Guest Commentary: Rising from the ashes

December 4, 2013


If the 2013 Lucerne Valley High School football team has taught us anything, it is that you don’t have to let others write your script for you in life. Record-wise, it was one of the most successful football seasons in school history but this group is in no way defined by wins and losses. No, their achievement was deeply rooted in dedication and resiliency.

Carrillo: Solar project could break ground within months

December 4, 2013

Leader Editor

LUCERNE VALLEY • Two solar projects off of Camprock Road in Lucerne Valley are expected to break ground this winter, according to a representative from Third District Supervisor James Ramos’s office.

The projects formerly known as Agincourt and Marathon are among 26 industrial-scale solar projects in the county that were approved prior to the solar moratorium, which began on June 12.

Recipes: Thanksgiving with a twist

December 4, 2013

By Holly Sosa

Thanksgiving is right around the corner which means many of us are scrambling to finalize our meal plans for the festive dinner.
I am always on the lookout for a scrumptious twist on traditional sides for my family's feast. Which is why I was thrilled when my fellow contributor for, Amelia, shared her recipe for these mouth-watering corn cakes. I'm certain these would be a fabulous addition to your tables this Thanksgiving.

You can find more recipes from Amelia, myself and our team of five other moms at

Religion: God, country and Thanksgiving!

December 4, 2013

By James Reinebach

This past Nov. 7, the High Desert Kiwanis produced a third annual God and Country Rally. Business, church, community organizations, and individuals sponsored tables for 10, at $250 each. This first-class, school-day, community-based breakfast event, was provided for free to hundreds of high school students of the High Desert. Well over 1,000 people attended! Did you know about it?

Pacific Clinics reopens the Lucerne Valley Clubhouse

November 22, 2013

Mauricio Cruz, team leader for the Lucerne Valley and Yucca Valley Clubhouses, invites residents to visit the Lucerne Valley Clubhouse at 32770 Old Woman Springs Road. Photo credit: Peter Day/The Leader


By Peter Day
Leader Editor

LUCERNE VALLEY • Pacific Clinics, a private, non-profit behavioral healthcare services corporation, recently reopened the Lucerne Valley Clubhouse located in the Lucerne Valley Shopping Center. The Lucerne Valley Clubhouse is located at 32770 Old Woman Springs Road.

Pedestrian who died identified

November 20, 2013

California Highway Patrol officers investigate a traffic collision which resulted in the death of pedestrian Danny Lee Plotner, 65. Peter Day / The Leader

By Peter Day
Staff Writer

A pedestrian died as the result of an early morning collision on Thursday, Nov. 14 on Highway 18 just east of Custer Avenue.

The victim has been identified as Danny Lee Plotner, 65, of Lucerne Valley.

5th-graders ‘Walk Through The American Revolution'

November 20, 2013

ABOVE: A student makes his presentation while wearing a Revolutionary War costume.


Leader Editor

Members of the Lucerne Valley Unified School District board of trustees last Wednesday were treated to a sampling of local fifth-graders’ “Walk Through The American Revolution” presentations.

The LVES students presented themselves as iconic American Revolution characters such as John Adams, George Washington and others. Several participants wore costumes from the era.


MAC Preview: Carrillo to speak at MAC

November 20, 2013

Leader Editor

Chris Carrillo, the deputy chief of staff for Third District Supervisor James Ramos, is expected to present a status update and listen to concerns at Thursday’s regular meeting of the Lucerne Valley-Johnson Valley Municipal Advisory Council.

The MAC meeting comes a week after chairman Richard Selby and vice-president Joanna Wright met with Ramos at his San Bernardino office to ask about his stance on a proposed county solar ordinance.

CHP searching for suspect in hit-and-run

November 20, 2013

Staff Reports

LUCERNE VALLEY • The California Highway Patrol is searching for a pickup believed to be involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash last week.

Angelo “Andy” Azzato 47, was found dead Nov. 7 on the side of Highway 247 near Post Office Road after he was apparently struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver.

Authorities believe the crash occurred sometime between 5 and 10 p.m. Nov. 6. Azzato was riding a bicycle home from work, according to those who knew him.


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