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Welcome August 2014!

1) First Saturday Breakfast from 8-11am Saturday the 52nd
2) BINGO only on the first Tuesday of the month as far as I can tell.
3) CMMA Board meeting second Saturday of the month at 10am
4) USDA Food Distribution is on third Monday of the month unless notified here.
5) A Memorial PotLuck in honor of Chris Jonas is on Saturday the 30th at 4PM

Check our Calendar below for Birthdays, Special Events, and Astronomical happenings :)

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By Annelies Kuiper

Our little Community will be holding our monthly Potluck Party, in the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center on Winters Road, this afternoon at 4o’clock. This Potluck is in memory of Chris Jonas, our super-hero Volunteer, who died last month. Chris, who was known throughout the Community for his mischievous sense of humor, caring heart and the best hugs on the Mesa, is deeply missed by all of us who had the privilege of knowing him. Please join us in celebrating Chris’ life; as well as enjoying some of the best and most delicious culinary creations from around these parts.

There was huge excitement on the Mesa recently, when a local pot farm was paid a visit by local and federal constabulary! Very close to the border of the Marine Base, on Daisy Lane, a large, outdoor marijuana grow was raided and arrests were made.
Jim and I saw the convoy of white Sheriff’s SUVs and black, unmarked trucks proceeding east on Daisy, at a pretty fast pace. We were very curious about the goings-on, but decided not to mosey on over and be lookie-loos! When we read the headlines in this newspaper, we realised what we had partially witnessed. Who knew there was a pot farm just over the hill from us? I walk over that way with our dog every morning and never noticed a thing!
What really irked us more than anything, was the fact that the growers arrested weren’t even from around here. They were from Sacramento and other distant cities; even Mexico. How dare they use our pristine Desert Paradise for their enormously profitable, clandestine operations; without even paying taxes, offering local employment opportunities or in any way sharing their wealth with our Community? Phaw, I say!

Happy Labor Day Weekend everyone: it’s the unofficial end of Summer and a welcome day off for College students, yay!
Our first Tuesday of the month Bingo evening is this week; come and have some fun: the party starts at 6pm. Next Saturday morning from 8-11, please join us for our monthly Breakfast at the Center. Stay well!

The Year 2013

By Annelies Kuiper

Our little Community has received several thorough soakings lately, with more moisture from the south-east headed our way. So far, there’s been minimal flooding and our roads remain accessible. We have learned the hard way that circumstances can change rapidly around here, however. One torrential rainstorm with sustained downpour and our washes and dirt roads run like rivers: either denying us access to our Homes; or holding us prisoner on the Mesa until the Desert absorbs the moisture. Be careful driving out there: better to be late for dinner, than to be swept away by flood waters.

It’s Potluck Saturday today: the chance for Neighbors to create their most splendid cuisine and bring it on by the Community Center around 4pm to share with hungry friends! I’m still bummed about missing last month’s Party, but maybe we can outdo ourselves, again. Let’s try: we only have to top Lobsters flown in from Maine; barbecued steaks; Mariachi bands and Bob Deloyd’s imagination!
When we’re all finished stuffing our faces, we should carpool down to the Joshua Tree Lake RV and Campground; which is at the very end of Sunfair; just before you hit the dirt and Coyote Valley Road. Our very own Mojave Rattleskaters, will be there with fangs bared! Support the team: Honey Badger’s Ball starts at 8pm; hope to see you there, Neighbors!

We really need Volunteers to help us keep the Community Center up and running; as well as to work the regularly scheduled events. We ask Neighbors to gather at the Center on Friday, September 6th at 9am: to give our Community Building a thorough cleaning, in readiness for our grand, post-Summer-break re-opening. Please join us: it’s a lot of good-natured fun and your labor is very much appreciated.

Tuesday Night Bingo and Supper evenings begin again next week, on September 3rd, starting at 5.30pm. We are holding our first monthly Breakfast next Saturday, September 7th, from 8 to 11am. Our Monthly meetings commence Monday, September 9th: with the Neighborhood Watch folks gathering at 6pm, followed by the Community Association’s Board meeting at 7pm. Stay well!

The Year 2009

By Bob DeLoyd

Our little community wants you to know that our Tuesday night Bingo (6pm) and First Saturday Breakfast (8-11am) will be starting back up the beginning of September and everyone is welcome to come! Also our Potluck is today, Saturday at 4pm, so bring whatever your cooking skills can come up with; my skills are not very good so I'm depending on you!

On the night of August 11th I set everything up for the Perseid Meteor Shower but some dang high cirrus clouds moved in to spoil the show. I took out my telescope before Saturn slid behind the mountains to our west to watch its rings disappear! Saturn looks much like Jupiter now for a short spell! This won’t happen again for another 14 to 15 years. I stayed outside hoping to see meteors through the clouds until sometime after the Moon crept up into the eastern sky. I only saw a few meteors, two satellites, and mostly jet aircraft from the Marine Base buzzing around, but it was still fun!

Thought for the week: Poems are like that you know: We reflect our souls into them and they shine right back at us in words of rhyme and reason to comfort us in times of despair, to enlighten us in times of doubt, and to give us joy in these times of uncertainty. Poems are our way to express the inexpressible emotion!

The Year 2004

By Bob DeLoyd

Our little Community has heard that Zoila Preciado was taken to the hospital Tuesday of last week with trouble breathing. She stayed there until last Saturday and is home and feeling better. She told me that the staff at the High Desert Hospital is first rate and treated her very well. Zoila would also like to thank Lee and Marcie Hines for helping out during a difficult time.

I also heard that Rick Seeley was taken to the hospital early this week but as of this writing I haven't had an update of his condition. Get well my friend.

I think I better mention that the First Saturday Breakfast starts at 8:30 A.M. this September 4. So come on down and have a cup of Joe and jaw with yer neighbors while the cooks prepare yer meal. Can't ya just smell the pancakes and beacon sizzling on the grill right now!

Don't forgit that we have our potluck today and setup starts at 4 P.M. and we eat at 4:30. We will have an auction afterwards with goodies from the M&M Treasure Room. So ya best better bring plenty of the green stuff cause all proceeds go to help the community center stay open.

Thought for the week: When it comes to bringing a little joy in one's life, ya can't beat hearing from yer old friends. Well I was going to leave it like that "but" I can think of some old friends that I rather not hear from. They are like gum stuck to the bottom of yer shoe, scrape and scuff they are hard git rid of.

By Annelies Kuiper

Our little Community held an epic “Movie under the Stars Night” at the Center last Saturday. Everyone gathered around 7pm, watching cartoons until it was dark enough to see “Monolith Monsters” on the large, outdoor screen. Scores of Neighborly People showed up: some with Friends; others with their Children; Bob Deloyd brought his beautiful Dalmation, Cassie: it was a grand gathering indeed! Congratulations and kudos to Creators and Co-Founders of the whole “Movie Night” idea: Ken and Teresa Sitz, as well as our amazing Kip Fjeld: who all did a marvellous job with the Public Relations, special equipment, research, production and organization. Thanks to all of You who made the effort to tootle down the dirt road to join us at this record-breaking Event! Rave reviews have been appearing on social media: everyone agreed it was a great get-together; with a memorable movie, lots of great snacks and other refreshments. Including the little bags of chocolate, pebble-looking candies, labelled: “Copper Mountain Mesa Rocks”: everyone loved those! Next “Movie under the Stars Night” at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Centre, is on Saturday, September 20th. Mark your Calendars!

The first USDA Food Give-away since our beloved Chris Jonas died, ran smoothly last Monday. Thanks to Bill Treas, Chris’ daughter Kerrie, Patrick Whalen, Chris van Nortrick, the Thrift Room Ladies and all the Volunteers for making the transition so smooth.
We are constantly reminded of the extraordinary Service the late Chris Jonas gave to us, his Neighbors and the entire Community. He organized and ran the USDA, Potluck Party, Bingo and the Thrift room and we are scrambling to fill his magnificent shoes. Next Saturday, August 30th, we are holding a special Potluck Party in Memory of Chris Jonas. Please join us and bring photos of Chris if possible. Create recipes that remind you of Chris, or you remember him liking in the past; anything we can do to honor his memory.

Big Shindig at The Palms in Wonder Valley today: Live Music begins at 4pm with performances by Jessika von Rabbit; amazing trio The Sibleys and other great Bands. Stay well!

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A Video Blog or Some Such
by Bob DeLoyd
December 2013 to January 2014 Run!

A short video of me running out of 2013 and into 2014. Been doing this for many years and this is my second time videoing it :)

Anniversaries Birthdays and Events

Dolores Jefferson

CMMA Breakfast

Ruth Tuttle
Betty K. Catron



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CMMA meeting at 10 AM
Sayoko McDermott

10 11
Great Perseids meteor shower
all night!
Great Perseids meteor shower
best before before dawn!
Joseph Evans
Frank McDermott

Lauren Villarreal


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Eva Villalun

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24 25 26
John Jefferson
27 28
Bob Seeley

Memorial PotLuck in honor of Chris Jonas
Starts at 4pm



Roger Smith's Magic Garden
November 2012

By Roger Smith

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 observations.
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

See Ya Real Soon!

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!

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