The act of cleaning up


CIA AT YOUR SERVICE: Don Rucker, right, and nearly two dozen members of Christians in Action did a major yard cleanup Aug. 27 for a disabled widow in Apple Valley. CIA is looking for more local volunteers and people in need of assistance. For more information, email or call Azusa Pacific University at (760) 952-1765.

10th-annual chili cook-off coming in October


APPLE VALLEY • For the 10th year in a row, just as the leaves are beginning to fall, the town and the Apple Valley Rotary Club are gearing up for the Happy Trails Chili Cook-Off on Oct. 22.

World-class cooks sanctioned by the International Chili Society will be presenting some of their award-winning recipes while local residents put their chili concoctions on the table for tasters, according to organizers.

Lewis Center to host desert-wide art show


APPLE VALLEY • The High Desert Partnership in Academic Excellence foundation will present “Art in Science — Science in Art” show Saturday at the Lewis Center’s Mojave River campus. Artists may enter in the professional, amateur or student categories. Residents from all communities and of all ages are welcome to attend the show.

For more information or to download an artist entry form, click on, or call (760) 946-5414, ext. 202.

Gun club members sought for 50th anniversary


APPLE VALLEY • The Apple Valley Gun Club will be celebrating 50 years of continuous Junior Rifle Shooting with a prone rifle match Oct. 1.

All past and present members are invited to come out and enjoy a day of shooting and storytelling about what it was like then and now.

The Apple Valley Gun Club will be barbecuing hot dogs, hamburgers, etc. after the shoot. Bring your own rifle or one can be supplied. Those who don’t want to shoot in the match are invited to come and watch.

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.



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