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2008-08-05 15:00:32

By Abby Sewell, Desert Dispatch, Barstow, Calif. Aug. 5--BARSTOW -- The 2008 Olympic Games open in Beijing Friday, representing the death of one man's dream that the international trial of athletic prowess would be held in Barstow. Of course that man, Benny Finch, was a fictional character in the independent film "Barstow 2008." The movie, made in 2000, centered around Finch's quest to bring the Olympics to Barstow, despite the doubts of his family and fellow Barstonians. The movie...

2008-08-05 15:00:32

By Abby Sewell, Desert Dispatch, Barstow, Calif. Aug. 5--BARSTOW -- Monterrey Pictures Entertainment LLC announced Monday that it will produce "Barstow," a dark comedy-drama following the lives of three desperate men living in Barstow. The film was written by Philip Railsback, writer of Universal's upcoming drama, "Flash of Genius," who died in 2005, according to a posting on Monterrey Pictures' Web site. It will be directed by his brother, Steve Railsback, and starring Scott Wilson and...

2008-07-23 15:00:50

By Aaron Aupperlee, Desert Dispatch, Barstow, Calif. Jul. 23--BARSTOW -- The Barstow City Council unanimously approved a plan to bring a Wal-Mart Distribution Center to Barstow. The Council's vote, which approved the final environmental impact report and the West Barstow Specific Plan #4, came with little discussion Monday night by the individual Council members. However, more supporters of the planned distribution center went before the Council to urge its approval. Cliff Brock,...

2008-07-18 15:00:46

By Abby Sewell, Desert Dispatch, Barstow, Calif. Jul. 18--BARSTOW -- Metal thieves recently zeroed in on another source of cash, and Barstow car owners are paying the price. Barstow police said thieves have been targeting catalytic converters, a vehicle-emission-reducing device that is mandated by law. Over the last weekend, Barstow Police Department Detective Jeremy Bledsoe said police received at least 10 reports of stolen catalytic converters in Barstow. The thefts occurred at...

2008-07-17 15:00:49

By Abby Sewell, Desert Dispatch, Barstow, Calif. Jul. 17--BARSTOW -- Three men had to be rescued from their car after they attempted to drive through a flooded section of Soap Mine Road east of Old State Highway 58 Tuesday night. The car was unable to make the crossing. Instead the driver and passengers, whose names were not available at the scene, found themselves stuck in a flooded wash, with the water continuing to rise, at about 7:20 p.m. "You could tell they started to panic,"...

2008-07-12 15:00:15

By Abby Sewell, Desert Dispatch, Barstow, Calif. Jul. 12--As large swathes of Central and Northern California burn, spurring mass evacuations, Barstow area firefighters are among the hundred of crews battling the wildfires. A crew of three from the Barstow Fire Protection District headed by Capt. Nick DiNapoli has been fighting the wildfires for more than two weeks, Chief Darrell Jauss said. The firefighters were released from the Gap fire in Santa Barbara County on Thursday and returned...

2008-07-12 15:00:13

By Abby Sewell, Desert Dispatch, Barstow, Calif. Jul. 12--BA R S T OW -- D e p u t i e s caught an escaped jail inmate who took refuge at Barstow High School Friday morning. Randall Zackery, 31, climbed over a 15-foot chain link fence topped with barbed wire and razor wire at the Barstow jail and led deputies on a foot chase that ended at the high school, said Detective Anthony Padfield with the Barstow sheriff's station. Zackery was scheduled to appear in court Friday m o r n i n g...

2008-07-09 15:00:00

By Aaron Aupperlee, Desert Dispatch, Barstow, Calif. Jul. 9--BARSTOW -- Several Barstow firefighters sat in the City Council Chambers Monday night to watch the Council members move closer to collecting more money for the Barstow Fire Protection District. The Council voted 5-0 Monday night to allow the city to collect the fire protection development impact fees proposed by the fire district. The fees will be assessed to new developments within the city to help defray the cost of increased...

2008-07-09 15:00:00

By Aaron Aupperlee, Desert Dispatch, Barstow, Calif. Jul. 9--BARSTOW -- A last-minute letter from an Inland Empire law firm in opposition of the proposed Wal-Mart Distribution Center caused the City Council to delay a vote approving the project until later in July. Mayor Lawrence Dale and Council member Tim Silva both called the letter a delay tactic and assured the crowd of Wal-Mart employees and supporters who spoke at Monday's meeting that the claims in the letter would be answered...

2008-06-25 15:02:34

By Abby Sewell, Desert Dispatch, Barstow, Calif. Jun. 25--BARSTOW -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed Monday to consider new protections for the habitat of a rare plant that grows only in the Mojave Desert in and around Fort Irwin. The Center for Biological Diversity, a non-profit environmental advocacy group, sued the Fish and Wildlife Service in an attempt to make the department reconsider an April 2005 decision not to designate any critical habitat for the Lane Mountain...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.