Fire captain retires after 30 years

April 10, 2012

BY RENE DE LA CRUZ
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

Nearly 25 years ago, as a large air-conditioning unit crashed through a burning two-story building, paid-call firefighter, Barry Moler, remembered the reaction of Capt. Randy Randolph.

“I looked at Randy and asked him if we should be in here,” said Moler, 59, a retired Apple Valley Fire Protection District captain. “He calmly looked at me and told me that things were fine. He was calm under pressure and also very aggressive.”

Stop signs, speed limit changes on council agenda

April 10, 2012

The Town Council Tuesday night will discuss the addition of stop signs, and the establishment of speed zones.

After an intense evaluation by the town’s Traffic Safety Committee, the council will consider a resolution that would add two more stop signs at Kiowa and Ottawa roads, and Kamana and Kasota roads, making them four-way stop intersections.

The signs on Kiowa Road would allow vehicles traveling on Ottawa Road a safer means to cross, or to negotiate turns onto Kiowa Road, which begins to curve at the intersection.

Q & A with Virgil Barnes: Staying a steady course

April 10, 2012

Former Apple Valley Unified School District Superintendent Virgil Barnes was born in Los Angeles. When Barnes was 11, his family moved from Los Angeles to Santa Rosa, a town of 12,000 people and a wonderful place to grow up.

“While rural and agricultural, it had a ‘downtown with a courthouse square,’ and celebrated many local and cultural traditions as well as famous residents such as the horticulturist Luther Burbank and author Jack London,” Barnes said.

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In brief

April 10, 2012

CA Secretary of State to speak at Chamber luncheon
APPLE VALLEY • California Secretary of State John Chiang will discuss issues facing the state in an address to the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce Thursday.

The luncheon will be at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Apple Valley Conference Center, 14975 Dale Evans Parkway. Tickets are $26 in advance and include a catered buffet, dessert and drinks. Tickets at the door are $30. To RSVP, call Marc Puckett at 240-7000 or email MPuckett@AppleValley.org.

Around Town: Anniversary column

April 10, 2012

By Pat Orr
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

By my reckoning it has been about a year since Editor Don Holland was silly enough to let me have this space every week to vent and gossip. While my mission is to “stay local,” what happens around here is often dwarfed by sheer unbelievable stupidity in other far flung places that I’m forced to meander a little. Today is such a day — mostly.

Too much time on their hands

If you think the county supervisors need to be part time servants, how about our Legislature?

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Arrest Logs

April 10, 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.

Residents 'relieved' after 135-acre housing tract fails

April 3, 2012

By Rene De La Cruz
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

Dr. Venkat Devineni was relieved, after hearing that the Town Council denied an Arizona developer’s plan to build 168 homes along Sitting Bull Road in Apple Valley.

“I treat many wonderful people in this town, and it is sad to see many underwater with their homes,” said Devineni, a cardiologist at St. Mary Medical Center, “The bad recession, and the dangerous traffic conditions in that area was a good reason to stop these homes.”

Terminated teachers return to A.V. Christian

April 3, 2012

By Rene De La Cruz
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

Students and parents gave a warm welcome to teachers returning to Apple Valley Christian School — after they were terminated nearly three weeks ago.

“There was nothing but bright shining faces and optimism this morning,” parent Karen Sanchez said.

The nine teachers were back largely due to the school’s alumni foundation members who raised $30,000 to help fund the teachers through June. One teacher did not return due to another career opportunity, school officials said.

Schools to begin $12.3 million solar project

April 3, 2012

By Rene De La Cruz
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

The Apple Valley Unified School District will soon undertake an ambitious $12.3 million solar project at Sitting Bull Academy and Granite Hills and Apple Valley high schools,
Desert Solar Energy Solutions of Apple Valley is set to begin installation of the 2.2-megawatt system by December. The project was approved by the school district in April 2010.

The project could save the district nearly $23.5 million over the next 25 years, school officials said.

Q&A with Chris Grube: Chasing life's many adventures

April 3, 2012

Teacher and aircraft builder Chris Grube moved to Apple Valley in 1970.
“Back then there were only 15,000 people here. It was a wonderful place to grow up,” he said. “At the time it was a very rural environment.”
Most of his early years involved life on a small ranch, horseback riding and building airplane models — lots of models. He has a Bachelor's degree in Geography, an Associates in Science degree in Aeronautics, and was working on a Master's degree in Education until recently.

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