Patched with pumpkins

Photo by Rene De La Cruz, Apple Valley Review

Q & A with Collin Willis: Heart and determination

Collin Willis, quarterback for Granite Hills High School, was born in Inglewood in 1993 but later moved with his parents from Los Angeles to Apple Valley.

He attended preschool at St. Timothy’s in Apple Valley, Desert Knolls Elementary from kindergarten to fifth grade, sixth grade at Vanguard Preparatory, and seventh and eighth grade at Sitting Bull Middle School.

Willis entered Granite Hills High in the ninth grade where he’s currently a senior. He’s been playing football, baseball and basketball at Granite since entering ninth grade.


Chili cooks stir things up in Apple Valley

10th annual Chili Cookoff on Saturday at Brewster Park

By Rene De La Cruz

Stephen Hay has been cooking chili for close to 40 years and he’s hoping that his recipe at the Saturday’s 10th Annual Happy Trails Chili Cookoff will propel him to the chili world championship in West Virginia.

“I’ve been cooking chili since I was 10 years old and I think my chances are going to be good this year,” Hay said. “It should be a lot of fun, but I’m focused on winning this thing.”

Apple University students lend hand to fire district

New program gives high schoolers hands-on experience

From Staff Reports

APPLE VALLEY • More than a dozen high school students recently left their classrooms to repaint road signs on the edge of the Apple Valley Fire Protection District.

The 14 students are part of Apple University, a new program at High Desert Premier Academy in Apple Valley. Students do their academics online through the APEX program, are concurrently enrolled at Victor Valley College and are involved in hands-on projects and field trips that support the high school curriculum.

Remembering Roy: Roy serenades at the pharmacy

Note: To mark the 100th anniversary of Roy Rogers’ birth on Nov. 5, 1911, we are sharing some Apple Valley residents’ memories of the legendary cowboy movie star who lived in town from 1967 until his death on July 8, 1998. Send your memories to

By Lydia Young
Special to the Apple Valley Review

I moved to the High Desert in 1987 and got a job at Loury’s Pharmacy in the medical building behind St. Mary Medical Center.


Burrtec withdraws proposed rate increase

By Rene De La Cruz

APPLE VALLEY • In a time of economic uncertainty, Burrtec Waste Industries delivered a message that was well received by the Town of Apple Valley last week: “We withdraw our rate increase request.”

Council members agreed on Aug. 23 to conduct a public hearing in regards to a proposed service rate increase by the town’s waste collection provider.

Deep Creek Road closed for signal installation

APPLE VALLEY • Deep Creek Road will be closed at Bear Valley Road now through Oct. 28 while a new signal is installed at that intersection, town officials announced.

During the closure, cars will be unable to enter or exit Deep Creek at Bear Valley Road. A detour will route traffic to Apple Valley and Del Oro roads.

Tour de Apple Valley hits the streets Saturday

APPLE VALLEY • Bike enthusiasts will take to the roads around town on Saturday to help raise funds for the Police Activities League at the fourth annual Chuck Hanson Tour de Apple Valley.

Check in begins at 6 a.m. at Civic Center Park and the ride begins at 7 a.m. Riders can choose the 31-mile tour or the 62 mile tour.

The cost is $60 for individual riders and $70 for tandem riders. Proceeds will benefit the Apple Valley Police Activities League.

Around Town: Great weekend to get involved

By Pat Orr

There is a full calendar Saturday to get you up out of that chair and participating. The Tour de Apple Valley Bike Ride raises funds for the Apple Valley Police Activities League and their great youth programs. You can select a 62 or 31 mile ride. The fee is $60 and the ride kicks off at 7 a.m. at Civic Center Park. Get there early as there’s paperwork to fill out if you haven’t pre-registered.


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.


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