The life and times of Julia Bell

February 14, 2013

SUBMITTED BY THE BELL FAMILY
FOR THE LEADER

What more can we say about Julia Bell? Just last month The Leader reported on the well-deserved ceremony honoring her service on the school board and as a principal before that. In 2009 Millie Rader did an article on both she and her husband Chuck Bell as major characters in Lucerne Valley, as volunteers, philanthropists and all-around wonderful members of this community. And most recently, The Leader reported on her untimely death last month.

Huge crowds watch as King of the Hammers is crowned

February 14, 2013

BY KRIS REILLY
Editor

JOHNSON VALLEY • Thousands of fans braved cold temperatures in the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area on Friday to watch Randy Slawson become the latest King of the Hammers.

The 2013 Griffin King of the Hammers is the seventh incarnation of the off-road race, a grueling combination of open desert racing and rock crawling.

Slawson took 7 hours, 28 minutes and 10 seconds to complete the course, which is more than 100 miles long and features the infamous Hammers — trails named for the pounding they put on a vehicle.

Wrestlers, boys hoops team make CIF

February 14, 2013

FROM STAFF REPORTS

LUCERNE VALLEY • Ten Lucerne Valley High School wrestlers advanced to the postseason at the High Desert League Finals last week.

Colby Hambrick (106 pounds), Sara Sullivan (113), Alberto Barbosa (120), Ian Roberts (126), James Gonzalez (132), Ian Rosse (138), John Sullivan (145), Will Marx (152), Tyler Beans (160) and Brett Swenson (170) advanced.

Sullivan, Rosse and Barbosa all won league titles.

Dorner showdown impacts Lucerne Valley

February 12, 2013

By KRIS REILLY, LYNNEA LOMBARDO AND TOMOYA SHIMURA
FOR THE LEADER

LUCERNE VALLEY • Shockwaves from the Christopher Dorner showdown were felt across the Victor Valley on Tuesday, with two schools briefly locked down and mountain commuters delayed for hours.

A man authorities believe to be Dorner exchanged fire with law enforcement Tuesday afternoon and barricaded himself inside a cabin in the San Bernardino Mountains near Big Bear Lake.

Hammers 'isn't just a race'

February 6, 2013

Organizers fear the end of K.O.H. if Marines move in

By KYLE GLASER
FOR THE LEADER

Nearly 30,000 people from all over the country are expected to stream into Johnson Valley this week for nine days of racing, concerts and other activities as part of the prestigious 2013 Griffin King of the Hammers off-road race.

DUI suspected as head-on collision leaves three dead

February 6, 2013

By TOMOYA SHIMURA
For the Leader

JOHNSON VALLEY • An off-road racer participating in the King of the Hammers was identified as the driver who was arrested in suspicion of driving drunk and killing three Hesperia teenagers in a head-on collision Saturday night, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Charles Wayne Persons, 31, of Thousand Oaks, was booked into the West Valley Detention Center for gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s website.

LVHS wrestling team hosting league finals Wednesday

February 5, 2013

By KRIS REILLY
Editor

The Lucerne Valley High School wrestling team is set to host the High Desert League finals Wednesday starting at 2 p.m.

The Mustangs and wrestlers from other HDL schools will battle it out at the Sgt. Brian L. Walker gym. The competition may last until 6 p.m. or later as wrestlers compete for the chance to enter the CIF playoffs. The top three from each weight class will advance to the postseason.

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