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Cooling trend in the forecast

Heat

The Antelope Valley will bake for one more day before the three-day heat wave gives way to a cooling trend. Lower temperatures are expected to kick in Saturday, helped by a return of onshore winds, according to National Weather Service forecasts. Saturday’s highs will be about one to five degrees lower than Friday’s 100-plus degrees…

More West Nile Virus positive chickens in the AV

WNV AV Birds

PALMDALE – The Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District confirmed Thursday that a sentinel chicken from a flock in east Palmdale tested positive for West Nile Virus, the second positive test for the virus this year. “We utilize 10 flocks of chickens that are strategically located around the Antelope Valley to monitor for West…

AVTA fare changes effective Sept. 1

AVTA customers are encouraged to visit the AVTA website at www.avta.com for more information on the upcoming fare changes. Customers can also contact the AVTA Customer Service department at 661-945-9445 for information regarding fare changes, the Senior Annual Pass program, and the Rider Relief Transportation program.

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) will be charging new fares starting Tuesday, Sept. 1. The fare changes, approved by AVTA’s Board of Directors in May, will allow the transit agency to take steps to expand and improve its service in order to keep up with the growing ridership trend. View the 2015…

A-4 Skyhawks support F-35 operational testing

An A-4 Skyhawk pilot prepares for take-off Aug. 21 in support of operational test of the F-35A for the Royal Netherlands Air Force.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Rebecca Amber)

EDWARDS AFB – A-4 Skyhawks have taken to the skies over Edwards in support of operational tests of the F-35A for the Royal Netherlands Air Force. They are part of a tactics development and evaluation exercise initiated by the 323nd Test and Evaluation Squadron and supported by the Joint Strike Fighter Operational Test Team from…

Antonovich to propose $25K reward in AV dog abuse case

The crimes against dogs came to light earlier this month when a golden retriever was brought to a Lancaster animal shelter suffering from severe burns on its neck and back.  (Image courtesy Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue)

LOS ANGELES – County Supervisor Michael Antonovich has increased the reward he wants the county to offer for information leading to the person or people who have been burning dogs in the Antelope Valley. Antonovich initially said he would ask his colleagues next week to approve a $10,000 reward, but he said Wednesday he will…

DUI checkpoint planned in Lancaster this Friday

DUI Checkpoint

LANCASTER – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Lancaster this Friday, Aug. 28, 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…

Military Appreciation Day this Thursday at AV Fair!

Active and retired military will be given lanyards for their specific branch of military. (contributed)

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Fair officials have announced the details for Military Appreciation Day this Thursday, Aug. 27. FREE admission. Admission will be free all night [beginning at 4 p.m.] for active and retired military and their guests with military IDs and DD214s. A VIP welcome. From 4 to 7 p.m., Community Queens, Joe Walker…

AV Fair announces tastiest winners!

Judges for the Antelope Valley Fair's food contest included Jim Winburn (left) from The AV Times , Kim Robbins of RZ Radio LLC (KTPI), Craig Altman of Adelman Broadcasting, and (background) Renee Eng of Time Warner Cable. (Image courtesy AV Fair)

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Fair’s food concessionaires competed for the first time this year, and the AV Fair Association on Monday announced its most savory winners. In addition to competitions in livestock auctions and exhibit entries, the 77th Annual Antelope Valley Fair & Alfalfa Festival featured its first “Alfie’s People’s Choice Fair Food Competition,”…

‘Walk a Mile’ event to benefit AVH Forensic Services Unit

Hatami walk mile

LANCASTER — Members of the Antelope Valley’s medical and educational communities are joining forces next month to raise funds for and awareness about gender-based violence. This year’s local Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26, at Antelope Valley College, Football Field Parking Lot, located…

Local seniors ride free with AVTA Pass Program

senior AVTA rider

LANCASTER – Senior citizens in the Antelope Valley will continue to ride free on local buses thanks to grant funding and government support of a new Senior Annual Pass Program. The new pass program comes just as the Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) prepares to adjust its free fare to a 75 cent fare starting…

First sign of West Nile Virus in the AV for 2015

WNV AV Birds

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District was notified that one chicken from a sentinel flock in Rancho Vista tested positive for West Nile Virus, officials announced Thursday. This is the first sign of the mosquito-borne disease in the AV for 2015. “This is the latest in the season that West Nile…

R. Rex Parris Law Firm suing eBay

R. Rex Parris

LANCASTER – The R. Rex Parris Law Firm has filed a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) lawsuit against eBay, claiming eBay knowingly and deliberately facilitates, proliferates and profits from the ongoing sale of counterfeit and fake products on its website. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court, according to a news release from…

Body found at Lancaster park

LANCASTER – Sheriff’s homicide detectives were called to a Lancaster park Tuesday to investigate the death of a 35-year-old man, a sheriff’s deputy said. Deputies were sent at 6:50 a.m. to Jane Reynolds Park at 716 W. Oldfield Street, said Deputy Amber Smith of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau. “The man was pronounced dead at the…

Bret Michaels confirmed as headliner to replace Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo Aug. 22 at A.V. FAIR

Bret Michaels (Twitter photo)

LANCASTER – Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo announced that they have canceled their next 12 performances, including their Aug. 22 concert at the A.V. Fair, as Giraldo recovers from emergency eye surgery. [Read more at www.benatargiraldo.com.] Taking their place as headliner for the Aug. 22 concert will be rock star Bret Michaels and special guest,…

Elderly passenger killed in rollover crash

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ROSAMOND – An 84-year-old Rosamond woman died at the hospital Monday morning following a single-vehicle rollover crash in the Rosamond area, authorities said. Isabel B. Caadlawon was a passenger in a 2002 Dodge Ram pickup truck that crashed around 8:45 a.m. Monday, Aug. 17, on SR-14 south of Avenue A, according to a California Highway…