Stanton to begin monthly 'Coffee with the Mayor' Thursday

February 14, 2012

By Rene De La Cruz

Mayor Barb Stanton will invite citizens to join her for coffee, Thursday morning — keeping a promise she made the night she was appointed, and to keep the doors of transparency open.

“It is important that our citizens feel that they are important,” said Stanton, who became mayor on Dec. 13. “Our residents do make a difference and we want to give them an opportunity to share their questions, problems and solutions, I want to hear their voice.”

Robinson may stay after all

February 14, 2012

Council looking to renew Town Manager’s contract

By Rene De La Cruz

Town Manager Frank Robinson could have a new three-year contract after tonight’s council meeting even though he announced last year he planned to leave in June.

If approved, Robinson’s contract would run through Feb. 2015 and would have a yearly price tag of $216,000, with an additional $650 monthly automobile allowance.

A discussion to replace him during the Jan. 24 meeting was pulled from the agenda with “no reportable action,” according to meeting minutes.

A.V. native wins Coast Guard achievement

February 14, 2012

BY Grant DeVuyst

KETCHIKAN, Alaska • Apple Valley native Petty Officer 2nd Class Bettina Watson has been recognized as Enlisted Person of the Year for Base Support Unit Ketchikan, the Coast Guard announced.

Cmdr. T. Wade Gesele presented Watson with her citation and a Coast Guard Achievement medal. Local community representatives from the VFW, American Legion and Alaska USA Federal Credit Union also presented Watson with certificates of appreciation during the ceremony.

Community events for the week of Feb. 14, 2012

February 14, 2012

• Town Council meeting, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Council Chambers at Town Hall, 14955 Dale Evans Parkway.

• Coffee with the Mayor, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, The Grind Coffee Shop, 12111 Apple Valley Road.

• Intro to Watercolor class, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Town Hall Recreation Center.

• HeartChase presented by the American Heart Assocation, $10 per person, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Town Hall Recreation Center.

Submit your community events online at www.AppleValley


Around Town: Steve McQueen and the public union ‘Blob’

February 14, 2012

If you see petition circulators out in front of your local grocery store, be very careful before you sign. Not only are there a myriad of tax increase propositions floating around out there, but now the San Bernardino County employee unions have banded together to punish the Board of Supervisors for daring to request that voters — you know, the ones who actually pay the bills — weigh in on future benefit and pension increases. How dare these elected officials resort to the disgusting tactic of democracy!


Arrest logs for Feb. 14, 2012

February 14, 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.

Feb. 8
Joshua Jules was arrested on suspicion of sex crimes.

Maria Ayala was arrested on a narcotics charge.

Edward Garcia was arrested on unknown charges.

David Hottinger was arrested on a narcotics charge.

Jonathon Arriola was arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Brooke Duncan was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Granite Hills video students operate TV studio, interview variety of guests

February 7, 2012

By Rene De La Cruz

Surrounded by high school students, the tables were turned on Juvenile Court Judge Larry Allen, who found himself on the hot seat, as teens grilled him.

“Do you take personal pleasure in sentencing someone?” asked one teenager, as the judge sat in his black robe, pondering how he should reply.

“I take pleasure in knowing that I did the best of my ability to render a fair and just decision,” Allen said. “My job is to implement the law.”

Remembering Dale: Dale made her mark in A.V.

February 7, 2012

Note: To mark the 100th anniversary of Dale Evans’ birth on Oct. 31, 1912, we are sharing some Apple Valley residents’ memories of the legendary movie star who lived in town from 1967 until her death in 2001.

By Marcella Taylor

Dale and I share the same birthday. Dale and I share the same address. I, like many others, claim her as my own.


A.V. man on ‘Let’s Make a Deal’

February 7, 2012

From Staff Reports

Dressed in cooky costumes, people from all over the world come to Hollywood to play on the game show “Let’s Make a Deal.”

Apple Valley’s Randy Brown is one of those contestants bidding for a hidden treasure and hoping he doesn’t get zoinked along the way.

Brown will be trading up on the all-new game show hosted by Emmy award-winning Wayne Brady.

“Let’s Make a Deal” was a 1960s and ’70s iconic game show that was hosted by Monty Hall and allowed costumed contestant to choose from various hidden prizes.


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