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Local CHiPs for Kids Toy Drive needs your support

The local CHiPs for Kids Toy Drive last year collected more than 4,600 toys, which were distributed to local disadvantaged children. They’re trying to surpass last year’s efforts by collecting 5,000 toys this holiday season.

LANCASTER – You can help make this holiday season special for less fortunate children in the Antelope Valley… The California Highway Patrol’s Antelope Valley office needs your support in collecting 5,000 toys by Dec. 22 so that local disadvantaged children can have presents in time for Christmas. The local CHiPs for Kids Toy Drive is…

Palmdale semi-truck driver involved in fatal collision

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LOMA LINDA – A 36-year-old Palmdale driver struck and killed a pedestrian who ran into the path of his Freightliner on Interstate 10, authorities said. The fatal collision happened around 9:55 p.m., Monday, Nov. 24, according to a preliminary report by the California Highway Patrol, San Bernardino Area. Luis Munguia of Palmdale was driving a…

Palmdale mayor to speak at US high speed rail conference

Jim Ledford

PALMDALE – Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford will be a featured speaker at the US High Speed Rail Association’s (USHSR) West Coast Rail Conference, coming to Los Angeles December 2 through 4. Ledford will speak at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, on the topic of “California & Southwest High Speed Rail Project Update.” He will discuss…

Thanksgiving food, fire safety tips

turkey deep fry screen grab

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…

LA Mayor brings Kinkisharyo, labor to the table to keep light rail manufacturing jobs in AV

Kinkisharyo to expand the current light rail car assembly and testing operations at its existing site in Palmdale to include manufacturing tasks, which will create a total of 250 jobs.

PALMDALE – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday that he’s brokered an agreement between Kinkisharyo International, LLC and labor groups that will keep the light rail manufacturer in Palmdale. The mediated contract keeps a proposed 250 manufacturing-related jobs from leaving the Antelope Valley as the Japanese rail car manufacturer is now able to expand…

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…

Palmdale to residents: Avoid FOG this Thanksgiving!

Deep-frying turkeys is a popular holiday dinner tradition. However, many people do not know the proper procedure to dispose of the oil used to cook that turkey, city officials said.

PALMDALE – With Thanksgiving just two days away, and as family and friends come together to celebrate the holiday, the City of Palmdale is reminding residents to keep FOG – fats, oils and grease – out of household sinks and drains. “Occasionally, we face some sewer blockages due to the build-up of fats, oils and…

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.…

Palmdale teen killed in 14 Freeway motorcycle crash

The motorcycle came to rest underneath a Toyota Tundra. CHP officers said there were at least four vehicles involved in the crash, but they're still trying to determine the sequence of events. (LUIS MEZA)

PALMDALE – A 17-year-old motorcycle rider was killed Wednesday night in a traffic crash on the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway, authorities said. The fatal collision occurred around 8:25 p.m. Nov. 19 on southbound SR-14 near the Pearblossom on-ramp, according to a preliminary report from the California Highway Patrol. A 17-year-old male, riding a 2000 Yamaha,…

Palmdale Playhouse announces full menu of holiday treats

The Palmdale Junior Ballet will present The Nutcracker Story on Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7. (Contributed)

PALMDALE – The Palmdale Playhouse has announced its schedule of fun-filled events and performances for the upcoming holiday season. The annual Holiday Open House kicked off the holiday season Wednesday, Nov. 19 with holiday decorations, treats and a visit from St. Nick himself. The remaining Open House dates and times are: Dec. 3, from 11…

Elderly Palmdale woman killed in 4-car crash

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RESEDA – An 89-year-old Palmdale woman was killed early Sunday morning in a four-car collision is Reseda, authorities said. Justina Larrea died at the scene of the crash, which occurred around 12:20 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 16 in the intersection of Victory Boulevard and Wilbur Avenue, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Police Department.…

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.…

Color Vibe 5K coming to Palmdale Jan. 24!

To make this event unique, the Color Vibe uses a cornstarch-based colored powder to tie-dye participants. It’s non-toxic, 100% safe, and biodegradable. It also washes out easily from skin and hair. (Contributed photo)

PALMDALE – The Color Vibe, a “vibrantly colorful” 5k fun run company, will host a Palmdale Color Vibe 5k on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at the Palmdale Amphitheater, 2723 Rancho Vista Blvd. “The Color Vibe is a unique 5k fun run series that is gaining popularity throughout the world,” said Palmdale Communications Manager John Mlynar.…

Grace Lutheran School to host Book Fair this weekend

This event will raise money for Grace Lutheran School’s reading programs, including the school and classroom libraries. (Contributed photo)

PALMDALE – Grace Lutheran Christian School, Lancaster will host a Book Fair at Barnes and Noble this weekend featuring musical performances, story times, crafts and STEM-related activities. The family-friendly event will be held on Friday, Nov. 14, from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will take…

Palmdale to conduct workshop for Transit Oriented Project and Ave Q Feasibility Study

Rendering of a typical TOD project that represents the TOD vision. (Contributed)

PALMDALE — The City of Palmdale will host a community workshop for its Transit Oriented Development (TOD) project and Avenue Q Feasibility Study this Saturday, Nov. 15. The workshop begins at 10 a.m. in the Yucca Elementary School Cafeteria, located at 38440 2nd Street East in Palmdale. “We’re hosting this community workshop to present residents…