Washington, D.C.: Cook presents plan

May 1, 2013

From Staff and
Wire Reports

WASHINGTON D.C. • Rep. Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) presented his plan for the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) area last Friday to the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation.

The bill, H.R. 1676, was introduced Tuesday, April 23 and is co-sponsored by Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-Santa Clarita), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. 

Sacramento: Donnelly bill to remove off-roading restriction

May 1, 2013

From Staff and Wire Reports

SACRAMENTO • California State Assembly member Tim Donnelly’s Assembly Bill 64, which removes certain restrictions on the use of off-highway vehicles, unanimously passed an Assembly committee late last month.

AB 64 passed the Assembly Committee on Transportation, chaired by Assembly Member Bonnie Lowenthal, 16-0. The bill would repeal restrictions approved last year.

From Supervisor James Ramos

May 1, 2013


The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, DRECP, will have huge implications for our County, especially the desert regions which will be most affected. This plan will decide where large scale energy projects will be placed in our desert and which areas will be protected for conservation. While this affects many who enjoy the beautiful deserts in our county, residents living closest to these potential projects need to have a larger role in the process.

Letter to the editor: Tony Malone

May 1, 2013

These are exciting times we live in. The air is much cleaner in the High Desert than it was just 25 years ago. We had 103 days of Federal exceedances in the ozone standard in 1988 versus 3 days in 2010. Most of that gain in air quality is due to restrictions on how much pollution each car can produce. If current trends continue, our grandchildren will never see smog.

Staff member of the month: Nathan Heilman

May 1, 2013


When Nathan Heilman came back to his alma mater, he headed straight for the kitchen.

A former cook in the U.S. Army, several years ago he landed a position in the Lucerne Valley Elementary School cafeteria. But the father of four quickly realized his affinity for helping children was stronger than his desire to stay among the pots and pans.

“I ended up working better with the kids,” he said.

Two years ago, he moved over to the afterschool program and earlier this year was hired as an instructional aide.

Teacher of the Month: Cindy Lazenby

May 1, 2013


In Cindy Lazenby’s two dozen years as an educator in the Lucerne Valley Unified School District she has worn enough hats to fill a millinery.

Starting as an instructional aide, Lazenby has overseen a distance learning program, taught English and community day school, supervised independent study and currently teaches a blended learning lab class.

“I’ve been busy over the 24 years,” she said. “I’ve taught everything but K-3.”

For her dedication, Lazenby was named the Teacher of the Month for March.

Student of the Month: Jesus Rendon

May 1, 2013


Jesus Rendon, known by many as “Jesse,” is involved in the Future Farmers of America and the school district’s Majority Rules group.

And when he’s not participating in an organization event, Rendon might be discussing pre-calculus with a fellow mathematics student.

“When I was little it always easy,” he said about math. “But now it’s hard.”

As a result of his hard work, Rendon is one of the top students in the junior class. He’s expecting his math abilities to carry him into an engineering program after he graduates in 2014.


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