By GARY SCHLENZ
Due to budgetary concerns, there will be no fireworks display on the 4th of July at Pioneer Park in Lucerne Valley this year.
Community leaders say they are hoping to get businesses to help sponsor future 4th of July fireworks programs.
Fireworks displays closest to Lucerne Valley are Big Bear and Brewster Park in Apple Valley.
— Peter Day
By Peter Day
After numerous catfish frys, poker runs and just plain fun, Lyle Thomas has been named winner of Lucerne Valley’s annual Honorary Mayor contest.
Thomas, a process engineer at Mitsubishi Cement, raised a record $6,329 for the Lucerne Valley Chamber of Commerce. Collectively, Thomas and challenger Rock Griffith, a 6’7” occasional Elvis impersonator, raised about $10,000.
“I thought it was all about shaking babies and kissing hands, but it’s a lot of work,” Thomas said about campaigning. “But it’s also a lot of fun.”
ASSAULT: A caller reported on June 18 at 9:31 p.m. that her child’s grandfather’s girlfriend hit her on the lip when she went to the location in the vicinity of Mesa and Laramie roads to pick up her child. The victim refused medical aid but wanted to seek prosecution.
VANDALISM: On June 18 at 6:34 p.m., a caller in the 30000 area of Rabbit Springs Road reported that a male acquaintance assaulted her, broke some household items and a car window and left on foot to go to a nearby friend’s home.
The Leader publishes the names of those who are arrested in Lucerne Valley as well as Lucerne Valley residents who are arrested elsewhere in San Bernardino County, along with the reason for their arrest.
All information comes from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
BOOKING (DRUNK IN PUBLIC): On June 13 at 2:22 a.m. in the area of Old Woman Springs Road and Allen, 24-year-old James Ryan Mowery of Lucerne Valley was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public. He was booked into the Victor Valley Station and released the same day.
Marion Thrush, who will serve as grand marshal at the upcoming Lucerne Valley Fourth of July Parade, politely declined a formal interview by the Leader. She preferred, instead, to provide a letter to the editor.
Thrush, 93, was raised in Buffalo, Wyoming, near the Big Horn Mountains. Her older sister is 95 years old. “I was the baby,” she says.
Her father was a road contractor whose possessed an engineer’s mind but no college degree.
Her older siblings moved to Laramie, Wyoming. “It’s known for having two seasons: Fourth of July and winter.”
In celebration of “Olympic Day,” the BMX track in Lucerne Valley, known as X Roads BMX or USA BMX, will host a complimentary day of BMX racing on Sunday, June 30.
“It’s a free, open day for the kids to come out and try out the sport,” said track operator Diego Lopez. “It’s open to everyone from 3 years old on up.”
Lopez and his crew also will be giving trading cards, and certificates will be presented to participants.
Olympic Day is a worldwide celebration held annually to share the ideals of fair play, fitness and well-being.
LVEDA meeting July 2
The Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association will host a workshop to map out acceptable areas for “renewables” at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2 at the Senior Center.
LVEDA also will define our siting criteria for projects during the event. The county will need this information soon to update the Development Code and our community plans. We need community representation.
‘Olympic Day’ at BMX track
Seeing the world through the eyes of those we least understand is the surest way to begin to understand the motives and strategies of others.
Recently, citizens of Lucerne Valley have been rightly frustrated by a bewildering spate of land use decisions by their county Planning Commission involving alternative energy initiatives, and the feckless opposition to these decisions by the Board of Supervisors.
It is definitely getting hot and in order to stay cool we tend to dress with less clothing or try to make a fashion statement. Although this is a way to stay cool, it is not wise to have fewer clothes when riding your horse. Safety is paramount and you need to have the best riding attire available so not to get injured.