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‘Three Feet for Safety Act’ takes effect Tuesday

Three Feet for Safety Act

On Tuesday, Sept. 16, the “Three Feet for Safety Act” goes into effect. The new California law aims to keep cyclists safe by requiring motorists to stay at least three feet away when passing a bicycle that is proceeding in the same direction. “If the driver of a motor vehicle is unable to comply ……

New UAV men’s soccer team poised for success

The new UAV men's soccer team is made up mostly of freshmen, who will all have the opportunity to get collegiate level playing time, according to Head Coach Jarrod Cline. (Contributed photo)

LANCASTER – With the addition of men’s soccer this fall, the University of Antelope Valley’s Athletic Department has taken another step toward the goal of earning recognition as a competitive athletic program. The soccer team’s inaugural season kicked off Sept. 5 with an opener against Vanguard University of Costa Mesa, CA. “It has been a…

Countdown to Hot 100 Car Show!

Hot 100 car show

LANCASTER, CA – The Children’s Center of the Antelope Valley is gearing up to present its “Hot 100” car show with a growing line up of eye-catching cars for a great cause. The car show will feature beautifully restored and maintained classic or vintage cars – otherwise known as ‘eye candy for car enthusiasts’!   Entrants…

AVTA honored for financial accounting

AVTA Financial Accounty Award

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) has been honored with the highest form of recognition for its financial accounting. AVTA’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the 2013 fiscal year received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The award was presented by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). “We are…

Countdown to Pagan Pride Day 2014!

Pagan Pride Day logo

QUARTZ HILL – Heathens, Druids, Wiccans and Witches will meet at a local park on Sept. 27 to celebrate Pagan Pride Day and the Fall Equinox. The Antelope Valley’s Annual Pagan Pride Day Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27, at George Lane Park, located at 5520 West Avenue…

GraceFest AV returns this weekend

GraceFest AV draws thousands of attendees each year. [File photo]

PALMDALE – The 7th annual GraceFest AV returns this Friday and Saturday to the Palmdale Amphitheater. GraceFest is a family event featuring national and local Christian artists, merchants, vendors, kid’s games, a youth performance stage, concessionaires, interactive arts, speakers, three performance stages and much more. Friday, Sept. 12 presents the return of the Prayer Rally,…

Community Academy XXXI starts Sept. 16

LASD logo

The Palmdale and Lancaster Sheriff’s Stations are in the process of selecting 50 interested residents from the station areas to participate in the Antelope Valley’s 31st Community Academy. The purpose of the Academy is to build a better understanding between the community and the Sheriff’s Department through education. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings…

West Nile virus at highest level ever in mosquitoes

WNV AV Birds

SACRAMENTO – The state’s public health director is reminding Californians to remain vigilant against the threat of West Nile virus. “The proportion of mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus is at the highest level ever detected in California,” said Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state health officer.…

20th annual Fall Job Fair set for Sept. 10

AVC Job fair

LANCASTER – Job seekers are encouraged to attend the Antelope Valley’s largest job fair, which takes place next week at Antelope Valley College’s Lancaster campus. The event is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10 in the Library Plaza, located at 3041 West Avenue K. There will be free parking on campus that day, officials…

Miss Antelope Valley aims to inspire young people

Miss Av 2014 profile

EDWARDS AFB – Desert Jr.-Sr. High School Class of 2014 graduate Emily Booth hopes to use her platform as Miss Antelope Valley to encourage children to follow their dreams. Booth participated in her first pageant when she was 11 years old, and after three years, she finally won the title Junior Miss California City. “I had no…

She lost her sight but not her vision for success

Raenell Weatherspoon is a massage therapy student at UAV and currently completing her externship at Haddad Chiropractic in Lancaster. The mother of six is ready to confront any obstacle while remaining in good spirits, and she is a morale booster for other students, according to UAV staff. (Contributed photo)

LANCASTER – Raenell Weatherspoon is in the midst of defining her personal journey.  Born with a degenerative eye disease, the mother of six young girls eventually lost 100% of her eyesight but never lost her vision for success. Instead, she decided to be an example for her children and focus on her new sense of…

Quartz Hill community unveils memorial honoring fallen Marine

Ian Stewart honored

QUARTZ HILL – A granite memorial was dedicated to Marine Cpl. Ian Stewart at Quartz Hill High School on Thursday, bringing together nearly 50 friends, family, and fellow alumni to honor this local Antelope Valley hero. Cpl. Stewart’s father, Dana, remarked how important the memorial is to helping not only the family, but the community…

Woman in wheelchair hit by car in Lancaster

The incident happened around 9 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 27 on Avenue L near 21st Street West. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

LANCASTER – A 55-year-old woman is in critical condition after being hit by a car while crossing the street in Lancaster Wednesday night. The incident happened around 9 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 27 on Avenue L near 21st Street West, according Lancaster Community Relations deputy Miguel Ruiz. Lancaster resident Catherine Bronsart was in a wheelchair and…

Increased West Nile virus activity ahead of Labor Day weekend

WNV AV Birds

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District urges residents to take precautions while enjoying outdoor celebrations this Labor Day weekend. Two more mosquito samples as well as 22 sentinel chickens have tested positive for West Nile virus in the Antelope Valley. The chickens were from coops located in Palmdale, Quartz Hill and…

Lancaster mulls closing Metrolink station to stop outside poaching of homeless services

Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris asked city staff if the council could vote to close the station - "today."

LANCASTER – Downtown Los Angeles is actually sending transient individuals via Metrolink to access homeless services and resources from the city of Lancaster, council members argued at Tuesday’s meeting. And in response, city officials have called for staff to study closing the Lancaster Metrolink Station. “I’m thinking it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure…

Lancaster DUI checkpoint planned for Friday, CHP checkpoint Saturday

Drivers who are determined to be under the influence will be arrested and their vehicles towed away, CHP officials said. (File image)

LANCASTER – The Sheriff Department’s Lancaster Station will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Lancaster on Friday, Aug. 29, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Deputies will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Deputies will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to…