Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Hi-Desert Star Column #256, January 2, 3016

Our little Community Breakfast is happening this Saturday January 2nd, 2016 from 8 - 11 a.m. Our first monthly Brekkie of the New Year and a chance for Copper Mountain Mesa Volunteers to show all our Neighbors how much we love You!


Can you believe it’s 2016? Last year went by so quickly; faster than a speeding dust storm! I intend and hope to graduate from Copper Mountain College at the end of Spring 2016 semester; which is absolutely incredible! I’ve applied to 8 different California State and University of California campuses. I want to get my Bachelor’s degree in Communication with emphasis on environmental and media studies; after which I want to make documentaries to save the Earth, the children and all the animals! Idealistic: moi?



I hope 2016 is a marvelous year for you too. A year in which you can attain your goals and realise your dreams. Take it from me, attending Copper Mountain College is a wonderful path to improving the mind, while finding purpose and direction in life. If you have ever thought about taking classes, do it: there are so many possibilities waiting for you! Happy New Year!

Our monthly Community Association Board meeting will take place next Saturday, January 9; from 10am. We look forward to seeing you and hearing your helpful and constructive comments on how to make our beautiful Neighborhood even more splendid.

Are you concerned about ORV Routes on CSA roads in your neighborhood?
The BLM (Bureau of Land Management) is evaluating where and whether to put ORV (off-road vehicle) routes in residential neighborhoods adjacent to private property. Come to a WEMO Route Letter-Writing Drop-In and we'll help you identify proposed routes near your house on the maps; fill out the minimization form and write your letter to the BLM. This is all happening on Saturday, January 16, 2016; from 9:00 a.m. - Noon,  at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center, 65336 Winters Road, North Joshua Tree, California. This event will be hosted by our very own Teresa Sitz, who is an absolute wealth of information and a brilliant gem in our Community. Stay well!

Monday, December 28, 2015


Community Pancake Breakfast of LOVE!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1680143615536940/

Starring GLORIA BEE who will be serving samples of her delicious homemade KIM CHI, and KIP FJELDT serving his artisanal oatmeal.

This and fresh eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, and more!

This all-volunteer monthly event is lovingly created by long-time (and short-time) locals cooking and serving a good homemade breakfast for just $5.00!

The Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center was started in 1981 and is one of the only privately funded Community Centers in the area. Your breakfast helps the Center doors stay open and the services to the community flowing.

Bring a friend, bring several. CMMC First Saturday Pancake Breakfast is the hippest and happeningest place in North Joshua Tree.

Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome to join their human companions in the outdoor seating areas.

www.coppermountainmesa.org

Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center
65336 Winters Road, Joshua Tree, California 92255

WEMO Letter Writing Drop In - January 16, 2016


WEMO Letter-Writing Drop-In at Copper Mountain Mesa
https://www.facebook.com/events/220998744898490/

Saturday, January 16, 2016, 9 AM - 12 PM
Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center
65336 Winters Road, North Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Are you concerned about ORV Routes on CSA roads in your neighborhood?
Come to a WEMO Route Letter-Writing Drop-In

The BLM (Bureau of Land Managment) is evaluating where and whether to put ORV (off-road vehicle) routes in residential neighborhoods adjacent to private property. Drop in and we'll help you:

  • identify proposed routes near your house on the maps
  • fill out the minimization form
  • and write your letter to the BLM. 

There is an earlier letter writing event at the Wonder Valley Community Center from 9 a.m. to noon, on January 9, 2016.
https://www.facebook.com/events/900962863350342/

The BLM's DEADLINE for public comment is: January 25, 2016

R E S O U R C E S

BLM WEMO Link
http://bit.ly/blmwemo

COW (Community ORV Watch) Links
http://bit.ly/cowwemo

M A P S
http://bit.ly/wemomaps
You are most likely in TMA 3 (Travel Management Area 3). Open these from the file and you will be able to open and apply various layers.

O R I E N T A T I O N
WEMO Route Form Orientation - To get you started
http://bit.ly/wemoorientation

F O R M
WEMO Route Form - Use to actually document routes of concern
http://bit.ly/wemoform

BLM Tips and Tricks Document
Helpful in using the route designation map
http://bit.ly/wemotips

HOSTED BY:
Teresa Sitz
MAC Delegate
Wonder Valley, CA
CONTACT: teresa.sitz@gmail.com

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

We had a wonderful breakfast on Saturday!

Mary Helen and Steve Tuttle, the patron saints and caretakers of the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center, have taken a well-deserved vacation and left the store in the hands of the kids: the Board of Directors of the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Association. You know the old saying, "When the cat's away, the mice will play"? Well, we took advantage of their absence to try a few new things at breakfast. Kip Fjeldt made oatmeal last week. Dave King and Annelies Kuiper are still busy grating potatoes for homemade hash browns. Teresa made the biscuits and is still trying to measure up to Mary Helen's.

Here are some pics of happy customers from last Saturday's breakfast.

Greg Bevington and Jim Kaplan from Wonder Valley, and
(So sorry I don't remember your name on the left) and Nora Rolf on the right.
Journalist Lauren Ell and publisher of The Raven Journal Rohini Walker.
Once breakfast was over, Jack Kennedy, one of my favorite customers put the painting below in my hands. Jack commissioned the painting from Frank Mezget who lives and works at The Glass Outhouse Gallery. It's of the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center. Jack, THANK YOU! That's SO super kind!

The Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center, by Frank Mezget, commissioned and donated by Jack Kennedy.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hi-Desert Star Column #252, December 3, 2015

Our little Community was freezing recently, with night-time temperatures around 30 degrees. We still have one tomato plant in the garden, which is absolutely laden with green tomatoes. We covered all our more fragile plants and, so far, have managed to keep things from freezing. I also have a Jacaranda, which, as a tropical tree, has no business being up here in the cold. I planted this poor tree in 1994, because I remember the delicate lavender flowers of the Jacarandas so affectionately from my childhood in Nairobi, Kenya. It’s only 6 feet tall and flowered once in all the 21 years it has been clinging to life on the Mesa! Conditions can be so harsh up here in the higher elevations of the Mojave Desert.

Speaking of which, the cold and discomfort chased off the new Neighbors I told you about a few columns ago. Their landlord was just so mean: ridiculing them because they complained about the cold and wanted him to install some sort of heating; as per rental agreement compliance. So, long story short: our new friends moved; taking their two dogs with them. I am really sad about that, I cannot lie!


Fortunately, our little home is warm and toasty thanks to our trusty, wood-burning stove and the mountain of wood donated to us by our beloved long-time CMM resident, Earl Wilbert. Thank you, Earl; we appreciate you! Thanks to Steve Tuttle for driving trailers of wood over and helping us unload it too. Now that’s what I call right Neighborly!

Our monthly Breakfast is this Saturday, December 5, from 8-11a.m. Please join us at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center, 65336 Winters Road in North Joshua Tree. All your favorite Volunteers will be here to cook for you and serve you the most yummelicious Brekkie ever!


Check out the Copper Mountain College 49 bucks Art Sale, happening this Saturday December 5th in the Bell Center Community Room. Both renowned and unknown Artists donate a piece of Art on a 5”x7” canvas. You come along and purchase your favorite piece and the proceeds go to the Art Program at the College. With complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar; the fun starts at 4p.m.

Stay well!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Community Pancake Breakfast of Love!


Community Pancake Breakfast of LOVE!

Saturday, December 7, 8:00am - 11:00am
Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center
65336 Winters Road, Joshua Tree, California 92255

Super proud to announce that for the first time we'll be serving organic eggs from free range chickens, locally grown at Thomas Farms in Wonder Valley. I know Roger and Michelle Thomas and they have a beautiful desert farm and their eggs are licensed for sale by the state of California.

Follow those amazing eggs with bacon or sausage, Teresa's homemade buttermilk biscuits, and all the other elements of a hearty breakfast. Follow with Kip's fresh squeezed orange juice.

This all-volunteer monthly event is lovingly created by long-time (and short-time) locals cooking and serving a good homemade breakfast for just $5.00!

The Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center was started in 1981 and is one of the only privately funded Community Centers in the area. Your breakfast helps the Center doors stay open and the services to the community flowing.

Bring a friend, bring several. CMMC First Saturday Pancake Breakfast is the hippest and happeningest place in North Joshua Tree. We're OUT there!

Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome to join their human companions in the outdoor seating areas.

www.coppermountainmesa.org

Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center
65336 Winters Road, Joshua Tree, California 92255

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

CMMCA Annual Board Meeting

The annual board meeting of the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Association convened Saturday, November 14 at noon.

Board members L>R: Ken Sitz, Tim Atzel, Kip Fjeld, Anneliese Kuiper, with David King,
and Mike Casey at the pronounceable end of the table.
Ken Sitz, far left, and Mike Casey, far right, were voted onto the board. President Annelies Kuiper kept her seat with a unanimous vote in her favor. Board members Mary Helen and Steve Tuttle were away on vacation and their presence was missed.


A handful of neighbors attended the meeting, including a Zumba instructor who hopes to bring fitness to the Copper Mountain Mesa.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Friday, October 16, 2015

Them! Saturday night's movie under the stars

This is the last movie night for the year. Come enjoy bacon-wrapped hot dogs, and Mexican hot chocolate. Bring a blanket - it may be chilly. Roads are good - take Winters, we cannot vouch for Coyote Valley.


Saturday, October 17, 2015, 6:30 P.M.
65336 Winters Rd, Joshua Tree, CA 92252

D O N A T I O N S
Adults: $3.00 Children: 75¢
Everyone is welcome.

Bring a chair for outdoor viewing if weather permits, otherwise we’ll set up in the Center.

Delicious snacks available for a modest donation. 

All proceeds keep the doors open at the
Copper Mountain Mesa Community Association

THEM!, 1954, 94 minutes
Synopsis: The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters (ANTS!) that threaten civilization.
Stars: James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon
Director: Gordon Douglas
Locations: Palmdale and Los Angeles, CA
Facebook: http://bit.ly/giantants

UPCOMING EVENTS:
USDA Food Distribution, 10/19, 9-11 a.m.;
Potluck, 10/24, 4 p.m.; First Tuesday Bingo, 11/3, 6-9 p.m.
First Saturday Breakfast, 11/7, 8-11 a.m.
PTSD Group, 11/10, 6-9 p.m.; Board Meeting, 11/14, 10 a.m.

The Thrift Store is open during these events.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Hi-Desert Star Column #244, October 17, 2015

Our little Community’s Board members got together for the monthly Copper Mountain Mesa Association meeting, held on the second Saturday of every month, from 10am. The Board appointed two new members to fill recently vacated seats and we extend a hearty welcome to Mike Casey and Ken Sitz. Welcome aboard; we are so grateful and honored to have you in our midst.

Our Board of Directors - Isn't Annalies boardacious?
Mary Helen Tuttle, Treasurer of the CMMCA, informed us that our “magic swiper” is arriving any day now. Many thanks to Board member David King for researching and purchasing this technological marvel and thanks also to Mary Helen for taking care of the practical necessities to allow this thing to work. Basically, what this means to our Neighbors and Guests at the Community Center, is that if you arrive for Breakfast and realize you didn’t bring cash; or you simply must have an item in the Treasure Room but you only brought plastic: hakuna matata; no worries mate! We will have our handy-dandy “magic swiper” for your purchasing convenience: yay!

We're gettin' there!
The October M.A.C meeting, is the second one in a row that several Copper Mountain Mesa Community Association Board members will attend; regarding the state of Mesa roads and the possibility of re-establishing the Road Commission. We used to have a rockin’ Road Commission, back in the day, but, over the years it became dismembered...no, unmembered? Anyhooo: those were the days when the association had five hundred enthusiastically participating Members. Nowadays? Not nearly so many: actually, waaaay less! Perhaps the re-establishment of the Road Commission will rally the troops and give us all something in common to focus on and be a part of.

On Saturday October 17, we will present “Them!” at the final, Desert-themed “Movie under the Stars” Night for the season; the gathering begins around sunset.


USDA Food Give-away is at the Community Center, on Monday, October 19th 2015, from 8:30am. Bill Treas and his all-Volunteer Crew are happy to help you.  

Tuesday Night Bingo will not be happening in November or December; as unanimously agreed upon by our Bingo enthusiasts. Stay well!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

First Saturday Pancake Breakfast of LOVE!!!!!

Waiter Patrick Whalen plants one of top of Ken Sitz.
Saturday, October 3 from 8:00am - 11:00am
Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center
65336 Winters Road, Joshua Tree, CA 92252

INVITE SOMEONE who's never been. <3

Start the month off right with a hearty breakfast and a lot of local color. This all-volunteer monthly event is lovingly created by long-time (and short-time) locals cooking and serving a good homemade breakfast for just $5.00!

We have outdoor seating, so bring your vices and your dogs as long as you agree to bring your dirty dishes back to the kitchen. ?

The Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center was started in 1981 and is one of the only privately funded Community Centers in the area. Your breakfast helps the Center doors stay open and the services to the community flowing.

Bring a friend, bring several. CMMC First Saturday Pancake Breakfast is the hippest and happeningest place in North Joshua Tree. We're OUT there!


Look! There's Michelle, and Karen, and Gloria, Aaron and Kelly, Ruth and Michael and Ken!

The THRIFT STORE will be open. Bring a bag for a cheap treasure hunt.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hi-Desert Star Column #243, October 3, 2015

Our little Community Breakfast is happening this Saturday, October 3, 2015, from 8-11am. It is always a memorable and joyous occasion to sit down next to your favorite Copper Mountain Mesa Neighbor and enjoy a jolly good chinwag over a most delicious Brekkie, prepared by your favorite Volunteer. See you there!


Abigail, our golden desert dog, is a very sweet girl and always kind to humans and dogs. Her canine buddy Blaze - so nicknamed because he is mainly black, with a huge, white blaze on his chest - often comes over to see us and visit with Abigail. Recently, however, he brought one of the locals over to visit: a large, female labrador/pitbull mix named Bella, who lives just down the road. Her owner lets his dogs out of their fenced yard every morning, to go for a nice gallop around the Neighborhood. There’s never been any problem with the dogs, who frequently come over and do their business on our property. This one morning, however, Bella came onto Abigail’s porch, perilously close to Abigail’s Dad and she wasn’t having it.

I came out of a lovely, early morning snooze, to the horrific sounds of a serious dog brawl just feet away from my open window. Jim was already outside and immediately jumped up to separate the two dogs, but their jaws were in lock down mode and no-one was letting go. I leapt out of bed, raced outside and grabbed the hose; turning it on full blast. The old hose in the nose did the trick and I was able to drag a fiercely resistant Abigail into the house; while Jim chased Bella off the property. Fortunately, neither dog was seriously injured, but Jim and I both had cuts and scrapes on our feet and legs. Ugh! I am mortally terrified of dogfights. It’s going to take me a minute to stop having flashbacks.



 How did you like that huge, full Moon, at its closest proximity to Earth in decades and going through a teensy, weensy total eclipse to boot?! Well, I suppose if we’re reading this column, the world didn’t end again and life hurtles on: stay well!

Photo courtesy of Robert Deloyd

Monday, September 21, 2015

Hi-Desert Star Column #242, September 26, 2015

Our little Community was kissed by light rains several times recently. No downpours or raging washes; just sweet, light rains, enough to lay down the dust. Of course all this lovely rain is bringing a decided downside in the form of small, fast, grey mice! They are such a nuisance and we’ve already had 2 Gopher snakes and a red racer (or coachwhip to some) in the house trying to rustle up some delicious mouse mousse! I don’t like snakes in my house; even non-venomous constrictors. Thank goodness the temperatures are cooling off and soon all this rodent/reptile energy will be snoozing for the winter.

Gopher snake, Copper Mountain Mesa, Ken Sitz
Can you believe we are already into the Fall and the Holidays loom before us! Just kidding; the holiday season is a particularly delightful time up here on Copper Mountain Mesa; with mild weather and sunny skies: usually! With this El Nino we are slipping into, however: all bets are off! We may have snowdrifts on Thanksgiving and 100-degree temps on Christmas Day; it has happened before!

Our monthly Community Potluck Buffet is happening at the Center, Saturday, September 26, 2015, from 4 pm. You are encouraged to join us and bring your favorite delicious dish to share!


Next week, October 3rd, we are celebrating our first monthly Saturday Breakfast of the fall Season. This event has been drawing record crowds of hungry Neighbors and no wonder: charming Volunteers prepare and serve a superb quality and quantity Breakfast, made with love especially for you! Hope you’ll join us at the Community Center 65-336 Winters Road, from 8-11 am.


It’s time for our dog Abigail’s annual rabies shot and vaccinations. We are so grateful to the Animal Action League (on Highway 62 in Joshua Tree) for providing low-cost spay/neutering services, as well as all annual shots required by the County for Licensing compliance. They will be open on September 29 and 30 from 10 am-2 pm. Last year, we were especially grateful for their services, because we suffered a serious parvo outbreak on the Mesa. In fact, a close neighbor of ours, Susie Gardner, lost her two dogs; while our pup Abigail, who had just received all her shots, breezed through the deadly threat with no worries. Phew: stay well!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Hi-Desert Star Column #240

Our little Community has been buzzing with celebratory events lately. On the last Saturday of every month, we gather for our Potluck Buffet. Mary Koval and her daughter Chris put on their Hostess hats for the occasion and folks show up from far and wide, bringing their favorite delicious food dishes to share. We had Tuscan Chili with croissants; Spaghetti-o Surprise; Mushroom Raviolis; Enchiladas; Antipasto salad; pickled Squash and Rice casserole, with fancy cake; key-lime pie; trifle; fresh fruit platter and banana pudding for dessert. Everyone broke bread together and chit-chatted until around 6pm: a splendid time was had by all. Our next Community Potluck Buffet is on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 4pm.

Our First Saturday monthly Breakfast was another record-breaker and we served 81 Neighbors a super Yummelicious Brekkie. It is lovely to see so many friendly faces in our Community Center and we had an extra crew of wonderful Volunteers to help us out. Special thanks to Doug and Marlene Marron; Stewart West and Matt Perez for all your hard work: we appreciate You! We even had the pleasure of serving Bruce - from Bruce’s Coyote Cafe on Copper Mountain College campus - who stopped by to see us. Thanks Bruce: it was a pleasure to serve you and I’ll see you at school next week! I also wanted to thank all you lovely Neighbors who purchased a copy of my book “Kenya Cowgirl” from the Treasure Room. I must have autographed at least 6 copies, making me feel quite world-famous in Joshua Tree!

Jim and I will be sad to see Matt Perez take off for Texas. He arrived the day before the big floods in July and spent six weeks with us. It has been an amazing experience watching him grow in confidence and neighborly love and now he’s off to make his fortune in Texas. We love you, Matt and I know I speak for all of us who were fortunate enough to spend time with you. You are truly a wonderful fellow and we wish you all the very best for your future. Please come back and visit all your Copper Mountain Mesa Neighbors soon. Stay well!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Hi-Desert Star Column #239

Our little Community will gather for the monthly First Saturday Breakfast on September 5th, from 8-11am. Our all-volunteer team works hard to give you the most delicious Breakfast and we are proud to serve you. Teresa Sitz is cashier and her lovely smile welcomes our guests at the front door. Each guest receives their own order form and circles their Breakfast choices, which servers Patrick Whalen and I collect and hand in to the Kitchen crew. Steve Tuttle mans the grill and prepares the bacon, sausage, hashbrowns and pancakes. Kip Fjeld and Ken Sitz alternate as Egg Chef and Kitchen Wench; while Jay Babcock keeps busy filling the biscuits and gravy orders. Steve’s sister Carrie busses the tables, while his wife Mary Helen does the dishes and helps us serve the food. We have become a good team and work very hard to please our guests. Hope to see your little face!

I had the pleasure and privilege of taking care of my 91-year young friend, Annette recently; so that her regular caregiver could take a week off. I give her a massage every week anyway, but it was lovely to spend the extra time with Annette. The most splendid experience of our week was a visit to Morongo Valley’s Covington Park. I got to drive her 30 year old Mercury Grand Marquis station wagon, “Mabel”, which was a super treat. We parked in the dense shade of  the Cottonwood trees and Annette got her drawing pad and pen, preparing to sketch the gnarled skeleton of the tree stump in front of her. I strolled along the “Marsh Trail” which was wonderfully shady and cool. I thoroughly enjoyed a meditational moment, sitting quietly on a bench, listening to trickling water and rustling in the trees; as birds flitted all around me. When I returned to the car, Annette was just finishing her sketch, which was really good and captured the shading and texture of the dead tree perfectly.


As summer swelters on, do you a favor and visit Covington Park; you’ll be glad you did. Stay well!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Movie Night Under the Stars | Hot Rods to Hell


Saturday, September 19, at 7:30 p.m.
Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center
65336 Winters Road, Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Continuing with our series of desert-themed movies filmed in the Mojave, or other nearby deserts, we humbly invite you to bring a date and watch...

HOT RODS TO HELL, 1967, 92 minutes

SYNOPSIS
The Phillips - Tom, his wife Peg, and their two children, teenager Tina and pre-teen Jamie - end up moving from their Boston home and buying a motel in Mayville in the California desert. Tom would be physically able to do the work required running a motel, and the dry heat is good for his back. But as they approach Mayville, they encounter a bunch of reckless hot rodders named Duke, Ernie and Gloria. Since Tom scolds them about their reckless behavior, they decide to make the Phillips' lives miserable by terrorizing them using their souped up vehicle.

STARSDana Andrews, Jeanne Crain, Mimsy Farmer, and introducing Mickey Rooney, Jr.

DIRECTOR
John Brahm (Lots and LOTS of early television)

LOCATIONSLake Los Angeles and Antelope Valley, CA

D O N A T I O N S
Adults: $3.00 Children: 75¢

Everyone is welcome.
Bring a chair for outdoor viewing if weather permits,
otherwise we’ll set up in the Center.

Delicious snacks available for a modest donation.
Ken's famous bacon-wrapped hotdogs and Mary Helen's famous home-baked delectables!


All proceeds keep the doors open at the
Copper Mountain Mesa Community Association
http://www.coppermountainmesa.com/

UPCOMING EVENTS
USDA Food Distribution, 9/21, 9-11 a.m.; Potluck, 9/26, 4 p.m.; First Saturday Breakfast, 10/3, 8-11 a.m.; First Tuesday Bingo, 10/6, 6-9 p.m.; PTSD Group, 10/13, 6-9 p.m.; Board Meeting, 10/10, 10 a.m.

The Thrift Store is open during these events.

First Saturday Pancake Breakfast of LOVE!!!!!

Waiter Patrick Whalen plants one of top of Ken Sitz.
(BTW, it's not just old people, lots of young hippsterish peoples, too!)
Saturday, September 5 from 8:00am - 11:00am
Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center
65336 Winters Road, Joshua Tree, CA 92252

INVITE SOMEONE who's never been. <3

Start the month off right with a hearty breakfast and a lot of local color. This all-volunteer monthly event is lovingly created by long-time (and short-time) locals cooking and serving a good homemade breakfast for just $5.00!

We have outdoor seating, so bring your vices and your dogs as long as you agree to bring your dirty dishes back to the kitchen. ?

The Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center was started in 1981 and is one of the only privately funded Community Centers in the area. Your breakfast helps the Center doors stay open and the services to the community flowing.

Bring a friend, bring several. CMMC First Saturday Pancake Breakfast is the hippest and happeningest place in North Joshua Tree. We're OUT there!

www.coppermountainmesa.org

Look! There's Michelle, and Karen, and Gloria, Aaron and Kelly, Ruth and Michael and Ken!

The THRIFT STORE will be open. Bring a bag for a cheap treasure hunt.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Hi-Desert Star Column #238

Our little Community continues to be challenged after the massive floods we had in late July. Even though men worked diligently grading and re-grading the roads, many Neighbors are still having to negotiate deep sand and rough road conditions, in order to get off the Mesa and head into town. Our main roads, like Winters, Coyote Valley, Lear, Cady, Friendship and Olsen still have rough spots and sand pits. Our less-travelled roads leading up to small groups of cabins, remain challenging and that’s putting it mildly! More of us have been stuck in mud or sand lately than I’ve experienced in all my days in the Desert. We carried plywood and shovels in the back of the truck for weeks and several times, we were glad we did! Our house, garage and porch were severely flooded during the rains and we’ve been letting the Desert air dry us out. Soon, we shall attack the fine layer of silt covering everything and get to work on the clean-up. Sadly, I lost another layer of boxes containing my “Kenya Cowgirl” books: this happens every few years when a jolly good gully-whumper rages through via my garage!

Water pools on the Copper Mountain Mesa before flash flooding begins.
 The Desert loved all the downpours and the landscape changed drastically thanks to the heavy rains. Many of the familiar gullies and rock piles were washed out: we had to forge a new path for daily walks with our dog Abigail the Schnitzen Schnoodle! Many shrubs and bushes are flowering profusely and all the plants look so happy. I’m seeing coyote melons sprouting hither and thither as well as desert lawns on much of our local land. Scorpions are rampant; we’re finding them in and out of the house and the flies are just ghastly! Everyone is saying we are in an “El Nino” year and if this turns out to be true, hold on to your hats people: we can expect some rains this winter!

A small wash starts to form during a heavy rain.
Our Community Potluck Buffet is happening this Saturday, August 29th from 4pm, at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center on Winters road. We’d love to see you; stay well!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Hi-Desert Star Column #237, August 15, 2015

Our little Community was sweltering recently, so it was a delightful turn of events when an opportunity presented itself to visit Ocean Beach, San Diego, where our son Erick lives with his lovely lady Courtney. It all came about when Matt - who lived with us as a teenager and is staying with us for a minute   - said it was one of his dearest wishes to visit the San Diego Zoo. Erick agreed that this was something we had to bring about and it soon became apparent that we would have to seize the moment, what with the Fall semester at Copper Mountain College starting on August 17th! So, we booked a room in Ocean Beach, rented an economy car from Hertz in Yucca Valley and drove off early Wednesday morning.


Abigail, our beloved golden Desert pup, accompanied us on her first trip anywhere, ever! She was so good, it was truly amazing and the Ocean Villa Hotel was right on the Dog Beach! We went walkies with all our new canine friends; chased each other around grinning hugely and even went swimming in the warm Pacific shallows!

Matt, who had never been in the Ocean before, waded out full of confidence, big smile: diving right  into the waves without a second thought. We got to have a lovely, long visit with Erick and Courtney; enjoying dinner and beers outside in the doggie run with Abigail and all her friends: it was utterly splendid!

At 8:30 the next morning, Erick picked Matt up and the two of them headed for the San Diego Zoo! Jim, Abigail and I enjoyed some more walkies on the Beach; all happy and warm, wading around: absolute bliss!

I am always glad to get home to the Mesa: back to the quiet and solitude. The house was cool and comfortable; thanks to our careful watering and mulching before we left, the garden was fine. Now that we know our golden Desert Dog morphs into a perfect beach babe pup, I’m hoping we’ll visit all our kids and grand kids more often; stay well!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Movies in the Desert | Highway Dragnet



Continuing with our series of desert-themed movies filmed in the Mojave, or other nearby deserts, we humbly invite  you to bring a date and watch...

HIGHWAY DRAGNET, 1954, 70 minutes

“Wrongly accused of killing a bar-girl he was seen with earlier, a Korean War vet flees from the police in the company of a woman photographer and her young female model.” – IMDB.com

Stars: Richard Conte, Joan Bennett, Wanda Hendrix

Director: Nathan Juran

Locations: The Salton Sea, Apple Valley Inn, Las Vegas and Riverside County, CA.

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 7:30 P.M.
Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center  
65336 Winters Rd, Joshua Tree, CA 92252

D O N A T I O N S
Adults: $3.00 Children: 75¢

Everyone is welcome.
Bring a chair for outdoor viewing if weather permits,
otherwise we’ll set up in the Center.

Delicious snacks available for a modest donation. 

All proceeds keep the doors open at the
Copper Mountain Mesa Community Association

UPCOMING EVENTS:
USDA Food Distribution, 8/17, 9-11 a.m.;  Potluck, 8/22, 4 p.m.; 
First Tuesday Bingo, 9/1, 6-9 p.m.; First Saturday Breakfast, 9/5, 8-11 a.m.;
PTSD Group, 9/8, 6-9 p.m.; Board Meeting, 9/12, 10 a.m.

The Thrift Store is open during these events.

Roads, after the storm

The road, after flash flooding in this wash
These two pictures are of Saturn Street in the Copper Mountain Mesa area of Joshua Tree after the storm on July 29. There was flash flooding in this wash and it dug through the road bed, lowering that portion of the road by a foot or more and filling it with sand.

Flood damage on Saturn Street
Water flooded down this road undercutting the road sides, and depositing about 8 inches of sand. You can see, on the right, where the undercarriage of a car has "ironed out" a ridge of sand. After the major roads were graded and dragged, the county began work on the interior roads. By the following week this road was plowed and there are now high berms of sand on the road sides. The roads have not been restored to their previous condition, but the chance of getting stuck in the sand has been greatly reduced.

If your road becomes impassable, call John Bradshaw at San Bernardino County Special Districts, at 909-387-5940.

Please be sure to keep extra water, food, candles or flashlights, a radio, and other emergency supplies on hand, and keep tabs on your neighbors.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Hi-Desert Star Column #236, August 7, 2015

Our little Community enjoyed a splendid turnout for August’s First Saturday Breakfast. Seventy-eight Neighbors braved the storm-damaged roads, to enjoy a mouth-wateringly, delicious Brekkie. Unfortunately, Neighbor Charles Lange got stuck in the wash on Coyote Valley, but he was soon rescued by Wonder Valley Neighbor, Bob Tellefsen, who towed him out in no time. I was given the morning off, as I just underwent eye surgery for cataract removal and a new lens implant. I joined the smokers on the gazebo (even though I quit cigarettes years ago) and we enjoyed a lovely breakfast outside in the rainwashed Desert breeze. Billy Myers shared a 12-pack of brewskis and a jolly good chinwag was had by all!

The next morning we took off for The Palms Bar and Restaurant, way down Amboy road, for breakfast. We hardly made it out of our immediate Neighborhood, as Winters road, east of Coyote Valley was horrendously damaged. We had to negotiate a deep, wide, unbelievably soft sandpit for about two miles, before we finally reached higher ground and better roads. Jim kept the pedal to the metal, as we swayed, shimmied, jolted and jarred our way through the (quick)sand in our little 2-wheel drive 1996 Chevy truck. Breakfast, lovingly prepared by our most beautiful and talented Laura Sibley, tasted even better than usual! Accompanied by her brother James Sibley’s awesome Bloody Marys: rarely has Brekkie tasted better!

The sand displaced from this wash filled a dip in Saturn Street, making it impassable. 
Saturday, August 15th, Neighbors gather again, to enjoy our “Movie under the Stars” evening at the Community Center. “Dragnet Highway” will be showing and of course it’s a wonderful excuse to catch up with friends and celebrate yet another Neighborly get-together. Check out “Copper Mountain Mesa Community” on Facebook for further details: see you around sunset.
Our USDA Food giveaway is on Monday, August 17th from 8:30am and don’t forget our Community Potluck Buffet on Saturday, August 29th, from 4pm.

Back to the grindstone on Monday August 17th (and the end of all this oh-so-fun summer partying!) as Fall 2015 Semester at Copper Mountain College begins. Two more semesters ‘til I graduate: stay well!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Hi-Desert Star Column #235, July 31, 2015

Our little Community was under water during recent torrential rains. In all the 23 years I’ve lived out here on Copper Mountain Mesa, I have never seen storms like those moving through during the last week of July. One in particular turned our land into a flood plain; our driveway into a raging river. At one point, water started coming in through the back gate, turning the porch into a torrent of mud and water. The damage would have been a lot worse if one of our foster sons, Matt, hadn’t been there. He dug trenches, rerouting the raging rivers away from the porch, garage and main house. With thunder and lightning directly overhead, gale force winds, hailstones and torrential rain: it was an awesome performance by Mother Nature and even though a tad scary, it was also a very energizing and euphoric experience. Once the rain stopped, our other foster son, Cody, braved the flowing washes and mud bogs, to drive his wife Margaret and their two sons over to see us and make sure we were alright. Cody obviously enjoyed the hair-raising adventure immensely: his wife and children, however: not so much. The three of them looked quite pale-faced; eyes large with fright. Cody grew up on the Mesa and knows these roads intimately, having ridden every road on his dirtbike over the years; so he was able to pick a safe route on the desert dirt roads. Later, we heard others had not been so fortunate; becoming stuck and stranded. One man buried his full-size truck up to the frame, while the drainage pipes on Coyote Valley road were completely exposed by a chasm created by the rushing waters! Flashfloods are always dangerous and I’m relieved we survived this one: it was a doozy!


This is a video of a previous flash flood illustrating how bad it can get.

 Our Community Association Board meeting is happening this Saturday August 8, from 10am. You are most welcome to join us. Next Saturday, August 15, from 7:30pm, we are showing “Highway Dragnet” for our “Movie under the Stars” evening; starring: Richard Conte, Joan Bennett and Wanda Hendrix; directed by Nathan Juran. Stay well!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Panorama Heights Cloudscape

Yesterday saw big storms and beautiful clouds.


This picture was taken by writer Chris Clarke.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Hi-Desert Star Column #234, July 24, 2015

Our little Community looked more like the Sahara Desert than Copper Mountain Mesa, when all those winds were blowing through here. Phaw! The sand and dust relentlessly encroached upon our Neighborhood and visibility was down to about 100 yards just before dusk. The next days everyone was talking about the “Haboobs”. Is this an Americanization of the word “Habu”? (A Mediterranean term describing the phenomenon of turbulent, gusting winds whipping up sand and dust; driving this wall relentlessly forward, covering everything in a carpet of grit.) When I posted this question on Facebook, I received some deliciously naughty comments!

A sandstorm, or habu, building.
Anyhooo, our 3rd Saturday of the month “Movie under the Stars” evening went on, regardless of all the winds, sand and rains! “The Beast with a Million Eyes” was shown indoors, but some of us just stayed outside, under the gazebo; in the smokers section, gently partying, enjoying a lovely chinwag!
Our most splendiferously delicious Brekkie is happenin’ this Saturday, August 1st, from 8-11am. We’ve enjoyed tremendous turnouts lately, with well over 70 people of all ages and persuasions joining us for a jolly good Breakfast! Can’t wait to see You!

Discovered I received an ‘A’ in that History class I took during Summer Semester at Copper Mountain College: Yay! I am excited about the Fall semester and encourage you to sign up for classes: we are still accepting Fall registrations. How about an Art class? The Ceramics class has a brand new kiln and there’s Graphic Design; Digital Photography; what’s your passion? Hope to see you on campus: we’ll say “Helllooo!”

Hopefully all this ghastly detoured traffic through our quaint Desert towns will be over by then. Highway 62 suffered extensive damage during the Rains and our roads are getting hammered by this extra-heavy traffic.

Our Tuesday Night Bingo Party is on August 4th, from 6pm: we had a good crowd last month: hope to see you all again! Our monthly Board meeting falls on August 8th, from 10am: you are welcome to join in the fun! Our 2nd Tuesday PTSD meeting is on August 11th from 6pm. Stay well!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Hi-Desert Star Column #233, July 16, 2015

Our little Community gathered for an excellent Board meeting on Saturday morning July 11th. We were running the meetings with one board member short for the last few months; ever since Kathy Quinn moved back to San Diego to take care of her Mum. We have a full board once again, however, thanks to David King, who lives on the Mesa and is proving to be a wonderful Neighbor. He is extremely bright and tech-savvy: another awesome addition to our beloved Community.

Speaking of which, Ken and Teresa Sitz attended the meeting too. It was lovely to see them; they have been working their warm and intelligent magic on the Mesa for well over a year now and we are so lucky and grateful to have them as Neighbors.

We had a brilliant PTSD meeting on the second Tuesday of July and I was truly touched by the trust and honesty displayed by all of us. This is my favorite group therapy meeting, ever and we have a new facilitator: Matt from Pacific Clinics. Really a super-sensitive, kind man; we are very fortunate indeed that he’s willing to drive all the way out here to the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center, just for us Neighbors. Thank you, Matt and see you on August 11th.

Here’s a heads up for the Events coming up at the Community Center, 65-336 Winters Road, in Far North Joshua Tree. Our “Movie under the Stars” night is always on the third Saturday of the Summer months, which is on the 15th in August,  (July’s movie is “The Beast with a Million Eyes”). Our monthly Community Potluck Buffet takes place on the last Saturday of every month, while our First Saturday Breakfast is on August 1st: we had a great turnout on July 4th: looking forward to seeing you all again. Bingo Party is on Tuesday August 4th and fyi, Mary Koval and her daughter Chris are staying on the Mesa a little longer and will continue to be part of the Events at the Community Center through the Summer months. Stay well!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Movie Night Under the Stars

Enjoy a date with The Beast with a Million Eyes!


Continuing with our series of desert-themed movies filmed in the Mojave, or other deserts, we humbly suggest you...

Schedule a date with the BEAST WITH A MILLION EYES!

1955, 75 minutes. Filmed in Indio.

An isolated family running a date farm in the middle of the California desert faces up to their discontents when confronted by an alien invader.

Stars: Paul Birch, Lorna Thayer (Five Easy Pieces), and Dona Cole. Dick Sargent (Bewitched!) plays a deputy.

Director: David Kramarsky, Roger Corman (uncredited)

The movie is preceded by Kip's eminently charming and funny vintage cartoons and advertisements.

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 7:30 P.M.
65336 Winters Rd, Joshua Tree, CA 92252

DONATIONS: Adults: $3.00 Children: 75¢
Everyone is welcome.

Bring a chair for outdoor viewing if weather permits, otherwise we’ll set up in the Center.

Delicious snacks available for a modest donation.
Make a meal of Ken's Xtreme Muscle hot dogs with grilled onions, jalapenos and sriracha mayo available accompanied by Susie's fab barbecue beans.

All proceeds keep the doors open at the
Copper Mountain Mesa Community Association
http://www.coppermountainmesa.com/

Facebook: bit.ly/beastwithamillioneyes

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Hi-Desert Star Column #232

[ Note: This column will not appear in the Hi-Desert Star.]

Our little Community Column almost didn’t make it into the newspapers this week. I woke up at four-thirty this morning and realised I had forgotten to write my 350-word piece, which is published in at least 3 local newspapers every week. I am supposed to meet my deadline of noon on Fridays. How could I possibly forget and miss my deadline? Leaving all my loyal and devoted readers columnless for this week, is a serious dropping the ball situation, right? Well, see, that’s the problem. Our deadline was changed a number of weeks ago and from what I see and hear, all your “Neighborhood News” Columnists are upset about it. Used to be, our deadline was Thursdays at noon and our Columns would be published in that Saturday’s newspaper. Now, we submit our columns by noon on Fridays, but they’re not published until the following week’s newspapers. So either I’m bringing you really “old hat” news, or I’m simply waffling trying to fill up my column.

Like our July 4th Community Breakfast last Saturday. As we are no longer reaching our readers in a timely fashion about upcoming events, we resorted to creating a Facebook Event to remind our Neighbors. Actually that worked really well, as we had the pleasure of serving 73 Neighbors an utterly delicious Breakfast. But still...we really missed a few regulars, who had obviously forgotten about the Breakfast, because it wasn’t in the paper that morning and had barely been mentioned the week before. I was tempted to mention the Breakfast in a prediction sort of way for the July 11th newspaper. You know: “A fabulous fourth of July Brekkie was enjoyed by all…”, but then I said to my friend Teresa Sitz who does the Joshua Tree column: “What if I report on the wonderful brekkie and there’s an earthquake that day and the Center collapses and there are no survivors? Everyone would know I was lying!”

Anyhooo; there it is. You missed our Bingo party on July 7th and you will miss our exciting board meeting, which is happening today, as I write this, but you won’t hear about it in the paper for another two weeks. Phaw; stay well!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

4th of JULY 1st Saturday Breakfast!

Breakfast is from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. - $5.00!!!

IT'S HOT - Let US cook for YOU!
Start the month off right with a hearty breakfast and a little local color. This all-volunteer monthly event is lovingly created by long-time (and short-time) locals cooking and serving a good homemade breakfast for just $5.00! 

The Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center was started in 1981 and is one of the only Community Centers funded completely by the community it serves. Your breakfast helps the Center doors stay open and the services to the community flowing.

Bring a friend, bring several. CMMC First Saturday Pancake Breakfast is the hippest and happenest place in North Joshua Tree. We're OUT there!

We also have the coolest, thriftiest thrift store in the Basin.

AND, we'll have the Edward Abbey issue of the Desert Oracle for sale with proceeds going to the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center.

Hi-Desert Star Column #230

Our little Community is in the second week of the “Lake Fire”; which has been spewing its smoke and ashes on us since June 17. At first, it looked like the fire would avoid us and be quickly contained, but at this time, it is raging and there’s no end in sight. Pioneer Town, Burns Canyon and Rimrock were under evacuation, as were the ranches along Pipes Canyon road. A friend of us lost all his chickens to smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion, before evacuating to Yucca Valley Community Center.

We were on standby for horse rescue during the first weekend of the fire, but Yucca Valley Equestrian Center stepped up to help large animals and livestock, while the Yucca Valley Animal Shelter housed dogs, cats and other smaller animals. It’s been extremely stressful for all of us, on so many levels; the most basic of which was difficulty breathing! And the heat: OMG! I sincerely hope that by the time you read this column, the fire will be out and we can begin the recuperation process.
The Lake Fire and a Meteor, captured by local, Frank Joseph Smith. Posted with permission.
The summer semester is underway at Copper Mountain College. I have been taking a U.S. History class. It’s seriously kicking my butt, cramming 18 weeks of classes and homework into 18 days! It is a fascinating class, and we have been studying the events leading up to the American Revolution. I definitely identify with American History and wanting Independence from the English. I was born in Kenya, on the East coast of Africa; a colony formerly known as British East Africa. The Kenyans won their Independence on December 12, 1963, after a bloody struggle against the British: known as the Mau Mau Uprising. I was just 8 years old, but I clearly remember the jubilation and rejoicing the moment Independence was won and a republic was born.

In my mid-twenties, I came to California as an immigrant, exactly thirty-three years ago. Now my American-born son Erick is a United States Citizen and I hope to be given some healthy American Grandchildren; who closely resemble their African-European-American Grandmother! 

Happy Birthday, America: stay well!


Many thanks, Robert Deloyd

Robert Deloyd managed the website for the Copper Mountain Mesa for many, many year and his work is still online at http://www.coppermountainmesa.com.

Today we want to thank Bob for all the hard work he put in supporting the firefighters at the Lake Fire. Bob and his fellow CERT members gave necessary and needed support and Bob kept us all informed about the fire's status. Thanks, Bob!

Read more about Bob and buy his desert books:
http://www.amazon.com/Robert-DeLoyd/e/B00BEL68R8

Bob is the man at the end of this line.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Movie Night: June 20 - Lonely are the Brave


Movie Night is proud to present Lonely are the Brave, Saturday, June 20 at 8:00 p.m., at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center.

Kirk Douglas and Gena Rowlands star in the movie Lonely are the Brave, an adaptation of the Edward Abbey book, The Brave Cowboy. The last cowboy comes head-to-head with the march of civilization in this modern western. The bar fight with the one-armed man is action-packed, Gena Rowlands is hot, hot, hot, and the final chase scene is filled with suspense. I couldn't even watch to the end the first time I watched the movie.

Ken will make his gourmet hotdogs - either Hebrew National or Nathans - and Mary Helen will make something delectible - she's famous for her baking, being the one who bakes the biscuits for the biscuits and gravy of First Saturday breakfast fame.

So bring a chair (and if you forget you can borrow one from the Center), and a cooler with your favorite beverage, and enjoy a movie under the stars with the warm desert breeze blowing by. Kip projects the movie on a real movie screen on the back of the cargo container so it's as good as the real deal.

All donations benefit the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center. The CMMCC is funded by memberships and member donations and take no money from the government. Your donations help keep the doors open.

Hope to see you there!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1660031844231181/