Sunday, July 5, 2020

New bumpersticker in town.

Local / artist / desert rat Ken Sitz designed and printed a passel of these lovely bumperstickers in time for the 4th of July. If you know someone who knows someone you can get one.

"Don't miss the abyss!" Love that.

Bars are closed.

San Bernardino County Wire Update for July 1, 2020

"In addition to mandating the closure of all bars in the 19 counties, the state has ordered the closing of indoor operations for restaurants; movie theaters; family entertainment centers; wineries, breweries and tasting rooms; card rooms; and zoos and museums."

"Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “We simply have to do better in the fight against this virus. It is still not the time to get together with friends and extended families. And wearing masks while in public really has to become second nature.”

Friday, July 3, 2020

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Desert Trail Column - July 1, 2020

Somehow we omitted a very important date in last week’s column – the wedding anniversary of Ken and Teresa Sitz. They have been together for 20 years and we wish them a belated but sincere happy anniversary!
And this week we are sending out best wishes to Penny and Ron Root who are celebrating 27 years together. Happy anniversary, Ron and Penny!
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the Walnut Creek Police Department are asking for Wonder Valley’s help in locating a missing woman. She is 37-year-old Erika Lloyd. She is 5’ 4”, weighs 125 pounds and has dark brown hair and blue eyes. She has a small tattoo on the inside of her left wrist and a larger tattoo on her back. Her car was found abandoned and vandalized near Highway 62 and Shelton Road. If you have seen her or have heard anything about her whereabouts, please call 760-366-4175 or simply dial 911. Her family is totally devastated and extremely worried about her so please help if you can.

Karen's Commentary: Twice in the past week I’ve walked into a public establishment without a mask. I can hardly believe it. I’m so gung-ho on keeping the masks on in order to bring this pandemic to an end, and I’ve just walked right in without one! This just shows how easy it is to get distracted and forget about following guidelines, no matter how important they are. We’ll all be happy when this is over, but we have to work at it in order for it to actually be over.
Darlene’s Commentary: How do you clean clutter off your desk? First, make sure you have a clear walkway and a good chair! Box up everything that doesn’t even belong in that room, let alone on your desk, to be taken to where they belong. Try out every pen to make sure it writes before giving it space in your desk drawer. Plastic zipper bags are great for containing small items. You can also use those small gift boxes that you don’t have the heart to throw away, but never use!
Wonder Valley Community Church, 82575 Amboy Road at Kuhns Road, is again holding regular church services every Sunday at 9 a.m. Please call Pastor Lonnie Casper at 760-401-6128 or 760-391-0480 for further information.
Handy Hint: Have your computer search for savings! Honey is a free extension you add to your web browser. When you shop online, click on the icon and it searches for coupons. Go to for information.
Today’s Thought: Never miss an opportunity to sleep on a screened-in porch.

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

Monday, June 29, 2020

All fireworks are illegal in Wonder Valley and adjacent.

Do not do this at home or away.
San Bernardino County Fireworks Facts
Fireworks are NOT permitted in
unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County.

Firework Safety from the San Bernardino County Fire Department

If you choose to disobey the law and use fireworks anyway remember that the nearest hospital is more than 30 miles away. If you are out at the mines it may take the fire department more than an hour to find you or your children, pick you up, and get you out.

I'm only saying this because of couple of young boys had to be airlifted out a couple of years ago.

Two boys sustain serious injuries with fireworks east of Twentynine Palms

To make an anonymous report, residents may visit Be sure to include the date, time, and specific location of the alleged activity. Any photos and videos of incidents will aid in the investigation of alleged violations. Photos and videos may be included in the submission of each report.

Off road vehicles are illegal in incorporated areas, and shooting is illegal, too. The locals WILL call the Sheriff's Department. They have patrols out on the holidays. This is not a wasteland. People live here.

Okay, SBC. Don't mess it up.

The state hasn't set the bar very high, so don't get sloppy. Wear masks. Don't crowd the bars. Keep some social distance, and wash your hands for two rounds of "Happy Birthday to you," or it's back to drinking at home!

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Desert Trail Column - June 24, 2020

The drive-thru food distribution went very smoothly, as usual. Some participants are hoping that it will continue in this manner even after the pandemic is over. It is run very efficiently and seems to save a lot of time. Of course this is only one side of the coin. Perhaps the volunteers see it in a different light. For one thing, at this time of year it is hot out there in the sun. The people taking down information really need a pop-up to stand underneath. And perhaps two or three pop-ups would help the people loading boxes into the vehicles, too. It also may be that the “getting ready” phase takes a lot longer – or perhaps it is easier and/or faster. All these things and more should be taken into consideration. It seems that some good will certainly come out of this pandemic because it has forced people to accomplish things in a completely different manner. Surely many new ways of doing things will prove to be surprisingly better than before.
Potholes abound on Amboy and Godwin – Wonder Valleyites, unite! Phone calls need to be made to the County Roads Department on a DAILY basis until ALL the potholes are repaired with something that lasts longer than a week! The number to call is 760-366-3572. Tell them which road (Amboy or Godwin), which lane of travel (southbound, eastbound, etc.) and the nearest cross street (just east of Meriwether, 1/4-mile south of Becker, etc). Remember, the squeaky wheel gets the grease!

We send out Rainbows-of-Pearls-and-Roses to Josiah Bevins who turns 11 this week. Happy birthday, Josiah!
Karen’s Commentary: I sent out hundreds of coupons this week to U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine and Army bases in Japan, Guam, Germany, Spain, Sicily and Italy.
Darlene’s Commentary: I’m pretty sure a small cluster of tiny fine cacti got stuck in my sock because my ankle was raw. I ended up just throwing the sock away. I gently washed the whole area with soap and water, but when I started to pat it dry I discovered that I was just pounding the little needles deeper into my ankle! It was really painful. You will find that when a big foot steps into a little wonderland of these tiny sharp spines they bend to just the right degree and leave you with a souvenir you can’t get rid of! So if you love to clomp around in bare feet, sandals or socks, get yourself a back scratcher and keep it handy so you won’t need to bend down constantly to scratch your ankles! Now where’s my scratcher?
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.