Letter to the editor: Appreciation for Don Holland

January 15, 2013

Don Holland has done an outstanding job as editor of the Daily Press for the past 11 years, as evidenced by the newspaper’s comprehensive coverage of local, state and national news events and issues, and the personal touch of establishing the enlightening weekly Apple Valley Review.

Moreover, under Don Holland’s direction and guidance, readers have been assured of the utmost journalistic objectivity, honesty and integrity in looking out for the best interests of High Desert residents and businesses.


Frogee's, shelter team up for chili cook-off

January 15, 2013


The town’s municipal animal shelter will host its Fifth-Annual Chili Cook-off at Frogee’s Cocktail Lounge. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit animals at the shelter.

Entrants are encouraged to cook up their best pots of chili for public tasting from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration fees are $5 per recipe. Entry forms, fees and ingredients lists are due by 3 p.m. Friday at the shelter.

Arrest logs for Jan. 15, 2013

January 15, 2013

All names listed are residents of Apple Valley, and all suspected crimes were committed in San Bernardino County unless otherwise stated, as reported by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Jan. 9
Alec Callaway Williams was arrested on misdemeanor charges.

Erika Partida was arrested on suspicion of motor vehicle theft.

Tanya Shirley was arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Luis Delgado was arrested on suspicion of felony theft.

Brandon Jasso was arrested on a narcotics charge.

Around Town: Trends and a prediction

January 15, 2013

By Pat Orr

State population estimates from the Census Bureau were released not long ago for 2011-12 with few surprises.

The fastest growing state is sunny North Dakota because of its “fracking” oil boom. No, I’m not swearing. Fracking is the new technology that gets oil from shale and sand deposits which are in abundance in North Dakota. Wages there are high and unemployment almost non-existent.


Park to become pirate playground

January 8, 2013

Thunderbird Park Playground revamped to comply with child safety laws

By Martial Haprov

The playground at Thunderbird Park is set to become a pirate land.

The town closed the playground on Wednesday to make improvements and ensure it’s compliant with new state child safety laws, according to town spokeswoman Kathie Martin.

Q&A with Roberta Smith: Living through the creative process

January 8, 2013

Apple Valley artist, author and resident Roberta Smith was born in Los Angeles and raised in Downey. Her family lived on a cul-de-sac that had 14 houses where there were plenty of kids to play with. The old TV shows of the “Nifty ’50s” (“Leave It to Beaver,” “The Donna Reed Show” and “Father Knows Best”) are apt examples of her experience growing up, though her mother always worked full time — even when Smith was as young as 4 years old— which was not the norm for the 50s. She and her sisters still own the house they grew up in.


School district, businesses team up for internships

January 8, 2013

Superintendent working with local owners to help prepare students

BY Davida Siwisa James

Students need to be prepared to enter college and the work force, not just get good grades, and one school official said he’s doing what he can to make that happen.

Tom Hoegerman, superintendent of the Apple Valley Unified School District, is engaged in a county-wide collaboration with other school districts and businesses to help young people achieve a mastery level of skills and knowledge to prepare them for work and higher education.

Scoring goals after school

January 8, 2013

A.V. business owner helps create after-school soccer programs

By Davida Siwisa James

Jose Palafox believes being successful should lead one to give back to the community. His company, Starfox Financial Services, LLC, donated nearly $8,000 to SoCal Rush Soccer Club. The nonprofit will manage a pilot after-school enrichment soccer program at Desert Knolls and Sandia Elementary schools. Palafox is the president of the soccer club.

Setting up shop: Apple Valley's early business community

January 8, 2013

By Kate O’Rourke

This article originally appeared in the book, “The History of Apple Valley,” by Kate O’Rourke, and is reprinted here with permission from the Lewis Center.

From around 1900 until Newton T. Bass arrived in 1945, Apple Valley residents were primarily employed in farming, mining, the railroad, cattle and guest ranches. The first retail building, a 30-by-40-foot one-story structure, Valley Building and Materials store, was erected in September 1946, much to the amazement of the few who actually drove out Highway 18 past Navajo Road.


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