The Mojave Marathon is back for the second year in a row. Runners and bikers of all ages and ability levels are encouraged to come to Mojave on Sunday, April 6th and run, bike, walk, skip… and have fun! “A couple of friends of mine ran a marathon in 2012 because we couldn’t make the London Marathon” says event organizer, Julia Tizard. “In 2013 we ran it again and 30 people joined us running various distances.” Tizard, a Mojave resident who works at the Mojave Air & Space Port, is a running enthusiast, and trying to bring more esprit de corps to a growing fitness movement in Mojave. The Mojave Marathon has a Facebook page, and participants are encouraged to sign up at Eventbright.
March 7: Another derelict house came down on the 15700 block of L Street today, the fourth structure to be removed in three months. Another hazardous structure on L Street will be demolished on Monday, and another two houses on K Street in the next several weeks and months. The houses were demolished by Sturgeon Services, a Bakersfield contractor hired by Kern County Code Compliance. Code Compliance has also cleaned and boarded up eight houses since September – on K Street, L Street, M Street, and Mojave Gardens. These buildings are a magnet for drugs and crime, and depress property values in our most vulnerable areas. Demolishing and securing these structures creates space for economic development to take root, and is critical to the future revitalization of this community. The Mojave Foundation is proud to help coordinate and prioritize the county’s demolition and cleanup efforts, and looks forward to raising housing standards in Mojave.
Kern County Animal Services is launching a free spay and neuter clinic in Mojave, at the Veterans Hall (15580 O St.) on Saturday, March 15. The clinic is open to the public, but residents must call ahead to make an appointment at one of the following numbers:
(661) 868-7136 (Bakersfield Shelter, program director)
(661) 868-7127 (Bakersfield Shelter, front office)
(661) 868-7128 (Bakersfield Shelter, front office)
The clinic includes spay and neuter surgery, microchip, Rabies vaccination, and “distemper vaccine” for dogs (DHPP) and “Feline Flu Vaccine” for cats (FVRCP). Residents are encouraged to bring up to four animals per household, as long as they are under 40 lbs, are not in heat, and under eight years old.
Animal Services will also host a low-cost vaccination clinic on the same day to include micro-chipping and licensing, This clinic will be at the Veterans Hall from 9 am to 1 pm. The vaccine clinic is open to all residents from unincorporated residents of East Kern County, and no appointment is necessary. Click the image above to download the flyer.
March 4: Deputies from Mojave arrested a suspect after an attempted break-in of an RV in the Denny’s parking lot Tuesday morning. Kern County Sheriff’s officials do not believe that the suspect was connected to the wave of burglaries in the Miracle Manor and Mojave Gardens neighborhoods of Mojave in November, December and January. The suspect was identified as a local Mojave resident who has been arrested 18 times since 2000, mostly for burglary, petty theft, and drug-related crimes, according to Superior Court records of Kern County. The 33 year old suspect was arrested again as recently as October, but KCSO officials claim that this individual is a typical product of the prison-release guidelines presented by AB109, which went into effect in 2011.
There will be another Neighborhood Watch meeting specifically for the downtown area of Mojave – between Sierra Highway and Q Street, from Mono to Highway 58. The downtown area is the largest, most populated area of Mojave, and has the most endemic crime issues. A deputy from the Sheriff’s Office will be there to discuss crime statistics and field questions. Residents are encouraged to come and ask questions and voice their concerns. The meeting will be at the Elks Lodge at the northeast corner of K and Nadeau, Tuesday March 4th at 5:30 pm. Call Dorothy Galton if you have any questions: 661-747-2714.
February 27: Kern County Road Department Director, Pat Ebel was the featured guest at the Chamber of Commerce meeting at the Mariah Inn in Mojave. Ms. Ebel updated the Chamber on the progress her department is making in cross-walk consolidation and upgrades in response to the tragic death of 16 year old Raven Knight last November while crossing highway 58 on her way to school. The new safety device will include three crossing signs with rapid fire beacons located on the north side, south side, and center median of the the highway. The project will also include a raised median in the center of the road in order to warn drivers and slow traffic. The project should commence “within four weeks”, according to Ms. Ebel during the Chamber lunch.
Ms. Ebel also indicated that the County will eliminate the crosswalk where Ms. Night was killed, in order to funnel pedestrian traffic to the crosswalk just west of The Desert Inn on Highway 58, closer to the school. There is currently no walkway from Mojave Gardens across The Desert Inn, but Ms. Ebel said the County would eventually construct a sidewalk there, but did not provide a time frame. The roads department will also consider upgrading the chain link fence to a block wall in order to provide added protection between pedestrians and vehicles on Highway 58.
The Mojave Foundation appreciates Ms. Ebel coming to Mojave to update the community on the progress, and hope we can work together to resolve many of the chronic safety issues in the community. There were three pedestrians killed in Mojave in the month of November, all due to visibility issues of one kind or another. We appreciate the work that has been done to address the crosswalk on Highway 58, however we feel that this tragedy only shines light on a systemic problem that includes lack of adequate street lighting, poor signage, and excessive vehicle speed in residential areas. We will continue to address these issues with the county and look for alternative ways to make our streets safer immediately.
Mojave Air & Space Port is in negotiations with Monster Fitness in Lancaster to expand into the new community center on the Airport. Monster may provide amenities, such as state-of-the-art equipment, martial arts classes, Zumba classes, and personal trainers to provide the most modern, comprehensive fitness center in the Antelope Valley – right here in Mojave!
However, Monster needs to know how many people in the community are interested before negotiations continue. If we can get 200 people in Mojave and the surrounding areas to say they would be interested in joining, Monster could locate to Mojave as early as spring 2014! Memberships are expected to be around $35 per month, with a one-time $95 initiation fee. Just fill out this form below if you want Monster in Mojave. (This is for market research purposes only, and will not result in any sales calls.)