Recipes: Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup

August 20, 2014

By HOLLY SOSA

Zucchini is my favorite veggie by far, but I seem to lack creativity when it comes to adding it into my meals. In this version of minestrone soup, I tried adding my pal, zucchini, into it along with carrots, celery, and onion to give it a hearty serving of veggies. The results were pleasantly scrumptious. This soup is a perfect meal to make when your veggies are nearing their spoiling point or when you need to empty out your produce drawer in a pinch. 

3.7-magnitude quake hits area

August 18, 2014

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

BIG BEAR CITY • A small earthquake struck the the Big Bear area last Sunday but no damages or injuries are reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-3.7 quake struck at 9:55 p.m.

It was centered 4 miles north of Big Bear City at a depth of about 4 miles.

Some Lucerne Valley area residents reported feeling a short jolt and windows rattling, but there have been no reports of quake-related damage or injuries.

School board this 'n' that

August 18, 2014

There’s lots to report out of last Wednesday’s school board meeting. The presentation by Jo Richards to change the name of the elementary school to Julia Bell Elementary took center stage (see page 1), but there were lots of other tidbits:
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Larry Mayer of the Lucerne Valley CERT (Community Emergency Response Training) made a presentation on “Teen CERT,” a FEMA-sponsored program that teaches teenagers how to respond to an emergency. Mayer, a retired firefighter, said the 20-to-24-hour program is paid for by FEMA, the county and state.

District’'s first LCAP approved by county

August 18, 2014

By PETER DAY
Senior Reporter

LUCERNE VALLEY • The school district’s first-ever Local Control and Accountability Plan was approved as-is and before deadline, according to Business Services Director Billy Wessell.

The Lucerne Valley Unified School District’s LCAP was sent to the San Bernardino County Office of Education for review and feedback.

Wessell’s news, which he shared during last Wednesday’s regular meeting of the LVUSD’s governing board, was met with applause and excitement.

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OHV public meeting gets heated

August 16, 2014

James M. Ricker, a retired sergeant major who represented the Marine Corps, talks about the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area scheduling Saturday in Lucerne Valley as Chris Proudfoot, a retired lieutenant colonel, right, looks on. Peter Day / The Leader

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Emotions flare as off-roaders, Marine Corps and BLM representatives discuss Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area

By PETER DAY
Senior Reporter

Residents put SCE on defensive during Coolwater-Lugo meeting at Senior Center

August 12, 2014

By PETER DAY
Staff Writer

LUCERNE VALLEY • While the location of where power will flow is yet to be answered, there was no question that electricity was in the air during Tuesday’s presentation of the Coolwater-Lugo Transmission Line Project.

“How much money are you (Southern California Edison) going to make on Coolwater Lugo?” asked John Zemanek, a property owner and member of Alliance for Desert Preservation.

“There’s an open process to set those (utility) rates,” answered Chuck Adamson, SCE’s acting director of major projects.

School district officials expect a great 2014-15

August 12, 2014

By PETER DAY
Leader Editor

LUCERNE VALLEY • The 2014-15 school year is gearing up to become a notable turning point for the Lucerne Valley Unified School District, say school district officials.

“I think the LVUSD’s best days are ahead of us,” said Supt. Suzette Davis.

Davis points to several factors for her optimism:
• a new music program
• a possible improvement in enrollment
• a cohesive school board
• conservative fiscal management

School name change idea to be presented

August 12, 2014

By PETER DAY
Senior Reporter

Longtime resident Jo Richards will give a presentation on the possible renaming of the elementary school during the Aug. 13 meeting of the Lucerne Valley Unified School District board of trustees.

The renaming presentation by Richards will be one of three presentations at the meeting. Larry Mayer will give a presentation to the board on the Lucerne Valley Community Emergency Response Teams. John Wilson from Ambassador Energy will give a presentation on solar energy for school districts.

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