T.O.P.S convention at Ontario DoubleTree Hotel

June 24, 2014

Six local TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) members went to the State Convention on May 29 through June 1 at the Ontario Double Tree Hotel.

The local group’s queen, Brandy Chapman, was crowned the new queen.

Marci Mesnard received her pin for me a KOP (Keeping Off Pounds) for 10 years. Good job, Marci!

Others who went to support were Diane Chapman, Pat Lugo, Vickie McKenzie and Sharon Cross.

The TOPS club will hold its election in July and a dinner to install new officers will be held in August.

Suspect arrested for May 12 murder of Lucerne Valley resident

June 24, 2014


A 49-year-old man has been extradited from Salt Lake City, Utah to face murder charges for the May 12 shooting death of a Lucerne Valley man.

On June 5, John Sterling Payton was arrested on a murder warrant for the murder of John Gonzalez, 50. Payton was extradited to California on June 19 and booked into the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

Payton was arraigned on June 23 and pleaded not guilty to all charges, including special allegations. A pre-preliminary conference is scheduled for July 1.

LVES trio wins solar cooking category

June 19, 2014

A judge, left, discusses the Helio Tech entry with LVES contestants, from second to left, Joselyn Nichols, Aubry Hirschhorn and Landon Lindner. Photo courtesy Liu Hirschhorn
Last Saturday, three Lucerne Valley Elementary School soon-to-be 5th-graders won a category in the Second Annual Mojave Environmental Education Consortium Solar Tech Oven Competition at the Victor Valley Museum.

The students, Aubry Hirschhorn, Landon Lindner, and Josclyn Nichols, won first place in the Design and Recipes category for grades 4-6.

Free and reduced price meals policy

June 19, 2014


LUCERNE VALLEY • Lucerne Valley Unified School District recently announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program.

Each school and/or the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.

Honorary Mayor Race near the end

June 19, 2014

They’ve danced, tested their luck at poker and ridden motorcycles and off-road vehicles.

And after Sunday’s Chili Cookoff at the Lazy Lizard Ranch, the fun fundraising for the Lucerne Valley
Chamber of Commerce will conclude with a spirited grand finale at the Moose Lodge on June 27.

Lyle Thomas, a safety engineer at Mitsubishi, and 6’7” Rock Griffith, a former restaurateur, are concluding a months-long campaign for the title of Lucerne Valley Honorary Mayor. Last year, Thomas raised a record amount.

X Roads BMX to host Olympic Day

June 18, 2014

TAKING OFF: A group of younger rides begin a spirited race last year. Xroads BMX will host Olympic Day this Sunday. Peter Day / File Photo

The X Roads BMX track and program is in full gear with lots of action.

Last Sunday, X Roads hosted the annual state qualifier. Riders from all over California visited Lucerne Valley to test their skills and battle their way toward the State championship and go after the coveted #1 California plate.

Rocket Man: More than 1,000 converge on Lucerne Valley Dry Lake

June 17, 2014


LUCERNE VALLEY DRY LAKE • One by one, drivers in large recreational vehicles dared the dust and hidden holes and gradually made their way to their mecca: a bone-dry spot in the middle of Lucerne Valley Dry Lake.

The legions — by Saturday more than 1,000 visitors would gather — came from all parts of California for RocStock 39, the annual rocket event sponsored by Rocketry Organization of California.

MAC will discuss underground utilities

June 17, 2014

The Lucerne Valley and Johnson Valley Municipal Advisory Council will meet at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 19 at the Lucerne Valley Community Center, 33187 Highway 247 East, Lucerne Valley.

Information-action items: DRECP progress, SCE Underground Utilities LV update, AB 2443, Duplication of service; Mutual Water Companies, Coolwater-Lugo Transmission Project, ask County Board of Supervisors to oppose, North Peak Wind – wind turbines project south of Milpas Highlands, Morongo Basin MAC update.


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