In a league of their own

March 12, 2013

Assistance League serves wide portion of community

By Davida Siwisa James
Apple Valley Review

The Assistance League of Victor Valley is located on Highway 18 in Apple Valley but, true to its name, it services the entire Victor Valley with a host of far-reaching philanthropic programs.

The all-volunteer members staff its main revenue source, the Common Cents Thrift Shop, committing to at least two shifts a month. Cheryl Eaton, chairperson of philanthropic programs, speaks proudly of the services that help families throughout the region.

Q&A with Jon Barnes: Groove maker

March 12, 2013

Apple Valley musician and teacher Jon Barnes was born in Baltimore, Md. to a musical family who sung and played music at home and in church. Before the age of 5, he was singing and playing music in church with his family.

“The music teachers in school noticed my talent and gave me private lessons for free,” Barnes said. “Soon, they would take me on gigs, shows, recording sessions, scoring music, writing compositions, playing for high school reunions, TV gigs, church gigs — you name it.”

Wastewater agency adopts environmental resolution

March 12, 2013


With an ever-growing drive among policy makers, non-profit organizations and progressive businesses to promote sustainability, one Southern California Wastewater Agency has passed a resolution to specifically address environmental stewardship.

The Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority’s Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution that “adopts an environmentally-sustainable ethos.” The agency is one of the first in the High Desert to do so, according to spokesman Ryan Orr.

Around Town: The game is afoot

March 12, 2013

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

We know President Barry wants and needs the donkeys to take back the House in 2014 and many prime Republican targets for defeat are right here in California. This hit home last night when I saw a negative TV ad aimed at Congressman Gary Miller, who represents congressional district 31. Miller beat another Republican, Bob Dutton, to take a newly redistricted seat just down the hill.

Arrest logs for March 12, 2013

March 12, 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.

March 6
Christy Garrett was arrested on a narcotics charge.

Aaron Boston was arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Kenneth Lucas was arrested on unspecified charges.

Christian Fajardo was arrested on a narcotics charge.

Aureliano Pacheco was arrested on suspicion of assault and battery.

Q&A with Angela Torres: Dancing life's troubles away

March 5, 2013

Angela Torres is a 26-year-old dance and tumbling instructor. She works at Dance Dynamics dance studio in both Hesperia and Upland teaching kids of all ages. She’s been married for two and a half years to her husband, Luke. They have a 6 month old daughter.

Torres and her husband have lived in Apple Valley for the past two years and plan to stay there.

Torres’ elementary years were spent at Mesa Grande Elementary and she graduated from Excelsior Education Center in 2004.


Granite Hills High School: Looking for a sign

March 5, 2013

School organization leading fundraising efforts for new electronic sign

By Davida Siwisa James

A group of parents, teachers and students at Granite Hills High School are looking for a sign.

The Parent Teacher Student Organization is spearheading fundraising efforts to install a new electronic sign for the 14-year-old school.

The PTSO is a nonprofit organization set up for fundraising efforts at the school. PTSO President Kelly Libby and organizer Zayra Hall are hopeful that a sign will be in place this year.

Apple Valley Little League kicks off 2013 season March 16

March 5, 2013

By Davida Siwisa James

For many parents, coaches and athletes of all ages and levels, the approach of spring means it’s time for baseball spring training. The nearly 800 players in the Apple Valley Little League have bats, gloves and balls at the ready since practices started last week.

The official opening of the season is March 16, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the field at James Woody Community Center. It will include an appearance by retired and current Major League Baseball players, and the High Desert Mavericks’ mascot Wooly Bully.


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