Friday, December 26, 2014

Hi-Desert Star Column #204

Our little Community enjoyed sunny skies, with a wee chill in the air this Christmas. Our week began with a Tiramisu, coffee and champagne party at the Sitz’s on Monday. On Tuesday, Jim and I made Beef Wellington to share with a few Mesa Neighbors who joined us for a Christmas Eve eve party. We rocked it: the Beef was magnificent: so tender and a perfect medium-rare!

On Wednesday, we visited with our foster Son, Cody and his wonderful Family. We ate Pizza and opened our prezzies, while catching up on the latest happenings in life. Our youngest grandson shrieked in delight when he opened his gift; while his big brother created sheets and sheets of beautiful pictures with his new Artists’ set. It was a lovely visit and we all agreed: we need to make the effort to see each other more often.

On the 25th, we delivered the first half of our Christmas gift to our very dear Friends: Roberta and her son, Billy; who live close by the Joshua Tree National Park entrance. At 8:15 on a horribly windy morning, we arrived to feed their horses and goats, as they were visiting Family out of town. Even though it was cold and blustery; it’s always a delight to hang out with the horses and the goats are so characterful. We drove the 43-mile return trip again, late Christmas afternoon, to complete the Gift!

I felt so thankful to be around the Horses: I love them so much. You know I am the “Kenya Cowgirl”! I sure miss Candy Apple Red, our beautiful Appaloosa mare, who died in 2005. Anyhooo; I hope you enjoyed a wonderfully festive week with Loved Ones and delicious Grub! Now, we’re off to the New Year at a hearty gallop, eh?

Just a reminder: the last Potluck Party of the year is happening this afternoon at the Community Center, from 4pm. Should be a good one; with delicious Christmas leftovers, methinks!

It’s been an amazing year for me; sincere thanks and love to you all. Tally Ho, stay well and Happy 2015!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hi-Desert Star Column #203

Our little Community held the monthly Board meeting at the Center last Saturday morning. We enjoyed an uneventful session and took care of business at hand. I rushed off to the Blakbox Theater in Joshua Tree immediately after the meeting, to join other Copper Mountain College Multimedia students backstage. All our equipment was already set up, because we spent hours the previous Thursday, making sure everything was working properly and ready to go.

We filmed the matinee Christmas performance on Saturday afternoon. The Joshua Tree Philharmonic Orchestra, affectionately known as JPHIL, expertly conducted by Jarrod Radnich, put on a wonderful performance and we got some really good footage. Part of the entertainment was the “live mix” we were able to project onto the screen behind the orchestra, showing live shots of the performers and of the audience themselves. At 7pm, we filmed the evening performance, which also went flawlessly. Not surprisingly, all the JPHIL Christmas performances were sold out. This was the second year that I was involved in the filming of the Christmas Show and I continue to be very impressed with JPHIL’s professionalism and standard of play. Jolly good show all of you!

[ Check the 2013 Christmas footage on YouTube. ]

The Fall 2014 semester at Copper Mountain College ended last Wednesday and School’s Out until January 12th 2015. We are so proud of our very own Community College and what a great holiday gift: send yourself or a loved one to College! We have a beautiful Campus, great Staff; fabulous Faculty and all sorts of programs to help you, including financial aid. Register for the Spring 2015 semester right now and I’ll see you at School next year!

Big show going on tonight, at The Palms Bar and Restaurant on Amboy road in downtown Wonder Valley. High Noon Whiskey and Friends will be performing for you and, of course, our all-time-favorites, The Sibleys, are playing too. Great food and drinks, with no cover charge: the Show starts at 8pm.

May you enjoy your Holidays, however you choose to celebrate! I wish you lots of love; warmth; full tummies and happy hearts this Season. Stay well!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hot Rocks, Bad Luck

Last Saturday High Desert Test Sites hosted an event at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center. Ryan Thompson and Phil Orr, the authors of Bad Luck, Hot Rocks: Conscience Letters and Photographs from the Petrified Forest gave a slide show presentation to a packed house.

Believing a curse accompanies pieces of petrified wood purloined from the park, tourist return the rocks with letters of remorse, recounting the bad luck that has befallen them since making off with the rocks. The letter range from touching to tender to ridiculous, and afforded the authors the opportunity to shed light on different generations of conservation practices.

It was wonderful to see so many cars lined up outside the Center, and more than 50 people inside. Kudos to CMMCA board member Kip Fjelt for helping host this event and for the vision to reach out to High Desert Test Sites.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Hi-Desert Star Column #202

Our little Community held another well-attended Breakfast, last Saturday December 6th. While Jay Babcock, Steve Tuttle, Ken Sitz and Kip Fjeld managed the prepping and cheffing; Daniel Gray did the dishes; Patrick Whalen and I ordered and served, whilst our beautiful Cashier, Teresa Sitz completed the team. The Thrift Room was hopping too and Susie Gardner, who runs the Room now, said her morning was very busy indeed!

Lavendar and a lovely butterfly, just outside the Center.
I left right after breakfast was over, because I had to go home and do a little fluffing and grooming on myself! Copper Mountain College put on a spectacular event over at the Ada Hatch Center. Over 140, 5”x7” canvas Art works were donated by well-known Artists, as well as Student Artists still finding their style. There were some totally awesome pieces. At 4:30pm the doors opened and the four of us who were assisting Patrons connect with their Art work of choice, watched wide-eyed as the Hordes descended upon us! The pace was fast and furious and about an hour later, most of the pieces had found a new home! The proceeds from this “49bucks Art Show” will provide Scholarships for serious-minded, hard-working, talented Art Students attending Copper Mountain College, our very own, amazing local College.

If you missed the Event, there’s still a chance to connect with your chosen Art piece. Call CMC at (760)366-3791 and talk to Professor Cathy Allen. She has the remaining works displayed in her office and you can set up an appointment with her to view them. You won’t be sorry; there are still some wonderful creations for sale; just 49bucks!

This morning at 10am, we are conducting our monthly Copper Mountain Mesa Community Association Board Meeting. Please join us; meetings are informative and entertaining.

Later, High Desert Test Sites are putting on an Event from 3-5pm at the Community Center. Check out all the information around this Event at: for all the info, regarding people who have stolen petrified wood from protected areas and experienced hideous bad luck, until they returned their “souvenirs”! Fascinating; Stay well!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Hi-Desert Star Column #201

Our little Community Breakfast is going on this Saturday morning, December 6th, from 8-11am. The Community Center will be all warm and cozy, with the smells of a delicious Breakfast being cooked specially for you, wafting through the room! Our last Breakfast of the year; can you believe how fast 2014 has flown by? With the holidays just around the corner, now would be a marvelous time to pay a visit to our Thrift Room too! Loaded with goodies of all persuasions, it’s a magical place to shop. Please stop by; we can’t wait to see you.

A yummy community breakfast and thrift store shopping in the "Treasure Room"!
Another must-do Event this Saturday afternoon, is the 49 bucks Art Show, beginning at 4pm. Artists from all over the Morongo Basin donated more than 140 pieces of Art; proceeds from which will fund scholarships for Art Students at Copper Mountain College. Hors d’oeuvres will be served; there is a cash bar. Guests will be given half an hour to decide which masterpiece to purchase for 49 bucks; but the identity of the Artist will not be revealed until the item has been paid for. The Sales begin at 4:30pm. Please join us at the Ada Hatch Center, next to the Copper Mountain College on Rotary Way, in Joshua Tree. This is a really good Show; you won’t want to miss it and CMC Art Students are truly thankful for your patronage and generosity. Another great gift-buying opportunity too!

We received some much-needed rain this week. No flooding or electrical storms; just soft, misty moisture and incredibly low clouds. Our view of the Joshua Tree National Park was overcast for a few days, as the glorious smell of the saturated Desert permeated the air.

This Tuesday December 9th, we are holding our monthly PTSD Group at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center. We begin at 6pm and usually get done by 7:20-ish. I am finding it very beneficial and I know other Group participants are too. Starlyn Eckerman from Pacific Clinics facilitates the meetings: she is kind, patient, compassionate and does an all-around great job.

Hope to see you; stay well!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Hi-Desert Star Column #200

Our little Copper Mountain Mesa Community was a beautiful home to wake up to on Thanksgiving Day. Clear, blue skies; bright, warm sunshine: yes Neighbors, we are indeed most fortunate to be allowed to live here. Walking with Abigail our golden, Desert Pup; I looked out over our Neighborhood: a hundred square miles, with cabins scattered here and there. I truly Love this remote Desert Mesa and I am Thankful I get to wake up here, amongst my Neighbors, every single day. I sincerely hope you all had a beautiful Day too; wherever your neck-o’-the-woods may be!

We’ve been graded! Coyote Valley Road, Sonora, Winters, Copper Moon, Presswood and others showed signs of scraping and brushing; or whatever it is they do. Sadly, the improvement barely lasted a day and a half on the Coyote Valley curve and hill. In all the 21 years I’ve lived up here, I’ve never seen the dirt roads so bad for so long. Our poor truck is just a joke at this point! If you hear Jim and I rattling along in town, in our white S-10, with an oak board across the top of the truckbed desperately trying to keep it together; wave! We’ve made it another day with our vehicle; yay! So many things to be thankful for out here on the Mesa!

This weekend is your last chance to see the Art Exhibition by the extraordinarily gifted Students of Copper Mountain College. The month-long Show at the Glass Outhouse Gallery in Wonder Valley, closes at 5pm this Sunday, so please stop by to see us. I will be there from 1 o’clock, Sunday afternoon. I am certain the wide variety of Art displaying so many subjects and nuances, will delight you. The prices on most Art works are very reasonable and with the Holidays just around the corner, what great gifts they would make!

The Glass Outhouse in Wonder Valley hosts the Copper Mountain College Student Art Show.
Next Saturday, December 6th, we are holding our monthly First Saturday breakfast, from 8-11. We’ve been attracting more and more amazing Morongo Basin residents and we hope you will grace us with your presence too. Stay well!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hi-Desert Star Column #199

Our little Community is holding the monthly Potluck Party today; instead of the usual last Saturday of the month. While the theme for Potluck will be Thanksgiving, we are encouraged to bring food which has nothing to do with Turkey Day.

Beautiful sunrise over the Center. Come check it out!
Here’s wishing everyone a wholeheartedly wonderful Thanksgiving this year. We have so much to be thankful for, living here in our most splendiforous neck-o’-the-woods! May you enjoy unity, companionship and all that is loving this Thanksgiving. Big hugzzz!

There’s been a lot of complaining about the state of our dirt roads. Coyote Valley road is truly appalling where it goes up the hill and around the corner. I drive that way to College every weekday and my poor little truck is so battered from all the bumping, that the bed has literally ripped away from its moorings and is hanging on by tape and an oak board across the back! A Neighbor wrote a letter of complaint and here’s an excerpt of the answer received from the County:
“Due to the additional cost of storm repairs from the previous year and this year we had to suspend grading for the month of October in Copper Mountain due to insufficient  funds. The grading will resume on Nov. 24. Also we are reducing the monthly grading schedule from 32 hours to 24 hours in order to build  up a cash contingency for use in case of additional storm activity or other unforeseen events. 
The grading contractor has been instructed to concentrate on the primary roads at this time. I have forwarded your request to the grading contractor and he will make every effort to grade other roads if time permits.” 
It was also suggested that we post a speed limit of 25 mph, as this will supposedly cut down the wear and tear on the roads.

The amazing Wonder Valley Musicfest was held at The Palms last Saturday; hosted by Ben Vaughn. He also hosts “The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn” radio show every Sunday at 3pm on Z107.7 and plays truly superb songs. So tune in and stay well!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Drive 25 mph and save the roads

ROAD LIST FOR R-19 (2014)

Winters, from Friendship to Sun Gold
Poleline, from Lear to Friendship
Friendship, from Poleline to Winters
Lear, all
Coyote Valley (Sunfair Hill), from La Brisa to Sonora
Sonora, from Coyote Valley to Mt Shadow
Mt Shadow, from Sonora to Telford
La Brisa, all
Moonlight Mesa, all
Telford, all                                                          
Olson, all

Shoshone Valley, all
Presswood, from Lear to Friendship
Winters, from Lear to Friendship
Kachina (Lynn), all
Applegate, all
Coyote Valley, from Sonora to Base Boundary
Old Chisolm, all
Coppermoon, all
Sonora, from Coyote Valley to Friendship
Cady, from Coyote Valley to Winters
Giant Rock, from Mt Nebo to Border
Mt Nebo, all



From John Bradford
Special Districts Department
Assistant Regional Manager
Phone: 909-387-5940 |  Fax: 909-387-5542

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hi-Desert Star Column #198

Our little Community held two important meetings last Saturday. At noon, outgoing President Kathy Quinn called the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Association Board meeting to order. We Pledged Allegiance to the Flag and the meeting commenced. Afterwards, we enjoyed a delicious Pizza lunch outside in the sunshine, under vivid blue skies.

At 2pm, the Annual General Membership Meeting was called to order. Three Board seats were up for grabs, so we had a chat about who would and who would not like to serve their Community. Kathy Quinn, Kip Fjeld and I were re-elected, with no nays; so the CMMCA Board is back in business! I volunteered to be Madam Prez for the year and led the meeting to its conclusion; although it took me a minute to remember how these things are supposed to be run. Earl Wilbert, who is one of our most elderly Elders, said he’d get us a copy of General Roberts’ “Roberts’ Rules of Order”, because we all needed a refresher course in how meetings are supposed to be conducted. Thank You, dear Earl; we love You and don’t know how we’d manage without you!

Earl Wilbert, Mary Helen Tuttle and Ray Foyil
On Monday, November 17th, we will be holding the USDA Food Give-away at the Community Center on Winters Road. Our Volunteer Crew chief Bill Treas, is in contact with Brandon: planning chief with the County, regarding the USDA food distribution. Chris van Nortrick is proving herself to be very organized, efficiently running the food give-away administration; while all the regular Volunteers show up like clockwork every third Monday of the month. Thanks for all you do, Neighbors!

The monthly Potluck Party will be held next Saturday, November 22nd; the weekend before Thanksgiving. While the theme will be about ‘Giving Thanks’, we are discouraged from bringing actual turkey stuff, seeing as we’ll all be royally stuffed on Thanksgiving Day! So, just bring your regular fare and favorites to the Potluck.

The Wonder Valley Music Fest is happening tonight at the Palms and yes, the Sibleys are playing; yay! CMC Students still showing at the Glass Outhouse Gallery this weekend. Stay well!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hi-Desert Star Column #197

Our little Community is holding our fiscal year-ending Copper Mountain Mesa Community Association Board Meeting today, Saturday November 8th. This begins at 12pm/noon: I gave the wrong times in last week’s Column. Afterwards, a light lunch will be served, giving Members plenty of time to enjoy a nice chat with their Neighbors! At 2pm, the Annual General Meeting will begin. The candidates for the three available Board Member seats will introduce themselves and the General Membership will cast their votes. These important meetings will take place at the CMM Community Center, 65-336 Winters Road; 4 miles East of Border Avenue; 5 miles West of Lear Avenue. I hope to see all Copper Mountain Mesa Members, Residents and Supporters later, yay!

Our monthly Breakfast last Saturday, was well-attended; with about 63 people served. Our Guests arrived at a nice, steady clip so we never felt too pressured. Also, the new Breakfast self-ordering system, created by Teresa Sitz, was introduced; proving to be a huge time-saver and immensely helpful, both  to the all-Volunteer Kitchen Crew and the Servers and our Guests were super-approving too. Another winning Sitz innovation we can all enjoy. Also, their amazing son Elliot helped us in the Kitchen, proving himself to be a quick learner and a great help!

The staff yucks it up: Kip Fjelt, Annelies Kuiper, Elliott Sitz and Patrick Whalen
Following the Brekkie, I drove East to Wonder Valley and the Glass Outhouse Gallery, where Art Students from our local Copper Mountain College, were exhibiting their exquisite creations, during the second weekend of the Art Tours. We held our reception from 1-5pm on Saturday and a really good crowd showed up. Everyone had wonderfully complimentary things to say about our Show and our Art will continue to be exhibited through the entire month of November. Students will be available to answer your questions on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5pm. All works are for sale, most at super-affordable prices; so please come see us and buy yourself something truly special. Love and many thanks again to Laurel and Frank from the amazing Glass Outhouse Gallery, on Highway 62, just east of Utah Trail, in Wonder Valley. Stay well!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hi-Desert Star Column #196

Our little Community first Saturday Breakfast is from 8-11 this morning and coincides with the second weekend of the Art Tours. So cruise on over; enjoy an utterly splendiforous Brekkie, lovingly prepared and served by our all-Volunteer Crew, then admire the amazing Art on display throughout the Morongo Basin.

Please visit the Copper Mountain Community College Student Art exhibit; showing, throughout November, at the Glass Outhouse Gallery in Wonder Valley; east of Adobe road and Utah trail, on Highway 62. Our reception, with snacks and beverages, runs from 1-5pm today, so come on over and meet all of us!

The Potluck Party was held last Saturday at the Community Center and Chris van Nortrick went all out, making special Halloween decorations; as well as setting up tables with spooky tablecloths and napkins. Chris brought Pea Salad, cupcakes and orange punch; while Mary Koval whipped up an enormous crockpot of Tamale Pie, with key-lime and orange-sickle pies for dessert. Dyan Carroll brought Salmon patties, coleslaw and Ghostly Jello; while Dorothy Jacobsen brought Hong Kong Chicken and Brownies. Susie Gardner brought her Orange Chicken and I brought Butternut Squash. What a feast we had!

Last Tuesday, October 28th, a number of us gathered for the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder group session. Our group keeps growing and we discuss issues that are normally not acceptable in polite conversation. Some of the stories shared would give an inexperienced listener PTSD! For us, it’s comforting to share our issues with each other; to seek common ground; feel accepted and understood by people who have experienced similarly traumatic situations. Our next get-together is on Tuesday November 18th, from 6pm. As Veterans Day and Thanksgiving both fall in November, we will only have one PTSD meeting this month. Please join us; both military and civilian PTSD-sufferers are welcome.

Next Saturday, November 8th: the CMMCA Board meeting will begin at 10am and will focus on concluding our fiscal year; after which we will enjoy a light lunch. The Annual General meeting follows at 12.30pm; during which candidates for the Board Member seats will be voted in. Stay well!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Get a hot breakfast before the art tour - Saturday, Nov 1

Just $5.00 gets you a full breakfast with your choice of::
  • Eggs over, sunny-side up or scrambled
  • Home fries
  • Biscuits and Gravy
  • Pancakes
  • Sausage or bacon
  • Toast
  • Orange juice of V8
  • Coffee
Everything is home made and the staff is all volunteer. Come meet all your colorful neighbors, then hit the road for the art show. For more info:

From 1:00 - 5:00 pm mosey over to the Glass Outhouse Gallery for the Copper Mountain College Student art show. Annelies Kuiper, who may have served you breakfast at the Center, will be showing. Don't miss it, and bring your checkbook. You might find something you love and just have to take home.

For more info:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hi-Desert Star Column #195

Our little Community’s “Movie under the Stars” event last Saturday night, was another huge success and featured the deliciously creepy sci-fi thriller “Tarantula”. We are going to suspend these movie nights until February or so; when the evenings begin to warm up again. Unless, we decide to show the Movies inside the Center for the chilly months. What do you think? Your overwhelming enthusiasm would certainly persuade us.

We are holding our monthly Potluck Party at the Center today; starting around 4pm. The theme is Halloween, so bring something orange, black, spooky or all of the above! I am making a melange of Butternut squash; grown in our very own pesticide-free garden. Hope to see you there; costumes are encouraged!

Next week, November 1st, we are putting on our spectacular, monthly, first-Saturday Pancake Breakfast. This is also the second weekend of the Art Tours, so we heartily encourage you to join us for a scrumptious “best Breakfast you ever had”, after which, your tummy will be happy for hours, as you tour our beautiful Morongo Basin and feast your eyes on all the incredible Art created by an abundance of gifted Artists.

Later that same day, on Saturday November 1st, from 1-5pm, Art Students from Copper Mountain College will be hosting a reception at the Glass Outhouse Gallery, on Highway 62 in beautiful Wonder Valley, to introduce you to the incredible Art Work by Students of CMC; under the expert guidance of our Mentor: Professor Cathy Allen. This too is during the second weekend of the Art Tours, so please come and see us; we can’t wait to show you our stuff! CMC Art Students are so proud to be invited back, to share and show our creations at the Amazing Glass Outhouse Gallery. Thank you Lauren and Frank; we love You!

Actually, our Show will be on display throughout the month of November. Students will be at the Gallery every weekend from 1-5pm, to meet and greet you; answer any questions and tell you about the local Copper Mountain College we are all so proud to attend. Stay well!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hi-Desert Star Column #194

Our little Community held another lively Board meeting last Saturday morning, with lots of positive and innovative reports. Pioneer and Elder of our Neighborhood: Earl Wilbert, asked the Board to consider renovating the current Historical account of our Community - which Earl wrote in the 1980’s - and updating it to present times. Mary Helen Tuttle and Teresa Sitz eagerly agreed to work on this project together; so with those two go-getting Ladies on board, this is going to be a wonderful thing. Thanks, Earl; jolly good idea!

Immediately following the meeting, Jasmine Gutierrez from Pacific Clinics, assisted by her colleague Joe, gave a ‘Suicide Awareness’ presentation. It was a powerful message and important questions were raised; addressing a tragic trend in our Society. Many thanks to Jasmine and Joe for driving all the way out here; we really appreciate you!

Pacific Clinics’ Starlyn Eckerman facilitated our first “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder” support group, last Tuesday. She did a fine job, guiding us through the intricate and varied rhymes and reasons concerning PTSD. It became apparent that some of us were not sure we had the disorder, but when causes and symptoms were discussed, we realised these described our experiences. It’s almost a relief when you discover why you have terrifying nightmares; startle at every sound; suffer from anxiety attacks, or other symptoms of PTSD. There is definitely hope; ways to work through the symptoms and lead a positive, productive life. Our next get-together is on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 at 6pm; I encourage you to join us.

Tonight, we’re holding our splendiferous “Movie Under the Stars” Night; showing “Tarantula”! This creepy Desert sci-fi thriller was shot locally; starts around sunset, at Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center. We’re serving hot and not dogs, all the fixin’s; also popcorn; bring a chair!

After the movie; we should carpool to The Palms in downtown Wonder Valley; where the Sibleys are playing tonight; yay!

Next Saturday October 25th, our monthly Potluck Party begins at 4pm: Halloween is the theme! Thanks and kudos to Mary Koval and daughter Chris for their enthusiasm. Stay well, Neighbors!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Hi-Desert Star Column #193

Our little Community held another fabulous Breakfast, last Saturday morning; serving Neighbors a most splendid start to their weekend. As always the food was scrumptious and we were offering a choice of orange or V-8 juice; or a Bloody Mary with the meal! Surprisingly, a notable number of Neighbors declined the alcohol; some even wore slightly disapproving expressions. However, most folks responded to our spirited offer with delighted smiles and lots of nodding! Mary Helen Tuttle and Patrick Whalen provided the Vodka and Teresa Sitz brought celery and limes; thanks Loves! So YumE and the Kitchen Crew and Servers certainly appreciate your kindness: Cheers!

It was great to see Ray Foyil at the Breakfast. Ray recently lost his beautiful and courageous Wife, Ila. Ray has been a Volunteer Extraordinaire in our Community and at the Center for decades; in all sorts of capacities. Ila was also a wonderful Volunteer and a familiar face at the Bingo nights and all the Events. For a number of years, Ila and I would switch off being Cashier at the first Saturday monthly Breakfasts, until she just couldn’t anymore. We know you’re in a better place, Ila; but we love you and really miss your pretty face and warm smile: bon voyage. We love you, Ray.

The Copper Mountain Mesa Community Association Board meeting is happening this morning, Saturday; from 10am, at the Center; please feel welcome to join us.

Immediately following the Meeting; Jasmine Gutierrez from Pacific Clinics, will do a presentation on “Suicide Awareness”. This is a timely topic; just consider the late, great Robin Williams. Living in a remote area, as we do out here on our Mesa, is sometimes a lonely life; especially if we’ve lost friends and loved ones. Or, even if you are not thinking about ending your life, but you know someone who’s struggling; take positive action: join us for this important presentation. We are at 65-336 Winters Road in far North Joshua Tree: 4 miles east of Border Avenue and 5 miles west of Lear. For more information, please e-mail me: Stay well!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hi-Desert Star Column #192

Our little Community held the monthly Potluck Party last Saturday afternoon, at the Community Center. I was not able to attend, as I was part of the Crew on a MultiMedia shoot. However, our very own Bob Deloyd was there and he provided a list of all the Yummies people brought.  Bob created his mystery chile casserole. Mary Koval and Chris Van Nortrich prepared Fancy Jello, rolls, fruit punch, cheesy mac casserole, key lime and pineapple pies, veggies and dip, grape soda and a chocolate birthday cake for Chris's birthday. Dorothy Jacobsen  brought spaghetti and a chicken casserole. Her daughter, Dyan Carroll made her ham and cheese rollups, a tasty truffle and a fresh fruit bowl. Kip Fjeld created his delicious homemade guacamole with chips. Patrick Whalen prepared his fabulous Chile Acquilles and peach torts. Susie Gardner brought Polish sausage and veggie pasta marinade. Yum!

We had an issue in my immediate neighborhood last Sunday. Jim and I saw a white van and a zippy, dark hotrod, stopping at my Neighbor to the East, Judy Bowman’s fenced and gated property. She was not home. Four adults gained entrance and proceeded to walk around her land.

I called retired CDF Captain Mike Dowd, who lives just South of us and was working outside. He walked over to Judy’s fence, with his black dog and made contact with one of the men. We walked down the property line we share with Judy and watched. Pretty soon, Mike went home with his dog so I called him. The guy wanted to move his Scout that’s been stored on Judy’s land for years, to his new place down the road. Mike said he would need Judy’s permission to allow that and nothing would be moved off until then. Furthermore, if the group did not immediately vacate the property, Mike would call the Sheriff. They complied promptly without further incident. Now that’s Neighborhood Watch at its best!

Our monthly Breakfast is happenin’ this morning from 8-11 and someone’s providing Bloody Mary’s!  Also, we desperately need a few more more Servers; any volunteers? Stay well!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ConEd Energy Assistance Fund

Today’s tough economic times have hit Californians hard. Many of our neighbors need help paying their energy bills—especially seniors and families with children.
The United Way and SCE work together to provide up to $100 per 12-month period to qualified customers struggling to pay their electricity bills.

Find out more.

Contact any of the following San Bernardino charities about the EAF (Energy Assistance Fund) program
  • Catholic Charities16051 Kasota Road Suite 700B Apple Valley 92307(760) 242-2311 Mon. - Fri.: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Desert Manna Ministries201 N.1st Avenue Suite B Barstow 92311(760) 256-7797 Mon. - Fri.: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Catholic Charities904 E. California Street Ontario 91761(909) 391-4882 Mon. - Fri.; 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • The Salvation Army838 North Alta Street Redlands 92374(909) 792-6868 Mon.: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Operation Provider26516 Pine Avenue Rim Forest 92378(909) 337-8585 Tue., & Thur.; 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Catholic Charities1800 Western Avenue, Suite 107 San Bernardino 92411(909) 880-3625 Mon - Fri.: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Samartian's Helping Hands15527 8th Street Victorville 92395(760) 243-5933 Mon.: 8:00 am - 10:00 am
  • The Salvation Army56659 29 Palms Hwy. Suite F Yucca Valley 92284(760) 228-0114 Tue., Wed., & Thur: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hi-Desert Star Column #191

Our little Community “Movie under the Stars” evening went off extremely well last Saturday. Organizers Teresa and Ken Sitz and Kip Fjeld did a wonderful job with the ticket sales; snacks and refreshments; as well as setting-up and taking down all the technical equipment required. It was a beautiful, moonless evening, under a canopy of stars. Ken’s hot dogs and popcorn were gobbled up immediately. Teresa had her little bags of “Copper Mountain Mesa Rocks”: delicious chocolate candies which looked just like little rocks; while Mary Helen Tuttle baked yummy muffins for the occasion. Sodas were available in the machine and some folks brought coolers with their favorite beverages. We all enjoyed a fun evening and look forward to next month’s movie: “Tarantula”!

Movie night at Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center
Ken Sitz (with spider) and Kip Fjeld at the projector.
This afternoon from 4pm, the Potluck Party will be happening at the Community Center. We had scheduled a “Suicide Awareness” presentation, by Jasmine Gutierrez from Pacific Clinics, immediately after the Potluck. Unfortunately, this presentation has now been postponed until Saturday October 11th at 11am; following the CMMCA Board meeting, which starts at 10.

We will be holding our newly-forming PTSD Support Group on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month: so the 14th and 28th of October, starting at 6pm. This Group is for those of us who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, whether military or civilian: I will be there. The setting is informal; sharing and caring are encouraged. Car-pooling is a possibility; let us know what you need. Snacks and refreshments will be available. Please join us at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center, located at 65-336 Winters Road in Far North Joshua Tree! You can email me at or message us on our Facebook page: Copper Mountain Mesa Community.

We now have two websites: the one Bob Deloyd has hosted for years, at which has all the Archives of Columns going back 15 years, useful tips, Bob’s blog, photos, etc. Our newest website is hosted by Teresa and Ken Sitz at, containing pertinent information, membership payments and renewals, and a blog. Stay well!
Annelies Kuiper

Monday, September 22, 2014

A CMMCC Website

Welcome to the 
Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center Foundation/Association!

Everyone is welcome to attend the Center's events.


October 18, 2014 - "doors" open at 7:00 p.m.
Bring the kids, some chairs and a cooler.
Movie: $3.00 donation Snacks: .50 - 2.50 donation

copper mountain mesa community center movie night
Bring the kids for this spine-tingling pre-Halloween event!

Are you going on the HIGHWAY 62 ART TOUR?
Start it right with a big healthy breakfast at the
Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center
First Saturday Breakfast for only $5.00!
Start the day right with some coffee, breakfast, and a kiss from a pretty waitress (or Patrick)!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hi-Desert Star Column #190

Our little Community Board Meeting lasted a whopping two hours last Saturday morning! Longest in my living memory and Ive been on the Board since 2007. We had so many excited people eagerly participating in the ongoing discussions about what we can do to keep our beloved Copper Mountain Mesa moving forward in a positive and beneficial way for all of us.

Susie Gardner, a relative newcomer to the Neighborhood, was very excited about the Thrift Room and all the possibilities to be explored for the good of the Community Center. Everything has been cleaned out and rearranged recently. Great job Kathy, Yvonne, Patrick and Susie; thanks Neighbors!

One big favor to ask of donors to our Thrift Room. Please do not dump old mattresses or box springs at the Community Center. Last Saturday, when we all arrived for the meeting, there was a stack of very “used” mattresses by the Thrift Room door and a large pile of “stuff” by the main entrance. If you have donations, please attend the monthly Events when the “Store” is open, or call one of the phone numbers posted outside, for an appointment.

Next Saturday, September 27th, our monthly Potluck Party will be followed by a “Suicide Awareness” presentation by Jasmine Gutierrez, from Pacific Clinics. We are excited to welcome Jasmine, who will also be leading our Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder Support Groups, on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at 6pm; starting in October: military and civilians welcome.

I’m so sad to tell you: our beloved, long-time Neighbor, Ila Foyil died recently. She was a beautiful Lady, inside and out; always impeccably groomed and a friendly, welcoming face at many Community Events over the years. We miss you, Ila: bon voyage!

 Tonight, at sunset, we are holding our second “Movies Under the Stars” evening; featuring “Inferno”! There will be food, refreshments, novelty items like “Copper Mountain Mesa Rocks!” chocolate candies and other yummies brought by your favorite Neighbors. Last month’s Show brought rave reviews from around the Morongo Basin. See you there, bring a chair: stay well! 
Annelies Kuiper

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hi-Desert Star Column #189

Our little Community enjoyed another well-attended first Saturday Breakfast at the Center last week. We served 65+ folks, including several children. It was lovely to see all the familiar faces and welcome a few new ones; among which: Jasmine and Linda, who we were privileged to welcome to our Community Gathering. These amazing Women and their colleagues at Pacific Clinics in Yucca Valley, reach out to so many people in the Morongo Basin. With the help of Pacific Clinics and under their expert guidelines, we are organizing a bi-monthly support group, at our Community Center, to help people who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; both military and civilian. We are still in the planning stages and the Board has not quite given final approval, but everyone seems to think it’s a marvellous idea. Thank you for joining us Jasmine and Linda, yay for all your good work! The Copper Mountain Mesa Community Association’s Board Meeting is going on this morning from 10am. We will be discussing the PTSD group, amongst many other exciting topics and Teresa Sitz has promised to be there “with bells on”. Teresa and her husband Ken are so excited about being part of this Neighborhood and they are very knowledgeable, organized and action-oriented. Teresa is now on the admin panel with me, contributing her talents and skills to our Facebook page : “Copper Mountain Mesa Community”. Check out the photos, blog and stuff: then ‘Like’ us to receive all the updates and News from our neck-o’-the-Desert! Teresa and Ken, along with everyone’s favorite Neighbor, Kip Fjeld; will be putting on another “Movie under the Stars” night at the Community Center, next Saturday, September 20th, around sunset-ish. This month, we get to watch “Inferno”! Neighbors are all excited about it, because last month’s Movie night was such a brilliant success, receiving rave reviews from around the Morongo Basin! Tonight, Copper Mountain College is holding the annual “Taste of Morongo” event, put on by the Rotary Club, from 6-8pm. Tickets are $20 per person and delicious food is provided by some of the Morongo Basin’s finest Restaurants. Stay well!
Annelies Kuiper

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hi-Desert Column #188

Our little Community Center was jam-packed during last Saturday’s Potluck Party, which was held in Memory of Chris Jonas. Chris, who passed away in late July, was a longtime Mesa resident and extraordinary Volunteer! So many Neighbors, Friends and Family showed up for the occasion that every seat in the Center was occupied. At least one third of the attendees were part of Chris’ enormous family.

Two long tables were required to accommodate all the food people brought. A huge, expertly roasted beef brisket; enchiladas; casseroles; countless Salads; vegetable dishes: too much food to name! Then the desserts: oh-my-gosh! Pies; cakes; trifles; puddings; jello; fruit salad - you name it, somebody brought it! I ate some of everything; tossing my gluten intolerance worries aside for this monumental occasion. Phew: we have some great chefs on this Mesa, that’s for sure.

Mary Helen Tuttle welcomed us all to the Party and asked everyone to introduce themselves and say a little something about Chris; perhaps share a story. It took a long time, as 80+ Loved Ones and Neighbors introduced themselves and shared their memories of Chris. Many of us were tearful, as the love and emotion in the room was overwhelming at times. Some of us shared humorous memories about Chris; laughing through our tears.

One thing everyone agreed on: Chris Jonas was a wonderful human and we all loved him very much indeed. It’s so hard to believe that this vibrant, generous mischievous, hard-working, loving man is no longer here with us. Many of us remarked that Chris left some huge shoes to fill and we will all miss him terribly. Bon voyage, to our dear Friend.

Relentlessly, Life moves on. This morning, from 8-11am, we are holding our monthly, First Saturday Breakfast, in the Community Center. For just 5 bucks you get: eggs, bacon or sausage, home-fried potatoes, pancakes, biscuits and gravy or toast and all the coffee you can gulp! August’s Breakfast was a record-breaker; help us set a new record this month!

Note: Wonder Valley’s ‘Glass Outhouse Gallery’ reopens today; exhibiting local artists’ work. Stay well!
Annelies Kuiper

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hi-Desert Star Column #187

Our little Community will be holding our monthly Potluck Party, in the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center on Winters Road, this afternoon at 4o’clock. This Potluck is in memory of Chris Jonas, our super-hero Volunteer, who died last month. Chris, who was known throughout the Community for his mischievous sense of humor, caring heart and the best hugs on the Mesa, is deeply missed by all of us who had the privilege of knowing him. Please join us in celebrating Chris’ life; as well as enjoying some of the best and most delicious culinary creations from around these parts.

There was huge excitement on the Mesa recently, when a local pot farm was paid a visit by local and federal constabulary! Very close to the border of the Marine Base, on Daisy Lane, a large, outdoor marijuana grow was raided and arrests were made. Jim and I saw the convoy of white Sheriff’s SUVs and black, unmarked trucks proceeding east on Daisy, at a pretty fast pace. We were very curious about the goings-on, but decided not to mosey on over and be lookie-loos! When we read the headlines in this newspaper, we realised what we had partially witnessed. Who knew there was a pot farm just over the hill from us? I walk over that way with our dog every morning and never noticed a thing!

What really irked us more than anything, was the fact that the growers arrested weren't even from around here. They were from Sacramento and other distant cities; even Mexico. How dare they use our pristine Desert Paradise for their enormously profitable, clandestine operations; without even paying taxes, offering local employment opportunities or in any way sharing their wealth with our Community? Phaw, I say!

Happy Labor Day Weekend everyone: it’s the unofficial end of Summer and a welcome day off for College students, yay! Our first Tuesday of the month Bingo evening is this week; come and have some fun: the party starts at 6pm. Next Saturday morning from 8-11, please join us for our monthly Breakfast at the Center. Stay well!
Annelies Kuiper

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hi-Desert Star Column #186

Our little Community held an epic “Movie under the Stars Night” at the Center last Saturday. Everyone gathered around 7pm, watching cartoons until it was dark enough to see “Monolith Monsters” on the large, outdoor screen. Scores of Neighborly People showed up: some with Friends; others with their Children; Bob Deloyd brought his beautiful Dalmation, Cassie: it was a grand gathering indeed!

movie night at copper mountain mesa community center
Monolith Monsters, movie night at Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center
Congratulations and kudos to Creators and Co-Founders of the whole “Movie Night” idea: Ken and Teresa Sitz, as well as our amazing Kip Fjeld: who all did a marvellous job with the Public Relations, special equipment, research, production and organization. Thanks to all of You who made the effort to tootle down the dirt road to join us at this record-breaking Event!

Rave reviews have been appearing on social media: everyone agreed it was a great get-together; with a memorable movie, lots of great snacks and other refreshments. Including the little bags of chocolate, pebble-looking candies, labelled: “Copper Mountain Mesa Rocks”: everyone loved those! Next “Movie under the Stars Night” at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Centre, is on Saturday, September 20th. Mark your Calendars

The first USDA Food Give-away since our beloved Chris Jonas died, ran smoothly last Monday. Thanks to Bill Treas, Chris’ daughter Kerrie, Patrick Whalen, Chris van Nortrick, the Thrift Room Ladies and all the Volunteers for making the transition so smooth.

We are constantly reminded of the extraordinary Service the late Chris Jonas gave to us, his Neighbors and the entire Community. He organized and ran the USDA, Potluck Party, Bingo and the Thrift room and we are scrambling to fill his magnificent shoes. Next Saturday, August 30th, we are holding a special Potluck Party in Memory of Chris Jonas. Please join us and bring photos of Chris if possible. Create recipes that remind you of Chris, or you remember him liking in the past; anything we can do to honor his memory.

Big Shindig at The Palms in Wonder Valley today: Live Music begins at 4pm with performances by Jessika von Rabbit; amazing trio The Sibleys and other great Bands. Stay well!
Annelies Kuiper