School district, businesses team up for internships

January 8, 2013

Superintendent working with local owners to help prepare students

BY Davida Siwisa James

Students need to be prepared to enter college and the work force, not just get good grades, and one school official said he’s doing what he can to make that happen.

Tom Hoegerman, superintendent of the Apple Valley Unified School District, is engaged in a county-wide collaboration with other school districts and businesses to help young people achieve a mastery level of skills and knowledge to prepare them for work and higher education.

Scoring goals after school

January 8, 2013

A.V. business owner helps create after-school soccer programs

By Davida Siwisa James

Jose Palafox believes being successful should lead one to give back to the community. His company, Starfox Financial Services, LLC, donated nearly $8,000 to SoCal Rush Soccer Club. The nonprofit will manage a pilot after-school enrichment soccer program at Desert Knolls and Sandia Elementary schools. Palafox is the president of the soccer club.

Setting up shop: Apple Valley's early business community

January 8, 2013

By Kate O’Rourke

This article originally appeared in the book, “The History of Apple Valley,” by Kate O’Rourke, and is reprinted here with permission from the Lewis Center.

From around 1900 until Newton T. Bass arrived in 1945, Apple Valley residents were primarily employed in farming, mining, the railroad, cattle and guest ranches. The first retail building, a 30-by-40-foot one-story structure, Valley Building and Materials store, was erected in September 1946, much to the amazement of the few who actually drove out Highway 18 past Navajo Road.

Around Town: Free is always good

January 8, 2013

By Pat Orr

Seldom does government provide something for free to you that they haven’t confiscated from someone else first, but Apple Valley has a deal for you.

First, you have until Friday to put your Christmas Tree out for free pick-up by the trash man. Now, if your trash collection day has already passed this week and you are still hanging on to that dead old stick of a tree, you are out of luck.


Arrest logs for Jan. 8, 2013

January 8, 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. 2
Angela Fort was arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Jason Ocull was arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Jan. 1
Carlos Ochoa was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Jonathan Anderson was arrested on a narcotics charge.

Ashley Travertesarski was arrested on suspicion of assault and battery.

Q&A with Dr. Nirmala Murthy: Helping the little ones

January 2, 2013

Pediatrician Dr. Nirmala Murthy was born in South India. Her father was a Chief Engineer in the highway department. She did her medical studies in Madras Medical College in Chennai, one of the premier and oldest medical schools in India.

“I am very fortunate to have parents who encouraged my passion for medicine and supported me” she said. “In the 1960s education of women was not a priority in India, the role of women was to stay home and take care of the family.”


A new wrap for an old bag

January 2, 2013

Story and photo by Davida Siwisa James

Plastic shopping bags get a bad rap.

They last decades in landfills, are banned in some communities and there is a charge for them in others.

So it’s no wonder that Apple Valley resident Jennifer Vance is proud of her grandmother’s creative recycling of those maligned plastic bags. Her grandma, Lucette Vance, spends copious hours separating the bags by color, cutting them into strips and crocheting the plastic bags into handbags, small purses and, yes, reusable grocery totes.

Toastmasters club tames butterflies in public

January 2, 2013


Spokeswoman Kathie Martin is considered the voice of the town of Apple Valley, but the cool and collective Martin wasn’t always so composed.

“Sometimes when I spoke, my breathing would be very shallow and I would get out of breath,” said Martin, whose regular duties often finds her in the public spotlight with a microphone.

To have her oratory skills refined and nerves calmed, Martin turned to the Butterfly Tamers Toastmasters Club 18 months ago.


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