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


Arrest Logs

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.

August 24
Jeffery Channell was arrested on suspicion of drunk.
Jennifer Martinez was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
David Pearce was arrested on suspicion of burglary.
Christopher Valdivia was arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Living as an art

A.V. doctor teaches ‘Art of Living’ course to improve body and mind through proper breathing

By Rene De La Cruz

APPLE VALLEY • Dr. Nirmala Murthy is on a mission: To bring peace to the world one person at a time through breathing and meditation.

“If more people were at peace with themselves, then the entire world would see less violence,” Murthy said. “That is our goal, to help people find that peace within so we can all experience that outer peace.”

Money for Jaws

Photo submitted by Laura Whitehead, Apple Valley Fire Protection District

CLOSE TO NEW JAWS: Dr. Virgil Barnes, president of the Apple Valley Fire Board, left, on Wednesday night received a check for $350 to benefit the Apple Valley Fire Protection District’s Jaws of Life fundraising project. The Community Emergency Response Team in Apple Valley — comprised of 170 members — donated the money in memory of Jan Benson, a CERT member who died unexpectedly in June. Benson’s husband Bruce, center, and CERT member Don Ashbrook, right, made the presentation.

Q & A with Kirby Brill: Master of water

Kirby Brill, general manager of the Mojave Water Agency, was born in San Diego while his dad was stationed there in the Navy.

Later the family moved to Brea, where Brill grew up. When he turned 16, he was dying to be independent, so he got a job as a box boy at the newly opened Albertson’s in Brea — a great way to earn a few bucks for fun and to pay for college. At Cal State Fullerton he eventually got hooked on Geology and ended up with a major in civil engineering and a minor in earth sciences.



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