Monday, November 29, 2021

Wonder Valley Forever 2021 - Sunday 12/19/2021

 After there were homesteads came a community. Then came the watering holes and places to meet. Please join Steve Reyes for a Sunday afternoon browsing a treasure trove of Wonder Valley historical photos.

We'll be visiting the California Agricultural Checkpoint before it because the Wonder Valley Volunteer Fire Department, look at gatherings of American Legion Post 729 and its Women's Auxiliary at Barnett's and the Palms, and the Wonder Valley Hiking Club on local outings and parading in 29 Palms' Pioneer Days.

Steve Reyes is a local historian who lives in Wonder Valley and collects stories, documents, artifacts and oral histories.

Sunday December 19, 2021 at 1 pm, the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526½ Amboy Road. 

The event is free and light refreshments will be served.

[This event is sponsored by the Friends of Wonder Valley and we encourage everyone to visit and join the Twentynine Palms Historical Society whose museum and state of the art archives contains a wealth of local history.]

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Dale Basin Well Owners Association, Saturday November 13, 2021


The Dale Basin Well Owners Association's (DBWOA) bi-annual membership meeting will be held Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 11 a.m. the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526½ Amboy Road in Wonder Valley.

The Dale Basin Well Owners Association aims to provide a unified and legal entity in all matters related to the Dale Basin aquifer and its well owners' interests. Founded over 32 years ago, the DBWOA is nonpolitical and advocates for conservation measures to protect the natural desert aspects of the Dale Basin Area and preserve its waters from intrusion by outside interests.

Last Spring a working subcommittee was constituted and tasked with reviewing the DBOWA's mission and bylaws, updating its communications and outreach, and a renewed focus on current threats including proliferating illegal cannabis 'grows,' groundwater mining, and the impact of the continuing drought. The subcommittee met several times over the Spring and Summer to prepare its recommendations to the general membership.

Long time Wonder Valley resident and member of the DBWOA Jim Copeland will provide a short presentation on the history of the Dale Basin aquifer and efforts to protect it.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Membership is open to well owners in Wonder Valley for $5 a year (hurry, before annual dues go up!). Please attend and bring your well owning neighbors.

For more information, contact the Dale Basin Well Owners Association at info@dalebasinwellowners.org

See previous Dale Basin Well Owners posts

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Joshua Springs 29 Palms Campus

 


They're HERE.

Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel is now in control of the former Godwin Christian Fellowhip on Godwin near Highway 62. 

For a brief period between the closing of GCF and the transfer to JSCC we had an egalitarian ratio of churches to bars -- 1:1. Now there will be 100% more churches than there previously were, and 100% more churches than bars. Le sigh.

The new church already has a website up:
https://www.joshuasprings.com/29palms

The "launching date" is Sunday, October 17, 2021 at 10:00 am. 


Sunday, August 29, 2021

Wonder Valley Stories

 One of our local interweb geniuses has created a new Wonder Valley website:

WONDER VALLEY STORIES
https://www.wondervalleystories.com/blog

The site is beautiful and easy to use, and already contains some fabulous WV content.




Jack Rabbit Homestead History

Interview with George Howell by Gary Tufel

Thanks to all involved for this wonderful project!

WVCC COORDINATOR: Apply from 9/4/2021 through 9/17/2021

The County of San Bernardino invites application for the position of of
Community Center Coordinator - Wonder Valley (PSD/Extra Help)
Job Number: 21-50223WV-01 (Active beginning September 4, 2021)

SALARY: Hourly
APPLY BY: 5:00 p.m., 09/17/2021
Applicants are encouraged to apply online: http://www.sbcounty.gov/jobs 
(Active beginning September 4, 2021)

DOWNLOAD THE FLIER AND QUESTIONNAIRE: 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-deZDG4Jl6KFKCZOEzKfCGj05QeLAP80/view?usp=sharing

THE POSITION:
The Special Districts Department, Parks and Recreation Division , is recruiting for a PSA/Extra Help Community Center Coordinator to perform general and routine oversight of facility activities and reservations, assuring buildings and grounds are clean, safe, and orderly for scheduled activities and usage. This position is located in Wonder Valley, and is currently scheduled for 15-20 hours per week. Wonder Valley is located approximately 2 hours/100 miles from downtown San  Bernardino.

Primary duties consist of locking and unlocking the building; answering phones, ordering supplies, and filing; reserving rooms, collecting rental fees, and issuing receipts; readying the building for scheduled activities (arrangement of chairs, etc.); cleaning the building (including floors, common areas, restrooms, sinks, counters, windows, and emptying of trash); and monitoring grounds, playground, and park areas. 

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
AVAILABILITY: Must be available to work in Wonder Valley. This is an extra-help, non-regular Public Service Employee (PSE) position. This position works approximately 15-20 hours per week and required availability to work evenings and weekends/holidays as needed. Successful candidates shall be considered at-will throughout the term of employment. 

LICENSE: A valid California Class C Driver License must be provided at the time of hire and maintained throughout employment.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Must be able to frequently lift and/or carry items weighing 10 pounds and up to 50 pounds, stoop, kneel, crouch, bend over, crawl, and perform other physical activities in the performance of job duties for this position.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

EXPERIENCE: Six (6) months of paid work experience in office procedures, custodial duties, grounds caretaker practices, or building/facilities maintenance.
NOTE: Ensure your qualifying experience is clearly detailed in your work history section of the application. 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
The ideal candidate will have prior experience in a municipal parks and recreation program, school district, or related public service industry, especially with coordinating reservations and use of computer programs.

SELECTION PROCESS
There will be a competitive evaluation of qualifications based on the information provided in the Application and/or Resume. As well as the information provided as a response to the Supplemental Questionnaire. You are encouraged to include detailed descriptions of you qualifying experience and skills, as only the most highly qualified applicants will be referred to the Department. 

The Human Resources Department reserves the right to modify the examination process in accordance with the Personnel Rules and accepted selection practices.

Applications may be obtained and filed online at: http://www.sbcounty.gov/jobs
(909) 387-8304 - TTY Users:711
175 West Fifth Street, 1st Floor, San Bernardino, CA 92415

An Equal Employment Opportunity and ADA Compliant Employer

Issue Date: 09/04/2021

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Two Fires in August 2021.

Two properties, both appearing uninhabited, burned this month. 

The first was on the west side of Barbara Lane, reported at 11:33 a.m., on  August 4, 2021.*

The second fire was on the east side of Shelton Road, reported at 2:42 a.m., on August 21, 2021.* The remains of the fire were still smoking this morning when this photograph was taken. This was the pink house.

Both fires were listed as 451s. California Penal Code 451 PC states that “a person is guilty of arson when he or she willfully and maliciously sets fire to or burns or causes to be burned or who aids, counsels, or procures the burning of, any structure, forest land, or property.”

*The Morongo Basin Sheriff's Department Media Summary records the calls at these times. 


Sunday, August 1, 2021

Wonder Valley Community Center.


 Last Friday (July 30) I resigned as Coordinator of the Wonder Valley Community Center. I worked there for the last 3½ years, on top of (and a bit concurrent with) the years I put in as the MAC rep (Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Committee). Working at the WVCC has been one of my favorite jobs ever. Why am I leaving? I am retiring. It’s time to make room for someone new.

The Friends of Wonder Valley will continue working closely with the Special Districts Department and the WVCC, as supporting the Community Center is one of our organizational goals.

Starting this coming Monday (August 2), the WVCC will be open from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Frank Haggard, of the SDD, will be keeping the building open until a new coordinator is hired. 

Thank you all for the opportunity to serve this community. It has truly been an honor.