Council awards sewer contract to S.F. firm

January 17, 2012


Despite objections from Mayor Pro Tem Ginger Coleman and Councilman Curt Emick, the Town Council voted to award the $263,097 Sewer Master Plan Update project to the San Francisco-based URS Corporation.

Coleman said she would rather step back and not do anything because the Request For Qualification process was confusing and misdirected and excluded local contractors.

Q & A with Barbara Stanton: The new mayor looks at 2012

January 17, 2012

Barbara Stanton is a 22-year resident of Apple Valley. A local talkshow host, she was elected to the Town Council in November 2010. Stanton is a delegate to the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District, the Victor Valley Transit Authority, the Victor Valley Waste Water Reclamation Authority. In December, the council voted to appoint her mayor.

Q: What are your three major goals as mayor?

A: 1) I want to ... look for ways to control our water destiny.

2) Continue to finalize and streamline the process for industrial growth.


Town to host pet clinics, chili cook-off for shelter

January 17, 2012


Pet owners in Apple Valley will have several options this year for vaccinating their dogs and cats.

The town plans to offer “Shelter on the Stray,” a mobile vaccination clinic for seniors and disabled residents who can’t transport their pets to an animal hospital or clinic. The clinic will be offered for cats and dogs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday with prices ranging from $6 to $15. Low-income families may also qualify for this service.

Mobile clinic visits are offered by appointment only.

In brief

January 17, 2012

’50s benefit dinner dance set for Jan. 28
APPLE VALLEY • Dig out your poodle skirts and hair grease for a ’50s, ’60 and ’70s dinner dance.

Hosted by the Lord’s Table, the event will include a best dressed contest and opportunity drawings. Proceeds from the dinner dance will go to benefit the homeless and needy in the High Desert.

Dinner will be from 6 to 8 p.m., followed by dancing from 8 to 10 p.m. at Our Lady of the Desert Church, 18386 Corwin Road in Apple Valley.

Arrest Logs

January 17, 2012

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.

A.V. couple’s homebrewing hobby began more than two decades ago

January 10, 2012

By Rene De La Cruz

Like the ancient Sumerians before them, Glenn and Vicki Spaulding are in pursuit of the perfect beer brewing technique.

“Brewing isn’t about making a bunch of cheap beer, it’s about the science of producing a fine quality beer and being true to traditional beer brewing techniques,” said Glenn Spaulding, who produced his first batch more than 20 years ago.

Sgt. Randy Gwaltney dies after battle with cancer

January 10, 2012

Staff Writer

APPLE VALLEY • Randy Gwaltney always had a smile on his face which can be hard to do especially when his job brought him face-to-face with some of the worst in society.

“He personally impacted all 64 employees at the station in one way or another,” Capt. Bart Belknap said. “Personally, Randy was a friend and confidant.”

After a hard-fought battle against cancer, Gwaltney — a sergeant at the Apple Valley sheriff’s station for eight years — died of pancreatic cancer Wednesday night. He was 51.

‘Golden Triangle’ up for council vote

January 10, 2012

Council also set to discuss sewer master plan

By Rene De La Cruz

The Town wants to annex 3,000 acres north of Bell Mountain. But some residents of the Golden Triangle worry that if the area becomes part of the Town, code enforcement officials will crack down on a range of regulations.

So the Town Council tonight is set to consider the Golden Triangle Amnesty Program, where property owners will be allowed to waive various code enforcement issues or be given a grace period to bring their property into compliance.

UltraStar Cinemas to screen ‘Contraband’ in D-BOX

January 10, 2012


“Contraband,” an action thriller starring Mark Wahlberg will be the first D-BOX film of 2012 screened at UltraStar Apple Valley 14 Cinemas, the company announced.

D-BOX is currently available at only 69 movie theaters in the entire United States, including seven UltraStar locations. “Contraband” opens Jan. 13, according to a news release.


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