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  1. Rental rates on the rise in the High Desert Updated atRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Jan 10 | Hesperia Star

    As apartment rental costs continue to rise across many portions of California, rates in the High Desert have remained relatively low - until now. The local market is experiencing substantial increases in rental costs for apartments and single-family homes due to low vacancy rates, according to Ron Barbieri of Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate Solutions of Victorville.


  2. Digital workout: QR fitness trails offer residents innovative way to exercise Updated atRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Dec 21 | Hesperia Star

    Since the implementation of QR fitness trails at Civic Plaza Park back in June, the workout stations - which melds technology and fitness together - have displayed user rates that are among the highest in the state. The QR fitness trail is a system where visitors use the camera on their smartphone to scan a barcode on designated signs that reveals workout demonstration videos.


  3. Role 'models': Students strut with former stars of 'America's Next Top Model'Read the original story w/Photo

    Dec 13, 2016 | Hesperia Star

    The classroom became the runway at Maple Elementary on Tuesday, as students strutted and posed alongside former stars of "America's Next Top Model." The models, season 19 runner-up Kiara Belen and season 22 semifinalist Lacey Rogers, were at the Hesperia school site representing The BESTalent Group to speak to students about what it takes to succeed in a career like theirs.


  4. Hesperia Councilman Russ Blewett speaks against ADA lawsuitRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 22, 2016 | Hesperia Star

    Councilman Russ Blewett blasted the attorney handling the lawsuit against Casa Delicias restaurant and called for the community to come to the support of the eatery. Blewett told his fellow councilmen during the Nov. 1 meeting that the plaintiff, Daniel Lopez, needs to "man-up" and that the American Disabilities Act-based lawsuit is motivated by "money."


  5. Time expiring on catfish seasonRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 15, 2016 | Hesperia Star

    While time is running out on catfish season at Hesperia Lake, a few local fishermen were able to reel in a some big catches recently. Two 10-pound catfish were caught throughout the first week of November, one from an Apple Valley resident and the other from a 13-year-old boy.


  6. In mailed attack ads, supervisor candidates pick each other apartRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 27, 2016 | Hesperia Star

    In mailers recently sent to voters, 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood criticizes Angela Valles' performance as finance director of the fiscally struggling Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority and claims she pushed Victorville toward bankruptcy while a councilwoman. In her own ad, Valles blasts Lovingood's handling of the Lamberto prostitution scandal and his hiring of a part-time consultant making $122,000 per year.


  7. A flair for the hair: Hair Emporium offers large variety of hair...Read the original story

    Sep 27, 2016 | Hesperia Star

    Hair's the thing. When it comes to wigs and other supplies designed to keep your mane looking beautiful, no store in the area carries a wider selection than Hair Emporium in Victorville, according to its owner Omar Lago.


  8. Striking gold: Local shop offers large variety of mining supplies, rocks, crystalsRead the original story

    Sep 20, 2016 | Hesperia Star

    That clearly seems to be the case in the hills of the High Desert, judging by the amount of mining that still goes on in the area. Avid prospectors can find all the supplies they need at Mining Supplies and Rock Shop, 9565 C Ave., Suite K, in Hesperia.


  9. Restoring Waltersa General StoreRead the original story

    Sep 8, 2016 | Hesperia Star

    It seems to be a rare occurrence when a rundown historical building is restored to its former glory. But that's exactly what happened to Walters' General Store, the oldest existing business building in the City of Hesperia.


  10. Community offers a helping hand to evacuees, first respondersRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 24, 2016 | Hesperia Star

    As firefighters continue to battle the Bluecut Fire and evacuees wait to return home, many individuals and groups have decided to reach out them. Officials at The 99 Cents Only Store said its Main Street store near I Avenue in Hesperia will hand out water, baby wipes, snacks and other items to anyone affected by the fire.


  11. High Desert Book Festival lands Anne PerryRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 24, 2016 | Hesperia Star

    Variety will truly be the thing that spices up the first-ever High Desert Book Festival, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 1. The event, presented by Victor Valley Arts and Education Center, will be part of the City of Victorville's 15th annual Fall Festival, held at 14343 Civic Drive, Victorville. According to Davida James, executive director for Victor Valley Arts, the Book Festival will feature free lectures by a variety of best-selling authors from just about every genre one might imagine.


  12. City officials, residents attend Giuseppe's ribbon cutting ceremonyRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 18, 2016 | Hesperia Star

    When High Desert resident/restaurant owner Sarafina Pizzo migrated to the U.S. from Palermo, Italy in 1967, she brought along her culinary talents for making some of the finest Italian food one will ever taste. Her passion for cooking led her to opening her first eatery in Chino Hills in 1970, which she said to proved to be a highly successful venture.


  13. Flower shop replanted: Allens Flowers and Plants moving after nearly 30 years at same locationRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 3, 2016 | Hesperia Star

    A well-known flower shop located on very busy street corner in the High Desert for over three decades is pulling up its roots and moving to a new location. Owner Jennifer Smith told the Daily Press that Allens Flowers and Plants, located on Main Street and E Avenue in Hesperia, is moving west and "just over the railroad overpass."


  14. Farewell: From freshman to finding friends and familyRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 27, 2016 | Hesperia Star

    Less than a year later, I transitioned to the newsroom, writing obituaries, running simple office operations and offering the occasional input on news stories. As time went on, I was given the enormous opportunity to be the editor of six weekly publications and I've been trusted with my knowledge of our local history and my experience in reporting and editing local news stories.


  15. 'Pokemon' to go: Put these local and historic areas on your listRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 20, 2016 | Hesperia Star

    As local players of all ages are enjoying the new app and bonding over their love for the small cartoon characters, others try to seek out the best spots to capture new Pokemon and collect items. Several Facebook groups specific to "Pokemon Go" players in the High Desert have cropped up, the largest of which topped 1,000 members in less than 72 hours, group creator Dillon Bradley said.


  16. Oak Hills hazing civil trial could happen in fallRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 12, 2016 | Hesperia Star

    This revelation was contained in a deposition that is part of a lawsuit filed nearly two years ago that alleged ritual hazing and sexual beatings in the Oak Hills High School football program. "My brother would tell me to be careful about some things," John BE Doe told attorney Skye L. Daley on July 28, 2015, from inside the Hawthorn Suites hotel in Victorville.


  17. ABC123 plants seeds of hope in students Updated atRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 8, 2016 | Hesperia Star

    One local educator believes creating tomorrow's leaders begins with laying a strong academic and moral foundation at an early age. President Breada Leach of ABC123 Christian Academy told the Daily Press that her staff is dedicated to instructing students, ages 2 to 5, in several developmental areas including reading, writing, mathematics and their relationship with God.


  18. Crime comparisons across San Bernardino County imperfectRead the original story w/Photo

    May 17, 2016 | Hesperia Star

    Despite crime rates being lower this year across San Bernardino County, several cities in the High Desert reported higher rates of violent crimes, burglary and larceny than other cities in the county, according to a Sheriff's Department report. A Daily Press analysis of 2014 and 2015 crime statistics, obtained from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department 2015 Crime Report, show that certain High Desert cities reported higher rates of Part I crimes than other cities in the county, despite similarities in population size.


  19. The effects of taking multiple prescription drugsRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 23, 2016 | Hesperia Star

    Saying “no” to taking too many drugs is something many seniors must learn to do or perhaps face serious health consequences, experts say. According to Health Research Funding, research shows adverse side effects from taking multiple drugs are responsible for 700,000 emergency room visits per year.


  20. Kingston presents newborn book programRead the original story

    Feb 23, 2016 | Hesperia Star

    Kingston Elementary School this weekend launched New Books for Newborns program, taking place at Barnes and Noble in Victorville through Thursday. Sixth-grade teacher Mike Apodaca said the idea, originating in the school's Gifted/Enrichment Program, was to collect new baby books, put them in gift bags and deliver them to local labor and delivery departments in local hospitals.


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