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Don Trotter recognized for standout year
Even after serving the community for nearly 15 years, Don Trotter of Hesperia couldn't help but be nervous when he was awarded a plaque for being named the Citizen on Patrol of the Year for the entire High Desert. “There were a lot of captains... Full story
Ceremony honors public safety workers
Four from Hesperia sheriff’s station, fire department recognized
Four individuals were surprised, humbled and honored by the recognition they received at Hesperia's Public Safety Recognition Awards luncheon, while those who chose them for the acclaim expressed certainty that they'd made the right decision. The th... Full story
School district honors employees of the year
Hesperia Unified School District celebrated their employees of the year Thursday night at Sultana High School with all the bells and whistles — and even tambourines. “Yes, there were tambourines!” said Elementary Teacher of the Yea... Full story
District honors retirees
The Hesperia Unified School District bid farewell to 30 employees this year. “Henry Ford once said you don’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do,” school board president Chris Bentley said at a retirement ceremony i... Full story
Cottonwood teacher honored
First grade teacher Renee McAnulty honored by VVC 'Teachers R Heroes' program
Renee McAnulty didn't know who was being honored when she brought her first grade students into Cottonwood Elementary's multipurpose room last week. Victor Valley College’s Lori Kildal and other dignitaries were there on May 1 to announce the ... Full story
Hesperia volunteers honored at appreciation dinner
Hesperia leaders, residents and agencies recently gathered to honor those who volunteer their time throughout the year for the city. Robert Espinosa with the Hesperia Recreation and Park District, Donna Sandoval with the Odyssey Hospice and Richard ... Full story
Q & A with Gary 'Griz' Drylie: Historian built on history
Gary 'Griz' Drylie was born in Covina and spent his youth in El Sereno and La Canada. Upon graduating from La Canada High School, he entered the Air Force in 1973 and began a career as a jet engine mechanic. His education continued in the service as ... Full story
Donnelly names Otwell 'Woman of the Year'
HESPERIA • Former Hesperian of the Year Becky Otwell has another accolade for her wall: Assemblyman Tim Donnelly named her the 2012 Woman of the Year for the 59th Assembly District. “Rebecca Otwell is the kind of proactive citizen that ev... Full story
Q & A with Larry Bird: Third-generation educator
Larry Bird was born in Apple Valley at St. Mary Medical Center and went to Apple Valley schools through fourth grade. His parents and grandfather were teachers — dad Larry Bird taught at Hesperia Junior High, mom at Del Rey Elementary, grandfat... Full story
Q & A with Lindsay Woods: Looking to the future
Lindsay Woods calls Hesperia his hometown. He was born at St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley and grew up in Hesperia. His father, Lindsey, was an operating engineer and worked all over California and Arizona on various construction projects. Hi... Full story
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