Granite Hills sophomore dreams big

November 27, 2012

Kate Vinton
Staff Writer

With bedroom walls are covered in Justin Bieber and One Direction posters, Puja Patel describes herself as a typical teenage girl.

But the sewing machine and mannequin in the corner of her room, along with a homemade sign that says “Big dreams, small world” tell a different story — one of an aspiring fashion designer.

Patel, 15, is a sophomore at Granite Hills High School and has been interested in fashion since elementary school, inspired by shirts her father designed while in high school and college in India.

Q&A with Kristin Lekens: One chance at life

November 27, 2012

Kristin Lekens was born and raised in the small town of Mishawaka, Ind. She lived with her parents, her twin sister, Anne, and older sister, Amy. In their neighborhood, Lekens said the kids would stay out way after dark playing Ghost in the Graveyard with friends, in a time when it was still safe to do so.

“I wasted my parents’ money for a couple years at Ball State University,” Lekens said, “before I was hired by United Airlines as a flight attendant. I traveled the world for a few years before I married and settled here in Apple Valley in 1992.”


Sales tax increase — a sign of recovery?

November 27, 2012

By Rene De La Cruz

The town of Apple Valley received a bit of good news Wednesday when it announced that gross sales tax was up 4.7 percent for the second quarter of 2012 compared to the same time period last year.

The report showed that an additional $50,782 in sales tax was collected during May to June, with sales tax growth estimates for the remainder of the year projected between 4.5 percent and 5.0 percent.

Find Santa around town

November 27, 2012


With Christmas less than a month away, Santa and Mrs. Claus have several appearances scheduled throughout town over the next few weeks.

Pictures with Santa
Santa will be available for pictures from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Friday, Dec. 4 and 6 at Town Hall Recreation Center, 14955 Dale Evans Parkway. Appointment fee is $20 and includes a glossy 8-by-10 print. Call (760) 240-7880 to reserve an appointment. Additional photos will also be available for a fee.

Agencies join to raze, burn building

November 27, 2012

By Rene De La Cruz
Staff Writer

After discovering human waste and a severe rodent infestation in an abandoned structure in north Apple Valley, several local agencies worked together to remove the code enforcement house of horrors.

The structure, in the 20000 block of Otoe Road, was razed by the town, Victor Valley College and the Apple Valley Fire Protection District during a training exercise Nov. 13 after several major code violations over the years.

Town reaches out during holidays

November 27, 2012

By Deloris Comford

There are several programs in the works to help make sure everyone in Apple Valley has a merry Christmas this year.

The Apple Valley Fire Protection District will partner with the Spark of Love Toy Drive to help children in need this Christmas by playing Santa Claus.

The toy drive, which includes Southern California counties, collects toys for underserved children in local communities during the holiday season.

Arrest logs for Nov. 27, 2012

November 27, 2012

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.

Nov. 20
Dolores Corella was arrested on a narcotics charge.

David Kutsch was arrested on suspicion of drunkenness.

Alfred Bojorquez was arrested on unknown charges.

Ramie Black was arrested on suspicion of theft.

Alex Camarena was arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Jeremy Cooley was arrested on suspicion of driving offenses.

A.V. Rotary Club welcomes neighbors after delivering 300 wheelchairs

November 20, 2012

By Rene De La Cruz
Staff Writer

Surrounded by hundreds of thankful hearts, Donald Tatera, president of the Rotary Club of Apple Valley, found himself in a pool of joyful tears as the Rotarians presented wheelchairs to a group of disabled people in southern Mexico.

“I understood some of what the people were saying,” said Tatera, whose team gave out 300 child and adult-sized chairs during a September trip to Puruandiro. “If I understood Spanish, I would have cried even more.”

Q&A with Clint Air: Family guy

November 20, 2012

Tea party organizer Clint Air moved to the High Desert when he was 12. He attended Apple Valley Junior High and graduated from Apple Valley High in 1991. In high school, he met some very good friends who still remain close today.

After graduation, Air moved to Huntington Beach and went to work for his grandfather’s company and eventually moved back to Apple Valley at the age of 26 to start his own business.

“I have lived in Apple Valley for over 19 years,” he said. “I absolutely love this community. I am currently the director of Feed My Sheep in Apple Valley.”



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