• On Saturday evening, November 6th, come on over to the Johnson Valley Community Center to enjoy the comeback of our favorite feast!

We’ll have delicious roast turkey with all the trimmings to kick off the holiday season celebrations, only 7.00 per person, 4.00 for kids age 12 and under.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Dinner at 5:00. Skip lunch.

If all goes as planned, we will resume our First Saturday General Meetings after dessert. Find out what’s been going on around here, do some long-delayed business, and get updates on the Johnson Valley Improvement Association activities.

You do not have to be a JVIA member to attend, but of course, we welcome you to join or renew your membership for 2022.

No matter how much planning we do, the reality is,  JVIA only numbered 118 members for 2021. No one was coming inside the hall for breakfasts, dinners, or other regular activities – and our volunteer pool has shrunk! Although we must brag about the success of the JV Oktoberfest after so much inactivity all year, volunteers doing all the cooking and serving were overworked and exhausted.

Please consider donating some time helping out with shopping, cooking, serving, or cleanup chores. Other non-profits have the same experience. We are fortunate (thanks to earlier volunteers!) to have our A-rated kitchen to utilize to keep your Association going.

When you catch up at the General Meeting after the Turkey Dinner on November 6th and hear our maintenance and financial news, maybe you can come up with some new fundraising ideas. Suggestions are always welcome!

• ILLEGAL POT FARMS: At the Homestead Valley Community Council meeting last Monday, Captain Luke Niles confirmed the unmarked Blackhawk helicopter flying low over both sides of Hwy 247 was documenting illegal pot farms in the Johnson Valley area for Operation Hammer Strike busts. Hallelujah!

Also, a guest commenting at the HVCC meeting gave us another number to report suspicious activity to the Sheriff's Gangs/Narcotics Division: 800-473-7847.
If you wish to remain anonymous, call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-782-7463 or visit https://www.wetip.com/
Capt. Niles assured us both law enforcement and code enforcement are sharing all pot farm reports daily.

• OHV CLOSURE: Offroaders reminder! The USMC reminded us that the Johnson Valley OHV Shared Use Area is temporarily closed starting today, Friday, October 22, through Monday, November 1, for critical military training.

• CALFIRE: Also at HVCC, we met Battalion Chiefs Allison Hesterly and Travis Lemm, heading the newly realigned CalFire State Responsibility Areas adjoining JV. It was great to have CalFire representatives available to join us; we know fire season is all year round these days.

• SBCOUNTY FIRE:  Battalion Chief Danny Viloria urged everyone to come to Disaster Preparedness Day, this Saturday, October 23, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. in the Yucca Valley Walmart parking lot. Free information, live demos, survival skills!

• SB CHAPTER RED CROSS: speakers at the HVCC meeting discussed volunteering and resources available after the disaster. They will also set up in the Walmart parking lot to distribute info at Disaster Preparedness Day.

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• REDISTRICTING: A major topic affecting all residents in the Homestead Valley communities of Yucca Mesa, Flamingo Heights, Landers, and Johnson Valley: redrawing the lines using the 2020 Census population counts to determine which districts’ elected officials will represent you in the halls of government.

Which county, state, and federal voting districts can be redrawn to include the entire Homestead Valley, as well as Lucerne Valley, which shares so many issues with us?

Some maps shown on the projector at the HVCC look like the mapmakers do not even know Johnson Valley exists! Well, that’s not the first time.
However, JV was first settled by homesteaders in the fifties; JVIA has been in action for over 60 years.
More info to come on this item.

• Gift-shopping season is upon us and your best plan is shopping close to home – good for our local economy, of course, but even better for you if you like finding unusual or hand-crafted gifts and don’t want to pay increasingly large shipping costs.

Heard at the HVCC meeting: the Landers Craft Fair will be in operation on the second Saturdays of November and December between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at Belfield Hall. “Handmade in America” is good for everyone.

The Landers Open Air Market on the first Saturdays of November and December,  opens at the Moose Lodge on Reche Rd. from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

You may want to head on over to Landers after you finish your JV Saturday Breakfast ­– the early birds find the best selection! The Moose Lodge and Belfield Hall are both on Reche Rd. only minutes from JV (you save some gas ransom, too). From Hwy. 247, turn onto Reche Rd., go past the Landers Post Office. The Moose Lodge and Belfield Hall are a short distance ahead on your left.

p.s. You can always do some treasure-hunting at the Landers Thrift Store, too, located in Belfield Hall and open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Shop for gifts and for yourself and save big bucks.

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• You can sign up or renew for 2022 at Saturday Breakfast between 7:00 and 10:00 a.m. or online at www.johnsonvalley.com.

Or, see the application form attached
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Annual dues: still only 15.00 per person. Residents or property owners in Johnson Valley, eligible to vote or hold office, must sign up by January 31.

Member Sponsors’ donations with dues have built up reserves that paid insurance, taxes, and maintenance costs for JVIA even with the Community Center closed, with no fundraisers since March 2020!
Your generosity is always much appreciated.

To new readers of the JV NEWS who have not visited the Johnson Valley Community Center:

The address is 50567A Quailbush Rd. From Hwy 247, turn onto Larrea Rd, go 1-3/4 miles to Quailbush. The building is on your left at the corner.

The Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden is next to the parking lot, open to all.
We ask only that you PLEASE keep kids and dogs out of the garden railway layout! Running feet kick up dirt and debris on the tracks, LOTS of work to restore current to make the choo-choos go.

Keep smilin'

Betty Munson


Johnson Valley Weekly Neighborhood News
by Betty Munson