New enrichment programs may be on the way to Granite Hills

January 3, 2012

BY Gretchen Losi

APPLE VALLEY • Granite Hills High School is working on an after school grant that will help enhance programs for students and extend their day.

Landing the $290,000 a year grant will be a welcome bonus for the school amid the statewide budget crunch, said teacher Marty Ellingsen.

“We've been wanting after school programs for so long. There are no funds and we are not able to reach a lot of kids,” said Ellingsen.

Quilt of Valor

January 3, 2012

Photo courtesy of Brooke Compton

HANDMADE: Jim Compton, of Apple Valley, a paraplegic who was wounded in the Vietnam war, was one of 125 veterans chosen to receive a homemade quilt in December at the Veterans Holiday Tribute sponsored by Don Ferrarese Charitable Foundation. The quilts were assembled and quilted by volunteers of the Quilts of Valor program, as a small token of thanks to the veterans. Visit the foundation website at or call (760) 951-8003.

Around Town: Here comes trouble

January 3, 2012

By Pat Orr

A short “blurb” last week quoted Gov. Sunspot’s Office as saying the “leadership of California” is behind the governor’s plan to increase sales and income taxes. The release then quoted the Gov. who lamented; “the cuts will be very, very drastic. They are going to be unpleasant any way you look at it” … if voters reject the tax hikes. The campaign to justify this outrageous money grab to put California further in the economic hole has started full time.


Arrest Logs

January 3, 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.

Dec. 27
David Early was arrested on a weapons charge.
Michael Alamillo was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Tramone Wilson was arrested on suspicion of forgery including checks and access cards.
Henrette Culpepper was arrested on suspicion of felony theft.

A.V. organ recipient decorates Rose Parade float

December 27, 2011

By Rene De La Cruz
Seven years ago, Carol Stafford went into surgery for a broken leg, but when she awoke, she learned that her liver had almost failed due to

“I had just turned 50 and I had no idea my liver was three quarters gone. It was either going to be chemo treatments or the transplant,” said Stafford, who did not want either.

Stafford said after much discussion with her husband, Dennis, and daughter, Michelle, she decided to pursue the transplant.

Ronald McDonald draws big crowd

December 27, 2011

A.V. McDonald’s celebrates grand reopening

By Rene De La Cruz
Created out of nearly 200 balloons and standing 12 feet high, giant golden arches greeted young and old alike as they approached the McDonald’s Restaurant on Highway 18 for the store’s remodeling celebration.

Inside, Ronald McDonald, the company’s iconic figure, juggled, performed magic tricks and displayed his “eye phone,” (an eye glued to a toy phone) to approximately 300 enthusiastic fans.


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