1) First Saturday Breakfast at 8:30AM Saturday the 4th!
2) Monday 13th- Neighborhood Watch 6PM- CMMA Board meeting 7PM
3) USDA Food Distribution is on Monday 20th!!!!!
4) PotLuck is on Saturday the 25th at 4PM
Check our Calendar below for Birthdays, Special Events, and Astronomical happenings :)
Our little Community is holding our monthly Potluck Party at 4pm, on this last Saturday of the month, in the full swing of Memorial Weekend: the unofficial beginning of Summer! WooHoo: should be quite a Party!
Our USDA Food Give-away served 112 Families last Monday, including 35 from Joshua Tree, whose Food Give-Away has been discontinued due to lack of Volunteers.
In response to my lament about rodents eating our vegetables, Neighbor Mad Mack sent in the following ecologically sound pest control methods,
He says: “Do NOT use these inside your house: EVER!
* 1) Mix ½ a coffee can each of corn flour & concrete mix (Concrete mix is $6-8 @ 50lb bag) and salt (1/8 cup or so): flavor to suit rats. Distribute in pie tins (or something not easily overturned, a rock would help) where you've seen the rats. Provide plenty of fresh water next to tins. Wouldn't want the "poor lil guys" to be thirsty, and they're gonna need the water. Move to next nest site when rats stop comin' 'round. Dogs, rabbits, snakes, and birds pretty much leave the mixture alone, altho they like the water. Not sure 'bout lizards & such, but I keep an eye out. Watch awhile to ensure only rats eat it.
* 2) Fill a 5 gal bucket 'bout 1/2 full, put a layer of sunflower seeds floating on top (seeds not necessary, but they help some), where you've seen the rats.
SECURE a board (don't want 'em to fall off and get hurt) for a rat "easy on express ramp", and scoop drowned rats daily. Change water after 20 or so rats go swimmin'. Keep an eye on the water level: too low they WILL jump out, too high and they'll climb out. Be aware the water may attract coyotes.” Well, thank you, Mad Mack!
Happy May Birthday Wishes go out to Eva Stokes; Tim Herrera, Jackie Johnston, Cal Myers, Karen van Noort and Mary Moowea. We fondly remember Bob Nelson and Ruth Ruffin. Hope we’re all ready for Summer, ‘cause here she comes: stay well!
ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK The Year 2012
By Annelies Kuiper
Our little Community used to have its very own Fire Station, in the building on the 5 acres next to the Center. The Fire truck was manned – and in a few cases womanned – by Community Volunteers and their response time was mighty quick. The building has been vacant ever since the Fire Department pulled out due to lack of funding a few years back and we are now dependent on 29Palms, Joshua Tree and San Bernardino County Fire Departments, twenty-odd miles away.
Recently, a Mesa Resident expressed interest in renting the building from the Community Association. So, after we distributed 80 bags at the USDA Food Give-away last Monday, a few of us went over to the Fire Station to have a peek inside. Steve Tuttle met us over there and unlocked the door. I was impressed by the light streaming in through skylights and although the place needs a thorough cleaning, the atmosphere felt really pleasant.
Outside, we noticed that somebody had dumped a load of tires over the fence, even though a sign clearly states that the tire dumping site has been closed, as of May 2011, due to lack of County funding. Now we have to dispose of all those tires, thank you very much. “Phaw”, I say to the inconsiderate, unlawful, narcissistic dumper who did this. Next time, please dump your tires at the County Hazardous Waste site in Joshua Tree; next to Garry’s Tires, open the third Saturday of every month.
Also, somebody keeps stealing our Neighborhood Watch signs on Winters and Border. What is up with that? Mischievous children; disgruntled scrappers; spiteful pranks? Please stop: those signs are expensive and they help keep our Neighborhood safe.
Sixteen people showed up for the Bingo and Supper Party last Tuesday. Steve Tuttle served Chicken, Turkey and Beef Pot Pies. Sandy Smith won the Jugball prize and Dyan Carroll won Bingo draw for next week. Ruthie Malton won the White Elephant prize and chose pretty greeting cards with envelopes.
The Potluck Party is today at 4p.m. Have a safe Memorial weekend everyone; stay well!
FIVE YEARS AGO THIS WEEK The Year 2008
By Bob DeLoyd 05/24/2008
Our little community has been constantly windy for many months now. I have asked some old timers if they can remember it being this windy for this length of time. They can remember it being windier, but not for this long and not as consistently as it is now.
On a few nights centered on May 5th the trails of fragments left behind by Halley’s Comet will come streaking across the night sky at 44 miles a second. Named after a star in the constellation Aquarius, the eta Aquarid Meteor Shower’s radiant appears to come out of the 4th-magnitude star eta Aquarii that’s 184 light years away from Earth and sits almost exactly on the Celestial Equator. Look towards the eastern horizon around 2:30am as Aquarius rises and expect to see 5 to 10 meteors per hour.
My old neighbor Scott Sorensen called me. He lives in Lancaster now with the buffalo I used to care for when he lived down the street from me. The buffalo are doing fine and they are expecting two more little buffalos shortly! I might take a trip out to see them soon.
Spring-cleaning! I am kind of a slob sometimes. When I have things on my mind I just don’t notice stuff lying around here and there. It’s a clean mess but a mess all the same. It builds up until it gets in my way and comes to my attention. My little brain can only hold so much and I have to set something aside to have the capacity to focus on something else. This something else this week was the kitchen.
Thought for the week: Logic and common sense are what keeps the water out of the boat; but love is what fills the sails and your heart is what sets the course. (co-written with my sister Donna)
TEN YEARS AGO THIS WEEK The Year 2003 By Bob DeLoyd 05/24/2003
Our little community celebrated Ruth Ruffin’s 80th birthday last weekend with a wonderful catered party at her home hosted by Bill and Jan Bonner. Her sister Imogene Pennington came all the way from Sonora California and brought along her son Steve from Long Beach. The grub was great and the folks sat around jawing well into the evening. I took a bunch of pictures of the party and you can see them when you git the chance at CopperMountainMesa.Com which is as close to a community website that we have.
I will let ya know now that Potluck is on, Saturday, thirty-first of this month and starts at 4:30 sharp. We always seem to have a great turnout and plenty of food. So put yer teeth in and come on over to the community center for the feast of yer life!
Thought for the week: From my friend Dale Knoll, who is known as the Sage of Landers: Don’t do yer friends as a baby does a diaper.
Copper Mountain Mesa's Neighborhood Watch April Neighborhood Watch and ORV Watch Meeting
By Bob DeLoyd
Taken from my online Journal:
Monday 15- The Neighborhood Watch meeting: Looks we’ll shoot for a September date for the community cleanup. We’ll coordinate this activity with the CMMCA board of directors.
We are thinking of having a get together potluck where we are going to make our own watch signs to put up; this is all tenitive and will be discussed at future meetings. All members agreed I’m to ask Annelies to write a piece about the diaper dumper.
The Cert Training will begin in May 23 6PM and continuing every Thursday evening from 6-9PM (except for the 4th of July) with the last class on July 13 being at 8AM until Noon. The Training is free and graduates will be provided official documentation and equipment at no charge. Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend; just notify any CMMCA board or Neighborhood Watch member to get your name on the list.
Our little Community congratulates our most recent Tuesday night Bingo winner! Our very own Ruthie Malton’s sister Linda, visiting from San Diego, won the Powerball. WooHoo Linda: come play again soon and yay to Ruthie too! Earl Wilbert, Ray Foyil and Steve Tuttle served those delicious mini-Pizzas for Supper, with a choice of regular, supreme and cheese. Chris Jonas and Mary Helen Tuttle ran the whole Bingo show and a jolly good time was had by all! Maybe we’ll see you next Tuesday 5:30pm ‘til 9-ish?
The USDA Food Give-away is this Monday, May 20th, from 8:30 ‘til 10:30-ish. Apparently, the Lady who used to run the USDA Food program at the Joshua Tree Community Center has resigned for medical reasons and no-one has stepped up to replace her. Food recipients from JT will be divided between Yucca Valley and Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center. So, it might be a bit of a mad rush up here on Monday morning; traffic jams and all that sort of thing!
Our C.E.R.T. classes start this Thursday, May 23rd at 6pm: running for 6 consecutive Thursdays, plus Saturday July 13th. Any Neighbors interested in participating, please e-mail me. Thank You Vern Fowler for all your marvelous co-ordinating skills!
Our monthly Potluck Party will take place next week, from 4pm on May 25th: the last Saturday of the month as well as Memorial Weekend. Neighbors have been bringing some wonderful Desert Cuisine lately; you might want to join us and bring your own culinary creations; or simply donate $2.00 and scarf down mucho grub!
Once again, I will not get to join you. I have been gainfully employed recently…gasp! This encompasses my Weekends, so I have been missing out on all the local Fun! Bob Deloyd has been kind enough to fill us in on all the mouth-watering Potluck Party treats.
Heads up: Mesa Neighbors Katie Bachler and Stephanie Smith are organizing a “Homestead Today” all-day Conference; to be held in the Community Center on Sunday, June 16th. More info soon. Also, Jim is Hep C Freeee! Stay well!
A Video Blog or Some Such by Bob DeLoyd May 2013
Lots of stuff going on this past week!
There was a fire about a mile northwest of my home on Tuesday May 14 at 5:30pm at Coyote Rd and Daisy Lane. In the video I said it was 6:30PM but I guess I was just excited :)
I called 911 when I saw first saw the smoke and flames....
CopperMountainMesa.Com MAY 2013
Anniversaries Birthdays and Events
4 CMMA Breakfast 8:30
5 eta Aquarid Meteor Shower: predawn sky on Sunday morning! Look East after midnight.
9 Bob Nelson Remembrance
11 Tim Herrera Jackie Johnston BDay
13 Neighborhood Watch 6PM CMMA MEETING 7PM
16 C. Myer BDay
20 USDA Food Distribution??
23 Ruth Ruffin Remembrance
25 Karen Van Noort BDay POT LUCK Starts 4:00
29 Mary Moowea BDay
TIPS, STORIES, AND SUCH SECTION:
COPPER MOUNTAIN MESA
Community Center located 4 miles east of Border Ave, 5 miles west of Lear Ave at:
65-336 Winters Road (760)362-5212
So a little update on the no digging technique I began using a
couple of years ago is due as I have seen enough to now describe my
The technique is helpful as it keeps the soil sheltered from wind
erosion. And adds organic matter with all it's benefits. Attracts a
mix of beneficial insects and their opposites [though I have not
experienced any pest epidemics by growing lush greenery in the
summer]. Also it is not a problem to scratch in a row for seed
planting; I simply move the debris away for planting the row then rake
it back into place. I did notice that the termites ate a significant
portion of the material though the remainder still resisted erosion
and kept the soil damp. So.... I did find myself digging in bags of
compost this year nonetheless. There are not the worms out here to get
a year round digestion of vegetative matter process going. When the
heat comes, the worms go. And when the black-eyed pea and buckwheat
cover crop gets tall enough, about a foot minimum, I will cut it down
with hedge shears and let the plants regrow through the trimmings.
Probably a good time to place your compost, manure, and or plant food
on the surface, cut down the cover crop and then simply let it lay
including a GOOD flooding to get the trimmed plants growing again and
wash some nutrients down into the soil profile. I have tried this once
this year and am pleased enough to make this a standard practice
during the summer months. By mid August or thereabouts, shut off the
water. You can leave the dried out cover crop standing, I would think,
though the peas are very hardy and slow to die. One might want to pull
them out along the planned planting row and leave those not in the
way. Leaving the dead crop standing does reduce the wind's erosive
impact on your soil and provides a bit of shelter for young seedlings.
And of course, their eventual decay provides nutrients for your
growing endeavors. In time though, you'll need to clear a seed row to
get the fall crops planted. This shouldn't disturb much; a row taking
up several inches in width at the most.
This is also a good method to get green matter into your garden. I
gave up collecting lawn clippings when down below when I realised
there is an ag chemical problem with material from yard cuttings and
trimmings. The cover crop supplies this and decomposes well during the
cooler times out here.
Anyway, that's about it for this missive and the no digging method.
It probably should be named the dig less method. Ya think?
Pleasant gardening, Roger
Shati has been FOUND! Ok, I know this has been here for a long time Shati been home for many months now So dog dang it! give me something else to post!
The time has come to take a bold jump into the unknown and fight the beast with yer bare hands. To go the way of yer ancestors and build a fire for warmth, to slay a critter for food. To understand the meaning of hunger in a time of plenty. To spit in the eyes of yer antagonist! To howl at the moon... And enjoy life! LIVE!