Palmdale

2 killed, 1 injured in single-car crash

Alvarez and Zavala (Facebook photo)

PALMDALE – A 22-year-old driver dozed off at the wheel early Friday morning and caused a single-vehicle crash, which killed two of his passengers, authorities said. Palmdale residents Alexander Alvarez and Michael Zavala, both 21, were pronounced dead at the scene of the fatal collision, which occurred around 5 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, on Sierra…

Palmdale educators selected for 2015 Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program

2014 Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors. [Courtesy NASA/SOFIA]

PALMDALE – Working to expand professional development opportunities for science educators across the country, NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy program, known as SOFIA, has selected 14 two-person teams for its 2015 Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program. Monique Perez and Jeri Sloane, both teachers at Palmdale Learning Plaza, are among the educators who were selected for…

School administrator accused of dogfighting fired

Pauline Winbush 2

PALMDALE – An assistant superintendent awaiting trial for child abuse, dog fighting and animal cruelty has been fired, according to a press release by the Palmdale School District. “[Tuesday, Feb. 24,] the Board of Trustees of the Palmdale School District held a special board meeting to consider whether the District should terminate the employment agreement…

AVTA board approves plans to purchase more electric buses

In 2014, the Antelope Valley Transit Authority purchased two battery-electric buses from BYD as part of its clean bus initiative. (Contributed photo)

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) has committed itself to an all-electric local transit fleet. With a unanimous vote, the board of directors authorized staff to release a request for proposals (RFP) to purchase up to eight zero emission buses, AVTA officials announced in a press release Thursday. The RFP is the next…

CHP is hiring, 4-day application period in March

CHP hiring

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will accept applications online next week from individuals interested in a career as a CHP officer. The CHP is looking to hire cadets from a pool of applicants to fill vacant officer positions throughout the state. “The CHP is looking for men and women who represent the diverse communities that…

Local fundraisers on tap to increase MS awareness

Nearly 2,000 resident took part in Walk MS: Antelope Valley 2012. Read more on last year's event here.

LANCASTER – Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Week is March 2-8, and people around the world and here locally are celebrating by creating connections that are stronger than those MS destroys. “MS kills connections and connections kill MS,” explained Christine Grontkowski, Community Development Manager for the National MS Society in the Antelope Valley. “Our hope is…

Free foster parent certification classes in Palmdale

Foster parent Optimist

PALMDALE – An overwhelming response to its initial series of local certification classes has prompted Optimist Foster Family and Adoption Agency to add another series of classes for potential foster and adoptive parents. The classes will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 10, 17, 24 and 31 and April 7 and…

SAVES seeks volunteer drivers, donation assistants

On Jan. 3, SAVES relocated to 1002 E. Avenue Q-12 in Palmdale, the former location of the Senior Center.

PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale’s South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES) food and shelter program is seeking volunteer drivers and donation assistants to pick up and process daily donations. Volunteers should be 18 years of age or older, have a valid driver’s license, carry auto insurance, and have a clean driving record. Qualified volunteers…

Pet compliance checks to be conducted in Littlerock, Pearblossom

animal control canvassing

ANTELOPE VALLEY – Officers from the Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) will be in the unincorporated areas of Littlerock and Pearblossom beginning Wednesday, March 11. Officers will be checking for current rabies vaccinations and ensuring that residents are in compliance with licensing requirements, as well as the mandatory spay/neuter and microchip ordinance. California…

“Plot holders” needed for community garden

City staff and community volunteers came together to create the city of Palmdale’s first community garden. (Contributed)

PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale is looking for interested persons or groups to become “plot holders” this spring at the community garden located at the Yucca Neighborhood House, 503 E. Ave. Q-3. “As we are getting ready to re-open our community garden at the Yucca house, we are seeking resident involvement by asking for…

Palmdale’s Transit Village Initiative recognized as “Bright Idea”

Palmdale Transit Village Initiative Bright Idea

PALMDALE –The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, has recognized the city of Palmdale’s Transit Village Initiative as part of its 2015 Bright Ideas program. This year’s cohort includes 124 programs from all levels of government—school districts; county, city, state, and federal agencies; as…

DUI checkpoint planned in Palmdale this Friday

DUI Checkpoint

PALMDALE –The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Palmdale Station will be conducting a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint on Friday, Feb. 20, at an undisclosed location within the city of Palmdale, between the hours of 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. Deputies will be looking for signs of alcohol or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper…

AVTA Board welcomes new members

[L to R] Fred Thompson and Roxana Martinez.

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) will be welcoming a new member to its board of directors at the upcoming meeting Feb. 24. Palmdale City Councilmember Fred Thompson was appointed to the AVTA Board by a unanimous vote of the Palmdale City Council at its Feb. 4 meeting. Thompson, who has been serving…

Palmdale begins recruitment for lifeguard summer jobs

Job recruitment will close March 12 or when 100 applications with minimum qualifications are received, whichever comes first.

PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale’s recreation and culture department has begun accepting applications for summer jobs for the position of Lifeguard I. Details and applications are available at www.cityofpalmdale.org/jobs. Qualified applicants must be 17 years of age by May 15, 2015. They will possess knowledge of rescue methods and first aid as applied to…

Suspect arrested in Lancaster hit-and-run, Teen struck by Metrolink train in Palmdale

Lancaster and Palmdale fatalities 2.16.15

LANCASTER – A 56-year-old motorist who allegedly struck and killed a pedestrian in Lancaster Saturday night surrendered to authorities on Sunday, Lancaster Sheriff’s Station officials said. Servando Barrios was arrested around 5 p.m. Sunday for felony hit-and-run after he admitted to striking a pedestrian in the street with his sport utility vehicle, according to Detective…