Thursday, March 24, 2016

Hi-Desert Star Column #268, March 24, 2016

Our little Community is definitely feeling the Spring in the air!

Springtime on the mesa

 Flowers everywhere and that lovely warm sunshine.  Turkey vultures all over our tamarisk tree last week suggested that Spring is here and this was confirmed by a huge gobble of turkey vultures on a cottonwood tree by the Surprise Valley water well a few days later.

Wow, March just blew through didn’t it? It’s the April Community Breakfast next week, April 2nd, yay! Everybody’s favorite day of the month. It’s also the end of an era: our very last $5.00 All-American Breakfast, including unlimited access to the coffee pot. We have been forced to raise the price of the Adults Breakfast to $7.00 per person; the Child Breakfast price remains $2.50. All the food choices and beverages remain the same: fresh squeezed orange juice or V-8; Eggs; Bacon or sausage; home fried potatoes; pancakes; biscuits and gravy or toast, with unlimited coffee. Our Oatmeal Special, brimmin’ with trimmin’s and other monthly side dishes will continue to be offered.

Rising costs and dwindling funds made this price increase inevitable and it will go into effect at the May 7th Breakfast. We are sincerely hoping that most of our guests won’t blink an eye and will cheerfully fork over the extra two bucks per person to help keep their beloved Center going. However, as we all know, Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center, stewarded by the volunteers and members of the CMMC Association, has been a friendly face and a full, happy tummy to many of our low-income Neighbors for decades and we aim to keep it that way. So no worries if the wallet won’t stretch any further, we will figure something out, okay? Seeing your face is worth way more than 2 bucks! 

Sat. March 26th Eggstravaganza
Egg coloring at the Center 
Don’t forget the Easter egg coloring event during the Community Potluck Buffet this Saturday March 26th, from 4pm. Please join us for delicious dishes, Egg coloring party and a jolly good chin wag and bring the kids, grand- and great-grandkids; let’s celebrate that Spring has Sprung on Copper Mountain Mesa:
stay well!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Hi-Desert Star Column #267, March 19, 2016

Our little Community Potluck Buffet will be going on next Saturday, March 26th, from 4pm. That is Easter weekend, so we’ve decided to hold our annual Egg Coloring event that Saturday as well.

Should be fun; we’ve always enjoyed ourselves immensely, creating beautiful huevos, outside on the porch at our beloved Community Center. So, please join us and bring the kids, the grandkids and the great-grandkids, as well as all your favorite friends and neighbors. Let’s party people! Whatever your religious persuasion might be, coloring eggs is always a unifying, joyful experience for all concerned. Hope to see you there, along with your favorite dish to share!

Upcoming Monday morning, our very dear and appreciated Neighbor, Bill Trees, will be organizing the details for our monthly USDA food giveaway, beginning at 10a.m. This food giveaway and our monthly Breakfast continue to be the two biggest attractions for getting Neighbors to leave their own, personal Desert retreats and come join us at the Community Center!

By the way, I misreported on our road grading status last week.

Winters Road west of Friendship
Winters road was only graded from the pavement to Friendship road and Coyote Valley road was graded from La Brisa to the intersection of Winters. That’s it. Neighbors on the east end of the Mesa did not receive any road grading whatsoever. Sadly, the ‘smooth-job’ barely lasted a few days anyway, before all the old ruts, sand traps and solid rock ‘curbs’ were right back where we started from. The grader dude did an incomplete job on the few roads he worked on and his bill for that privilege was $840: I saw it with my own eyes! Meantime, boy do we pay the price for our appalling roads. A few weeks back, Jim had to replace our in-tank fuel pump; last week the idler bearing seized, the  bolt rattled completely out and our serpentine belt dropped off into the road, disabling the entire vehicle! What’s next? Well, I took a bad tumble, landed on my face and slid on my nose for a bit, so if you see me, be nice OK? Stay well!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Hi-Desert Star Column #266, March 10, 2016

Our little Community Breakfast was rockin’ again last Saturday. Eighty-three guests fed and sent on down the bumpy dirt roads, with happy tummies and faces.

Speaking of bumpy dirt roads, ours were smooth for half a second, about a week ago. I mentioned it in this column and praised the “mystery grader” to high heaven! Weeell; turns out this was not an act of charity or kindness! Winters road was graded from the pavement to Lear avenue and Coyote Valley road was graded from La Brisa to the intersection of Winters. That’s it and as I said, the ‘smooth-job’ barely lasted a few days before all the old ruts, sand traps and solid rock ‘curbs’ were right back where we started from.

Apparently, someone from San Bernardino County supervisors office authorized this grading and we were sent the bill! Yup: you heard me, Copper Mountain Mesa Community Association, which is barely managing to keep the doors open at our Community Center, received a bill from the “mystery grader” for $840.00! Mind you, all of us Neighbors just forked over for property taxes in December and we’re about to fork over a whole lot more by April 10th. Part of those taxes is supposed to finance the grading and maintaining of our dirt roads. What is going on? I smell a stinky, that’s what: a big, fat stinky! Rest assured, CMMCA Board members Steve Tuttle, Kip Fjeld, Mike Casey and David King are all over it and we are splendidly represented at the Municipal Advisory Committee meetings, by Mary Helen Tuttle.

Our monthly Board meeting is happening this Saturday morning, March 12th, from 10 o’clock. The monthly USDA food giveaway is on Monday, March 21st from 9am. Also, I’ve received enquiries regarding our annual Easter egg-coloring party, which we usually tag on to the breakfast nearest to Easter weekend. This year, however, Easter falls on the weekend of March 26th and our Community Potluck Buffet just happens to fall on that weekend, the last Saturday of March. Perhaps it would be more fun to color eggs at the Potluck party? I await your response; stay well!

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EMR (Emergency Medical Responder) Information Session


EMR (Emergency Medical Responder) Information Session
Saturday, April 16, 2016, from 2 PM - 4 PM
Wonder Valley Community Center
80526 1/2 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277

The community members of Copper Mountain Mesa are cordially invited and welcome to attend and participate in this event.

There will be an EMR Information Session on Saturday, April 16 from 2 - 4 p.m. at the Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road. Come find out why you, or someone you know, should take this training.

If the Community of Wonder Valley chooses to form its own Paid Call or Volunteer Firefighter program we will need to train and qualify community members to participate.

There are two steps to this process:
  1. Take and pass the EMR Training (in as little as one month)
  2. Take and pass the Firefighter Training (in as little as one semester)
Both of these programs are provided at Copper Mountain College and are scheduled to accommodate working people.

The next EMR training starts on June 13 and continues through July 13. Classes are on Monday through Thursday from 9 to 11:50 a.m. at Fire Station 422 in Desert Heights (north of Twentynine Palms). There are no requirements or prerequisites for taking this course. There is no age limit.

This is a 3 unit college course. The cost is $46.00 per unit for a total of $138.00, plus the cost of the textbook which is $125.00. Students are also responsible for purchasing a CPR Pocket Mask, stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, and a pen light.

Some SCHOLARSHIPS and FEE WAIVERS may be available and we will have a Financial Aid Specialist from Copper Mountain College come to the Community Center in May to help people apply for financial aid and fee waivers. Please contact James Brakebill at AND Teresa Sitz at if you are interested in registering for the EMR course. Attend the EMR Information Session to find out more and to talk one to one with students currently enrolled in the program.

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Fire Extinguisher Training

Fire Extinguisher Training
Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 10 AM - 2 PM
Wonder Valley Community Center
80526 1/2 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277

The Community Members of Copper Mountain Mesa are cordially invited and welcome to attend and participate in this event.

What did everyone say after our last Fire Extinguisher Training Class?

“I had no idea how much I didn’t know!” 

Three hours of classroom fire safety instruction and one final hour when we go outside to start and put out fires. At the end of the class you will be MUCH better prepared to protect your house and your loved ones from fire! Don't miss this important training!

The instructor will be James Brakebill, head of the Copper Mountain College Fire Technology Program, and the community member who explained to us the Paid Call Firefighter Program at the last fire meeting.

Contact Teresa Sitz at if you want to attend this training. You will receive a certificate upon completion.

A $10 donation is requested and will be used to refill the fire extinguishers that we use during practice. Some scholarships are available for those who cannot afford a donation, or bring your own fire extinguisher to use and then refill. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

MR. FIRE PROTECTION of Yucca Valley will be on site to refill and recertify your home fire extinguishers (for a fee), or to sell you a fire extinguisher based on your needs. This service is available to everyone whether they take the training or not. Drop in and bring your fire extinguishers if you have them.

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