Reporter's Notebook: Losing a town icon

August 27, 2016

Sheriff's deputies investigate the death of a Lucerne Valley homeless man believed to have died during the early morning of Saturday, Aug. 27. At this point, no cause of death has been determined. The investigation is ongoing. Peter Day, Lucerne Valley Leader

By Peter Day

In this "town of characters" Dale Ramage certainly was one of the most identifiable and memorable.

His Closet, His Pantry Food Bank to hold yard sale

August 26, 2016

His Closet, His Pantry Food Bank will hold a fundraiser yard sale on Sept. 1, 2, 3 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. The non-profit ministry is hoping to raise funds to purchase a new refrigeration unit for the food bank.

The His Pantry Food Bank will closed until November. New dates and times will be posted in the Lucerne Valley Leader. Also, the ministry is looking for volunteers.

First Golden Horseshoe Award brings smiles

August 26, 2016

Lucerne Valley Middle School 8th-grader Satianna McFarland, second from left, was given the first-ever Golden Horseshoe Award for the middle and high schools. Joining Satianna are Anna Marie Garcia, left, Principal Ferber and Kim Anderson. Peter Day, Lucerne Valley Leader

By Peter Day
Staff Writer

What's lime green, has two wheels and makes people smile?

It's official, a portion of SR-247 to be named in honor of fallen hero

August 25, 2016

Sergeant Brian L. Walker

By Staff and Wire Reports

Sgt. Brian Walker may be gone, but the memory of the Lucerne Valley hero is guaranteed to live on.

On Wednesday, a State Assembly resolution to designate a portion of State Highway Route 247 was given unanimous support. As a result, "Sergeant Brian Walker Memorial Highway" will be designated in honor of Walker, who sacrificed his life in service of his country in 2012. The resolution was authored by Assemblyman Jay Obernolte (R-Hesperia).

Obituary: Lorretta Quinn-Schwartz

August 25, 2016

Lorretta Quinn-Schwartz
July 8, 1941-August 19, 2016

Lorretta Quinn-Schwartz was born in Los Angeles to John and Elizabeth Quinn and grew up in Glendale. 

She served as a Pasadena Police Officer for 25 years. During her time as a police officer she worked in the juvenile department, dispatch and auto theft. 

During her last 10 years on the force she lived in Lucerne Valley and drove two hours each way to work. 

Water Systems: Jubilee, Gordon Acres exploring consolidation

August 25, 2016

Civil Engineer James Owens, center, asks for a show of hands regarding which local mutual water company representation during Wednesday's meeting at the Lucerne Valley Community Center.

By Peter Day
Staff Writer

LUCERNE VALLEY — The Jubilee and Gordon Acres mutual water companies are looking at consolidating, a move that could bring numerous benefits to customers, according to water experts participating in a public information meeting Wednesday.

Obernolte to speak at LVEDA on Sept. 6

August 23, 2016

Assemblyman Jay Obernolte

Assemblyman Jay Obernolte will present a re-cap of end of year state legislation including water hauling bills, plus fire tax info., etc., at the next meeting of the Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association. The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at the Senior Center.

Jeremy McCool (Project Mgr. of ReNewAll that does commercial solar project development and financing) will present information on Community Solar and Micro Grid project options.

Water customers: Connection fees too high

August 23, 2016

By Peter Day
Staff Writer

LUCERNE VALLEY — Several customers of the Desert Springs Mutual Water Co. claim the amount charged to connect their homes to the company's water system is exorbitant.

Some have been charged $2,500 or more, according to Timothy Collingham, a former Lucerne Valley resident who is advising several customers seeking a resolution with the water company's general manager, Tom Courtney.

Courtney has served on the Lucerne Valley Unified School District's governing board for more than 20 years, and he is up for reelection in November.


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