Thursday, July 4, 2019

Desert Trail Column - July 4, 2019

Earthjustice, who represents all clients free of charge and is the nation’s largest nonprofit environmental law organization, has successfully challenged Cadiz Inc.’s plan to sell groundwater, a project that many say threatens our fragile Southern California desert. Cadiz Inc. is a public company that owns private land just east of Joshua Tree National Park and adjacent to the Sheephole Valley Wilderness area. As early as 1984, the company was investigating the potential of the aquifer system beneath its property. The resulting current plan was to extract 16 billion gallons of water annually to sell to densely populated areas of Southern California at a steep profit. The court has now determined that the pipeline should not have been approved, and the Bureau of Land Management has been ordered to reconsider the project’s approval.
The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council meeting will take place on Monday, July 10 at Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst, at 5:30 p.m. Our Wonder Valley representative Steve Reyes encourages everyone to attend and help him present Wonder Valley’s concerns to our San Bernardino County Supervisor Dawn Rowe.
On a sad note, long-time Wonder Valley resident Marlene Roberts passed away on June 24 in Yucca Valley. Marlene was a member of the Wonder Valley Community Church, and her church family was with her at the time of her peaceful passing. She was born in Arizona in 1932, and her ashes will be interred in Kellogg, Idaho. Marlene was helpful, witty and a wonderful friend to the many people who loved her. She was a child of God and led many to the Lord over the years. There will be a Celebration of Life at the church, 83131 Amboy Road at Kuhns Road, on July 13 at 11 a.m. where refreshments will be provided. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the church or to any organization that benefits wolves. Marlene loved wolves.
Handy Hint: Have you ever forgotten a load of laundry in the washer? If so, that mildew odor can be pretty bad and hard to get rid of. The simple solution is to rewash the entire load with one cup of white vinegar.

Today’s Thought: In an article entitled “Be Kind Every Day” in the May 2018 issue of Woman’s Day Magazine, a couple says that they spent many days at their daughter’s bedside during her hospitalization. The best care package they received arrived on Cinco de Mayo, when a friend sent them margarita mix, fun cups, straws and maracas. That must have provided a wonderful little break from the constant concern and worry over a sick child.
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.