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AVAQMD Board seeks Governor Brown’s assistance in Kinkisharyo dispute

The AVAQMD letter claims there are important environmental advantages in keeping Kinkisharyo in Palmdale. (Click image to view the letter)

PALMDALE – The Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District (AVAQMD) board voted unanimously to send a letter of support to Governor Jerry Brown asking him to intervene to help keep Kinkisharyo International, L.L.C. from leaving Palmdale and building its permanent manufacturing facility outside of California. In the letter, signed by Board Chairman Marvin Crist, the…

Joe Walker hosts VEX Jets Skyrise Competition

The team received the overall Tournament Champions Award, the Design Award and the Energy Award on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the 2nd Annual Joe Walker Middle School Stealth Academy Sky Rise Robotics Tournament. (Contributed photo)

LANCASTER – The VEX Robotics Team at Joe Walker Middle School took home three notable honors at the 2nd Annual Joe Walker Middle School Stealth Academy Skyrise Robotics Tournament on Saturday at the home of the Jets in Lancaster. The team, made entirely of junior high school students at Joe Walker, received the overall Tournament…

So-Cal Solar donates solar system to disabled AV veteran

So-Cal Solar Inc. Vice President Xiomara Roman (center) decided to donate a solar system to a disabled Antelope Valley veteran recently after hearing the veteran’s story at a public utilities meeting in Palmdale. Roman is pictured with Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford (left) and So-Cal Solar Inc. President Todd Ayers at a recent event.  [Contributed photo]

LANCASTER – A public hearing in Palmdale earlier this month allowed local residents to weigh in on Southern California Edison’s rate increases. Kiesha Jackson spoke at that hearing, explaining that the rate hike would be especially difficult for her because she is a disabled veteran on a fixed income. Jackson’s story struck a chord with…

AVC Anthropology Expo set for Oct. 24

Keynote speaker Dr. Duncan Earle has been involved in research on the contemporary Maya and their ancestors for more than 35 years.

LANCASTER –  The third annual Anthropology Expo has been set for Friday, October 24.  This year’s theme is “Anthropology in the Real World,” focusing on what students can do with a degree in Anthropology. The afternoon event from noon to 4 p.m. features guest speakers discussing their anthropology careers and an alumni Q&A session. Dr.…

UAV founders continue to give back to alma mater

The Johnson family: (L to R) Devion, Sandra, Tiffany and Marco

LANCASTER – During half-time ceremonies at the Lopes’ homecoming football game Friday night, University of Antelope Valley founders Marco and Sandra Johnson presented a $10,000 check to Antelope Valley High School. The donation marks the sixth annual installment of a 10-year, $100,000 commitment the Johnsons made to their alma mater, Antelope Valley High School, to…

Raising awareness of domestic violence, prevention

a Toyia Conway-Hampton, founder, CEO and director of the Two-Lifestyles Women Empowerment Program, speaks to Edwards personnel during an interactive workshop Oct. 9 at the Airman and Family Readiness Center in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jet Fabara)

EDWARD AFB – In conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, Edwards welcomed founder, CEO and director of the Two-Lifestyles Women Empowerment Program, La Toyia Conway-Hampton, to host a unique and interactive workshop recently at the Airman and Family Readiness Center. The workshop event, titled “Crossing the Line,” involved dynamic and inspirational speakers who…

Lancaster sergeant flips patrol car

The sergeant sustained moderate injuries and is listed in stable condition following the crash, which occurred around 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16 on Sierra Highway at Avenue J in Lancaster. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

LANCASTER – A Lancaster Sheriff’s Station field sergeant was injured Thursday night when his patrol car flipped over after he swerved to avoid a pedestrian in the road, authorities said. The collision occurred around 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16 on Sierra Hwy at Avenue J-8 in Lancaster, according to Lt. Slade Carrizosa of the Lancaster…

Tenants, managers urged to work together on mobile home park problems

Dissatisfied Desert Palms Mobile Home park residents brandish signs outside Lancaster City Hall before Tuesday's council meeting.

LANCASTER – Mayor R. Rex Parris provided disgruntled tenants and defensive managers of the Desert Palms Mobile Home Park Community an opportunity at Tuesday’s council meeting to go public with their grievances. Tenants complained to the city that they have had to endure ongoing water shut-offs and sediment-filled water, along with inconsistent utility fees from…

AV Hospital honors families of organ and tissue donors

Firefighter/Paramedic Brian Hinsley, a liver-transplant recipient, shares his gratitude for organ donation. (Contributed)

LANCASTER — Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) and OneLegacy, the organ and tissue recovery organization serving the greater Los Angeles area, recently honored families of AVH organ and tissue donors at a Donate Life Rose Ceremony. During the event, staff from AVH thanked the family members for their loved ones’ life-saving and healing gifts of organs…

AV ranks first in LA County for hate crimes per population

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The Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations (LACCHR) on Wednesday released its annual analysis of hate crimes reported throughout Los Angeles County.  At 6.2 hate crimes per 100,000 residents in 2013, the Antelope Valley had the highest rate of hate crimes per population. The Metro Region, which stretches from West Hollywood to Boyle Heights,…

Video: High Desert Fallen Heroes Ride raises $10K

12th annual fallen heroes ride

LANCASTER – The 12th annual High Desert Fallen Heroes Ride on Sunday raised approximately $10,000, organizers said. The 50-mile ride in support of local fallen heroes and their families drew more than 200 participants, according to Lancaster Community Relations deputy Miguel Ruiz. Participants first gathered at Antelope Valley Harley-Davidson in Lancaster for the singing of…

Man hit, killed by car in Lancaster

The senior was outside any marked or unmarked crosswalk when he was struck by a Kia on Avenue H at Suffolk drive, authorities said. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

LANCASTER – A man in his 60s was killed late Sunday night when a car struck him as he walked in the traffic lane of a dimly lit street in Lancaster, authorities said. The fatal collision occurred around 10:45 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 12, on Avenue H at Suffolk Drive, according to Sgt. David Jennings of…

Remembering Deputy Luis Perez

Luis R. Perez

LANCASTER – A small group of family members and colleagues gathered in Lancaster Friday morning to remember Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Luis R. Perez on the fifth anniversary of his death. Perez died from injuries he sustained in a single-vehicle traffic collision on the 14 Freeway. On the day of the crash, Perez was in great…

Senior Expo 2014 set for Oct. 16

Barbara Eden will make a special celebrity guest appearance.

LANCASTER –Evoking flying carpets, genies and magical lamps, the theme for this year’s Senior Expo is “Dreams are the Key to Life.”  And the genie making a special celebrity guest appearance is television’s “I Dream of Jeannie” actress, Barbara Eden. The always anticipated Senior Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday,…

AV Ebola Response Team formed, how you can help

Sierra Leone native Josepheus Weeks (top right), along with Desmond and Mary John, and others have organized the AV Ebola Response Team with the help of the Lancaster United Methodist Church. The initiative came out of Heritage Month, a month-long celebration focusing on the diverse cultures that make up the church’s congregation. During Heritage Month, flags are displayed that represent all the different nations of origin present in the congregation. (Contributed images)

LANCASTER – A group of concerned local residents directly affected by the Ebola epidemic gathered recently at Lancaster United Methodist Church and organized the Antelope Valley Ebola Response Team.  They’re inviting the entire community to join the effort to collect needed supplies to ship to West Africa. The team includes Sierra Leone natives Josepheus Weeks…

UPDATED: Missing teen back home safe

Lexi Evans 3

UPDATED 10/10/14: Alexis “Lexie” Evans returned home safely early Friday morning (Oct. 10). Family members would like to thank the entire community for giving attention to this matter and for the prayers for Lexie’s safe return. ******EARLIER STORY ****** PALMDALE – Family members are pleading for the public’s help in finding Alexis “Lexie” Evans, a 14-year-old…

Airmen help save life at Lancaster gym

From left: Tech. Sgt. Elie Peán and Tech. Sgt. Maurice Lucas II, flight sergeants from the 412th Security Forces Squadron, prepared the Automated External Defibrillator when a man went into cardiac arrest at a Lancaster gym, ultimately saving the victim's life Sept. 25. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rebecca Amber)

EDWARDS AFB – Several Edwards AFB Airmen were at the 24 Hour Fitness Center in Lancaster, Calif., Sept. 25, when a man went into cardiac arrest. Tech. Sgt. Elie Peán and Tech. Sgt. Maurice Lucas II, flight sergeants from the 412th Security Forces Squadron, were preparing for their evening workout when the man collapsed in the…

AV Sheriff’s Boosters golf tourney raises $132K

Lancaster Community Relations Deputy Miguel Ruiz tees off at the 19th annual Duke Bloom Memorial Golf Tournament. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

PALMDALE – Local law enforcement, community leaders, area business owners and their families converged at the Antelope Valley Country Club Monday for the 19th annual Duke Bloom Memorial Golf Tournament. The event, organized by the Antelope Valley Sheriff’s Boosters, raised $132,000, according to Lancaster Community Relations Deputy Miguel Ruiz. “It’s a fundraiser that our Antelope…

Free disposal day for AV residents

Lancaster landfill free day

LANCASTER – A Free Disposal Day specifically for residents of LA County unincorporated areas within the Antelope Valley will be held this Saturday. Residents are invited to drop off up to one ton of trash, including yard waste and bulky items, free of charge from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 at the…