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Victorville Fire Museum Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Victorville Fire Museum celebrated its 15 year anniversary on April 4. The museum is housed in one of the city’s first fire stations, located on 8th Street, across from the High Desert Center for the Arts.

The museum is dedicated to the preservation of Station No. 1, and displays collections of firefighting equipment, apparatus, old fire engines, and other artifacts. It also serves as an important repository of historic information about the Victorville Fire Department.

Visitors to the museum took personal tours of the old station, and were thrilled to see the many interesting artifacts dating as far back as the 1930s.

Beyond antique fire engines, old equipment, and uniforms, the museum offers old photographs and other historical pieces that chronicle the development of the Victorville Fire Department.

The Victorville Fire Museum is located at 15620 8th Street in Old Town. Contact Greg Coon, curator, for more information at (760) 964-1279.


VVC Hall of Fame Award Recipients Honored

Celebrating it’s 40th Anniversary, the Victor Valley College Foundation threw a bash for the 2015 VVC Alumni Hall of Fame and Distinguished Service Awards recipients on February 28.

This year’s honorees were: Alumni Hall of Fame inductee U.S. Congressman Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock; former VVC trustee Carollee Stater, Distinguished Community Service Award; VVC professor Dr. Thomas Miller, Distinguished Education Service Award; and, the VVC Foundation’s first president John Kroencke, Presidents’ Award.

This year’s theme was Disco Fever, taking attendees back 40+ years to the ‘70s disco era, and recognizing the foundation’s 40 year existence. Nostalgic music, disco balls and graphics, plus period-correct clothing, heightened the evening’s party atmosphere. Mistress of Ceremonies Caroll Yule was dressed in the most outrageous costume of all.

Congressman Jeff Denham

The who’s who of the community came out to congradulate the honorees and enjoy good food, dancing and acquiring some great silent auction items.
Denham graduated from VVC in 1989, and his success in government representing California’s 10th District (Stanislaus County and part of San Joaquin County), now serving his fourth consecutive term.

Carollee Stater

Distinguished Service Award recipient Carollee Stater passed away from cancer in August, 2014. Her husband Gary accepted the award in her honore. Carollee gave freely of her time and talents, volunteering with the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio, the American Red Cross and the Assistance League of the Victor Valley. She also served as a VVC trustee and was on long-time member on the board of the High Desert Community Foundation.


Dr. Thomas Miller

Professor Dr. Thomas Miller works in Music Education Department at VVC, and has been teaching there for over 40 years as the school’s longest-tenured professor. He has been successful in developing many music programs, including the college’s chorus, which performs worldwide, a deserving recipient of the Distinguished Education Service Award.


John Kroencke

John Kroencke received the Presidents’ Award for his accomplishments at the college, plus his continuing work with charitable organizations to help raise money for scholarships to VVC students.
The awards are given out annually by the VVC Foundation to recognize the value of local citizens. For more information, call 760-245-4271 ext. 2523, or visit

Curly’s Cowboy Christmas Benefits Happy Trails Foundation

The 13th annual Curly’s Cowboy Christmas dinner and show was held on December 13 at the Ambassador Hotel in Victorville.

The event is a tribute to the memory of singer/songwriter Jim “Curly” Musgrave who passed away in 2009. The Academy of Western Artists (AWA) gave Curly the Will Rogers award for Male Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer in 2003.

Belinda Gail, a long-time singing partner of Curly’s, performed, along with cowboy singer Michael Fleming and cowboy poet Chris Issacs.

Some local characters on hand included members of the Double R Bar Regulators from Lucerne Valley, plus “Frankie Flash” Fiore, 85, of Victorville and “Gabby” of Oro Grande, who worked for the Roy Rogers’ family.

The event is held annually to raise funds for the Happy Trails Children’s Foundation, one of the charities supported by Roy Rogers, who lived by the same high standards and moral code he portrayed on screen where he had a more positive influence on the lives of boys and girls growing up in America in the 40’s and 50’s than any other single individual.

The Happy Trails Children’s Foundation houses up to 44 severely abused boys at the Cooper Home in Apple Valley.

If you would like to help the Happy Trails foundation, call (760) 240-3330 or visit the website Donations payable to: Happy Trails Children’s Foundation may be mailed to: 10755 Apple Valley Road, Apple Valley, CA 92308.

To see more photos from this event go to:, click on “Photos” then on “Albums” and select “Curly’s Cowboy Christmas 2014”