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AVTA: USDOT proposal could mean more local jobs

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) is hoping to be selected for a pilot program that could provide more jobs for local residents. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx recently announced the program which will explore new ways to make it easier for states and cities to hire local residents for transportation projects. The…

BMX bike show at Tierra Bonita Elementary

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LANCASTER – Students screamed with excitement recently while attending a one-of-a-kind BMX bike stunt show at Eastside Union School District’s Tierra Bonita Elementary. Eastside district has been implementing new ideas to energize students on their Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) testing. BMX group Team Soil showcased high-energy air stunts on April 23 to demonstrate to…

Color Me Rad 5K this Saturday in Lancaster!

Color Me Rad 5k is loosely based on the Hindu Festival of Colors. (contributed)

LANCASTER – Color Me Rad 5k returns to Lancaster this Saturday with a blaze of color bombs, color cannons, and color mortars that will leave runners and walkers painted in an array of colors. Billed as the largest color run in the northern region of Southern California, the second annual Color Me Rad 5K kicks…

AV Hospital receives baby-friendly designation

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LANCASTER – Baby-Friendly USA, Inc., the accrediting body of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) in the United States, has designated Antelope Valley Hospital as a Baby-Friendly birth facility. This designation means that AV Hospital has met the gold standard in maternity care operations. Currently there are 256 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the…

Free Gem & Mineral Show in Lancaster this weekend

Attendees will find one-of-a-kind hand-crafted jewelry, just in time for Mother’s Day, according to organizers. (Contributed photo)

LANCASTER – Family entertainment, unique shopping and a great learning experience are what attendees can expect at a free Gem and Mineral Show in Lancaster this weekend, according to organizers. Presented by the Antelope Valley Gem and Mineral Club, the 47th annual show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 25,…

West Nile Virus and Mosquito & Vector Control Awareness Week

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

LANCASTER – The California State Assembly recently passed Assembly Concurrent Resolution 51 (ACR 51) and declared the week of April 19-25 as West Nile Virus and Mosquito and Vector Control Awareness Week. The Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District is reminding residents to do their part to reduce the mosquito population and disease risk…

Man hit, killed by train in Lancaster

The deceased was identified at 22-year-old Richard Kevin Baldwin III of Lancaster. (LUIS MEZA)

LANCASTER – A 22-year-old man was struck and killed by a freight train in Lancaster early Saturday morning, authorities said. Richard Kevin Baldwin III of Lancaster was pronounced dead at the scene, according to coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter. He was struck around 1:55 a.m. Saturday, April 18, just north of the Lancaster Metrolink station,…

Local students to be honored for academic achievements

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LANCASTER – Approximately 358 local high school seniors graduating with a cumulative 4.0 or higher grade-point average will be recognized for their academic achievements at the 14th annual 4.0 Student Recognition Dinner on April 23. “Maintaining a 4.0 (and higher) GPA throughout high school is impressive. It meant long nights spent studying, and many of…

Underwood-Jacobs appointed to vacant Lancaster Council seat

LANCASTER – Lancaster resident and current Criminal Justice Commissioner Angela Underwood-Jacobs was appointed Tuesday, April 14, to the vacated Lancaster City Council seat that was previously held by Sandra Johnson. Underwood-Jacobs is the regional manager, senior vice president at California Bank & Trust in downtown Lancaster. She is a member of the Lancaster Chamber of…

Contestants sought for 2nd annual Miss Latina AV pageant

Miss Latina AV 2014 queens. (Contributed photo)

PALMDALE – Plans are underway for the second annual Miss Latina AV pageant, to be held Sunday, June 7. Contestants are being sought to compete in the pageant, themed “Premios Senorita Latina.” “Some may ask, ‘Why have a pageant that highlights Latina culture?’ It’s all part of being proud and sharing the rich culture of…

AV Hospital files claim against L.A. County

Antelope Valley Hospital serves over 1/20th of the trauma patient volume in L.A. County, but receives less than 1/200th of the funding, said CEO Dennis Knox. “We believe that we've been shorted at Antelope Valley Hospital in excess of $10 million per year,” Knox said at Tuesday’s press conference.

LOS ANGELES – Antelope Valley Hospital filed a claim Monday against Los Angeles County and its Board of Supervisors for failing to properly administer and allocate billions of dollars of property tax revenue per Measure B to L.A. County trauma centers. The hospital’s legal team will hold a press conference Tuesday in Los Angeles to…

Lancaster resident honored during Capitol Holocaust Remembrance Day

Assemblyman Tom Lackey (right) and Michael Rosenbach. (contributed)

SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) honored Lancaster resident Michael Rosenbach for Holocaust Remembrance Day at the State Capitol Monday. Rosenbach is a Holocaust survivor of Polish heritage who was born in Uzgan, Russia. “Mr. Rosenbach’s story is one of hope,” Assemblyman Lackey stated. “Michael lived through an extraordinary experience and thrived against all odds.”…

AV Hospital appoints chief human resources officer

Lynn M. Gomez

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Hospital has named Lynn M. Gomez, MBA, GPHR, as chief human resources officer (CHRO), effective Monday. Gomez previously served for five years as CHRO at San Gorgonio Memorial Veterans Hospital in Banning, California. She was responsible for providing strategic direction for the overall human resources operations of the California Region, including…

Lancaster man killed in Littlerock traffic crash

Roman lost control of his pickup in the curve of the roadway and crossed into the oncoming traffic lane. (LUIS MEZA)

LITTLEROCK – A 44-year-old Lancaster man was killed Sunday after he lost control of his pickup truck and crossed into the oncoming traffic lane on a Littlerock road, authorities said. Mario Carreno Roman was pronounced dead at the scene of the two-vehicle collision, which occurred around 1:55 p.m. Sunday, April 12, according to a California…

Woman in wheelchair struck, killed by car in Lancaster

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LANCASTER – A woman in a motorized wheelchair was struck and killed by a car in Lancaster Saturday night, authorities said. The fatal collision happened around 7:53 p.m. Saturday, April 11, on Sierra Highway south of Avenue J-2, according to Sgt. Metten of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station. Preliminary information gathered at the scene revealed that…

LASD survey identifies Quartz Hill residents’ greatest concerns

Local residents from Quartz Hill discuss the results of a March 14 Community Oritented Policing Survey with LASD Captain Patrick Nelson of the Lancaster Sheriff's Station. (photo by Jim E. Winburn)

QUARTZ HILL – Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials revealed the results of a recent community survey for Quartz Hill residents at the George Lane Community Center Thursday. Captain Pat Nelson of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station told about 20 people gathered at the public meeting that 43.7 percent of the residents and businesses surveyed in West…