Base expansion still hot topic

By KRIS REILLY
Editor

The proposed expansion of the Twentynine Palms Marine base was among the topics discussed at last week’s meeting of the Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association.

Not surprisingly, those who spoke were not happy with the Marine’s preferred plan, which would take away a large portion of the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area and leave a smaller portion for joint use between the public and the Marine Corps.

LVEDA notebook: Schools still facing crisis

By KRIS REILLY
Editor

Lucerne Valley Unified School District Superintendent Suzette Davis attended last week’s Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association meeting and shared some bleak news about the district’s ever-shrinking enrollment.

She said enrollment has declined about 28 percent in the last three years. This is a disturbing trend for the district because funding is tied to enrollment numbers.

Sheriff’s blotter and booking logs 08-15-12

NOTE: The following are selected items from The Leader's weekly sheriff's blotter and booking logs. The full blotter and booking logs appear only in the print edition of the newspaper. 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.

By KRIS REILLY
Editor

Teens accused of attempted school break-in

By KRIS REILLY, Editor

LUCERNE VALLEY • Two teens were recently arrested on suspicion of trying to break into Lucerne Valley Elementary School.

According to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department records, a deputy responded to an alarm at the school at 12:56 a.m. on July 27.

Ruben Chris Fontes, 18, was arrested and booked on suspicion of attempted burglary. A 17-year-old male, whose name was not released, was cited on suspicion of attempted burglary and released to his parents.

Strong opinions on trail closures

By KRIS REILLY, Editor

They were distinctly different people from different walks of life: horseback riders, hunters, hikers, rock hounds and gear heads. But they all said pretty much the same thing: Keep public roads and trails open.

A steady flow of visitors showed up Saturday for an open house meeting to discuss a Bureau of Land Management plan that could prohibit the use of off-road trails throughout the Mojave Desert.

Marines hoping to march west

By KRIS REILLY, Editor

Despite a chorus of opposition from local citizens and leaders, the U.S. Marine Corps has decided it wants to go west.

The Department of the Navy has completed the final environmental impact statement on the plans for expansion of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms.

Hotter weather on the horizon

By KRIS REILLY, Editor

LUCERNE VALLEY • Daytime high temperatures are expected to remain in the triple digits for the entire week and could climb to 108 degrees Fahrenheit by the weekend.

The National Weather Service predicts a high of 103 degrees today, followed by highs reaching 106 on Thursday and Friday and a possible high of 108 degrees Saturday. The NWS forecasts a daytime high of 106 on Sunday.

The NWS has issued a hazardous weather outlook for the inland areas of California, including Lucerne Valley.

Blotter highlights: 8-8-12

NOTE: The following are selected items from The Leader's weekly sheriff's blotter and booking logs. The full blotter and booking logs appear only in the print edition of the newspaper. 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.

By KRIS REILLY, Editor

Fire tax bills coming to southern L.V. residents

By LYNNEA LOMBARDO AND KRIS REILLY
FOR THE LEADER

SACRAMENTO • Starting this month, rural residents all over California — including those in the southern half of Lucerne Valley — will start receiving invoices for $150 per year for Cal Fire services thanks to a controversial bill signed into law last year by Gov. Jerry Brown.

L.V. could get 'fast-tracked'

FROM STAFF REPORTS

The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) has been released. This plan would support state and federal fast-tracking for renewable energy projects in “Desert Focus Areas.” Lucerne Valley is included within and surrounded by Desert Focus Areas in all of the presented alternatives of the plan.

An end to the comment period has been set for Wednesday, Aug. 8. According to a release from the California Desert Coalition, “this end to the comment period is much more abrupt than many of the stakeholders had anticipated.”

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