We’re lucky enough here at the Desert Dispatch that our office is within walking distance of Lola’s Kitchen. Located in the Vons shopping center in the 1200 block of East Main Street, the Mexican restaurant is one of my favorites for lunch.
My co-worker Jose Quintero is picky about Mexican food, having grown up dining on his
FORT IRWIN • The official theme for Women’s History Month is “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment.”
The National Training Center at Fort Irwin celebrated Women’s History Month on Wednesday with a standing-room-only ceremony at Sandy Basin Community Center.
BARSTOW • City leaders plan to meet with Gov. Jerry Brown’s office later this month regarding a proposed $1.5 billion aluminum production facility that the developer says could create at least 2,000 highly-skilled manufacturing jobs.
California’s top lawmaker and Barstow city officials already have engaged in talks about
BARSTOW • City officials will travel to Washington, D.C., next week to attend meetings, where the future of the proposed Barstow Casino will be discussed.
The Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians has requested a meeting with the U.S. Department of the Interior to talk about the status of the tribe’s app
BARSTOW • A man saved a sleeping woman from a burning home on Colonial Drive early Thursday morning, according to a news release from the Barstow Fire Protection District.
BFPD responded to the incident at 2:24 a.m., as a single-story home in the 600 block of Colonial Drive was on fire. The fire started in the kitchen o
BARSTOW • Authorities say a convicted felon lied on a concealed carry permit application and was arrested when he showed up to the police department to check on the status of the permit.
Barstow Police arrested Thomas Wills at approximately 3:04 p.m. on Tuesday at the police department when he arrived at to check on his application,
BARSTOW • The City Council’s unanimous approval late Monday night of an exclusive negotiating agreement with Scuderia Development ranks as the first step in a process that has historic implications for Barstow.
The city and Newport Beach-based Scuderia are now contractually bound to a set of obligations and tasks that
VICTORVILLE • A man will stand trial on allegations he held his ex-girlfriend inside a home for more than two hours last year, choking and threatening to kill her.
David Chavez pleaded not guilty to nine charges in a Victorville court house on Wednesday, court records show. Chavez, who originally pleaded not guilty last March, was a
BARSTOW • A No. 8 ranking in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 poll doesn’t mean much for the Barstow High School softball team.
At least not to coach Richard Johannsen.
Even though Desert Sky League rival Silverado is third, Johannsen feels confident his team will end the season atop the league.
American novelist Herman Melville is much better known for his lengthy classic “Moby Dick” than his posthumously published novella “Billy Budd,” but both involve exploits at sea and, more to the point, the suffering of great characters. The latter was composed as an opera by Benjamin Britten and is currently being perform
VICTORVILLE • The two remaining suspects in a 2012 Del Taco robbery accepted plea bargains on Monday in a Victorville court.
Joel Salcedo and Thomas Strong each pleaded guilty to robbery in exchange for charges of conspiracy to commit a crime being dismissed, court records show. The two are scheduled to be sentenced on May 16, court
NEWBERRY SPRINGS • The website for Lake Dolores has a countdown clock ticking on the main page. The countdown is at 84 days until May 26, when the abandoned water park will spring to life.
It’s not the grand reopening of the park, according to Chris Jackiewicz, head of Oasis Theme Park, the group managing Lake Dol
BARSTOW • The City Council on Monday night was expected to approve the framework of a development agreement that would bring a $1.5 billion aluminum production facility and as many as 2,000 high-skilled manufacturing jobs to the Barstow area.
The proposed Exclusive Negotiating Agreement with Newport Beach-based Scuderia Development
BARSTOW • The community continues to support Xena Begay, the 8-year-old Barstow girl who needs a heart transplant.
Xena and her mother, Veronica Renteria, visited Cameron Elementary School on Friday night. There the family received donations and other gifts from students as part of the Save the Children after-school program.
The Barstow Police Department advises residents to closely guard their personal information, particularly credit card account numbers, from individuals making telephone inquiries.
Two Barstow women reported to the Desert Dispatch that individuals had called them recently and tried to scam them out of money or fool them into giving out cr
BARSTOW • If the Barstow High baseball team is going to improve on last season’s 10-10 record, coach Kenny Phillips said they’ll have to find a way to win more close games.
In Phillips’ first season as coach last year, the Aztecs were 4-4 in games decided by two runs or fewer. Phillips feels that was the reason the
If your taste buds have never experienced a chocolate Coke, you need to take a trip to Peggy Sue’s Diner after reading this.
Just as I said I would in last week’s column, I took another trip to Yermo to try a chocolate Coke. I also had the pleasure of having lunch with Peggy Sue Gabler.
After he read my column, I rece
I am surprised and disappointed that there hasn’t been more letters to the press and a general sense of outrage and anger from the service organizations and general public against the callus and arrogant decision of the Social Security Administration to close the Barstow offices. The City Council and Representative Paul Cook have been very
WASHINGTON • Rep. Paul Cook, R-Apple Valley, announced his office will accept submissions for the annual 8th Congressional District Artistic Discovery Contest through April 3.
Open to all high school students in the 8th District, the Artistic Discovery Contest is part of a nationwide high school arts competition sponsor
BARSTOW • The county plans to impose a new limit on how much septic waste the Barstow Landfill can accept daily.
Starting Monday, the landfill will accept a maximum of 7,500 gallons of septic waste per day. That restriction is expected to remain in place for at least a year. The county-operated Barstow Landfill currentl
TRAFFIC ALERT: A SIG Alert has been issued for both the eastbound and westbound lanes of Interstate 40 due to a tractor-trailer that crashed in the center divider. The freeway will remain closed indefinitely as the truck is removed from the roadway.
LUDLOW • A gas spill forced authorities to shut down Interstate 40 in both directions Wednesday.
A semitrailer was traveling east on I-40 when for unknown reasons it left the roadway, landed in a ditch and overturned at approximately 11 p.m. Tuesday night, California Highway Patrol spokesman Don Spiker said.
BARSTOW • The Planning Commission voted unanimously Monday to allow stand-alone car washes in the city’s general commercial, highway commercial, light industrial and general industrial zoning districts.
The vote came about after a man applied to build a stand-alone car wash, which is not specifically addressed in
FORT IRWIN • Residents of Fort Irwin will have a chance to travel back in time to the “Rat Pack” era Saturday night.
The Viva Las Irwin Casino Night fundraiser will take place on the post from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Sandy Basin Community Center. The annual event, in its fourth year, is put on by the Mi