BARSTOW • As the Barstow Unified School District prepares to open its Barstow STEM Academy, Principal Mark Hassell said he feels it’s an exciting time to work for the district.
Hassell said he is honored to be the academy’s inaugural principal. He said he’s also excited because the district is progressing into the
BARSTOW • A long overdue Rimrock Road project was officially declared finished by city of Barstow officials on Friday.
“City staff is glad it’s over,” consulting city engineer Brad Merrell said. “We are thankful to the city residents for being patient and cooperative. We can now concentrate on other city-wide
Walking in to Brunner’s Tiny Time Shop is like walking into a time machine.
Well, sort of.
Time does keep ticking away inside this shop, and Robert Brunner is the timekeeper.
I walked into the downtown Main Street shop Thursday afternoon. Business was kind of slow, so I found Robert passing time with Leonard Schrein
VICTORVILLE • In a state of mostly Democrats, this region has historically been a rare pocket of majority Republicans. Data released this week by the San Bernardino County Elections Office — specific to local-level districts and cities — only reaffirms that the area’s votership continues to buck the statewide trend.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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