Lucerne Valley mother fights cancer, gives birth

May 1, 2015

By Peter Day
and Caroline Lieber

Cindy Lupica had been pregnant before. She had three healthy children, after relatively uncomplicated pregnancies. When she became pregnant a fourth time, she had no idea that her seemingly typical pregnancy would become a fight for her life.

The pregnancy seemed to be progressing normally, but at about 5-6 months gestation she began experiencing numerous strong contractions, which she knew were not normal.

“After three children, I pretty much knew the difference,” she said.

What's that roadwork? Dollar General store on Highway 18

April 30, 2015

A Dollar General store is being built in the 32000 block of Highway 18 at Highland Road in Lucerne Valley. Workers are grading the property at the site, and others are creating a temporary lane on the highway. The store is expected to be completed by next September, according to an onsite representative. PETER DAY/THE LEADER

FFA: Locals compete at State Conference

April 28, 2015

By Keagan Weis
LV FFA Reporter

On Thursday, April 16th, the Lucerne Valley Officer Team set out to Fresno to attend the early part of State Conference: speaking competitions and finals. Alexa Walkovitz, and Justin Nichols got to compete in Impromptu and Extemporaneous speaking.

Alexa moved on to the finals round in top six, and was announced 2nd place in the State of California during one of the closing sessions on Tuesday April 21st.

The Lazy Lizard Ranch Legacy - The Donalson Family

April 28, 2015

ABOVE: The Donalson family stands in front of the fireplace at the Lazy Lizard Ranch in Lucerne Valley.

By Caroline Lieber
Special to the Leader

On a warm April weekend, Jerry Bryant, the owner of the Lazy Lizard guest ranch, had the opportunity to relive Lucerne Valley history as he played host to the grandchildren of Tom and Eddie May Donalson, early owners of the ranch.

“It is such an honor to have them all here,” he said.

CSA 29 looking into facility use fees

April 28, 2015

By Peter Day
Senior Reporter

Community Service Area 29 is considering implementing facility use fees ranging from $10 to use the Community Center kitchen to a $225 charge minimum to hold a private party at the Senior Center.

The reason for the fees is to help defray the cost of CSA 29 utilities, supplies and repair and maintenance expenses, according to manager Reese Troublefield.

Troublefield told the Lucerne Valley-Johnson Valley Municipal Advisory Council on April 16 that CSA 29 had faced a loss of property tax revenue since the economic downturn of 2008.

Library Calendar - April 26, 2015

April 28, 2015


Storytime - All Ages - Wednesdays at 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Join us for this wonderfully fun and engaging story time where amazing books meet songs, rhymes, puppets and more. Fun for the whole family.

Construction Zone - Thursdays at 4-5 p.m.

Join us as we build amazing projects. From Legos to paper airplanes we will construct cool things.


Game On! - Mondays (excluding May 25) at noon-2 p.m.

What's Happening - April 29, 2015

April 28, 2015

Annual Worm Race on May 1

The Lucerne Valley Roadrunners' annual Worm Race will be held on Friday, May 1 at Lucerne Valley Elementary School. More information is coming shortly.

Just Jewelry Craft Show on May 1, 2

Mother's Day May 10th is just around the corner, the Just Jewelry Craft Show will be held on the weekend before Mother's Day — Friday, May 1 from 1-5 p.m. and Saturday May 2 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sheriff's Blotter 04-29-15

April 28, 2015

Tuesday, April 21

10:38 p.m. A person arrested for being under the suspicion of being drunk in public in the 33200 block of Old Woman Springs Road.

9:16 p.m. Shots were heard in the 20000 block of Via Seco Street.

7:27 p.m. A petty theft arrest was made in the 32900 block of Highway 18.

7:19 p.m. A disturbing the peace call came in for the vicinity of Old Woman Springs Road and Highway 18.

7:11 p.m. Disturbing the peace was reported in the 10000 block of Barstow Road.

Recipe: Baked Chocolate Chip Oatmeal

April 28, 2015

By Holly Sosa

Baked oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfasts and when I add chocolate, it becomes one of my kids’ faves too. Mornings are the busiest time of day for my family, which is why I love this simple to make, easy to freeze baked breakfasts like this one. Simply freeze individual sized portions for a quick, wholesome, filling breakfast.


* 1½ cups quick cooking oats

* 1½ cups rolled oats

* 1 cup brown sugar, packed

* 2 teaspoons baking powder

* 1 teaspoon cinnamon

* 1 teaspoon salt


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