Pioneertown hosts a 40K Biathlon race today, including a 10K run and 30K bicycle trip, starting and finishing at Pioneertown Palace. Men and women compete in age groups of 14-19, 20-29, 30-39 and 40-up, in relays as well as individuals and five-person teams.
Four Pioneertown residence say they will contact a local attorney this week in the wake of plans by the San Bernardino County Office of Special Districts to create a new water agency at the former Western-themed movies set turned unincorporated community.
County supervisors Monday delayed action on Pioneertown’s water project after a group of residents expressed concern that the improved water service could spur development that would destroy the community’s Old West character.
The Pioneertown people don't want to get too excited yet, but the feeling is building. When the town's water district is actually formed and functioning, the problem that has held back phenomenal growth will be headed toward a final solution. They absolutely want to keep the Western motif of the town, and many want it to stay small, but with plenty of piped water available the growth will mushroom.
Country and bluegrass music, Dixieland jazz, Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps, Threshold Sky Diving Team. Noon to 6p.m., July 3, Hayden ranch, Yucca Valley. Admission to grounds free. Steak dinner $6.50, hamburger dinner $3. I-10 west to Yucca Valley exit 62, north on SR 62 past Desert Hot Springs and Morongo Valley to Yucca Valley, left on Pioneertown Rd. Proceeds to benefit kidney disease victim John Cirio.
The county Board of Supervisors Monday approved a long-stalled $475,000 property assessment program to finance replacement of the deteriorated water system at Pioneertown, north of Yucca Valley.
Worried that replacement of a water system will spur development and ruin the area's rustic atmosphere, a half-dozen Pioneertown residents intended to form an area homeowners association and to work to have the town a historical landmark.
It lies in a tranquil valley of more than 13,000 acres, ringed by sawtooth mountains, some 22 miles from Big Bear Lake. The surroundings are shrouded in both fact and fantasy, with names like Deadman’s Dry Lake, Old Woman Springs, Duncan Flats, Black Lava Butte and Devil’s Garden.
A fire that may have been started by a campfire burned 2,000 acres of brush in rough terrain Tuesday before firefighters controlled it, said a California Department of Forestry captain.
Twentynine Palms plans a variety of activities starting Saturday for its Jaycees Fourth of July festival, and Pioneertown, North of Yucca Valley, has planned a benefit barbecue for Saturday at the movie set Hayden Ranch.