Lancaster

Local student wins PBS SoCal’s KIDS Writers Contest!

Aaliyah Lavender

LANCASTER – Aaliyah Brianna Lavender, a third-grader at Life Source International Charter School in Lancaster, is a regional winner of the 2015 PBS KIDS Writers Contest, according to an announcement by PBS for Greater Los Angeles. As one of PBS SoCaL’s first place winners, Aaliyah will be moving on to the National PBS KIDS Writers…

CHP Senior Volunteer Academy graduates local volunteers

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PALMDALE – The Antelope Valley and Mojave area California Highway Patrol offices recently held a dual Senior Volunteer Academy Graduation for 19 volunteers at Palmdale City Hall. Eight of the 19 volunteers will be stationed at the Antelope Valley CHP office, and the remaining 11 will be stationed at the Mojave CHP office. The volunteers…

AVTA recognized for excellence in financial accounting

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LANCASTER – For the second year in a row, the Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) has been recognized for its outstanding accomplishments in financial accounting. The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) recently awarded the transit agency a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). This award…

County postpones vote on penalties for water wasters

AV Water rates audit

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday postponed a vote on a conservation plan under which customers would face tripled charges for some of the water they use if they fail to meet targeted consumption cuts during the state’s drought. All customers of the Los Angeles County Waterworks Districts are…

Tips for a mosquito-free Memorial Day weekend

West Nile virus is a potentially debilitating disease that’s transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito.

LANCASTER – Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have died while serving in the military service. It also marks the unofficial start of summer, and people typically get together for BBQs and fun outdoor activities. The Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District is encouraging residents to protect themselves with insect repellent…

AVH celebrates Healthcare District Month

Celebrating 60 years of community care, Antelope Valley Hospital is located in Lancaster. The 420-bed district hospital is a Level II trauma center and provides a full array of medical/surgical services, pediatric treatment, NICU, mental health, cancer care and more.

LANCASTER – In honor of Healthcare District Month this May, Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) is celebrating its heritage as a district hospital. Formed 60 years ago, the Antelope Valley Healthcare District is one of 78 districts in the state created to address a shortage of access to acute hospital care, particularly in rural areas. Today…

Countdown to “Barn Bash” BBQ & auction fundraiser!

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LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Fair’s Livestock Council will host its sixth annual Barn Bash Barbecue and Auction on Saturday, June 6. This year’s event takes at the H.W. Hunter Pavilion at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, beginning at 5 p.m. A BBQ dinner of pulled pork sandwiches, chicken, beans, salad and soft drinks will begin…

AVTA welcomes new members to board of directors

Michelle Flanagan [left] and Angela Underwood-Jacobs [right] is sworn-in as Director Dianne Knippel looks on. (Contributed photo)

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) welcomed two new members to its board of directors during a special board meeting recently held at the facility. The AVTA Board is comprised of representatives from the cities of Palmdale and Lancaster along with Los Angeles County, and the recent resignation of two of its directors…

DUI checkpoints planned in Lancaster, Palmdale this Friday

DUI Checkpoint

LANCASTER – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting DUI/driver’s license checkpoints at undisclosed locations in Lancaster and Palmdale this Friday, May 15, between the hours of 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. Deputies will be looking for signs of alcohol and drug impairment. They also will check for proper licensing and will strive…

Deployed Airman’s rosy return to Edwards

Araceli Martinez is presented red roses as part of an elaborate surprise. (Rebecca Amber)

EDWARD AFB – Araceli Martinez, a military spouse and Commissary employee, expected an ordinary day on the job May 5. But as she sat on a bench with the other baggers, Airmen began to approach her one-by-one. Each Airman handed her a single red rose with a message attached to it. Their motive became perfectly…

Lancaster student wins Congressional Art Competition for 23rd District

Christiana Macy created her piece, “Lost in Thought,” using colored pencil. (Winning image courtesy Congressman Kevin McCarthy)

BAKERSFIELD – Christiana Macy, an 11th-grade homeschool student at Grace Christian Academy in Lancaster, is the overall winner of the 34th annual “An Artistic Discovery” Congressional Art Competition for high school students in California’s 23rd Congressional District, Congressman Kevin McCarthy announced Thursday. Under the direction of her art teacher, Alicia Garver, Christiana created her piece,…

Palmdale settles voting rights case

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PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale has reached an agreement with the plaintiffs in the California Voting Rights Act case and will hold a series of community meetings in the future to explain the upcoming changes to its method of electing its City Council members. Under the settlement agreement that was reached Wednesday night, Palmdale…

Open house Saturday at Lancaster Sheriff’s Station

The Lancaster Sheriff's Station is located at 501 West Lancaster Boulevard.

LANCASTER – Interested in learning more about the various community programs and services offer through the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Lancaster Station? If so, mark your calendar for Saturday, May 9. Lancaster Sheriff’s Station will be hosting an Open House, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 501 West Lancaster Boulevard. Attendees will get…