Thursday, September 20, 2018

Desert Trail Column - September 20, 2018


The trees in our little park are once again being watered! Thanks go out to the San Bernardino County maintenance workers for getting the watering system back in working order. And special thanks to several anonymous people who watered trees with buckets while the system was down.

 
The show-and-tell meeting with representatives from Morongo Basin Ambulance and Mercy Air was very informative.  This was a great opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with an advanced life support ambulance and an emergency medical transport helicopter without being ill or injured. Everyone was also able to talk with the crews of both units, and to ask many questions. We thank both organizations for their participation.

A presentation on “Living with Snakes” will be given on Saturday, September 22 at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road near Blower Road, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Retired Park Ranger Jane Fawke will bring live non-venomous snakes that are securely contained. She will speak on how to safely co-exist with snakes and will answer all your questions.

On Wednesday, September 26 the Salvation Army Food Distribution will take place at our community center from 11 a.m. until the food is gone. Food is from Trader Joe’s and bags will be provided. During this event, you may also fill out paperwork for obtaining a credit of up to $100 off your electric bill, but you must have an appointment and you must bring specific documents, although there are no income requirements.

“Stop the Bleed,” a workshop for teaching hemorrhage control by use of direct pressure, wound packing and tourniquet application, will be held at our community center on Saturday, October 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Class size is limited, but there will be a waiting list with subsequent classes if needed.

For information, appointments or sign-ups for any of the above events, please contact our WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at teresa.sitz@gmail.com or 760-367-9880.

 
We send out Rainbows-of-Sapphires-and-Asters to Bernice Barcott, Eddie Kim, Les Lindsley and Orville Fangmeyer who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday to all of you! 

Animal Action League provides low-cost spaying, neutering, vaccinations, microchipping and more at their location in Joshua Tree, 62762 Highway 62, just west of the dinosaurs. Call 760-366-1100 for further information.

Handy Hint:  If you’re lucky enough to own an air compressor, you know how heavy and cumbersome they are to carry or move around. Try attaching it to an old mechanic’s creeper so you can easily roll it wherever you need to.

Today’s Thought:  You don’t really know someone until you’ve been to a casino together.

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

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Wonder Valley turns out!

I received a note from Suzanne at Land Use Services regarding Wonder Valley's Fundamental Plan.

80 (EIGHTY!) people took the survey online, or mailed in their form!!!

You all are amazing!!!

Here's the Wonder Valley page at Land Use Services:
http://countywideplan.com/wondervalley/



HA!

HEADLINE (satire):
Marines Are Training For War In Syria Because Twentynine Palms Doesn’t Suck Enough
https://taskandpurpose.com/marine-corps-training-syria-rebels/

"The Marines recently completed a live-fire exercise in Syria – the one place more hostile to human life than Twentynine-Palms – during which they trained with Syrian rebels backed by the U.S. government, according to U.S. Central Command."

I dunno, I kinda like the sushi.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Protest Form now online

The protest form for the Expansion of FP 5 can be accessed at the link below:

https://sbcfire.org/Portals/58/Documents/FP-5/ServiceZoneFP-5Expansion_ProtestForm.pdf?utm_source=SBCFireWebsite&utm_medium=Button&utm_campaign=FP5

USDA Food Distribution - September 17, 2018


The USDA Food Distribution will begin sometime after 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 17th 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 


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Salvation Army Food Distribution - September 2018


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

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

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

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:
  • An appointment. There are 10 appointments available this month. Call Teresa Sitz at 760-367-9880 for an appointment. 
  • Your most recent Southern California Edison bill.
  • Your most recent proof of income.

Appointments will be scheduled starting at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 26, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-½ Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Crime Stats for August 2018

The numbers for August 2015 and 2016 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 is a correlation, perhaps anecdotal, that crime will rise with a change in the seasons. Please use this opportunity to make your property less attractive to criminals. Consider an alarm system with an exterior siren. Simplisafe, as well as other companies, make good alarm systems that you can access and control from your smart phone (for about $25 a month). There are of particular use to weekenders and those who are unable to depend on neighbors for keeping an eye on their property.

Desert Trail Column - September 13, 2018

A Wonder Valley Community Meeting will be held on Saturday, September 15 at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road near Blower Road, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Morongo Basin Ambulance will have an ambulance onsite for inspection by the public, and will talk about services they provide and challenges they face. Mercy Air will land a medical transport helicopter onsite for inspection as well. Procedures to protest the expansion of FP-5 will also be discussed. This should prove to be a memorable event.

On Monday, September 17, the USDA Food Distribution will take place at our community center sometime after 10:30 when the truck arrives.
For information on either of the above events, please contact our WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at teresa.sitz@gmail.com or 760-367-9880. 
Karen’s Commentary:  I know I’m probably grasping at straws, but I’m not convinced our fire station will remain closed. We now have a new Water Tender 45 at the Twentynine Palms station with our firefighters; I’m not sure the comment on the LAFCO website about our station closing was accurate; and Chief Hartwig said they would not re-open any closed stations, but does that include TEMPORARILY-closed stations? I can hope.
 Darlene’s Commentary:  I had a great time at the Glass Outhouse Art Gallery last Saturday! Walking into the gallery, I was immediately magnetized by the beautiful works of Tom Carvellas. Each painting had vivid colors and expressiveness with something to say! I also enjoyed Dana Bowden’s tile works, each piece different and some that made me smile. Then, Hunter and the Wick’d blew the crowd away with their music! 
The Wonder Valley Community Church, 82575 Amboy Road at Kuhns Road, holds services every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. In addition, Bible Studies are held every Sunday from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. and every Monday from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Following the service on the second Sunday of each month, a potluck lunch is served. For further information, contact Pastor Garry Brooks at pastorgbrooks@gmail.com or 760-600-0687. 
Handy Hint: You can call 911 on any cellphone, even if it has no cellular plan. Those who want a cellphone just for emergencies can use a phone that is out of service. Just keep it charged.
Today’s Thought: In 1957, Earl S. Tupper receives a patent for his Tupperware bowl and “burping lid,” John Lennon meets Paul McCartney by chance, U.S. Surgeon General Leroy Burney links smoking to lung cancer, Ford Motor Company introduces the Edsel. “Perry Mason “and “Leave It to Beaver” both debut on CBS and Russia launches Sputnik 1. (And Karen turns 15 and Darlene turns 5!) 
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Wonder Valley Music Festival

We are super excited to be returning to the Wonder Valley Music Festival this Fall. The festival is created by singer songwriter, musician and producer, Ben Vaughn and takes place in the legendary home of Indie Rock band, The Sibleys.

7 - 11 p.m., October 13, 2018

Hosted by The Blue Dolphins and Palms Restaurant

Palms Restaurant
83131 Amboy Road
Wonder Valley, California 92277

More, later.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Shawn Williams, and Curtain's Up! at The Palms


Shawn Williams, and Curtain's Up! at The Palms Wonder Valley
6 - 8 p.m., Thursday, September 27, 2018.
83131 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Stop the Bleed Class


STOP THE BLEED | no one should die from bleeding

A person can bleed to death in just a few minutes. If you know how to stop bleeding, you can save a life, and that life may be your own, or that of a loved one. Living in a rural area, knowing how to stop bleeding is an indispensable skill. Get yours! FREE!

Gael Whetstone BSN RN, from Desert Care Network, Desert Regional Medical Center, Level II Trauma Center will teach the nationally recognized Stop the Bleed course from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, October 6, 2018, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526-½ Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277.

This is a national program to teach the lay person hemorrhage control by using direct pressure, wound packing and tourniquet application. It was created in response to mass casualty incidents, however, it can be used for earthquakes, car crashes, etc.

The same basic principles also apply to animals so some of what you learn can also be applied to pets and livestock.

Those who attend and complete the class will receive a certificate of completion.

An RSVP is highly recommended for this event. Class size is limited to 10. There will be a wait list, and the class will be held again if needed. For more information and to sign up for the class, please  call Teresa Sitz at 760-367-9880, or visit WonderValley.org.

Living with Snakes


Everyone is invited and welcome to attend and participate in the event:
LIVING WITH SNAKES, with retired park ranger Jane Fawke,
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, September 22, 2018
Wonder Valley Community Center
80526-1/2 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277

LIVING WITH SNAKES
Retired Park Ranger Jane Fawke will present on Living with Snakes. She will talk about identifying local venomous and non-venomous snakes, creating habitat, and will leave lots of time for Q&A. You will leave this event with a better ability to identify local snakes, and knowledge of how to safely co-exist with them.

Ms. Fawke will be bringing live, non-venomous snakes for you to see, and to help you learn to better identify them. She will be bringing a:

  • California Kingsnake
  • California Mountain kingsnake (which often gets confused with a Coral snake which are in AZ, not CA)
  • Rosy boa
  • Gopher snake
  • Long nosed snake
  • Glossy snake

All snakes will be displayed in secured, heavy-duty, plastic containers. There will be no handling of snakes by anyone. Snakes will not be removed from their containers, which will remain closed throughout the visit.

Jane Fawke volunteers as a hike leader for the Wildlands Conservancy, and gives outreach presentations for the Mojave Desert Land Trust. She is very familiar with CA fish & game laws which she will also discuss.

Everyone is invited and welcome to attend and participate.

Desert Trail Column - September 6, 2018

After a long, hot summer, the Glass Outhouse Art Gallery, 77575 Highway 62 at Thunder Road, will reopen for an artists’ reception on Saturday, September 8 from 5 to 9 p.m. Featured artists will be Tom Carvellas and Dana Bowden. This show runs until September 30. Come meet the artists, enjoy the free refreshments and hear great music by Hunter and the Wick’d. In addition, the south gallery is now ready to take in new artists and their work! For more information, call Laurel at 760-367-3807.
The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meeting will be held on Monday, September 10 at the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst, at 5:30 p.m. This meeting will be dedicated to Land Use Services and the Community Plan. Everyone is invited and urged to attend. Teresa Sitz is our Wonder Valley representative.

 Don’t miss “Living with Snakes” with Jane Falk on Saturday, September 22 at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road near Blower Road, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
We send out Rainbows-of-Sapphires-and-Asters to Cheryl Davies and Sherry Hague who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday, Sherry and Cheryl!

Darlene’s Commentary:  In our park we have playground equipment, picnic tables, barbecues, a gazebo, a baseball diamond, palms and big shade trees. Many people have worked to make our park useful by maintaining our welcome shade trees. Now these trees are going downhill fast because of issues with the watering system and the well. Athol trees are hardy, but they can’t go forever without proper watering. Please, San Bernardino County, don’t let our beautiful shade trees die!

Karen’s Commentary:  Morongo Basin Healthcare District is holding a 12-week series of classes for individuals diagnosed with Type-2 Diabetes. These classes start in Twentynine Palms on September 10 and run through November 26, meeting every Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. Additional follow-up support is provided in meetings held on December 10, January 14 and February 11 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Registration is required by calling coach Kathy Alkire at 760-820-9223, and seating is limited.

The non-profit 29 Soaring Club meets every Sunday, weather permitting, at the 29 Palms Airport on Highway 62 at Godwin Road, from 11 a.m. to sunset. Glider rides are available for $20 to $50 (cash only) depending on altitude desired. Gift certificates are also available and do not expire. Call Mike at 760-464-2835 for further information.

Handy Hint:  
Glue a large tray onto an adjustable-height stool to create the handiest side table ever.

Today’s Thought:  
“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.” – Mark Twain


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

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Desert Trail Column - August 30, 2018

Ted Meyers turned 81 this past week, and many family members plus a few “adopted family members” showed up at the house to help him celebrate! A total of 19 people drifted in and out, with the majority staying for delicious barbequed chicken and hamburgers with all the fixings, along  with various salads and snacks. Grandson Tony took over the job of Head Barbeque Chef, leaving Grandpa to relax and enjoy his special day. After dinner, when everyone was too stuffed to move, a birthday cake was brought out with “Happy Birthday to the Old Codger” written on top! Several found a little more room for that and some ice cream. Games of UpWords were played while the Cribbage boards sat waiting for contenders. That’s a first for Ted’s house! Great-grandchildren Ileigh, Easton, Bailee and Peyton had fun, too, and kept everyone laughing and hopping! All in all, it was a great day that Ted won’t soon forget.  

Our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road near Blower Road, will be closed for the Labor Day holiday weekend, reopening on Wednesday, September 5 at 9 a.m. 

The Palms Restaurant and Bar will reopen on Thursday, August 31. All will be good in Wonder Valley once again! 

On September 15, there will be a community meeting at our community center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Representatives from Morongo Basin Ambulance will explain their organization and services and will have an ambulance there for the public to examine.  Mercy Air will also be there, along with one of their life-saving medical transport helicopters. Don’t miss this one! For further information, contact our WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at teresa.sitz@gmail.com or 760-367-9880. 
Since the September birthstone is the sapphire and the flower is the aster, we send out Rainbows-of-Sapphires-and-Asters to Scott Kelso who celebrates his special day this week. Happy birthday, Scott! 
Every Sunday morning, Godwin Christian Fellowship Church, 6389 Godwin Road near Highway 62, holds a Bible Study at 9:00, Worship Services at 10:30 and Children’s Church (for 8 years and younger) at 11:30. On the third Sunday of each month, a free luncheon and celebration of that month’s birthdays is held following the services. For further information, contact Pastor Max Rossi at Mrossi121@yahoo.com or 831-234-6848. 
Handy Hint:  Always in a hurry in the morning? For a very nutritious and cholesterol-lowering pour-eat-done breakfast, buy whole grain cereals that have more grams of fiber than sugar. 
Today’s Thought:  Ever heard of Cherilyn Sarkisian, Shawn Corey Carter, Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner or Adele Laurie Blue Adkins? Okay, how about Cher, Jay-Z, Sting or Adele? Same people! 
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

Sounds like the firehouse will not reopen.

County Fire took it's Expansion of FP5 show to the Joshua Tree Community Center last week. 

Read more: Plea to fire chief: Don’t move station

Here is a piece of the discussion that pretty much answers the question of whether or not Wonder Valley's fire station will reopen.
“So everyone who lives in an area where they closed a fire station is paying more in home insurance,” Mason said.
She would support the assessment, she said, if the fire department would reopen its more remote stations. 
But Hartwig didn’t hold out hope of that happening. When an audience member asked if any closed stations would be reopened if the new assessment passed, he responded, “No. I’m looking to maintain the service I have now.”
I know many of you (us) figured this would be the case, but it's important to have verification, and this seems to be it.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The County is preparing your webpage.

The next MAC meeting, at 5:30 p.m., Monday, September 10, at the Joshua Tree Community Center, will be dedicated to Land Use Services and the Community Plan that they've been working on for some time.
  • Presentation will begin 30 minutes after the open house start time.
  • People may drop in to any of the nine regional meetings at any time during the advertised time frame to review material, ask questions, and share ideas with County staff.  Open house materials will be posted in advance on this web page (some material will be posted earlier than others).
Wonder Valley even has a webpage there now - not much to see, still a little sawdust on the floor.
http://countywideplan.com/wondervalley/

But it's there.

You can also upload pictures from Wonder Valley here:
http://countywideplan.com/get-involved/submit-a-photo/

I may not get a ton of stuff accomplished, but I did get Wonder Valley added to the drop down list, instead of being included among *Other/Not Listed. WooHOO!

Thanks to everyone who participated in adding to our profile. It will be interesting to see what they choose to extract from the many entries provided.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Final Ed.it at The Palms

Kevin Bone, the bartender and oh, so much more, at The Palms, wrote, cast, and directed Final Ed.it at last week's Hi-Desert Fringe Festival in Joshua Tree. Local Kate Lee Short and Gray Hill were cast in the play.

Tickets for the event were pricey, and many people couldn't afford them, or the 70+ mile round trip to Joshua Tree, though we cheered from our cabins. Now that the Festival is over, Kevin is bringing the play home, to The Palms.

Boneybone Productions hosts Kevin Bone's "Final Ed.It" from 8 - 9:30 p.m., Saturday, September 15, at The Palms, 83131 Amboy Road, in Wonder Valley.

Don't miss it!

Mojave bird populations have been halved.

An important read.

Climate Change Is Taking Down Birds in the Mojave Desert
New findings suggest increasingly dry conditions have halved Mojave’s bird populations over the last century. It’s a warning for the desert — and the world

Read more: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/climate-change-taking-down-birds-mojave-desert-180969893/#BsoAyip3oTvKtSy1.99
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Saturday, August 25, 2018

SBC Countywide Plan


You are invited to attend the Big MAC Meeting starting at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, September 10, at the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst Street, in Joshua Tree. Land Use Services will be presenting on the Countywide Plan.

Download, or read, the new draft of the COUNTYWIDE PLAN, and see the draft Plan, updated maps, and revised Community Action Guides, below:
http://countywideplan.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/CWP_CountyPolicyPlan_PubReviewDraft_20180820.pdf

New Community Action Guides are currently being created for the following communities and will be available by the first week of September.

  • Devore
  • Mountain Communities (Forest Falls & Mountain Home Village)
  • Trona
  • Wonder Valley
  • East Desert Communities (Niption, Rice, Vidal & Vidal Junction)
  • High Desert Communities (Spring Valley Lake & Mountain View Acres)
  • North Desert Communities (Barstow Heights, Hinkley, Hodge, Kramer Junction, Lynwood & Red Mountain) 
  • Route 66 Communities (Amboy, Cadiz, Goffs, Ludlow, Siberia)
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the effort toward making a community action guide for Wonder Valley.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

WVCC closed Aug 30 - Sept 4, 2018

Image result for charlie chaplin in the machine

The WVCC will be closed for Labor Day, August 30 through September 4, 2018.

We will still be answering the phone, at (760) 367-9880, in case of emergency.

See you again on Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

Desert Quackers at The Palms

Desert Quackers presents:
Lisa Joffrey and LoveyDove

Hosted by:
The Palms in Wonder Valley Live Events and
Boneybone Productions

Saturday, September 8 at 8 - 10 p.m.
83131 Amboy Road
Wonder Valley CA 92277

Desert Trail Column, August 23, 2018

The Weed Show presentation by Ted Meyers was well-attended and very informative and got people thinking about the upcoming Weed Show on November 3 and 4 at the Old Schoolhouse Museum in Twentynine Palms. It is always fun to participate, whether or not you win any ribbons. And just looking at all the creative ideas displayed is fun. Don’t miss it!
We send out Rainbows-of-Peridots-and-Gladioli to Dominick Bruxer and Ted Meyers (81) who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday, Ted and Dominick!

 Karen’s Commentary:  Here’s some interesting information for all you Bank of America ATM users. I went to the Yucca Valley BofA and spoke to Operations Manager Fabiola Balladarez. I asked why the ATMs had been torn down and immediately replaced, if the new ones could be “easily moved” as I’ve heard, and if they’ll be installed elsewhere when Starbucks builds. First she said that BofA is under the impression that the Starbucks deal did not go through. Her answers to my questions are that the old ATMs were just routinely replaced with new ones, that they cannot be “moved” at all, and that they will most likely NOT be installed elsewhere in Twentynine Palms if Starbucks does build.
Darlene’s Commentary: I was telling a friend that my rooster had disappeared, and I was heartbroken. All I’d found was a trail of his beautiful tail feathers. A couple weeks later, my friend dropped by with a gift. There stood a huge rooster with the brightest colors and unique features anyone could ever imagine! He has long legs, big feet and fluffy feathers on his body and wings, with colors of cream, gray, yellow and black. His eyes are golden and he sports a huge brilliant red comb about three inches high. If that isn’t enough, the skin on his neck is also brilliant red! When he cock-a-doodle-doos, his neck stretches out about six inches longer than normal!

Tim Candelaria does a fine job on keeping our roads maintained. If you have any comments, compliments, issues, questions,complaints or suggestions, leave Tim a message at 760-367-9880.
Handy Hint: To press and preserve flowers, open a heavy book, line pages to be used with parchment or waxed paper. Arrange flowers face down so they don’t overlap. Close book and leave untouched for seven to ten days, then remove totally dried flowers with tweezers. Use them to make bookmarks or stationery – or fill a picture frame with them.

Today’s Thought: What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us. What we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Live music at The Palms


***Weirdo Music at the Palms***

The exquisite trio Sult from Norway comes to town: Guro Moe (double bass), Jacob Felix Heule (drums) plus acoustic guitar. 

Wonder Valley's own Kate Lee Short will give a rare performance on her accordion. Unmissable. 

Daniel Meyer and Adam Zuckerman will play quiet, fragile sounds with acoustic guitars and feedback.

From 7 - 10 p.m., on Saturday, September 1, 2018
The Palms Restaurant
83131 Amboy Road
Wonder Valley CA 92277

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Someone cut down the Wonder Valley sign.


Someone (or more) cut down the beautiful "Welcome to Wonder Valley" sign that David Stone fashioned and installed earlier this year.

David fully expected the sign to be stolen and had templated it so another could be fairly easily installed when it happened.

The someone(s) who took the sign did not simply steal it, however, but CUT the posts so another sign cannot be installed. They also signed their work with hearts.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Desert Trail Column, August 16, 2018

The meeting called by the San Bernardino County Fire Department was packed and hot; we hope the County representatives took note of the state of our air conditioner! Fire Chief Mark Hartwig gave a presentation regarding the proposed change in fire department fees appearing on our tax bills, then answered questions from the audience. The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, which is also the San Bernardino County Fire Board of Directors, has written a proposal to charge every parcel served by the SBCFD where there is no contract involved, the same rate of $157.34, which is more than four times what Wonder Valley residents are paying now. There is a 30-day protest period, but it will take the official protests of 25% of the parcel owners representing 25% of the property values of all involved parcels to force the decision to a public vote; 50% of parcel owners and property values to stop it completely. Otherwise, the Board of Supervisors/Directors will make the decision.

At 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 18, at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road, there will be a free presentation about the annual Weed Show. Ted Meyers, who has won more than 30 ribbons over the years will have all kinds of show-and-tell items there. He will pass along ideas, tips and tricks, plus go over the rules and the fun of entering. If you’ve ever thought about participating in the Weed Show, now is the time to get started!

 The USDA Food Distribution will take place on Monday, August 20 at our community center sometime after 10:30 a.m. when the truck arrives. 
On Wednesday, August 22, the Salvation Army Food Distribution will take place at our community center at 11 a.m. Food is from Trader Joe’s and bags will be provided. 
For further information on the above events, call our WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at 760-367-9880. 
Handy Hint: Use curtain ring clips to make dishtowels into cute no-sew cafĂ© curtains 
Today’s Thought: In 1917, Grenville Kleiser wrote the following daily thoughts for August 16.
“Greatness of life is largely the product of definite purpose and lofty ambition. When you have made definite choice of a worthy life purpose, there will come to you a wonderful sense of will set to work for the sole purpose seemingly of helping on your progress. The consciousness at the close of each day that you have made real and substantial advancement toward a great purpose will increase your courage, and larger possibilities will be constantly revealed to you.“ Over one hundred years later, this still makes perfect sense. 

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

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

WV Community Meeting, September 15, 2018


Everyone is invited and welcome to attend and participate in the 
September Wonder Valley Community Meeting, 
from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, September 15, 2018, 

at the Wonder Valley Community Center
80526-1/2 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277. 
The WVCC is between the fire station and the palm tree cell tower.

AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS

The procedures to protest the expansion of FP 5 are scheduled to be posted on September 14, 2018, so we hope to have these at the meeting to discuss.

MORONGO BASIN AMBULANCE will give an overview of their services, specifically as they pertain to Wonder Valley, and answer questions. They will bring an ALS (Advanced Life Support) ambulance for us to examine.

MERCY AIR will also be present and will land one of their helicopters somewhere behind the park, if the weather is good, for us to see.

The AGENDA was posted at the WVCC and online at 10 a.m., on September 5, 2018.
https://tinyurl.com/wv09152018

This invitation is extended to anyone living in the Morongo Basin.

Weed Show Presentation


Come out the the Wonder Valley Community Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. this weekend and learn everything you need to know about entering the annual Twentynine Palms weed show, and maybe even winning.

Our presenter, Ted Meyers, has won 33 ribbons over the years, and will share his winning secrets with us.

This is not a hands on class, so you don't need to bring anything other than yourself, and perhaps something to take a few notes on.

I'd love to see Wonder Valley sweep the competition, so please attend the class. Maybe when it's over we can display the entries in the Community Center for a week.

Weed Show Presentation, with Ted Meyers
11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, August 18, 2018
Wonder Valley Community Center
80526-1/2 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277
Call (760) 367-9880 for more information.

Wonder Valley art in Joshua Tree

     Wonder Valley resident, artist and curator, Deborah Tobin met a group of WV artists early last Saturday morning at the Community Center to ferry their artwork to the Beatnik Lounge in Joshua Tree. The theme of the show was Liminality : Doors, Portals, and Thresholds.

Wonder Valley artists submitting work were Ellen Goldin, Jill Reinig-Davis, Chris Carraher, Ken and Teresa Sitz. Also showing was Robin Goudy.

Reinig-Davis’ Clown Therapy was a favorite among the other artists. The show hangs for the month, so go see Wonder Valley art at Joshua Tree at: The Beatnik Lounge, 61568 Twentynine Palms Highway, near Sunset Road.

The photo pictured is of Chris Carraher's, Cabin, a structure of metal, linen, and ceramic, from a private collection.

Monday, August 13, 2018

USDA Food Distribution


The USDA Food Distribution will begin sometime after 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 20th 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 


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Salvation Army Food Distribution


The Salvation Army Food Distribution takes place starting at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 22, 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 see if you qualify you will need three things:

  • 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.
  • Your most recent Southern California Edison bill.
  • Your most recent proof of income.

Appointments will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 22, 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.

County Fire Meeting

County Fire Meeting, from August 8, 2018


Friday, August 3, 2018

From County Fire: Service Zone FP-5

Service Zone FP-5
For more information email us at FP5Expansion@sbcfire.org.

OVERVIEW: The Board of Directors of the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District has passed a resolution (2018-99) to expand the boundaries of Service Zone FP-5. PUBLIC INFORMATION: The District’s Board of Directors desires to expand Service Zone FP-5 to include all territories within the jurisdictions of the District that is not currently included in Service Zone FP-5, which currently includes the area of Helendale and the cities of San Bernardino, Needles, Twenty-nine Palms, Upland, and San Antonio Heights. The extension of the boundaries of FP-5 will result in needed revenues to maintain current fire protection and emergency services within the Districts territories.

CURRENT SITUATION
Commitment
The San Bernardino County Fire Protection District provides fire and emergency medical services (EMS) to residents throughout the entire County, covering 19,278 square miles and serving more than 60 communities/cities. The only exceptions being cities that have their own fire departments, cities that contract with other fire departments, and areas receiving these services through special districts.

Financial Outlook
The San Bernardino County Fire Protection District is currently operating at a $29 million dollar budget shortfall. The Fire Protection Board of Directors, as well as the County Fire Protection Districts Fire Chief, believe that expanding Service Zone FP-5 is the best way to fill this budget gap while maintaining existing service levels.

Solution
Currently, property tax revenues are insufficient to cover the costs of providing fire and emergency medical services, each legal parcel within Service Zone FP-5 is assessed an annual parcel fee. The current assessment is set at $157.26/year, and can increase up to 3% each year.

Process
The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, sitting as the Board of Directors of the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District, has initiated a process to expand the boundaries of Service Zone FP-5 countywide. Included would be:

  • All unincorporated county areas, except those already receiving fire and EMS through other districts and except unincorporated areas within the sphere of influence of the City of Montclair.
  • The cities of Grand Terrace, Upland, and the Town of Yucca Valley.
  • For a legal description of all Inclusions & Exclusions, see Attachment A.

Important Dates
  • September 14, 2018: Public Notices mailed to all parcel owners.
  • October 15, 2018: Last day to receive mail in protest letters. Must be received by close of business.
  • October 16, 2018: Last day to receive walk in protest letters. Must be received by the closing of the public hearing.
  • October 16, 2018: Public Hearing 10am, San Bernardino County Government Center, 1st Floor Covington Chamber.



Frequently Asked Questions
See answers at: http://www.sbcfire.org/ServiceZoneFP-5.aspx
Q: How will this expansion affect my current property tax bill?
Q: Why is there a need to expand the FP-5 Service Zone in other areas of the County?
Q: How can I be sure the assessment I am paying is going to be used in my community?
Q: Why was my community chosen to be part of this Service Zone expansion?
Q: If my property value increases does that mean this Service Zone fee increases as well?
Q: How does the protest process work?
Q: Can I go to my local fire station to get additional information or pick up a protest form?
Q: People should be able to vote on new taxes. What about our rights under Proposition 218?
Q: I don’t like this process. Can I ask the Board of Supervisors to change it?
Q: I have several parcels. Do I have to pay the assessment fee on each parcel I own?
Q: Who can I contact to obtain my properties Assessor’s Parcel Number?

For more information email us at FP5Expansion@sbcfire.org.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Live Music at The Palms


At The Palms
83131 Amboy Road
Wonder Valley Ca 92277

(((Music by)))

⁂Victoria Williams
And Danny Frankel⁂ (JT)

☯New Issues☯ (WA)
https://hungryclouddarkening.bandcamp.com/

☽Wildlife Freeway☾ (JT)
https://wildlifefreeway.bandcamp.com/

⇝⇝⇝⇝⇝⇝⇝Music Starts At 7PM, AUGUST 9, Over By 10PM⇜⇜⇜⇜⇜⇜⇜⇜

Wonder Valley rocks Hi Desert Fringe

Wonder Valley's own Kevin Bones has entered a play he wrote in the Hi Desert Fringe festival. Performing in the play are Kate Lee Short, and Grey Hill, both of Wonder Valley.

The festival takes place August 24, 25, and 26, at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. For times, and tickets, visit:
https://www.hidesertfringe.org/

Three women are producing the festival: Dawn Davis, Miri Hunter, and Ann Van Haney. Dawn Davis occasionally works at The Palms in Wonder Valley, and Miri Hunter is a resident of Wonder Valley.

Thank you, everyone, for sharing Wonder Valley's talent with the world.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

COUNTY FIRE MEETING


Folks, before I say anything else I'm going to ask you to 
SHARE this information with EVERYONE you know 
in the unincorporated areas of the Morongo Basin.
Get on the phone, text, the Googles, Facebook..., share like you've never shared before.
Everyone is invited and welcome to attend and participate in a community meeting called by
FIRE CHIEF MARK HARTWIG from 
COUNTY FIRE
(and other public officials)
Who will present on the proposed expansion of Fire Protection District 5
which would include a tax of $157.26 per parcel.

4:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Wonder Valley Community Center
80526-½ Amboy Road (next to the palm tree cell tower)
Wonder Valley CA 92277

For more information, call Teresa Sitz at (760) 367-9889, or

County Fire just notified us today, Thursday, August 2, 
so there is not enough time to get the meeting notice into the local paper. 
Therefore it is important that you share this event with everyone you know.
Call someone and tell them about this meeting.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Didn't see this until now...

I was looking up the boundaries of Wonder Valley at the San Bernardino County LAFCO site and found this:

San Bernardino County Fire Protection District - Service Zone FP-4 (Wonder Valley)
Report Created: 1/22/2018

"The San Bernardino County Fire Protection District reorganized in July 2008 and created the South Desert Regional Service Zone. The South Desert Regional Service Zone is a component unit of the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District, in which the County Board of Supervisors is the board of directors of the district. Within the South Desert Regional Service Zone, Service Zone FP-4 Wonder Valley special tax was originally authorized by the Board of Supervisors in August 1972 (originally under CSA 70 M Zone FP-4). Service Zone FP-4 provides fire protection services to the community of Wonder Valley. These services are funded by a special tax of $30 per parcel with an annual 1.5% cost of living increase as approved by the voters in June 2005. The current special tax rate is $34.82 per parcel. Services had previously been provided through Fire Station #45. However, this fire station will be closing due to lack of funding and future services will be provided by the nearest available fire station. Data for 2012 is not available as there was a change in interpretation of reporting standards which returned in 2013. Additional information on the District can be accessed via the link below."

There was nothing official until now.

Lightning Storm


Lisa Manifold, the July Artist of the Month at the Wonder Valley Community Center, caught this amazing display in the wee hours of July 18, 2018. I believe this is lightning hitting the Bullion Mountains in Wonder Valley.

Come see Manifolds art hanging at the WVCC through the end of the month.

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.