Barstow

Barstow’s population was 21,119 at the 2000 census. Barstow is located 55 miles (89 km) north of San Bernardino.

Barstow is a major transportation center for the Inland Empire Metropolitan Area. Several major highways including Interstate 15 and Interstate 40 converge in the city. It is the site of a large rail classification yard, belonging to the BNSF Railway. The Union Pacific Railroad also runs through town on trackage rights on BNSF’s main line to Daggett 10 miles (16 km) east, where it heads to Salt Lake City, then the BNSF heads to Chicago. It is about 62 miles (100 km) to Baker, California and 111 miles (179 km) to Primm, Nevada.

Barstow is home to Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow and is the closest city to Fort Irwin Military Reservation.

IRS Announces 2014 Mileage Rates

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By Staff Reports (Victor Valley)– The Internal Revenue Service recently issued the 2014 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on January 1, 2014, the…

Working the Old Brain

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By Staff Reports (Victor Valley)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat. It’s never too late to learn, and a study indicates older learners can benefit from new things. At the University…

Teens, Sports and Drugs

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By Staff Reports (Victor Valley)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat. Sports can be tough competition for high school boys, and sometimes pain from an injury is bad enough for a…

Mojave Flick Review: 47 Ronin

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Editor’s note: We all love movies, but rather than ask a syndicated columnist who has never visited our beautiful High Desert, we commissioned our own local movie critic: Nolan P. Smith to review films and give us a local perspective.…

The Empowerment of Foster Families

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By Janice Eck (Victor Valley)– Being a foster parent is a great responsibility and is not meant for everyone, but there are people out there who have a natural rearing and nurturing instinct that strive with the challenge. Some people…

Teens and Marijuana

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By Staff Reports (Victor Valley)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat. One of the problems researchers see in teen use of marijuana is that many teens don’t see marijuana use as…

Peak Flu Season

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By Staff Reports (Victor Valley)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat. Flu season typically peaks between January and March. If there is a good side to this, it’s that now is…