Thursday, April 7, 2016

Desert Trail Column, April 6, 2016

The special meeting about County Service Districts was very interesting and informative. A CSD is best described as falling somewhere in between an incorporated city (such as Twentynine Palms) and an unincorporated area (such as Wonder Valley). Morongo Valley’s General Manager Donna Munoz and Board President Gayl Swarat were kind enough to give us an overview of their area’s experiences over the years as a CSD. They presented pros and cons, plus how they’re currently dealing with a financial shortfall for their fire department. A CSD may be a solution to our fire service dilemma. has generously offered to provide free wifi at our Wonder Valley Community Center, along with free installation of equipment. The money to purchase the equipment has been donated by Wonder Valley residents, and we thank them along with so very much.

On Saturday, April 9, The Palms, 83131 Amboy Road, will be presenting Wonder Valley Experimental 8, a music festival featuring 20 bands. Music starts at 5 pm, and free onsite tent or car camping will be available festival night. Call 760-361-2810 or go to for further information.

The Wonder Valley Monthly Meeting will take place on Monday, April 11 at our community center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road, from 9 to 11 am. Kristine Scott from SoCal Gas will speak about the gas pipeline that runs through our area, and Brad Dunning will speak about his desire to restore the neon on our WV Community Center sign. Call Teresa Sitz at 760-865-9550 for further information.

On Monday, April 11, the Basinwide Municipal Advisory Council meeting will take place at the Joshua Tree Community Center at 6171 Sunburst in Joshua Tree from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Our MAC representative Teresa Sitz will be there to discuss items relative to Wonder Valley.

Happy birthday, Miss Charlotte!!!
We send out Rainbows-of-Diamonds-and-Sweet-Peas to Charlotte Williams who turns 83 this week. Happy birthday, Charlotte!

We are so saddened to hear that our fellow columnist, Mary Reeves, has passed away. Mary wrote the Desert Heights News, and her columns were always filled with goings-on at the Eagles Aerie, CERT training, Connie Chaffin’s Feathers ‘N’ Fur and so many other causes, always to help others. She will be missed by many, but always remembered.

The Animal Action League, located on Highway 62 just west of the dinosaurs in Joshua Tree, provides low-cost spay and neuter services, vaccinations and microchips for dogs and cats. Nail trimming for dogs costs only $5. Call 760-366-1100 for information.

Handy Hint: Reinforce knees of new pants by putting iron-on patches on the insides.

Thought for Today: “Wisdom begins with wonder.” – Socrates

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