'Back Home Again' honors John Denver

August 25, 2015

By L.J. Gambone
For the Leader

“Rocky Mountain High.” “Take Me Home Country Roads.” “Annie’s Song.” These timeless and inspiring songs by the late John Denver continue to capture the hearts of fans around the globe.

Denver’s music is still so popular that numerous singer/songwriters tour the world doing tribute shows. Among them is Tom Becker, who was part of the legendary folk group the New Christy Minstrels for a few years during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Recipe: Sausage Lentil Soup, a Simple Freezer Meal

August 25, 2015

By Holly Sosa

Earlier this year, my friend Billynda introduced me to the concept of freezer meals. We spent an evening together early this spring prepping and bagging several freezer meals to feed our families for a month. While an entire day of freezer meal prep may not be your thing, I’m sharing a simple recipe today for your freezer that you can whip up in no time and enjoy when you’re in a pinch for something to make.

1 package (16 oz) lentils

1 cup sliced carrots

5 sprigs thyme

1 small onion, sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

County expedites process for rooftop solar systems

August 18, 2015

From staff and wire reports

SAN BERNARDINO — The Board of Supervisors are expected to adopt a county ordinance that will provide an expedited, streamlined permitting process for small residential rooftop solar energy systems for single or duplex family dwellings.

Rooftop solar systems are among those eligible for building permit fee waiver under a program approved by the Board of Supervisors on June 22, 2010. The waiver program was established with the purpose of encouraging the installation and use of energy efficient systems.

U.S. military magazine holds memories for WWII veteran and others

August 18, 2015

Images from "Yank, the Army Weekly" (above) are of real life during WWII. Articles include stories of a sailor's 31-month ordeal on Guam and an investigation of Italy during the war.

By Peter Day
Senior Reporter

Longtime Lucerne Valley resident Ray Clark, who retired as U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel in 1974, has held onto a special collection for decades.

The four “Yank, The Army Weekly” magazines were given by his mother, who obtained them years ago.

Education: PBIS making a difference at LVES

August 18, 2015

By Peter Day
Senior Reporter

Though still in the training phase, Lucerne Valley Elementary School is already seeing results from the implementation of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports program.

"We know our kids so well," LVES Principal Mary Eller said during Wednesday's monthly meeting of the district's board of trustees. "(With PBIS) we can anticipate issues better."

What's Happening: August 19, 2015

August 18, 2015

Nueva Iglesia en Lucerne Valley

The Lucerne Valley Assembly of God Church is adding new Spanish language church services.

Service times are Sundays (Domingos) at 6 p.m. in Spanish (Español); Sundays at 10:45 a.m. (English); and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. (English).

Lucerne Valley Assembly of God Church is located at 10216 Crystal Creek Road, Lucerne Valley. For more information on the Spanish language service call Pastor Joel Elizondo at 760-792-0297.

Car Gathering

Sheriff's Blotter

August 18, 2015

Tuesday, Aug. 11

10:21 p.m. A disturbance was reported in the 10100 block of Cody Avenue.

10:13 p.m. A Porter Street resident reported receiving annoying phone calls.

5:12 p.m. A theft was reported by a Sutter Road resident.

2:25 p.m. A petty theft was reported in the 35300 block of Highway 18.

12:28 p.m. A disturbance was reported in the 10100 block of Cody Avenue.

12:24 p.m. A disturbance was reported in the 32000 area of Topaz Road.

Education: LV school board approves designees

August 18, 2015

By Peter Day
Senior Reporter

On Wednesday the Lucerne Valley Unified School District's board of trustees named its designees in the event a fill in is needed for principal and superintendent positions.

The board approved Patricia Courtney as Superintendent Suzette Davis's primary designee and Mary Eller as the superintendent's secondary designee. Board member Tom Courtney abstained from voting as Patricia Courtney is his daughter-in-law.

Veteran honored at Dodgers Stadium

August 18, 2015

By Peter Day
Senior Reporter

Last spring, 69-year-old Tennessee pastor Chick McGill walked a lonely, windy stretch of Highway 18, more than 3,000 miles into a coast-to-coast journey.

McGill, who completed his 3,200-mile national prayer walker at the Santa Monica Pier on April 29, was recently honored as a Military Hero of the Game at the Dodgers vs. Brewers National League baseball game on Sunday, July 12 at Dodger Stadium.

McGill was a communications-navigation technician for the U.S. Air Force during his two years serving in the Vietnam War.


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