Around Town: No hard time, just pull weeds

By Pat Orr

Good news that Apple Valley sheriff’s station authorities caught up with the suspects who nabbed the aluminum bleachers from the Academy for Academic Excellence last week. Not that I would presume these “suspects” are guilty as charged, but if they are, how about an old-fashioned sentence? Let them mow the lawns, water the grass, pull the weeds and provide general maintenance duties around the AAE campus, working for the standard prison wage per hour until they have offset the cost of replacing the bleachers.


Community Events

Pastries and Conversation for active adults 25 years old and up, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Town Hall, 14955 Dale Evans Parkway
Town Council meeting, 6:30 p.m., Town Hall

Equestrian Advisory Committee meeting, 7 to 9 p.m., Town Hall

Concerts in the Courtyard, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Apple Valley Commons, 20288 Highway 18


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.

Sept. 7
Paul Hall was arrested on suspicion of assault.

Life returns to desert oasis

Senior roughs it on homestead property

By Rene De La Cruz
APPLE VALLEY • Jane Davis’ 21⁄2-acre parcel in Apple Valley is teeming with wildlife once again after a local well drilling company came to her rescue in August.

“All of my trees were turning brown, the plants that the birds eat were dead and my garden was barely alive,” said Davis, 65, who lives in a 1920s homestead house on the far edge of town.

Unlocking the Geology Room


DISCOVERY:The Victor Valley Museum recently revealed its newest attraction, the Geology room. Several exhibits within the attraction show many different species of gems that are distinct to the High Desert areas. Visit the museum at 11873 Apple Valley Road, or call (760) 240-2111.

Q & A with Obed Galindo: A man of faith and football

Granite Hills High School football coach Obed Galindo is the youngest of 12 kids. He has six sisters and five brothers. His parents, John and Julia Galindo, raised the family in a two-bedroom home with the garage converted into a bedroom in Pico Rivera.

Galindo, as well as all his bothers and sisters, graduated from El Rancho High School and were raised with a solid Christian background. He played baseball at Pico Boys Little League and football and baseball for El Rancho high school.


Preparing for Hollywood

A.V. woman teaches auditioning classes at Town Hall

By Rene De La Cruz

After working with “America’s Got Talent” producer Simon Cowell and singing and dancing all over the world, Apple Valley’s Sarah Krieg is ready to impart her wisdom and talent with local performers.

Krieg will be teaching the course “Auditioning for the Actor” beginning today at the James Woody Community Center.

During the four-session course hosted by the recreation and park department, Krieg will teach students how to have a successful audition.

Local girls fighting cancer with duct tape

By Rene De La Cruz

They say that there are more than a million uses for duct tape, but three sixth-grade girls are using the popular tape to fight cancer.

Last June, classmates Taylor Marino, Krislyn Sherron and Dakota Sooter raised $241.68 for the American Cancer Society by creating and selling fashion accessories made from duct tape.

“We’ve made bows, flowers, purses, wallets and bracelets,” said the 11-year-old Marino, as she displayed some of the colorful creations on her kitchen counter.

Local singer soars at 'SoCal Icon' event


LA MIRADA • One Apple Valley singer took her talents to the La Mirada Theatre in front of hundreds of spectators as competed in — and won — the SoCal Icon competition final concert event.

“I inherited the voice,” said Claudia Douge, 16, who’s been singing since she was 11. Competing against talent from all over Southern California, Douge won the “Icon” title in the 15-to-18 age division. The event was the culmination of a several-months-long vocal competition in Orange County.

Mavs teach AAE students about the four bases

Program focuses on staying in school, studying hard, staying active and saying no to drugs

By Rene De La Cruz

APPLE VALLEY • Some 350 children were on the edge of their seats as players from the High Desert Mavericks spoke during a presentation at the Academy for Academic Excellence campus in Apple Valley.

The presentation, called the “Four Bases,” teaches children that reaching each base will help them on their road to success. The four bases are: Staying in school, studying hard, staying active and saying no to drugs.


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