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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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The primary is finally here

June 3, 2014

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

If you’re tired of being bombarded with fancy brochures and radio commercials from dozens of candidates, the end is near. After Tuesday, each race will be pared down to two competitors. Some non-partisan races will be won outright if a candidate garners 51 percent of the vote. While I doubt there will be few surprises locally, county-wide some important seats are changing hands as several political careers will be coming to an end. Some random election thoughts today:

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Losing the county

May 27, 2014

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

A down-the-hill race for the 4th District Supervisorial seat could well change the direction of San Bernardino County for the next decade. The retirement of long time Supervisor Gary Ovitt raises the possibility that the Board of Supervisors could be dominated — for the first time ever — by liberal Democrats.

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