Fire Fees Delayed

March 28, 2013

BY DAVID KECK
DAILY PRESS EDITOR

Residents of Lucerne Valley and other unincorporated and rural areas in California will be given a temporary reprieve on their fire prevention fees.

The state’s Board of Equalization will delay mailing bills to collect fire prevention fees until fire officials determine who should really pay them.

Cal Fire requested the delay on March 20 after state Board of Equalization Member George Runner called on the state agency to hold off sending the bills, which were scheduled to be mailed April 2.

Important message regarding arrest logs

March 21, 2013

BY DAVID KECK
DAILY PRESS EDITOR

As a kid, I always loved that guy on late-night television who exclaimed in business baritone, "We interrupt this program to bring you an important announcement."

Then the next few minutes were spent hawking term life insurance, an amazing new diet pill, kitchen knives that cut through steel beams like butter, or whatever ware or service the advertiser buying that broadcast time had to sell, all with the same money-back guarantee.

We're not doing that here.

School district employee of the month: Jason Hart

March 21, 2013

BY PETER DAY
EDITOR

Lucerne Valley Unified School District information technology specialist Jason Hart connects more than just computer systems.

The former longtime resident is entwined in Lucerne Valley's network, past and present. Today, Hart helps maintain computer and information systems for teachers that taught him to read and write when he was a student at Lucerne Valley Elementary.

"There's quite a bit of teachers I had that are still here," Hart said. "My first grade teacher is still here."

Marines release ROD

February 25, 2013

Lovingood asks Corps to ‘rethink’ expansion plan

By KRIS REILLY AND LYNNEA LOMBARDO,
For the Leader

The Department of the Navy last week approved a Record of Decision (ROD) for the westward expansion of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, while a county politician urged the Marines to “rethink” the plan.

Gravel causes crash on Hwy. 18

February 25, 2013

By KRIS REILLY
Editor

A patch of sand and gravel in the roadway contributed to a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 18 last week, authorities said.

Katherine Chandler, a 20-year-old Lucerne Valley resident, was driving a 1998 white Pontiac Sunfire westbound on Highway 18 shortly after 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 13, California Highway Patrol officer Matt Hunt said.

Blaze burns home

February 25, 2013

Washing machine may have caused fire

By KRIS REILLY
Editor

LUCERNE VALLEY • A faulty washing machine apparently caused a fire that burned parts of a house and destroyed a motorhome Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

No one was injured during the blaze, which was reported at about 3 p.m. in the 9000 area of Anza Trail.

A bedroom and a laundry room were engulfed in flames when San Bernardino County Fire Station 8 firefighters arrived at the scene. They saved much of the house, but a bedroom, a laundry room and a nearby motorhome were total losses.

A happy Valentine

February 25, 2013

BY KRIS REILLY AND LYNNEA LOMBARDO, FOR THE LEADER

A year after she was found near death from horrific abuse, the dog known as Valentine is enjoying a happy home, good friends and good health.

There’s just one problem.

“Now she’s a little overweight,” said Regene Fonville, who’s been taking care of the dog for the past year. “She eats everything. She’s funny, she’s just a hog. ... She’s just a big, lovable couch potato.”

Weight issues aside, the pit bull’s second Valentine’s Day figures to be a lot happier than her first.

Sheriff’s blotter and booking logs

February 25, 2013

EDITOR’S NOTE: All information for these reports comes from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. The most recent events are listed first. We publish the names of those who are arrested in Lucerne Valley as well as Lucerne Valley residents who are arrested elsewhere in San Bernardino County or adjoining counties.

By KRIS REILLY
Editor

EDITOR’S NOTE: No local bookings were reported this week on the sheriff’s booking logs website as of press time on Monday.

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