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Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 3:56 pm | Updated: 1:56 pm, Tue Aug 7, 2012.

YUCCA VALLEY— The former Blue Skies Country Club property was purchased Tuesday afternoon by publishing company owner Bill Brehm Sr.

Brehm, chairman of the board of Brehm Communications Inc., bought the former golf course at a trustee sale auction in Chino.

Brehm Communications is the parent company to Hi-Desert Publishing Co., publishers of the Hi-Desert Star and The Desert Trail.

Purchase of the property was a long-awaited move after the site sat dormant and deteriorating for years.

“We have a lot of work ahead of us, but we are excited to move forward and restore the golf course into one that Yucca Valley can be proud of,” Brehm Sr. said Tuesday.

He was represented at the auction by his son, Bill Brehm Jr., and Jeff Johnson, controller for Brehm Communications Inc.

Brehm Sr. has been a supporter of Morongo Basin projects since the 1970s. He is the primary donor of the under-construction Brehm Youth Sports Complex.

For more information on the golf course property and plans, see Wednesday's Hi-Desert Star.

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  • damndawgers posted at 8:39 pm on Fri, Jul 27, 2012.

    damndawgers Posts: 525

    Whatever they decide to do with the golf course has to be a whole lot better than it is now, Personally I'm glad someone finally had the foresight to do something about that accident waiting to happen there. I noticed since they bought it and put the "no trespassing signs" up that the Sheriffs dept is keeping a better eye on it! Well folks hang on and let's see what becomes of thgis, i just hope it's not those 1200 houses or 120 room hotel. hhmmnn a casino? i doubt it. Respectfully, dawgers.[beam]

  • wmorgan posted at 10:32 pm on Thu, Jul 26, 2012.

    wmorgan Posts: 8

    Building a golf course in the desert in this day and age is totally absurd. Not only will Mr. Brehm squander thousands of acre feet of our valuable aquifer on non-native plants and grass but he will pour tons of fertilizer, pesticides, and herbicides into the ground, which will only serve to severely pollute what little ground water we'll have left.

    Southern California will be facing a serious water shortage in the not too distant future and we can anticipate that the cost of water will go up dramatically. So in the long run, as idavidgraficks has pointed out, it will be the rate payers of Yucca Valley who will ultimately have to subsidize Mr. Brehm's golf course. This is almost as much of a water grab as the Cadiz Project. Mr. Brehm seems intent on squandering our water - first on the white elephant, youth sports park and now on an equally grandiose golf course. In the end it will be the citizens of Yucca Valley who are left holding the bag on both projects once our wells start drying up.

  • xrayqueen posted at 6:39 pm on Thu, Jul 26, 2012.

    xrayqueen Posts: 1

    I'm Some WHaT HaPPY! ;o/
    As LonG aS ThE ScRiPT StAY's NeW GoLF CoursE OnLY!
    An Doesn'T ChanGE iNTO TraCT HoME's w/NeW GoLF CoarsE! :o(

    I Live NeaR ThE GoLF CoarSE ☼;D*
    I Don"t waNT OuR NeighboRhood 2 BecomE OveR-RuN WitH NewBiE LoUD PeOPLE ThaT HaVe No ResPecT 4 NaTuRE & QuieT! ☼;D*

  • Yuccaduck posted at 11:42 am on Thu, Jul 26, 2012.

    Yuccaduck Posts: 1

    Thank you Mr. Brehm for purchasing Blue Skies Country Club. Golf is a great sport and having a golf course in Yucca Valley enhances our quality of life.

  • MacPlastic posted at 1:07 pm on Wed, Jul 25, 2012.

    MacPlastic Posts: 31

    I'm thinking, wastewater reclamation treatment facility, golf course, and bio solids treatment plant. I would like to read more comments on and hear from the Hi-Desert Water District on the idea of using Blue Skies as a part of the septic system solution.

  • Dave Peach posted at 11:45 am on Wed, Jul 25, 2012.

    Dave Peach Posts: 2851

    "That usage would overdraft the Hi Desert Water District's Warren Basin Aquifer and would have to be replaced by the HDWD ratepayers by about $150,000 a year at current subsidized wholesale water prices." - Mr. Fick

    The original and perhaps ongoing water rights probably didn't, or probably won't include aquifer overdrafts or involuntary subsidies.

    How this whole affair shakes out will be a subject of lasting intrigue. Control by the Brehm family is indeed cautiously reassuring. Any results will likely prove superior to the prior degradation and embarrassment of the community.

  • idavidgraficks posted at 9:43 am on Wed, Jul 25, 2012.

    idavidgraficks Posts: 688

    It a good thing somebody with local community interest now has control of the property. Whether it should be a golf course is another question. The historical water usage of Blue Skies Golf Course was about 350 acre feet of water (they have 500 af water rights) when it was a going golf course concern. That amount of usage would cost Blue Skies about $5,000 a year. That usage would overdraft the Hi Desert Water District's Warren Basin Aquifer and would have to be replaced by the HDWD ratepayers by about $150,000 a year at current subsidized wholesale water prices. So, can Yucca Valley's residents do that? It's a choice of water usage for one thousand Yucca Valley households or a modest sized golf course on the west end of town. That's assuming that there would be reliable low cost water availability for the near future (BIG ASSUMPTION) in Yucca Valley.

  • tommyray posted at 8:07 am on Wed, Jul 25, 2012.

    tommyray Posts: 160

    It's been a long time coming, finally something can be done with the "Black Eye" that was the "Blue Skies Golf Course". Code enforcement couldn't get anywhere with the bank that held the property. Thank you Mr. Brehm and Godspeed on this endeavor. Along with the restoration, perhaps the west end of town will come back alive so all can in some way benefit.

  • Lindar posted at 12:29 am on Wed, Jul 25, 2012.

    Lindar Posts: 13

    Every time I drive by,I remember how much I enjoyed my visits there. It is encouring that Brehm has the confidence to tackle the restoration,and the willingness to invest in our town. Best wishes.

  • Dave Peach posted at 9:10 pm on Tue, Jul 24, 2012.

    Dave Peach Posts: 2851

    More significant milestones regarding Morongo Basin elude short memory.

    Best of luck with the venture.



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