Bogey’s here to help

June 7, 2012

Former KCBS Channel 2 consumer advocate Mike “Bogey” Boguslawski is again handling consumer complaints for our readers.

As referee and mediator between the public and the business community, Boguslawski tries to make a fair call when customers cry foul.

Granite Hills' graduating class reflects on last four years

June 5, 2012

BY RENE DE LA CRUZ
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

The feeling inside the noisy gym at Apple Valley High School was electric as nearly 475 Granite Hills High School seniors eagerly awaited the school’s 12th annual commencement ceremony to begin at Newton T. Bass Stadium on Wednesday evening.

As students chatted nervous in their white or maroon graduation gowns, senior Yejadai Dunn, one of five co-valedictorians, was the picture of tranquility as she sat with her friends.

Commencement day a 'shot of reality' for AV High grads

June 5, 2012

By Rene De La Cruz
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

In a crowded and noisy gym, graduating senior Amanda Merz shared her goal of becoming a successful welder, wife and mother in about 10 years.

“The biggest struggle during high school was trying to figure out who I was in the midst of all the social peer pressure,” Merz said. “I discovered who I was at the beginning of my junior year, and I’m very happy with who I turned out to be.”

Q&A with James Baxter: Playing hard ball

June 5, 2012

James Baxter grew up in Rialto, but considers himself a step-child of the High Desert since his mom taught up here for 30 years. Baxter did his undergraduate work at San Diego State and got his juris doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law. He has been practicing law and living in the High Desert for 23 years and is a single dad with two kids. He also umpires Little League games.

Q: What do you do in your free time?
A: I have lots of hobbies, including scuba diving, music and reading, but baseball has become a passion for me.

Film festival showcases young local talent

June 5, 2012

BY RENE DE LA CRUZ
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW
 
As the face of a dead and bloodied teenage girl flashed across the movie screen, the sound of sobbing could be heard throughout the packed theater.

Jacob Painter’s poignant short-film, entitled “Last Breath,” earned the high school senior the Best of Show Award during the Academy of Academic Excellence’s 14th Annual Film Festival at the Cinemark Theater in Apple Valley last week.

Dollar General opens to rave reviews

June 5, 2012

BY RENE DE LA CRUZ
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

From Snuggies to Beanie Wienies, the new Dollar General store in Apple Valley has a little of everything.

That was the discovery Marie Apodaca made on Memorial Day, as she stopped by the newly-opened store on Navajo Road south of Highway 18.

“It’s like a mini-version of one of the bigger retail stores,” said Apodaca, as she maneuvered her cart down one of the many narrow store aisles. “We are headed to the park and we need to stock up.”

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