Workshops planned for baby boomers, veterans

Rock Springs facility to host seminars Tuesday

From Staff Reports

APPLE VALLEY • A local retirement facility is planning two informational workshops Tuesday aimed at educating people on social security and other benefits, according to news releases from Senior Planning Advisors in Victorville.

Bell Mountain series highlighted during Black History Month

By Marcella Taylor
For the Apple Valley Review

During February, in honor of Black History Month, Eloise Gibson and Marcella Taylor, both retired teachers and members of CalRTA and many other civic organizations, gave three informative presentations on eight Bell Mountain homesteading families and the famous Murray’s Overall-Wearing Dude Ranch in Apple Valley.

Deadline looming for submissions for art festival

Students can enter artwork until Thursday

From Staff Reports

Students ages 13 to 18 are invited to submit their original works of art for participation in this year’s Teen Art Festival, an annual program of the Town of Apple Valley’s Parks and Recreation Department.

The event is free to enter and has seven categories: drawing (black and white); drawing (color); painting; sculpture; photography (landscape and still life); photography (people and animals); and digital art.

Density equals profits

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

The recent issue in Victorville of increasing lot size and creating neighborhoods with more room and open space is purely about money. Five houses per acre means the developer makes more money per home because land costs are low.


Iwo Jima survivor recalls the victory of war

By Rene Ray De La Cruz
Staff Writer

APPLE VALLEY • John Hixson said tears streamed down his face as he watched five Marines raise the U.S. flag at Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.

Almost 70 years later, the Navy veteran’s tears continue to flow as Hixson remembers his time in the Pacific and several encounters with the Japanese Imperial troops during the war.

Teacher nominated for 2014 Educator of the Year

Victoria Porraz, ‘master teacher,’ runs Foreign Exchange Club

By Amy Zillner
Apple Valley Review

A close look at Granite Hills High School’s campus shows the visible difference English teacher Victoria Porraz and her Foreign Exchange Club students make.

“She’s not only working hard to educate our kids, but also to beautify our school so the kids can leave a very positive legacy,” said Family Center and After School Coordinator Zayra Hall.

Tickets available for annual awards dinner

Club to roast Donnelly, toast Hill

From Staff Reports

The Apple Valley Optimist Club is gearing up for a March 8 awards dinner to toast Trish Hill, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Apple Valley Station — followed by a roast of Assemblyman Tim Donnelly.

Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, represents the High Desert, including Apple Valley, in the 33rd Assembly District.

The awards dinner is the club’s primary source of funding for all Optimist events, according to Optimist Vicki Murray, while all funds the club raises go to help local youth.

Way down the road

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

Have you heard about the Planned Unit Development recently approved by the County Planning Commission for 4,000 lots just east of Apple Valley?

The Jess Ranch-type age restricted development is mega-years away from being fully realized but signals the future direction for the pattern of growth in our area. The complaints about no shopping or services by folks who live way out by Central and Joshua roads and all points east will seem like distant echoes when this area booms to serve the new residents drawn to that side of town.


Motivated by adrenaline

AV resident gets in the action with stunt-performance company

By Amy Zillner
Apple Valley Review

Co-owner of Reel Time Stunts, Apple Valley resident Matthew Rege, 28, doesn’t let fear stop him from doing a stunt.

“Pretty much we do whatever the actors are scared to do,” said stuntman and stunt coordinator Rege, who likes “high falls and flying off buildings.” His group also does stunts such as fire burns, car and bike crashes and fight scenes.

Subregional projects get $1.5 million grant

Funding adds to initial $2 million federal money

From Staff Reports

The Victor Valley Wastewater Regional Authority’s Subregional Treatment Plants recently received $1.5 million from the Department of Water Resources, according to a news release from the Mojave Water Agency.


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