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  • Newly hired firefighter relishes dream job By: JOSE QUINTERO, STAFF WRITER
    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
    Fri Apr 18, 2014
  • Casino’s final impact statement released By: MIKE LAMB, STAFF WRITER
    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
    Fri Apr 18, 2014
  • Officials’ weeklong trip to China postponed By: MIKE LAMB, STAFF WRITER
    BARSTOW • A weeklong trip by city officials to China to review sites similar to the $1.5 billion aluminum plant proposed south of a defunct golf course has been postponed. Two council members, two staff members and an economic development representative from San Bernardino County planned to get on a plane Sunday, with their return s
    Fri Apr 18, 2014
  • Escapee found, arrested in Las Vegas casino By: JOSE QUINTERO, STAFF WRITER
    The Barstow man who escaped from local authorities after being arrested in March was found and arrested in Las Vegas on Wednesday, police said. Diante “Butchie” Yarber was located walking in the Planet Hollywood Casino by detectives from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department at approximately 2:45 p.m., according to Bar
    Fri Apr 18, 2014
  • Website listing salary information expanding By: GARY BRODEUR, STAFF WRITER
    A state website that offers a look at public employees’ salary and retirement information is being expanded, a spokesman for Controller John Chiang said. The website — publicpay.ca.gov — was launched two months after the August 2010 disclosure that former Bell city manager Robert Rizzo and other staff members were grant
    Thu Apr 17, 2014
  • BCC promotes tech education to create jobs By: MIKE LAMB, STAFF WRITER
    BARSTOW • Barstow Community College has a plan, according to Vice President of Administrative Services George Walters, to get the institution in compliance with the California 50 percent law. At the same time, the process of evaluating its budget priorities appears to have reinforced its mission. “I believe our new hires need
    Thu Apr 17, 2014
  • Barstow police officers to sport body cameras in coming weeks By: JOSE QUINTERO, STAFF WRITER
    BARSTOW • Barstow Police Department patrol officers will soon sport body-worn cameras, becoming the third agency in San Bernardino County to do so. On Thursday, police officers began training, outfitted with the body cameras to prepare for the implementation of the cameras in the coming weeks. The only other agencies in the county t
    Thu Apr 17, 2014
  • Boy, 14, arrested in connection with Tuesday fire By: JOSE QUINTERO, STAFF WRITER
    BARSTOW • Barstow police arrested a 14-year-old boy whom they believe was involved in starting a vegetation fire Tuesday. The Barstow Fire protection District received a report of the fire in a desert area, near the Barstow Suncrest Apartments complex, at 5:44 p.m., police said. Firefighters arrived and determined the fire was suspi
    Thu Apr 17, 2014
  • Plea bargain reached in Robertiroz robbery case By: JOSE QUINTERO, STAFF WRITER
    VICTORVILLE • After nearly four months of suspended criminal proceedings, only one suspect remains to be tried in the 2013 Robertiroz Mexican Restaurant robbery case. The second of the three suspects arrested last year in connection with the robbery — 22-year-old Anthony Torres — took a plea deal Wednesday, pleading no c
    Thu Apr 17, 2014
  • Heads-up California!
    Agenda 21 is coming to your neighborhood, soon. Calwatchdogs’ James Paulo’s editorial concerning California Sprawl is the beginning of the clamor to concentrate the people of this state into high rise small apartments in large cities, stacked like rats in cages. Smart growth is the clever cover-up name given to this evil plan
    Thu Apr 17, 2014
  • Protesters send a message on tax day By: MIKE LAMB, STAFF WRITER
    BARSTOW • “I’m scared.” That’s why retired Barstow resident Gil Burke was sitting on the corner of Barstow Road and Virginia way in front of the Barstow Fire District fire station on Tuesday — the final day to file taxes without facing a penalty. Burke joined about 18 others in 88-degree weather holding
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • City’s finances ‘relatively strong’ By: MIKE LAMB, STAFF WRITER
    BARSTOW • Despite an aggressive street and infrastructure improvement program, City Manager Curt Mitchell says Barstow is in a “relatively strong financial position, and we plan on maintaining that status into the future.” Mitchell spoke during last week’s City Council meeting and gave the council an update on the
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • Ex-Bell leader gets 12 years in prison By: STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
    LOS ANGELES • The former city manager of Bell was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison and ordered to make restitution of $8.8 million in a corruption scheme that nearly bankrupted the small, blue-collar city. Robert Rizzo, who was Hesperia’s first city manager more than 20 years ago, apologized during sentencing in Los A
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • Boys & Girls of Barstow: Providing a safe place to go after school By: KAY LOVATO, DESERT DISPATCH
    The Boys & Girls Club of Barstow will be celebrating 15 years of serving the community’s youth in October. The group’s mission is “inspiring and enabling all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.”
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • Apartment fire in Needles displaces family By: STAFF REPORTS
    NEEDLES • A family of three, one adult and two children, was displaced after a fire broke out in the 1900 block of Clary Drive in Needles on Monday. According to San Bernardino County Fire Department spokesman Dean Dickover, firefighters responded to a second-story unit fire in the kitchen and heavy smoke throughout the apartment. T
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • Born in the U.S.A.? Much desired but much questionable about it By: Richard Reeb
    Surely most Americans can appreciate how fortunate they are that they were born in this country. It is sobering to contemplate the misfortune of being born in either a third-world country or a despotism. Whatever limitations we experience in a free republic are as nothing compared to the grinding poverty, gross inequality and lack of personal li
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • Military servicemen, woman honored at quarterly awards By: JOSE QUINTERO, STAFF WRITER
    LENWOOD • Military personnel stationed at Fort Irwin and the Marine Corps Logistics Base were honored on Tuesday morning at the Quarterly Military Awards Breakfast held at the Hampton Inn. Cpl. Lindsay High, Pfc. Daniel Burgess, TSgt. Adam Gagne, Sgt. Julio Acevedo and LCpl. Samuel Ranney received recognition at the event held by th
    Tue Apr 15, 2014
  • College board to get update on 50 percent law By: MIKE LAMB, STAFF WRITER
    BARSTOW • Barstow Community College Vice President of Administrative Services George Walters will update the Board of Trustees Wednesday on BCC’s progress to meet California’s 50 percent law. The law requires all community college districts to spend at least half of their education budget on salaries for classroom instru
    Tue Apr 15, 2014
  • World’s tallest thermometer to make comeback By: MIKE LAMB, STAFF WRITER
    BAKER • Prepare for the “Great Turn On” No. 2. The world’s largest thermometer will once again shine upon travelers on Interstate 15. That’s the mission of the late Willis Herron’s family. Herron was responsible for the construction of the thermometer 22 years ago. His family hopes to turn it ba
    Tue Apr 15, 2014
  • Huge Big Boy steam locomotive to roll through High Desert cities By: DAN ELLIOTT, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. — In its prime, a massive steam locomotive known as Big Boy No. 4014 was a moving eruption of smoke and vapor, a 6,300-horsepower brute dragging heavy freight trains over the mountains of Wyoming and Utah. It’s been silent for half a century, pushed aside by more efficient diesels, but now it’s coming bac
    Tue Apr 15, 2014
  • College wellness center halfway finished; ballfields upgraded By: MIKE LAMB, STAFF WRITER
    Athletics and fitness are getting a boost at Barstow Community College. George Walters, vice president of administration services, reports that improvements to the baseball and softball fields are done and construction of the two-story wellness center is 50 percent completed. The college is hoping the $10 million Wellness Center
    Tue Apr 15, 2014
  • Meet and greet to showcase Fort Irwin project By: STAFF REPORTS
    Cyber Professional Solutions Corp. announced a meet and greet on Thursday for Barstow-area contractors to showcase the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fort Irwin explosives receiving building project. A project overview and opportunity to meet the management team for the $2 million project will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Rosita&r
    Tue Apr 15, 2014
  • Creature designer survives cut By: MIKE LAMB, STAFF WRITER
    Melissa Doss, who lives at Fort Irwin National Training Center, dodged elimination during the April 8 episode of “Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge.” The Victorville native will compete again during Tuesday’s episode, which airs at 7 p.m. on the Syfy channel. Contestants on the show design creatures using uncon
    Tue Apr 15, 2014
  • Good food any day of the week at Los Domingos By: JOSE QUINTERO, STAFF WRITER
    I’ve been to Los Domingos quite a bit. The old Hesperia location, that is. In my younger and single days I would spend a Friday or Saturday night at Los Domingos to watch my brother-in-law’s Spanish rock band perform there. I never ate there, but I frequented the bar area. From what I remember they used to have some pretty go
    Mon Apr 14, 2014
  • 3rd Cavalry Regiment trains at Fort Irwin By: JOSE QUINTERO, STAFF WRITER
    FORT IRWIN • In preparation for a summer deployment to Afghanistan, the 3rd Cavalry Regiment recently wrapped up training at Fort Irwin, military officials said. The “Brave Rifles” are scheduled to head overseas to train, advise and assist the leadership of the Afghan National Security Forces, according to a report by th
    Mon Apr 14, 2014