Swap meet a success

December 9, 2014

Cindy Lattin-Oliveira helps a customer make a selection from her table. Photo: Caroline Lieber / For the Leader
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By CAROLINE LIEBER
SPECIAL TO THE LEADER

The Lucerne Valley Senior Citizens Swap Meet took place Dec. 6-7 at the Senior Center. The event was well attended, according to Diane Holland, the organizer of the event. She said vendors “came from all over the Victor Valley” to share their wares.

Many types of goods were available, including jewelry, dolls, toys, handmade clothes, western items and military memorabilia.

Reporter's Notebook: Keeping up with the Lions

December 9, 2014

Lions Club president shake hands with Gert McDougal, who has been a Lion for 25 years. Her husband, Bob McDougal, seated to her right, has been a member of the Lions for 60 years. Caroline Lieber / For the Leader

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By PETER DAY

After being invited some time ago by George Yablonsky, I finally made it to a Lucerne Valley Lions Club dinner meeting last week.
What a great group!

Before the meeting began, we enjoyed some absolutely delightful pozole, a Mexican chicken soup with vegetables and hominy.

Letter to the Editor: Fire Department staffing levels

December 9, 2014

I am writing in response to a story that ran in the Sept. 24 newspaper regarding the SBCFD Ambulance Operator Program. The article states that this program will increase the staffing level in the Lucerne Valley, Wrightwood and Piñon Hills areas. However this program has actually reduced the number of firefighters.

New member to be sworn into school board

December 5, 2014

By PETER DAY
Senior Reporter

LUCERNE VALLEY • New school board member Carmen Fox will be sworn into office during the Wednesday, Dec. 10 meeting of the Lucerne Valley Unified School District's governing board.

Fox, who was the only candidate to file candidate papers for last month's election, assumed the seat of former board member John Buchanan. Buchanan decided not to seek reelection.

Fox will join board members Jim Harvey and Dawn Turnbull, who also will be sworn into office.

Thief steals credit card, other items from mailbox

December 5, 2014

By PETER DAY
Senior Reporter

LUCERNE VALLEY • New credit cards and other items were recently stolen from a local rural mailbox, according to a resident.

Stacy Dhingra, a 5-year resident of Lucerne Valley, said she realized items were missing from her mailbox after she failed to receive merchandise that she ordered on eBay and Amazon.com. The purchased items, which were listed as delivered by the online stores, apparently were picked up by a mail thief who had taken her delivery notices to the Lucerne Valley Post Office and received the items, she said.

Lucerne Valley civic leader worried about High Desert Corridor impact

December 2, 2014

LVEDA chairman writes letter to Caltrans deputy director of environmental planning

By PETER DAY
Senior Reporter

LUCERNE VALLEY • The Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association is suggesting Caltrans eliminate the Apple Valley stretch of State Highway 18 from its High Desert Corridor Project plans.

Wolf Mountain Sanctuary is home to nearly a dozen wolves

December 2, 2014

Wolf Mountain Sanctuary founder Tanya Littlewolf gets a snuggle from Holan, one of 11 wolves that reside on a 5-acre parcel in the hills of Lucerne Valley. Photo: Peter Day / The Leader
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By PETER DAY
Senior Reporter

Tanya Littlewolf heard her calling several decades ago.

“My grandfather raised me and taught me everything about wolves,” Littlewolf said last weekend. “My grandfather taught me that my summons in life is to take care of wolves.”

Christmastime: Group makes trek to Strawberry Peak

December 2, 2014

David Rader directs the crew as it installs guide wires on the tree. Millie Rader / Special to the Leader

By PETER DAY
Senior Reporter

Driving to or from Lucerne Valley at night, you can’t miss it.: a lighted Christmas tree atop Strawberry Peak.

Last weekend, residents Millie and David Rader, along with a small but hardy group of helpers, hiked up the peak to install the tree and its lights.

This year’s crew included Chris Archuleta, Jessie Tipton, Adam York, H.T. Barns, and Millie and David Rader.

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