Weekly Booking Logs: February 18, 2015

February 17, 2015

Senior Reporter

The Leader publishes the names of those who are arrested in Lucerne Valley as well as Lucerne Valley residents who are arrested elsewhere in San Bernardino County, along with the reason for their arrest. All information comes from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE: On Feb. 7 at 11:23 at State Route 62 and Avalon, Travis Lee Altimus, 31, of Lucerne Valley was arrested by the California Highway Patrol on suspicion of misdemeanor driving under the influence. He was booked an released the next day.

Substitute teacher pay goes up

February 17, 2015

Senior Reporter

Substitute teachers will receive a higher daily rate as the Lucerne Valley Unified School District competes for qualified substitutes with other school districts.

The short-term daily rate, which previously was $120, was increased to $140. The long-term rate, which previously was $140, was increased to $150 per day.

“We’re trying to stay proactive,” said Billy Wessell, the district’s chief business officer.

The school board’s unanimous decision was received with excitement by district school principals.

Religion: Should we listen to God?

February 17, 2015


We all choose to whom we listen for the truth about life. The Bible tells us if we listen only to God we will trade untold sorrow for His eternal blessing. Here are just a few verses on this theme.

1.Adam Should Have Listened to God in the Garden!

God--“You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Gen.2:16-17)

Satan--“Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” (Gen.3:1)

Recipes: S'mores Bars

February 17, 2015


My Aunt Pat sent me this recipe some time ago and in my family, Aunt Pat is famous for her absolutely heavenly food. This meant that I had to try the recipe out immediately! It is now one of my more requested baked treats that all of my kids devour in an instant.


2 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon, optional

11 tablespoons unsalted butter, soft/room temperature

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup white sugar

2 eggs, room temperature

Hit-and-run victim identified as Lucerne Valley woman

February 10, 2015

Senior Reporter

LUCERNE VALLEY • A Lucerne Valley woman who had fallen on hard times was identified earlier this week as the victim of a recent early morning hit-and-run collision fatality on Highway 18 near Stoddard Wells Road.

Nicole Elizabeth Ricci, 40, was identified by the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner's office following the collision that occurred just before 3 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 2. She apparently had been walking along the highway, according to a Sheriff's Department report.

Sports: Randy Slawson wins ninth annual King of the Hammers

February 10, 2015

Senior Reporter

JOHNSON VALLEY • As numerous drivers were stopped cold on a notorious deathbed of rocks aptly named the Jackhammer, Randy Slawson was breezing to his second victory in three years at the ninth annual King of the Hammers.

Friday’s seemingly easy ending for the newly crowned king belied Slawson’s own tortuous journey, a nine-hour gutsy race of skill, determination, luck — and drama.

Off-Roading: Welcome to Hammertown

February 10, 2015

Senior Reporter

MEANS DRY LAKE • Joe “Dirt” Gardner left his beloved surfboard at home in Maui, Hawaii, but last week he had everything he needed right in Hammertown.

Joined by his co-driver Erin Maskal and enthusiastic crew chief Mark Provanza, the tall, handsome off-road racer was one of thousands who called a remote stretch of dirt and eerie rocky outcroppings home since the last week of January.

The Hawaiian trio is among numerous racing teams and thousands of spectators who made treks from many parts of the United States, Europe and beyond.

Sports: Post season play looks likely for Lady Mustangs

February 10, 2015

Senior Reporter

Fast players and a solid team attitude have propelled the Lucerne Valley High School girls basketball team to one its best seasons in recent years.

"Everybody's working with everybody," said second-year coach Brandon Barkley. "We have teamwork and team chemistry."

In fact, Barkley said, there is only one dominate player on the Lady Mustangs team.

"Courtney Spratt is fast," he said.

But the talented point guard isn't the only one with fast wheels.

"As a team, we're all fast."

Market unveils solar co-generation project

February 10, 2015

LUCERNE VALLEY • Lucerne Valley Market and Hardware Store owner Linda Gommel had enough of the $12,000-a-month electricity bills.

So she and her business partners decided to switch to solar to power their unique grocery-hardware-general store, considered by many the hub of Lucerne Valley.

On Tuesday, Jeremy McCool, business manager of Desert Solar (a.k.a. DS Energy Solutions), presented details of his company’s plans to install carport solar panels in the market’s parking lot along with a natural gas-power micro-turbine.


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