County officials blast state fire tax

November 22, 2011

FROM STAFF REPORTS

SAN BERNARDINO • The state Board of Forestry and Fire Protection has reversed its previous decision and voted to nearly double the charge levied on structures from $90 to $150, sparking a fiery barrage from county officials.

The board voted to tax San Bernardino County fire stations, government buildings, hospitals, clinics and other medical facilities. County officials bitterly slammed the move and said it amounts to “outright thievery” by Gov. Jerry Brown and the State of California.

Around Town: Drive-thru colonoscopy?

November 22, 2011

By Pat Orr
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

You may have missed the Wall Street Journal article last week that detailed the new push Walmart is making into medical clinics. Yes, that’s right, the retailer is pushing to build medical clinics inside their stores at a rapid rate, anticipating the 2014 start date of Obamacare when millions of Americans will be “gifted” with health insurance and will need a basic primary care provider.

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Arrest Logs

November 22, 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.

Nov. 16
Josef Sanderson was arrested on a weapons charge.
Michael Maze was arrested on a narcotics charge.

Graffiti soars 39 percent; clean-up costs hit $58,000

November 15, 2011

By Rene De La Cruz
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

With a 39 percent increase in graffiti reports this year, the town of Apple Valley is trying to keep up.

Code Enforcement Manager Jim Andersen said the town received 2,466 reports of graffiti over last year’s 1,776, with an estimated clean up cost of $58,000 for 2011. The rise in graffiti coincides with a recent FBI report indicating San Bernardino County has the third highest number of gang members among all counties in the nation.

Q & A with Joy Garcia: Serving up smiles

November 15, 2011

Joy Garcia, co-owner of Frogee’s Cocktail Lounge on Highway 18, was born and raised in the Bronx. She grew up with parents (Robert and Dorothy), twin sister, Donna and older brother, Daniel.

Her father passed away when she was 10 and her brother left to travel and work in Europe.

“Quite honestly,” she said, “the only thing I remember being interested in during my formative years was getting out of New York.”

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Prepare to stop

November 15, 2011

JAMES QUIGG
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

SIGNAL GOES LIVE: Traffic passes through the intersection of Bear Valley and Deep Creek roads in Apple Valley Thursday night. New stop and turn lights just became operational at the intersection Thursday.

Historical committee researches, documents A.V. artifacts

November 15, 2011

Eight members appointed by Town Council

By Rene De La Cruz
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

Throughout Apple Valley pieces of yesterday are sprinkled here and there, from an old house, a sign or even a plaster covered dinosaur.

Since 1990, the Town’s Historical Advisory Committee has worked diligently to research, record and preserve the rich history of the town.

The eight-member, council-appointed committee is comprised of individuals and representatives from the Victor Valley Museum and Mohahve Historical Society.

Committee to investigate ‘treasure trove’ of A.V. history

November 15, 2011

By Rene De La Cruz
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

The town’s Historical Committee is preparing to dive into several “new” pieces of historical Apple Valley memorabilia.

“We were invited to view the estate collection of Maggie Cramer,” town spokesperson Kathie Martin said. “She played an instrumental role in the early Apple Valley Ranchos Land and Development Company.”

Martin said the committee heard about Cramer’s “treasure trove” a year ago, and were finally invited to take a peek into her life last month.

A.V. Baptist Church quietly rallies to help those in need

November 15, 2011

BY Fred Goodgame
SPECIAL TO THE APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

The Apple Valley Baptist Church Food Pantry and Clothes Closet is an all-volunteer group.

We supply food to approximately 50 families a week and all are welcome to have up to five pieces of donated clothing. The food bags vary by what donations come in but the minimum is a can of beans, can of vegetables, breakfast food (cereal, oatmeal for about 10 servings), two Top Ramen noodle packages, box of mac and cheese, and a main dinner entree to feed four and a can of soup.

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