Palmdale

Students unveil electric car project

Kyle Barrett (right) explains various features of the electric car project to Erick Fuentes. (JIM E. WINBURN)

PALMDALE – Students from Knight High School’s Digital Design & Engineering Academy unveiled their finished electric car project on Thursday, demonstrating that the path to clean energy technologies is all hands-on. The electric car can reach speeds up to 40 mph and a distance of up to 20 miles on a 72 volt power supply…

AVTA promotes public transportation summit for students

(Image courtesy American Public Transportation Association.)

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) is promoting an exciting opportunity for local high school students to learn more about careers in public transportation. The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is seeking a diverse group of 50 students from across the nation to participate in the 2015 APTA Youth Summit, to be held…

Galli named GAVAR president

Greg Galli

PALMDALE – The former President of the Palmdale Board of Realtors, Greg Galli, has been named president of the Greater Antelope Valley Association of Realtors (GAVAR). After 25 years in the real estate business, Galli still expresses passion for the industry. According to Galli, “I still love real estate and being able to help solve…

District Attorney highlights Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey addresses reporters at a Jan. 20 news conference about efforts to curb commercial sex trafficking. From left to right are: David Demerjian, Director of Specialized Prosecutions; Jane Creighton, Human Trafficking Unit Coordinator; District Attorney Jackie Lacey; Assistant District Attorney Joseph Esposito; and Carol Burke, Head Deputy of the Sex Crimes Division.

LOS ANGELES – January has been proclaimed as “Human Trafficking Awareness Month.” With this in mind, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced the steps her office has taken to combat the fastest growing trend among criminal street gangs in Los Angeles County – commercial sex trafficking. “Gang members are luring victims as young…

AVC selected to offer bachelor’s degree

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LANCASTER – Antelope Valley College was one of the 15 colleges selected Tuesday by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors to develop a pilot bachelor’s degree program. AVC’s program in Airframe Manufacturing Technology is designed to meet needs in the aerospace industry for multi-skilled individuals who understand, perform, and serve as first-line leads in…

‘Desert Dazzle’ cleanup in Palmdale Saturday

The “Desert Dazzle” cleanup is part of Palmdale’s participation in the “National Day of Service” in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  (Contributed)

PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale will continue its 2015 Season of Service program with a “Desert Dazzle” cleanup this Saturday, Jan. 24. The cleanup will take place from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Avenue R and 70th Street East in Palmdale. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Participants must be at least 12 years…

NASA’s airborne observatory begins 2015 science campaign

NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is seen performing ground tests in Palmdale prior to its first science flight of 2015. The year's first mission was flown on the night of Jan. 13/14, with the German Receiver for Astronomy at Terahertz Frequencies (GREAT) spectrometer on board.
(Credit: NASA/USRA/Greg Perryman)

PALMDALE – The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) Program began its third season of science flights last week. Managed in Palmdale, SOFIA is NASA’s next generation flying observatory and is fitted with a 2.5-meter (100-inch) diameter telescope that studies the universe at infrared wavelengths. “[The Jan. 13] flight used the German Receiver for Astronomy…

Martinez appointed to Palmdale City Council

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PALMDALE – The Palmdale City Council appointed Roxana Martinez at its January 14 meeting to fill the seat vacated by newly elected State Assemblyman Tom Lackey. Martinez had been serving as the Vice-Chair of the Palmdale Planning Commission, and has served on the Commission since 2012. A long-time resident of the Antelope Valley, she earned…

Elderly man hit, killed by truck in Palmdale

An 85-year-old man pushing a stroller full of recyclables was hit and killed by a truck Jan. 17 in Palmdale. The man, Jose Portillo, was known as "Don Pepito" in the neighborhood and he was known for collecting recyclables, neighbors said. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

PALMDALE – An 85-year-old man died Saturday evening after he was hit by a truck while crossing the street in Palmdale, authorities said. Jose Portillo was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office. The fatal collision happened around 6:03 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, on Palmdale Boulevard at Pond Avenue,…

Palmdale woman is London’s official guest of honor!

Adaeze Uyanwah

Adaeze Uyanwah is the winner of an international search to find London’s “Official Guest of Honor”! The 24-year-old substitute teacher and freelance writer from Palmdale will embark on a two-week trip to London packed with a series of extraordinary experiences, according to an announcement by VisitLondon.com. VisitLondon.com, the official promotional organization for London, launched its…

AVTA executive director announces retirement

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LANCASTER – After a more than 30-year career in the public transit industry, Antelope Valley Transit Authority Executive Director Julie Austin has announced her retirement. She will leave the agency in early April of this year. Austin joined AVTA as interim executive director on December 6, 2010, and was permanently appointed to the position on…

Palmdale to host free emergency preparedness presentations

Emergency Preparation seminar

PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale is hosting three free presentations on emergency preparedness over the next two weeks to help residents become better informed and ready for emergencies such as earthquake, fires, floods and power outages. All presentations are free and open to the public. “We want to reach as many residents as possible,…

DUI checkpoint in Palmdale this Friday

PALMDALE –The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Palmdale Station will be conducting a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint on Friday, Jan. 16, at an undisclosed location within city limits, between the hours of 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. Deputies will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint and looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers…

‘MLK Day of Service’ event in Palmdale Saturday

AV YouthBuild students and graduates (pictured) will join city staff and volunteers for a clean-up event at the Palmdale Dream Center as part of the MLK Day of Service Saturday, Jan. 17.

PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale’s “2015 Season of Service” program has added a new event to this year’s roster, thanks to a $5,000 grant from Southern California Edison and a collaboration with Antelope Valley YouthBuild. The “MLK Day of Service with YouthBuild” will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17,…