Magic Jungle Wildlife Preserve standing up to state agency

January 5, 2016

By Peter Day and Shea Johnson
Staff Writers

LUCERNE VALLEY — Kele Younger has stood up to all manner of big cats, even surviving a lion attack in the 1990s.

Now, the operator of Magic Jungle Wildlife Preserve in Lucerne Valley Younger is standing up against something even larger — the state of California.

What's Happening - January 6, 2016

January 5, 2016


KOH Week 2016

King of the Hammers will be held Jan. 29, 9 a.m. through Feb. 7 at 10 p.m. The annual event is held at Means Dry Lake in Johnson Valley.

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Public meeting on Marine Corps' large-scale exercise plans

A Resource Management Group Public Meeting with the MCAGCC and BLM Representatives will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 2 at the Lucerne Valley Community Center.

Sheriff's Blotter 01-06-16

January 5, 2016

Tuesday, Dec. 29

3:11 p.m. A vehicle was repossessed in the 8000 block of Custer Avenue.

9:29 a.m. Property was recovered from a theft on East End Road.

Monday, Dec. 28

5:46 p.m. Malicious mischief was reported on Dusty Lane.

5:43 p.m. A burglary was reported in the 35800 block of Old Woman Springs Road.

9:02 a.m. A vehicle burglary was reported in the 9000 block of Mesa Road.

Sunday, Dec. 27

3:37 p.m. A drug related arrest was made in the area of Highway 18 and Highland Road.

Rollover injures eight

January 5, 2016

From staff and wire reports

BARSTOW – Eight people were injured as the result of a single-vehicle rollover about two miles from Slash X Cafe on State Route 247 just before 5:30 p.m. last Saturday, according to reports.

Of the eight injuries, two were of those were head-related. Five of the injured were adults; three were juveniles. Four of the eight were transported by ambulance; four were flown by air ambulance to San Bernardino-area trauma centers.

SR247, also known as Barstow Road, was closed for about an hour and a half.

Reporter's Notebook: Walk at your own risk

January 5, 2016

By Peter Day

Two days after Christmas, Monica Duboise, 35, walked across the busy section of Main Street in Hesperia and was killed when a San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputy was responding to a burglary-in-progress call.

News of the tragedy didn't surprise me.

As a former resident of Hesperia, several times I thought to myself, "Somebody's going to get killed here" while driving through that section of Main Street. Jaywalking is commonplace from 5th Avenue eastward to the bridge. In Duboise's case, she wasn't in a crosswalk, despite one being nearby.

Joshua Tree National Park hosts 2 mil. visitors in 2015

January 5, 2016

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK — A couple from Inglewood and their friends visiting from Denmark pushed the annual visitation number over the 2 million mark on Dec. 28 at Joshua Tree National Park.

This year the park sets a new record with the number of visitors in 2015, which is up from 1.6 million in 2014.

“We are no longer a fall through spring park," Superintendent David Smith said. "The park is attracting new visitors from around the world and many of them come in the summer which has traditionally been the slow season for Joshua Tree. That’s no longer the case.”

Hit songwriter to open Patsy Cline tribute show

January 5, 2016

By From Staff Reports

It’s safe to say it’s every songwriter’s dream to write for a superstar. Few get the chance, but Upland-based singer/songwriter Lawton Jiles was clearly one of the lucky ones.

In the 1950s, a door opened for Jiles and his writing partner Charles “Buster” Beam to pen a few tunes for the late country music legend Patsy Cline.

Hot Glass Ranch

December 29, 2015

Above: Inspired by the classic works by Tiffany, a large vase and other items are on display at the ranch. Peter Day, Lucerne Valley Leader

By Caroline Lieber
Special to the Leader

LUCERNE VALLEY — Jon Bush, a long-time resident of Lucerne Valley is a glassblower, and a very good one, according to those who have seen or purchased one of his Tiffany-inspired works. A recent customer raved on a social media post, “best damn glass this side of the Mississippi....[or the other side]....!”

Education: LVES taking steps to improve scores

December 29, 2015

By Peter Day
Senior Reporter

LUCERNE VALLEY — The elementary school is paving the way for higher annual test scores to reflect greater learning.

To improve, Lucerne Valley Elementary School is implementing new curricula, training teachers and reaping benefits from its Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports program.

Lucerne Valley Elementary School principal Mary Eller shared the school's progress — and future plans — during a recent special meeting of the Lucerne Valley Unified School District's governing board.

LV board member claims district withholding records

December 29, 2015

Peter Day
Staff Writer

LUCERNE VALLEY — Lucerne Valley Unified School District board member Dawn Turnbull, who has been absent from meetings for six months, earlier this week responded to statements by district officials and its legal representative.

In a press release to the Lucerne Valley Leader "and other local media outlets" Turnbull claimed she has been denied district records that show district personnel "improperly drain public funds for private use."


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