On Tuesday, Nov. 4 Hesperia voters will go to the polls. With a contentious presidential race fueling drama, it wouldn't be surprising if we see record voting numbers here.

Local voters certainly have some important decisions to make. To help, Hesperia Star reporter Beau Yarbrough has written a page A1 news article that outlines the candidates and issues.

A prognosticator could wrack his brain forever and never come up with an accurate prediction of who will win seats in the Hesperia City Council and Hesperia Unified School District school board races. We'll see after the polls close on Nov. 4. The Hesperia Star will be posting stories and photos on hesperiastar.com after polls close, so make sure to log onto our Web site Tuesday evening.

I'm going to try using Twitter on election night. If you're interested, you can follow my updates at http://twitter.com/peterdtwit.

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Recently Karen Rittman of Canyon Ridge High School drop by our office with something large and colorful in her hands. (No, it wasn't a peacock.) It turns out her school's students read my column that discussed my painful kidney stone episode. The students created beautiful, handmade get-well cards, which is what Ms. Rittman was delivering.

The entire Star staff was blown away by the gesture. I put the card collection in my car and showed them to members of my family.
Thank you, Ravens, for your thoughtfulness.

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Speaking of schools, with the end of the long election season finally comes more opportunities and space for us to cover school-related activities. If your school has something newsworthy coming up -- especially after Nov. 4 -- give us a call at 956-STAR.

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LATE BREAKING NEWS: According the recent Hesperia Education Association's 460 form, which lists contributions received and expenditures made the association paid $12,000 to the Sacramento-based Citizens for California Reform.

In a recent "View From Main Street" column, I discussed a "mystery mailer" whose mailing address was the same as this organization's. The mailer caught the attention of the Hesperia Star news staff because the centerpiece of the political piece used text from an apparent news article with "Hesperia Star" emblazoned across. A closer study of the text revealed that the first part of the item was indeed from a Star article, but the latter part was taken from another source, paveroadsfirst.com, a Web site maintained by City Council candidate Paul Bosacki.

Mystery solved? We'll continue to look into the matter further.