Friday, May 15, 2015

Hi-Desert Star Column #224

Patrick Whalen (right), professional waiter!
Our little Community sends warm congratulations to our very own Patrick Whalen. He is quite simply the most splendid Neighbor you could ever wish for. Patrick has been associated with Copper Mountain Mesa for longer than he would like me to tell you! His dearly departed mother, Kay began bringing her children out here in the sixties. She is kindly remembered by all who knew her, as a warm, Neighborly, patriotic woman of the sandy frontier. She is one of our Elders and helped create this amazing high desert community and center. Patrick is cut from the same cloth and carries forth her amazing genes, gracing us with his neighborly kindness. Once again, Patrick has gone above and beyond for his Community. As a CERT (certified emergency response technician), Patrick jumped through the necessary hoops in order to obtain an Emergency Medical Kit for our Community Center. Your Neighbors thank and love you very much Patrick!

Tonight, we are holding our first “Movie under the Stars” of the year, which is: “It came from outer space”. Teresa and Ken Sitz, with Kip Fjeld host this monthly summer event and Neighbors are excited! Please join us around sunset tonight: there will be hot and not dogs, popcorn, sodas and other yummies available; please bring chairs and all your friends!

Next Saturday May 23, Neighbors are gathering at the Wonder Valley Community Center at 11am. We are being given the latest scoop on the Bureau of Land Management’s decision to open up more public lands to off-highway vehicles. There’s a lot of BLM land on the Mesa; giving us the feeling of thousands of acres of unspoiled, unprocessed land stretching all the way to the marine base fence. What if BLM decided to open that up to staged gatherings of people, trailers, noise, dust, smoke, city manners…? I think we should talk about this Neighbors and next Saturday is our opportunity to do so. Hope to see you there.

OHV damage on the Copper Mountain Mesa
Get out the vote on Measure X Yucca Valley: let your voice be heard; stand up for what you believe in; stay well!

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