Palmdale

Local artists needed for ‘ENCORE’

Calling all artists

PALMDALE – The Palmdale Playhouse is calling all artists to participate in a special juried art exhibition titled “ENCORE,” which will be held in conjunction with the theatre’s 20th year celebration beginning this September. Artists may download an application at www.cityofpalmdale.org or pick one up between 7:30 am and 6 pm at the Palmdale recreation…

Countdown to 49er Day parade and music festival!

49er Day Festival preview

LAKE HUGHES – Lake Hughes residents are gearing up for one of the biggest events of the year. The 65th annual 49er Day Parade and Music Festival will take place Saturday, July 26. This year’s theme is Phoenix Rising, which represents the Lake Hughes community’s rise from the ashes after the devastating Powerhouse Fire last…

25th anniversary of B-2 stealth bomber’s first flight!

The B-2 Spirit of Arizona made a dramatic landing Thursday, July 17, at U.S. Air Force Plant 42 prior to Northrop Grumman's B-2 25th anniversary ceremony.

PALMDALE – For several goose bump-filled minutes today at U.S. Air Force Plant 42, it was July 17, 1989, all over again. Just as they had on that historic day 25 years ago, several thousand Northrop Grumman Corporation employees, civic leaders and Air Force personnel stood along the company’s southern fence line in Palmdale to…

CHP seeking witnesses in July 4 triple fatal crash

The Toyota Corolla reported flipped over and then caught fire after it was rear-ended by a Tesla driven by 58-year-old Ric Garrison of Newhall. (Photo by TONY CHEVAL)

PALMDALE – California Highway Patrol investigators are seeking individuals who witnessed the fiery triple-fatal collision that occurred around 10:35 p.m. Friday, July 4, in the southbound lanes of the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway, just south of Avenue S. “We’re looking to speak to witnesses who might have seen anything either before the collision or at…

AV residents invited to high-speed rail presentation

Proposed High Speed Rail rendering

PALMDALE – The Democratic Club of the High Desert (DCHD) invites Antelope Valley residents to a presentation next week by the California High-Speed Rail Authority. This presentation will detail the current status of the high-speed rail project and how it will affect the Antelope Valley with the prospect of a stop in Palmdale.   A short…

Free foster parent certification classes in Palmdale

Adoption certification

PALMDALE – Optimist Foster Family and Adoption Agency will be hosting the first of a series of local Certification Classes for potential foster and adoptive parents. The first class will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, July 19 at the agency’s Palmdale office, located at 520 W. Palmdale Blvd., Suite I. Los Angeles…

Palmdale checkpoint Friday, CHP DUI checkpoint Saturday

Drivers who are determined to be under the influence will be arrested and their vehicles towed away, CHP officials said. (File image)

PALMDALE – The Sheriff Department’s Palmdale Station will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Palmdale on Friday, July 18, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Deputies will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Deputies will also check drivers for proper licensing and…

First signs of West Nile virus in the AV for 2014

WNV AV Birds

PALMDALE  – A dead bird found in Palmdale has tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District.  The dead raven was reported to the State’s Dead Bird Hotline on July 1 by an observant resident near Avenue S and 10th Street East. “After the hotline staff determines…

Octomom pleads to welfare fraud

In October 2012, Octomom gave Rumorfix.com a tour of her Palmdale home (see video above). Screenshot courtesy Rumorfix.com.

One-time Antelope Valley resident Nadya “Octomom” Suleman pleaded no contest Monday to one misdemeanor count of welfare fraud for failing to report nearly $30,000 in earnings when she filed for welfare in Lancaster, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. The 39-year-old Suleman, whose real name is Natalie Denise Suleman, entered her plea after proving to…

Palmdale City Library to host dog adoption event

Gizmo Adopt a Dog

PALMDALE – As part of the “Paws to Read” Summer Reading Program, the Palmdale City Library is partnering with the Halfway to Home Dog Rescue for a pet adoption event. The event starts at 4 p.m., Tuesday, July 15, at the Library, located at 700 East Palmdale Boulevard.  “Come meet a ‘paws-itively’ perfect dog for you!”…

Fundraiser Saturday for local youngster with rare condition

Anneliese Urbano

PALMDALE – A local family is reaching out to the community for support as they try to provide treatment for 7-year-old Anneliese, a Rosamond Elementary second-grader battling Blount’s disease. Blount’s is a growth disorder of the shin bone that causes one or both lower legs to angle inward, and it can lead to progressive deformity…

Adopt-a-Plane program in service at Airpark this Saturday

Among the “adoption” duties are picking up trash and debris, pulling weeds and keeping dirt and dust off the planes by pressure washing them.  Planes that are available for adoption include: B-52 Stratofortress (for a large group), Triumph 143, F-86 Sabre, X55A ACCA, and Boeing 747 – Shuttle Vehicle Transport (for large group).

PALMDALE – Dozens of volunteers will descend upon the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark at Palmdale Plant 42 this Saturday, July 12 at 7:30 am to take part in the City of Palmdale’s Adopt-a-Plane program. “Several volunteer groups have ‘adopted’ aircraft at the park, which means that they commit to cleaning their aircraft display on pretty…

UPDATED: ‘Pillowcase Rapist’ released to AV

Christopher Evans Hubbart (shown in this undated booking photo) was dubbed the “Pillowcase Rapist” because he muffled his victims’ screams with a pillowcase over their heads. Hubbart, who admitted to raping approximately 40 women between 1971 and 1982, was released June 9, 2014 and placed in a resident at 20315 East Avenue R.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office confirmed that serial rapist Christopher Evans Hubbart was released Wednesday, July 9 and placed in a residence at 20315 East Avenue R, an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County. Hubbart was released from state custody during the morning hours and transported to Lancaster Sheriff’s Station, where he completed his mandated…

Palmdale dedicates 976-kilowatt solar generation project

Representatives from the City of Palmdale, Constellation and PsomasFMG cut the ribbon Wednesday, July 9, to mark the completion of an aggregate 976-kilowatt DC solar generation project.

PALMDALE — The City of Palmdale today announced the completion of an aggregate 976-kilowatt DC solar generation project. Located at Palmdale’s Civic Center, DryTown Water Park and Marie Kerr Park, the system is designed to generate more than 1,580 megawatt-hours of electricity per year and meet nearly 70 percent of the electricity needs for the…

Reader’s photos: Animals visit Palmdale City Library

Paws to read 2

PALMDALE – Kids of all ages flocked to the Palmdale City Library Tuesday afternoon to meet some of the wild animals they had been reading about. As part of the Palmdale City Library’s ongoing Summer Reading Program, themed “Paws to Read,” the Wildlife Learning Center showed off live animals at the Library. The Library will…

Honda drivers line up for free gas!

Helpful Honda free gas 7.8.14 3

LANCASTER – The promise of free gas sent many drivers scrambling to a Lancaster gas station Tuesday morning. A procession of cars tailed SoCal Honda’s big, blue Free Gas Tanker Truck as it pulled into the Valero gas station around 10:30 a.m. at 500 East Avenue K. The Honda drivers kept coming in, and the…