Guest Commentary: California sets record in installed solar capacity

July 2, 2015

Above: Rhone Resch
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By Rhone Resch

If California was a nation, it would rank 6th in the world in installed solar energy capacity. That’s pretty amazing – and one of the key takeaways from the latest U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, which was just released by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

Thinking of heading up to Big Bear this weekend?

July 2, 2015

Smoke blankets the desert near Landers off of Highway 247 last week. Photo: Caroline Lieber
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From staff and wire reports

While there will be many recreation activities — including some 4th of July events — this weekend in the local mountains, some areas will be closed due to the Lake Fire, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Thinking of heading up to Big Bear this weekend?

July 2, 2015

Smoke blankets the desert near Landers off of Highway 247 last week. Photo: Caroline Lieber
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From staff and wire reports

While there will be many recreation activities — including some 4th of July events — this weekend in the local mountains, some areas will be closed due to the Lake Fire, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Lucerne Valley CERT participates in National Field Day

June 30, 2015

From left: (Front row) Paul Powell and Barbara LaGrange; (back row) Owen Myers, Lynn Myers, Jeff LaGrange, Regina Jones and Roger Peterson. Caroline Lieber / For the Leader
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By Caroline Lieber
Special to the Leader

Members of the Lucerne Valley Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, were camped out in the field north of the Lucerne Valley Market last weekend — sort of.

LV Market braces for discount store competition

June 30, 2015

By Peter Day
Senior Reporter

LUCERNE VALLEY — The quaint, small-town-friendly Lucerne Valley Market and Hardware Store has stayed in business for half a century on a wing and many prayers.

"Our mission is to serve this community in obedience to God’s direction that we do so," said Linda Gommel, a store "sponsor" and daughter of the late Ernie Gommel, who founded the store in 1975. The store is owned by a non-profit church organization, which puts a community involvement mission above profits.

Local Digest: July 1, 2015

June 30, 2015

4th OF JULY EVENTS

Fireworks festivities start Friday at 6

Independence Day events will be held over two days in Lucerne Valley with a fireworks show on the evening of Friday, July 3 and the annual 4th of July parade Saturday morning.

Lucerne Valley Parks and Recreation (CSA 29) is hosting the "Red White & Boom" Independence Day event. This year it will be held on Friday, July 3 at Pioneer Park from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Pastor shares struggles, rewards in book

June 30, 2015

PASTOR GARY SCHLENZ
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By Peter Day
Senior Reporter

Pastor Gary Schlenz's journey has been up and down, but it's always been with God by his side.

Schlenz, of Crossroads Chapel, shares his life as a pastor — and his hope for others — in a scripture-filled book entitled "I Came To Church and I Got Beat Up." He and his wife, Linda Schlenz, a longtime teacher at Lucerne Valley High School, will serve as grand marshals of Saturday's 4th of July Parade and then assume parade broadcasting duties.

What's Happening - July 1, 2015

June 30, 2015

"NightWalk" Thru the Museum on July 3

Grab your flashlight and enter the dark void of our LV Outdoor Museum. Come join us July 3rd before the fireworks show in the Park. "NightWalk through the Museum" is free, just bring a flashlight, learn about mining, ranching, and farming when our valley was young and our harvests were plenty. Children must walk with their parent. Meet at the Museum gate just west of the LV Community Center.

"Red, White & Boom!" Independence Day event on July 3

Sheriff's Blotter 07-01-15

June 30, 2015

By Peter Day
Senior Reporter

Monday, June 22

11:16 p.m. A theft was reported in the 32000 block of Highway 18.

8:46 p.m. A noise-related disturbance was reported on Rabbit Springs Road.

7:40 p.m. A weapon-related arrest was made on Clark Street.

6:56 p.m. Domestic violence was reported in the 31800 block of Highway 18.

5:21 p.m. An assault with a deadly weapon report was made on Palomar Trail.

2:03 p.m. An assault was reported on Old Woman Springs Road.

Market's solar project moving ahead — slowly

June 30, 2015

By Peter Day
Senior Reporter

Lucerne Valley grocer Linda Gommel is a roll-up-her-sleeve and get-er-done type. So it's probably no surprise that the hurry-up-and-wait phase of her store's rooftop solar/co-generator project has tested her patience.

"We just got our building permits for the solar/co-generator project after nine weeks — and one day," Gommel said Wednesday. "That little struggle has been absorbing our time."

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