Sgt. Randy Gwaltney dies after battle with cancer

January 10, 2012

Staff Writer

APPLE VALLEY • Randy Gwaltney always had a smile on his face which can be hard to do especially when his job brought him face-to-face with some of the worst in society.

“He personally impacted all 64 employees at the station in one way or another,” Capt. Bart Belknap said. “Personally, Randy was a friend and confidant.”

After a hard-fought battle against cancer, Gwaltney — a sergeant at the Apple Valley sheriff’s station for eight years — died of pancreatic cancer Wednesday night. He was 51.

‘Golden Triangle’ up for council vote

January 10, 2012

Council also set to discuss sewer master plan

By Rene De La Cruz

The Town wants to annex 3,000 acres north of Bell Mountain. But some residents of the Golden Triangle worry that if the area becomes part of the Town, code enforcement officials will crack down on a range of regulations.

So the Town Council tonight is set to consider the Golden Triangle Amnesty Program, where property owners will be allowed to waive various code enforcement issues or be given a grace period to bring their property into compliance.

UltraStar Cinemas to screen ‘Contraband’ in D-BOX

January 10, 2012


“Contraband,” an action thriller starring Mark Wahlberg will be the first D-BOX film of 2012 screened at UltraStar Apple Valley 14 Cinemas, the company announced.

D-BOX is currently available at only 69 movie theaters in the entire United States, including seven UltraStar locations. “Contraband” opens Jan. 13, according to a news release.

Q & a with Paul Starks: Music Man

January 10, 2012

Born in Los Angeles in 1937, Paul Starks grew up listening to church hymns played on piano by his mother, and his brothers were self-taught piano players. Later Starks heard jazz swing, then classical music where he found a home until the jazz bebop era blossomed.

He played baseball in high school and later became an umpire. He did not attend college except to take self-enrichment classes.

“I have a long history of listening to jazz and classical music,” he said. “I taught the history of jazz music at VVC for two years as a member of its Community Teachers Program.”


Five-way tie in Q&A contest

January 10, 2012

Five avid readers of the Apple Valley Review had perfect scores and tied for first place in the 2011 Q&A quiz.

The five winners are:

• Riley Ballinger
• Susan Bean
• Cathryn Heberling
• Robyn Morgan
• Chuck Utgard

The Q&A quiz appeared in the Dec. 27 edition and challenged readers to pair photos of past Q&A subjects with brief descriptions. The winners will each receive a $25 gift card and have the opportunity to be profiled in an upcoming Q&A.

Concert series planned in February

January 10, 2012


A series of concerts is planned for every Saturday in February and will feature a range of American music.

The “Rhythms of Love” concert series will be held at 12:15 and 1:30 p.m. at the Hi-Desert Center for Spiritual Living, 18575 Corwin Road, just east of St. Mary Medical Center. Tickets are $5. Doors open at 11 a.m. The series will also feature Paul Starks’ collection of historic jazz memorabilia. The schedule:

Feb. 4, Jazz
Feb. 11, Classical
Feb. 18, Gospel
Feb. 25, Latin & Dance

Arrest Logs

January 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.

Jan. 4
Kimberly Arnold was arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Connecting rural Apple Valley to the world

January 3, 2012

A.V. resident owns, runs local high-speed internet connection service

By Rene De La Cruz and Kris Reilly
The screeching sound of dial-up modems can still be heard in some remote areas of Apple Valley, as frustrated computer users attempt to connect to the Internet.

“Do you know how long it takes to download a document or photo?” asked Dan Duffy, who lives in the eastern part of town. “We have to go to Starbucks just to get on Facebook. What a joke.”


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