Reporter's Notebook: My first fire scene

By Rene De La Cruz

While driving home from an afternoon meeting on Sept. 20 I noticed black smoke billowing from a backyard. As I drove closer, I could see flames were consuming a wooden fence.

As a small group of drivers stopped to watch the scene, on Sitting Bull Road near Waynoka Road, I asked if anyone had called 911.

“We called as soon as we got here and the fire department is on the way,” said Ken B’Road, who was in the area visiting friends with his wife Susan.

Free health screenings, flu shots at Health Fair & Open House


The Apple Valley Fire Protection District will host the 2011 Health Fair & Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 8 at Fire Station 337.

Several groups will offer free screenings for residents including hearing, fitness, blood pressure, spine and nerves and glucose. Desert Valley Medical Group will also be on hand to provide free flu shots on a first come, first served basis.

Fire engine rides, a fire safety house and a free hot dog lunch will all be a part of the day’s events.

Station 337 is at 19305 Jess Ranch Parkway.

Around Town: Losing VVCH will endanger lives

By Pat Orr


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.

The pizza doctor

Dr. James Krider starts mobile pizza business

By Rene De La Cruz

The heat coming from the small oven was almost unbearable as Nick Antinory used a long-handled spatula to rotate the pepperoni pizza, its crust turning a golden brown.

“This is an all wood oven and the temperature can reach around 900 degrees,” said Antinory, who works for “Where’s the Fire Gourmet Pizza” (WTF), a mobile pizza trailer that serves up specialty pizza and sandwiches.

Q & A with Rick Piercy: A hands-on learner

Rick Piercy’s grandparents moved to Victorville in 1945, and his dad went to Victor Valley High School, graduating in 1948.


Town council OKs temporary emergency shelter

By Rene De La Cruz

APPLE VALLEY • This year the homeless in Apple Valley may have a warm and dry place to sleep during cold winter nights.

The town council is amending the town’s Development Code, establishing a temporary emergency shelter in the Village area.

Amending the code would pave the way for Calvary Chapel of Apple Valley to use their church property as a shelter.

Junior Rifle Club to celebrate 50th anniversary in October

By Rene De La Cruz

Tradition has it that Roy Rogers had a hand in changing the name of Victorville’s Desert Fish and Game Association Rifle and Revolver Club to the Apple Valley Gun Club back in 1968.

Regardless of how the club got it’s name, since 1948 the popular shooting range has seen quite a bit of action, especially by the Apple Valley Junior Rifle Club which will celebrate its 50th anniversary Oct. 1.

Roy Rogers breakfast, tour, concert planned for Nov. 5


APPLE VALLEY • As the 100th anniversary of Roy Rogers’ birth approaches, organizers are seeking sponsors for a full day of activities honoring the King of the Cowboys.

A series of local events is planned for Nov. 5, starting off with an opening prayer at Sunset Hills, followed by a pancake breakfast and a self-guided tour of points of local interest where Roy and Dale lived and played, said co-organizer Bob Tinsley, a long-time friend of Rogers.

Painting, pies, prizes at Fall Festival on Saturday


APPLE VALLEY • The town is seeking its next “Official Pie of Apple Valley” as it readies to kick off its annual Fall Festival at 10 a.m. Saturday at Civic Center Park.

The official pie contest is a mainstay part of the event where participants bring a baked apple pie created from an original recipe. One recipe will be recognized as the town’s next official apple pie.

Also at the festival will be the returning “Paint-A-Truck” art event. Artists of all ages can show off their painting prowess in helping paint a 1972 Ford F-250 truck.


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