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Bluesman Ray Brooks, Haunted Barstow Harvey House, Local Author, Talking Health & Hope



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Bugs That Control Your Mind


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don’t know about you, but the fall season is one of my favorite times of the year— with approaching holidays, cooler weather, and the falling leaves, I’m reminded of that ol’ saying “No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.” In this issue, we complete the trifecta as Daniel Hayes closes his three-part action sports series with the local mountain bike scene. We also celebrate with Carriage House Antiques in Hesperia as they celebrate 11 years serving the High Desert, and you’ll be inspired by our feature on Beth Wilbanks DeBlase as she tells her story of bravery and survival. This issue, we also have some great spotlights including the new ownership at Victorville Chevrolet, building rockets here in the HD at Exquadrom, and the coming soon “Town’s End” distillery and market in Apple Valley. So get your coats ready for the fall season, and as always, enjoy this issue of HDLM. Frank Castillo, Publisher & CEO frankc@hdlivingmagazine.com

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The Gin Blossoms



ay Brooks is a man whose passion is making the world better through music. He works at his craft with the goal of seeing people have a good time. Brooks believes we need breaks in our lives to inhale and exhale, and that there is no better escape than music, which gives us the freedom to feel good, dance, and reboot ourselves. Through music, he has found his superpower—which is bringing joy to the world. Brooks is a veteran of the craft, having started his career fresh out of high school in 1957, in Gonzalez, Texas. His first big break was working under the wing of Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, who was famous for his synthesizing of blues, country, jazz and Cajun music. It was an epiphany for Brooks, who notes that being in Brown’s presence set the tone for his own career. From that fortuitous start, he went on to work with such legends as Mama Thornton, Billy Preston, and Tina Turner. In 1979, Brooks was nominated for a Grammy for his song “Walk Out Like a Lady” and was recently awarded the Living Legend Blues Award by the Los Angeles City Council this past June. Brooks remembers the importance of playing big clubs with Jewel Akins of “Birds and the Bees” fame, and the sense that


he was on the “horizon of integration,” playing segregated venues that held 1500 people—white people— at a time when that wasn’t the norm. He is grateful to the power of crossover hit songs which played an important role in ushering in this new acceptance and broke down barriers. When asked about how he feels about his career these days, he says he views his work as being of service to his friends. He plays for the joy of it, but also as his way of continuing to educate—because he wants tomorrow to be better for everybody. As he points out, “if you don’t know, you don’t know.” Brooks’ way of making the world a better place is through song. He also wanted to convey how profoundly grateful he is to the residents of the High Desert for all their support. You can catch Ray Brooks at various local and LA venues, where you can enjoy his special brand of back porch blues. November 8th, you can enjoy his special brand of blues when he and his band, The Bluzmasters will be live at 18 Taps in Apple Valley. You can find more info on Ray Brooks on Instagram at ray_brooks_music_artist, or on Facebook at Ray Brooks Music Artist. — By Elisa Urmston

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he High Desert is home to tons of spooky and haunted places. From old and beaten down highways to literal ghost towns, there are plenty of places and stories to get you psyched for the Halloween spirit. One of the best places to visit and read up on this season is the Barstow Harvey House. Our current “Casa del Desierto� was built in 1911 after a fire had ravaged the original structure. It was eventually closed to the public in 1957, and only workers were allowed in, and ultimately abandoned in 1972. In 1980, the city of Barstow purchased the Harvey House and worked on making it a historical landmark, which was accomplished in 1992. Unfortunately, within the same year, there was a terrible earthquake that heavily damaged the then 80year old building. The Harvey House has since received renovations and

retrofitting that allowed it to survive the more recent earthquakes that originated in Ridgecrest without a scratch. In tradition with spooky old buildings, the Harvey House has its signature four ghosts: Emily, Rachel, Elizabeth, and Buchanan. Emily is most likely the most popular and exuberant ghost at the Harvey House. She is known to be a 7-year old girl who likes big crowds and if often thought of as a prankster. Emily is known to wander the entirety of the building. She is often heard on the second floor by the noise of her running footsteps or laughter. However, for the many tenants who work at the Harvey House, they know Emily for her pranks. There have been reports of objects being moved within their offices without anyone moving anything. Photos have been taken to prove that the dislocation


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of the objects. Checking the cameras had confirmed that no one came in or out of those offices when they were being disturbed. Overall, Emily is thought to be a fun-loving ghost that just wants someone to play with. At the height of the bustling railroad era, the station that was the Harvey House bustled with people coming in and out, and workers who were working hard to keep up. One well-known position was that of the Harvey Girl, which was basically a waitress job. Two of our ghosts shared this position: Rachel and Elizabeth. While Rachel is known primarily for being a Harvey Girl and is only seen on rout between the dining hall and the kitchen, Elizabeth has a much darker tale. As the story goes, Elizabeth was said to have been waiting for her fiancé in her wedding dress. When he didn’t arrive, Elizabeth


threw herself off the balcony in her sorrow. Elizabeth is recognized as a woman in all white that appears on the Harvey House’s balcony between the hours of 3 and 4 in the morning and at no other time. Only railroad crew workers and those on the early Amtrak trains have reported seeing her. On the other hand, Buchanan is the ghost that not many people often see. Instead, his presence takes the form of visible smoke and the smell of it. Since the Harvey House is a smoke-free area, smelling or seeing smoke means that Buchanan is around. Buchanan is another character that did not have the most fortunate demise. He was a railroad crew worker who was smashed between two railroad cars. His final request was noted to be to see his family and to smoke one last cigar. Buchanan also likes to wander as Emily

does; he was found in October of 2016 in the West Ballroom, where his purple smoke could easily be seen in the light of the chandeliers. Even though the Barstow Harvey House is haunted, the building is a pleasant place to visit, and the workers know the ghosts to be fun and benign. Currently, the Harvey House is used to home offices, and its ballrooms are available to rent for events. The second floor, while also home to Emily, is where a NASA exhibit is present. More importantly, the Harvey House is also known to occasionally hold Ghost tours where one could hope to run into some of the already established inhabitants… Or perhaps someone new. By Isabelle Rubio

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Know the Dead


his collection of essays takes an in-depth look at the ways that characters face or deny death and process grief, as well as how traditions are observed in the hit television series Supernatural. Death is the final destination for all of us, and the authors of Death in Supernatural — Critical Essays, edited by Susan Nylander and Amanda (Mandy) Taylor unravel the many secrets of the characters’ experiences for us. Death is the focal point that allows the authors expand on thoughts that it provokes both in the characters and the audience. This book provides a fascinating perspective with plenty of research to back it, and yet, the writers aimed for the book to be interesting for both scholars and fans of the series. It is both accessible and fun. Susan and Mandy were intrigued by the gritty realism of death—as Nylander points out, she wrote her master’s thesis on the topic of death and Walt Whitman’s elegies, and Mandy also had an interest in death-related things for a long time, too, and even toyed with the idea of becoming a coroner. This shared interest—plus their love for the series—evolved into their passion for crafting this collection of stories. They would later go on to get the collection published through McFarland Publishers and were excited that Julian Richings, the actor who played the original Death the Horseman, wrote the foreword for the book. Fueled by the wanderlust of further exploring the gritty themes conveyed in the many seasons of Supernatural, the duo spent much of their free time when not working as professors at their respective colleges—Susan at Barstow Community College and Mandy at Cal State San Bernardino—unearthing the mysteries of this series’ messages regarding death. Life cannot be taken for granted; neither should death should be denied, even though, as Nylander points out, we have hidden it away in hospitals and prettied it up in funeral homes. It is something we must all face. It is the epic that fills the void that gives true meaning to life. While reading the impressive take on these fictional circumstances based heavily on the theological lore and powerful mythos explored in the show, it is important to know that there is always an important message to be uncovered: the characters who survive are the ones who must deal, not the deceased— except, perhaps, when they’re resurrected. From the beginning to the end, Death in Supernatural—Critical Essays by Susan Nylander and Mandy Taylor should be appreciated by all of us. When asked about their future goals, Susan replied, “[We] are looking ahead to potential other collections of essays about Supernatural… this time with a focus on how women are portrayed in the series, as well as perhaps a catalogue of the show’s use of popular music.” This may be the end of this article, but it should be the start of your adventure following their work. — By Andrew Barragan

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A CHRISTMAS STORY Creative Arts Theater, 15615 8th St. Victorville www.creativeartstheater.com Nine year old Ralphie Parker wants one thing for Christmas, and one thing only: An Official Red Ryder Range Model Carbine Action BB Gun. There’s only one problem: everyone else is convinced he’ll shoot his eye out! Undeterred, he begins his saga of convincing all the necessary players, from his sweet but protective Mother, to his straight laced teacher, Miss Shields, all the way to Santa Claus himself, that he needs that gun for the protection of his loved ones, and maybe even a little cowboy glory to call his own. Ralphie’s vivid imagination conjures up several show stopping numbers, from “Ralphie to The Rescue” in which he defeats every foe a young boy can think of (robbers, mustache twirling villains, and of course, the school bully), to the thrilling tap routine performed by a gun moll-esque Miss Shields, who sheds her sweater set and romance novel for a glittery red gown and a whole lot of moxie. And Ralphie’s not the only one with dreams of grandeur. His old man is just as set on a goal of his own, namely, winning a prize in the $50,000 Great Figures of World Literature Contest. His dreams come true when he wins a major award from the competition in the form of a garish, fishnet stocking clad leg lamp, which horrifies his wife but brings him unadulterated joy. Filled with quirky and lovable characters, this zany, heartfelt, and nostalgic musical is as delightful as the biggest, shiniest present under the tree on Christmas morning.

CALICO HOLIDAY FEST December 30th: Holiday Fest - Calico In the hills of the Calico Mountains the holiday spirit comes to life in the authentic old West mining town, Calico Ghost Town. Decorated in red velvet bows, bells and sprigs of evergreen, Calico turns into a holiday picture postcard. Saturday, November 30th from 9:00 to 7:00 p.m. Calico celebrates the holiday season with Santa, songs and lights. Enjoy Christmas carols – you can sing along or simply listen to your favorite holiday melodies. There will be a reading of the favorite “T’was the Night Before Christmas”, contests for the whole family, crafts for kids, gunfights performed by our very own Calico Mountain Volunteers and The High D Boys will perform on Main Street Stage. Calico’s specialty shops and restaurants are open giving people the opportunity to shop for that unique gift for a family member or special someone and stay clear of long lines, mall crowds and parking problems. Some of our shops will be offering special discounts for your holiday shopping needs. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at 11 a.m. with a cheery “Ho! Ho! Ho!” for photos with the children. They will personally light the Calico Christmas tree at 6:30 p.m. Lil’s Saloon will be providing complimentary cookies and hot chocolate for after the tree lighting ceremony. Calico will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Price is $8 per adult, $5 children ages 4-11, 3 and under are FREE.

Talking Health and Hope


recently got to sit down with Val Vetack, half of the duo locals know for “Let’s Talk with Val & Liz Health & Hope” which they started for the community—especially for people who have questions and only get to sit down and talk with a doctor for maybe 10 to 20 minutes, and don’t really get the answers to the questions they have. Val and her partner Liz McGiffin wanted to give people the health side of a conversation, as well as give people hope. Working with the American Cancer Society, Val & Liz wanted to inform people of the High Desert of the types of resources American Cancer Society has to offer, such as wig banks, transportation and they even go as far as helping pay light bills! Val spoke with such passion, saying

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Spotify, iHeart Radio and Apple iTunes to bring awareness to not only people in the High Desert, but for anyone who needs a little hope in their lives. Check out their podcasts, they’re super-fun to listen to! Val wants to make sure we send a shout out to KVVB & Andrew Caravella, who is the producer at the station! — By Katrine Sanchez

that if more people knew about what American Cancer Society has to offer with all these resources, it would make life just a tad bit better! Liz and Val have their podcasts airing on Facebook,

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World Class Innovation Right Here at Home


he modest conference room tells the story. Shelves bulging with thick project binders, leadership books nestled among engineering textbooks, numerous small business awards on display – one being presented at the White House. This is Exquadrum, whose motto, “Innovations’ prime contractor,” is a reality created by Kevin Mahaffy, CEO, and Eric Schmidt, President of this small research and development engineering company located at Southern California Logistics Airport. Exquadrum’s uniqueness, and its strength, is that it is David among Goliaths. A company of only 50 employees, Exquadrum has beaten out other much larger, well-known competitors to land several multi-million-dollar contracts to do what they do best: develop, test and build innovative solutions for defense contractors, NASA, renewable energy enterprises and the agriculture industry. “World class innovation is Exquadrum’s product,” according to Schmidt. Mahaffy views “the nimbleness of our small, vertically integrated company” as the point of differentiation between Exquadrum and their competitors. Equally impressive about Exquadrum, and its two rocket scientists/business savvy leaders, is their strong sense of community and corporate social responsibility, and their dedication to STEM education. “We invest in local human capital,” says Schmidt. That investment includes the development of a Precision Machining Academy at both Apple Valley and Hesperia High Schools. The men are quick to emphasize their desire to bring quality jobs to the region, and to employ residents of the high desert. That desire translates to more than 30 employees who hail from the area, many of whom went away for college and returned to work at the company. Proud lifelong residents of the high desert, the two stress that “a world class new technology company can prosper in this region,” says Schmidt. “We want to change the perception that this type of endeavor is not suitable to the high desert,” adds Mahaffy. Suitable the region is, indeed. Exquadrum’s most recent multi-million contract is entering its second phase. Asked how it is going, Mahaffy enthusiastically replied, “We’re crushing it!” — By J. Silvestri

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Bugs That Control the Mind!


ave you ever wondered how many cells make up the human body? Well, scientists have been wondering this for many years. Current estimates of the number of human cells in your body is approximately 37.2 trillion, while the number of non-human cells is estimated approximately 100 trillion. Truth be told, scientists are debating the exact numbers of human cells and non-human cells, but consensus seems to be in the trillions for both, and that non-human cells outnumber human cells. Mind blowing right? Likely, you are wondering what kind of nonhuman cells are on, or in, the human body? We find viruses, fungus, bacteria, yeast, and parasites everywhere from in your digestive tract, to on your skin, in your sinuses, your liver, even in your brain! As we study these non-human cells we are discovering that some seem to be helpful, for example with digestion, while others can cause disease or illness. But humans being host to alien cells aren’t unique— we find other species playing host to foreign invaders, which can result in disease, illness, or even sometimes some amount of control over the host as well. Let’s highlight some of these lesser known non selfinvaders that have been shown to have some amount of control over its host: • Toxoplasma gondii is a parasite best known for transferring from cats to humans through contact with cat feces; this is why pregnant women are normally advised to not clean the cat box and are sometimes advised to get screened for T. gondii. A T. gondii infection generally results in flu-like symptoms, but can

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also cause further issues like seizures and severe lung problems. However, as scientists further study this parasite, they have found some interesting correlations with T. gondii infections such as fearlessness in rats: rats lost their typical fear of cats and cat urine, developed vision issues, schizophrenia, bipolarism, impulsivity, Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED) which is verbal and physical aggression disproportionate to the situational trigger. Even suicide has been linked to T. gondii. Scientists estimate that between 16% to 40% of people world wide are infected depending on region; it is estimated that approximately 20% of Americans are infected while more than double that number have been diagnosed in Brazil. Nematomorph hairworm (Spinochordodes tellinii) lives and breeds in fresh water, but the first parts of its life cycle it eats away at the insides of grasshoppers and crickets. Once fully grown, the hairworm causes the host insect to search for water and drown itself allowing the hairworm to mature and to seek out a mate in the water. The rabies virus makes animals rabid, causing them to bite others to further transmit the virus. A wasp in Costa Rica will parasitize a spider and cause the spider to build a different type of web than it will normally produce, which is more suitable for the wasp larva to begin life on. Ants in the rainforests of Thailand, Africa, and Brazil when infected with Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, a parasitic fungus, often called Zombie ants, will crawl away from the trail of other ants, go up a tree, and bite



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the under side of a leaf and die. This allows the fungus to mature and rain spores down onto the rainforest floor, where it can infect more ants. A barnacle called Sacculina can enter a host crab by finding a weak link in its claw joints, will then shed its hard shell and squeezes itself inside the crab where it feeds off the crab. Later it can even feminize a male crab, causing the male crab to care for the millions of barnacle larva. Some research has shown a more social behavior in humans after being exposed to the influenza virus, as a flu vaccine, postulating that the virus makes people more social in an attempt to further spread itself. Candida overgrowth in humans has been associated with people craving more sugar. The Leucochloridium parasitic worm invades snails, castrates the snail, and then mind controls the host snail to move out into open where birds will eat its eyes, which contain the parasite eggs. The birds then poop the eggs out, where other snails will be exposed to the worm eggs, and the cycle continues.

Common ways people get contact and infection with nonself pathogens include: stress, lack of sleep, and sugar, which can all weaken the immune system; lack of HCL production in the stomach, which weakens the first line of defense in the digestive system; undercooked infected beef, pork, chicken, game animals, fish, and organ meat; ingestion of pathogenic eggs via host feces contamination of food, fruit, vegetables, and water; skin penetration from host feces via soil—usually through the feet; skin contact with infected bodies of water, lakes, streams, and pools— some pathogens can even live in chlorinated pools or spas; contact with infected animals— wildlife or pets; bites from contaminated insects, inhalation of airborne eggs or spores, physical skin contact with contaminated surfaces like bedding, tile, and carpet. Want to live in your own biodome yet? Maybe—but, as you likely already understand, we have been living in a world with these bugs surrounding us for thousands of years, unknowingly for many of those years, without too much of a problem, except for the occasional historical outbreak which often was related to cleanliness. In fact, in recent years, as we have tried to have anti-microbial everything— for example wipes, soaps, and medications, we have knowingly created what we now call super bugs; such as C. diff and MRSA, which are resistant to medicinal treatments. Some of the newest understanding is now looking at how some of these bugs are actually helpful to our health in multiple ways from bacteria with digestion, to viruses in our mucus that can infect and kill bacteria. Our newest understanding leads us to believe instead of trying to kill everything, the good with the bad, we should live in homeostasis with these bugs, acquiring the good and decreasing exposure to the bad,


while increasing our body’s defenses against the bad. So what can you do to safe guard yourself as best as possible to both reduce your risks of exposure and increase your body’s defenses? Dump out any standing water near your home, wear light colored clothing that covers exposed skin that could otherwise result in bug bites (depending on where you are consider tucking your pant legs into your socks for better protection), stay indoors during dusk and dawn as this is high time for mosquitoes, use essential oil bug repellants, avoid known tick or mosquito infested areas, check yourself and your family for ticks or bug bites, don’t kill ticks with your bare hands, drink clean bottled water while traveling, stay away from cat litter and feces, practice safe sex, wash your hands often, don’t bite your finger nails, cook food to recommended temperatures, practice good hygiene, avoid swallowing water in lakes, streams, or ponds, cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, don’t share cups, drinks, dishes, or eating utensils, clean and bandage all cuts appropriately, wear a mask when exposed to inhaling dust, soil, mold, virus, bacteria, or fungus, and understand that some medications will weaken your immune system and exposure can be even more risky. Resolve chronic infections, resolve chronic wounds (especially for diabetics), avoid known contaminated bodies of water, reduce stress, reduce sugar intake, nourish your body to have a strong effective immune system, take every fever and sickness seriously and get rest and consider staying homewhen you are ill. Be careful where you go barefoot, get good, deep consistent sleep, eat traditional fermented foods, make sure your digestive system is functioning optimally, only eat at restaurants with an “A” rating. Ask questions, learn, and seek the appropriate health care professionals both when you’re sick as well as when you’re looking for guidance to build up your defenses. Till next time, yours in health- Dr. B

DR. HANNON Graduated from the Southern California University of Health Sciences’ Doctor of Chiropractic program. Dr. Hannon dedicates his time to his passion of health, exercise, and nutrition.

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Striving for Excellence



ooking for a new car out here in the High Desert? There’s a dealership whose president prides himself on the improvement of the service experience. Since 1971, the Rancho Motor Company was the head dealership when it came to Chevrolet in the Victorville area. This changed on June 4th, 2019, when an official takeover occurred, resulting in Victorville Chevrolet Cadillac taking the Rancho Motor Company’s place. I was fortunate enough to interview the man at the helm of this establishment, Jacob Soares, the president of Victorville Chevrolet Cadillac. Mr. Soares was born in Glendale, Arizona, moved to Billings, Montana at the age of three, and then worked at General Motors out in Montana. Once General Motors asked him to relocate to Victorville, Jacob gladly took the opportunity to come out here to the High Desert. Being born in Arizona, Jacob says that moving out to the High Desert was a fairly nice change because it reminds him of home. When asked what he takes pride in as the president of Victorville Chevrolet Cadillac, Jacob explains just how important the open door policy is and

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just how much he takes to heart his relationship with his employees. Since he can’t necessarily be in every department at once, Jacob has found that keeping an open door policy with his employees, as well as encouraging open discussion, is the best way for him to keep his finger on the pulse with Victorville Chevrolet Cadillac. “You know, I feel that I can empathize with my employees because I’ve been in a position where I felt that my ideas weren’t heard and that led to frustration with where I was at,” Jacob states. With this strategy in mind, Jacob creates a safe and comfortable work environment where those who work for him can certainly come to him for any advice or guidance needed. As the president of Chevrolet Cadillac, Jacob focuses on how he can improve upon the service experience for those coming to the dealership. As Jacob puts it, “No one’s excited when their car is broken, so I want to make the service experience something that’s fun for the car owner when they bring their vehicle in.” When asked about what brings him the most satisfaction within his job, Jacob had divided his answer into two separate categories: internal

satisfaction and external satisfaction. Internally, Jacob explained how seeing others succeed and grow in their career at Chevrolet Cadillac brings him satisfaction, while externally he finds joy in seeing a car buyer finally get that dream car, or even their first vehicle. “You can’t beat that look of happiness on someone’s face when they finally get that Corvette they’ve always dreamed of,” Jacob says. To Jacob, buying a car is much more than just making a purchase, it’s much more than that. “To me, buying a vehicle is more than buying a piece of metal, it’s a part of life. For example, it can be big milestones like getting your first driver’s license, getting your first car, or even having to get a new car because you’re having another kid and the family is getting bigger,” says Jacob. — By David Williams Jr.

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Close to Home, Far from Ordinary


arriage House Antiques is proud to celebrate eleven years of being an integral part of the High Desert community. The charming, yet impressive of a labor of love by husband and wife team Paul and Bunny Lynn Mariano, they have fulfilled their vision of a modern-day version of the old general store concept—a place where you could not just buy the things you want or need, but also gather and chat with the other folks in your community over coffee, tea, and cookies—indeed, Bunny Lynn has a full-service tea cart stocked with yummy biscotti and other treats featuring her own personally curated collection of tea cups in the hopes you will do just that. Carriage House Antiques is housed in an 8000 square-foot distinctively attractive building designed by husband Paul, and is home to over 60 dealers who offer a delightful treasure trove of goods from new to old—not only antiques, but. Diverse collections encompassing home decor, antiques and collectibles, rustic pieces, mid-century designs, shabby chic, vintage and new clothing, and designer handbags. One impressive aspect of Carriage House is that the inventory changes daily—which means if you find something you just adore, don’t wait—pounce! You will be pleasantly surprised by their reasonable prices, and they are one of the few merchants in this world who still offers layaway, so treat yourself—there’s no reason not to. Curious about their offerings? Friend and fellow antique dealer Chris Spurlock does a wonderful job of photographing the ever-changing merchandise and maintaining the Carriage House presence on social media outlets Instagram and Facebook, which is how I initially became curious about them. You can visit Carriage House Antiques seven days a week—they are open Monday through Saturday from 10-5, and Sunday, 11-5. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and you’re bound to find something special there. Be sure to make time in your schedule to pop in during the weekend of November 1, 2, and 3, when they will be celebrating their eleventh anniversary sale (they also have a spring sale, but don’t wait) with snacks, a raffle as well as live music performed by the duo Quiet Fire—who also happen to be two of the merchants there. Rumor has it Paul will be firing up the barbecue and grilling up delicious hot dogs as well. See you there! — By Elisa Urmston

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CARRIAGE HOUSE 11370 Hesperia Road Hesperia, CA 92345 (760) 948-5577


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Mountain Biking in the High Desert

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ur location here in Southern California affords us with some very unique landscapes. As such, the high desert is a wonderful place for certain outdoor activities, many of which are considered to be a part of the extreme sports persuasion. For this issue, we are focusing on the mountain biking community, and why this sport is such a favorite in this area that many of us call home. We asked local riders Josh Staggs, Hunter Lent, and Dallas Dunn a few questions about the local scene, their favorite areas are for mountain biking, and what the most positive aspects of the High Desert mountain biking scene are. Josh Staggs tells us he started around 2012 as a way of conditioning for Motocross racing. He says it’s just fun to get out with friends and family and now he’s working his five year-old son into the scene, and feels it’s an awesome way to spend father and son time. Hunter Lent has been riding about nine months now. A lot of his friends from the motocross scene were doing it, so he jumped on board. One of the most positive things is there are always people out riding at any of the local trails, so


you always have someone to ride with. Dallas Dunn had a basic mountain bike in 2012, but then just started riding again in 2019. Most positive thing about the local mountain bike scene is seeing how it grow in the future. There is so much potential for growth of this sport with the environment we have to work with. When asked about their favorite local places to ride, I was given a few vague answers. The reason is that at some of these locations, the riders themselves have taken a considerable amount of time and effort to build the trails, and if everyone found out about them, they would probably get overrun by too many people. They do all agree though that SkyPark at Santa’s Village up in the Lake Arrowhead area of the San Bernardino mountains is a great trail to ride. Along with multiple trails in the surrounding foothills and mountains, there are also a few mountain bike parks on private property, including, but not limited to Snow Summit in Big Bear, and Mt. Baldy. What makes these parks appealing to ride is that they are usually kept up very well and have access to chair lifts to take the riders and their bikes back to the top of the runs, thereby allowing

the riders to not wear themselves out as quickly. Mountain Biking is a wonderful sport and doesn’t have to be done to the extreme. It is a great sport to get much needed anaerobic exercise, all while having a lot of fun doing it, and it’s something that can be done by the whole family. So get out there, and find some trails to ride; the weather is getting cooler so this is the perfect time of the year for it. — By Daniel Hayes

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he High Desert of Southern California is full of life and action—to be more specific, action sports— and over the course of the next few issues of HD Living, we will take a look at three different extreme sports that are thriving here in the High Desert, starting with one that has been steadily gaining in popularity over the past decade or so, motocross. “The people who I am most inspired by are the ones who aren’t afraid to look at you – see your grief, your pain.” Beth Wilbanks DeBlase is a straightforward woman who isn’t afraid to tell you her values and her opinions about the world. She is extremely optimistic and talks as much as she can. In fact, when she was given five minutes to speak at a recent conference in Victorville, she had a challenging time choosing the topic since she had so much to say. While speaking to Beth, it’s hard to gauge her life experiences and the hardships she has encountered— but she is more than willing to tell you where she got her strength from. Beth experienced her first hardship at a very young age. In 1987, when she was almost 13 years old, she lost her brother to AIDS. Even though this loss alone was traumatic enough, the way our society treated victims of AIDS at the time made it worse. Her brother’s corpse was placed in a wooden box with the bold word of “AIDS” printed on it, as was mandated by the government. To make matters worse, her family had to lie about the cause of her brother’s death, saying that he had died of cancer instead. During this time, AIDS was a rare and dangerous disease. Because of this, Beth feels that her brother was almost erased to hide his illness and its incurability. This instance was not the last time Beth experienced rare and incurable diseases. Years later, her sister would be diagnosed with cancer and lost the battle to it. More over, Beth


herself was diagnosed with stage 4 endocrine cancer in 2016, not long after her sister had passed. Now, neuroendocrine cancer is an extremely rare type of cancer. It is often misdiagnosed as other cancers, and only 1 in 100,000 people are diagnosed with it. Most people have it for 7-10 years before they are diagnosed. However, because of her sister, Beth was able to be tested and diagnosed before it could take her life. Beth’s recovery was fast. Six weeks after she was diagnosed, Beth received surgery to have her tumors removed and lost much of her liver, gall bladder, and lower intestine. Just when the situation was starting to look better, her father passed away due to heart issues. In addition to having already lost her brother, Beth had lost her sister, was diagnosed with cancer, and had lost her father, all in one year. Instead of cursing the world for her situation, Beth has remained strong and looks back at these events as having made her who she is today. Even though her cancer is currently in remission and is incurable, Beth looks forward to the time she has and uses it to gain awareness for her illness. Beth has volunteered with LACNETS, City of Hope, and more to help not only raise awareness but also to help those who are suffering from the same illness that she is. When considering her cancer, Beth states that “I can’t imagine not having it because I wouldn’t have met these people that I’ve met.” November is Neuroendocrine Cancer Month, and specifically, November 10th is NETS Day. Beth will be spending November 10th in LA on a patient panel with the City of Hope. They will be selling T-shirts that she designed with a zebra (the animal of endocrine cancer) and a quote from her sister on it. Beth Wilbanks DeBlase is providing representation for herself and those who share her disease, ultimately achieving her goal of not allowing those with incurable and rare diseases to be erased. — By Isabelle Rubio

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n October 24 the annual High Desert Opportunity Summit took place at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds. The Summit was established to market the HD region for business attraction and retention. This year’s conference included an economic forecast and educated attendees about the economic future of the High Desert, Inland Empire and state as a whole. Proceeds from the conference benefited the Victor Valley College Foundation, which provides scholarship and grant opportunities to students at VVC. The speakers for this year’s High Desert Opportunity Summit, which is presented by Desert Valley Hospital and Desert Valley Medical Group, included J.R. Martinez and Susa Mchan.

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omething wonderful is happening in the Village in Apple Valley! Under the artistic eye of Chet Hitt, The Market at Town’s End and The Town’s End Stillhouse and Grill are taking shape, and if you’re like me and have left your nose prints on the window, you can’t wait. Everything— from the gleaming 500 liter copper still that will distill 60,000 bottles of artisan vodka, bourbon, whiskey and gin a year— to the decor and neon lighting has been designed with an attention to aesthetics, quality, and detail. According to spokesperson Lindsey Kerry, the goal is to give this part of town something special and unique, as well as to bring the farm-to-table atmosphere to the village, so in addition to the distillery, they will also be opening The Market at Town’s End— a farmers market and central vendors market in what was formerly the Little Depot that will feature 160 permanently affixed steel vendor booths and a barrelhouse bar. Initially, they expect to open the farmers’ market on Sunday mornings, and once it becomes established, they plan on offering it on Wednesday evenings as well. They’re hoping to have the project up and running sometime during the first quarter of 2020. It was important to Chet and his wife Rebekah to make the Village a destination site again—there was a time when this was the very heart of our town, and fortunately for us all, some of the old buildings with character and the patina of age remain, as if they were patiently waiting for Hitt’s imagination and creative energy to love them back to life. The industrial/steampunk/rustic vibe is so well-crafted, it’s almost an art installation itself and it will transport you back in time to the era of Prohibition, speakeasies, and bootlegger’s ball events, featuring live music and festivals. To paraphrase a hit song from the Prohibition era, I’m looking forward to this place getting to be a habit with me. — By Elisa Urmston

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HD DINING GUIDE The following is a listing of select High Desert Restaurants. These listings are a free service provided by H.D. Living Magazine and are subject to change. This guide also includes wine tasting venues. If you would like your dining establishment considered, send information to frankc@ hdlivingmagazine.com, include your name, the name of the establishment, address, and contact information. Outback Steakhouse 12400 Amargosa Rd # B, (760) 962-1003 Mimi’s Cafe 12032 Amargosa Rd, (760) 244-6888 Original Roadhouse Grill 11940 Amargosa Rd, (760) 949-2308 Carino’s 11970 Amargosa Rd, (760) 949-2248 Giuseppe’s Restaurant 14309 Bear Valley Rd, (760) 949-5400 El Pescador Seafood & Mexican Grill 14144 Green Tree Blvd, (760) 245-4860 DOWN HOME GRILL


Down Home Grill 12120 Ridgecrest Rd. #101 (760)241-4663 Thai Dawn Bistro 14317 Bear Valley Rd Ste 2 (760) 244-7600 Republic SVL 13261 Spring Valley Pkwy, (760) 596-3971 Paulina’s Mexican Grill 14845 Monarch Blvd, (760) 955-2661 Tokyo Steak 14317 Bear Valley Rd. Ste 2, (760) 956-6888 Yoshi Sushi 14177 Kentwood Blvd, (760) 241-1960 Chateau Chang Restaurant 15425 Anacapa Rd, (760) 241-3040 Steer ‘n Stein Restaurant 12224 Mariposa Rd, (760) 241-0775

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D’Vine Wine Bar 14845 Monarch Blvd. suite C, (760) 843-3888 La Casita Mexican Restaurant 14977 Palmdale Rd, (760) 241-0119 La Casita at the Lake 12170 Spring Valley Pkwy, (760) 843-0440 The Corner Café 15683 Roy Rogers Dr., (760) 900-6676 Poncho’s Salvadorian Restaurant 16427 Victor Street, (760) 843-3336 Golden Gate Restaurant 15208 Bear Valley Rd # B, (760) 245-6189 Tokyo Sushi & BBQ 14741 7th St #A, (760) 955-7123 Marie Callenders 12180 Mariposa Rd, (760) 241-6973

Los Domingos Mexican Restaurant 17790 Wika Rd. (760) 946-5344 Oggis Pizza & Brewing Co 19201 Bear Valley Rd, (760) 240-8977 Linko Sushi 12115 Apple Valley Rd, (760) 240-1125 Off the Grid Brewing Company 13615 John Glen Rd., (760) 247-5600 Mama Carpino’s 22010 Highway 18 (760) 240-9664 Marcelinos Mexican Restaurant 21510 Bear Valley Rd, (760) 240-4344

Poncho Villas Fresh Grill & Tequila 11620 Amargosa Rd. (760) 981-1958

Viva Maria 20162 Highway 18 #D (760) 946-2087

Mariscos El Chaka 12174 Hesperia Rd. (760) 513-0005

Linko Sushi 12115 Apple Valley Rd, (760) 240-1125

Miguel’s Baja Grill 14480 7th St. (760) 241-3838

Ninja Sushi 15850 Apple Valley Rd., (760) 242-3913

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse 11600 Amargosa Rd, (442) 600-2840

Siam Thai Cuisine 18564 Outer Hwy 18 Ste 203, (760) 242-5093

Apple Valley

Giuseppe’s Apple Valley 18855 Bear Valley Rd. Ste. 1, (760) 247-1999

Di Napoli’s Fire House 17856 US Highway 18, (760) 242-5802 The Wine Seller Apple Bear Center, (760) 961-2500 Las Brisas 21919 CA-18 (760) 240-1051 Mega Tom’s Restaurant 20781 Bear Valley Rd., (760) 240-9022

The Social HD 13692 Apple Valley Rd, Suite 250 (760) 955-0555 Spirit River Cafe 16000 Apple Valley Rd. Ste. B4, (760) 242-1400


Whisky Barrel Restaurant & Saloon 12055 Mariposa Rd. (760) 244-1115


Desert Barn Brewery 11352 Hesperi Rd. (760) 995-3894 Juliano’s Italian Restaurant 12052 Hesperia Rd., (760) 949-0595 Go Bangkok Thai Cuisine 15800 Main St Ste 200, (760) 947-9029 Cancun Mexican & Seafood 15550 Main St, (760) 956-7720 Italian Kitchen 16409 Yucca St, (760) 244-7757 Thai-Lotus Restaurant 12027 Hesperia Rd, (760) 949-9362 Los Domingo’s Restaurant 15885 Main St, 92345 (760) 948-6161 Oasis Sushi Restaurant 12719 Main St, 92344 (760) 244-9608 Wood Grill Buffet 14135 Main St. Hesperia (760) 981-4418

Oak Hills

Oak Hills Brewing Company 12221 Poplar St. #3 (760) 244-8278 Kallans Bar & Grill 13330 Ranchero Rd (442) 800-5800

Oro Grande

Cross Eyed Cow 19242 National Trails Hwy (760)241-1987


Idle Spurs Steakhouse 690 Old Highway 58 (760)256-8888


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