Stanton takes mayor seat, tackles sewer issue

December 20, 2011

By Rene De La Cruz

As Barbara Stanton took her position as the Town’s new mayor, she confidently told those in attendance that she expected each council meeting to be professional, with strict decorum.

During public comments, Stanton backed up her words as she told an unruly speaker that she would have him removed if he did not follow her instructions.

“Sir, you are out of order,” said Stanton, without flinching, as two deputies approached the man. “Your time is up, sir.”

Dancing in a new light

December 20, 2011

Teen entrepreneur opens dance studio

By Rene De La Cruz
More than a decade ago, Jessica Romero’s mother stood her ground when her daughter cried and pleaded with her to skip dance class.

Today, Romero is a certified dance instructor, and although she’s only 17, she owns and operates her studio in Apple Valley.

“I’m so thankful for my mom pushing me into dance,” said Romero, as her mother, Irene, smiled near the studio reception desk. “It’s like a dream come true.”

Q&A with Dennis Bender: Going forward — one step at a time

December 20, 2011

Dennis Bender, a teacher for 43 years and now president of the Apple Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees, was born in Needles during World War II, the son of a Santa Fe Railroad conductor.

“I totally enjoyed growing up on the Colorado River,” said Bender, who has two brothers. “Lots of duck and goose hunting, and in the summer lots of girls came to Needles with their families to enjoy the river.”

He played football and baseball on all CIF championship teams in high school.


Happy Trails Villas hit the market

December 20, 2011

First move-ins expected in March or April

By Rene De La Cruz

Drivers traveling along Highway 18 may have noticed an unfamiliar sight: A single light shining from one of the 34 units at the once-stalled Happy Trails Villas project.

“We finally have power and we’re leaving some lights on,” said Kirsten McKinnon, director of sales. “We’re moving full steam ahead with this, and we should be seeing more than lights very soon.”

3 DUI crackdowns planned for A.V.

December 20, 2011


With drunken-driving fatalities on the decline in the region, local law enforcement agencies have three drunken-driving crackdowns planned for Apple Valley in December.

Drunken driving saturation patrols are planned in town from 8 p.m. Dec. 29 to 3 a.m. as part of the San Bernardino County “Avoid the 25” campaign.

Another round of DUI saturation patrols is planned the following day from 8 p.m. until 3 a.m.

Authorities held multi-jurisdictional DUI taskforce Friday in Apple Valley, Victorville and Hesperia.

Reflections on the joy of pets

December 20, 2011

Story and photo by Lori Gillispie

One of the biggest blessings in my life are my precious pets.

I can truly say I love them as much as my human family. The pets I've lost in the past and some recent, have forever touched my life and I am so thankful to have been their "Mom".

Arrest logs for Dec. 20, 2011

December 20, 2011

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.
Dec. 14
Felice Vargas was arrested on suspicion of driving offenses.

Umar Love was arrested on suspicion of lewd or lascivious acts.

Joshua Fuchs was arrested on unknown charges.
Dec. 13
Ami Davis was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Michael Floyd was arrested on suspicion of burglary.


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