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.

Around Town: Who is kidding who?

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

In the Western classic, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” there is an exchange between Butch (Paul Newman) and the Kid (Robert Redford) when they look out over the landscape for sight of a relentless posse of top lawmen who have chased them for days. Butch says, “I think we lost ’em, you think we lost ’em?”

The Kid replies, “I will if you will.”

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Locals prepare to resolve in the new year

Residents share their traditions

By Davida Siwisa James
Apple Valley Review

Apple Valley resident Erin Fox and her family take turns on New Year’s Day highlighting one thing they each want to work harder to do better for the coming year.

It might be as simple as picking up after yourself or making your bed.

In many cultures, it’s believed that moods and actions on the first day of the year can predict how a person’s year will go.

Seminar planned to offer valuable information

A.V. Library to host January workshop

By Davida Siwisa James
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

An upcoming seminar in the new year is aimed at helpng veterans and surviving spoues learn about the Veterans Administration’s Non-service Connected Disability Pension, according to a news release.

Apple Valley Library will host the Jan. 13 seminar, titled “Honoring America’s Finest.” It’s targeted to both veterans and surviving spouses of veterans. Organizers say they want to encourage surviving spouses to attend and access this valuable information.

AVHS selected to host baseball academy

From Staff Reports

Spring training is coming to Apple Valley — and it’s coming early.

U.S. Baseball Academy, which operates a national network of hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and baserunning camps for players in grades 1 through 12, announced the addition of Apple Valley High School to its lineup for the coming winter and spring in a news release.

Registration is now under way at www.USBaseballAcademy.com.

Around Town: New Year’s resolutions

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

Promises to change our behaviors at the beginning of each New Year aren’t new. The Romans, Babylonians, Medieval Knights and even Christians have a history of praying to their God at the end of each year with promises of changing or improving some past behavior.

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AAE AFJROTC receives shining unit evaluation

Inspector says program exceeds standards overall

By Alexandria Austin
For the Apple Valley Review

With the sun peeking over the horizon on a brisk December morning, retired Col. Pete Gray arrived at the Academy For Academic Excellence. From the moment he stepped out of his car, the AAE AFJROTC cadets were in full evaluation mode.

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