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Designate a driver this holiday weekend

Drive sober or get pulled over

Many of you will celebrate the Fourth of July with family, friends, food and fireworks. All too often these celebrations and festivities turn tragic when someone decides to drink and drive a vehicle, warns the California Highway Patrol. “This is a time for celebration, not tragedy,” stated CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Celebrate this Independence Day…

Officials offer safety tips after drowning in Palmdale

Local deputies shown at a home in the 38000 block of 37th Street East in Palmdale, where a 1-year-old girl was found unconscious in a backyard pool. Jaazae’an Pope was pronounced dead about an hour after the incident was reported. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

PALMDALE – A baby girl drowned in a backyard pool in Palmdale Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. Paramedics were called to the 38000 block of 37th Street East about 2:20 p.m., according to Lt. Belinda Johnson of the sheriff’s Palmdale Station. One-year-old Jaazae’an Pope of Palmdale was pronounced dead at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, at…

Palmdale Council approves election changes

In November 2016, the new district-based electoral system is set to begin for Palmdale.

PALMDALE – The City Council at its Wednesday meeting approved several changes to its election procedures, including district-based voting, to comply with its recent settlement over violations of the California Voting Rights Act. Following the terms of the settlement reached with plaintiffs on May 6, the council on Wednesday certified the results of Palmdale’s Nov.…

The Oasis Wellness Village coming to Palmdale

The Oasis Wellness Village (contributed concept image) [click to enlarge]

PALMDALE – A first of its kind wellness village real estate development called The Oasis is coming to Palmdale, Thomas Partners Properties (TPP) announced Wednesday. With groundbreaking expected in June of 2016, The Oasis Wellness Village will offer a continuum of care at 864 W. Palmdale Boulevard – adjacent to Palmdale Regional Medical Center. The…

Fireworks safety tips, illegal fireworks warning

Fireworks safety

PALMDALE – Dozens of local nonprofit organizations are selling “safe and sane” fireworks at various locations throughout Palmdale, and city officials are asking consumers to use the fireworks safely. The City of Palmdale’s neighborhood services department offers these important safety tips for residents using “safe and sane” fireworks in legal areas of the City of…

AVTA awarded $24.4 million for electric buses

The BYD bus managed to travel 746 miles over the 24-hour period, operating in three shifts. (AVTA)

LOS ANGELES – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority, Metrolink and Metro and were among the recipients of $224 million in California State Transportation Agency grants aimed at bolstering public transit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, authorities announced. AVTA was awarded $24.4 million to develop a Bus Rapid Transit route in Lancaster and Palmdale, including the…

Jose Lopez selected as Point Foundation Scholar

Jose Lopez (contributed)

LOS ANGELES – Knight High School Class of 2015 graduate Jose Lopez was selected as a Point Foundation Scholar. He was one of 36 high school graduates across the country awarded new scholarships this year for demonstrating “academic excellence and leadership in their communities, despite facing obstacles such as bullying and financial hardship,” according to…

Toddler hit, killed by truck in Palmdale

Officers

PALMDALE – A 2-year-old boy was struck and killed by a pickup truck Thursday afternoon in a driveway in Palmdale, authorities said. The incident happened around 5:35 p.m. Thursday, June 25, on Avenue R-8, east of 30th Street East. Martin Rios, 52, of Palmdale was driving a 2004 Dodge Ram 3500 eastbound into a private…

Foster and adoptive care workshop this Saturday

Foster workshop 2

PALMDALE – Authorities are hoping to spread the word about the critical need for more loving foster and adoptive families in the Antelope Valley. The Los Angeles County the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) will hold a foster and adoptive care workshop this Saturday entitled “Share Your Heart…Share Your Home.” The workshop is…

“Thursday Night on the Square” kicks off June 25!

TNOTS will feature a Children’s Art & Activity Center, where kids will get Stuck on the Square creating their own duct tape wallet, get into Monkey Business making wild animal tails, and get personal with their own Sock It To Me puppet pal. (contributed)

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale’s popular Thursday Night on the Square (TNOTS) will usher in the summer season with the first of eight free events beginning this Thursday. The first 2015 TNOTS event will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at Poncitlán Square, located on 9th Street East, between Avenues…

Local students advocate for STEM education on Capitol Hill

Team 5012 members meet with Congressman Steve Knight in his office to discuss STEM legislation. (contributed)

PALMDALE – Students from The Palmdale Aerospace Academy took to Capitol Hill recently to advocate for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational programs. Members of Team 5012 “Gryffingear” traveled to Washington D.C., as participants in the FIRST (For Inspiration Recognition of Science and Technology) National Advocacy Conference June 14-16. The event brought together robotics…

Video: Highland’s Rachel Garcia is Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year!

Rachel Garcia

PALMDALE – Highland High School’s Rachel Garcia is the 2014-15 Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year! Garcia was surprised with the news recently by two-time Gold Medalist and former UCLA Bruin Stacey Nuveman. “Rachel really deserves to be this year’s Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year because she embodies everything the award stands…

Contestants sought for 3rd annual Miss Black AV

[Contributed photo] 2014 Miss Black AV court – Miss Briana Johnson, Junior Miss Akungbe Obazee, Young Miss Simone Zulu, and Little Miss Harmony Ayanna Crossland.

PALMDALE – Contestants are being sought to compete in the third annual Miss Black AV pageant, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8. The event is presented by Antelope Valley Pageants, and this year’s theme is “Our History in Music,” according to Pageant Coordinator Waunette Cullors. “Some may ask, ‘Why have a pageant that highlights African-American culture?’…

Students study earth from NASA flying laboratory

Matthew Irish, a senior Climate Impact Engineering major at the University of Michigan, attaches tubing to the Whole Air Sampler (WAS) instrument installed on the NASA DC-8 airborne laboratory. (contributed)

PALMDALE – Thirty-two undergraduate students are participating in an eight-week NASA Airborne Science field experience designed to immerse them in the agency’s Earth science research. Hosted by NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center facility in Palmdale, the Student Airborne Research Program (SARP) kicked off June 15 with lectures by NASA scientists and program managers. Now in…