regular Sunday services at 10:30 a.m., plus Bible Studies on Sundays from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. and on Mondays from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. There is also a potluck after church services on the second Sunday of each month. Call Pastor Garry Brooks at 760-367-0279 for information.

Handy Hint: Top storage cubes with countertop material for an affordable work station with storage.

Today’s Thought: When prohibition went into effect in 1919, brewers quickly shifted gears. Schlitz, Blatz, Pabst and Anheuser-Busch made near beer, malted milk, root beer and ginger ale. Coors Brewing founder Adolph Coors purchased a nearby ceramics plant and began making tea sets, sugar bowls, spark plugs and more. Today, CoorsTek is a global manufacturer of high-tech engineered ceramics.

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

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Desert Trail, February 1, 2018

Wonder Valley’s Glass Outhouse Art Gallery will hold an artists reception on Saturday, February 3 from 1 to 5 p.m. for featured artists Joy Leininger, Savannah Sky and Dani Curlin. Come meet the artists, enjoy the refreshments and the music by The Luminators. This show will run through March 25. The art gallery is located at 77575 29 Palms Highway at Thunder Road. For further information, call Laurel at 760-367-3807. See you there!


Since the birthstone for February is the amethyst and the flower is the violet, we send out Rainbows-of-Amethysts-and-Violets to Beautiful Downtown George Burgess and to Chetara Bevins who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday, George and Chetara!

Karen’s Commentary: Thank you to Jan Peek for lots of coupons, stamps and cards. Coupons went out last month to Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force Bases in Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom. I have discovered a real treasure right here in our midst – David Jesse McChesney. He is a professional photographer, author and musician. His experience includes working as the advanced photography instructor for the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park. My birthday gift from son and daughter-in-law Jerry and Cheri was his book “Miles of Wonder” which includes some of the most beautiful and fantastic photos of the Mojave Desert I have ever seen. This is one over-the-top talented guy!

Darlene’s Commentary: I love my chickens! Each one has a different character, and the entertainment never stops. I have two silkie hens that look comical to start with – they are kind of pudgy and waddle when they walk and their wings are smaller than most chickens so they don’t do much flying. The best feature is their “top-knot hairdo” and their feathers grow straight up from the top of their head! My silkies also have feathers that grow over their feet that look like slippers made out of feathers. Silkies are calm and docile and lay nice golden-brown eggs and are good mothers. Silkies make good pets and provide a lot of entertainment.

The 29 Soaring Club, a non-profit group, meets every Sunday, weather permitting, from 11 to sunset at the Twentynine Palms Airport on Highway 62 at Godwin Road. Glider rides are available for $20 to $50, cash only, depending on altitude desired. Gift certificates are available and have no expiration date. Call Mike at 760-464-2835 for further information.

Handy Hint: Six-pack cartons are useful for storing and transporting items like spray paint or household cleaners. Most spray cans fit perfectly.

Today’s Thought: After the class trip to the Coca-Cola factory, there was a pop quiz.

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

Wonder Valley Community Meeting | February 2018


The monthly community meeting -- usually on the 2nd Saturday -- has been moved to February 21 to accommodate the schedules of SBC Sheriff's Department Detectives Vaca and Wilson, who will speak to us on progress they've made on the issue of illegal shooting in Wonder Valley.

Other items on the agenda will be a workshop for residents to fill out the survey for the upcoming Fundamental Plan, and an update on the Wonder Valley Community Center.

Everyone is invited and welcome to attend and participate.

The agenda will be posted online and at the WVCC no later than February 14, 2018.

AGENDA: posted 7 a.m., February 8, 2018
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HRG4gzlGV-hcev-9o6As5qLU5DJVyVPhCUO7XMQWrV8/edit?usp=sharing

Help for Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse


Embrace Your Voice!
Help for Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse

Iris Robertson, a victim’s advocate with the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, and Patrick Clark, from Morongo Basin Sexual Assault Services, will present on victim advocacy, and resources for supporting the survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Everyone is invited and welcome to attend and participate.

From 11 am. - 1 p.m., Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Wonder Valley Community Center
80526-½ Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277
Phone: (760) 367-9880

Iris Robertson, Victim Advocate
San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, Victim Services
http://www.sbcountyda.org/HelpingVictims/ServicesForVictimsAndWitnesses.aspx
Ms. Robertson will speak on the Victims Services Unit and the services they offer, including special services to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Victim Advocates are trained to assist with the special needs of sexual assault and domestic violence victims and can provide emergency assistance, and referrals to community agencies for counseling and other resources.

Patrick M. Clark, Sexual Assault Response Team Coordinator
Morongo Basin Sexual Assault Services
http://www.mbhdistrict.org/pdf/CommBrMBsexAsault.pdf
SBSAS is committed to serving all clients without regard to race, color, religion, sexual preference, marital status, disability, national origin, or ancestry. A 24-hour Crisis Hotline is available for survivors of sexual assault: (760) 369-3353 Counselors can accompany sexual assault survivors to medical exams, police and legal interviews, and court appearances.

AGENDA: posted 7 a.m., February 9, 2018
 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cKXnes2oFJEkam_NzaVI6Ra98avBn76BnP3NVNXdz7Y/edit?usp=sharing
NOTES: 

Please share this important event with your friends. Perhaps this information is not relative to you, but it may be helpful to someone you know. Find out what you need to know to help.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Open Mic Night at The Palms


Public · Hosted by Kevin Bone and 3 others
from 7 - 10 p.m., Friday, February 2, 2018
Palms Restaurant
83131 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, California 92277

Friday, January 26, 2018

Wonder Valley Fundamental Plan

The first step toward having an official “community plan,” is the creation of a “fundamental plan.” According to the County, a community plan guides “...local expectations for County services and set a clear direction for the future of each unincorporated community.”

The Wonder Valley Fundamental Plan begins with YOU filling out the survey: https://tinyurl.com/wvplan

The Fundamental Plan relies on SWOT analysis. SWOT is Strengths/Weaknesses and Opportunities/Threats. Understanding these binaries will help you in filling out the form. They also look at values and aspirations, and focus statement, defined below.


From the survey:
Strengths and weaknesses are considered to be internal to the community, or things the community has control over.
Opportunities and threats are considered to be external to the community, or things that affect the community, but that they have little or no control over.

Many ideas can fall into multiple categories (for example, an existing park may be a strength, but maintenance of the park may be a weakness; a new park may be an opportunity). You may put topics in more than one category.

Values and aspirationsDuring the third exercise we are asking you to provide information on what you value about the community currently and what aspirations you have for the community in the future.

Values express what really matters in your community. For example, dark skies, close-knit community,or  local history.

Aspirations are a future state you would like to see in your community that supports the community's values. For example, a park, more community events,remain rural, improve the local economy, preserve the natural environment, etc.

Focus statements for the community. We ask you to provide input on the direction of the community, including changes you would like to see and aspects you want to remain the same.

When thinking about Focus ideas, think about the overall changes for the community to make. You'll be able to list 5.

At the end they ask about:

  • Historical Information
  • Community Amenities (For example, parks, trails, schools, etc.)
  • Community Organizations
  • Community Events

Please do try to fill out the survey. Don't worry about us being inundated with a plethora of County services. We’re still farther out than anyone wants to venture.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Desert Trail, January 25, 2018

The Wonder Valley Cleanup got rid of a lot of trash and many, many tires! The burned-up bedspring on Blower Road is even gone, thanks to Ted Meyers and John Aylsworth. Great going, Wonder Valley!

Trucks lined up at the WVCC, filled with tires.
January 20 was Teresa Sitz’s first day as our new coordinator. As her first “official act,” she has contacted Pat Rimmington from the Twentynine Palms Historical Society to help us create a Legacy Program to preserve our Wonder Valley history. Photos, plaques, letters, awards and other documents will all be scanned and uploaded to a free online photo gallery that everyone can access. If you do not have Internet access, you will be able to view everything at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road near Blower Road. There will also be real photo albums for people to look through. This is a great idea and will preserve our memories into the future. If you have any memorabilia of any kind, you will be more than welcome to scan it in at the community center as soon as the Legacy Program is set up. Call Teresa at 760-367-9880 for information.

The Godwin Christian Fellowship building inauguration was a well-attended and uplifting celebration. Keynote speakers included San Bernardino County Supervisor James Ramos, Twentynine Palms Mayor and president of the Ministerial Association Rev McArthur Wright and his wife Evangelist Alfreda Wright. Great music was provided by The Luminators, and a delicious luncheon was served following the official ribbon cutting by Supervisor Ramos. Pastor Max Rossi and wife Olympia are rightly proud of this wonderful building that is a real asset to Wonder Valley.

Max Rossi and James Ramos
A special meeting on rural healthcare will be held on Wednesday, January 31 at our community center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Marge Doyle, Board President of the Morongo Basin Healthcare District, will provide information and answer questions. Call Teresa at 760-367-9880 for further information.

Marge Doyle, Morongo Basin Healthcare District
We send out Rainbows-of-Garnets-and-Carnations to Vida Hamilton who celebrates her special day this week. Happy birthday, Vida!

Lake Louise is no more! Several months ago, our grader operator Tim Candelaria worked extensively on the road directly in front of the Meyers’ house that would always become a giant lake and mud bog with each rain, getting larger and deeper as time went on. The result is that following our recent rain we didn’t even have a decent-sized puddle out there! Thank you, Tim. By the way, Karen’s husband Ted named Lake Louise after our mom who loved the rain! If you have questions, comments, complaints, compliments or information regarding road maintenance, please leave a message for Tim at 760-367-9880.

Maybe they can address Lake Midway next.
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.


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.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Vebm5VDUIjAKGS0E-TpSZbImpZbKljTu/view?usp=sharing

ON THE ISSUE
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

COMMUNITY MEETINGS AND EVENTS

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

COMMUNITY TREASURES | Our Volunteers

     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.

THOSE WE LOST AND REMEMBER

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.

JANUARY
11 Yucca Valley
24 Twentynine Palms / Yucca Valley

FEBRUARY
8 Yucca Valley

MARCH
8 Yucca Valley
28 Twentynine Palms / Yucca Valley

APRIL
12 Yucca Valley

MAY
10 Yucca Valley
23 Twentynine Palms / Yucca Valley

JUNE
14 Yucca Valley

JULY
12 Yucca Valley
25 Twentynine Palms / Yucca Valley

AUGUST
9 Yucca Valley

SEPTEMBER
13 Yucca Valley
26 Twentynine Palms / Yucca Valley

OCTOBER
11 Yucca Valley

NOVEMBER
8 Yucca Valley
15 Twentynine Palms / Yucca Valley

DECEMBER
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


Important:
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 teresa.sitz@gmail.com.

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!

NO HAZARDOUS WASTE WILL BE ACCEPTED

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

Download Flyer: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tsV2d4A3Ronf0HcMAN6bGxG_0zH2p3l8/view?usp=sharing

Inaugural for Godwin Christian Fellowship


Inauguration Celebration for new facilities of Godwin Christian Fellowship
6389 Godwin Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277
Sunday, January 21, 2018, 10:00 to 12:00 noon.

Keynote Speaker: MacArthur Wright, Mayor of Twentynine Palms CA
County of San Bernardino and City of Twentynine Palms dignitaries will be in attendance. There will be an official red ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by a catered lunch. Live music will be provided by the Luminators. There will be fun and games for children.
Everyone is invited.
Contact Pastor Max Rossi for more information at (831) 234-6848.

WV Special Meeting on Healthcare


Wonder Valley Special Meeting on Healthcare

Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Wonder Valley Community Center
80526-1/2 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277

Marge Doyle, the President of the Board of Director of the Morongo Basin Healthcare District will present on healthcare issues and outcomes with impacts specific to rural areas, how these are being addressed by the district, and future plans for improving healthcare delivery in our area. A Q&A will follow. Please bring your questions and concerns.

AGENDA: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YyMQJZBteHypHOR3tdegQBqJGrleS9RNDuJu7Q9nHbg/edit?usp=sharing
NOTES: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eQD6imwrSsM-oZfbxjQ-xeL_bct3kK938EVQEMuhPUc/edit?usp=sharing
LINKED: An Overview of Your Healthcare District (Dated -- please confirm services)https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FFUkX1E4OYy-dtPasu_mt8OE0p3453QO/view?usp=sharing

Wonder Valley January Community Meeting


Saturday, January 13, 2018, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Wonder Valley Community Center
80526-1/2 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277

Agenda posted: 11:05 a.m., January 4, 2018
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YJtqkqZfXJZcAeCGVLp5fFvvd7nhR_kWmMGgZ1EPxwc/edit?usp=sharing
Meeting notes posted: 7:15 a.m., January 14, 2018
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dp8fobtx5oI8w5PdU47Pbssrrb33YScb/view?usp=sharing
Fire Calls for December 2017
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jraj0hkFO0U1VIjaXc-u4u_7En9XWVFm/view?usp=sharing
Stewart West's Presentation on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
https://drive.google.com/file/d/15duhvBETug266hqq54lNnY4HCyRs2Zk_/view?usp=sharing

Topics of discussion on the agenda include County Fire, and crime stats.

Meeting Presentation: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Stewart West, Veterans Administration Representative, 29 Palms, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, will make a short presentation on the latest data on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and its prevalence. He will address causes of the illness, what is known and not known, as well as the variations of the syndrome. A brief look at how the medical community makes the diagnosis for CFS will be followed by a discussion on new and alternative drug therapies for treating it, and how lifestyle choices can help in coping with it. A Q&A will follow.

Everyone is invited and welcome to attend and participate.