What's Happening: August 19, 2015

August 18, 2015

Nueva Iglesia en Lucerne Valley

The Lucerne Valley Assembly of God Church is adding new Spanish language church services.

Service times are Sundays (Domingos) at 6 p.m. in Spanish (Español); Sundays at 10:45 a.m. (English); and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. (English).

Lucerne Valley Assembly of God Church is located at 10216 Crystal Creek Road, Lucerne Valley. For more information on the Spanish language service call Pastor Joel Elizondo at 760-792-0297.

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Sheriff's Blotter

August 18, 2015

Tuesday, Aug. 11

10:21 p.m. A disturbance was reported in the 10100 block of Cody Avenue.

10:13 p.m. A Porter Street resident reported receiving annoying phone calls.

5:12 p.m. A theft was reported by a Sutter Road resident.

2:25 p.m. A petty theft was reported in the 35300 block of Highway 18.

12:28 p.m. A disturbance was reported in the 10100 block of Cody Avenue.

12:24 p.m. A disturbance was reported in the 32000 area of Topaz Road.

Education: LV school board approves designees

August 18, 2015

By Peter Day
Senior Reporter

On Wednesday the Lucerne Valley Unified School District's board of trustees named its designees in the event a fill in is needed for principal and superintendent positions.

The board approved Patricia Courtney as Superintendent Suzette Davis's primary designee and Mary Eller as the superintendent's secondary designee. Board member Tom Courtney abstained from voting as Patricia Courtney is his daughter-in-law.

Veteran honored at Dodgers Stadium

August 18, 2015

By Peter Day
Senior Reporter

Last spring, 69-year-old Tennessee pastor Chick McGill walked a lonely, windy stretch of Highway 18, more than 3,000 miles into a coast-to-coast journey.

McGill, who completed his 3,200-mile national prayer walker at the Santa Monica Pier on April 29, was recently honored as a Military Hero of the Game at the Dodgers vs. Brewers National League baseball game on Sunday, July 12 at Dodger Stadium.

McGill was a communications-navigation technician for the U.S. Air Force during his two years serving in the Vietnam War.

Letter to the Editor: Sanctuary cities

August 18, 2015

Thank you for your editorial concerning sanctuary cities. While I agree with your analysis of HR 3009 I can’t agree with your criticism of these cities. There are several ironies in this controversy that may not be obvious to those unfamiliar with the recent history of immigration laws in the U.S.

Briefly, major reforms embodied in the Simpson/Mazzoli bill (1986) were employee sanctions and amnesty for some (about 3 million) illegal aliens. Resources were devoted to processing amnesty claims. Employer sanctions and detention of local immigration detainees received less attention.

Recipe: Cookies and Cream Popcorn

August 18, 2015

Baymax is a beloved character in our home as of late, especially after the Oscars where Big Hero 6 won for Best Animated Feature Film. My boys have both been positively begging for me to take them to see the movie, only it’s not in theaters anymore. In fact, as of February 24th, it’s available for purchase on DVD at Target, which is exactly where I marched after dropping them off at school Tuesday morning. Always one for a theme, I also grabbed all the fixin’s for Baymax popcorn (which is just cookies and cream popcorn) and white paper bags that I could doodle Baymax’s face on.

Julia Bell honored with dedication of Early Childhood Academy

August 11, 2015

Chuck Bell, left, and his daughter Heather Otwell speak about the late Julia Bell at the dedication of the new Julia Bell Early Childhood Academy in Lucerne Valley on Friday. David Pardo, Daily Press

By Jeff Cooper
Staff Writer

LUCERNE VALLEY — On Friday morning during the dedication of the Julia Bell Early Childhood Academy, Lucerne Valley Unified School District Superintendent Suzette Davis said that if the late Julie Bell were alive today, she would grimace about all the fuss made about her.

Turnbull recall petition submitted

August 11, 2015

Staff Reports

LUCERNE VALLEY — The petition to recall Lucerne Valley Unified School District board member Dawn Turnbull was submitted last week with 875 signatures, the primary recall petitioner told The Leader.

Petitioner Keri Gasper said the San Bernardino County Registrar of voters has 60 days to vet the signatures, though Gasper said the process could be quicker than that.

If the petition is approved, a special election would be held (likely in November) at an estimated cost of $35,000 to $40,000, according to Gasper.

OMYA solar plant headlines LVEDA

August 11, 2015

Staff and submitted reports

LUCERNE VALLEY — The Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association held its most recent meeting on Aug. 4 and discussed a wide range of topics, including a solar power project slated for construction at the OMYA mineral plant on the southern edge of town.

Jeremy McCool of Desert Solar gave a presentation on the proposed 2.5-megawatt solar power facility to be located behind the mine, which specializes in calcium carbonate production. Officials say as much as a third of OMYA’s power will be supplied by the solar panels.

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