This Week In History: July 31, 2013

July 31, 2013

50 years ago (Aug. 1, 1963)
• Deputy Perse "Red" Stilwell retired from the Sheriff's Department. Stilwell was known for his tracking abilities. "Stilwell gives credit to his tracking ability to an Aztec Indian in Colorado, who trained him during his early days in law enforcement."
• Shopping: 2 dozen eggs were 79 cents; Red Band bacon was 39 cents a pound.
• Weather: July 30, 1963 high temperature was 100, with a low of 67.

What's Happening - July 31, 2013

July 31, 2013

Analog translator signals to end
in September
The analog TV translator signals (Channels 15, 17, 19, 50), currently broadcast on the Lucerne Valley television translator, will be discontinued in early September. All 10 digital channels can currently be found on 41, 43, 48. Two additional channels are in the planning stages with more details to follow in the coming months. Please contact the CSA 29 office for further information at 760-248-7048.
LVEDA to meet
on Aug. 6

Religion: God’s Comfort in the Psalms-Part 2

July 31, 2013

By James Reinebach

Got a friend who just found out they are helpless? 1. Stuck in the desert without water, wheels, or a working cell phone? 2. A loved one can’t or won’t get well? 3. Enemies won’t go away? 4. A bill can’t be paid? 5. Your disease can’t be beat? 6. Fear Death? 7. Helpless? God’s answers for helpless people are still found in His old, but up to date songbook about life! The Psalms of the Bible! Here’s God’s help for the helpless!

Marijuana cultivation operation discovered at Baker Street residence

July 26, 2013

From Staff and Wire Reports

LUCERNE VALLEY • Nearly 200 mature marijuana plants and two guns were seized by members of the Sheriff’s Narcotics Division while serving a search warrant at a Baker Street residence on Wednesday afternoon.

Deputies arrested and booked Lucerne Valley resident Miguel Ortega, 35, for cultivation of marijuana and being a convicted felon in possession of firearms.

Letty’s closes

July 25, 2013


Letty’s Restaurant, the eatery known for its tasty Mexican and American food, closed its doors last week.

Letty’s has been a Lucerne Valley fixture for many years, prompting one loyal customer to call the Leader to express sadness at the closing.

“I can’t believe it,” she said.

The chile verde was especially popular with locals.

Sharing the bounty of His Closet

July 23, 2013


Before the economic downturn of the late-2000s, Elvira Arzate and her family were living the American Dream.

They certainly weren’t rich, but the Arzates got by, thanks to income from her Victorville restaurant and her husband’s car repair jobs.

Then the bottom fell out and the couple had a difficult time providing the basic necessities for their children.
“I lose everything,” she said, tearfully. “Everything.”

Former Leader editor Bill Ewing dies

July 23, 2013


William “Bill” Ewing, who served as editor of the Leader for six years in the 1990s, died on July 15 in Pueblo West, CO.
Ewing battled cancer for the last two years, according to his wife, Jane Ewing.

“He was just great,” said Linda Gommel whose family has owned the Lucerne Valley Market & Hardware store for decades. “He was always very positive about the community.”

Jane Ewing, who met her husband while working at the Leader, said the two were a team — he edited the newspaper while she managed the advertising department.

Weekly booking logs - July 24, 2013

July 23, 2013

BOOKING (BURGLARY): On July 10 at 8:39 p.m. in the 2600 block of Del Oro Road, 43-year-old Todd Evan Carrick of Lucerne Valley was arrested on suspicion of burglary, felony vandalism and petty theft with a prior, also a felony. Carrick was taken to the Victor Valley Station and later booked into the West Valley Detention Center. Bail was set at $50,000 for the burglary charge; however, he was being held without bail on the petty theft with a prior charge.

Sheriff's Blotter 7-24-13

July 23, 2013

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY: A caller in the area of Foothill Road and Neighborly Place reported at 4 p.m. on July 16 that someone broke into her home.

DISTURBANCE MUSIC: A caller in the 30000 area of Houston Street reported a neighbor was playing loud music at 12:13 a.m. on July 16. When deputies drove through the area all was quiet.

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY: A caller in the 9000 area of Chickasaw Trail reported at 2:15 p.m. on July 16 that tools have been stolen from her shed.


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