Apple Valley's own chicken man

Photo by JAMES QUIGG, Apple Valley Review

Allen McDaniel selling bantam chickens along the side of Rock Springs Road near Deep Creek Road in Apple Valley.

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Community briefs

Blood drive for A.V. sergeant
VICTORVILLE • Friends of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Apple Valley station’s Sgt. Randy Gwaltney will be holding a blood drive for the 17-year-veteran who is currently battling cancer.

Those interested in donating can go to the American Red Cross donor center at 12520 Business Center Drive, Building G in Victorville and make a donation in Gwaltney’s name, according to Vicki Murray with the Apple Valley Optimist Club.

Around Town: Fired up over fire fee

By Pat Orr

Many city dwellers didn’t pay much attention when Governor Sunspot enacted a new Fire Protection Fee to be paid by all “rural” residents.


Arrest Logs

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.

A spirit of giving

A.V. nonprofits, businesses begin holiday season by helping community

By Rene De La Cruz

With the holiday season nearly upon us and many Apple Valley families trying to keep food on the table, nonprofits and businesses are opening up their hearts and their wallets to help the community.

Christmas came early to Samaritan’s Helping Hand when St. Mary Medical Center presented the Victorville nonprofit with a $25,000 check during a
Nov. 11 ceremony celebrating the 25th anniversary of the St. Joseph Health System Foundation.

Q & A with Matt Huffine: Teaching near and far

Matthew Huffine was born in the town of Oyster Bay, Long Island. At that time his father was beginning what would be a more than 20-year career as an Air Force officer. So the family had a new home every year or so until young Matthew was 10 and entering fourth grade.

Norton AFB in San Bernardino was his father’s last duty station, so Huffine for the most part grew up in the Inland Empire. (At the time Highland had more orange trees than houses and members of San Manuel Band of were living in poverty a few blocks away.)


Bark beetles take down town Christmas tree

Timely donation ensures tree will be up for December lighting ceremony

By Rene De La Cruz

Ravaging bark beetles caused the ultimate death of the Town of Apple Valley’s 71-foot tall Christmas tree.

But thanks to a generous donation by Agio Real Estate, Town Hall will have a replacement just in time for the annual tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 3.

“We decided to help because we love Christmas and the economy is not that good,” said Agio owner Kari Leon. “We need as much holiday cheer this season as possible.”

Apple Valley chosen for HeartChase event


APPLE VALLEY • The town is among 50 cities in the nation chosen to host HeartChase, a community event geared towards promoting healthy living, according to a town press release.

HeartChase, presented by the American Heart Association, is a team-building event combining themes from TV reality shows “Amazing Race” and “Minute to Win It.” Teams of three to five people will attempt to uncover clues, solve puzzles and complete challenges in a race to the finish line, according to the press release.

Cruisin' for a worthy cause


County officials blast state fire tax


SAN BERNARDINO • The state Board of Forestry and Fire Protection has reversed its previous decision and voted to nearly double the charge levied on structures from $90 to $150, sparking a fiery barrage from county officials.

The board voted to tax San Bernardino County fire stations, government buildings, hospitals, clinics and other medical facilities. County officials bitterly slammed the move and said it amounts to “outright thievery” by Gov. Jerry Brown and the State of California.


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