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Palmdale wins CalRecycle Program Innovation Award

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PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale won the California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery’s (CalRecycle) Program Innovation – Large Jurisdiction Annual Award for its use of the innovative MyWaste smartphone/tablet app. The award was presented this month at the Statewide Used Oil and Household Hazardous Waste Conference hosted by CalRecycle. Palmdale’s MyWaste app was…

Anaverde to hold yard sale to benefit SAVES

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PALMDALE – A community-wide yard sale in the Anaverde community in Palmdale will take place this Saturday, April 18, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with proceeds being donated to the South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES) food and shelter program. Anaverde is located on and around Avenue S, west of Tierra Subida. “If you…

Local students to be honored for academic achievements

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LANCASTER – Approximately 358 local high school seniors graduating with a cumulative 4.0 or higher grade-point average will be recognized for their academic achievements at the 14th annual 4.0 Student Recognition Dinner on April 23. “Maintaining a 4.0 (and higher) GPA throughout high school is impressive. It meant long nights spent studying, and many of…

Palmdale celebrates its “Most Valued Persons” at Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

In addition to a lunch catered by Gino’s Italian Restaurant in Palmdale, volunteers were presented with a certificate of appreciation and a commemorative pin. (contributed)

PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale honored its volunteers Thursday at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon held at the Chimbole Cultural Center . The event was themed “Most Valued Person (MVP)” and remarks were made by Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford and Palmdale City Manager Dave Childs. “This year’s theme is very appropriate, your enthusiasm and…

Video: ‘Backdrop Palmdale’ sprouts in Spring 2015

Backdrop Palmdale Spring 2015

PALMDALE – The spring 2015 episode of the city of Palmdale’s news magazine program, Backdrop Palmdale, is now airing on the city’s television station, Channel 27, on the City’s Web site, www.cityofpalmdale.org as well as on the YouTube channel, “CityofPalmdale.” [View it above]. “The show features a variety of local news stories including features on…

Palmdale city manager announces retirement

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PALMDALE – After 43 years in the public sector, Palmdale City Manager Dave Childs has announced he will retire effective June 18, 2015. “In thinking about the time we want to spend with our children and grandchildren, and in looking to the future, this is the time for us to move into retirement,” Childs stated…

Second X-56A MUTT makes first flight

NASA researchers are using the X-56A, a low-cost, modular, remotely piloted aerial vehicle, to explore the behavior of lightweight, flexible aircraft structures. (NASA Photo / Ken Ulbrich)

EDWARDS – Researchers at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center successfully conducted the agency’s first flight of the X-56A Multi-Utility Technology Testbed (MUTT) on April 9. The 20-minute flight marked the beginning of a research effort designed to yield significant advances in aeroservoelastic technology using a low-cost, modular, remotely piloted aerial vehicle. Aeroservoelasticity involves the interaction…

Contestants sought for 2nd annual Miss Latina AV pageant

Miss Latina AV 2014 queens. (Contributed photo)

PALMDALE – Plans are underway for the second annual Miss Latina AV pageant, to be held Sunday, June 7. Contestants are being sought to compete in the pageant, themed “Premios Senorita Latina.” “Some may ask, ‘Why have a pageant that highlights Latina culture?’ It’s all part of being proud and sharing the rich culture of…

Lancaster resident honored during Capitol Holocaust Remembrance Day

Assemblyman Tom Lackey (right) and Michael Rosenbach. (contributed)

SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) honored Lancaster resident Michael Rosenbach for Holocaust Remembrance Day at the State Capitol Monday. Rosenbach is a Holocaust survivor of Polish heritage who was born in Uzgan, Russia. “Mr. Rosenbach’s story is one of hope,” Assemblyman Lackey stated. “Michael lived through an extraordinary experience and thrived against all odds.”…

Entries sought for “Walk on Words” poetry contest

Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford congratulates 2014 Walk on Words Poetry Contest winner Steven Brito, whose poem “One Day” was stamped in concrete at the Palmdale Playhouse. [Read more about that here.]

PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale is hosting its third annual “Walk on Words” poetry contest, which will culminate with the winning poem being stamped in concrete at DryTown Water Park. The contest is free and open to all ages. Poems must be original compositions written by the submitting poet, no more than 12 lines…

Revocation hearing set for “Pillowcase Rapist”

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LOS ANGELES – At the request of Los Angeles County prosecutors, a judge in Santa Clara County agreed Friday to consider revoking the release of a serial rapist who has been living in the Antelope Valley since last summer. “Pillowcase Rapist” Christopher Evans Hubbart was conditionally released from a state hospital in July 2014 and was…

Palmdale to begin Avenue M road paving

The project is part of the sewer project that was recently completed to bring lines to the 600-acre parcel owned by the city where the Palmdale Power Plant and a future business park will be constructed.

PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale will begin a road paving project on Avenue M, starting Monday, April 13 and ending Friday, April 17. The road will be paved on the south side of Avenue M, from 4th Street East to what would be 26th Street East, and on the north side of Avenue M,…

Pelona Vista Park renovation underway

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PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale began work Thursday on renovating the recreation fields at Pelona Vista Park, located at 37800 Tierra Subida Avenue in Palmdale. “This is great news for the residents who use the fields for various outdoor sports and fun,” stated Communications Manager John Mlynar. “These fields get a lot of use…

Freeze warning issued for AV

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PALMDALE – The combination of a cool air mass and light winds across the Antelope Valley will result in freezing temperatures early Thursday morning, according to an advisory issued by the National Weather Service (NWS). A freeze warning will take effect at 3 a.m. Thursday, April 9, and will remain in effect until 9 a.m.…

“Giant mosquitoes” on the west side are actually crane flies

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LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District has been receiving calls from residents, especially from the west side of the valley, about an invasion of giant mosquitoes, according to District Entomologist Karen Mellor. “After investigating the situation, we found that they actually were not mosquitoes, but rather crane flies,” Mellor stated. “Crane…

Low cost pet clinic coming to Poncitlán Square

Unlicensed “Bella,” star of the Palmdale's PSA “Don’t Let This Happen to Your Dog.” (Contributed photo)

PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale and Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control are partnering to present a low cost vaccination, microchip and licensing clinic. The clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Poncitlán Square (28300 block of 9th St. East between Ave Q-9 and Ave. Q-10)…

Road safety project coming to Angeles Forest Highway

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PALMDALE – Motorists who regularly use Angeles Forest Highway to commute between the Antelope Valley and the Los Angeles basin should anticipate longer travel times as a major highway improvement project gets underway in late April, according to the Los Angeles County Public Works Department. The seven-month project will enhance public safety with rehabilitated pavement,…