Help yourself with these 5 books

January 12, 2016

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

Now that 2016 has arrived, it’s time to get busy working on those New Year’s resolutions. While some have to do with fulfilling lifelong dreams, most seem to be about bettering oneself, whether it be in areas of the body, mind or spirit.

Here are five popular, recently released self-help books that just might be the ticket to helping you embark on a new path toward enlightenment and personal achievement.

Unions on the run

January 12, 2016

By Pat Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in a California case where several teachers have sued the California Teachers Unions for the freedom not to be forced to pay fees to the unions for services and activities they do not agree with.

Already California teachers can “opt out” of paying a portion of their dues that is allocated to political activity, but that isn’t the whole story.

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Program allows free mattress recycling

January 6, 2016

California becomes second state to implement 'Bye Bye Mattress'

L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

When a mattress has seen its better days, many people have no idea how or where to dispose of it. Unfortunately, many wind up in landfills or worse yet, in the desert or on a person’s front lawn.

Thanks to the nationwide Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress program, California recently became the second state in the nation with a free, statewide recycling program for used mattresses and box springs.

Getting fit in the New Year

January 6, 2016

Six local training centers to help you get in shape

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

Now that a new year has begun, many of us are determined to lose weight and get in shape, hopefully in time for beach weather. While there are lots of in-home exercise programs, staying on track without someone to be accountable can be difficult.

Joining a local gym might be a good option and the High Desert certainly offers plenty to choose from.

Here’s a rundown of six worth checking out.

Tears turn to triumph

January 6, 2016

Local recording artist Luanne Hunt achieves long-awaited worldwide recognition

From Staff Reports

Blood, sweat and tears. Lots of tears, actually.

Hesperia resident Luanne Hunt spent the past 20 years struggling to “make it” in the music industry as an indie recording artist. The Pennsylvania native experienced some success, to be sure, but no matter how hard she worked, how much money she borrowed or how many obstacles she overcame, her dreams always seemed out of reach.

Until December.

Van Halen tribute band to help ring in the New Year

December 30, 2015

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

Since forming a little over a year ago, the High Desert-based Van Halen tribute band Fair Warning has been setting local venues on fire with its high-energy and entertaining stage shows.

According to guitarist Jay Hotrum, his four-member group draws sellout crowds everywhere from the Cadillac Ranch in Apple Valley to Johnny Fingers in Victorville.

At 9 p.m. Thursday, Fair Warning looks forward to rocking the house in a New Year’s Eve party at Frogee’s Cocktail Lounge, 21820 Highway 18 in Apple Valley.

Renowned tribute act coming to AV

December 30, 2015

Joni Morris' Patsy Cline show to be at spiritual center

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

While singer Joni Morris admits she honed her musical chops on the sounds of Motown, fate eventually took her down a completely different artistic road. In her 30s, Morris said she discovered her love for gospel and country music and began singing for anyone who would agree to listen.

MWA director appointed to statewide committee

December 30, 2015

Richard Hall represents Oak Hills, portions of Hesperia

From Staff Reports

Mojave Water Agency Director Richard Hall has been appointed to the California Special Districts Association Professional Development Committee, the agency announced last week.

Hall is the Division 3 member of the MWA Board of Directors, representing the areas of Oak Hills, Summit Valley area, portions of Hesperia, Pinon Hills, Phelan and Baldy Mesa.

St. Mary's adds five new physicians

December 30, 2015

From Staff Reports

St. Mary High Desert Medical Group continues to expand services, adding outpatient pulmonary services as a new specialty to the group and welcoming five new physicians over recent months. The following five physicians join St. Mary High Desert Medical Group, which partners with the St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare medical practice foundation and St. Joseph Health, St Mary Medical Center:

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