New Drive-up Starbucks Coming to AV: Changes to Outer Hwy 18

Apple Valley, CA – Commuters and coffee drinkers at the north end of town will soon have a convenient drive-thru option. A new retail center that will include Apple Valley’s third Starbucks Coffee drive-thru will host a ground-breaking ceremony on Nov. 20 at 10:30 a.m. at 18165 Hwy 18.

Named Nico Plaza, the 4,500-square-foot center will be located at

Lovingood: Las Vegas-Victorville train deal is “monumental”

VICTORVILLE, Calif. – The California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank on Wednesday approved $3.25 billion in bonds, a critical step that will allow Virgin Trains USA to move forward on its plans to build a high-speed train between Las Vegas and Victorville.

The move allows private institutional investors to purchase the bonds, thereby providing funds for the project. Virgin Trains USA has said it plans to begin construction in 2020.

Victor Valley College Fall Concert Series Oct. 24-27

Simone Graham – Editor: Tonight starts Victor Valley College 2019 Fall Concerts. No need to go online to get tickets because all the concerts from now through Sunday are free. Make sure to get your parking pass at the kiosk.

October 24 – Ensemble Showcase, featuring jazz rock combo and the VVC studio jazz band @ 7:30. Selections include Rock this Town, On Green Dolphin Street, Count Bubba and Fever with Guest Soloist Ebon Bracy, Rich Sumner & Craig Pridmore conducting.

Nat’l Prescription Drug Take Back Day At Local PD 10/26: Vaping Devices Included

WASHINGTON – With robust public participation over the course of 17 prior events, the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Initiative continues to remove ever-higher amounts of opioids and other medicines from the nation’s homes, where they are vulnerable to misuse, theft or abuse by family members and visitors, including children and teens.

On Saturday, October 26, in continuation of this effort, DEA and its national, tribal and community partners will hold the 18th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day across the country. The service is free and anonymous.

The 2019 California Desert Air Working Group Conference: Features Speaker From VVTA

VICTORVILLE, Calif. — The 2019 California Desert Air Working Group (CDAWG) Conference is set to return to Palm Springs on Nov. 6 and 7. MDAQMD has presented CDAWG for more than 20 years and this year’s conference will include Richard Corey, executive officer from the California Air Resources Board, speaking about the latest happenings in that state agency. Also featured will be Victor Valley Transit Authority presenting on their conversion of part of their CNG fleet to battery-powered buses.

Silverwood Lake Algal Bloom: Public Urged to Avoid Water Contact

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is urging the public to avoid contact with water at Silverwood Lake’s Cleghorn Beach in San Bernardino County until further notice due to blue-green algae (cyanobacteria).

Boating is allowed, but swimming and other water-contact recreation and sporting activities are not considered safe at Cleghorn Beach due to potential adverse health effects. Sawpit Beach remains at caution level. For more information on caution and warning level advisories, go to Harmful Algal Bloom website under Advisory Signs.

Mojave Riverwalk Ready To Go! Grand Opening Events Nov. 2

VICTORVILLE, Calif. – The City of Victorville will host an event to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Victorville Mojave Riverwalk on Nov. 2. The community is invited to join in this celebration that will include a 3K/5K Fun Run/Walk, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Inaugural Bike Ride. The Fun Run/Walk will begin at 9 a.m., the Ribbon Cutting will take place at 10 a.m., and the Inaugural Bike Ride will immediately follow the Ceremony. The event will take place at the Mojave Riverwalk Trailhead located at 18564 Bear Valley Road on the Southeast corner of the Victor Valley College Campus.

Here Are Your Fall Festival and Halloween Events 2019

Camp Wrightwood’s 5th Annual Fall Festival:

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Come join in for a fun filled day at camp for vendors, games, prizes, pie eating contest, hayrides, music, food and the pumpkin patch will be open! Come pick your own pumpkin at Camp Wrightwood”s very own pumpkin patch. The pumpkin patch is featuring the famous Lone Pine Apple truck again this year, so come up to the mountains and take some cute fall pictures. We hope to see everyone there. The patch is open from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily.

Victorville Conservation Workshop Presented In Spanish This Weekend: RSVP

VICTORVILLE, Calif. – The City of Victorville will host a free water conservation workshop on Friday, Oct. 18 that will be presented entirely in Spanish. The workshop will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Conference Room D at Victorville City Hall, located at 14343 Civic Dr.

This hands-on workshop is free and open to Victor Valley residents who are 18 and older. Children from 12 to 17 years old may attend the workshop with a parent or guardian. Registration is required and available online at on the City’s website or by calling (760) 955-2016. Reservations

MDAQMD Warning: Increasing Wind Speeds, Dry Conditions Elevate Particulate Pollution

The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District has issued an air quality advisory due to windblown dust throughout much of the Mojave Desert Air Basin. The advisory will expire as winds die down; according to forecasts as of Thursday afternoon, winds are expected to calm late Friday into Saturday morning. 

Windblown dust is nothing new to long-time desert dwellers, but the amount created by consecutive high-wind days can cause a significant decline in air quality that can adversely affect the health of our residents – especially those with pre-existing cardiac or respiratory issues.