Cuba comes home

Photo courtesy of Carrie ‘Daizy’ Mullaney

VISITING THE HOME TURF: Academy Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr., left, who attended Apple Valley High School in the 1980s, visited DJ’s Sports Bar & Grill on Wednesday. He told bartender Carrie ‘Daizy’ Mullaney, right, he’s proud to say he’s from Apple Valley. For more, click on and search ‘Gooding.’

Q & A with Cliff Earp: The High Desert’s Son of a Gun

Cliff Earp was born in Lubbock, Texas and in 1944 moved with his family to Riverside where he grew up. His family lived by the Santa Ana River and he spent a lot of time “running amock” up and down the river bottom.

His dad and mom plus his two sisters and two brothers would drive back to Texas every year to visit, stopping at Stuckey’s Trading Post along the way. Most of the time they would spend the night along the side of the road sleeping on the ground next to the car.


Council discusses facility sponsors, naming rights

Councilman suggests reviewing naming rights policies to increase revenue stream

By Rene De La Cruz

APPLE VALLEY • Next time you use a park drinking fountain, don’t be surprised if you see a fast food or computer software company logo staring back at you.

The town council agreed at its meeting on Tuesday to review current policies regarding facility naming rights to open up alternative revenue streams, particularly in the area of park and recreation facilities.

St. Mary's prepares for Sept. 24 gala


Caroll Yule of Shear Realty and Mesrak Gessesse of St. Mary Medical Center will serve as co-chairs of this year’s St. Mary Medical Center Foundation Gala.

The Earp brothers and the gunfight at the OK Corral


The famed gunfight at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Ariz. was the essence of the wild west — a combination of romance, myth and a legendary showdown between good and evil.

The Oct. 26, 1881 shoot-out between the Earp brothers and Doc Holiday facing off against the Clanton gang has been spun into the fabric of America. It was also the end of an era, said Cliff Earp, fourth cousin of Wyatt Earp.

“I think that was one of the last stands of the wild west,” Cliff Earp said.

Remembering Roy: Star-struck at the dinner table

By Karen Lee Kelley
Special to the Apple Valley Review

I’ve lived in the High Desert my entire life, 47 years. My twin brother, Kevin, and I grew up watching the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans TV series, movies and shows. We never missed an episode.

We were so enthralled with them that we played like we were Roy Rogers and Dale Evans in the yard most weekends. Kevin had his black cowboy hat, black cowboy boots and black double holster and I had my red cowgirl hat, red cowgirl boots and red double holster. We would have done Roy and Dale proud for sure.


Blast off

Rocketry Organization of California holds family-oriented events every month


LUCERNE VALLEY • They come from all over Southern California — and beyond — to pursue their passion of sending their rockets skyward, some soaring 19,000 feet into the atmosphere.

Some come just to watch and marvel at the spectacle of amateur rocketeers launching their missiles at Lucerne Dry Lake, just off of Highway 247 in Lucerne Valley.

Pancake fundraiser for ill sergeant


APPLE VALLEY • The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Apple Valley station is planning a pancake fundraiser to help a veteran sheriff’s sergeant battling cancer.

Colleagues are rallying around Sgt. Randy Gwaltney who has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

“He has personally impacted all 65 employees at the station o ver the years,” Capt. Bart Belknap said of Gwaltney. “He has been a mentor and a role model to many.”

Mojave Water Agency to hold career seminar


APPLE VALLEY • The Mojave Water Agency will hold a seminar to teach residents about career opportunities in water.

This meeting will be focused on educating all ages in various water careers, including what type of courses should be taken at the high school and college level to prepare for such a field and how interested candidates can get their foot in the door.

Scheduled for Sept. 27 at MWA headquarters in Apple Valley, the seminar will host a panel of qualified speakers in the water and wastewater industry.

Around Town: Dog days defined

By Pat Orr



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