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:

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:


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)


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. 

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.


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. 

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.

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.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Wonder Valley Food Distributions Through October 2021

Here is a list of the 9 scheduled food distributions at the Wonder Valley Community Center for Wonder Valley residents through the month of October 2021. Facebook and NextDoor events for each distribution have been created to help folks remember the dates. 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Farmers to Families Produce Box Distribution

PLEASE NOTE: This USDA program was temporary and concluded at the end of May 2021.

USDA Farmers to Families Food Boxes of produce and dairy is available to Wonder Valley residents every Thursday from 10 a.m. until food runs out.

This is a drive-through produce distribution at the Wonder Valley Community Church at 82575 Amboy Road at Kuhn's Road. Pastor Lonnie & wife Jo Casper and local volunteers will begin distributing the food boxes at 10 a.m. or as soon as the food arrives from its regional distribution point in Joshua Tree on Thursday mornings.

Wonder Valley Community Church
82575 Amboy Road
Wonder Valley, CA 92277

USDA Farmers to Families Food Box program

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: How to File a Complaint, 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: 

mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
fax: (202) 690-7442; or
email: program.intake@usda.gov