Road work beginning

November 13, 2012

By Rene De La Cruz
Staff Writer

Drivers in Apple Valley will soon have a smoother and safer ride, after state and regional funding sources will help the town to improve two heavily traveled roads, and one congested intersection.

Through a state and local partnership program, $320,000 of Prop. 1B funds will help the town to begin phase-two of its south AV project, as it widens Kiowa Road from Del Oro Road to Tussing Ranch Road, the town’s southern border.

Arrest logs for Nov. 13, 2012

November 13, 2012

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.

Nov. 7
Joshua Hinkle was arrested on suspicion of driving offenses.

Elidia Valenzuela was arrested on unknown charges.

Julie Johnson was arrested on a narcotics charge.

William Cox was arrested on a narcotics charge.

Matthew Mardon was arrested on a narcotics charge.

Damon Aguilar was arrested on suspicion of drunkenness.

Bishop, Cusack take major lead in AV council bid

November 7, 2012

By Rene De La Cruz

APPLE VALLEY • Former fire chief Art Bishop and local businessman Larry Cusack jumped to commanding leads in a field of nine candidates for two Town Council seats late Tuesday night.

Bishop, a heavy favorite from the start of election season, received 27.95 percent of the initial votes counted by the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters.

Bender, Davis take lead in AVUSD race

November 7, 2012

By Rene De La Cruz

APPLE VALLEY • Incumbent Dennis Bender and retired teacher Donna Davis had a commanding lead for the two seats on the Apple Valley Unified School District, according to preliminary results late Tuesday night.

Bender, who has been involved with the district for 42 years, received 23.94 percent of the vote, with 10 percent of precincts reporting.

Davis’ 23.68 percent placed her a close second, ahead of Scott Weldy, manager of Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company, who was trailing in third place.

Paving the way

November 6, 2012

Newton T. Bass built the homes, lived the life that put the High Desert on the map


If Newton T. Bass’ contribution to the creation of Apple Valley had ended with his brilliant marketing of homes and lots, his place in High Desert history and lore would be secure.

But Bass’ vision extended far beyond simply making a quick buck selling desert property to urbanites hungry for a taste of the “real West.”

Q&A with Laura Whitehead: Ready for disaster

November 6, 2012

Emergency Services Officer Laura Whitehead spent the first 14 years of her life in Cheshire, Conn., a quaint New England town. She said she’s glad she was raised in New England with its four distinct seasons.

“I have such happy memories of each season — swimming with my brother and cousins in our backyard pool, raking up piles of leaves and then jumping in them, making ‘snow angels’ in the fluffy, freshly fallen snow in my yard, ice skating on neighborhood ponds and sprawling in the fragrant spring grass looking for four-leaf clovers with my cousin,” Whitehead said.


Recognize the Victor Valley’s best

November 6, 2012

As 2012 comes to an end, the Daily Press would like to hear about the people who made a difference in the Victor Valley this year.

So help us select the Daily Press Person of the Year. Nominees may be anyone who made the Victor Valley a better place — by helping one individual or many. Nomination should be no more than 100 words. Include your name and daytime phone number as well as the nominee’s contact information. The deadline is Nov. 30.

Nominations will be reviewed, and the top selections will be profiled in December.

A.V. business owners struggle to survive

November 6, 2012

By Rene De La Cruz

As Sherri Stoneman gave birth to her son, Brandon in 2006, her joy was quickly tainted when doctors discovered that she had uterine cancer.

“I was shocked when they told us,” said Stoneman, as she sat next to her husband, Terry, outside of the couple’s Juice It Up! shop in Apple Valley on Friday. “It’s been a rough go, but we’re managing.”

As the Stonemans move into their fifth year as franchise owners, the couple took a break to reflect on their eight-year journey of pain, joy and heartache.

Holiday cheer givers wanted for Winter Wonderland celebration

November 6, 2012


Give your business, club or organization some exposure and spread some holiday cheer at the same time by participating in this year’s Winter Wonderland celebration.

Winter Wonderland is a family friendly event featuring train rides, inflatables, crafts, pictures with Santa, information and giveaways, live entertainment and falling snow!


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