Thursday, April 28, 2016

Desert Trail Column, April 28, 2016

The special meeting concerning the Local Agency Formation Commission was very interesting. How to dissolve our fire protection district and how to form a Community Service District were discussed, along with pros and cons of doing so. One eye-opening fact we found out was that it would cost $17,000 in LAFCO fees to form a CSD. Also, that there is really no advantage to dissolving our fire protection district if we plan on staying with San Bernardino County Fire. Along with LAFCO’s Kathleen Rollings-McDonald, SBCF Division Chief John Chamberlin was there to answer questions from the audience.

The Dale Basin Well Owner’s Association meeting will be held on Sunday, May 1 at our community center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road at Blower Road, at 4 pm. There will be a review of the by-laws, plus questions from the audience will be answered.

Darlene’s Commentary: Sadly, Carol Rogers, a 35-year resident of Wonder Valley, has passed away. Carol was a friend of mine, and everyone knew her as a gentle, easy-going, very kind person with a heart of gold. She leaves three children, Penny Root, Curtis Johnson and Vickie Buckley, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I will miss her, as will many people here in Wonder Valley and beyond. A memorial service will be held, but no date has been set yet.

Karen’s Commentary: I believe it was Melody Marks who told our Slice of Life group several years ago about receiving postcards from all over the world. She gave us a website address which I wrote down, but put in a “do later” file. Well, later finally came for that slip of paper, I checked out the website and was immediately hooked! Before I go any further, the website is It is SO neat! It’s all free, so check it out yourself. So far I’ve received postcards from Finland (my very first one), Romania, Holland, Belarus, Germany and the Netherlands.
Postcard Folder of Mojave Desert Art Print
Reach Out Morongo Basin will pick you up at The Palms on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 am to take you to the Twentynine Palms Nutrition Site for lunch. You will then be returned to The Palms at 2 pm. If you have a transportation problem, you can even be picked up and dropped off at your residence. Call 760-361-1410 for further information.

Handy Hint: Next time you peel a banana, start at the opposite end, not the stem. You’ll find few or none of those sticky, bothersome strings – they stay inside the banana peel.

Thought for Today:  In 1648, the first volunteer fire department was established in New York by Peter Stuyvesant.

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