District’s core reading list approved

July 22, 2014

School board to address optional reading list at future meetings

Senior Reporter

LUCERNE VALLEY • The Lucerne Valley Unified School District’s governing board unanimously approved its K-12 core reading list during the beginning of a marathon school board meeting/workshop session last Friday.

In the process, the board voted 4-0 (board member Dawn Turnbull was expected to arrive later in the meeting) to move several controversial books from core lists to optional lists.

Lucerne Valley-Johnson Valley MAC approves resolution supporting designation

July 22, 2014

An 18-wheeler leads the way on Barstow Road/SR247 about eight miles north of Lucerne Valley. A group is pushing for the scenic designation for SR247, which takes drivers through a unique desert landscape. Peter Day / The Leader
By Peter Day
Senior Reporter

Move over Route 66 and Pacific Coast Highway, the High Desert’s 78-mile-long State Route 247 deserves its time in the spotlight as one of America’s greatest highways.

At least that’s what proponents of the “Scenic Highway 247” are suggesting.

First Mountain Bank sale hits a snag

July 22, 2014

First Mountain Bank is the only bank in Lucerne Valley and has served customers for several decades. Peter Day / The Leader


Senior Reporter

BIG BEAR LAKE • First Mountain Bank announced last Thursday that its agreement to be purchased by First National Bank of Southern California has been terminated.

First National Bank failed to obtain regulatory approval of the agreement from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, according a press release issued last week by First Mountain Bank.

Art at the Aspen’ show set for Oct. 25, 26

July 22, 2014

The annual  “AAUW Art at the Aspen” art show and sale is being staged Oct. 25 and 26 at Sun City in Apple Valley. All artists in the High Desert’s valley and mountain communities are invited to submit an application to participate in this long running art show and sale.
For an application in fill-in and printable form, visit:

http://victor valley-ca.aauw.net and click on “Events & Activities, Art Show” Specific details of show and requirements, available space, and fees are given here.

What's Happening - July 23, 2014

July 22, 2014

"The Goonies" will be shown this Friday at Pioneer Park.

LVEDA on Aug. 5

The Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5 at the Senior Center.

LVEDA will discuss the status of SCE’s Coolwater/Lugo Transmission application before the CPUC. SCE reps. will provide facts and rationale behind the application, where it is in the process and what’s next. Steve Johnson of Assemb. Donnelly’s office will discuss options for local CPUC hearing(s). Fact session only – we already sent our gripes to CPUC.

Reporter's Notebook: Market specials aren’t the only reason to read the Leader’s B Section

July 22, 2014

Two Wednesdays ago I got a message saying that a film crew was at the Lucerne Valley Market & Hardware Store. I grabbed my camera and reporter’s notepad and zipped on over to the Market.

I shot a few photos of the crew setting up the camera and spoke with the project’s British producer. She explained that the subject of the film, a 19-year-old acoustic rock musician named Saint Raymond, was an up-and-comer signed with Atlantic Records. She also raved about Lucerne Valley and its residents.

Sheriff's Blotter 07-23-14

July 22, 2014

July 17
DISTURBING THE PEACE: A call received at 11:07 p.m. for disturbing the peace in the 41000 block of Granite Road.

July 16
BURGLARY: A report was taken at 3:23 p.m. for a burglary in the 34700 block of Sunset Road.
DISTURBING THE PEACE: A Fairlane Road resident reported a disturbing the peace situation at 11 a.m., but the suspect was gone when a deputy arrived.


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