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
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
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
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
BARSTOW • The Bureau of Land Management and the California Historic Route 66 Association are teaming in an effort to have California’s portion of Route 66 designated as a scenic byway.
Public scoping meetings about the Route 66 Corridor Management Plan have taken place throughout the week, with the final meetingsc
FORT IRWIN • Soldiers at Fort Irwin got a visit from the nation’s highest-ranking enlisted soldier, as Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III stopped by during a recent tour of Southern California.
Chandler, the Army’s top non-commissioned officer, visited Fort Irwin with his wife on Feb. 19 and 20.&n
Last week was such a busy news week for my colleague, Geoff Fisk, and myself, that we didn’t have time to hit the town and spotlight a business.
So when I was assigned to cover the Silver Valley High School basketball playoff game on Saturday, I thought I would stop by the “world-famous” Peggy Sue’s Diner in Yermo
BARSTOW • Three children are set to be reunited with their father after being abducted by their mother and her boyfriend in Miami last week and being found in Barstow on Thursday.
At approximately 2:31 p.m., Barstow authorities received a tip that a vehicle being driven by Carrie Weingarth and her boyfriend Christian Coello was head
BARSTOW • After numerous delays, construction on the south side of East Rimrock Road is scheduled to be finished Thursday and traffic moved to the south side of the street so repairs can begin on the north side.
Consulting city engineer Brad Merrell said at Tuesday’s City Council meeting that a few items remained
BARSTOW • One of the qualities of being a leader is making those around you perform at their best.
Barstow boys basketball coach Prestonn Biggs says Cody Boston has taken on that role and made his teammates “that much better,” including his twin brother Joseph Boston.
When Biggs took over the as the Aztecs’
First off, my colleague Geoff Fisk and I would like to thank the community of Barstow for the positive feedback since we began the “In the Spotlight” feature.
This week, we’d like to step away from featuring local businesses and shine the spotlight on a person from the Barstow area.
When I found out about Jacque
BARSTOW • Eight-year-old Xena Janelle Begay is finally on the heart transplant list, as a group of local businesses and individuals have worked together to install the necessary fixtures at Xena’s home.
Xena’s mother, Veronica Renteria, received a letter from Loma Linda University Medical Center last week in
BARSTOW • Volunteers from the American Soldier Network paid a visit to the Veterans Home of California-Barstow on Monday, and they showed up with hundreds of bags of free stuff for the veterans there.
ASN founder Annie Nelson and her team of volunteers came to the Veterans Home for the program’s annual Hearts for
BARSTOW • As someone who enjoys a nice trip to the bowling alley, I’ve been looking forward to checking out Revolutions Barstow Bowl and Route 66 Bar & Grill.
Fellow Desert Dispatch reporter Jose Quintero and I took the short trip down Main Street to Revolutions last Friday, and got a tour of the place courtes
BARSTOW • After casting local talent for a film project designed to market and promote the city, the Barstow Film Office remains optimistic it will successfully attract more filmmakers.
Barstow city spokesman and Barstow Film Office Consultant Anthony Riley said now that filming has wrapped on the city’s promo project, the nex
BARSTOW • Girl Scout cookies will be readily available in the Barstow area this weekend as local troops celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend Feb. 7-9.
The Barstow area is home to seven different Girl Scout troops, and all seven troops will be selling cookies throughout the weekend at various locations around the city and bey
BARSTOW • The Barstow Fire Protection District will create six new positions thanks to a FEMA grant approved at Monday night’s joint special City Council/BFPD meeting.
FEMA awarded the BFPD $1,392,882 under the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program. The City Council unanimously approved
BARSTOW • Former Army Colonel Michael J. Moore says he enjoys a high quality of life at the Veterans Home of California-Barstow.
“Outside of being young, it’s the best thing that ever happened to me,” Moore said. “I would put youth ahead of this place. But once you’ve passed that point there’
BARSTOW • It’s been about two months since I began working here in Barstow at the Desert Dispatch, and one thing is clear — I’m not going to go hungry working in this city.
My co-worker Jose Quintero and I try to get around to all of the dining options in town during the week, and the quality of food a
BARSTOW • The non-profit organization Babies So Special is holding a fundraiser Feb. 22, dedicated to families that have disabled children.
The Babies So Special 5-Mile Walk-A-Thon starts at noon at Barstow High School, and prizes will be awarded to the children who raise the most donations.
Barstow resident Cathy Williams,
BARSTOW • Locals and tourists will soon be able to get their hands on paninis and signature sandwiches in Lenwood, as Panera Bread is coming to town.
A proposal to build a Panera Bread location at 2570 High Point Parkway was approved unanimously at Monday night’s Planning Commission meeting.
BARSTOW • Two men are peddling bicycles across the country, making stops in the 25 “fattest” cities in America to raise awareness for at-risk youth and youth obesity.
When Jerry Smith auditioned for a spot on the television show The Biggest Loser, he was told by producers he “didn’t have it.”
BARSTOW • Authorities apprehended a man and a woman Monday evening following a high-speed pursuit along Highway 58, which began well northwest of Barstow.
The reason for the chase remained murky late Monday, although a police dispatcher said that Bay Area authorities may have sought one of the persons for suspicion of a violent crim
My colleague Geoff Fisk and I were discussing interesting ways to bring more local content to the Desert Dispatch. After several ideas didn’t make the cut, we thought a weekly column featuring a local business or resident would probably garner more interest from our readers.
Geoff and I sat down and brainstormed a few ideas —
BARSTOW • Chili’s Grill & Bar will hold a fundraiser Feb. 4 at 38 different Southern California locations to raise money for an 8-year-old Barstow girl who needs a heart transplant.
The family of Xena Janelle Begay, 8, needs to install a central air conditioning system at Xena’s home. Xena is currently off of the hea