Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Raptors of the Desert

Raptors of the Desert

The Friends of Wonder Valley is pleased to sponsor
Conservation and Ecology of California Birds of Prey

Susan Doggett, graduate biologist and licensed Migratory Bird Rehabilitator will be presenting on California Birds of Prey, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Saturday, March 16, at the Wonder Valley Community Center, at 80526-½ Amboy Road, in Wonder Valley.

In addition to a general overview of desert birds of prey, Ms. Doggett will be addressing the following:

  • Noises in the night.
  • Why birds of prey make terrible pets.
  • Why owls are known as silent killers.

Ms. Doggett will be bringing several birds of prey with her -- most likely owls and falcons.

A donation of $2 per adult (and no cost for children), is requested to help support these programs. If you don’t have funds, please be our guest.

Vacation Rental Ordinance

Here’s how to suggest revisions to San Bernardino County’s short-term rental laws
The county last revised its policies for the mountain communities in June 2017

Community Crisis Response Team (CCRT)

Are you experiencing a mental health related crisis?
Community Crisis Response Team (CCRT) is a community-based mobile crisis team that provides assistance to those who are experiencing a mental health related emergency. Services include:
  • Mental Health Assessments
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Intensive follow up services
  • On-site Crisis Intervention
Morongo Basin Office: (760) 449-4429

Dial 7-1-1 for TTY users
Teams are available 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., 365 days per year

FLYER in English and Spanish:, or

Friday, February 15, 2019

HEAP Applications

Representatives from CAPSBC will be processing HEAP applications
from 9 a.m. until noon, on Wednesday, March 20,
at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526½ Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277.
For more information, please call Teresa Sitz at (760) 367-9880, or write

You will need to bring the documentation listed on this form:

For more information, please go to:

Home Energy Assistance Program || Apply Now!

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County
(Energy, Education, and Environmental Services Program, EEES)
Is processing HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program)
Applications for qualifying residents to receive:

Annual Credit AssistanceAn annual CREDIT ranging from $206 to $343 which can be applied towards GAS, ELECTRIC, WOOD OR PROPANE

Emergency AssistanceEMERGENCY HEAP utility assistance is available for clients with a FINAL CALL or SHUT OFF notice!

For more information call: (909) 723-1680 or (909) 723-1500
696 S Tippecanoe Avenue, San Bernardino CA 92408

WV Community Cleanup

San Bernardino County Code Enforcement and Solid Waste Management Divisions will be providing bulky trash collection containers for the FREE disposal of accumulated trash, e-waste, and tires. Please bring your bulky items and trash to the designated container at the location listed below. This program is limited to the residents of the unincorporated County area. 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.

THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD:Saturday, March 23, 2019
8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
(Event will end earlier if equipment is full.)

at the following location:

Wonder Valley Community Center80526 ½ Amboy Rd, Wonder Valley

Please do not place the following hazardous materials in these designated containers:
motor oil, oil filters, antifreeze, gasoline drain cleaners, pesticides/fertilizers, fluorescent lights, wood preservatives, pool and hobby supplies, auto and furniture polish, paint, paint products, and paint thinners.

Safely dispose of toxic chemicals from your home on the third Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Hazardous Household Waste Disposal, 62499 Twentynine Palms Highway in Joshua Tree. For more information call (800) 645-9228.

“Urban Conservation Corps” will be present at this event to accept electronics: TV’s, computer monitors, VCR’s, stereos, cell phones, and more! This service is on a first come, first served basis and is subject to change.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please call Code Enforcement Officer Melissa Malcom at (909) 266-3477

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Desert Trail Column - February 14, 2019

Improv at The Palms, a comedy workshop hosted by Kevin Bone and Heather Clisby, will take place at 83131 Amboy Road at Thompson Road on Saturday, February 16 from noon to 3 p.m. Suggested donation is $5 to $15. Call 760-361-2810
That evening, Johnny Angel Wendell will be performing at The Palms at 7 p.m., followed at 8 p.m. by Lolly Goodwoman and her Stagefright’s Valentine’s Day Massacre.

Bob Dougherty from the Department of Aging and Adult Services will be handing out bus passes to seniors at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road, on Wednesday, February 20 from 11 a.m. to noon. And if you need help with a HEAP application, call Bob at 760-228-5219 for an appointment.

Mark your calendars for Incantations/Mojave Sound Art in Wonder Valley March 29 through 31, and for Wonder Valley Experimental #11 at The Palms on March 30.
We send out Rainbows-of-Amethysts-and-Violets to Donna Bremmer and Christina Lindsley who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday, Christina and Donna!
Darlene’s Commentary: I had the surprise of my life on my 67th birthday. Karen had taken me out to lunch, and we took our time enjoying the good food and talking and relaxing before heading for home. When we got to my house, my yard looked like a parking lot! Cars were everywhere, and I couldn’t quite grasp what was going on. Well it was a surprise birthday party for me! I had no notion or hint that this was coming so I was completely flabbergasted! There were about 30 people there, including all three of my kids and all of their kids, plus many dear friends. The person who orchestrated the plans for such a fantastic party is Richard Herron, my sweetheart for 20+ years. I was showered with beautiful cards and gifts and will always have sweet and happy memories of that wonderful day. A sincere thank you to all who made it happen.

Karen’s Commentary: Dar hogged all the room! (Only joking.)
If you’d like to go to the Twentynine Palms Nutrition Site for lunch on Tuesdays or Thursdays, Reach Out Morongo Basin picks up at 10 a.m. and drops off at 2 p.m., both at The Palms. If you have trouble getting to The Palms, they may pick up and drop off at your residence. Call 760-361-1410.
Handy Hint: Before you go to the store, make a shopping list. People who shop with a list spend less time in the store and make fewer impulse buys.

Today’s Thought: Your “philtrum” is the little groove between your nose and upper lip.

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

Monday, February 11, 2019

WV in The Washington Post.

Forget Coachella, there’s a vibrant, more affordable music scene around Joshua Tree.
By Melanie D.G. Kaplan, February 8, 2019, The Washington Post Travel Section

"Palms Restaurant, a desert roadhouse in Wonder Valley, is even farther from civilization than Pappy’s. It’s known for its free-spirit vibe and avant-garde performances — such as Wonder Valley Experimental (March 30), a festival of experimental music; imagine pots and pans and concrete mixers as instruments.

“'We get a mix of locals, tourists and people driving through on the way to Vegas,' said Kevin Bone, who books talent for the Palms and planned the Hi-Desert Hukilau Music Festival, April 19 and 20, to coincide with the second weekend of Coachella; the lineup includes Victoria Williams, Ben Vaughn and Rosa Pullman. “If you think about Burning Man, some people are willing to drive all the way out to the desert,” Bone said. 'Those are the people who prefer that we’re in the middle of nowhere, prefer to see music under the stars.' He said patrons also like the free camping for festivals available on the Palms grounds and Sunday brunch with $2 Bloody Marys."

From Task and Purpose.

Aww. It's not that bad!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Supervisor reconstitutes MAC.

Third District Supervisor Dawn Rowe ("Rowe" as in "Blow" in "Blower Road"), is reconstituting the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council which represents the nine unincorporated communities in the Morongo Basin.

Teresa Sitz, the former MAC Delegate who served nearly 4 years, will not be reapplying. Anyone interested is welcome to apply for the (unpaid, and volunteer) position. It involves attending 10 meetings a year in Joshua Tree (2nd Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m.), and scheduling local meetings for the community on a nearly monthly basis. It helps if you're comfortable speaking in public.

Aide Christina Garcia writes,
Good Morning all,
If you plan to apply for the new Morongo Basin MAC, you must submit your application by March 1st. I also have hard copies here in the office if anybody needs one. I included the link to submit online, if you have any questions, please let me know.

Christina Garcia
Executive Aide
Dawn Rowe, Third District Supervisor
Phone: 760-366-1488

Author explores Wonder Valley, its people

From the Desert Trail:
Author explores Wonder Valley, its people

Local author William Hillyard

Desert Trail Column - February 7, 2019

Lorelei Vox Greene will hold Yoga at the Palms classes every other Saturday, starting on February 23 from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. The Palms is located at 83131 Amboy Road. These classes are open to all, from beginner to advanced. For information, call 760-361-2810.

The Wonder Valley Community Meeting will take place at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526½ Amboy Road near Blower Road, on Saturday, February 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Among other agenda items, the March Community Cleanup will be discussed.

On Tuesday, February 12, the USDA Food Distribution will take place at our WVCC at 9:30 a.m.

Mark your calendars for some upcoming events in Wonder Valley. A CPR class at the WVCC and Improv at the Palms will both take place on Saturday, February 16. Bob Dougherty from the Department of Aging and Adult Services will be at the WVCC on Wednesday, February 20. A Community Cleanup will take place on Saturday, March 23. And don’t miss Hi-Des Hukilau at The Palms on Saturday, April 20.
For information on any of the above events, call our WVCC Coordinator Teresa Sitz at 760-367-

We send out Rainbows-of-Amethysts-and-Violets to Darlene Parris (67) and Mary Lindsley who celebrate their special days this week. Happy birthday, Mary and Dar!

On a sad note, Wonder Valley resident Robert William Adams has passed away. He was affectionately known to all his friends as “Vietnam Bobby” and he will be very much missed in our community. He was born on June 11, 1961 and died on January 13, 2019 at the age of 57. Graveside services will take place on Wednesday, February 13 from 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Boulevard, in Riverside.
The Wonder Valley Lending Program provides books and movies to borrow, just like a little library. Stop in at the WVCC to see what’s available, all at no charge.
Handy Hint: The average American pays about $2400 in credit card interest annually. To save those costs, transfer credit card debt to a card with 0 percent interest. Find better options at
Today’s Thought: If you’re looking for a few great lines . . . Dennis Miller said, “You know there’s a problem when you realize that out of the three Rs, only one begins with an R.” Oscar Wilde said, “To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.” Billy Wilder said, “He has Van Gogh’s ear for music.” And Bette Midler said, “She loves nature in spite of what it did to her.”
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Post Valentine's Day

A little birdie told me...

Saturday, February 16th:
7:00 p.m.: Performance by Johnny Angel Wendell, followed by
8:00 p.m.: Lolly Goodwoman and her "Stagefright's Valentine's Day Massacre"!!

At The Palms
83131 Amboy Road
Wonder Valley CA 92277

Stop sign at Shelton and Amboy

Nothing makes me feel more small town than writing about a new stop sign.

At the January community meeting, a community member -- Barbara, in fact, mentioned that she'd almost missed the stop on Shelton and Amboy. I put in an order for  sign, and viola! There it is! And while they were there they put a stop sign at Kern and Amboy across the street.

Now, I just hope that whoever cuts down all our signs will consider that this particular sign has the potential to save many lives, so please, don't cut down this stop sign.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Diaspora In Relief : Emily Hay-Cartoon Justice

Diaspora In Relief : Emily Hay-Cartoon Justice
7 - 10 p.m., March 23, 2019
The Palms Restaurant
83131 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277

En Diaspora - Jazz Meets Voice :  modes of free
from Free Jazz to Experimental Improvisation to Psychedelic Roots Infused Punk Jazz
  • Emily Hay improviser/composer on Flute and Voice (solo)
  • Cartoon Justice / Lingua Incognita with Emily other local JT musicians : collective improvisation ensemble holding a open improvisation session for healing ourselves and the earth: Elegy Da Amazona

Emily Hay - Flute, Voice, Electronics. Southern California based
Cartoon justice (San Francisco) : Mika Pontecorvo - Guitar, Flute, Voice, Electronics. Kersti Abrams - Alto Sax, Fute, Lybian double reed, Mbira.
Mark Pino - Drums, Percussion.
Elijah Pontecorvo - Bass. 

Vega Victoria with special guest Grant Earl LaValley

Vega Victoria with special guest Grant Earl LaValley
Hosted by Palms Restaurant and Boneybone Productions
7 - 9:30 p.m., March 2, 2019
Palms Restaurant
83131 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, California 92277

Vega Victoria is an indie-Americana singer-songwriter in the Bay Area, originally from Stockholm, Sweden. Her debut EP The Long Embrace was recorded and produced by Ben Tanner, band member of  the Grammy-award winning band Alabama Shakes, in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Revered songwriter Dylan LeBlanc calls her songs "haunting, beautiful...extremely well crafted". Her music is shaped by longing, loss, and love, and pulses with intense emotion, that legendary Muscle shoals sound, and a fascination with the open road.

Grant Earl LaValley is an American singer-songwriter who left Ohio for the California desert. His dark, cinematic soundscapes have a glowing undertow of tenderness, vulnerability, and mystery. A kindred spirit with contemporary songwriters like Ryley Walker, LaValley also conjures images of a gothic Gene Clark collaborating with a desert-dwelling Bonnie “Prince” Billy---with the blessing of Townes Van Zandt. 

Monday, February 4, 2019

What's all the racket at the WVCC?

As if the bombing isn't loud enough, now there's something amiss with the generator for our 80' palm tree cell tower. It's making a lot of noise which seems to get louder if you're in the general direction it is pointed. (Sorry, Darlene!)

I called American Tower, who then called Verizon. They're sending out a guy tomorrow to fix it up. Sorry for the trouble.

I sent them a picture of the problem and they promised it is no danger to anyone.

UPDATE: All fixed now.

Bill Hillyard's Indieagogo fund raiser

About 50 - 60 people attended Bill's local author reading at the Wonder Valley Community Center last Saturday. The audience consisted of a few people who are actually in the book, curious locals, and fans from far away.

Attendance was $2 and included free Mexican sodas, chips and salsa, and jicama with chili powder, courtesy of the Friends of Wonder Valley, the organization that hosted the event. The money raised will go toward the Mobile Medical Unit which will be at the WVCC later this month.

Bill Hillyard has 30 days to raise enough money to publish his book. Please help make this happen and earn some cool and amusing premiums -- including a homestead cabin! Check it out.

Click on the frame to the left.

Services for Robert Adams

Robert William Adams died on January 13, 2019. Everyone knew him as "Vietnam Bob," but when I asked him about the nickname, he said he preferred "Very Nice Bob."

Bob and I shared many a drink together before breakfast at The Palms on Sunday mornings. Toward the end Bob would visit me on Monday and Wednesday at the Wonder Valley Community Center where a small group of local meet for coffee.

Bob was born on June 11, 1961 and died on January 13, 2019 at the age of 57. Graveside services will take place on Wednesday, February 13 from 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Boulevard, in Riverside.

Bob will be greatly missed. 

Friday, February 1, 2019

Crime Stats January 2019

There were fewer call, but more reports and arrest in the Crime Stats for January 2019. The numbers for January 2015 were provided by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. They stopped providing us these numbers in October of 2016. Teresa Sitz, the former MAC Delegate for Wonder Valley, has been teasing our stats out of media reports since May of 2017. 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 three arrests noted but one of the arrest was for 3 people, a father, mother, and daughter that came all the way from White Feather to do their work.

By Z107.7 News, on January 19th, 2019

By Z107.7 News, on February 1st, 2019

By Kurt Schauppner The Desert Trail Feb 1, 2019

USDA Food Distribution

The USDA Food Distribution will begin at 9:30 a.m. on TUESDAY, February 12 (NOT Feb. 1), 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 one neighbor, or they may pick up a box for you, IF you present a signed pick up form. One pick up per person. Pick up forms are available online at They are also available at the WVCC on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., and at the information kiosk at the WVCC the week before the event.

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

The text below is required.

Nondiscrimination StatementIn 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:, 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: 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Wonder Valley Community Meeting | February 9, 2019

Everyone is invited and wecome to attend the
Wonder Valley Community Meeting
from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, February 9, 2019

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

The meeting will be hosted by the
Friends of Wonder Valley, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization

The agenda will be posted at least 72 hours before the meeting at the
Wonder Valley Community Center, and online.

AGENDA:, posted 8:30 a.m., January 31, 2019
NOTES:, posted 12:30 p.m., February 9, 2019

We will be announcing the WV Community Cleanup on Saturday, March 23, and will be brainstorming ways to maximize the event. Come with ideas!

There will be refreshments.

Wonder Valley no longer has a MAC Delegate, as the MAC was dissolved in November. Our former MAC Delegate, Teresa Sitz, will chair this meeting. A new MAC will be forming and applications will be accepted later in February. We'll try to provide more information as it becomes available, but you can always talk to Teresa at to find out more about being a MAC Delegate.

Wonder Valley Experimental #11

5 p.m. to Midnight, Saturday, March 30, 2019
Wonder Valley Experimental 11
Hosted by Phog masheeen and Palms Restaurant
The Palms Restaurant
83131 Amboy Road,
Wonder Valley, California 92277

The eleventh edition of the preeminent hi-desert experimental music festival. Hours of amazement presented for free at the coolest bar on the planet. As if that wasn't enough, there is free camping on site the night of the event.
Here is the line up as of 1-16-19
11:40 PM Crank Sturgeon
11:20 Patio - Nitro Donkey

11:00 PM Enrichd White
10:40 PM Eric Dahlman (Boston)
10:20 PM Zwellz!
10:00 Patio J3M5

9:40 PM Trash Pandas of the Sky
9:20 PM Loop Goat
9:00 PM Violin K Sonata
8:40 Patio - War Hippy

8:20 PM The Brutal Poodle
8:00 PM Amps for Christ
7:40 PM Skunk Puppet
7:20 Patio - Martin Espino

7:00 PM  So Ar Shunna Sordal                         Sunset 7:07
6:40 PM The Hostile Hippies
6:20 PM Greychurch
6:00 Patio - Carey Fosse

5:40 PM Hongo Killer
5:20 PM Z.Vital
5:00 PM phog masheeen
4:00 Load in