Carmen Fox: Looking to Serve

March 3, 2015

Senior Reporter

With three kids aged 18, 16 and 10 and generations of roots in Lucerne Valley, Carmen Fox is invested in the town's past, present and future.

Last November, Fox, 41, was the sole candidate to file papers for the school board seat vacated by John Buchanan, who chose to not run for reelection. She was named to the seat following the election.

Weather spotters are part of nationwide volunteer network

March 3, 2015

The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans. To obtain critical weather information, the National Weather Service established SKYWARN, a volunteer project with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters.

SKYWARN volunteers help keep their communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of several weather to the National Weather Service.

Locally, the next weather spotter class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 21 at the Lucerne Valley Community Center. The class is free.

What's Happening - March 4, 2015

March 3, 2015

St. Paul Fish Fry

St. Paul Catholic Church will hold it's famous Fish Fry dinners with all the trimmings for on Friday, March 6 and Friday March 20. Donation: $7.50 for adults and $3.00 for children. Take-outs will be available. Shut off your stoves put the dishes away, bring your family and invite your friends and come on out for a great dinner and camaraderie. St. Paul Catholic Church is located at 8973 Mesa Road.

Majority Rules Walkathon

The Majority Rules Walkathon and Traffic Rally/Resource Fair will be held on Saturday, March 14.

Public input sought during renewable energy listening session

March 3, 2015

The Land Use Services Department will continue to solicit public input on the future of renewable energy development throughout the County’s unincorporated areas during a special listening session from 2 to 4 p.m. on March 5.

The listening session will begin with an overview of the County’s planning progress and priorities from Planning Director Terri Rahhal, followed by public comments on the Element Framework and Outline.


Sheriff's Blotter 03-04-15

March 3, 2015

Senior Reporter

Tuesday, Feb. 24

9:55 p.m. A Desert View Road resident reported a forgery.

2:10 p.m. A disturbance was reported in the 7000 block of Mesa Road.

1:18 p.m. A disturbance was reported in the 31300 block of Highway 18.

12:33 p.m. An Emerald Road resident reported a grand theft.

11:41 a.m. A theft was reported by a Clark Road resident.

Monday, Feb. 23

5:29 p.m. An ambulance was called to Highway 18 and Highland Road.

The ABCs of honeybees

March 3, 2015

Senior Reporter

They may sometimes sting, but honeybees are a wondrous — and integral — part of our ecosystem that can be kept in many backyard gardens.

That sentiment, and many specifics on bee keeping, were shared by expert Penny Harper of Hinkley, who spoke to members of the Desert Crossroads Garden Club last month.

Years ago, Harper bought a 10-acre plot, which came with two bee hives.

"At first I was scared," she said, but the retired nurse decided to learn about bees.

Sports: Mustang baseball season begins

March 3, 2015

Senior Reporter

The season has begun for the Lucerne Valley High School baseball as it played its first game against Joshua Springs Christian High (Yucca Valley) on Tuesday. (Results were unavailable by press time).

On Thursday at 3:15 p.m. the Mustangs play Trona at home.

The following are additionally scheduled games. All games start at 3:15 p.m. except where noted.

• March 10 against University Prep at home

• March 13 at Trona High School

• March 17 against Joshua Springs at home

Reporter's Notebook: Film industry in town

March 3, 2015


Last week I got a call from our courier Don Judkins, who has had a decades-long association with the Leader and the Lucerne Valley community. Something was up at Rabbit Dry Lake, Don said.

So I drove out in my old not-too-off-road-worthy Toyota to take a look. As I was driving in at High Road just off Highway 18 I ran into John Miller, whose family puts up the flags along the highway. Turns out a notable entertainment company was shooting a video on a portion of the lake that John represents. (More details will be available after the production is completed).

Weekly Booking Logs: March 4, 2015

March 3, 2015

BRINGING DRUGS INTO PRISON: On Feb. 19, Rafael Perez, 33, of Lucerne Valley was arrested on suspicion of bringing drugs into prison. He was booked into the town of Apple Valley jail and was given a pretrial release the next day. Bail was set at $25,000.

BURGLARY/DRUGS: On Feb. 20 at 3:28 p.m., 48-year-old Roger Dale Dunlap of Lucerne Valley was arrested on a $125,000 warrant for burglary along with no bail warrants for possession of methamphetamines for sale and receiving stolen property. He was booked into the High Desert Detention Center.

Recipes: White Chicken Chili

March 3, 2015


This winter, the desert just doesn’t seem to want to make it’s mind up about the weather. Last week, we were all in shorts and tees. This week, we welcomed a rain shower that our dry soil desperately needed and that had us digging out our warmest sweaters, lap blankets, and slow cookers, that we thought were packed away until late November, when desert folk like us finally get cold enough weather that requires such things.


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