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Thanksgiving food, fire safety tips

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Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family, and good food. It’s also the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment, according to the National Fire Protection Association. The American Red Cross recommends the following tips for a safe and happy Thanksgiving this year. FIRE SAFETY Each year there are more than…

Thanksgiving ‘Do & Don’t List’ for pets

If you wish to share some of the turkey meat with your pets, make sure the meat is boneless.

While most pet owners consider their pets to be a part of their family, the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) would like to remind everyone that most Thanksgiving food is only safe for your two-legged guests. Please consider the following list of what and what not to do with…

Local event introduces attendees to NASA’s aviation contributions

NASA pilots, from left, Hernan Posada, Tom Miller, Manny Antimisiaris and Scott Howe talk about their careers and flying NASA missions. (NASA / Tom Tschida)

Edward AFB – NASA is transforming aviation by reducing aircraft environmental impacts, enhancing safety and leading the way in revolutionary new technologies. Those are some of the key ideas from a two-day NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate Social event Nov. 18-19 at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base. The event highlighted…

Rosamond man found dead near railroad tracks

ROSAMOND – The body of a 30-year-old Rosamond man was found near railroad tracks in Rosamond Tuesday morning, authorities said. Union Pacific Rail officials reported finding the fully clothed body at about 8:30 a.m., according to a news release from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. “Deputies from the Rosamond Substation responded and found injuries on…

Thanksgiving Maximum Enforcement Period and travel safety tips

The CHP Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) begins Wednesday, November 26, at 6 p.m. and runs through Sunday, November 30, at 11:59 p.m.

The extended Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel periods of the year. As families and friends gather for the holiday, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is encouraging travelers to always buckle up, avoid driving distracted, obey the posted speed limit, and never drink and drive. The Thanksgiving holiday period – beginning Wednesday, Nov.…

Loved ones remember traffic crash victims, fundraisers set

Nearly 100 people gathered Sunday, Nov. 23, for a candlelight vigil, near Avenue K and 25th Street West, where (upper L to R) Jocelyn “Jossy” Montes, 12-year-old Everardo “Junior” Simental and 19-year-old Christopher “Chris” McGlory died in a traffic crash Nov. 21. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

LANCASTER – Dozens of family members and friends came together Sunday evening to mourn the loss of three people killed in a horrific traffic crash this past Friday. Tearful mourners lit candles, shared stories and sent prayers for 20-year-old Jocelyn “Jossy” Montes, 12-year-old Everardo “Junior” Simental and 19-year-old Christopher McGlory. Jossy was a loving mother…

Triple fatal traffic crash in Lancaster

Jossy, Junior and Chris were thrown from this Jeep Cherokee and killed when the vehicle spun out of control after colliding with a Dodge Ram truck Friday, Nov. 21. (LUIS MEZA)

LANCASTER – A man, woman and boy were killed Friday after a sport utility vehicle collided with a pickup truck in a Lancaster intersection, authorities said. The crash occurred around 6:08 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21, in the intersection of West Avenue K and 25th Street West in Lancaster, according to Sgt. David Jennings of the…

$2.46M retrofit at Lancaster low-income apartments

Developers joined resident children for a ceremonial tree planting in September to celebrated the start of the pilot project. The project, taking place at The Village at Beechwood in Lancaster, is backed by LINC Housing and SEED Partners with Electric Power Research Institute as the project lead, in collaboration with BiraEnergy, California Energy Commission, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Southern California Gas Company, and Southern California Edison.

LANCASTER – Work has started on a pilot project to make a low-income apartment complex in Lancaster more energy and water efficient. The $2.46 million sustainability retrofit project aims to bring housing units at The Village at Beechwood to as near-zero net energy as possible, becoming a model for lowering energy and water costs for…

UAV to join Cal Pac Conference in Fall 2015

UAV currently offers six intercollegiate sports, including Women's Soccer. (Photo courtesy UAV)

LANCASTER – The University of Antelope Valley has been added to the California Pacific Conference, effective with the 2015-16 academic year. “Our membership is genuinely thrilled to welcome the University of Antelope Valley to the Cal Pac family,” stated Commissioner Don Ott. “UAV adds to the distinctive educational landscape of the conference, and brings yet…

Free women’s self-defense, holiday safety seminar Saturday

Attendees pose for a picture after completing the women’s self-defense/ holiday safety seminar in 2012. (Photo courtesy William Robinson.)

PALMDALE – Crime always increases during the holidays, and female shoppers are the biggest targets, according to local Taekwondo Master William Robinson. Robinson says predators choose women because they consider them to be weak or distracted when shopping during the holidays. To help local women stay safe this holiday season, Robinson has again teamed with…

AVH to host “Pints for Pies” next week

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LANCASTER — Finding enough blood donors to sustain an adequate blood supply is a challenge at any time of the year. Add in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, and that task becomes even more difficult. To help boost the blood supply this holiday season, the Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) Blood Donor Center is…

9 exceptional women nominated for 2014 Athena Award

(Top, L to R) Gwen Ferrell, Dianne Knippel, Denise Latanzi, Nardy Lopez, Joanna Mitchell (Bottom, L to R) Lisa Moulton, Traci Scott, Sheyla Walker, Diane Walker.

The Zonta Club of the Antelope Valley has announced the nominees for the 2014 Athena Award. The coveted annual honor is presented to a woman who has attained the highest level of professional excellence, devoted time and energy to improving the quality of life for others and assisted other women in realizing their leadership potential.…

3 new directors added to AV Fair Board

AV Fair Board new members 2014 3

LANCASTER – Drew Mercy, Angie Hughes and Gus Camacho have been added to the Antelope Valley Fair Association’s Board of Directors. Mercy is a graduate of Quartz Hill High School and the University of California, Davis. He works locally as a Taxpayer Advocate and Senior Advisor to Board of Equalization Member George Runner. He has…

“Barn Appétit!” is the theme for AV Fair 2015

Barn Appétit! submitted by Sherri Reyes of Palmdale was picked from more than a thousand contest entries as the theme for AV Fair 2014. [Photo courtesy: The Antelope Valley Fair]

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Fairgrounds on Thursday announced “Barn Appétit!” as the theme for the 2015 Antelope Valley Fair & Alfalfa Festival. More than a thousand theme ideas were submitted for the annual contest, Fair officials said. To qualify, themes had to be five words or less and centered on Fair food. “The subject…

Lancaster JetHawks being sold to respected baseball operators

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LANCASTER – Veteran baseball club owners Jake Kerr and Jeff Mooney have entered into a purchase agreement to acquire the Lancaster JetHawks of the California League. The transaction will become final pending approval from Minor League Baseball (MiLB), Major League Baseball and the California League. The Lancaster City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously in favor…

Veterans Day ceremony held at Lancaster Cemetery

The Antelope Valley Young Marines came out to support local veterans. Congressman-elect Steve Knight (background) also attended the ceremony.

LANCASTER – Well over 200 people gathered in the Veterans Court of Honor at Lancaster Cemetery Tuesday morning for a ceremony honoring veterans, service members and their families. “It is the one day of the year our nation sets aside to recognize the contributions and sacrifices of our brave men and women,” said Petty Officer…

Veterans Day ceremonies planned in Palmdale, Lancaster

Lancaster Palmdale Veterans Day ceremonies preview

LANCASTER – Ceremonies paying tribute to veterans and military service members are planned in both Palmdale and Lancaster this Tuesday, Nov. 11 to mark Veterans Day. At 9 a.m., the Lancaster Cemetery District will host its annual ceremony in the Veterans Court of Honor, located at 111 E. Lancaster Blvd, Lancaster. This year’s event, titled…

AVTA wins AdWheel Awards at APTA Expo

LANCASTER – For the third year in a row, the Antelope Valley Transit Authority has been named a 2014 AdWheel Award winner by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). AVTA was honored with two first place awards during APTA’s Annual Meeting and Expo in Houston near the end of October. The APTA AdWheel Awards recognize…