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Palmdale Water District to host rate plan workshop Thursday

AV Water rates audit

PALMDALE – With the drought now entering its fourth year, California water agencies have been strained to provide residents with clean, healthy, low-cost water. Palmdale, like many other Southern California communities, relies on an older infrastructure to move water throughout the community. Repairs and replacements should be made to the aging systems before they begin to…

Sorenson videophone now available at the Palmdale City Library

Users of this service place and receive calls with a professional American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter through the Sorenson Video Relay Service (SVRS) videophone and a high-speed internet connection.

PALMDALE – The Palmdale City Library is proud to announce the installation of a free Sorenson videophone, a device that enables deaf and hard-of-hearing callers to conduct conversations through a video relay system using American Sign Language (ASL). “We are pleased to offer this valuable resource to help our deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons with a…

Hofbauer to represent Palmdale at poverty summit

Steve Hofbauer

PALMDALE – Palmdale Councilmember Steve Hofbauer will join regional leaders and many of Southern California’ s top names in education, business and government this Wednesday at the California Science Center to discuss tangible steps forward in the ongoing war on poverty. Titled “Fifty Years into the War on Poverty,” the summit is hosted by the…

Balloon release Friday for sexual assault victims

Balloon release preview

LAKE LOS ANGELES – A balloon release ceremony will be held this Friday in Lake Los Angeles to remind the community of local survivors of sexual assault. The event is being presented by the Ladies of Lake LA: No Christopher Hubbart in the Antelope Valley, according to organizer and rape survivor Cheryl Holbrook. “We feel it…

Last call to submit work for Palmdale Playhouse 20th Anniversary Art Showcase

Calling all artists

PALMDALE – It’s last call for interested artists to submit their work for the Palmdale Playhouse’s upcoming special juried art exhibition titled “ENCORE,” which will be held in conjunction with the theatre’s 20th year celebration beginning this September. The deadline to submit work is Wednesday, Aug. 27. Artists may download an application here or pick one…

Registration on for Palmdale’s Fall Bus Excursions

Giraffe Santa Barbara Zoo

PALMDALE – Registration is underway for the City of Palmdale’s fall bus excursions. The schedule includes various fun-filled locations and events throughout Southern California. “There is something for everyone in our fall excursion schedule,” said Palmdale’s Recreation Supervisor Paula Leszkiewicz. “These are fun and affordable outings that touch upon a diverse range of interests and activities.…

Local youth baseball league victimized by thieves, vandals

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PALMDALE – With money already tight for the non-profit league, a recent spate of break-ins and acts of vandalism are causing additional hardship for Palmdale Pony Youth Baseball. According to Pony Youth Baseball President Russ Monette, the league’s four-field ballpark has experienced a surge of vandalism and theft in the last month and a half,…

Family Movie Night this Friday features West Coast Classical Orchestra, Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone

West Coast Classical (left) will take their talents outdoors and perform on the Palmdale Amphitheater stage this Friday, Aug. 15, prior to the movie – Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone.

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale’s popular “Family Movie Night” continues this Friday, Aug. 15 with a special concert performance by the West Coast Classical Orchestra before the feature film Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone. Tickets for Family Movie Nights are $2, with kids 12 and under admitted free. The gates will open at…

Palmdale begins “Keeping Kids Safe” campaign

Palmdale Keeping Kids Safe Campaign1

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale’s neighborhood services department is kicking off a new “Keeping Kids Safe” campaign at local schools in conjunction with the beginning of the new school year. “Our mission is to increase the safety and awareness in school zones,” said Senior Code Enforcement Officer Sara Shreves. “We are particularly emphasizing safe…

Smashing down barriers at Neighborhood House #5

(L to R): Willie Jenkins, General Contractor; Daniel Valdez, Property Owner; Pastor Jeryl Ross, Word of Life Outreach Ministries; Sara Shreves, City of Palmdale - Supervisor of Code and Parking Enforcement; Mayor James C. Ledford, Jr., City of Palmdale; Captain Don Ford, LASD; Jerry Lopez, Victory Outreach Ministries

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale held a “Door Breaking” Ceremony Wednesday to signal the beginning of rehab work on the City’s Neighborhood House #5 in Focus Neighborhood #4, located at 1012 East Ave. Q-5 in Palmdale. “This is another example of a robust program here in the City that builds partnerships and collaboration,” said…

Driver suffered medical emergency before fatal crash

The driver and his female passenger were transported to a local area hospital, where the driver was pronounced dead. (LUIS MEZA)

PALMDALE – A 74-year-old Palmdale man died Tuesday afternoon after his 2003 Toyota Solara drifted off a Palmdale road and crashed into a brick wall and a power pole, authorities said. The driver apparently suffered a medical emergency right before the crash, according to a press release from Detective Brent Bunch of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station. Read…

Palmdale Station’s Most Wanted

Palmdale Most Wanted 8.12.14

PALMDALE – Palmdale Sheriff’s Station detectives are seeking your help in locating two theft suspects, both believed to be in the Antelope Valley area. If you recognize them or know where they might be hiding, contact detectives using the information next to the suspects’ photos or by calling 1-800-222-tips (8477). Alfred Adams Alfred Adams is…

Initiative aims to reduce drugs, gang violence in Palmdale neighborhood

Larry Muhammad and his wife Kimberly will work to improve quality of life for the tenants at the Sonoma Apartment Homes.

PALMDALE – From around-the-clock drug sales to gang-related stabbings and shootings, the low-income apartment complexes along 11th Street East, near Avenue Q, are known hotbeds for criminal activity. That may soon change. A coalition of local community leaders held a press conference Friday, Aug. 8 to announce a comprehensive plan to reduce gang violence and…

Mountain lion removed from Rosamond backyard

Mountain Lion Rosamond

ROSAMOND – A mountain lion spotted in a Rosamond backyard Friday morning was safely removed by state wildlife officers and returned to suitable habitat, authorities said. Around 9:30 a.m., the California Department of Fish and Wildlife received a call about a mountain lion near a home on Birch Street, according to Public Information Officer Andrew…

SAVES backpack giveaway helps hundreds in need

Back to school should be an exciting time for children, coordinators of the giveaway said.

PALMDALE – Hundreds of Palmdale school children have brand-new backpacks and supplies for the first day of school, thanks to a backpack giveaway Friday at South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES). “We’re providing, this year, 600 backpacks to our community,” said SAVES Coordinator Patricia Morales, adding that the backpacks are filled with school supplies according…

1 dead, 1 injured in rollover crash

This grey Mazda Miata overtuned multiple times after veering off the roadway on 40th Street East near Avenue P. Passenger Summer Leah Scott was pronounced dead at the scene. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

PALMDALE – A 20-year-old Lancaster woman was killed and a 21-year-old Palmdale man suffered major injuries Thursday evening, when the vehicle they were riding in veered off a Palmdale roadway and flipped multiple times, authorities said. Summer Leah Scott (passenger) died and Joshua Hernandez (driver) was injured in a single-car crash that occurred around 5:30…

Quartz Hill Water District to enforce mandatory restrictions

Using a hose to wash down any sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking areas or other paved surfaces is a willful violation and shall be punishable by fine of $100 per incident, according to the mandatory water restrictions effective August 14, 2014.

QUARTZ HILL – Responding to the state drought measures, the Quartz Hill Water District will be enforcing mandatory water restrictions come August 14, with penalties starting at $100 per incident and culminating in water service termination. The mandatory water restrictions and penalties are detailed in an “Urgent Drought Notice” being mailed to the District’s nearly…