Our Local Hospital, Hi-Desert Medical Center, is in Jeopardy !

Our Local Hospital, Hi-Desert
Medical Center, is in Jeopardy !
SAY NO ! BIG SOLAR Targets Landers !
A public input meeting at the SBd Government
Center in Joshua Tree Jan. 6. starts at 10 am until
all speak-3 min. limit. Come say NO! to declining
property values, blowing dust, visual blight,
environmental degradation, loss of habitat loss for
tortoise and other desert animals, loss of tourism
and more. For more info call 760-705-1943
or email [email protected]
High Desert Medical Center (HDMC) has been
operated by Hi-Desert Memorial Health Care District
as a community-owned public entity since its
inception in the late 1950s. Facing serious financial
challenges, physician recruitment and keeping pace
with rapidly changing technologies, the District can
no longer operate on its own and is at a major
Thousands of community hospitals
across the United States have been closing in the
last few years leaving rural areas without adequate
medical care. HDMC’s Board of Directors is in negotiations with Tenet Healthcare and Strategic
Global Management, both of whom own numerous
hospitals and are interested in acquiring HDMC.
HDMC is a general medical and surgical hospital
with 179 beds. Over 25,000 patients yearly visit the
hospital's emergency room
Located on White Feather Rd. in Joshua Tree,
this hospital serves the communities of Yucca
Valley, Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms including
the Marine Base, Morongo Valley, Pioneertown,
Landers and Johnson Valley.
A representative from HDMC will speak at the
YMIA potluck at 6 PM on FEBRUARY 27 about how
these upcoming changes will affect Mesa residents
and the Hi-Desert community at large. For more
information visit www.hdmc.org
High Desert Homegrown Poultry Association’s next quarterly meeting will be at 6 PM on Wednesday,
January 28 at YMIA. Founder Charla Shamhart will bring samples of many poultry feeds available
locally and talk about nutritional content that chickens and other poultry need to grow properly and
lay eggs. There will also be a demonstration in sprouting grains for green forage for poultry (and
other animals). Meetings are always lively and everyone learns something new. All are welcome
including children. While there is no charge for the meeting, a hat is passed to cover donations for
use of the YMIA Community Center. They are on Facebook at High Desert Homegrown Poultry
Association or join Raising Homegrown Poultry on FB for poultry discussion and questions. For more
information call Charla at 760-401-0689
~ Rick Sayers
Happy New Year members, friends and neighbors!
I hope finds everyone in good spirits and good health.
We kicked the holiday season off with a successful Holiday Open House on December 14th where
we had 10 new members join our association. I want to welcome all the new folks! Thanks to everyone
who helped, especially Barbara Harris for food, support and her famous gift baskets!! Thanks to
Dominique and Rodrigo Gonzalez, Manuel Borgia and Paula Carter who helped me decorate. Paula
brought food and assisted with clean-up afterwards. And a Big thanks to Bob Garcia who brought his
guitar and sang the afternoon away.
While I am in the thanking mode, I want to thank Nancy Sammons for her many years of service to
our community center, and a thank you to Dominique for taking over the Secretary position. Also, thanks
to previous YMIA President Ed Cronin and Tim Gililan, because I think of both of them every time I look
at the Simi Dabah sculpture they installed. This has now become our brand.
We are trying some new things this year, so I am hoping everyone on the Mesa comes out to enjoy
these new community activities. One of our ideas is to have a monthly catered dinner. For those of you that
came to Starry Nights and ate tacos, burritos or fry bread, we are having the same caterers
Danny and Gina Eheverria for our first dinner on Fiesta Friday, January 30th.
Now to more serious business. Ever since I have lived here there have been people or companies
wanting to impose their will on our neighbors, the residents of the Homestead Valley. The first battle that I
was involved with was in opposition to the annexation of Yucca Mesa by the town of Yucca Valley. The
dust had not settled when Green Path North reared its head and the overwhelming opposition to the high
power transmission lines was victorious. Then in 2011 we had The Lava Buttes wind turbine project.
Cherry Good of Pioneertown started the coalition called Save Our Desert. People from all over the area
joined the community effort and we were able to have the Black Buttes project stopped before damage was
done, which now brings us to our friends to the north in Landers.
At this moment there are three massive solar fields being proposed to be built in Landers. Some
people call them solar farms but these are not traditional farms, as farms are places where things grow and
thrive. After all this land is scraped clean nothing will grow there for hundreds of years. These projects are
the result of ignorant politicians in Washington and Sacramento who think the desert is 'barren' and that
'nothing lives there'. We have tried in vain to engage our elected representatives to help us resist the
invasion of these misguided projects in the high desert, but our pleas for help have gone unanswered. If you
want a glimpse of what Yucca Mesa could look like in the future drive down Highway 62 toward the I-10
and when you get to Pierson Road look to your left and you see the future of the Morongo Basin. If you do
don’t want to look out your living room window and see acres of solar panels, now is the time to vocally let
your elected representatives know. Beginning at 10AM on January 6 in the San Bernardino County Government Center concerned citizens will each be given 3 minutes to tell our county supervisors exactly what is
on their minds. I am guessing there are going to be many people in attendance so this meeting will probably
go late into the afternoon. What I have learned since I have lived here is that you cannot trust any politicians
to do what is in your best interest. Your MUST make your opinions known, as you cannot trust your elected
representatives to do the right thing.
I hope to see you on January 6th in Joshua Tree to speak against the mega-solar projects!
As a youngster in Massachusetts, Manuel
Borges , YMIA’s new Treasurer (replacing Paula
Carter) began building small bows out of rose
bushes and elm tree branches. It was after he
found a piece of live oak in a fire pit that he
began more serious efforts at real bow making.
He discovered that making authentic bows is
time consuming and often produces a broken
bow when it was almost finished. He has built
about 30 customized bows and dozens of
arrows and even knapped some stone points
from obsidian.
At the January 23 YMIA potluck,
Manuel will be the featured speaker and will
explain bowmaking to the group. Don’t miss
this informative talk!
By Donation
YMIA is a 501 (c) 4 non-profit
Call or email Rick Sayers
760-574-6598 [email protected]
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Meeting 3rd Thursday of each month
St. Christopher of the Desert, Joshua Tree
7 PM
Membership $15 Individual $20 Family
Contact Manuel Borges 760-365-2652
Amateur Radio Emergency Service
Meeting 1st Thursday of each month
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Yucca Valley
Contact Manuel Borges 760-365-2652
27 YMIA Potluck + hospital speaker
Proud Spirit no Borders Cooking — Chefs Gena and Danny Echeverria who catered the
recent Starry Nights Festival are cooking at YMIA on January 30. The menu is a Mexican
dinner of 3 authentic street taco’s, rice, beans, chips and salsa as well as a dessert and music
of Old Mexico! PRE-SALE tickets are $10.00 for adults ($13 at the door) and $7.00 for children
under 10. Hours will be from 6-8 PM. Tickets at YMIA’s monthly potluck on Jan. 23 or call.
Christmas at YMIA Community Center
While the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors meeting is held in San Bernardino, locals can
attend an interactive video teleconferencing session where the Board members may see as well as hear
speakers at the Bob Burke Joshua Tree Government Center, located at 63665 Twentynine Palms
Highway, Joshua Tree, CA 92252. The public input time begins at 10am but is expected to continue for
many hours, so come on over even if you cannot arrive at the start!
Linda Willgues
lived in Landers for 10 years and
was a dedicated communityminded volunteer, serving as an
officer of the Landers Association,
correspondent to the Hi-Desert
Star and newsletter editor. She was
known to all the bargain hunters
who love the Landers Thrift Store,
as she and her helpers worked
very hard to reorganize and
improve it.
She was Landers delegate to the
HVCC for several years. Even
though she was forced by ill health
to discontinue attending meetings,
she faithfully continued to be the
e-mails and the
photos show her
during our 2010
Poker Run fundraiser, and at the
presentation of the flag that flew
in Afghanistan over one of the
Marine units HVCC sponsored.
Linda lost her long fight with
cancer on October 23. She was
only 60 years old.
anders residents whose homes lie
within 1,000 feet of the Bowman
Solar development were indignant
that they did not receive the required
notification by
mail that this 35acre project was to
go in just up-slope
from them. They also missed legal
notices in the Hi-Desert Star and
various radio announcements.
So it came as a bombshell to hear
the County Planning Commission
had ok’d the permit for s-Power to
proceed with construction...and there
were only days to appeal...and the
fee would be almost $1200.
An emergency meeting at Belfield
Hall on Saturday, December 13, drew
about 80 people from Landers and
other Homestead Valley communities. A representative from s-Power
was on hand to explain the project
and answer questions. Too late.
he 1000-foot notification rule is
ridiculous in the sparsely-populated desert where most parcels are 5
acres and neighbors are few and far
between. The closest resident complained of construction noise, trespass and vulgar language by workers
in the hearing of her kids. It turns out
this was not s-Power jumping the
gun on the permit, but an SC Edison
contractor trenching in the Bowman
Trail right-of-way to tie into existing
underground cables connected to the
transmission lines along Reche Rd.
The protesters raised the money to
pay the appeal fee,
and filed the
appeal before the
was the following Monday.
he Homestead Valley Community Council is on record since
the days of the battle against the
LADWP Green Path North transmission lines: The better way to utilize
renewable energy is solar generation on
rooftops and parking lots in already built
environments, at the point of use.
The system the County now uses
permits industrial projects on private
property and fails to protect County
residents and their property values.
The Planning Commission ignores
County General Plan requirements
for development compatible with the
character of desert neighborhoods.
This has now resulted in what looks
to be the first of many private property is being leased and sold for industrial projects. The cumulative
effect is “upgrades” of power poles
and transmission lines. Those already
in place are not scenic. Who wants
them? No one.
Is it any wonder the County, SCE and
the developers are called sneaky?
First Industrial Solar
in Homestead Valley
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