As a reminder, we will be CLOSED on Christmas Day.

Cabot's Pueblo Museum
67616 East Desert View Avenue
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240

Hours: Tour Times:
Tuesday through Sunday 9:30, 10:30, 11:30 a.m.
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 1:30, 2:30 p.m.

We can't wait to see you at the Pueblo!

Questions? Please call our friendly staff at 760.329.7610
A Million Twinkling Lights this Holiday Season
Select nights November 23 - December 24
6pm - 9pm

WildLights at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is celebrating
26 years by transforming the Zoo into a sparkling winter
wonderland. The holiday spirit shines as guests partake in fun
festivities including the popular, sparkling tunnel of lights
synchronized to holiday music and life-sized, illuminated desert
animal lanterns such as cheetahs and giraffe. Hop on the Polar
Express* and take a magical train ride through Gecko Gulch
through the falling "snow." Experience animal encounters and
keeper chats, make a s'more*, decorate ornaments, visit with
Santa, ride the carousel* and more!

WildLights is presented by the H.N. and Frances C. Berger
Foundation with supporting sponsor HiTech Lights. Tickets are
on sale now.


The event kicks off with a special tree lighting ceremony
for members only on
Wednesday, November 21 - Members Night
Not a member? Join or renew today.

Friday, November 23 and Saturday, November 24
Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1
Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8
Friday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15
Wednesday, December 19 thru Monday, December 24

6pm - 9pm
With last admission at 8:30
Park closes at 9pm

Adults $12
Members / Children / Military (with ID) $10
Children (under 3) FREE

Childrens' strollers and wheelchairs available for $5 under a first
come, first served basis.


Open Games
You pick your partners
You pick your game
You pick the time you want to play
No Host


Weekly Bridge game on Tuesdays in the ladies card room.
9:00 am till noon.

Even if you have not played in years, we are happy to
welcome you as a weekly player or as a substitute.

Please call Nancy @ 760-984-4584 for more details!

Two Times to Sign in
10:45 AM
11:45 AM

If interested contact Donna Nelson

Wednesday - 12:00 AM

If interested contact Marcy Hauser

Every Wednesday - 10:00 AM

Great way to meet new gals

Holiday Arrangements
Rock Art

Anything and Everything one wants to bring!

Contact: Donna Nelson
Must be a member of the club to participate in these
All events are held in the Ladies' Lounge
Each Saturday, Santa will be at Gingerbread Lane and available
for children to visit. Activities are scheduled throughout the day to
keep everyone entertained and in the holiday spirit.

Bring the kids, the grand children and families to join in the fun!

Saturday – Noon to 6:00 p.m.

December 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd

Children can visit with Santa in his studio! A great photo-op for the
family! Scheduled events include seasonal music, delightful dance
and performances by Coachella Valley youth organizations.

We have a knife sharpener in your neighborhood!

Sharp knifes are safer than dull knifes!

A professionally sharpened knife, when sharpened properly;
is much sharper than a new knife!

I will pick up, sharpen and return your knives within 24 hours.

KNIFES FOR $20.00.

My Guarantee: If you’re not completely satisfied,
it won’t cost you a dime.

79085 Bermuda Dunes Drive.
Cell number  (760) 289-2606. Bill
Updated Monday, December 17th, 2018
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Bermuda Dunes
Community Council
Meets the 2nd Thursday
every other month

Supervisor PEREZ office
Victoria Llort
760 863 8211

Sheriff's Department
Lt. Todd Pauling
760 863 8990

California Highway Patrol
Office Phil Watkins
760 772 5300

Cal Fire
Chief Mark Brooks
760 343 3510

Code Enforcement
Michael Bowles
Direct No 951-600-6233

Brenda Hannah

Bermuda Dunes Community
Center/Desert Rec
Tatiana Hinkle
760-347-3484 ext. 134

Bermuda Dunes Airport

79880 Avenue 42, Bermuda
Dunes, CA 92203 ·
PH: (760) 345-2558

Myoma Water Co
Mark Meeler
General Manager
Myoma Dunes Water
79050 Avenue 42
Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203
760-772-1967  Office
760-345-9761  FAX


All other areas of the County

Riverside County Waste

Waste Management has a
roadside cleanup program
in the Riverside County
they can be reached at

Union Pacific RR
Critical Need Phone #
888 877 7267

1 393 3344 NOT
Board Members
Bermuda Dunes Security

Robert Nagles-- Vice President
Chris Hogan-- Treasurer
John Thiele-- Secretary
Don Keprta-- Director
Michael Tanner-- Director
Jack Fox - Director
Robert Nelson - Director

BDSA Meeting
4th Thurs. of every month



Bermuda Dunes Security
Association (BDSA) is
responsible for streets
(potholes, cracks, street
drainage and dry wells),
Security entry/exit, patrol
vehicles, cable TV
agreement, fee collection
& payment, gates & gate
lights, medians, walls,
guardhouses and all
street/gate signage.

BDSA is managed by
Desert Resort Mgmt
John Walters-Clark
760 346 1161


The Admin Office is open
Monday thru Friday for
questions and concerns.

Resident Login System
is handled by DRM

Admin hours are as follows:

Monday 9 -5
Tuesday 9 - 5
Wednesday 9 - 5
Friday 9 - 5
Saturday Closed         
Sunday Closed

If this is urgent, please
contact Security at:

Telephone Numbers:

Main Gate: 760-360-1322
Main Gate #1
Glass Gate #2
Administration #3

Bermuda Dunes
Home Owner's
Third Tuesday at
6:00 p.m. each month

Adm Bldg
4:30 PM

President   Charlie Bishop
Vice President. Brett Coor
Secretary. Janet McMurtrey
Board member Kristy Parmelee
Treasure. Mike Soran

Joint Committee Representatives
are Janet McMurtrey and Brett

BDCA is managed by
Desert Resort Mgmt
John Walters-Clark
760 346 1161

CC&Rs for BDSA

Here is what
responsible for:

Bermuda Dunes
Community Association
(BDCA) is responsible for
most problems relating to
property owner's home
and lot, dogs,
landscaping, pool
draining, trash cans,
fountains and landscaping
at the main gate.

The Architectural
Committee reports to the
Community Board

Dues are $100 per year
and are payable in
January in lump sum

Architectural Committee

A.  THE MISSION:  As representatives of each
Homeowner, members of the Architectural
Control Committee (ACC), are volunteer
community members.  The ACC, as
established in the CC&R’s, has been charged
with the mission to oversee that each lot and
dwelling within the Community is developed
and maintained in a manner compatible with
its standard aesthetics and quality.

responsibility to approve or to reject all plans
for real property improvements on all lots
within any subdivision of the Community, and
all properties owned by the Bermuda Dunes
Community Association and Bermuda Dunes
Security Association, prior to commencement
of construction of that improvement.

C. RESPONSIBILITY: The ACC’s goal is to
foster careful design in furtherance of its
responsibility to represent each Homeowner
in the preservation of the architectural and
landscaping aesthetics and character of the
homes within the Community and to monitor,
according to its authority for interpretation,
enforcement of BDCA’s governing
documents.  Utilizing and interpreting the
Guidelines, the ACC will consider the
aesthetic and functional aspects of each
design, including placement of buildings,
landscaping, exterior finishes and materials,
height and bulk, orientation of site lines, etc.  
In addition, the ACC will consider the effect of
the proposed improvement on neighboring
properties and the Community as a whole.

ACC is not responsible for reviewing nor shall
its approval of any plan or design be deemed
approval of any structural safety or
conformance with building or other codes. The
ACC assumes no responsibility for the
structural or mechanical soundness of
approved designs.

E.  RECORDS:  Records of ACC approvals or
actions will be kept on file, by Tract or Unit
and by Lot number, at the office of the BDCA.

F.  AUTHORITY:  Submissions are required
directly from homeowners, regardless that
they may reside in sub-communities that may
have their own architectural review boards,
guidelines and committees.  The BDCA-ACC
has final authority for approval of projects as
outlined herein. No submittals will be
accepted from sub-community boards or
committees, unless submission is for
common area projects within the sub-
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Top Doctors 2018 Directory

The following is Palm Springs Life’s
Top Doctors 2018 Directory in
partnership with Castle Connolly
Medical Ltd., a health care research
and information company founded in
1991 by a former medical college
board chairman and president to help
guide consumers to America’s
leading physicians, specialists,
researchers, and hospitals.

Sean A. Barlow, M.D.
San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital
41990 Cook St., F Bldg., Ste.
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Addiction/Substance Abuse

Gary I. Greenwald, M.D.
Eisenhower Health
72855 Fred Waring Drive, Ste.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Nasal Allergy, Allergy & Asthma,
Pulmonary Disease, Clinical

Sam J. Weiss, M.D.
Eisenhower Health
39000 Bob Hope Drive, Kiewit
Bldg., Ste. 303
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Asthma & Allergy, Pediatric
Allergy & Immunology, Sinusitis,

Hetal R. Bhakta, M.D.
Desert Regional Medical Center/
Desert Heart Rhythm
1100 N. Palm Canyon Drive,
Ste. 206
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Arrhythmias, Atrial Fibrillation,

Andrew M. Rubin, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Cardiology Consultants
39000 Bob Hope Drive, Hal B.
Wallis Bldg.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Atrial Fibrillation,

A Mohammad Abid, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / John F.
Kennedy Memorial Hospital /
The Heart Institute 
81709 Dr. Carreon Blvd., Ste. A1
Indio, CA 92201
Interventional Cardiology

Michael Bagheri, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Regional Medical Center / CURE
Cardiovascular Consultants
555 Tachevah Drive, Ste. 1W202
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Leon A. Feldman, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Cardiology Consultants
39000 Bob Hope Drive, Hal B.
Wallis Bldg.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Arrhythmias, Atrial Fibrillation,
Cardiac Electrophysiology

Damon E. Kelsay, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Cardiology Consultants
39000 Bob Hope Drive, Hal B.
Wallis Bldg.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Lester D. Padilla, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Cardiology Consultants
39000 Bob Hope Drive, Hal B.
Wallis Bldg.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Philip J. Patel, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Cardiology Consultants
39000 Bob Hope Drive, Hal B.
Wallis Bldg.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Nuclear Cardiology,
Echocardiography, Cardiac
Imaging, Heart Failure

Eric M. Sontz, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Cardiology Consultants
39000 Bob Hope Drive, Hal B.
Wallis Bldg.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Heart Attack, Nuclear
Cardiology, Colon & Rectal

Scott Gering, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Eisenhower
Medical Associates / Mike & Jan
Salta Health Center
39000 Bob Hope Drive, Floor 2,
Ste. A
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Laparoscopic Surgery, Colon &
Rectal Cancer & Surgery

Pamela Broska, M.D.
West Dermatology
72785 Frank Sinatra Drive, Ste.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Mohs Surgery, Cosmetic
Dermatology, Laser Surgery

Timothy M. Jochen, M.D.
Desert Regional Medical Center
/ Eisenhower Health / Contour
Dermatology & Cosmetic
Surgery Center
42600 Mirage Road
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Mohs Surgery, Skin Cancer,
Cosmetic Dermatology, Hair

Timothy F. Richardson, M.D.
Mirage Dermatology
36867 Cook St., Ste. 101
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Mohs Surgery, Skin Cancer

Wendy E. Roberts, M.D.
35280 Bob Hope Drive, Ste. 105
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Cosmetic Dermatology, Geriatric
Kybella for
under-chin fat

Jerry Y. Chang, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Eisenhower
Imaging Center / Lucy Curci
Cancer Center, 
Lower Level
39000 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Interventional Radiology

Mehran K. Elly, M.D., Ph.D.
Eisenhower Health / Eisenhower
Imaging Center / Lucy Curci
Cancer Center, 
Lower Level
39000 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Interventional Radiology,
Cardiovascular Imaging

John Francis Feller, M.D.
Desert Medical Imaging 74785
Highway 111, Ste. 101
Indian Wells, CA 92210
Musculoskeletal Imaging,
Orthopaedic Imaging, Body
Imaging, Sports Medicine

Brian K. Herman, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Eisenhower
Imaging Center / Lucy Curci
Cancer Center, 
Lower Level
39000 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Interventional Radiology,
Neuroradiology, Endovascular

Marla R. Lander, M.D.
Desert Regional Medical Center
/ Comprehensive Cancer Center
1180 N. Indian Canyon Drive,
Ste. E150
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Mammography, Breast Imaging

Elke Jost-Vu, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Eisenhower
Medical Associates
72780 Country Club Drive, B
Bldg., Ste. 205
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Diabetes, Thyroid Disorders,
Pituitary Disorders

Frank B. Arian, M.D.
Desert Regional Medical Center
/ Eisenhower Health/ Victory
490 S. Farrell Drive, Ste. C104
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Christopher J. Faux, M.D.
Desert Regional Medical Center
/ First California Physician
35800 Bob Hope Drive, Ste. 225
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Julia Lo Martin, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Eisenhower
Medical Associates / Argyros
Health Center
45280 Seeley Drive, Floor 3
La Quinta, CA 92253
Concierge Medicine

Gregory A. Pecchia, D.O.
Eisenhower Health / Eisenhower
Medical Associates / Argyros
Health Center
45280 Seeley Drive, Floor 3
La Quinta, CA 92253

Stephen Ross Steele, D.O.
Eisenhower Health / Eisenhower
Medical Associates / Argyros
Health Center
45280 Seeley Drive, Floor 3
La Quinta, CA 92253
Primary Care Sports Medicine

David H. Stoltzman, M.D.
Eisenhower Health
39000 Bob Hope Drive, Wright
Bldg., Ste. 409
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Geriatric Medicine

Murray D. Taylor, M.D.
Eisenhower Health
39300 Bob Hope Drive, Bannan
Bldg., Ste. 1105
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Adewale B. Ajumobi, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Eisenhower
Medical Associates
39700 Bob Hope Drive,
Hirschberg Bldg, Ste. 101
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Endoscopy & Colonoscopy

Gary Annunziata, D.O.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Gastroenterology Consultants
35900 Bob Hope Drive, Ste. 275
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Mehrdad Asgeri, M.D.
Desert Regional Medical Center
/ Oasis Advanced
1100 N. Palm Canyon Drive,
Ste. 214
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Colonoscopy, Inflammatory
Bowel Disease/Crohn’s, Gastric
& Esophageal Disorders

Geoffrey D. Block, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Eisenhower
Specialty Clinic
39700 Bob Hope Drive, Ste. 101
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Endoscopic Ultrasound, Liver
Disease, Pancreatic & Biliary

Anh T. Duong, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Gastroenterology Consultants
35900 Bob Hope Drive, Ste. 275
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Mark C. Genesen, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Eisenhower
Medical Associates / Mike & Jan
Salta Health Center
39000 Bob Hope Drive, Floor 2
Rancho Mirage CA 92555
Gynecologic Cancers

Ernest S. Han, M.D., Ph.D.
Desert Regional Medical Center
/ City of Hope National Medical 

Center / Comprehensive Cancer
1180 N. Indian Canyon Drive,
Ste. E218
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Gynecologic Cancers, Robotic

Eric L. Freedman, M.D.
John F. Kennedy Memorial
Hospital / Eisenhower Health /
Desert Hand Associates
36951 Cook St., Ste. 102
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Hand & Upper Extremity
Surgery, Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel

Stephen J. O’Connell, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Orthopedic Center
39000 Bob Hope Drive, Harry &
Diane Rinker Bldg.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Upper Extremity Surgery, Carpal
Tunnel Syndrome, Rotator Cuff

Shubha J. Kerkar, M.D.
Desert Regional Medical Center
/ Eisenhower Health /
Cancer Center
1180 N. Indian Canyon Drive,
Ste. E218
Palm Springs, CA 92262 760-
HIV/AIDS, Infectious Disease

Bachir K. Younes, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Younes
36923 Cook St., Ste. 103
Palm Desert, CA 92211
HIV, Wound Care, Lyme
Disease, Tuberculosis

Paul A. Biskar, M.D.
Eisenhower Health
41750 Rancho Las Palmas
Drive, Ste. C4
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Mary Ann Howell, M.D.
Eisenhower Health
39000 Bob Hope Drive, Probst
Bldg., Ste. 317
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Concierge Medicine

Hessam Mahdavi, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Eisenhower
Medical Associates / Argyros
Health Center
45280 Seeley Drive, Floor 3
La Quinta, CA 92253
Integrative Medicine

Mustaqeem A. Qazi, M.D.
82013 Dr. Carreon Blvd., Ste. C
Indio, CA 92201

John D. Stansell, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Eisenhower
Medical Associates / Eisenhower
Primary Care
4791 E. Palm Canyon Drive,
Ste. 200
Palm Springs, CA 92264

Andrew D. Frutkin, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Cardiology Consultants
39000 Bob Hope Drive, Hal B.
Wallis Bldg.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Coronary Artery Disease, Heart
Valve Disease, Cardiac Imaging

Ghassan M. Kazmouz, M.D.
Desert Regional Medical Center
/ Eisenhower Health / Coachella
Valley Cardiology
1180 N. Indian Canyon Drive,
Ste. W304
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Angioplasty & Stent Placement,
Coronary Artery Disease

Puneet Khanna, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Cardiology Consultants
39000 Bob Hope Drive, Hal B.
Wallis Bldg.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Khoi Minh Le, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Cardiology Consultants
39000 Bob Hope Drive, Hal B.
Wallis Bldg.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Cardiac Catheterization,
Angioplasty & Stent Placement,
Peripheral Vascular Disease,
Preventive Cardiologyy

Murthy V. Andavolu, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / John F.
Kennedy Memorial Hospital /
Eisenhower Medical Associates /
Lucy Curci Cancer Center
39000 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Cancer Genetics, Cancer

Elber S. Camacho, M.D.
Desert Regional Medical Center
/ City of Hope National Medical 

Center / Comprehensive Cancer
1180 N. Indian Canyon Drive,
Ste. E218
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Leukemia, Lymphoma, Multiple

Luke P. Dreisbach, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Hematology-Oncology Medical
39800 Bob Hope Drive, Ste. C
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Philip B. Dreisbach, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Hematology-Oncology Medical
39800 Bob Hope Drive, Ste. C
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Lung Cancer, Breast Cancer,
Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin’s,
Ovarian Cancer

Coty P. Ho, M.D.
Desert Regional Medical Center
/ John F. Kennedy Memorial
Hospital / Comprehensive 

Cancer Center
1180 N. Indian Canyon Drive,
Ste. E218
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Gastrointestinal Cancer, Solid

Amy Law, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Hematology-Oncology Medical
39800 Bob Hope Drive, Ste. C
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Head & Neck Cancer, Neuro-
Oncology, Hematology

Maria Iliana Popescu, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Regional Medical Center /
Eisenhower Desert Cancer Care
39000 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

David E. Young, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Hematology-Oncology Medical
39800 Bob Hope Drive, Ste. C
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

David M. Alderman, M.D.
Desert Regional Medical Center
/ Eisenhower Health / Desert
1180 N. Indian Canyon Drive,
Ste. W303
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Rodolfo R. Batarse, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Regional Medical Center /
Desert Kidney Care
71511 Highway 111, Ste. H
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Narendra S. Chandrashekar,M.
Eisenhower Health / 
John F.
Kennedy Memorial Hospital /
Kidney Institute of the Desert /
Coachella Valley Nephrology
43576 Washington St., Ste. 100
La Quinta, CA 92253

Bryan L. Stone, M.D.
Desert Regional Medical Center
/ Eisenhower Health / Desert
1180 N. Indian Canyon Drive,
Ste. W303
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Hypertension, Transplant
Medicine-Kidney, Nutrition

Shahin Etebar, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Regional Medical Center /
Desert Spine & Neurosurgical
1180 N. Indian Canyon Drive,
Ste. E317
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Spinal Surgery

Farhad Limonadi, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Neurosurgical Associates
72780 Country Club Drive, Ste.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Brain & Spinal Surgery, Spinal
Surgery—Complex, Brain

Alfred Shen, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Neurosurgical Associates
72780 Country Club Drive, Ste.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Spinal Surgery

Javed Siddiqi, M.D.
Institute of Clinical Orthopedics
& Neuroscience
1180 N. Indian Canyon Drive,
Ste. W214
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Skull Base Surgery, Spinal Cord

Antoine J. Elhajjar, M.D.
Desert Neurology & Sleep
41990 Cook St., Ste. A101
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Sleep Disorders, Headache,
Epilepsy, Movement Disorders

Bhagwan I. Moorjani, M.D.
Desert Regional Medical Center
/ Hope Neurologic Center
79440 Corporate Center Drive,
Ste. 108
La Quinta, CA 92253
Pediatric Neurology, Clinical
Neurophysiology, Neurological
Nerve Injuries

Reza Nazemi, M.D.
Eisenhower Health
39000 Bob Hope Drive,
Kiewit Bldg., Ste. 308
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Lisa M. Bodon, M.D.
Desert Regional Medical Center
/ Eisenhower Health / Desert
1180 N. Indian Canyon Drive,
Ste. 425 E
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Gynecology only

Karen H. Donley, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Eisenhower
Medical Associates / Women’s
Health at Argyros 
Health Center
45280 Seeley Drive, Floor 3
La Quinta, CA 92253
Gynecology Only

Christine L. Griswold, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Eisenhower
Medical Associates
39000 Bob Hope Drive, Kiewit
Bldg., Ste. 405
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Les J. Gurwitt, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Regional Medical Center / Fleur
Women’s Health
72780 Country Club Drive, Ste.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Women’s Health, Gynecology

Enrique G. Jacome, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Regional Medical Center / Fleur
Women’s Health
72780 Country Club Drive, Ste.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Robotic Hysterectomy, Minimally
Invasive Surgery, Pelvic

Toni L. Long, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Eisenhower
Medical Associates / Women’s
Health at Argyros Health Center
45280 Seeley Drive, Floor 3
La Quinta, CA 92253
Gynecology Only, Menopause
Problems, Sexual Dysfunction

Clifford O. Brown, M.D.
John F. Kennedy Memorial
Hospital / Eisenhower Health
82013 Dr. Carreon Blvd., Ste. H
Indio, CA 92201
Diabetic Eye
Disease/Retinopathy, Cataract
Surgery, Macular Degeneration

Clement K. Chan, M.D.
Southern California Desert
Retina Consultants
36949 Cook St., Ste. 101
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Retina/Vitreous Surgery, Retinal

Robert B. Guss, M.D.
Desert Regional Medical Center
/ The Vision Professionals
1180 N. Indian Canyon Drive,
Ste. 130
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Corneal Disease & Surgery

Camille M. Harrison, M.D.
Coachella Valley Retina
72301 Country Club Drive, Ste.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Retina/Vitreous Surgery, Diabetic
Eye Disease/Retinopathy, Macular

Jennifer I. Hui, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / El Centro
Regional Medical Center / The
Eyelid Institute
41990 Cook St., F Bldg., Ste.
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Oculoplastic & Reconstructive
Surgery, Eyelid

Bart P. Ketover, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Milauskas 

Eye Institute
72057 Dinah Shore Drive, Ste. D
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Cataract Surgery, Intraocular

Steven G. Lin, M.D.
Southern California Desert
Retina Consultants
36949 Cook St., Ste. 101
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Retina/Vitreous Surgery, Macular
Disease/Degeneration, Retinal

Harry Marshak, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Coachella
Valley Retina
74075 El Paseo, Ste. D2
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Cosmetic Surgery-Face & Eyes,
Eyelid Cosmetic &
Reconstructive Surgery

James A. Bell, M.D., Ph.D.
Eisenhower Health / 
Regional Medical Center /
Desert Orthopedic Center
151 S. Sunrise Way, Ste. 500
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Trauma, Sports Medicine, Joint

David W. Duffner, M.D.
Desert Regional Medical Center
/ Eisenhower Health
71511 Highway 111, Ste. A
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Spinal Surgery, Joint

David A. Friscia, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Orthopedic Center
39000 Bob Hope Drive, Harry &
Diane Rinker Bldg.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Foot & Ankle Surgery—
Complex, Ankle Replacement &
Revision, Charcot Foot, Sports
Injuries—Foot & Ankle

Patrick St. Pierre, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Orthopedic Center
39000 Bob Hope Drive, Harry &
Diane Rinker Bldg.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Arthroscopic Surgery, Shoulder
Arthroscopic Surgery, Shoulder
Surgery, Sports Injuries

A. David Tahernia, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Orthopedic Center
39000 Bob Hope Drive, Harry &
Diane Rinker Bldg.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Spinal Surgery

B. Maya Kato, M.D.
Desert Regional Medical Center
/ Eisenhower Health / The Ear
36867 Cook St., Ste. 103
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Skull Base Surgery, Balance
Disorders, Cochlear Implants

Eric A. Nash, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / La Quinta
78370 Highway 111, Ste. 160
La Quinta, CA 92253
Sinus Disorders/Surgery, Voice

Qing Tian, M.D.
Desert Regional Medical Center
/ First California Physician
Partners Otolaryngology
47647 Caleo Bay Drive Ste. 210
La Quinta, CA 92253
Head & Neck Surgery

Majid Torabi, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Regional Medical Center /
Desert Cities Allergy &
39000 Bob Hope Drive, Probst
Bldg., Ste. 202
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Sinus Disorders/Surgery, Allergy

Quinten M. VanderWerf, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert Ear,
Nose & Throat
39000 Bob Hope Drive, Wright
Bldg., Ste. 301
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Facial Plastic & Reconstructive
Surgery, Nasal Surgery

Mark D. Wilson, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert Ear,
Nose & Throat
39000 Bob Hope Drive, Ste.
301, Wright Bldg.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

C. Edward Anderson Jr., M.D.
Desert Regional Medical Center
/ Desert Pain Care Medicine
36915 Cook St., E Bldg., Ste.
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Pain — Interventional

Mark Bouffard IV, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / 
Pain &
Spine Center 
of the Desert
72650 Fred Waring Drive, Ste.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Pain-Chronic, Pain-
Musculoskeletal, Arthritis

Lee W. Erlendson, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Rancho
Mirage Pain Associates
39300 Bob Hope Drive Bannan
Bldg., Ste. 1203
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Pain Management

Roland D. Reinhart, M.D.
Eisenhower Health
39700 Bob Hope Drive Ste. 202
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Pain Management, 

Aijaz Hashmi, M.D.
Desert Regional Medical Center
/ Loma Linda University Medical
555 E. Tachevah Drive 2W
Bldg., Ste. 105
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Congenital Heart Disease —
Adult, Fetal Echocardiography

M. Nieves Gutierrez-Go, M.D.
Valley Children’s 
Medical Center
80495 Highway 111
Indio, CA 92201

Alexander A. Villarasa, M.D.
Desert Regional Medical Center
/ Desert Valley Pediatrics
1801 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way,
Ste. 102
Palm Springs, CA 92262

David R. Clawson, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Eisenhower
Medical Associates / Dolores
Outpatient Clinic
39000 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Stroke Rehabilitation,
Musculoskeletal Injuries,

Scott M. Aaronson, M.D.
Desert Regional Medical Center
/ Eisenhower Health
1221 N. Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Cosmetic Surgery — Breast,
Facial Rejuvenation, Liposuction
& Body Contouring, Cosmetic
Surgery — Face & Body

Ritu R. Chopra, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Cedars-
Sinai Medical Center / Plastic
Surgery Institute
71949 Highway 111, Ste. 300
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Facelift, Breast Revision, Breast
Reconstruction, Breast

Andrew J. Hayduke, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Regional Medical Center /
Eisenhower Medical Center
39000 Bob Hope Drive, Kiewit
Bldg., Ste. K206
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Cosmetic Surgery — Face,
Breast, Eyelid Surgery,
Liposuction & Body Contouring

Andrew P. Ordon, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Cedars-
Sinai Medical Center / Plastic
Surgery Institute
71949 Highway 111, Ste. 300
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Facelift, Breast Revision, Breast
Reconstruction, Breast

Suzanne M. Quardt, M.D.
Eisenhower Health
70017 Highway 111, Ste. 1
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Cosmetic Surgery — Breast,
Liposuction & Body Contouring

Mark V. Sofonio, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Regional Medical Center
39000 Bob Hope Drive, Kiewit
Bldg., Ste. 407
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Cosmetic Surgery — Face &
Body, Skin Laser Surgery,
Liposuction, Reconstructive
Plastic Surgery

Judith B. Zacher, M.D.
Eisenhower Health
39300 Bob Hope Drive Bannan
Bldg., Ste. 1106
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Breast Cosmetic &
Reconstructive Surgery,
Liposuction & Body Contouring,
Cosmetic Surgery-Face

Mohammed Zakhireh, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / 
Surgery Institute of Palm Desert
73710 Alessandro Drive, Ste. A1
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Cosmetic Surgery — Face &
Body, Breast Augmentation,
Liposuction & Body Contouring

Ihor Galarnyk, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Loma Linda
University Medical Center, East
41990 Cook St., Ste. 2003
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Addiction/Substance Abuse,
Geriatric Psychiatry

Ronald E. Sneider, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Regional Medical Center /
Eisenhower Pulmonary & Sleep
Specialty Clinic
39000 Bob Hope Drive, Wright
Bldg., Ste. 201
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Sleep Disorders, Lung Disease

Ziad A. Tannous, M.D.
Desert Regional Medical Center
/ Eisenhower Health
1180 N. Indian Canyon Drive,
Ste. W208
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Lung Disease, Airway Disorders

Shahriyar Tavakoli, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Eisenhower
Pulmonary & Sleep Specialty
39000 Bob Hope Drive, Wright
Bldg., Ste. 201
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Critical Care, Interventional

Peter Greenberg, M.D.
21st Century Oncology
40055 Bob Hope Drive, Ste. B
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Lung Cancer, Gynecologic

Judy M. Jackson, M.D.
Desert Regional Medical Center
/ City of Hope National Medical
Center / Comprehensive Cancer
1180 N. Indian Canyon Drive,
Ste. E218
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Gynecologic Cancers,
Gastrointestinal Cancer,
Prostate Cancer, 
Breast Cancer

Monica M. Khanna, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Eisenhower
Lucy Curci Cancer Center
39000 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Theodore D. Masek, M.D.
Redlands Community Hospital /
21st Century Oncology
77840 Flora Road
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Prostate Cancer

Maher A. Abdallah, M.D.
Desert Regional Medical Center
/ Eisenhower Health / American
Reproductive Centers
1199 N. Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Infertility — IVF, Polycystic
Ovarian Syndrome,
Preimplantation Genetic

Maria W. Greenwald, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Medical Advances
72855 Fred Waring Drive, Ste.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Rheumatoid Arthritis

Kam A. Newman, M.D.
Eisenhower Medical Center /
Eisenhower Medical Associates
Mike & Jan Salta Health Center
39000 Bob Hope Drive, Floor 1
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Ramy A. Awad, M.D.
Desert Regional Medical Center
/ Eisenhower Health / Desert
Surgical & Bariatric Specialists
555 E. Tachevah Drive, Ste. 2W-
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Bariatric/Obesity Surgery

Bobby S. Bhasker-Rao, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Parkview
Community Hospital Medical
Center / Lite Life Surgery
35900 Bob Hope Drive, Ste. 205
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Gastric Bypass Surgery,
Laparoscopic Surgery, Minimally
Invasive Surgery, Hernia

David M. Hyams, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Regional Medical Center /
Desert Surgical Oncology
39000 Bob Hope Drive, Kiewit
Bldg., Ste. 207
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Breast Cancer, Endocrine
Cancers, Gastrointestinal
Cancer, Cancer Surgery

Janet K. Ihde, M.D.
Desert Regional Medical Center
/ Eisenhower Health/
Comprehensive Cancer Center
1180 N. Indian Canyon Drive,
Ste. E150
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Breast Cancer & Surgery,
Melanoma, Thyroid Cancer &

Eric R. Presser, M.D.
Desert Regional Medical Center
/ FCPP Surgical Associates
1180 N. Indian Canyon Drive,
Ste. E421
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Minimally Invasive Thoracic
Surgery, Lung Cancer, Video
Assisted Thoracic Surgery

Joseph W. Wilson Jr., M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Regional Medical Center /
Cardiothoracic Surgery Clinic
39000 Bob Hope Drive,
Kiewit Bldg., Ste. 108
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Cardiothoracic Surgery,
Minimally Invasive Heart Valve
Surgery, Minimally Invasive
Thoracic Surgery

John R. Faulkner, M.D.
Eisenhower Health
72780 Country Club Drive, C
Bldg., Ste. 302
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Minimally Invasive Surgery

Jeffrey H. Herz, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Regional Medical Center /
Urologic Institute of the Dessert
39000 Bob Hope Drive,
Kiewit Bldg., Ste. 401
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Prostate Cancer, Pediatric

Elliot B. Lander, M.D.
Rancho Mirage Medical Center
72780 Country Club Drive, C
Bldg., Ste. 301
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Interstitial Cystitis, Hormonal

Gary Leifer, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Walsh
Urology Associates
72057 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Michael A. Sanford, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Eisenhower
Urology Specialty Clinic
39000 Bob Hope Drive, Wright
Bldg., Ste. 412
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Prostate Cancer, Incontinence,
Kidney Cancer, Erectile

Brad A. Wolfson, M.D.
Desert Regional Medical Center
555 E. Tachevah Drive, Bldg.
2W Ste. 101,
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Prostate Benign Disease,
Kidney Stones, Prostate Cancer,
Pediatric Urology

Alan E. Williamson, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Eisenhower
Medical Center Department of
Vascular Surgery
39300 Bob Hope Drive, Salta
Bldg., Floor 2
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Son Ha Yu, M.D.
Eisenhower Health / Desert
Regional Medical Center /
Desert Vein & Vascular Institute
71780 San Jacinto Drive, I Bldg.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Varicose Veins, Endovascular
Surgery, Vein Disorders,
Peripheral Vascular Disease


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2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons minced green onion
1 cup cooked crabmeat, finely chopped
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 pounds fresh button mushrooms, stems removed
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 cup dry white wine


Prep 20 m
Cook20 m
Ready In 40 m
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet; cook and stir green onion
until softened, about 2 minutes. Transfer green onion to a
bowl. Stir in crabmeat, bread crumbs, 1/4 cup Monterey Jack
cheese, egg, lemon juice, and dill weed until well mixed.

Pour 1/2 cup melted butter in a 9x13-inch baking dish; turn
mushroom caps in butter to coat. Fill mushroom caps with the
crab mixture and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Monterey
Jack cheese. Pour white wine into baking dish.

Bake in preheated oven until cheese is melted and lightly
brown, 15 to 20 minutes.
BDCC  ESTATES Earthquake Preparedness Town Hall Meeting

Saturday, January 5th, 2019
10:00 AM


Guest Speakers

Associa DRM wlll have a presentation on
Town Hall Square

Be there or be Square
Coyote hazing:
Guidelines for discouraging neighborhood coyotes

Generally, coyotes are reclusive animals who avoid human

Coyotes who have adapted to urban and suburban
environments, however, may realize there are few real threats
and may approach people or feel safe visiting yards even
when people are present.

These coyotes have become habituated (lost their fear of
humans), probably owing to the bounty of food that they have
become accustomed to feeding upon in your neighborhood.

These bold coyotes should not be tolerated or enticed but
instead given the clear message that they should not be so

Hazing is a method that makes use of deterrents to move an
animal out of an area or discourage an undesirable behavior
or activity. Hazing can help maintain a coyote’s fear of humans
and deter them from backyards and play spaces.

Methods of hazing
Using a variety of different hazing tools (PDF) is critical so that
coyotes don’t get used to redundant or single stimulus
devices, sounds, and actions.

Yelling and waving your arms while approaching the coyote
Noisemakers: Voice, whistles, air horns, bells, “shaker” cans
full of marbles or pennies, pots, lid or pie pans banged together
Projectiles: sticks, small rocks, cans, tennis balls or rubber

Other: hoses, water guns with vinegar water, spray bottles
with vinegar water, pepper spray or bear repellent

“Go away coyote!”
The simplest method of hazing a coyote involves being loud
and large:

Stand tall, wave your arms, and yell at the coyote,
approaching them if necessary, until they run away.

If a coyote has not been hazed before, they may not
immediately run away when you yell at them. If this happens,
you may need to walk towards the coyote and increase the
intensity of your hazing.

The coyote may run away, but then stop after a distance and
look at you. It is important to continue to go after the coyote
until they completely leaves the area. You may need to use
different tactics, such as noisemakers, stomping your feet, or
spraying the coyote with a hose, to get them to leave.

Dog-walking tools
There are several tools that you can carry with you while
walking your dog that can be used to repel coyotes. These

Homemade noisemakers
Whistle or small air horn (you can purchase small air horn
Squirt guns
Pepper spray
Sticks or other objects to throw towards (but not at) the coyote
In your yard

Remember, keeping pets and pet food inside is the best way
to keep coyotes out of your yard. If you do encounter coyotes,
all of the above methods can be used in your yard at home.
First, try the “Go away coyote!” method (yell and wave your
arms as you approach the coyote). Here are some additional
methods you can also use:

Squirt the coyote with your garden hose
Spray the coyote with vinegar water
Bang pots and pans together

Important things to remember

Never run away from a coyote!

The coyote may not leave at first, but if you approach them
closer and/or increase the intensity of your hazing, they will
run away.

If the coyote runs away a short distance and then stops and
looks at you, continue hazing until he leaves the area entirely.
After you have successfully hazed a coyote, they may return.
Continue to haze the coyote as you did before; it usually takes
only one or two times to haze a coyote away for good.
Rise of the coyote: The new top dog

Shape-shifting coyotes have evolved to take advantage of a
landscape transformed by people. Scientists are now
discovering just how wily the creatures are.

Wolf genes make the coyotes of northeastern North America
bigger and stronger than those elsewhere.

Near the dawn of time, the story goes, Coyote saved the
creatures of Earth. According to the mythology of Idaho's Nez
Perce people, the monster Kamiah had stalked into the region
and was gobbling up the animals one by one. The crafty
Coyote evaded Kamiah but didn't want to lose his friends, so
he let himself be swallowed. From inside the beast, Coyote
severed Kamiah's heart and freed his fellow animals. Then he
chopped up Kamiah and threw the pieces to the winds, where
they gave birth to the peoples of the planet.

European colonists took a very different view of the coyote
(Canis latrans) and other predators native to North America.
The settlers hunted wolves to extinction across most of the
southerly 48 states. They devastated cougar and bobcat
populations and attacked coyotes. But unlike the other
predators, coyotes have thrived in the past 150 years. Once
restricted to the western plains, they now occupy most of the
continent and have invaded farms and cities, where they have
expanded their diet to include squirrels, household pets and
discarded fast food.

Researchers have long known the coyote as a master of
adaptation, but studies over the past few years are now
revealing how these unimposing relatives of wolves and dogs
have managed to succeed where many other creatures have
suffered. Coyotes have flourished in part by exploiting the
changes that people have made to the environment, and their
opportunism goes back thousands of years. In the past two
centuries, coyotes have taken over part of the wolf's former
ecological niche by preying on deer and even on an
endangered group of caribou. Genetic studies reveal that the
coyotes of northeastern America — which are bigger than their
cousins elsewhere — carry wolf genes that their ancestors
picked up through interbreeding. This lupine inheritance has
given northeastern coyotes the ability to bring down adult deer
— a feat seldom attempted by the smaller coyotes of the west.

The lessons learned from coyotes can help researchers to
understand how other mid-sized predators respond when larger
carnivores are wiped out. In sub-Saharan Africa, for example,
intense hunting of lions and leopards has led to a population
explosion of olive baboons, which are now preying on smaller
primates and antelope, causing a steep decline in their

Yet even among such opportunists, coyotes stand out as the
champions of change. “We need to stop looking at these
animals as static entities,” says mammalogist Roland Kays of
the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.
“They're evolving”.

At a fast rate, too. Two centuries ago, coyotes led a very
different life, hunting rabbits, mice and insects in the
grasslands of the Great Plains. Weighing only 10 to 12
kilograms on average, they could not compete in the forests
with the much larger grey wolves (Canis lupus), which are
quick to dispatch coyotes that try to scavenge their kills.

The big break for coyotes came when settlers pushed west,
wiping out the resident wolves. Coyotes could thrive because
they breed more quickly than wolves and have a more varied
diet. Since then, their menu has grown and so has their range;
they have invaded all the mainland United States (with the
exception of northern Alaska) and Mexico, as well as large
parts of southern Canada (see 'On the move').

The animals that arrived in the northeastern United States and
Canada in the 1940s and 50s were significantly larger on
average than those on the Great Plains, sometimes topping 16
kilograms. Kays and his colleagues studied the rapid changes
in coyote physique by analysing mitochondrial DNA and skull
measurements of more than 100 individuals collected in New
York state and throughout New England. They found1 that
these northeastern coyotes carried genes from Great Lakes
wolves, showing that the two species had interbred as the
coyotes passed through that region. “Coyotes mated with
wolves in the 1800s, when wolf populations were at low density
because of human persecution,” says Kays. In those
circumstances, wolves had a hard time finding wolf mates, so
they settled for coyotes.

Compared with the ancestral coyotes from the plains, the
northeastern coyote–wolf hybrids have larger skulls, with more
substantial anchoring points for their jaw muscles. Thanks in
part to those changes, these beefy coyotes can take down
larger prey; they even killed a 19-year-old female hiker in Nova
Scotia in 2009. The northeastern coyotes have expanded their
range five times faster than coyote populations in the
southeastern United States, the members of which
encountered no wolves as they journeyed east.

New to the city
Coyotes have even moved into Washington DC, appearing in
Rock Creek Park in 2004, just a few miles from the White
House. Christine Bozarth, a conservation geneticist at the
Smithsonian Institution in Washington, has tracked their arrival
and has shown that some of them are descended from the
larger northeastern strain and carry wolf DNA2. Bozarth says
the coyotes are there to stay. “They can adapt to any urban
landscape; they'll raise their pups in drainage ditches and old
pipes,” she says. She hopes that the coyotes will help to
control the deer, whose numbers are booming. But Kays says
that coyotes have not made a significant dent in the northeast's
deer population. “Coyotes fill part of the empty niche, but they
don't completely replace wolves,” he says.

Oddly enough, it is the smaller coyotes in the southeastern
United States that seem to be having a real impact on deer.
About the same size as western coyotes, the southeastern
ones have begun to exploit a niche left empty by the red wolves
(Canis lupus rufus) that once roamed the southeast and
specialized in hunting the region's deer, which are smaller than
those in the northeast.

John Kilgo, a wildlife biologist with the US Forest Service in
New Ellenton, South Carolina, and his colleagues found in a
2010 study3 that South Carolina's deer population started to
decline when coyotes arrived in the late 1980s. More recently,
he and his colleagues have studied deaths among fawns, using
forensic techniques right out of a murder investigation.

They analysed bite wounds on the carcasses and sequenced
DNA in saliva left on the wounds. They also searched for scat
and tracks left by the killers and noted how they had stashed
uneaten remains. More than one-third of the fawn deaths were
clearly caused by coyotes, and circumstantial evidence
suggests that the true number might be closer to 80%.
“Coyotes are acting as top predators on deer, and controlling
their numbers,” says Kilgo.

At first, many researchers had a hard time accepting that
conclusion because they thought that coyotes were too small to
affect deer populations, Kilgo says. He hopes to study how the
newly arrived coyotes will affect other members of the
southeastern ecosystem, including wild turkeys and predators
such as raccoons, foxes and opossums.

There is no danger that the southeastern coyotes will drive the
abundant deer in that region to extinction. But at the northern
extreme of their range, coyotes are threatening a highly
endangered band of woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus
caribou) in the mature forests of Quebec's Gaspésie National
Park. Logging and other changes there had taken a toll on the
caribou even before coyotes arrived in the region in 1973 and
settled into newly cleared parts of the forest. But then coyotes
started hunting caribou calves and the population dropped
even further.

A 2010 studys found that coyotes accounted for 60% of the
predation on these caribou, which now number only 140.
Dominic Boisjoly, a wildlife biologist with Quebec's Ministry of
Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks in Quebec
City, says that the best way to protect the caribou would be to
cease clear-cutting of the forest, thereby denying the predators
a home.

Coyotes have been taking advantage of the changes wrought
by humans for many thousands of years, according to a study
of coyote fossils published this year

Evolutionary biologist Julie Meachen at the National
Evolutionary Synthesis Center in Durham, North Carolina, and
Joshua Samuels at the John Day Fossil Beds National
Monument in Kimberly, Oregon, made that discovery by
measuring the size of coyote fossils dating back over the past
25,000 years. During the last ice age, coyotes were
significantly larger than most of their modern counterparts and
resembled the biggest of the present-day coyote–wolf hybrids
in the northeast. They probably scavenged meat from kills
made by dire wolves and sabre-toothed cats, and preyed on
the young of the large herbivores, such as giant ground sloths,
wild camels and horses, that thronged North America at that

But at the close of the ice age, about 13,000 years ago, most of
the megafauna vanished — an extinction attributed to both
climate change and the appearance of efficient Stone Age
hunters. With them went the largest predators, allowing the
smaller grey wolves to fill the vacant niche, which put them in
competition with the largest coyotes. That conflict, as well as
the loss of large herbivores, caused coyotes to shrink in
stature. Within 1,000 years of the Pleistocene extinctions,
coyotes had reached the same size as in most present-day

Now, they're going through a whole new set of changes as they
adapt to the modern landscape of North America. Genetic
studies show that some coyotes are even interbreeding with
dogs, which could lead to a different sort of hybrid animal.
Researchers are struggling to keep up with the animals and
their impacts as they lope into more new regions.

“Invading a landscape emptied of wolves may trigger a whole
new pathway in terms of the coyote's evolution,” says Bill
Ripple, an ecologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis.
“And the coyote's arrival will have unpredictable effects on
other species in the ecosystem.”

I have recently joined the Explorers of the Mojave Desert.
It is great fun and I would recommend you check it out if
you are interested in the desert and surrounding areas.

Coyotes have been reported regularly in our area and so,
I am including some background on them...and how you
can keep them at a safe distance.

SAVE THE DATE: Please don't forget the Emergency
Preparedness Town Hall, January 5th, 2019.

We need your support!


READY IN: 55mins

YIELD: 24 mushrooms   


1⁄4 cup olive oil or 1⁄4 cup melted butter
24 large white mushrooms
12 ounces flaked crabmeat
4 tablespoons finely chopped onions
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 cup soft breadcrumbs or 1⁄2 cup dry breadcrumbs
2 teaspoons parsley, chopped
1⁄8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1⁄8 teaspoon black pepper
1⁄8 teaspoon garlic salt
1 egg, beaten
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1⁄2 cup melted butter
1⁄4 teaspoon garlic salt
2 cups shredded parmesan cheese


Spray a 9x12-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray.

Use an additional baking dish if needed.

Drizzle olive oil or butter in the bottom of the baking dish.

Wipe mushrooms with a damp paper towel to clean.

Remove stems, set aside caps and chop stems to add to filling.

In a medium bowl, mix crabmeat, chopped mushroom stems, onion,
dry mustard, 1 cup parmesan cheese, SOFT bread crumbs (fresh
bread frozen and then shredded), parsley, red and black pepper,
and garlic salt.

Mix well and then stir in egg and mayonnaise.

Use a small cookie scoop to mound filling onto each mushroom

Melt butter and mix in garlic salt and drizzle over the filled

Mound a generous portion of the shredded parmesan cheese on
top of each filled mushroom.

Note: For softer, melted cheese, you may want to use mozzarella
cheese or brick cheese for the topping.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 425°F.

Best served hot.

Can be prepared ahead, refrigerated and then baked just before
serving (add 7-10 minutes additional baking time).
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What to Know About Buying, Peeling, and Storing Garlic

Garlic can be purchased as peeled whole cloves or minced, both
stored in olive or vegetable oil. It is imperative that garlic in oil be
stored under refrigeration to avoid potentially-deadly botulism
bacteria growth.

Garlic Selection and Storage
When shopping, choose garlic heads that are firm to the touch,
with no nicks or soft cloves. If you notice dark, powdery patches
under the skin, pass it up because this is an indication of a
common mold which will eventually spoil the flesh.

Store unpeeled heads of garlic in an open container in a cool, dry
place away from other foods. Do not refrigerate or freeze
unpeeled garlic. Properly stored garlic can keep up to three
months. As garlic ages, it will begin to produce green sprouts in
the center of each clove. These infant green sprouts can be
bitter, so discard them before chopping the garlic for your recipe.
However, if you plant the cloves and let them sprout to a height of
about six inches, you can use the sprouts like chives in salads
and such.

Whatever kind of gathering you’re planning this year, you’ve got
this. Once you’ve checked off these To Dos, you’re good to
go…or rather, stay, and enjoy the holidays as much as your
guests will.

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If you use a lot of garlic and wish to cut your preparation time
down, you can pre-peel and store your own in olive oil in the
refrigerator, but the best flavor will come from freshly-peeled
cloves. Use garlic powder, garlic salt, and garlic extract (juice)
only as a last resort.

How to Peel Garlic
To peel a garlic clove, place it on a cutting board on its side, and
gently press down quickly with the flat side of a butcher knife. The
skin should then easily peel off. If you find the skin clinging
desperately to the clove, congratulations, you have fresh garlic.
As garlic ages, it shrivels inside the skin, making it easier to peel.

Inside Garlic Odor: The Why and What of Its Smell

Garlic is an herb known for its unique taste in savory dishes and
health-wise for its ability to help detoxify the body, boost immune
function, lower blood pressure and improve circulation. China
produces the most garlic in all the world, almost 23 billion pounds
of garlic per year, that's roughly 77% of the world’s production of
garlic. Whether you're cooking it yourself, or enjoying a garlic-
flavored dish, the issue of that garlicky smell is a very present one.

What's Responsible for Garlic Odor?
When garlic cells are ruptured by cutting or pressing, they release
an enzyme called alliinase. This enzyme chemically changes the
inherent alliin into allicin, a sulfur-containing molecule, resulting in
that heady, pungent garlic smell which is a mainstay in kitchens
around the world. These sulfur molecules are absorbed into the
bloodstream and lungs, escaping through exhaled air and
perspiration. Thus, the garlic breath. And, in some people who
consume massive quantities, a noticeable garlicky bodily odor can

Getting Rid of Garlic Odor
If you are a garlic-lover, it's wise to surround yourself with others
who enjoy garlic or try munching on parsley to rid yourself of
garlic breath. It's much easier to get the smell of garlic off your
hands than it is to get rid of garlic breath. To rid your hands of the
smell after peeling and/or chopping garlic, simply wash your
hands and then rub your clean hands on a stainless steel faucet.
There is also a product called Rub Away that uses a soap-shaped
piece of stainless steel. When rubbed between your hands, it
removes the smell of garlic completely. This works because
stainless steel binds with the stinky sulfur molecules in garlic, they
bind together when rubbed and come off of your hands. If you're
not sold on an extra hunk of metal, sucking or squeezing a wedge
of lemon will also help mask the garlic smell from both your hands
and your mouth.

Garlic Odor Gets in Your Lungs
Have you tried parsley, lemon and everything in between, yet still
the garlic breath persists. There's an explanation. After you've
eaten garlic, the sulfur that gives off the odor, specifically allyl
methyl sulfide, actually enters your bloodstream, give your lungs
fresh garlic air to pump through your mouth until it's completely
out of your system. The only way to get it out of your ​bloodstream
is to excrete it through normal bodily functions including sweat,
urinating, and breathing.

In case you hadn't already heard from the plethora of Christmas
music, it is indeed "the most wonderful time of the year" once again!
And we at Animal Samaritans, want to make sure it stays that way.
Nothing can ruin the holiday cheer like a sick and unhappy fur baby.
Here are some ways you can prevent an accidental injury or illness
to your pet during the Holiday Season.

Beware of Christmas trees and wandering animals! Christmas trees
are glittery and alluring for your pets and can tip over if they try to
climb on them or play with lights and ornaments. Consider tying them
down to the ceiling or door frame if you think your pet may be
especially interested.

Did you know that water additives for Christmas trees can be
dangerous for your pet? Do not add aspirin, sugar, or anything to the
water if you have pets in the house. They may drink it if they can
reach it.

Be extra vigilant around ornaments and other decorations. Tinsel is
enticing to pets and they may ingest it. Broken and ingested
ornaments can cause injury, intestinal blockage or even toxicity. Pet
owners should avoid tinsel and glass ornaments.

Keep homemade ornaments (particularly those made from salt-dough
or other food-based materials) out of reach of pets.

Be careful with lights and other electrical chords. These can cause
burns or your pet can accidentally electrocute themselves, or cause
a fire if something sparks.

Flowers and festive plants can result in an emergency if your pet
eats them. Poinsettias, amaryllis, mistletoe, balsam, pine trees and
pine cones, cedar, and holly are common holiday plants that can be
dangerous or poisonous to pets.

Candles are attractive to people (and pets) alike- make sure not to
leave your pets alome with a lit candle in the room. It can result in a
burn or worse, a fire.
Keep human foods away from your pets. If you want to give them a
little holiday treat, make sure it's formulated exclusively for pets.

Keep pets away from chocolate, raisins, grapes, and onions: they
are highly toxic for them.

Stay away from baked goods, sweets, or candies: they often contain
"Xylitol", which has been linked to liver failure (and in some cases,
death) in dogs.

Avoid feeding them yeast dough which can cause painful gas and
(potentially dangerous) bloat.

Remember that visitors (and all the commotion) can bother your pet.
Pay attention to their signals and make adjustments as needed.
Some pets may feel more comfortable crated and/or in a separate

It's cold! Don't leave your pets alone outdoors. Think about investing
in some warmer winter attire for the smaller, thinner-haired pets to
give them extra warmth.

Keep in mind that fireworks are still just as scary on New Years as
they are on the 4th of July. Keep your pets safe and indoors on New
Year's Eve before the clock strikes midnight to lower the risk of
having them run off, get lost, or get injured. The majority of pets are
terrified by the loud noises (and sometimes it hurts their ears!)

Make sure all of your pets are wearing tags with your information and
are micro-chipped in case they accidentally escape. Feel free to
make a micro-chip appointment with us! We want to make sure they
can be easily identified and returned to you if they get lost.

If you're travelling, make sure your pets have proper identification
and are safely restrained in cars or planes. Do NOT leave your pets
in the car alone. Air travel can be hard on dogs (especially those with
short-noses) due to air pressure changes. Consult your vet for
advice before flying with pets.

AND REMEMBER- Quick action can save lives- make sure you know
how to get to your 24/7 emergency vet clinic BEFORE an emergency.

ASPCA Poison Control Hotline: 888-426-4435. Signs of pet distress
include: sudden changes in behavior, depression, pain, vomiting, or
diarrhea. Contact your veterinarian immediately.
Candles For Men
Mandles make the perfect gift for any man that enjoys the scented
pleasure a burning candle can bring.

With scents like Pigskin, Baseball Glove, Leather, and Hardware
Store there is bound to be a fragrance your man will enjoy. So no
more excuses ladies when it comes to gift time because Mandles are
the perfect gift for a man who is rugged and will warm your feminine
side at the same time.
Barbara Somers, Bermuda Golf Club Estates
Nail Salon Recommendation

Bellagio Nail and Spa Salon across from Shields Date Garden
at corner of Jefferson and Highway 111. Very nice and
spacious salon.  Ask for Peter, is very good and kind.
Gerald Sharon Bermuda Golf
Club Estates

Found - Garage Door Remote

Found this remote in front of my
home last night on Baracoa Dr.
Hope to find its owner. See pic

Who is Joshua?


Joshua Tree is nestled in a segment of the Southeastern
California’s Mojave Desert, thirty-five miles from Palm Springs,
California off the I-10 freeway on State Route 62. Joshua Tree is the
gateway community to the West Entrance of Joshua Tree National
Park, an 800,000 acre wilderness preserve, with groves of Joshua
Trees, incredible multi-colored, gigantic boulders and some the best
rock climbing in the world!

The community of Joshua Tree encompasses 96 square miles and
is adorned with spectacular desert and geological scenery in
addition to the ancient Joshua tree itself. It is believed that Mormon
pioneers, traveling through the area, named this tree after the
biblical figure Joshua, because its uplifted limbs reminded them of
him praying and waving to the heavens. Later, an early western
explorer, John Fremont called the Joshua tree, “The most repulsive
tree in the vegetable kingdom.” This tree is unlike any other, and it
does create atypical responses. The Joshua tree does not have
growth rings like a normal tree, so determining its age can be
difficult. But, most biologists have estimated the age range of these
trees to be somewhere around 500 to 900 years old. This
spectacular tree, protected by law, is considered a prominent icon of
the area.

The earliest known history on the Joshua Tree community is when
homesteaders first filed on a site in the fall of 1911. Within a few
short years, the Joshua Tree Townsite Company constructed its first
offices along the Twentynine Palms Road, close to the West Park
Entrance. Then in 1938, Congress passed the “Baby Homestead
Act,” allowing five-acre, non-agricultural homestead sites.
Developers had hoped this act would bring new settlers to the area
but World War II intervened. Instead, the war triggered gas rationing,
restrictions on building supplies, and prevented growth into the
outlying desert areas. By 1941, Joshua Tree’s total population
reached forty-nine people with twenty-two occupied buildings.

Towards the end of the conflict, cabins, homes, and commercial
buildings sprouted up throughout the desert. In 1944, the Joshua
Journal reported total population had increased to 227 inhabitants. A
short time later, the first business block was built on the northwest
corner of Park Blvd. with five stores connected under one roof.
Subsequently, Joshua Tree opened its first Post Office. Grace
Aldridge, postmaster, serviced her 300 postal clients out of the Little
Joshua Tree Market. By 1947, there were 144 established buildings,
forty-six new buildings under construction, and the population had
expanded to 550 people. During this era, many of the early
homesteaders built turkey ranches in the Sunfair vicinity with a
turkey population well over 47,600; and there were plans to name
the area Turkey Town, USA.

But for some unknown reason, these farms faded away. Wild
turkeys are still spotted occasionally by local residents.
Subsequently, new businesses, churches, schools, a fire station,
live theatre, and a community center were established in the region.
The Desert Tortoise, now a protected species, used to be the
subject of “Turtle Races” in downtown Joshua Tree. Myrtle the
Turtle, a large desert tortoise sculpture, has been a landmark in
downtown Joshua Tree for many years.

Joshua Tree Today
Today, Joshua Tree, with an estimated population of approximately
9,000, is unincorporated and governed by the San Bernardino
County Board of Supervisors. The Municipal Advisory Council
(MAC), a small group of residents and business people appointed by
the Supervisor’s office, meets regularly to address local issues and
provide feedback from public meetings to the County. Joshua Tree
remains a favorite tourist destination for over a million people per
year, and a weekend getaway for the Los Angeles, San Diego, Palm
Springs and Las Vegas metro areas.

The weather is ten degrees cooler than the lower desert
communities in summer and twenty degrees warmer than the
mountain communities in the winter; creating near-perfect, year-
round living with an average altitude of 2,700-3000 feet. Most rainfall
occurs in July, August, and January – averaging four to six inches in
annual precipitation. The climate is pleasantly moderate, discernibly
four-seasoned, with smog-free air. The dawn skies and the evening
sunsets are a photographer’s delight. The days are typically sunny
and the star-studded night skies are nothing less than magnificent!

Annual celebrations and events are widely attended and enjoyed
throughout southern California. They include the Turtle Days Street
Fair in May. Other great local events include the Joshua Tree Music
Festival, Copper Mountain College’s “Earthworks Now,” The Gram
Parsons Festival, Open Studio Art Tours and The Sportsman’s
Club’s Gem & Mineral Show. Please contact the Chamber for dates
and times.

Shops and Services
Several small shopping centers supply Joshua Tree residents and
visitors with fine art and local crafts in small galleries and shops,
with plenty of souvenirs to be found at local gift shops and in the
Joshua Tree National Park Visitor’s Center. Joshua Tree hosts
beauty salons, rock climbing shops, health food stores, gourmet
foods, cafes and restaurants, a saloon, physicians, dentists, a hobby
shop, gas stations, a music store, auto repair shops, and a
laundromat. The US Post Office, The Hi-Desert Playhouse Cultural
Center, MBTA (public bus service), San Bernardino County Court
House, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, the California
Highway Patrol, and the Hi-Desert Airport serve local inhabitants
and guests.

Residents enjoy clean, pure water from local wells drawn from
aquifers (below ground lakes) from the Joshua Basin Water District.
Other services to the community are Southern California Edison for
electricity; Verizon for telephone; and in limited areas, Southern
California Gas. Satellite and cable are both available for television
viewing; plus there is a wide variety of Internet access portals
(including dial-up, DSL, and satellite) offered to World-Wide Web
users. Hi-Desert Publishing is the local newspaper source (Hi-
Desert Star and The Desert Trail); and great local radio can be
found at 92.1 (Alternative and Hip/Hop), 96.3 (Country), and 107.7

The town employs the San Bernardino County Fire Department for
major emergency services. Morongo Basin Ambulance Association
provides outstanding medical emergency services to the area. The
Hi-Desert Memorial Health Care District is comprised of 179
licensed beds: The Hi-Desert Medical Center is a modern, 59-bed
acute care hospital providing 51 medical, surgical, and telemetry
beds; a four-bed intensive care unit; a comprehensive birthing
center; a 14-bed emergency department; as well as radiology,
laboratory and cardiopulmonary departments. The District also
operates the Continuing Care Center, a 120-bed skilled nursing
facility on the campus of Hi-Desert Medical Center. Airway
Outpatient Center, a full-service outpatient surgery and diagnostic
center, and The Behavioral Health Centre-providing partial
hospitalization services-are both located in Yucca Valley. Home
Health & Hospice, and a variety of community outreach services are
also provided. The local American Red Cross is utilized for disaster
services, first aid, and training.

There are two outstanding elementary schools located in Joshua
Tree: Friendly Hills Elementary and Joshua Tree Elementary. Within
the local basin-wide area, there are 2 high schools, two middle
schools, continuation schools, and private schools – all available
with bus service. For complete public school information, please call
the Morongo Basin Unified School District at 760-367-9191. We are
privileged to include in our area, Copper Mountain Community
College – offering 2-year transferable, associate degrees, in addition
to A+, Microsoft, and Cisco Certifications.

Community Center

The Joshua Tree Park and Recreation Community Center on
Sunburst Avenue in Joshua Tree contains playgrounds, tennis
courts, handball courts, a skate park for skateboarders, and picnic
facilities. The center supports the “Joshua Tree Kids Club” – a safe,
supervised, educational, and recreational program for children
before and after school. There is a senior nutrition center available
and a variety of ongoing community classes for all age groups. In
addition, the Joshua Tree area has multiple community associations,
clubs, nd organizations covering a wide range of activities for all
interest groups. Downtown Joshua Tree incorporates SBC’s Joshua
Tree Public Library. The library carries a large array of books and
periodicals, in addition to providing free Internet access to the public.
Mountain Man
There’s more to the Maynard Mine Trail in Andreas Canyon than
meets the eye.

A view from inside the tungsten mine dug by visionary Jim Maynard,
a friend of the Agua Caliente Indians, in the 1940s.

Exploring the Indian Canyons is one of Palm Springs’ greatest
pleasures. Three distinct canyons — Palm, Andreas, and Murray —
lie within, and each boasts a diverse array of hiking and equestrian

The Maynard Mine Trail in Andreas Canyon attracts those who are
eager for a challenge; its narrow, rugged, and rapidly ascending 6-
mile round-trip route stretches even the most experienced hiker’s
limits, with rocky terrain and several switchbacks. Many come away
from the trail, out of breath and legs sore, scratching their heads:
Who would dream of building a tungsten mine at the peak of such a
steep site?

Indeed, it has always been a remote location, but Jim Maynard
thought nothing of it. Born in Coos Bay, Oregon, he was 6 years old
when his family moved to Palm Springs in 1924. Approximately 250
residents populated the town then, a mix of Indians and non-Native

As a boy, Maynard was drawn to the canyons and spent countless
hours exploring them, befriending many Agua Caliente Indians along
the way. His gentle nature encouraged Tribal members to trust him
and share their knowledge of the canyons, their ancestral home.
Maynard was one of few non-Tribal members who became fluent in
the Cahuilla language, and quite possibly the only.

A portion of the Maynard Mine Trail, which traverses 3 strenuous
miles through the San Jacinto Mountains; the entrance to the mine
can be seen at far left.

Maynard grew to be a mountain of a man, topping out at 6-foot-6-
inches and weighing more than 250 pounds. In 1936, his familiarity
with and love of the Indian Canyons led him to found the first search-
and-rescue group in the area. Thirteen years later, the group
morphed into the Palm Springs Mounted Police Search and Rescue
team, now 70 years strong. Hikers who travel the Maynard Mine
Trail will find a memorial plaque placed there by the search and
rescue team a year after Maynard’s death in 1981.

When he wasn’t leading rescue efforts through the canyons,
Maynard pursued a number of professions. In the early 1940s, he
enlisted in the Navy and served in San Diego, although he was
never shipped overseas. Later, he was a surveyor in Chino Canyon
for the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and also ran his own
contracting company. However, it was the period following his naval
service when he hit upon the idea to dig for tungsten, a rare metal
known for its hardness and high melting point, in Andreas Canyon.
World War II was still raging upon his return to Palm Springs, and
tungsten’s desirable properties were strategic to the war effort.

Jim Maynard, who, in addition to digging for tungsten in the
mountains, served on the first Palm Springs Mounted Police Search
and Rescue team.

“He had a mule and a wheelbarrow-type thing that he attached to
the mule. It had two handles on it, and Jim would walk behind the
mule all the way up the hill and all the way down once it was filled
with rock that had traces of tungsten in it,” says Greg Hough, whose
family lived near Maynard. Hough wasn’t around to witness the mule
hauling, as he was born in 1949, but he recounts stories his own
father told him and that Maynard himself later shared with him about
his pickaxe days. Hough speculates that Maynard traveled to
Banning to sell whatever tungsten he unearthed to dealers there.
Palm Springs was still a small community in the 1940s, and more
business was conducted in Banning in those days.

What prompted 24-year-old Maynard to dig a mine in the Indian
Canyons is lost to the ages. It was apparently an interest he liked to
pursue. In later years, he also did some mining during summers
spent in Montana, where he went to escape the desert heat. “When
Jim came back here, he was thinking, ‘Ah, there’s got to be
something up in the mountains somewhere,’” Hough says. “I think
from his many days of exploring, he found or remembered an
outcropping of some sorts and started to dig in there.” Thus,
Maynard Mine came to exist. Today, when hikers reach the end of
the trail sign, they must continue on for another half mile to locate
the mine entrance just over the north edge of the ridge. Remnants of
an old generator and other small pieces of equipment dot the

Tribal Canyons Coordinator Robert Bradbury has observed that
people who enjoy hiking the Maynard Mine Trail fall into one of two
categories. “They’re either looking for a strenuous challenge, or it’s
their favorite trail because it’s less traveled and offers some of the
best views in the area,” he says.

A plaque honoring Jim Maynard at the peak of the Maynard Mine
Trail reads: “Large in body — huge in heart, his love of these
mountains and the strength of his spirit built the trail and mine. This
tungsten so vital to America’s World War II defense was one of his
efforts to make this world a little better for all mankind.”

Those who brave it are treated to beautiful vistas of Palm Springs
and the entire valley, as well as a glimpse of the backcountry that
few get to see, such as blankets of wildflowers in full bloom, cacti,
jagged rock formations, and the occasional lizard or rabbit.

Clearly, the trail’s namesake struck pay dirt in more ways than one.


To hike the Maynard Mine Trail and see remnants of the original
tungsten mine, as well as a plaque dedicated to Jim Maynard and
his service to the Palm Springs Mounted Police Force, visit Andreas
Canyon in the Indian Canyons, open daily Oct. 1–July 4, 8 a.m.–5 p.
m. and Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only 
July 5–Sept. 30, 8 a.
m.–5 p.m.
This Clever Hack Will Help You Soften Butter Quicker

Forget leaving out the stick overnight when you can have soft butter
in 10 minutes.

Some sources say you can accomplish this in an hour in a warm
kitchen. Ina Garten prefers to leave her sticks out overnight. Others
give guidance on how to successfully microwave it—but I find the
potential meltability to be too risky.

More often than not, I forget to leave butter out altogether. But in the
time it takes for me to pull together all the ingredients I need for
cookies, I can have perfectly softened butter. That is to say, in about
10 minutes.

Here’s how:

Pour tepid water (about 90°F) into a bowl and add as many sticks of
butter as you need. (Anything more than 1 pound, however, will cool
the water too dramatically and will take longer to soften.) The sticks
are already wrapped tightly enough that the water won’t seep in; in
fact, they’ll float. Leave them alone for 10 minutes, turning them over
from time to time.

In the end, you’ll have butter that’s ready to be dumped into a mixing
bowl, where it will be transformed into something magical. Bonus:
This trick works for cold cream cheese in the foil wrapper and cold
eggs. Happy baking!


The CDC Is Reminding Us Not to Eat Raw Cookie Dough This
Holiday Season

And it's not just because of the raw eggs.

This story originally appeared on by Sarah Klein.

Lately it seems like there's a buzzkill health reason why you shouldn't
participate in just about every holiday tradition. Trying to get a kiss
under the mistletoe? Germs. Want to hit up the holiday office party?
Alcohol might only make you feel worse. About to bake some holiday
cookies? Don’t eat that tempting raw dough.

The CDC is here to remind us all of that last bit of sad advice in an
article published earlier this month. While you’re mixing up the
perfect batter for your favorite holiday cookies, the CDC says,
please resist the urge to nibble.

Yes, you’ve heard this recommendation before, and, let's be honest,
it hasn’t stopped you. But hear us out: It’s not necessarily the raw
eggs you have to worry about. (Surprising, right?!)

Turns out, it could be the flour in your dough that’s the biggest
concern when it comes to health safety. Flour, according to the
CDC, is often raw, meaning it hasn’t been treated to kill any germs.
Raw flour can spread E. coli, a bacterial infection that can cause
diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps—aka food poisoning. It’s only
cooking the flour into your tasty finished product that kills the
bacteria. In fact, in 2016, an E. coli outbreak linked to raw flour
sickened 63 people, according to the CDC.

Of course, that doesn't mean eggs are entirely off the hook. When
raw or undercooked, they can be a delivery system for another type
of bacteria linked to food poisoning: Salmonella. Earlier in 2018, 45
people were sickened by Salmonella in an outbreak linked to eggs,
and 11 people were hospitalized.

Seriously, what can we eat?

Is raw cookie dough more dangerous than romaine lettuce?
These days, the words "E. coli outbreak" make most of us think of
romaine lettuce. An outbreak tied to the leafy green from the Central
Coastal growing regions of northern and central California has
sickened 52 people, including 19 who needed to be hospitalized.

In the wake of the Great Romaine Panic of 2018, public health
experts wondered if perhaps the FDA and the CDC went a little too
far in suggesting no romaine be consumed whatsoever. The risk of
foodborne illness is real, of course–but the small numbers of people
who actually fall sick from any of these sources mean that risk is still
extremely low, experts argued.

RELATED: Here Are the Symptoms of E. Coli—and Everything Else
You Need to Know About the Romaine Lettuce Outbreak

What about cookie dough you're supposed to eat?
If raw cookie dough is so "dangerous," how can companies like Dō,
Unbaked, and Edoughble sell their delicious, unbaked wares? And
what about cookie-dough ice cream?

It all comes down to killing those potentially dangerous germs before
they're delivered straight to your mouth. Commercially available
cookie dough is often made without eggs at all or with pasteurized
egg products, where bacteria have been killed off by heat. The flour
in these products is also usually heat-treated so there aren't germs
to worry about there either.

Still prefer to make something you can lick right out of the bowl at
home? Try an eggless, flourless dough—and ditch the oven
completely. We’re partial to this protein-packed chickpea cookie
dough recipe (yes, chickpeas!) from Joyful Healthy Eats. Holiday
"baking" saved!
“Great heroes need great sorrows and burdens, or half their greatness
goes unnoticed. It is all part of the fairy tale.”
― Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn

Mrs. B - Merry everything to you!

I hope you can help me with this. A sweet kitty has been around
our house for a couple of weeks and I started leaving food out
for her once I came to believe she wasn't just visiting from her
own home. She was famished which confirmed to  me  that she
does not have a home.  Last night I managed to catch her and
bring her in the house . I presume she is a calico.

She is large,very pretty, with a lot of white on her in addition to
the orange and black.  This is not a feral cat as she did allow
me close enough to pick her up and I believe she has lived with
dogs as she dosn't seem to be any  more phased by my dogs
than she is about everything else right now.

If you could post her picture to the end of finding her people
that would be wonderful.  Is we find them fine, but otherwise,
she has a home with me now.

Jenel McNaughtan

Lost Cat

Lost white and grey female cat.  She is feral but has
been indoors for 10 years.  Will not come to you but if
you see her please call me, she remembers  nothing of
the outside.   Her name is Sweetie.   Dog sitter let her
out on Culebra Lane BDCC. Call Kim 760 275 3210

Kim Weaver, Bermuda Golf Club Estates
How Long Does Buttermilk Last Before Spoiling?

What is the shelf life of buttermilk? When you buy buttermilk, there
is a sell-by date on the carton. How long past the sell-by date
should the buttermilk still be safe to use? How can you tell if it has
gone bad?

Shelf Life of Buttermilk
According to the USDA, buttermilk can be kept in the refrigerator
for about two weeks. It can also be frozen for up to three months.

Keep in mind that the buttermilk could have been mishandled in
shipping or at the store, left out at room temperature.

In this case, it may go bad sooner than two weeks past its sell-by
date. You'll want to benefit from the numerous ​health benefits of
buttermilk before it has spoiled.

How soon you should use buttermilk depends on whether you
want to drink it or use it in uncooked or cooked dishes. For using
in drinks and uncooked dishes, the buttermilk is best while it is
freshest. As buttermilk ages, it thickens and begins to lose its
buttery flavor qualities. It can still be used for baking and meat
tenderizing, which depend on its acid qualities.

How to Tell If Buttermilk Has Gone Bad
Once your buttermilk is chunky, and you can't pour it, or if it has
visible mold, it's time to throw it out. Another sign is a strong sour

Buttermilk today is made by introducing an active culture of lactic
acid-producing probiotic bacteria to dairy milk that has been
pasteurized to kill off most of the other bacteria that could be in the

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The lactic acid gives buttermilk its tangy flavor and also acts to
keep any other bacteria and molds from multiplying. The probiotic
bacteria also produce diacetyl, which gives it a buttery flavor.
Buttermilk continues to ferment throughout its time in your
refrigerator, losing the buttery flavor while the lactic acid continues
to be produced, making it sour.

How to Extend the Shelf Life of Buttermilk
Keep buttermilk refrigerated and don't let it sit out at room
temperature. An unopened carton will last longer than an opened
carton. Use good hygiene when you open the carton and pour
from it - keep your fingers away from the lip of the carton, and
never drink straight from the carton. Those are habits that can
introduce bacteria, yeast, and mold to the buttermilk.

Freezing Buttermilk
You can freeze buttermilk if you want to use it in baking. Freezing
it will alter the consistency and cause it to clump and separate, so
you won't want to use frozen buttermilk for drinking or uncooked
recipes. It will still have its acid content which is what is desired for
baking, as it helps the baked products rise. You can also use it for
tenderizing meat.

Powdered Buttermilk
If you are tired of having your buttermilk go bad before you're done
using it, switch to powdered buttermilk. It has a very long shelf life
at room temperature. You can make just what you need, so there's
never any waste. Powdered buttermilk is usually used in baked
goods rather than for drinking. Or, you can use alternatives to
using buttermilk.
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