Optimists to roast Bishop March 9

January 29, 2013


The Apple Valley Optimist Club is gearing up for a March 9 awards dinner to toast Phyllis Papen, a past governor of the club and long-time member — followed by a roast of Apple Valley Mayor Pro Tem Art Bishop.

The awards dinner is the club’s primary source of funding for all Optimist events, according to Optimist Vicki Murray, while all funds the club raises go to help local youth.

Free tax prep available for low income households

January 29, 2013


The San Bernardino County Transitional Assistance Department is offering free tax preparation services to low to moderate income taxpayers through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Services are available to those who earned less than $51,000 in 2012.

Apple Valley residents can schedule an appointment at the Apple Valley Library, 14901 Dale Evans Parkway, for Feb. 9 or 16 by calling (909) 252-4903.

Arrest logs for Jan. 29, 2013

January 29, 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. 22
Michael Huerta was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping.

Paul Martinez was arrested on suspicion of felony theft.

Cameron Westlake was arrested on a narcotics charge.

Donna Shaw was arrested on suspicion of drunkenness.

Robert Davidson was arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Joseph Ryan was arrested on a narcotics charge.

From Apple Valley to the Panama Canal

January 22, 2013

Local couple takes nine-month journey around world

By Davida Siwisa James

Don and Vicki Allen returned home last month after a tour of more than a dozen countries in 284 days. Having found love again after their casual acquaintance blossomed, they married on Aug. 27, 2011.

“Both of us had lost our spouses and realized life is short,” said Don Allen. “We decided we should travel now while we were healthy and capable.”

Emick: 2013 is ‘Year of Partnerships’

January 22, 2013

Town outlines its ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ list for coming year


As the town of Apple Valley heads into its 25th year of incorporation, officials have outlined a list of “New Year’s Resolutions,” according to a press release.

Near the top of the list is creating jobs and keeping tax revenue within the town as a new Denny’s restaurant and 10,000-square-foot beauty supply retail store, “Ulta,” are set to open in the Jess Ranch Marketplace, according to the release.

AV residents headed to state quilting competition

January 22, 2013

By Davida Siwisa James

Several High Desert residents will be attending and participating in the “Road to California Quilters Conference and Showcase” through Monday at the Ontario Convention Center.

Carol Coats and Carolyn Villars, both of Apple Valley, are finalists in the quilting competition. Another Apple Valley resident, Annie Gaunder, of Annie’s Quilt Studio, is participating for her third consecutive year. The winners, who will share $37,000 in prize money, will be announced Tuesday.

Secret Santa event results in smiles, cheer

January 22, 2013

Ranchos shareholders join fire district personnel, high school students for charity


Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company and the Apple Valley Senior Center wrapped up 2012 by providing gifts to more than 230 children in-need through the annual Secret Santa program sponsored by Apple Valley Fire Protection District. The effort brought happiness to the children and their families who continue to feel recession impact, according to a news release.

Q & A with Terry Kurtz: Visually preserving history

January 22, 2013

Longtime Apple Valley teacher, videographer and entertainer Terry Kurtz is very much a product of his Midwestern upbringing and Puritan ethics.

Kurtz is the youngest of three children to working-class parents. His dad, foreman of the public utilities overhead-line crew near their Nebraska home, was often out of town all week repairing power lines.

“Dad was very tall and athletic — set Nebraska scoring record in basketball — an avid sports fan and outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing,” Kurtz said.



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