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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Night closures planned for I-15 By: STAFF REPORTS
    HESPERIA • Work on the Ranchero Road Interchange project will force nighttime closures this week on Interstate 15 between Oak Hill Road and Highway 395, according to a San Bernardino Associated Governments news release. A full closure of the southbound I-15 begins Monday at 11 p.m. and continues through 5 a.m. the next morning. A no
    Mon Apr 14, 2014
  • Victorville woman was locked up as a teen in kickback scheme By: SHEA JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER
    VICTORVILLE • In 2011, two Pennsylvania judges were sentenced to federal prison after their half-decade ruse sent a disproportionate amount of juveniles to for-profit facilities — often for minor infractions — in exchange for millions of dollars in kickbacks from the private operators. A documentary released this year ti
    Sat Apr 12, 2014
  • BCC’s Black-Smith mulls move to four-year school By: MATTHEW PETERS, STAFF WRITER
    The learning curve for Ebony Black-Smith appeared to be a very short one. The former Silverado girls basketball star made the jump to junior college ball as a freshman with Barstow Community College this season. She opened the season scoring 26 points and finished the year with the 13th-best scoring average in California. And for
    Sat Apr 12, 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
    Fri Apr 11, 2014
  • Lenwood carjacking suspect nabbed in AV By: JOSE QUINTERO, STAFF WRITER
    APPLE VALLEY • Authorities this week arrested a carjacking suspect after he abandoned the vehicle and left his wallet inside. Barstow police believe Dino Vindiola is the man who approached a 32-year-old Victorville man as he pumped gas at Travel Centers of America on Lenwood Road on March 24. Police said the victim’s 2
    Fri Apr 11, 2014
  • Barstow Station Cinema converts to digital By: JOSE QUINTERO, STAFF WRITER
    BARSTOW • The Barstow Station Cinema is nearing completion of renovations that should keep more local moviegoers in the area. Local resident Barbara Stanley is glad to not have to make a trip to the Victor Valley just to enjoy a new movie. “I appreciate what they are doing with such limited resources and will start bri
    Fri Apr 11, 2014
  • Woman killed in vehicle rollover on I-15 By: STAFF REPORTS
    LENWOOD • A woman traveling south on Interstate 15 was pronounced dead at the scene of a single vehicle accident early Friday morning, coroner officials said. Barstow-area California Highway Patrol officers responded to the crash just south of Outlet Center Drive at 12:25 a.m., according to a release from the San Bernardino County S
    Fri Apr 11, 2014
  • Woman killed in vehicle rollover on I-15 By: FROM STAFF REPORTS
    LENWOOD • A woman traveling southbound on Interstate 15 was pronounced dead at the scene of a single vehicle collision early Friday morning, coroner officials said. Barstow-area California Highway Patrol officers responded to the collision just south of Outlet Center Drive at approximately 12:25 a.m., according to a release from the
    Fri Apr 11, 2014
  • Prosecutors drop murder charges against Bunty By: JOSE QUINTERO, STAFF WRITER
    VICTORVILLE • Prosecutors have dismissed charges against an Idaho man stemming from a 1995 double murder in Barstow. Charges were dismissed against Christian Bunty in a Victorville courtroom Thursday without prejudice, meaning criminal charges could be re-filed sometime in the future, San Bernardino County deputy district attorney S
    Thu Apr 10, 2014
  • Economic study projects slow, steady growth regionally By: SHEA JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER
    Amid consistently strong population growth, the local region in coming years is projected to continue its slow and steady economic recovery but will need to address lacking educational achievement among its residents, according to a report released Thursday. Commissioned by the County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board, the Eco
    Thu Apr 10, 2014
  • City to negotiate with firm on water cleanup project By: MIKE LAMB, STAFF WRITER
    BARSTOW • The City Council on Monday authorized staff to negotiate a design-build contract with Kana Engineering Group for the Soapmine Road groundwater remediation project. Assistant City Manager Oliver Chi reported to council members that staff has been working to develop the framework needed to comply with the California Regional
    Thu Apr 10, 2014
  • Assembly candidate to host meet-and-greet Saturday By: MIKE LAMB, STAFF WRITER
    Art Bishop, candidate for the 33rd Assembly District seat being vacated by Tim Donnelly, will host a meet-and-greet at the Idle Spurs Restaurant at noon Saturday. “The Idle Spurs Restaurant reflects so much of the history of Barstow that it seemed a natural setting to meet the citizens of Barstow,” Bishop said in his press re
    Thu Apr 10, 2014
  • Barstow man to face felony drug charge By: JOSE QUINTERO, STAFF WRITER
    A Barstow man who police believe was selling methamphetamine from a local motel will face a felony drug charge, court records show. David Burch, a convicted felon, pleaded not guilty to possession of a controlled substance for sale in a Victorville courtroom Thursday, according to court records. Burch was convicted of possession of a con
    Thu Apr 10, 2014