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Palmdale signs historic MOU with Sun Village

Caption: Sun Village Town Council President Magdalene Lawrence, left, and Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford, right, sign the historic MOU. Looking on from left to right: Sun Village Town Council Secretary Bernadette Moore, Palmdale Councilmember Fred Thompson, Palmdale Deputy City Clerk Roxanne Faber and Sun Village Town Council  Assistant Treasurer Gem Lawrence.

PALMDALE – Officials from the City of Palmdale and Sun Village gathered at the Palmdale City Council Chamber Monday for a historic signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in which Palmdale removed its sphere of influence in Sun Village. Signing the document for Palmdale were Mayor Jim Ledford and Deputy City Clerk Roxanne Faber,…

Free car maintenance tips workshop this Wednesday

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PALMDALE – The Palmdale City Library will host a free car maintenance tips seminar this Wednesday, Sept. 24. The event starts at 5 p.m. at the Library, located at 700 E. Palmdale Boulevard. The session will provide objective, useful pointers for drivers to help them save money and get the most out of their vehicles.…

POW/MIA day ceremony held at Poncitlan Square

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PALMDALE – Palmdale joined cities across the country Friday in recognizing and honoring the sacrifices of prisoners of war, those still missing in action and their families. Titled “You Are Not Forgotten,” the Palmdale ceremony was held at 11 a.m. at Poncitlán Square and drew about 30 attendees. “Imagine if you had a family member…

Palmdale Aerospace Academy prepares bots for battle

Brian Martin, Robotics Advisor and teacher at The Palmdale Aerospace Academy noted that the Gryffingear team has put in many off-season hours to re-build the practice bots to get ready for these competitions

PALMDALE – The award-winning Gryffingear Robotics Team of The Palmdale Aerospace Academy will be battling for a winning title in a competition later this month. Representing Palmdale at the Southern California Regional Robotics Forum’s annual off-season FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC), The Academy’s “Basilisk” and “Golden Snitch” will each be competing among 34 other teams. The…

Benefit concert for Wounded Warrior Project set for Oct. 4

Musical acts will include Emote (top left), The Joel Hatcher Band (top right), Boulevard Knights (bottom left), and Runaway (bottom right). The concert benefits the Wounded Warrior Project, which honors and empowers wounded soldiers by raising awareness and enlists the public's aid for the needs of injured service members.

PALMDALE – G-Com Services will present its 2nd annual concert to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project on Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Palmdale Amphitheater, located at 2723 Rancho Vista Boulevard. “This will be a family friendly event that will include a variety of great live music by local bands,” said G-Com Services President Lemuel Galvao.…

CHP to host child safety seat event Friday

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PALMDALE  – Collisions are the leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. An appropriate and correctly installed child passenger safety seat may be the one thing that makes the difference between life and death for a child involved in a traffic collision, according…

POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony set for Friday

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PALMDALE – This Friday is National POW/MIA Recognition Day, a day meant to honor prisoners of war, those still missing in action and their families. To mark the solemn event, the Antelope Valley Service Organization Association and the City of Palmdale will hold its annual POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony. The event will start at 11 a.m.,…

Acton Farmers Market needs your support

Contributed images show the various offerings at the Acton Farmers Market, which is open on Tuesdays, from 4 to 7 p.m., at 3563 Sierra Highway in Acton.

ACTON – The Acton Farmers Market is experiencing a revitalization but needs the support of the community if it is to thrive. The Farmers Market opens on Tuesdays, from 4 to 7 p.m., at 3563 Sierra Highway in Acton (the empty lot next to Crown Valley Pharmacy).  The Acton Farmers Market runs through October 14.…

‘Three Feet for Safety Act’ takes effect Tuesday

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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 ……

NASA Shuttle Carrier moves to final home

NASA employee Donald Bailes towed the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft less than a mile from the NASA Armstrong aircraft operations facility to the nearby Joe Davies Heritage Airpark in Palmdale.

NASA 911, a retired Shuttle Carrier Aircraft that ferried NASA’s space shuttles across the country for more than three decades, made its final journey on Friday. The modified Boeing 747 jetliner was towed to Palmdale’s Joe Davies Heritage Airpark for permanent display. Sights from NASA 911’s final journey The Joe Davies Heritage Airpark is located…

Winners announced in ‘Encore’ juried art and ‘Walk on Words’ poetry contests

The winner of the “Walk on Words” poetry contest was 11-year-old Steven Brito of Palmdale with his entry was titled, “One Day.”  [Left] Teddi Bandt’s The Saddle won first place in the juried art reception. [Right]

PALMDALE – The Palmdale Playhouse kicked off its 20th anniversary celebration with “Encore,” a juried art reception and the unveiling of the winner of the “Walk on Words” poetry contest Thursday evening at the Playhouse. There were 58 entries by local artists of all ages. The winners were: First Place:  Teddi Bandt, “The Saddle” ($150…

Northrop Grumman, LA County Air Show award scholarships

Andy Reynolds, vice president, manufacturing operations and Palmdale site manager, congratulates Los Angeles County Air Show Scholarship recipients, Sean Hormozian, during a recent awards ceremony. (Photo courtesy Northrop Grumman)

PALMDALE – The Los Angeles County Air Show Scholarship Committee selected five Antelope Valley students to receive scholarships for $1,000 each. The committee also recognized the students on Sept. 4 at the Blackbird Air Park in Palmdale. “Collaborating with the LA County Air Show to present well deserving students with these scholarships is a real…

Lockdown at Tamarisk Elementary

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PALMDALE – A Palmdale elementary school was placed on lockdown Wednesday after a student overheard a comment that a weapon was on campus, according to a statement from the Palmdale School District (PSD). Tamarisk Elementary School, located at 1843 East Avenue Q 5 in Palmdale, was placed on a campus lockdown that ended at approximately…

Community Academy XXXI starts Sept. 16

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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

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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.…

Miss Antelope Valley aims to inspire young people

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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…