Space limited for MWA facilities mini-tour

February 12, 2013


The Mojave Water Agency will host a mini-tour of its facilities from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on May 2. The agency is currently accepting advanced reservations for the tour as seating is limited.

Twice a year, the agency hosts the educational mini-tour, designed to acquaint and inform the community about the vital role it serves as the Victor Valley region’s manager of water resources, according to a news release.

Optimists to host basketball skills contest

February 12, 2013


The Apple Valley Optimist Club will host its annual Tri-Star Basketball Skills contest from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 19 at the James Woody Community Center Gym. The contest is free and is open to kids ages 8 to 13.

Some of the events include dribbling a basketball through cones while timed, shooting baskets from different spots on the court and bouncing the ball to hit a target. Players who win first, second and third place will receive a trophy. First place winners will have a chance to go to the district tri-star contest.

Free workshop teaches housing rights, responsibilities

February 12, 2013


Housing providers, homeowners and tenants will have the opportunity to receive valuable information at a workshop on Wednesday.

The workshop will address topics including recognizing and reporting housing discrimination, housing rights of individuals living with disabilities and more. An interactive session will allow attendees to ask questions.

The town of Apple Valley, HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agency and the Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board are working in conjunction to host the workshop.

Arrest logs for Feb. 12, 2013

February 12, 2013

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.

Feb. 5
Nikole A. Ballard was arrested on suspicion of motor vehicle theft and other unspecified charges.
Feb. 4
Gustavo Camargo was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Tiffany Mazourek was arrested on suspicion of assault.

Daniel Castro was arrested on suspicion of assault.

Expanding in 2013: Cruise One

February 5, 2013

Real adventures in travel

By Davida Siwisa James

Three years ago, Nancy Real decided to turn her love of travel and family’s adventurous travel spirit into a business.

Since starting her travel agency, Cruise One, from her Apple Valley home, Real has hired three associates. And if her current growth continues and plans move forward, she’ll be adding a brick and mortar office and kiosks in malls.

Code enforcement cleans up in 2012

February 5, 2013

Graffiti cases down 48 percent

By Martial Haprov

From inspecting more than 2,600 rental and foreclosed homes to cutting graffiti cases in half, Apple Valley’s code enforcement officers were busy in 2012, according to a recent department release.

Compared to 2011, reports of graffiti throughout the town dropped 48 percent to 1,492, resulting in 1,367 fewer cases. In 2012, court ordered restitution awarded the town with $62,487.50 from the arrest and conviction of six defendants for tagging.

Town offers pet vaccinations at reduced costs

February 5, 2013

By Davida Siwisa James

Pet owners know that keeping pets updated with vaccinations is an important part of caring for them. The Apple Valley Animal Services Department offers reduced-cost vaccines that make this more affordable.

The Municipal Animal Shelter will host the first of its low-cost rabies vaccination clinics on Feb. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. Additional clinics will be held at the same time on Wednesdays, every other month in 2013.

Q & A with Kathie Martin: The voice of the town

February 5, 2013

Kathie Martin has served as the marketing and public affairs officer for the Town of Apple Valley since January 2001. Prior to working for the town, Martin was the event coordinator for the recreation district in Apple Valley for three years. She also spent nine years as the activity director at the Jess Ranch retirement community, where she did everything from driving a bus to calling bingo.

Martin has a degree in recreation administration from Cal Poly Pomona.


All-stars girls undefeated

February 5, 2013

Photo courtesy of Daryn Dittemore

The High Desert Youth Soccer League Girls U10 all-star team show off their trophies after a successful season.

Among their accomplishments, the girls beat Murrieta 6-0, Empire Soccer Club #2 4-2, Temecula Valley 2-0 and Palm Desert 5-0 on Jan. 5 and 6 to win the Presidents Cup championship; and took home the Tournament of Champions title after being Murrieta #2 5-0, Barstow 4-0, Empire Soccer Club 1-0 and Colton 2-1 on Jan. 26 and 27.

Head coach Eric Wilkin was also named HDYSL Coach of the Year.


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