Climber shares dream of Everest — and beyond

April 25, 2013


LUCERNE VALLEY • For some, life goals begin early
— and big.

The dream to become the youngest ever to climb Mt. Everest was pitoned into
16-year-old Jordan Romero’s mind when he was just a 4th-grader at Lucerne Valley Elementary School.

That day, Romero was looking closely at a painting of the world’s highest peaks when he experienced an epiphany.
“I thought this was really cool,” he said.

Honorary Mayor platforms: Keep town the same

April 25, 2013


Honorary Mayor candidates Lyle Thomas and Rock Griffith may look at some things differently but not when it comes to Lucerne Valley.

In fact, regarding change, newcomers Thomas and Griffith told a group of supporters during last Friday’s meet-and-greet spaghetti dinner event at the Lucerne Valley Senior Center they want sleepy, friendly Lucerne Valley to stay that way.

“I’ll do absolutely nothing,” said Thomas, a process engineer at at Mitsubishi Cement. “I won’t even try to stop the wind from blowing.”
Griffith agreed — mostly.

Sheriff's Blotter 4-24-13

April 25, 2013

10:52 p.m. in the 36000 area of Foothill Road, 43-year-old Brent Kevin Andre was arrested on suspicion of possessing metal knuckles. Bail was set at $25,000. He was released on April 12.
BOOKING (RESISTING AN OFFICER): On April 11 at 11:23 p.m. in the 38000 area of Old Springs Road, 44-year-old Blaine Russell Ashley was arrested on suspicion of resisting an officer and violating conditions of parole. He was booked into West Valley Detention Center and held without bail.

What's Happening - April 24, 2013

April 25, 2013

Chili cookoff on Sunday, April 28
A chili cookoff and jam session fundraiser will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 28 for Honorary Mayor candidate Lyle Thomas.
Chili cookoff entries must be in by 11 a.m. Entry fee is $5, all you can eat for $5.
My Own Holiday band will perform, and attendees are invited to bring their guitars, banjos, tamborines and other instruments to join in a jam session. Singers are also welcome to
A 50/50 drawing with raffle prizes will be held.
For more information, call 760-217-3302.

Chapter 14: Spring has sprung — or has it?

April 25, 2013


Hello to Lucerne Valley.

Just sent in the first Worm Alert of the year and hope you are all going to participate in this fun event this year. I think we should spend a few minutes discussing the weather. Mainly because I can’t think of anything else to discuss.

I’m having a difficult time deciding if it’s still winter, spring or summer. Took the blanket off the bed when I changed the sheets and almost froze to death two nights later.

Letter to the Editor: Bill Lembright

April 25, 2013

I responded to Betty Munson’s plea that we unite to save Lucerne Valley, Juniper Flats, Johnson Valley, Homestead Valley, and Morongo Valley from industrial wind and solar farms and power transmission towers. PLEASE take several minutes to write a brief letter including these points, or print out the letter at found in Betty’s note, sign it, and send it in.

Obituary: Elaine Leatherman

April 25, 2013

Elaine Amelia Witzke Leatherman passed away on March 19, 2013.

She came into this world on April 4, 1925, in Kendallville, IN. The daughter of Theodore Witzke, a cobbler/factory worker, and Bernice Decker Witzke, she was nicknamed “Red Whiskey” by her school chums because of her red hair and last name “Witzke.” She and her younger sister Donna grew up in a multi-generational household during the Depression Years.


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