Starting today, the Hesperia Star is rolling out a series of new features to bring more local content to our readers.


"We're going to pack more content into the same amount of pages," Supervising Editor Brooke Edwards said. "We're adding a Q&A feature, which will allow readers to hear from community members in their own voices."


The Star will also be including some Hesperia sports coverage (page A6) and more local voices through "Talkback" (page A4) reader comments posted on www.HesperiaStar.com. And we will be adding a weekly feature "Star Talk," (page B1) where residents sound off on the topic of the day.


Star staffers Beau Yarbrough and Sharon Kulakowski-Strickland will cover news and features as they have in the past.


"We will keep many of the features that Star readers count on," Edwards said. "We'll be adding a news digest so readers can get an overview of local news and important regional news."


Story ideas and news tips may be emailed to Editor@HesperiaStar.com or by phone to (760) 955-5358.


Another occasional feature will be stories highlighting local civic groups and the good work they do for the community.


News Coordinator Martial Haprov will handle layout, graphics and page design responsibilities. The Star will begin to use bold type to highlight local names. We will also will roll out a weekly crime map to give a graphical overview of criminal activity.


"Being that I've lived in the desert for more than 20 years, I constantly find myself wanting to know more about Hesperia," Haprov said. "I want to look for opportunities to present photo essays more often, possibly reader submitted, including artwork from Hesperia residents from painters, sculptors, amateur photographers."


For upcoming community events and fundraisers, we have partnered with Zvents a one-stop shop to publish local events. To publish your event, go to www.Zvents.com. We will then draw from local events listed online.


Advertising Representative Sue Claxton will round out the Hesperia Star team, serving customers throughout Hesperia. She can be reached at (760) 951-6211.


Our Opinions page (page A4) will occasionally feature nationally known author and conservative talk show host Dennis Prager, whose reasoned and thoughtful commentaries have won national acclaim. Liberal columnist Gene Lyons will offer an alternative perspective.


We hope you enjoy the Hesperia Star and welcome your ideas, suggestions and feedback.