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  • Former Hesperia resident Eric Uglum carves out his niche in folk, bluegrass By: L.J. GAMBONE, HESPERIA STAR
    Just because Apple Valley resident Eric Uglum grew up in Huntington Beach, it doesn’t mean the young lad was wild about surfing and boogie boarding. Instead, Uglum chose to ride the wave of acoustic music, which he says he took to like a fish to water. Inspired by legendary bluegrass greats Tony Rice and the late George Shuffler, U
    Tue Apr 15, 2014
  • Theater hoping for killer debut with 'Macbeth' By: L.J. GAMBONE, HESPERIA STAR
    Considering the current array of graphic television shows, films and video games desensitizing the masses, most wouldn’t bat an eye these days watching the bloody storyline of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” unfold. However, that may not be the case with the newly formed Ghost Light Theater’s production of the Shake
    Tue Apr 15, 2014
  • Macbeth fun facts By: L.J. GAMBONE, HESPERIA STAR
    Although William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” is centuries old (written around 1604), the deeply disturbing play continues to be a fan favorite among theater buffs around the world. The first production was speculated to have been staged around 1611, when Simon Forman, an Elizabethan astrologer, recorded seeing it at Scotland’
    Tue Apr 15, 2014
  • 2nd Annual Hesperia PetWalk coming to Civic Plaza Park By: L.J. GAMBONE, HESPERIA STAR
    The Rotary Club of Hesperia hopes to breed lots of love and smiles among High Desert seniors with its upcoming 2nd Annual Hesperia PetWalk from 8 a.m. to noon on May 10 at Civic Plaza Park. According to Suzanne Edson, chairperson for the event, funds raised from the PetWalk will help to pay the adoption fees and sterilization costs for s
    Tue Apr 08, 2014
  • 'Jimmer,' furry friend 'Gizmo' to be grand marshals By: L.J. GAMBONE, HESPERIA STAR
    For a pet lover like KAT Country DJ Jim “Jimmer” Dillman, losing his beloved beagle Boscoe two years ago was one of the worst experiences he’s ever been through. Dillman says in the aftermath, he and his wife Judy decided they did not want to get another dog and have to endure the sadness of losing it one day. Little di
    Tue Apr 08, 2014
  • When pet owners are away, pet sitters come by to play By: L.J. GAMBONE, HESPERIA STAR
    Going out of town for any length of time can be very hard on pet owners and their beloved companions, who grow accustomed to the daily love and care they receive. Thankfully, people like High Desert residents Jennifer Houston and Marie Parrino offer in-home pet sitting services aimed at easing separation anxiety for both humans and their
    Tue Apr 08, 2014
  • Vallarta bringing more than groceries By: L.J. Gambone, Hesperia Star
    Ay Caramba! Vallarta Supermarket (Carniceria Vallarta) is coming to Hesperia with the aim of offering consumers an exciting and interactive shopping experience unlike any other. According to Tony Hernandez, director of marketing for the California-based chain, shoppers are likely to find a surprise down every aisle. “Our st
    Tue Apr 01, 2014
  • Seasonal fishing clinic coming next week By: Staff Reports
    Local children can learn how to fish at Hesperia Lake at a seasonal clinic next week. Hesperia Recreation and Park District will host its seasonal Kid’s Fishing Clinic from 9 a.m. to noon April 12. The event is designed for children ages 3 to 10. The cost is $5 per child and allows the child to catch two fish. Families aren
    Tue Apr 01, 2014
  • Stone Soup By: CHARLENE PETERS, HESPERIA STAR
    Hello, Hesperia! I’ve got a cute story and great recipe for you. Have you ever heard of Stone Soup? I have but it was many years ago and I forgot all about it ... until now. When I took Madyson to preschool last week, that’s what they were preparing. Stone Soup is a popular folk tale but a fun project for everyone. To
    Tue Apr 01, 2014
  • City officials: Help us fill time capsule By: L.J. Gambone, Hesperia Star
    Over its 25-year history, Hesperia has grown into a community that many are proud to call home, according to Rachel Molina, public information officer for the city. She says its residents have played a significant part in making it the warm and welcoming place it is today. To honor and recognize all that Hesperia has become, the city is
    Tue Mar 25, 2014
  • Chamber, auto dealer team up for scholarships By: Martial Haprov, Hesperia Star Editor
    A Victorville automotive dealership is partnering with the Hesperia Chamber Foundation to help Hesperia students go to college. Victorville Motors announced this month a series of free test-ride events at several locations in Hesperia as part of its “RAM it Forward” program. The dealer will donate up to $25 on behalf of each
    Tue Mar 25, 2014
  • Robotics team places second in state championships By: Staff Reports
    Ranchero Middle School’s Robotics team took second place at state championships recently in Santa Clara. The win secures them a spot in the middle school division of VEX Robotics World Championship in April held in Anaheim and the International Championship in July held in Hawaii. The seven-member team of two girls and four boys is
    Tue Mar 25, 2014
  • Hesperia Little League kicks off season with Opening Day Ceremony By: Amy Zillner, Hesperia Star
    Baseball season got a big start Saturday with 30 teams playing at the second annual Opening Day Ceremony at Hesperia Community Park. Leticia Altamirano spends a lot of time on the field with her three children in Hesperia Little League: Araceli, 12, Nadia, 8, and Benjamin, 7. The children play for the Major Sun Devils, Minors Blue Jays a
    Tue Mar 18, 2014
  • Postponed 'Relay' fundraiser set to kick off this week By: Staff Reports
    ‘Blooms for a Cure’ delayed, begins Wednesday The annual “Blooms for a Cure” fundraiser will start Wednesday after a recent storm delayed the availability of daffodils. Acacia’s Country Florist owner Jane Wolf and Linda Canfield, “Educators for a Cure” team captain for the American
    Tue Mar 18, 2014
  • Patchwork of warmth By: Amy Zillner, Hesperia Star
    A warm quilt touches children’s lives at the Child and Family Services in Victorville with items donated by the Desert Winds Quilt Guild. Peggy Withers, a member and charity co-chairperson of the guild, said children often come in to CFS with nothing and are insecure without their parents. “There’s something abo
    Tue Mar 11, 2014
  • Hesperia resident scores arcade game on CBS show By: Amy Zillner, Hesperia Star
    Loretta Lopez was a bit overwhelmed when host Wayne Brady called her to the “Let’s Make a Deal” stage. Brady called “the lady in white” up — but Lopez didn’t immediately realize he was referring to her. Lopez said she was wearing light gray and assumed the “lady in white” was a woman
    Tue Mar 11, 2014
  • Hesperia girl headed to compete in regional teen pageant By: Staff Reports
    Hesperia resident Jessica Frericks was recently selected to participate in the 2014 Miss Jr. Teen San Bernardino/Pasadena pageant competition set to take place on March 30. Frericks learned of her acceptance into this year’s competition when the pageant announced their selections following interviewing in the local San Bernardino/P
    Tue Mar 11, 2014
  • Medical group adds optometry as new specialty By: Staff Reports
    St. Mary High Desert Medical Group last week announced it was added optometry as a new specialty and welcomed Dr. Frank Inouye to the group, according to a news release. Inouye’s addition increases the number of physicians practicing with the medical group to more than 40, the release states. Inouye attended optometry schoo
    Tue Mar 11, 2014
  • Local teacher off to Quebec By: Amy Zillner, Hesperia Star
    French teacher Susan Kratofil will speak the language among resident speakers this summer in the province of Quebec in Canada. The Oak Hills High School teacher is the recipient of a grant from the Quebec Government Office in Los Angeles, which will be presented by the California Language Teachers Association on March 15 in San Diego.
    Tue Mar 04, 2014
  • Ca-Earth continues building 'super adobes' worldwide By: Amy Zillner, Hesperia Star
    The California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture “Cal-Earth” in Hesperia continues to teach people worldwide how to build sustainable “super adobe” buildings with earth, sandbags and barbed wire. “Cal-Earth is a nonprofit educational institute dedicated to teaching and empowering people, men women old
    Tue Mar 04, 2014
  • Spring just around the corner By: Richard Doornbos, Contributed Content
    Well, it’s been a lovely winter — for us in Southern California, but nasty cold elsewhere — and the vernal equinox (the first day of spring) occurs on March 20. Hurray! The winter constellations are still visible. Canis Minor (the little dog) is almost overhead early, with its bright star, Procyon. Cancer (the crab) and
    Tue Mar 04, 2014
  • 'Smitty': Hesperian of the Year By: Amy Zillner, Hesperia Star
    The Hesperia Chamber of Commerce honored several members of the community with various awards Tuesday at their annual luncheon at the Courtyard by Marriott. Mayor Thurston “Smitty” Smith received Hesperian of the Year, which he said was a surprise because he thought he was there to hand out awards. “It’s j
    Tue Feb 25, 2014
  • Cheer squad nabs state championships By: Dale Ford, Special to the Hesperia Star
    In the last 25 years, cheerleading has evolved into something far beyond wearing a skirt and shaking poms. Not to be outdone, Oak Hills High School’s cheer squads are keeping up with the evolution — and winning big honors in the process. Today’s cheerleaders still put on pep rallies and promote school spirit on
    Tue Feb 25, 2014
  • Fundraisers coming next month By: Staff Reports
    ‘Blooms for a Cure’ begins March 12 Acacia’s Country Florist owner Jane Wolf and Linda Canfield, “Educators for a Cure” team captain for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, have partnered to once again present “Blooms for a Cure.” This event will promote the sale of daffodi
    Tue Feb 25, 2014
  • Oven lovin’ By: Charlene Peters, Hesperia Star
    Hello, Hesperia! I hope you had a great Valentine’s Day. I had Madyson and Brock (my two grandkids who live in Hesperia) over and we made a heart shaped cake, frosted it and put sprinkles all over it. I loved watching their excitement of creating the cake. When their mom and dad came to get them it was more excitement. Then they took their
    Tue Feb 25, 2014