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Barstow Desert Dispatch (Newspaper) - November 8, 2008, Barstow, CaliforniaBASSTOir Saturday November 8,2008 Serving the Barstow Area • 50 cents 10 million seeking work Jobless rate hits highest number in 14 years WASHINGTON • A quarter of a million pink slips, just before the holidays. Assembly line workers, construction crews, sales clerks, hotel employees, mortgage brokers and temps. All hard hit last month, the government said Friday. “Main Street knew well before the BeltWay people that there are problems out there,” said Brian Bethune, economist at IHS Global Insight. The nation’s ranks of unemployed zoomed past 10 million, the most in a quarter-century, and new job losses totaled 240,000. And politicians and economists agreed on a painful bottom line: It’s only going to get worse. Thejobless rate soared to a 14-year high of 6.5 percent, the government said Friday, up from 6.1 percent just a month earlier. And there was more grim news from U.S. automakers: Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp., American giants struggling to survive, each reported big losses and figured to be an nouncing even more job cuts before long. ^ Barack Obama, in his first news conference as president-elect, said the nation was facing the economic challenge of a lifetime but expressed confidence he could deal with it. “Immediately after I become president. I’m going to confront this economic crisis head on by taking all necessary steps to ease the credit crisis, help hardworking families, and restore growth and prosperity,” he said after meeting Unemployment The nation's unemployment rate has reached a 14-year high: Seasonally adjusted 7 percent ^P’’-<- 8.4% 6 6.5% 1994 SOURCE Oepartment of Labor AP with economic advisers in Chicago. “I’m confident a new president can have an enormous impact.” SEC JOBLESS • A8 Arrest in fatal 1988 shooting FROM STAFF REPORTS TROUBLE WITH TRUCKS north ri g ht-LAM A man was arrested Friday after investigators reopened a 1988 cold case shooting in Barstow. David Anthony Loustaunau, 39, was arrested Friday at his home in Kingman, Ariz., on suspicion of murder. Investigators believe that Loustaunau shot and killed Leroy Strac-ner,«then 39, in October of 1988. Stracner died of two gunshot wounds to his upper body at a house on the 35200 block of Birch Road, according to a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department report. At the time, witnesses told investigators that Leroy had pulled out a handgun and that he was shot while he and Loustaunau struggled over it. The District Attorney’s Office did not find enough evidence to file murder chaises, according to the report., Twenty years later, members of Stracner’s family asked the sheriff’s department cold case team to revisit the case. After reinterviewing key witnesses, investigators concluded that the story about the two men struggling over the gun was not true, the report stated. The District Attorney’s Office then issued a warrant for Loustaunau’s arrest, and officers in Kingman took him into custody. Sheriff’s department spokeswoman Cindy Beavers said the men apparently fought over a woman. An extradition hearing will be set for Loustaunau, and he will be transported back to San Bernardino County to face murder chaiges, according to the report. To report information relating to the case, call Detective Greg Myler with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department homicide detail at 909-387-3589. Cars and trucks head up and down the hill on Lenwood Road, where it crosses Interstate 15 Friday. Heavy truck traffic has created severe rutting in the road over time. > STAFF PHOTO BY ABBY SEWELL City declares 'emergency' over Lenwood Road's poor condition BY ABBY SEWELL STAFF WRITER BARSTOW • Drivers get a jolt each day as they head up and down the hill on Lenwood Road where it crosses Interstate 15. The road is scored with bumps and ruts caused by heavy truck traffic, and locals learn to skirt around the lanes with the worst issues. The city of Barstow has declared the road to be in a state of emergency. At Monday’s City Council meeting, councilors agreed to waive the formal bidding pro- ■ FACT FILE $t05,M7 Estimated cost of emergency repair of Lenwood Road at Interstate 15 Scope of work: Replacing rutted asphalt on both the west and east side of the interstate overpass on Lenwood Road Expected start date: Two weeks cess required on most city contracts, in order to begin work on the road as soon as possible. The ruts, which are caused by the weight of trucks pushing the asphalt to either side, are getting worse, city spokesman John Rader said, and the city could be held liable if the road conditions cause a crash or damage a car. There have been no incidents so far, but the city felt the situation was serious enough to warrant imme- SEE LENWOOD • A8 New face prepares for fire board Adjusting to Measure D's failure a top priority BY ABBY SEWELL STAFF WRITER BARSTOW • The newest member of the Barstow Fire Protection District board of director is prepared for the challenging times ahead. Like others involved with the fire district, newly elected board member Bob Ott was disappointed to see Measure D fail. The ballot initiative would have raised sales taxes to pay for new firefighters, equipment?, and training. But Ott, plant manager with the Reliant Energy Coolwater Generating Station in Daggett, said he is excited to get to work on planning the Í OTT next steps for the dis-trict.    \ Ott said he will make it a personal quest to find more public and private grant funding for the district. Grants may not help ARREDONDO with the day-to-day expenses of staffing and running the district’s two stations, but they could help with training costs and equipment purchases, Ott said. “There’s a lot of money available if vou know »THE FINDER WEATHER High 76 Low 51 > Page B8 PUBLIC SAFETY BARSTOW • Police arrested a man suspected of domestic violence and violating the terms of his parole Thursday. Police Logs A2 SPORTS Barstow Vs. Victor Valley PREP FOOTBALL • With the axe on the line, Barstow beats Victor Valley 28-14 in the 85th Axe game. Sports B1 PLAN YOUR WEEKEND SPAGHETTI DINNER • Girl Scout Troop 109 and their families will be serving a spaghett dinner today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Barstow Elks Lodge, 1501E. Main St. BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OPEN HOUSE • The Boys & Girls Club of Barstow, 1401 Nancy St., in partnership with Carney Educational Services, will be holding an open house today from noon to 4 p.m. There will be free food, games, and prizes.. More events in Around Town, A6 COMMUNITY SEE FIRE • A8 Laura Elizabeth Bilsborough July 1,1920 - October 50.2008 ThurMjaj, N'vnvmbetS*-20^ ’ B(klw-i>ogh Vtc(m'nalOymnas.t«m. Harítow». C aSifi'>iw4 where to look, and if you can get grants written properly,” he said. On the other side of the fiscal coin, Ott said his work as a plant manager has taught him to manage budgets and spend within an organization’s means. Ott and fire board incumbent Ruben Arredondo were elected to the two open board seats in a three-way race with Eddie U. Garcia. Ott replaces Dallas Harris, who chose not to run for re-election. Like Ott, Arredondo said the district Avill need to look for other fund- MEMORIAL • Barstow residents come out to celebrate the life of Laura Bilsborough in the gymnasium named after her husband. Around and About A2 CORRECTION Thursday's Desert Dispatch contained incorrect final numbers for the results of the Barstow mayor race. The correct numbers are: Joe Gomez Lawrence Dale Nathaniel Pickett INDEX 2123 votes 1670 votes 825 votes 45.97% 36.16% 17.86% Around Town A6 Movies A5California A3 Obits A6Classifieds B6 Religion A4Comics B4 Scoreboard B2Crossword B4 Soduku B4Dear Abby A7 Sports B1Dr. Gott A7 Stocks B8Lottery A2 Weather B8The Desert Dispatch is published by Freedom Communications HOME DELIVERY: (7G0) 256*8$89 19089''00050 NEWS TIPS: (760) 256-4121

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