Apple Valley in Brief: 1-27-2015

January 27, 2015

ABC’s of Water to present drinking-water session

Mojave Water Agency will present an ABC’s of Water topic from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, “What’s Really in My Drinking Water?”

Matt Howard, the agency’s senior water resources technician, will provide an overview of the constituents or elements found in High Desert water and what protocols MWA follows to meet state safe drinking-water regulations.

Attendees also will have an opportunity to watch the MWA Water Resources team in action, tour the mobile sampling vehicle and participate in water sampling tests.

Around Town: Sit! Stay!

January 27, 2015

by Pat Orr

If you fancy yourself a “dog person,” there is nothing this short of heaven like having a well-trained pooch that does what it’s told, when it’s told.

I took my very first yellow labrador to training where he taught me the ropes. Once we got our certificate and got home after a seven-week course, Sam began to modify the rules somewhat. Between episodes of restraining him from eating the mailman and swimming in our pool 10 times a day, I had little time to reinforce our training.


Museum research influences new national monument

January 27, 2015

From Staff Reports

The San Bernardino County Museum had a big hand in the new designation of a national monument.

Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument, America’s newest signed into law last month, is located north of Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s the first national monument in America dedicated to fossils from the Ice Ages, and the nation’s first such monument in an urban setting.

Ranchos begins $1 million water system upgrade

January 27, 2015

Water main project expected to be completed in April

From Staff Reports

On Monday, Apple Valley Ranchos Water Co. began a large water main replacement project in the area of Symeron, Mondamon, Pohez and Apple Valley roads. This project will occur mostly in the public utilities easement, however it will cross Symeron and Apple Valley roads with the new water main. This project will replace 4,300 feet of old 12-inch steel pipe with a new 20-inch ductile iron water main. The project is expected to be completed on April 17.

New Year’s resolution: Loose-leash walking with your dog

January 23, 2015

By Jason Rae

If your resolution is to get in shape this year what better way to start than going on long walks with your dog? However, that’s not possible if your dog doesn’t know how to walk on a leash properly.

Today, is going to show you how to train him. (Visit to see the video webisode.)

Let’s start out by covering what equipment you don’t need:
— No prong collars
— No choke collars
— No harnesses

Fossil adopts Granite Hills families

January 13, 2015

Underprivileged families receive donated gifts, essentials

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

While many High Desert residents were busy shopping for Christmas presents last month, five local, underprivileged families prepared for a holiday in which there would be no gifts under their trees. But their situation took a turn for the better thanks to the generosity of three Fossil stores in Barstow, Cabazon and Ontario.

Rabbit People looking for funding to transport healthy cow

January 13, 2015

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

Motivated by a heartfelt desire to help abandoned and abused animals in the High Desert, Apple Valley residents Nancy Camello and Dan Duffy have turned their multi-acre home into a sanctuary for healing and a fresh start. Since 2002, they have been operating through their 501(c)3 organization The Rabbit People & Small Animal Sanctuary.

Ruggles named town Employee of the Year

January 13, 2015

Expertise, work ethic earns Public Works staffer top nod

From Staff Reports

Paul Ruggles is one of those workers whom employers are lucky to find, according to town officals. Well trained, good natured and extensively certified, the town says it was fortunate to hire him in 2006. His expertise, positive work ethic and willingness to accept a challenge are just a few of the reasons Ruggles was chosen as the town’s 2014 Employee of the Year.

Ruggles was recognized for the honor at the Town’s annual employee recognition dinner last month.

Academy to host blood drive Friday

January 13, 2015

From Staff Reports

A mobile blood drive planned for Apple Valley this week will bring some free goodies to donors.

From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, the LifeStream mobile blood van will be at High Desert Premiere Academy. While supplies last, donors will receive a coupon for two free tacos and a milkshake courtesy of Jack in the Box.

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

Arrest logs for Jan. 13, 2015

January 13, 2015

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 or listed law enforcement agency.

Jan. 8
Brad Spellman, 36, was arrested on suspicion of felony parole violation.

Brian Boseke, 43, was arrested for review process for assessing and refining postrelease supervision conditions.

Sarah Newton, 25, was arrested on suspicion of a narcotics charge.


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