Hit-and-run victim identified as Lucerne Valley woman

February 10, 2015

By PETER DAY
Senior Reporter

LUCERNE VALLEY • A Lucerne Valley woman who had fallen on hard times was identified earlier this week as the victim of a recent early morning hit-and-run collision fatality on Highway 18 near Stoddard Wells Road.

Nicole Elizabeth Ricci, 40, was identified by the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner's office following the collision that occurred just before 3 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 2. She apparently had been walking along the highway, according to a Sheriff's Department report.

Sports: Randy Slawson wins ninth annual King of the Hammers

February 10, 2015

By PETER DAY
Senior Reporter

JOHNSON VALLEY • As numerous drivers were stopped cold on a notorious deathbed of rocks aptly named the Jackhammer, Randy Slawson was breezing to his second victory in three years at the ninth annual King of the Hammers.

Friday’s seemingly easy ending for the newly crowned king belied Slawson’s own tortuous journey, a nine-hour gutsy race of skill, determination, luck — and drama.

Off-Roading: Welcome to Hammertown

February 10, 2015

By PETER DAY
Senior Reporter

MEANS DRY LAKE • Joe “Dirt” Gardner left his beloved surfboard at home in Maui, Hawaii, but last week he had everything he needed right in Hammertown.

Joined by his co-driver Erin Maskal and enthusiastic crew chief Mark Provanza, the tall, handsome off-road racer was one of thousands who called a remote stretch of dirt and eerie rocky outcroppings home since the last week of January.

The Hawaiian trio is among numerous racing teams and thousands of spectators who made treks from many parts of the United States, Europe and beyond.

Sports: Post season play looks likely for Lady Mustangs

February 10, 2015

By PETER DAY
Senior Reporter

Fast players and a solid team attitude have propelled the Lucerne Valley High School girls basketball team to one its best seasons in recent years.

"Everybody's working with everybody," said second-year coach Brandon Barkley. "We have teamwork and team chemistry."

In fact, Barkley said, there is only one dominate player on the Lady Mustangs team.

"Courtney Spratt is fast," he said.

But the talented point guard isn't the only one with fast wheels.

"As a team, we're all fast."

Market unveils solar co-generation project

February 10, 2015

LUCERNE VALLEY • Lucerne Valley Market and Hardware Store owner Linda Gommel had enough of the $12,000-a-month electricity bills.

So she and her business partners decided to switch to solar to power their unique grocery-hardware-general store, considered by many the hub of Lucerne Valley.

On Tuesday, Jeremy McCool, business manager of Desert Solar (a.k.a. DS Energy Solutions), presented details of his company’s plans to install carport solar panels in the market’s parking lot along with a natural gas-power micro-turbine.

News Briefs: Feb. 11, 2015

February 10, 2015

PUBLIC SAFETY

Blaze destroys Emerald Road residence

An Emerald Road residence was destroyed by a fire early Sunday morning.

The house is located between Mesa and Trade Post Road in the Gem Tract Road area of Lucerne Valley.

For years the home was occupied by family members of Pam Romero Hardwick, Hardwick said Monday. Hardwick wasn't sure who currently owns the property.

The Leader is continuing to report on this story. More information is expected in next week's newspaper.

FUNDRAISER

Cancer treatment fundraiser

First Mountain Bank is Paying it Forward

January 27, 2015

ABOVE: Loverboy may be small on size, but he’s big on charm. Above, he impresses First Mountain Bank branch manager Marlene Fuller during a recent visit to the bank. Peter Day / The Leader

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Local branch makes sweetheart offer for Valentine, Loverboy and friends
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By PETER DAY
Senior Reporter

LUCERNE VALLEY • There were no tall tales of why the money was needed, just the short enthusiastically wagging tail of Valentine, the friendly three-legged pit bull, and his diminutive chihuahua pal, Loverboy.

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