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Around Town: Where did they go?

August 26, 2014

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

I have been asked by several readers, “What happened to the other editorial columns that used to appear in the Apple Valley Review on a weekly basis?”

Without coming right out and saying so, the implied comment was, “How can your junk survive when they cut out Dennis Prager?”

My short answer: “My junk is free.”

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Who's on first?

August 19, 2014

By Pat Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

As promised last week I have some research on the candidates running for local elective spots in November and here is a snapshot of each race and what, if anything, I could find out (or guess) about the candidates.

Apple Valley Town Council
Incumbents Curt Emick (consulting pharmacist), Scott Nassif (local business owner) and Barb Stanton (retired broadcaster) have all filed and will be on the ballot and have put up the cash to have ballot statements. All three are registered Republicans.

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Around Town: Get out and stay out

August 6, 2014

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

The National Night Out is a program designed to bring communities together to interact with law enforcement in a friendlier than usual setting. Tuesday night (Aug. 5) is the 2014 NNO hosted at the SuperTarget on Highway 18 and co-sponsored by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Apple Valley Station, the Apple Valley Police Activities League and Target.

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First November proposition scam alert

July 29, 2014

BY PAT ORR
FOR THE APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

Here is your early warning about Prop. 45. While no catchy name has emerged from the State Attorney General’s Office for this proposed constitutional amendment, rest assured it will have some name like, “Stop Insurance Premium Increases Now” to convince the totally uniformed voter that it’s a good thing.
It isn’t.

The law would give State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones the right to veto premium increases for health insurers doing business in California and further dictate benefits, co-pays and share-of-cost provisions.

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Snacks, smacks and audit attacks

July 15, 2014

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

You may have read that Victor Valley College is back on probation by decree of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association for Schools and Colleges. What you may have missed is that California State Auditor Elaine Howle has released a blistering report attacking WASC for lack of transparency, inconsistent application of its own rules and has challenged the ability of the organization to understand the intricacies of a financial audit.

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It was news to me

July 8, 2014

BY PAT ORR

We hadn’t been back to the Apple Valley Golf Course Restaurant since Valentine’s Day until last Friday night.

I’ve continued to be bugged that there has been no name given to the eating facility but to my surprise the new operator — Sierra Golf — has now christened the facility “RoyDale Restaurant.” The Town staff claims it was all Sierra Golf’s doing and it was announced via an ad in this newspaper, which I apparently missed.

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Swing it, baby!

June 24, 2014

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

The summer Sunset Concerts Series resumes Thursday with Phat Cat Swinger on the stage. This series of concerts has become a nice community event as it has built in popularity over the years.

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