Commentary: A week of victory, tragedy

November 20, 2013

For the Lucerne Valley community, 2013 will go down as one of the most historic, thanks to the high school’s awesome football team.

Last Saturday, the Mustangs traveled nearly four hours to get to their nemesis, Thacher School, located in the scenic hills of Ojai.

Although the game wasn’t a blowout over the last team to defeat the Mustangs last year, the 36-20 victory was emphatic and sends Lucerne Valley on to the semi-finals of the 8-man championships.

The following comes from an avid Mustangs Football supporter:

Letter to the Editor: Where is the Sheriff's Blotter?

November 20, 2013

Dear Editor,

This is being sent to you in great disappointment about the lack of publishing in your local paper; The Lucerne Valley Leader.
As a prior resident (upwards of 15 years ago) I occasionally like to check thru the Sheriff's Blotter. Yes, I fully admit that I do scan to see if perhaps its a person of interest or even an old school mate.

Local youngster attends Strider event

November 20, 2013

ABOVE: Brody Geist waves to the crowd.


Oct. 12, 2013 was a day 4-year-old Brody Geist of Lucerne Valley will never forget.

The track, the smell of the grass, the competition from all over the world — Japan, Australia, Ecuador, India — but most importantly he will remember the 2013 Strider World Championship in Sarasota, Fla.

Brody has been competing in Strider BMX races for more than a year, mostly at local high desert tracks including XRoads BMX in Lucerne Valley, Apple Valley BMX and Hesperia BMX.

Coach Klinger reflects on game

November 20, 2013


OJAI • In their first season playing 8-man football, the Lucerne Valley Mustangs suffered five defeats — including a blowout loss to Thacher in the first round of the playoffs.

That all happened last year.

This year, the whole script has been flipped.

One-by-one, the Mustangs have exacted revenge on every team they lost to in 2012, and on Saturday afternoon, the Toads were the final opponent on Lucerne Valley’s list.

Sheriff's Blotter 11-20-13

November 20, 2013

DRUGS: On Nov. 12 at 3:05 p.m. in the area of Foothill Road and Dusty Lane, a pedestrian was observed walking in the middle of the road on Foothill Road. A Sheriff’s deputy made contact with the man, who said he was looking for his dogs. The deputy noticed a large knife hanging from the man’s belt. The suspect went for his knife to pull it out and put it on the hood of the deputy’s car, but the deputy told him not to do that. He was asked if he had anything else in his pants, and he said yes.

Pedestrian killed in Lucerne Valley

November 14, 2013

A CHP officer and another worker on scene gather information following a fatal traffic collision Thursday morning involving a pedestrian and a driver in a Jeep on Highway 18 near Custer Avenue. Photo: Peter Day/The Leader

By Peter Day
Leader Editor

LUCERNE • A pedestrian died early Thursday morning after attempting to walk across Highway 18 just east of Custer Avenue and being struck by an eastbound Jeep.

Mustangs romp in first round of football playoffs

November 12, 2013

Lucerne Valley Mustangs honor America during the National Anthem. Kevin Chen / Special to the Leader

It’s been a long time coming but the Lucerne Valley Mustangs varsity football team has once again tasted playoff success by beating the visiting Nuview Bridge Knights 70-36 and registering their first post season victory in over a decade. And those in attendance sure got their monies worth in a game filled with a multitude of big plays and several momentum swings.

A Soldier's Best Friend — Military War Dogs

November 12, 2013

Jason and MWD BAGIRA - Afghanistan


Leader Editor

When the Lucerne Valley Veterans Monument officially is unveiled next May, the emblems of all branches of the military will be engraved for all to see.

One special branch that is often overlook, Military War Dogs, will also be shown the utmost respect for their service.

“They are heroes and have saved so many lives working side by side with our military personnel for so many years,” said Sharon Fritz, District Services Coordinator for CSA 29.

Cyclist killed on Highway 247

November 12, 2013

Andy Azzato dies after his bicycle is struck by hit-and-run driver on Highway 247 at Post Office Road

Leader Editor

LUCERNE VALLEY • If it were any other town, Angelo “Andy” Azzato might have completely fallen through the cracks.

The Lucerne Valley resident had seen dark days after losing his wife, who died several years after suffering a debilitating stroke.

LVEDA: Zoning, not conditional use permits for solar, wind

November 12, 2013

Leader Editor

A county ordinance allowing industrial-scale renewable energy projects would not be in Lucerne Valley’s best interest as currently drafted, according to Chuck Bell, president of the Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association.

Instead, Bell and the LVEDA board believe the county should create “renewable energy zones”and update its general plan.
"They're going to flood it with applications, and we're going to have to fight each one,” Bell said during Tuesday’s regular meeting of LVEDA at the Senior Center.


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