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Palmdale summer job recruitment begins Monday

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PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale’s recreation and culture department will be accepting applications for summer jobs beginning this Monday, Feb. 2. Recruitment will begin on Feb. 2 for the positions of program leader, senior lifeguard and head lifeguard. Recruitment for lifeguard I will begin Feb. 17. A variety of program areas are available for…

Community group announces call to action to end local violence

TCAL co-founder Pharaoh Mitchell speaks at a press conference Jan. 29 outside the Antelope Valley Courthouse to address violence in the community. (Photo by Jim E. Winburn)

LANCASTER – The Community Action League held a press conference at the Antelope Valley Courthouse Thursday to recruit local participation in the fight against violence. TCAL co-founder V. Jesse Smith told the handful of people gathered outside the courthouse that members of the community must add to the solutions to stop senseless acts of violence…

AVTA launches real-time bus tracking

With a few taps on a smart phone, customers with the myStop application will be able to check when the next bus will depart from any stop in the transit system. Customers can also go to track-it.avta.com, where a computerized map will show the current position of each bus, tracked by GPS.

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority is now offering Track-it, a state-of-the-art system that provides passengers with real-time bus location information, officials announced Thursday. The $2.4 million system monitors AVTA’s fleet of local and commuter buses via a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) tracking system, giving passengers 24-hour access to bus departure information on their…

Palmdale Station’s Most Wanted

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Palmdale detectives are seeking your help in locating a suspect wanted for burglary and a suspect wanted for assault with a deadly weapon, both believed to be in the Antelope Valley area. If you recognize them or know where they might be hiding, contact detectives using the information next to the suspects’ photos or by…

Job recruitment Feb. 5 for Kinkisharyo

PALMDALE – The South Valley WorkSource Center will host a special job recruitment next week for quality technicians for rail manufacturing company Kinkishayro International, LLC, now operating in Palmdale. The event will take place Thursday, Feb. 5, at the Center, located at 38510 Sierra Highway in Palmdale. Job recruitment for military veterans will be held…

Palmdale City Library hiring

PALMDALE – The Palmdale City Library is currently recruiting for two regular part-time positions. The position of Library Page is available as a part time, non-benefited position for 10 hours per week. Responsibilities include performing alphanumeric sorting and filing tasks; arranging returned materials on book trucks and shelving them in the proper order; straightening materials…

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

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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,…