Q & A with Grant Pederson: Living, giving and learning

February 28, 2012

Grant Pederson is activities director at Sitting Bull Academy.

He was born in Apple Valley at St. Mary’s hospital in 1975 and lived in Riverside until his parents divorced. Growing up in a broken home his mom raised her three boys.

“She did a great job, and I had a very good childhood participating in karate, Little League, Awana’s, playing trumpet and riding my bike all over town,” Pederson said. “I saw my dad on weekends and we would go to the beach, play cards and work on yard or house projects.”


In brief

February 28, 2012

Sun City craft fair planned Saturday
Sun City Apple Valley is planning its Arts and Crafts Spring Boutique from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The boutique will feature one-of-a-kind handcrafted items from over 40 vendors. The snack bar will serve breakfast and lunch. The event will be at the Aspen Clubhouse, 10741 Lakeshore Drive.

Optimists to roast Hitt March 10
The Apple Valley Optimist Club is gearing up for a March 10 awards dinner to toast Archie and Lois Hardy along with Jack Fales — followed by a roast of Chris Hitt.

Letter to the Editor 02-28-12

February 28, 2012

Re: “Dirty Spending Secrets”

Items gleaned from DirtySpendingSecrets.com may be deceptive because of their brevity. I found this one, (Apple Valley Review, Feb. 21) about spending taxpayer dollars to train Chinese prostitutes, to be downright misleading.

The story is old news, disseminated by Edwin Mora in an Internet post dated May 11, 2009. It involves an NIH grant for research to contain the spread of HIV. The grant was funded in November, 2008 during the administration of President George W. Bush.


Arrest Logs

February 28, 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. 22
Shapaula Moody was arrested on suspicion of petty theft.
Steven Hawkins was arrested on suspicion of burglary.
Christopher Brymer was arrested on suspicion of drunkenness.

A passion for coffee

February 21, 2012

A.V. residents roast organic coffee beans from fair trade farmers all over the world


With every bag of coffee sold, John Tonyan helps a farmer in a foreign country keep their dignity by giving them the opportunity to make a decent living.

Tonyan, who purchased more than 12,000 pounds of coffee last year, is introducing High Desert residents to a variety of fresh organic coffee from fair trade farmers in places like Ethiopia, Brazil and Papua New Guinea.

Town adds fees, cuts park, staff time

February 21, 2012

Cramer Family Park near Serrano, Rimrock roads to close

By Rene De La Cruz

As the town faces an expected $1 million shortfall in the park and recreation budget for this year, the council approved recommendations to close one park, add activity fees and scale back staffing at special events.

Three changes will save the town approximately $250,000:
• Closing the Cramer Family Park near Serrano and Rimrock roads
• Reducing payroll hours during special events
• Establishing participation fees for certain activities.

Full house for 'Coffee with the Mayor'

February 21, 2012

Mayor Barb Stanton, staff meet with area residents

By Rene De La Cruz

A crowd of nearly 50 people packed The Grind Coffee House in Apple Valley, in order to share their thoughts and concerns with Mayor Barb Stanton, who scheduled the event as part of her promise to keep the doors of transparency open.

Originally dubbed “Coffee with the Mayor,” the Thursday morning meeting quickly morphed into a networking event, where town residents met face-to-face
with Stanton, town staff and a variety of community leaders.

Historically speaking: Apple Valley’s good old days

February 21, 2012

By Ken Peterson

My earliest recollection of Apple Valley is when I was around 9 years old in 1953.

We made the trip on weekends from Lynwood to work on building my aunt and uncle’s one-room cabin in the Sycamore Rocks area of northern Apple Valley. There was nothing for miles after getting off of the I-15 Freeway except a scattering of homestead house throughout the desert.

Q & A with James Hubbard: Helping others beat depression

February 21, 2012

Jim Hubbard was born in 1944 in a small rural town in eastern Colorado about 150 miles east of Denver.

His parents taught their four children at a very early age how to work hard and be responsible and dependable. They all learned the realities of ranching: hard work, perseverance, self-sufficiency, pride — and at times — even stubbornness. Some of those traits became the hallmarks of his life, and others became somewhat of a problem as he grew older.



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