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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • "A Long Journey" ends happily for new Miss Barstow By: MIKE LAMB, STAFF WRITER
    BARSTOW • The fourth time was a charm for Candace Nicole Rose. As Nicole Gladys Gutierrez’ name was being announced as first princess, Rose covered her mouth with her hands. And as she rubbed both her tearful eyes, Rose was announced as Miss Barstow 2014 on Saturday night. Finally, in her fourth attempt, the Mi
    Sat Apr 12, 2014
  • Firefighter takes his toolbox of life with him on the jobni By: MIKE LAMB, STAFF WRITER
    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a series of stories profiling full-time firefighters recently hired or promoted at the Barstow Fire Protection District. BARSTOW • The decision to become a firefighter was an easy one for Matt Eddy. The 30-year-old is following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Ray Eddy, wh
    Fri Apr 11, 2014
  • Barstow tax preparer says clients like convenience By: MIKE LAMB, STAFF WRITER
    BARSTOW • With the tax filing deadline looming next week, a majority of Americans say completing a federal tax return is easy, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. The findings defy conventional wisdom in Washington, where politicians have made careers out of promising a simpler tax system. In another blow to advocates of t
    Thu Apr 10, 2014
  • Some local businesses upset with new sign ordinance By: MIKE LAMB, STAFF WRITER
    BARSTOW • The Barstow City Council’s decision Monday night to modify the city’s sign ordinance may force some sign handlers out of work, according to two businesses. “He will probably lose his job,” Little Ceasars store general manager Gina Louza said Tuesday, referring to sign-handler Viker Boord. Bo
    Wed Apr 09, 2014
  • Fort Irwin, UCLA Health Services partner to battle brain injuries By: JOSE QUINTERO, STAFF WRITER
    FORT IRWIN • Fort Irwin and the UCLA Health System have formed a partnership to help soldiers suffering from traumatic brain injuries. Fort Irwin’s commander of the United States Army medical Department Activity Colonel Cheryl Taylor-Whitehead and chief operating officer of UCLA Health System Shannon O’Kelly signed a Mem
    Tue Apr 08, 2014
  • Ft. Irwin resident ‘geeked out’ to compete on SyFy Channel show By: MIKE LAMB, STAFF WRITER
    Victorville native Melissa Doss grew up watching a lot of shows involving creatures made by Jim Henson. The most famous of them all, of course, being the “Muppets” and “Sesame Street.” Now a resident at the Fort Irwin National Training Center, Doss is living in Henson’s magical world. Doss, 24, was one of 10
    Tue Apr 08, 2014
  • Officials expected to review plant sites By: SHEA JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER
    BARSTOW • City officials and San Bernardino County's Economic Development Agency administrator are expected to travel to China later this month with Scuderia Development CEO Eric Shen to review sites similar to the $1.5 billion aluminum plant proposed south of a defunct golf course in Barstow. Scheduled for the week of April 21, the
    Tue Apr 08, 2014
    Believe it or not, my fiancee and I are proud owners of pet rabbit. People always seem to be either amazed or dumbfounded when I mention I have a Holland Lop rabbit named Rocky Balboa Quintero. I’ve heard countless jokes because I have a furry creature as a pet, I even heard suggestions like breeding them and selling them. The most
    Mon Apr 07, 2014
  • Thousands attend Barstow chili cook-off, festival By: Mike Lamb, Staff Writer
    BARSTOW • Like past years, the 10th annual New Mexico Chili Cook-off and Belen Festival brought families together. Just ask the Chavez family of Barstow. While Eloy Chavez did not enter the chili cook-off, his family was busy all day Saturday cooking and selling bowls of chili. And while some contestants in the cook-off were relucta
    Sun Apr 06, 2014
  • Man found guilty of 2010 motel rape, murder By: JOSE QUINTERO
    VICTORVILLE • After 13 days of trial, a jury found an undocumented immigrant guilty of kidnapping, raping and killing Melissa Curley in 2010. Cesar Omar Gonzalez Rascon faces a life sentence without the possibility of parole, after waiving time for sentencing, court records show. Rascon was found guilty of murder, kidnap to commit r
    Fri Apr 04, 2014
  • Pitzer’s mother: Bones found near well By: JOSE QUINTERO
    HINKLEY • Gloria Denton feels one step closer to finding the remains of her daughter April Beth Pitzer. Pitzer was declared dead in 2012 after disappearing from Newberry Springs in 2004. After searching several sites in the Hinkley area over the weekend, Denton says she believes she’s found human bones. Denton said she
    Tue Apr 01, 2014
  • IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Barstow High School Aztec Marching Band and Color Guard By: JOSE QUINTERO
    BARSTOW • It’s almost impossible to run out of great restaurants to try in the Barstow-area. There are still many eateries I haven’t been to that I certainly intend to visit soon. Although eating and writing about my experiences is rather fun, writing about people in the community is probably more interesting to me than
    Mon Mar 31, 2014
  • Excelsior expansion set for September opening By: JOSE QUINTERO
    BARSTOW • The expansion of the Excelsior Charter Schools Barstow campus is set to be completed in time for the 2014-2015 school year. The expansion of the Barstow campus will feature a 9,500 square feet of space, which will include six workshop rooms, offices, a conference room and a state-of-the-art computer lab, according to princ
    Fri Mar 28, 2014
  • Bicyclist killed on East Main Street By: JOSE QUINTERO
    BARSTOW • A vehicle struck and killed a 56-year-old bicyclist Monday night, authorities said. Authorities identified the man as Barstow resident Joseph “Joe” Sanchez. At approximately 9:15 p.m. Monday, Barstow police dispatch received several calls regarding a traffic collision in the area of East Main Street and
    Tue Mar 25, 2014
  • Barstow mom arrested for leaving child home alone By: Jose Quintero, Staff Writer
    BARSTOW • Barstow Police arrested a local woman over the weekend after she allegedly left her 5-year-old son home alone while she went to work. By the time Candies Conrad, 29, called the Police Department and falsely reported that her son was missing because he was “sleep-walking,” the boy was already in protective custo
    Mon Mar 24, 2014
    BARSTOW • When you hear the Purdy name in Barstow, you think of fresh quality meats and great tire and brakes service. But the Purdy name is pretty well known in Oahu, Hawaii, too. Born and raised in Barstow, Doyle Purdy joined the Navy and has since retired and settled down n the tropical paradise. His band, 11th Ho
    Mon Mar 24, 2014
  • Afghanistan veteran K9 is a Vietnam vet’s best friend By: JOSE QUINTERO
    FORT IRWIN • The bond between man and dog has always been special, but the bond between a local Vietnam veteran and an Afghanistan veteran dog goes way beyond the norm. Thomas Boggs and his wife, Angela, in the fall adopted Max, a 10-year-old Belgium Malinois who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder. Max used to serve
    Fri Mar 21, 2014
  • Spilled oranges cause lane closures on I-15 By: JOSE QUINTERO
    AFTON CANYON • California Highway Patrol officers responded to a zesty-smelling crash scene early Wednesday morning. All northbound lanes of Interstate 15 were blocked after an overturned big rig spilled oranges on the road. “The responding officers said it was the best-smelling traffic collision they’ve ever bee
    Wed Mar 19, 2014
  • Social Security office consolidation, limited services irks locals By: JOSE QUINTERO
    BARSTOW • The Barstow Social Security office is not set to close its doors until next week, but already it is offering just limited services to locals. The office will be closed and consolidated with the Victorville office effective March 29. “There are not any computers with information accessible to residents, just o
    Mon Mar 17, 2014
    Former Teen Miss Barstow 2012 Nicole Gutierrez is quite the busy young lady. The Barstow High School senior was recently elected as the co-chair of the Substance Abuse-Free Environment Coalition in Barstow, along with her principal, Derrick Delton. The SAFE Coalition is a group of parents, educators, health care professionals and
    Mon Mar 17, 2014
  • BPD: Suspect escapes from officer, considered armed and dangerous By: JOSE QUINTERO
    BARSTOW • A Barstow man who escaped authorities after being arrested on Thursday is on the loose and is considered to be possibly armed and dangerous, authorities said Friday. Police arrested Diante “Butchie” Yarber at approximately 11:55 a.m. for being a felon in possession of a firearm and a parole violation, according
    Fri Mar 14, 2014