70th annual Miss AV Pageant set for Aug. 2

[1st Row - Front: Jaycee Jackson, Merysa Rangel, Miss Hughes Elizabeth Lakes: Brooklyn Alcott, Miss Eastside: Casaundra King, Miss Rancho Vista: Taylor Herider, Miss Lake Los Angeles: Meladie Saunders. 2nd Row - Back
Miss Tehachapi: Tiffany Rea, Miss Leona Valley: Rachel Bartfai,
Miss Lancaster:  Halley Arntz,  Miss Acton: Brooke Lohman, 
Miss California City:  Emily Booth, Miss Palmdale: Felicia Flores, 
Miss Rosamond: Brittany Ebeltoft, Miss Quartz Hill: Mikayla Yarman, 
Miss Antelope Acres: Jayme Fairlee

LANCASTER – Fourteen extraordinary young women, each wearing a crown representing her respective community, will soon vie for the title of Miss Antelope Valley 2014. The 70th annual pageant will be held at 4 p.m., Saturday, August 2, at the H.W. Hunter pavilion at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, located at 2551 West Avenue H in Lancaster.…

Katherine Lott awarded NASA Armstrong Employee Scholarship

Katherine Lott, the recipient of the 2014 NASA Armstrong Employee Exchange Council Joseph R. Vensel Memorial Scholarship, is congratulated by NASA Armstrong center director David McBride. Flanking the pair are Katherine's parents, Darryl and Boon Lott. (NASA / Carla Thomas)

Lancaster – The NASA Armstrong Employee Exchange Council has presented its 2014 Joseph R. Vensel Memorial Scholarship Award to Katherine Lott. A graduate of the class of 2014 at Desert High School on Edwards Air Force Base, Katherine plans to major in bio-medical engineering at the University of California-San Diego this fall. Katherine was a…

Local deputies honored with Lifesaving Awards

The Lifesaving Award is given to members of the Department whose actions result in the saving or preservation of a human life, which would have otherwise been lost without the employee’s direct involvement. (LASD)

LOS ANGELES – Three Lancaster deputies were among the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Personnel formally recognized for their heroic, life-saving actions. Deputy Jared Fletcher was recognized for pulling two people from a burning vehicle this past October. According to a Sheriff’s Department press release: On October 27, 2013, while off-duty, Deputy Fletcher came upon…

Inaugural AV Soccer Expo set for this weekend

AV Soccer Expo stock image

LANCASTER – The Sanchez Soccer League and the Pioneer Event Center have combined forces to host the inaugural AV Soccer Expo this coming weekend. The family-friendly event will feature live entertainment; boys and girls soccer clinics (ages 5 to 18); 5 vs. 5 soccer tournaments; 30 vendors, including food service, apparel, and gifts; and much…

More West Nile virus in the AV

WNV AV Birds

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District was informed that a second dead bird found in the Antelope Valley has tested positive for West Nile Virus. The dead raven was spotted near Avenue M-8 and 45th Street West and reported to the State’s Dead Bird Hotline ( on July 9, 2014. “Our…

Wild badger caught in Lancaster shopping center

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LANCASTER – A wild badger seen running around a Vallarta Supermarket parking lot in Lancaster was captured without incident this past Saturday, authorities said. The incident occurred around 7:30 p.m., Saturday July 19, in the 1800 block of West Avenue I in Lancaster, according to a press release from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station. Read it…

Local boxers to ‘Rumble in the Desert’

Palmdale resident Poula Estrada (right) makes her professional debut against seasoned professional Blanca Raymundo.

LANCASTER – Lancaster and Palmdale will be well represented at the “Rumble in the Desert,” taking place this Saturday, July 19, at the Pioneer Event Center (PEC). Local fan favorite Giovanni Sarran of Palmdale will take on Makanni Sarellano of Santa Maria. “My style is fan pleasing. I go to knock every time!” Sarran said,…

Countdown to 49er Day parade and music festival!

49er Day Festival preview

LAKE HUGHES – Lake Hughes residents are gearing up for one of the biggest events of the year. The 65th annual 49er Day Parade and Music Festival will take place Saturday, July 26. This year’s theme is Phoenix Rising, which represents the Lake Hughes community’s rise from the ashes after the devastating Powerhouse Fire last…

Lancaster ranked ‘most stressful’ city in California

The water from the reclamation plant travels nearly eight miles through a series of special recycled-water pipelines, which stretch from the reclamation facility on Avenue D to Lancaster City Park on Avenue K-8.

Lancaster ranked number one as the most stressful city to live in all of California. This according to data compiled by CreditDonkey, a credit card comparison and financial education website that publishes data-driven analyses sourced by media outlets across the country. Using crime statistics from the FBI and U.S. Census data, the company recently compiled a…

AV Hospital recognized for reducing infections

Susan Hiyama, MSN, CPHQ of HSAG presents the award to AVH employees.  Pictured left to right:  Paul Brydon; Evelyn Elliot, RPh, MHA; Radha Krishnan, M.D.; Dennis Knox, FACHE; Anne Peterson, BSN, PHN, CIC; Hiyama; Helen Garcia, BSN,PHN; Jill Bennett, RPh, BCPS; and Jack Burke, RN, MS.

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) has been recognized by the Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG) for its dedication to patient safety. The recognition highlights the hospital’s success in reducing healthcare-associated infections. Healthcare-associated infections, or HAIs, specifically are infections acquired while patients are receiving treatment for another condition in a healthcare setting. HSAG is a…

Local homeless “Serving the Servers” this Saturday

Serving the Servers

LANCASTER —  A group of local homeless people will be giving back this Saturday to the kind-hearted volunteers who serve them meals each day. “Serving the Servers: The Day of Appreciation” will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at Grace Resource Center, located at 45134 Sierra Highway in Lancaster. Assisted by the Light…

First signs of West Nile virus in the AV for 2014

WNV AV Birds

PALMDALE  – A dead bird found in Palmdale has tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District.  The dead raven was reported to the State’s Dead Bird Hotline on July 1 by an observant resident near Avenue S and 10th Street East. “After the hotline staff determines…

Countdown to “Rumble in the Desert”!

Rumble in the Desert

LANCASTER – Professional boxing returns to the Antelope Valley this Saturday with a powerhouse lineup that is sure to be a knockout! “Rumble in the Desert” takes place from 7 to 11 p.m., Saturday, July 19 at the Pioneer Event Center (PEC), located at 45000 Valley Central Way in Lancaster. Doors open at 6 p.m.…

UPDATED: ‘Pillowcase Rapist’ released to AV

Christopher Evans Hubbart (shown in this undated booking photo) was dubbed the “Pillowcase Rapist” because he muffled his victims’ screams with a pillowcase over their heads. Hubbart, who admitted to raping approximately 40 women between 1971 and 1982, was released June 9, 2014 and placed in a resident at 20315 East Avenue R.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office confirmed that serial rapist Christopher Evans Hubbart was released Wednesday, July 9 and placed in a residence at 20315 East Avenue R, an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County. Hubbart was released from state custody during the morning hours and transported to Lancaster Sheriff’s Station, where he completed his mandated…

Honda drivers line up for free gas!

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LANCASTER – The promise of free gas sent many drivers scrambling to a Lancaster gas station Tuesday morning. A procession of cars tailed SoCal Honda’s big, blue Free Gas Tanker Truck as it pulled into the Valero gas station around 10:30 a.m. at 500 East Avenue K. The Honda drivers kept coming in, and the…

State Auditor releases report on AV water rates

AV Water rates audit

LANCASTER – Responding to public outcry over proposed water rate hikes, Assemblymember Steve Fox last year called for the California State Auditor to examine Antelope Valley water rates. The State Auditor announced its findings Tuesday, July 8 (Read the report here). The final report confirms that California Water Service company rates are justified and reasonable,…

CHP at maximum enforcement this 4th of July

The CHP Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) begins on Thursday, July 3 at 6 p.m. and continues through Sunday, July 6, at 11:59 p.m.

LANCASTER – Independence Day is a holiday celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by America’s forefathers. Many of you will celebrate this occasion with outdoor barbeques, picnics and social gatherings. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) encourages you to enjoy the holiday, but always designate a sober driver and buckle…