Letty’s closes

July 25, 2013


Letty’s Restaurant, the eatery known for its tasty Mexican and American food, closed its doors last week.

Letty’s has been a Lucerne Valley fixture for many years, prompting one loyal customer to call the Leader to express sadness at the closing.

“I can’t believe it,” she said.

The chile verde was especially popular with locals.

Sharing the bounty of His Closet

July 23, 2013


Before the economic downturn of the late-2000s, Elvira Arzate and her family were living the American Dream.

They certainly weren’t rich, but the Arzates got by, thanks to income from her Victorville restaurant and her husband’s car repair jobs.

Then the bottom fell out and the couple had a difficult time providing the basic necessities for their children.
“I lose everything,” she said, tearfully. “Everything.”

Former Leader editor Bill Ewing dies

July 23, 2013


William “Bill” Ewing, who served as editor of the Leader for six years in the 1990s, died on July 15 in Pueblo West, CO.
Ewing battled cancer for the last two years, according to his wife, Jane Ewing.

“He was just great,” said Linda Gommel whose family has owned the Lucerne Valley Market & Hardware store for decades. “He was always very positive about the community.”

Jane Ewing, who met her husband while working at the Leader, said the two were a team — he edited the newspaper while she managed the advertising department.

Weekly booking logs - July 24, 2013

July 23, 2013

BOOKING (BURGLARY): On July 10 at 8:39 p.m. in the 2600 block of Del Oro Road, 43-year-old Todd Evan Carrick of Lucerne Valley was arrested on suspicion of burglary, felony vandalism and petty theft with a prior, also a felony. Carrick was taken to the Victor Valley Station and later booked into the West Valley Detention Center. Bail was set at $50,000 for the burglary charge; however, he was being held without bail on the petty theft with a prior charge.

Sheriff's Blotter 7-24-13

July 23, 2013

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY: A caller in the area of Foothill Road and Neighborly Place reported at 4 p.m. on July 16 that someone broke into her home.

DISTURBANCE MUSIC: A caller in the 30000 area of Houston Street reported a neighbor was playing loud music at 12:13 a.m. on July 16. When deputies drove through the area all was quiet.

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY: A caller in the 9000 area of Chickasaw Trail reported at 2:15 p.m. on July 16 that tools have been stolen from her shed.

What's Happening - July 24, 2013

July 23, 2013

on Medicare
A free community meeting on Medicare will be held at 2 p.m. on July 25 at the Community Center, 33187 Highway 247 East.
The event will be presented by Rito Armenta, an agent with Steven Financial Insurance Solutions.
The meeting will discuss when extra financial assistance for your health care is needed and the difference beween Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D. Armenta also will discuss the differences between Medicare and other health coverage.
A free pie dessert will be provided to attendees.

Photo: Croquet, anyone?

July 23, 2013

Photo caption: Jim Davis gets ready to strike a croquet ball into a competitor’s ball during a casual croquet match at Pioneer Park last week. Looking on, from left, are Maria Lloyd and Davis’ granddaughter Brianna Wakeley. Also playing the old English game was Davis’s son Matthew Davis and grandson Devin Wakeley.

Peter Day / The Leader



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