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South Valley WorkSource Center to host employee recruitment

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PALMDALE – The South Valley WorkSource Center will host a special employment recruitment from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, at 38510 Sierra Highway in Palmdale. Multiple positions are available in Santa Clarita for: Heavy assemblers – $10 to $12/ hour Light assemblers – $10/ hour Customer service – $10 to 12/ hour Administrative…

AVTA postpones service changes

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LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority will be delaying the implementation of its service changes due to unforeseen problems, the agency announced Thursday. The service changes, which were originally scheduled to take effect Monday, will now take effect on Aug. 29. “We are now working to get the message out to our customers that…

AVTA unveils College Student Pass program

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LANCASTER – A College Student Pass Program for Antelope Valley College students was recently approved by the Antelope Valley Transit Authority’s board of directors, the agency announced Tuesday. The new program will be available for students who are enrolled in six or more units per semester. The pilot phase of the program will provide free…

NASA hybrid electric research plane gets X number, new name

Featuring 14 electric motors, the X-57 will demonstrate one way electric propulsion can be integrated with aircraft structures to achieve more efficient, quieter, and more environmentally friendly aviation compared to conventional aircraft.  (concept graphic image courtesy NASA)

EDWARDS – With 14 electric motors turning propellers and all of them integrated into a uniquely designed wing, NASA will test new propulsion technology using an experimental airplane now designated the X-57 and nicknamed “Maxwell.” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden highlighted the agency’s first X-plane designation in a decade during his keynote speech Friday at the…

China deal off for high-speed rail to Vegas

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LOS ANGELES – Nine months after announcing that China would help build a high-speed rail line from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, with stations in Palmdale and Victorville, the private U.S. company behind the plan says the deal is off and that it will seek a partner elsewhere. Las Vegas-based XpressWest said in a statement…

AV residents sound off on high-speed rail

The Palmdale to Burbank project section proposes to connect the Antelope Valley to the San Fernando Valley by traveling from the Palmdale Transportation Center to the Burbank Airport Station.

LOS ANGELES  – Antelope Valley residents told the Board of Supervisors Wednesday that the Palmdale-to-Burbank high-speed rail segment proposed to run through the Big Tujunga Wash in the Angeles National Forest would divide the community of Lake View Terrace, threaten wildlife and crush property values. Supervisor Michael Antonovich recommended that the board send a letter…

AVTA to purchase WAVE chargers for electric bus fleet

Embedded directly into the roadway, WAVE systems will provide en-route charging to AVTA’s battery electric buses, extending their range. [contributed]

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority’s board of directors unanimously approved the purchase of Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification (WAVE) charging systems as part of its clean bus initiative, the agency announced Monday. Embedded directly into the roadway, WAVE systems provide en-route charging to AVTA’s battery electric buses, extending their range. “This is yet another important…

AVTA recognized for excellent financial management

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LANCASTER – For the third consecutive year, the Antelope Valley Transit Authority [AVTA] has been recognized for its financial accounting by the Government Finance Officers Association [GFOA]. The transit agency was recently awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report [CAFR]. This award is the highest form…

Legislature approves minimum wage hike

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LOS ANGELES – The state Legislature on Thursday approved a proposal to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. The proposal now moves to Gov. Jerry Brown, who plans to sign it during a ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday in downtown Los Angeles. “California is proving once again that it can…

Antelope Valley Healthcare District announces debt refinancing

Antelope Valley Hospital serves 5 percent of Los Angeles County’s population, yet receives less than one-half of 1 percent of all Measure B funds annually.

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Healthcare District has closed a structure to refinance all of the district’s debt into a fixed-rate long-term public bond issue, officials announced Tuesday. This refinancing strengthens Antelope Valley Hospital’s financial flexibility by eliminating the balloon payment on its existing debt that was due in September 2017. The $140 million Series 2016A…

Job recruitment Thursday for Café Rio

Cafe Rio

PALMDALE – The South Valley WorkSource Center (SVWSC) will host a special job recruitment this Thursday on behalf of Café Rio Mexican Grill, soon to open in the city of Palmdale. Interested applicants should arrive at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at SVWSC, located at 38510 Sierra Highway in Palmdale. Relevant resumes will be accepted…

Harris speaks at 2016 AVBOT Outlook Conference

Maj. Gen. David Harris, Air Force Test Center commander, speaks at the Antelope Valley Board of Trade's Annual Business Outlook Conference Feb. 26 at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rebecca Amber)

EDWARDS AFB — The Antelope Valley Board of Trade held its 44th Annual Business Outlook Conference Feb. 26 at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. The “AV Rocks” themed event featured a variety of speakers, including legendary businessman and musician Gene Simmons. Several speakers shared their thoughts on improving business in the Antelope Valley and told success…

Lancaster Yogurtland to hold grand opening Saturday, free yogurt!

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LANCASTER – Yogurtland will celebrate the grand opening of its Lancaster location on Saturday, Feb. 27, with free yogurt, toppings, family entertainment and prizes, the company announced. Located at 43535 10th Street West in Lancaster, the Yogurtland grand opening festivities will include: Free frozen yogurt and toppings, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Face painting,…

NASA licenses new communication technology for unmanned aircraft

Vigilant Aerospace Systems CEO Kraettli Epperson, left, and Armstrong Flight Research Center Director David McBride sign the agreement for the company to commercialize aircraft tracking system for unmanned aircraft. [NASA Photo / Ken Ulbrich]

PALMDALE – NASA has developed technology that may enable unmanned aircraft to fly safely in the national airspace along with piloted aircraft. The patent-pending integrated communications and control system is capable of collision warnings as well as real-time traffic and weather updates. This communication system brings unmanned aircraft a step closer to flying in the…

Economic Roundtable Report to be unveiled at Business Outlook Conference

LANCASTER – The Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance (GAVEA) will unveil their 2016 Economic Roundtable Report during the Antelope Valley Board of Trade Business Outlook conference in Lancaster on Friday, Feb. 26. The report, themed Innovation, highlights local businesses and visionaries in a variety of industries, including aerospace, energy, manufacturing and agriculture. The report also…

AVTA contracts with BYD for 85 electric buses

The announcement was made during a special event that followed the Feb. 11 meeting
at the AVTA facility and was attended by elected officials, dignitaries and community leaders. [Photo courtesy AVTA]

LANCASTER – During a special meeting on Thursday, Feb. 11, the Antelope Valley Transit Authority’s board of directors voted to award BYD a contract to manufacture up to 85 electric buses over a five year period. BYD Motors will build the buses for AVTA at its manufacturing facility in Lancaster, AVTA officials said in a…