Apple Valley only city in High Desert to earn award

Apple Valley only city in High Desert to earn award

From Staff Reports

The Town of Apple Valley can add one more accolade to its list of accomplishments: the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada recently presented the Town with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.

The Town, which is no stranger to receiving praise for its accounting practices, has been consistently ranked in the top 2 percent nationally for its accounting and financial reporting practices, according to a news release.

Small keepsake of appreciation

Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost,
Task Force Patriot Pao. U.S Army

Actor Stephen Lang signs an autograph for U.S. Army Pfc. Nathan Tornero, of Apple Valley, on a flyer for his play, 'Beyond Glory,' a collection of stories about Medal of Honor recipients from World War II, Vietnam, and Korea, after performing a few scenes from the show for the service members at Forward Operating Base Gamberi Jan. 13, 2014. Tornero serves as a paralegal with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot.

Conservative speaker alert

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

The Victor Valley Republican Club’s speaker on Jan. 27 will be Brad Dacus. You may have seen him on Fox or in the news defending our religious freedoms and parental rights. He is the president of the Pacific Justice Institute, an attorney and former assistant to Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas.

Dacus has had several public debates with the president of the ACLU and testified before Congress in opposition to bills that restrict rights and expand laws that turn opinion and free speech into hate crimes.

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Bridging the gap

Yucca Loma Bridge project breaks ground

Photos by James Quigg,
Apple Valley Review

Local officials and dignitaries make the first dig at the ground breaking ceremony for the Yucca Loma Bridge on Friday morning. The bridge will open a new Mojave River crossing, making way for traffic to connect to Yates Road in Victorville on the west side of the riverbed.

Tough health care market forces sale

Board chairman says new business model, owner could save center from closure

From Staff Reports

The Apple Valley Christian Care Center’s board chairman and administrator said last week a sale of the facility is pending approval from the California Attorney General and other stakeholders.

Administrator Tim Kelly and Board Chairman William McDaniel formally announced in a news release that the skilled nursing facility at 11959 Apple Valley Road was in the review process to be sold.

'Friends of the Library' group readies 2014 programs

From Staff Reports

The Friends of the Apple Valley Library has a lineup of guests to talk history, local events, nature, art and writing for 2014.

The group, which meets the second Tuesday of each month, aims to support the Newton T. Bass Library through book sales, the summer reading program for children, teens, and young adults, and other library projects.

Spider and the fly

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

In a quick review of the “success” of the Un-Affordable Care Act in our state we find that a whopping 430,000 Californians have signed on to Covered California (the Browncare version of Obamacare) as of Jan. 1. While signing “on” doesn’t guarantee these folks are actually insured, it’s a start.

We also recall that 1,087,169 of our neighbors had their individual insurance policies cancelled in 2013 under the new rules. So as a result, we have 657,169 more uninsured people in California today than we did in January 2013.

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Rob Qualls honored as AVFPD Employee of the Year

By Rene Ray De La Cruz
Staff Writer

An Apple Valley Fire Protection District employee who has been with the district since high school has been named Employee of the Year.

Engineer/Paramedic Rob Qualls, 31, who began his career with AVFPD as a fire explorer at age 14, took home the award during the district’s Annual Awards Banquet in December.

Cowboy Church congregation moves to town

Meetings held first, third Sundays monthly

From Staff Reports

Dale Park, better known as Preacher Gabby, has found a new home for his Cowboy Church: the original residence of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans on Highway 18.

‘Touch’ second volume planned for February release

New book includes nearly 600 photos

From Staff Reports

When author Tricia Spencer acquired 40,000 pieces of fan mail from the estate of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans more than 11 years ago, she discovered much more than typical “fan” adulation.

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