Friday, April 3, 2020

Sense of community in tough times

This column will be a little different from my previous columns because our world has changed a bit over the last weeks.  As you know I mostly write about music and entertainment and I've written a bit on my experiences here in our little neck of the woods.

Today I want to share why I love this community.

Wonder Valley has a vibe, it's how we as a community work together and prop each other up. Much of that vibe is felt the moment one walks into the Palms. It's the felling of camaraderie and oneness that hits me right away. I've only really felt that one other time in my life and it was at my little honkytonk in Austin called Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon. I'm not a religious person but Ginny's was as close to a church as this old atheist has ever experienced. The Palms is just like that. It just feels spiritual.

Since our shelter in place order I've attended one of the virtual brunches set up by our friend Kevin Bone and setting aside everyone figuring out the conferencing software it went swimmingly. The same spiritual vibe was present on the interwebs as sitting at the bar with friends and a Bloody Mary. Although I hope our need to have them goes away I will surely attend each one as long as I am able.

I want to ask you all to stay positive and support your neighbors and friends as we try to get to the other side of this pandemic.  I hope to be writing about our adventures in sound and stage here in Wonder Valley again soon. But no matter how many months that takes keep the music playing not only on your record or CD player but in your heads. Music is the life of the party and keeps us moving and grooving on.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Drinking water available at Station 44 in Twentynine Palms.

I used to go to the Oasis Visitor's Center on Utah Trail to fill up our water jugs. They have a tap there for the tourists and campers and a handfull of locals. I'd always run into a few of our neighbors there.

Joshua Tree National Park recently closed to visitors, and since I'm stuck at home I've been unable to verify if the tap is still open for use. So I called Mark Lundquist at Supervisor Rowe's office to ask if County Fire could leave a water tap open for us.

Mark called around and was able to get County Fire to agree to leave a hose for people to fill up with drinking water. They asked that you take no more than 10 gallons per visit. The hose is on the south side of the building near the gate. The hose has a nozzle on it. All normal precautions should be taken: clean the nozzle before you fill your containers.

Station 44 is at 6560 Adobe Rd, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277. Water will be available between daylight hours. Please close the water when you're done.

PS If ayone hears that the spigot at the Oasis Center is still open, please let me know.
Teresa -

Crime Stats for March 2020.

The Sheriff’s Department stopped providing us data on their service in October of 2016. Our MAC Delegate, Teresa SItz, combs through the media reports each month and sifts out the crime stats for Wonder Valley. These are unofficial statistics, subject to a small margin of error.

There was one arrest listed for March, but it was for 3 people.

Many of the calls (20) were for illegal OHV (off highway vehicle) traffic. Two of the reports were for burglary.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Cases of coronavirus climb; two positive tests in Yucca Valley.

Stacey Moore wrote in an article in today's Desert Star, that there were no cases of Covid-19 listed in Twentynine Palms, or on the Base. She added, though, that "Cases in unincorporated communities like Joshua Tree, Morongo Valley and Landers are not listed by the county."

Since as many as 1 in 6 people in California live in unincorporated communities, it will be essential that our positive results and our deaths are counted among all the others. We will need to know what is going on in our communities.

We must also continue to live as if the virus is already in our community, and it very well may be. So keep washing your hands and maintaining your distance. If you're the type of person who prays, keep it up.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Godwin Fellowship Meets in Parking Lot.

We are delighted to inform you that Godwin Christian Fellowship will
conduct all services in a DRIVE-IN format for the foreseeable future!
Everyone will be safely served while in the comfort of their own vehicles! 
Come enjoy spirited singing and wholesome 
fellowship on our beautiful parking lot! 

Every Sunday at 10:30 AM. 
There is always hope in GOD! Please join us!!
Pastor Max Rossi
Godwin Christian Fellowship
6389 Godwin Road
Wonder Valley/29 Palms, CA 92277

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Wonder Valley Sand Paper online.

The Wonder Valley Sand Paper, published now and then by Ken and Teresa Sitz, will be online for the foreseeable future. The WVSP began as a hard copy only publication designed to get people OUT of their cabins once a week. It was distributed at The Palms Restaurant and Bar and at the Wonder Valley Community Center. Now that both of those venues are closed, the WVSP will be available online, so STAY IN your cabins and read the WVSP online.

For the March 29, 2020 issue, go to:

And remember,
"The WVSP is published by Ken and Teresa Sitz as the spirit moves. If you want something more regular, publish your own paper. If you don’t read the WVSP you’ll be uninformed. If you do read it, you’ll be misinformed. The editors are not responsible. For more information, please re-read."

Local business closed by Sheriff's Department.

After gunshots heard at a home, multiple arrests made

from The Desert Independent