Around Town: 'There will be blood'

December 2, 2014

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

This quote from a recent movie about the fight over oil rights in early California also appears to be an apt observation for what looms in the battle over water in Apple Valley. Because the water rate issue was a political hot button during the recent Town Council election, the rhetoric and intensity of the entire issue has just increased rather than died down.

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Why turkeys on Thanksgiving?

December 2, 2014

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

The ritual of gobbling up turkey dinners on Thanksgiving became commonplace in the U.S. in the early 1600s. The holiday’s inaugural celebration came in 1621. That first meal was held in Plymouth, Massachusetts and was shared by the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians.

New owner takes over Wine Seller helm

November 18, 2014

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

Over its six-year history, the Wine Seller in Apple Valley has become known for its vast array of high-quality wines, micro-brew beers and wine accessories. The establishment, at 19341 Bear Valley Road, Suite 201, changed hands in July and is now owned and operated by Victorville resident Wendy Miller.

Miller said she has worked as a bartender at the Wine Seller since it opened in 2008. When the previous owners, Paul and Arlene Bruinsma, decided they wanted to sell, they approached Miller about purchasing the business.

Workforce board announces 120 openings for youth

November 18, 2014

Program hopes to boost youth employment in county

From Staff Reports

Single mom Theresa Acevedo is living in a homeless shelter with her two young children but says life is great and she’s excited for the future.

She is employed and is studying to complete her high school diploma, with the goal of going to college to attain a business degree.

Theresa is part of the Youth Program supported by the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board.

Several religions represented at interfaith gathering

November 18, 2014

Spiritual living center to host pre-Thanksgiving celebration

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

In the spirit of love and gratitude, several High Desert based religious organizations will join together at 7 p.m. Nov. 25 for a pre-Thanksgiving spiritual celebration. The event, which has been presented annually since 1997 by the Interfaith Council of the High Desert, is set to take place at the Hi Desert Center for Spiritual Living, 18575 Corwin Road in Apple Valley.

Tacos, milkshakes for blood donors

November 18, 2014

From Staff Reports

From 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the LifeStream mobile blood van will be at Vanguard Preparatory School. Donors at will receive coupons for two free tacos and a free milkshake courtesy of Jack in the Box, while supplies last.

Donors will also receive a free cholesterol screening and Gift of Life Donor Loyalty points that donors can redeem for complimentary items.

Donors aged 18 to 44 years old may also register for Be The Match bone marrow screening free of charge.

Private water utilities eligible to share in infrastructure bond proceeds

November 18, 2014

From Staff Reports

Local water companies are hoping that money from the passage of Proposition 1 will benefit their infrastructure programs and benefit ratepayers.

The $7.5-billion statewide bond issue, called the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014, was passed by California voters on Nov. 4. Its funds are designed to offset customer costs for critical water infrastructure projects like recycled water, groundwater cleanup, water-use efficiency and safe drinking water for smaller systems in economically disadvantaged communities.

The game is afoot — again

November 18, 2014

By Pat Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

Soon-to-be former 33rd Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, stopped in at the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Governmental Affairs Meeting last week to say goodbye and discuss local issues.

Naturally, he was pressed about his future plans.

He acknowledged that several folks have come to him suggesting he consider running in the special election which Governor Sunspot will call, probably for March, to fill the State Senate seat vacated by Steve Knight who is moving up to Congress.

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