1798 book found in stack of donated books in Apple Valley

December 6, 2011

By Rene De La Cruz
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

How did a 213-year-old book, published in England by the founder of one of the world’s oldest scientific communities find its way to America?

“I don’t know the mystery of how it arrived here, but I do know this — I’m sending it back home,” said Anita Holmes, president of Friends of Apple Valley Library, who was first introduced to the book by former president Pat Bridgers.

A.V. teen, reality show star shoots it up in Texas

December 6, 2011

By Rene De La Cruz
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

As Kalyn Braun began sharing her Apple Valley-to-Texas story, the sound of gunfire erupted and shattered the conversation.

“So sorry about that, we were supposed to go to Six Flags and we ended up going to the gun range instead,” said Braun, during a recent phone conversation. “I guess it’s a Texas thing.”

Braun is one of the stars of Style Network’s reality TV show “Big Rich Texas,” which follows five mother-daughter duos as they try to assimilate themselves into Dallas’ high society.

Commission OKs 3.8 Ranchos rate hike

December 6, 2011

CPUC still considering 20-percent increase

By Rene De La Cruz
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

The California Public Utilities Commission ruled that Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company may raise their rates by 3.8 percent effective Jan. 1, but more increases may be on the horizon pending a final decision by the commission.

“We were hoping to have the final increase by January, but the ruling judge had more cases ahead of this one,” said Scott Weldy, general manager for Ranchos. “We could get the new ruling any time.”

Arrest Logs

December 6, 2011

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.

A man of of many voices

November 29, 2011

Apple Valley handyman Bob Jordan has been the voice of talking toys, Obamacare and even Sen. John McCain

by Rene De La Cruz
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

Next time you hear a talking doll or stuffed animal, it just might be the voice of 63-year-old Bob Jordan of Apple Valley.

Last year, the Fisher Price toy company used Jordan’s voice on a new toy that hit store shelves this year. A nondisclosure agreement prevented Jordan from revealing the identity of the toy.

Rancho Verde students get tech savvy

November 29, 2011

By Gretchen Losi
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

APPLE VALLEY • For most of us, the idea of giving a Power Point presentation or making an iMovie seems overwhelming, if not impossible. But not for the sixth and seventh graders at Rancho Verde Elementary School in Apple Valley.

In this high-tech, 21st century world, learning technology is becoming more prevalent, and schools like Rancho Verde are at the forefront of incorporating technology and courses into the curriculum.

Should Village PBID continue?

November 29, 2011

BY RENE DE LA CRUZ
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

With the Village’s Property Business Improvement District agreement set to expire in June, business owners will have to decide whether to renew the property tax assessment or let it dissolve.

On Nov. 17, less than 20 business owners attended the proposed PBID renewal workshop at the Mojave Water Agency.

District Chairman Larry Cusack told those in attendance that the purpose of the meeting was to obtain as much input from business owners as the PBID tries to set a course of direction for the next five to 10 years.

Belinda Gail to headline Happy Trails fundraiser on Dec. 17

November 29, 2011

FROM STAFF REPORTS

VICTORVILLE • Belinda Gail, who has been honored seven times as the Western Music Association’s Female Performer of the Year, will headline the 10th Annual Curly’s Cowboy Christmas on Dec. 17.

Gail has been recognized twice as the Academy of Western Artists Female Vocalist of the Year; three times as Group/Duo of the Year with Curly Musgrave and Album of the Year for “Red Rock Moon.”

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