Bank to lease former 'Nikki's' property

October 2, 2012

By Rene De La Cruz

A year after the owners of Nikki’s Cafe sold their property to Chase Bank, the financial institution is attempting to sublease the property on the corner of Apple Valley and Bear Valley roads.

An Orange County demolition team razed two smaller buildings on the property in May, just after a green screen construction fence went up around the nearly one acre property that sits across the street from Target.

Local author publishes third book

October 2, 2012


APPLE VALLEY • Publishing a new book may be easier than you thought.

Apple Valley resident, Bob Jordan, has recently published his third book, the first two being children’s books called “The Timekeeper” and the “The Clown in Room 301” which were came out a few years ago. His latest book, by the name of “Treasure Heart,” is his first mystery-romance tale.

Jordan, who writes under the pen name Clanci, was 23 when he first realized he was interested in writing.

Opinion: Parent-trigger for all?

October 2, 2012

By Daniel B. Jeffs

There is much more than concern about dividing families at the troubled Adelanto Desert Trails Elementary School.

The ‘Parent-trigger’ law for transforming the school into a charter school for six years of 70 percent of sixth-graders not being proficient in English or math reflects a long history of California’s failing schools, and ample reason that most, of not all, California K-12 public schools should be parent-triggered into charter schools.


Around Town: How to celebrate Columbus Day

October 2, 2012

By Pat Orr

First, in the time honored tradition of most great Italian explorers you should get yourself good and lost. Poor old Chris had no blooming idea where he was when he landed on some islands and dubbed them the “West Indies.” He was looking for India and he knew this wasn’t it, but he had sailed to the west, so what the heck? West Indies it is.

From here an entire ethnic group of Native American derived their nickname: Indians. All brown men became Indians for a few hundred years.


Arrest logs for Oct. 2, 2012

October 2, 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.

Sept. 26
Larry Harris was arrested on a narcotics charge.

Lakisha Sartin was arrested on unknown charges.

Joseph Lopez was arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Heather Hudson was arrested on suspicion of felony theft.

Joey Toon was arrested on unknown charges.

Christopher Hunt was arrested on a narcotics charge.

Apple Valley honors Dale Evans

September 25, 2012

Weekend events dedicated to the 100th birthday of Apple Valley’s FIrst Lady


On Oct. 31, one century ago, Frances Octavia Smith was born in Uvalde, Texas.

And for the next 88 years, she lived a most unlikely life, marked by fame, fortune, personal tragedy — and through it all — enduring faith in God.

So to mark the centennial of the birth of Apple Valley’s First Lady, Dale Evans, her admirers from near and far will gather in town for a series of events this weekend to remember Roy Rogers’ lifelong partner and the “Queen of the West.”

Dale Evans tribute song goes global

September 25, 2012


Singer Patty Parker was awestruck when she met her childhood idol, Dale Evans, during an Arizona musical festival in 1995.

“I had a chance to meet with Dale backstage at the Festival of the West, just before I sang my song to her,” Parker said. “Dale sent me a hand written note telling me how much she and Roy loved the song.”

Parker’s tribute song, “She Rode a Horse Called Buttermilk,” will be used by the Dale Evans Centennial committee this weekend to celebrate what would have been Evans’ 100th birthday Oct. 31.

Ouch: 14.4 percent water rate hike stings residents

September 25, 2012


Town residents may have to think twice about installing a new lawn, after the California Public Utilities Commission approved a 14.4 percent rate hike for Apple Valley Ranchos Water Co.

“That’s just grand, another rate increase,” said Stu Roberts, while he shopped at a local home improvement store. “We let the lawn go, but I’m not going to lose our trees — we need the shade.”

Community clean up day planned Oct. 20

September 25, 2012

If you have junk to clear out or want to do a good turn by helping clean up the town, save the date, Oct. 20.

Community service organizations, schools, churches, clubs and individual volunteers are invited to participate in the semi-annual Community Clean Up event from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Teams are provided with trash bags and gloves and assigned an area to clean. In return, participants get event T-shirts and lunch while supplies last.


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