School board member Robert Kirk has survived recall attempt No. 2. In fact, this one, which was started by fellow board member Chris Bentley, fizzled flat. The first recall attempt, which was spearheaded by former school board member Lori Nielsen in 2008, was a reported 1,500 signatures short of the 7,687 required to get the item on the ballot. Recall 2.0 didn't get that far. No petitions were turned in, according to Mary Lou Mongar of the County Registrar of Voters office.


The issue didn't garner much financial backing this time, either. The only money raised was $500, which was donated by Bruce Minton, another former board member.


Kirk has thanked the citizens of Hesperia for their support. While support certainly may be a part of what occurred, it's very apparent that apathy also played a role. Certainly there are people with strong feelings for or against Kirk as a school board member, but it seems most voters are more concerned with other things right now, like making a living or watching the NFL or post-season MLB play.


The school board has a lot on its plate. Now all five can concentrate solely on the business at hand.


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GOLF COURSE The City of Hesperia is hoping to hit at least par with its pending acquisition, the Hesperia Golf and Country Club.


With the recent news that Town of Apple Valley leaders may be having second thoughts about purchasing their community's floundering club, Hesperia's move surprised many. But Hesperia learns from mistakes its own and our neighbors. Certainly our city's leaders were watching Apple Valley to see what they did right and what they did wrong.


Hesperia has a plan for the Hesperia facility, and the grounds themselves may be secondary to what's underneath the water. Procuring the club may turn out to be a very shrewd move for the city.


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BARB STANTON Talk show host Barb Stanton discussed about her career's rebirth at last Tuesday's meeting of the Rotary Club of Hesperia Community.


After Stanton was let go by Clear Channel's 960 AM station several years ago, she bought some broadcast-quality equipment and set up shop in a spare bedroom. For the past few years, she has broadcast a web streaming radio show every weekday afternoon. In addition, KCAA Radio AM 1050 airs the show's last hour, and she appears on KTIE AM 590 every Saturday afternoon. She also hosts the "What's On Your Mind" TV show on Channel 34 from 8 to 10 p.m.


Clear Channel fired Stanton after she made comments regarding Desert Community Bank's sale to East West Bank. But time has proven Stanton correct on many points: East West Bank hasn't been as involved in the community as DCB was before its sale, former DCB head Ron Wilson left town, and former county supervisor and assessor Bill Postmus fell from grace.


Stanton got her start when the Old Fire broke out in late 2003. The station director invited Stanton, who was working part-time at the office, to go on air and talk to callers. Immediately she was a hit, providing comfort to those worried about the rapidly approaching fire, which burned a huge area in the Cajon Pass and threatened Hesperia itself.


Stanton is living proof that resilience has its rewards. She's still standing and sharing her views to loyal listeners.