The Leader Lens: A Ramshackled Drive-By

March 29, 2016

Photos by Peter Day

Anyone who has driven on Highway 18 east from Apple Valley has seen it: A ramshackled outbuilding covered in graffiti on the south side of the highway near Deadman's Point.

Ever wondered what it looks like inside? Recently Leader senior reporter Peter Day decided to stop and take a look.

Armed with his cellphone camera, Day peered inside and snapped a few quick pics. What his camera lens saw was busted out windows, broken drywall, lots of dirt — and graffiti. Behind the building is a lone brown couch waiting patiently for company.

Book Review: 'Algerian Diary — Frank Kearns & The “Impossible Assignment” For CBS News

March 29, 2016

By Karen Chutsky

Author: Gerald Davis
Publisher: West Virginia University Press
Publisher address: 11030 South Langley Avenue, Chicago, Ill 60628
ISBN-978-1-933202-62-4
Price: $19.99
Page Count: 189

The Gerald Davis book, "Algerian Diary," provides a wealth of scattered pieces of the puzzle that made up the 1950’s French-Algerian War (or non-War), as well as a look at the state of Television Journalism at that time, before, and beyond.

Honorary Mayor Race: Chief Ron's campaign begins

March 22, 2016

By Peter Day
Senior Reporter

Fittingly, Ron Scriven's first official event to benefit his campaign for honorary mayor was colored green.

About 50 of Scriven's supporters helped launch his campaign with a traditional St. Patrick's Day dinner at the Senior Center last Thursday night. Lucerne Valley Chamber President Woody Hart, who is a former honorary mayor himself, and a small crew of cooking volunteers, prepared the meal of corned beef, cabbage and potatoes.

"This was our first one," Scrivens said. "We're going to start rolling now."

MAC Meeting: Veterans Monument Committee requests support on highway designation

March 22, 2016

By Caroline Lieber
Special to the Leader

LUCERNE VALLEY – Patti Riddle, President of the Lucerne Valley Veterans Monument Committee, requested support from the Lucerne Valley & Johnson Valley Municipal Advisory Council with efforts to designate a section of a Lucerne Valley-area highway with a California State Highway Memorial Honor Designation for U.S. Army Sgt. Brian L. Walker, who was killed in Afghanistan.

Steely leads successful trash cleanup

March 22, 2016

Staff Report

A group of locals headed by Lorrie Steely and the Mojave Communities Conservation Collaborative recently spearheaded a successful community cleanup in eastern Apple Valley.

The event, which was held on Feb. 27, included completely filling three trash bins and one 40-foot-long bin — with tires only.

"We had more trash than the bins could accommodate," Steely said.

In addition to local residents, San Bernardino County Code enforcement brought out more bins and used Work Release Program enrollees to clean up the mess.

5 Things To Do - March 23, 2016

March 22, 2016

1. Regents Southern Gospel Group - The Regents Southern Gospel Group, which has been singing classic gospel songs since 1970, will make a local appearance following a Good Friday Service.

When: 6 p.m., Friday, March 25

Where: Lucerne Valley Community Church, 10375 Ladera Ave. (Behind the Fire Station)

Cost: Free

2. Easter Sunrise Service - The annual service will be followed by biscuits and gravy breakfast. The service is sponsored by Lucerne Valley Community Church and Crossroads Chapel.

What's Happening: March 23, 2016

March 22, 2016

American Pickers looking for old items

Mike, Frank and Danielle from the History Channel reality TV show "American Pickers" are looking to buy large or unique collections in the Lucerne Valley area.

The "rusty gold" they are looking for includes motor scooters, motorcycles, early furniture, old radios, fishing items, vending machines, pinball machines, musical instruments, early game boards, taxidermy animals, bicycles, cap guns and other vintage items.

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