St. Mary to host hospital tours

June 12, 2012


St. Joseph Health, St. Mary will host tours of the medical center on Thursdays throughout June.

The tours will take place from 1 to 1:30 p.m. starting at the front entrance of the Apple Valley hospital and will highlight the work and influence of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange.

To RSVP or for more information, call (760) 242-2311, ext. 5355.

Penna named assistant GM of AV Ranchos Water Co.

June 12, 2012


Antonio “Tony” Penna Jr. has been named assistant general manager of Apple Valley Ranchos Water Co.

Prior to joining AV Ranchos, Penna served as the construction and energy efficiency manager for Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority and as vice president of Inland Energy, a consultant to the city of Victorville’s many energy projects.

Arrest logs for June 12, 2012

June 12, 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.

June 6
Ricky Burch was arrested on suspicion of drunkenness.

Jeremy Walters was arrested on unknown charges.

Billy Yonkers was arrested on suspicion of disturbing the peace.

Shawn Pelletier was arrested on suspicion of drunkenness.

Jovance Lewis was arrested on suspicion of assault.

Isaac Caldera was arrested on a narcotics charge.

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


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

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

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.


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