BARSTOW • To cover or not to cover? Tattoos, that is.
That debate took center stage during Tuesday meeting of the Barstow Unified School District. The Board of Trustees took comments during the meeting from representatives of two unions, teachers and other employees over a dress code policy that was implemented on Dec. 13, 2011. Tha
FORT IRWIN • The Serna family has lived in four different states in the past six years.
But the Sernas are certain of one thing, if they pack up their belongings and leave Fort Irwin in the near future, their six-year-old son won’t have to worry about being the new kid at school.
Renee Serna enrolled her son David in t
BARSTOW • Newton’s Third Law: For every action, there is a equal and opposite reaction.
Fifth- and sixth-grade students from the Barstow Unified School District received a first-hand demonstration of that law during the fifth annual Earth Day event at the former Thomson Elementary School on Wednesday. Barstow High School stude
RED MOUNTAIN • The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department identified a body found in an abandoned mine shaft as 71-year-old Sandra Jean McKinney of Red Mountain, authorities said Tuesday.
The Sheriff’s Department said McKinney’s disappearance is suspicious in nature and requested homicide investigators to the l
The San Bernardino County Public Defender’s office has issued a warning about a sophisticated telephone scam that may be targeting residents in the area.
According to a press release, scammers impersonating loved ones are calling residents informing them that they have found themselves in trouble and incarcerated in a San Bernardin
Brandeis University’s decision to rescind conferring an honorary degree on undoubtedly the most intelligent critic of Islam, who has transcended the faith she was born and bred to, is only the latest example of the moral and intellectual confusion of the notion of religious tolerance. For while it is wise — and even just — to o
Assembly candidate Michelle Ambrozic on Tuesday said she’s received a mostly positive response to her campaign signs depicting the silhouette of a woman aiming a rifle equipped with a scope, but she also revealed that her staff was forced to file a police report after two men in Apple Valley were spotted taking them down.
BARSTOW • Winning a off-road poker run, according Mel Wessel, is all in the cards. But Wessel is facing the reality that officials in Washington don’t see that way.
Reacting to the 2010 California 200 racing disaster that killed eight spectators in Lucerne Valley, the Bureau of Land Management has changed requirements on holdi
LOS ANGELES • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday ordered Molycorp Minerals LLC, to pay a $27,300 penalty for improper management of hazardous waste at its Mountain Pass mine and mineral processing facility. The violations were discovered as part of unannounced EPA inspections in October 2012.
Mountain Pass is located o
BARSTOW • As the Barstow Unified School District prepares to open its Barstow STEM Academy, Principal Mark Hassell said he feels it’s an exciting time to work for the district.
Hassell said he is honored to be the academy’s inaugural principal. He said he’s also excited because the district is progressing into the
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will host the eighth Nationwide Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday at various sites throughout the High Desert.
The event, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, aims to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by encouraging residents to dispose of expired
San Bernardino County is creating a plan for renewable energy and is looking for comments from Barstow residents.
The San Bernardino County Partnership for Renewable Energy and Conservation will be holding a workshop at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Barstow City Hall.
SPARC is working on a framework for renewable energy development while p
BARSTOW • The Barstow man accused of stabbing a man during a large brawl in February has entered into a plea deal.
Andrew Perez withdrew his not guilty plea in a Victorville courtroom Friday and pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon, court records show. Perez was sentenced to serve one year in jail minus 60 days for time se
BARSTOW • A long overdue Rimrock Road project was officially declared finished by city of Barstow officials on Friday.
“City staff is glad it’s over,” consulting city engineer Brad Merrell said. “We are thankful to the city residents for being patient and cooperative. We can now concentrate on other city-wide
Lady Gaga’s stage unicorn takes a break from touring the world to visit the Creature Shop and serve as inspiration for this week’s Creature Brief. And Fort Irwin’s Melissa Doss will be among the contestants challenged to design and build creatures that will come to life in the SyFy reality TV show that airs at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
I’m the new kid on the block.
I started three weeks ago as the city editor/senior reporter at the Desert Dispatch. I spent the past 20 years at the Daily Press in Victorville — designing pages for most of that time. I supervised the copy editors and page designers as news editor for a long time.
My new boss, Steve Hun
BARSTOW • The decision to postpone a trip to China by city officials was made after it was discovered one of the aluminum plants the group was to visit is not online yet, according to Mayor Julie Hackbarth-McIntyre.
City spokesman Anthony Riley released a statement on Friday announcing that a weeklong trip to review plants similar t
Walking in to Brunner’s Tiny Time Shop is like walking into a time machine.
Well, sort of.
Time does keep ticking away inside this shop, and Robert Brunner is the timekeeper.
I walked into the downtown Main Street shop Thursday afternoon. Business was kind of slow, so I found Robert passing time with Leonard Schrein
FORT IRWIN • The Fort Irwin community recently sported jeans in a Denim Day Walk to raise awareness of sexual harassment and assault.
The walk, held on April 10, was part of an Army-wide program that is implemented at Fort Irwin called Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention.
According to Fort Irwin public affairs
YUCAIPA • California prison officials are searching for a minimumsecurity inmate who walked away from the Riverside County prison camp while serving a four-year burglary sentence.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says 49-year-old James Steven Murray was last seen in his dorm room at Oak Glen Conservation C
SAN BERNARDINO • San Bernardino County Superintendent Gary Thomas will be among four representatives of the County Schools’ office to be recipients of this year’s Association of California School Administrators’ Region 12 spring awards at a ceremony on April 21 at the San Bernardino Hilton.
Thomas will receive two
The Office of Ratepayer Advocates takes issue with Southwest Gas Corporation’s interpretation of how much more customers can expect to pay each month if the California Public Utilities Commission approves the company’s proposed rate hike.
The CPUC will vote on the rate increase at its May 1 meeting.
The ORA, which is
VICTORVILLE • In a state of mostly Democrats, this region has historically been a rare pocket of majority Republicans. Data released this week by the San Bernardino County Elections Office — specific to local-level districts and cities — only reaffirms that the area’s votership continues to buck the statewide trend.
BARSTOW • Graham LaBarge said he narrowed his career choices to two professions after high school: Professional soccer player or firefighter.
On Monday, LaBarge began his first shift as a recently hired limited-term firefighter with the Barstow Fire Protection District.
LaBarge, 27, is in his third year as a full-time firefi
BARSTOW • A proposed $160 million casino and resort off Lenwood Road near Interstate 15 has been cleared of any major negative impact on the environment by the U.S. Department of Interior.
The final environmental impact statement released Friday, which must proceed through a 30-day comment period, represents a major hurdle cleared i