Lancaster

Local workshop Saturday on teen pregnancy, STD prevention

The Antelope Valley is number two in teen pregnancy in Los Angeles County, according to local health officials.

LANCASTER – Local parents and their teens are invited to a free workshop this Saturday to encourage parent/teen discussions on healthy relationships, dating practices and sexual responsibility. Sponsored by the Youth Support Association’s Teen Talk Program, the workshop with take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, at the AV YMCA, located…

1 dead, 1 injured in SpaceShipTwo crash in Mojave Desert

SpaceShipTwo crash 10.31.14

MOJAVE – A pilot died and another suffered major injuries Friday morning when Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashed in the Mojave Desert during a test flight, authorities said. “SpaceShipTwo crashed out in the desert, northeast of California City. One of the occupants was able to parachute out; however, the other did not and was found deceased…

Two electric buses added to AVTA fleet

The service kick-off is the next step in a 12-month demonstration project designed to evaluate the performance of the zero emission buses. (Contributed)

Lancaster – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority’s two new electric buses are ready to “POWER ON”! Both buses joined their diesel counterparts in providing service to Antelope Valley residents on Wednesday following a ribbon cutting ceremony at Los Angeles County Fire Station 129. AVTA Board Members, local officials, and Los Angeles County Fifth District Supervisor…

AVC Foundation to award $200,000 in scholarships

LANCASTER –Antelope Valley College Foundation is busy preparing for the 2015-16 Scholarship season. Approximately 275 scholarships will be awarded to students continuing at AVC, transferring to a four-year university, or high school students attending AVC in fall 2015. Scholarships awarded are expected to total $200,000 with most awards ranging from $500 to $1,500. Scholarship applications…

The next CHP Start Smart class is Nov. 19

Start Smart class

LANCASTER – Collisions remain the number one killer of American teenagers, killing almost as many drivers as passengers, and killing more kids than homicide or suicide, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Saving teen lives through education is a mission of the CHP, which is providing a new, revitalized “Start Smart” teen safe driving…

BooLVD Halloween Festival set for Saturday

Trick-or-Treating with The BLVD merchants will take place from 5 p.m. until supplies last.

LANCASTER – It’s that time of year again… The BooLVD Halloween and Harvest Festival will be held this Saturday, October 25, from 5 to 9 p.m., on Lancaster Boulevard, between Beech and Gadsden Avenue. The fifth annual celebration will feature live entertainment on two stages and many family-friendly attractions, including: Carnival games, Spooky train rides,…

Local officials offer Halloween safety tips

Halloween safety

LANCASTER – Lancaster Sheriff’s Station officials are again reminding everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Halloween this year and have issued the following tips to help ensure a safe trick-or-treat: Walk safely Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing, and continue to be aware of…

2 big rigs, BMW collide on Pearblossom Hwy

The injury collision occurred around 2:15 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23, on Pearblossom Highway at Sierra Highway, CHP officials said. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

Firefighters had to remove a 57-year-old woman trapped inside her car after the vehicle collided with two big rigs Thursday afternoon, authorities said. Patricia L. Socha of Henderson, NV, was extricated from her 2014 BMW following a multi-vehicle crash, which occurred around 2:12 p.m. on Pearblossom Highway at Sierra Highway, according to a California Highway…

Volunteer chaplains honored

AVH's Pastoral Care Department began in 1972, and the current chaplain roster includes 34 volunteers who minister to the spiritual needs of patients. (Contributed photo)

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Hospital’s Pastoral Care Department recognized 34 chaplains during its 24th Annual Volunteer Chaplains Banquet last week. The volunteer chaplains were commended for their hours of ministering to the spiritual needs of patients, family and staff at the hospital. As part of Antelope Valley Hospital’s interdisciplinary healthcare team, volunteer chaplains serve as…

Lancaster teen killed in fiery wrong-way crash

Fatal crash graphic

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – An 18-year-old Lancaster resident was killed early Wednesday morning after he drove his Toyota Prius in the wrong direction on the 15 Freeway and crashed head-on into a semi-tractor trailer, authorities said. Liam Niemeyer was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision, according to a press release by the San Bernardino…

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…