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BooLVD Halloween Festival set for Saturday

Trick-or-Treating with The BLVD merchants will take place from 5 p.m. until supplies last.

LANCASTER – It’s that time of year again… The BooLVD Halloween and Harvest Festival will be held this Saturday, October 25, from 5 to 9 p.m., on Lancaster Boulevard, between Beech and Gadsden Avenue. The fifth annual celebration will feature live entertainment on two stages and many family-friendly attractions, including: Carnival games, Spooky train rides,…

CHP Red Ribbon event this Saturday

PALMDALE – Red Ribbon Week, which runs from Oct. 23-31, is a national campaign that creates awareness about the dangers of drugs and encourages young people to commit to a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Antelope Valley area office of the California Highway Patrol will be promoting Red Ribbon Week at the Antelope Valley Mall in…

Local officials offer Halloween safety tips

Halloween safety

LANCASTER – Lancaster Sheriff’s Station officials are again reminding everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Halloween this year and have issued the following tips to help ensure a safe trick-or-treat: Walk safely Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing, and continue to be aware of…

Lancaster Station’s Most Wanted

Gary Boyd

The Lancaster Sheriff’s Station is seeking your help in locating the following suspect. If you recognize him and know where he might be hiding, contact detectives using the information next to the suspect’s photo or by calling 1-800-222-tips (8477). Gary William Boyd Gary Boyd was featured on the Lancaster Station’s Most Wanted list in August, but…

2 big rigs, BMW collide on Pearblossom Hwy

The injury collision occurred around 2:15 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23, on Pearblossom Highway at Sierra Highway, CHP officials said. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

Firefighters had to remove a 57-year-old woman trapped inside her car after the vehicle collided with two big rigs Thursday afternoon, authorities said. Patricia L. Socha of Henderson, NV, was extricated from her 2014 BMW following a multi-vehicle crash, which occurred around 2:12 p.m. on Pearblossom Highway at Sierra Highway, according to a California Highway…

Volunteer chaplains honored

AVH's Pastoral Care Department began in 1972, and the current chaplain roster includes 34 volunteers who minister to the spiritual needs of patients. (Contributed photo)

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Hospital’s Pastoral Care Department recognized 34 chaplains during its 24th Annual Volunteer Chaplains Banquet last week. The volunteer chaplains were commended for their hours of ministering to the spiritual needs of patients, family and staff at the hospital. As part of Antelope Valley Hospital’s interdisciplinary healthcare team, volunteer chaplains serve as…

Drugs and guns seized in Llano raid, 1 arrested

Llano arrest

LLANO – A 54-year-old man was arrested Thursday morning after authorities raided a Llano property and found drugs, weapons and evidence to suggest the resident was manufacturing explosives, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Department Information Bureau. “In the early morning hours of Thursday, October 23, 2014, a Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau, Special Weapons Team,…

AVAQMD Board seeks Governor Brown’s assistance in Kinkisharyo dispute

The AVAQMD letter claims there are important environmental advantages in keeping Kinkisharyo in Palmdale. (Click image to view the letter)

PALMDALE – The Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District (AVAQMD) board voted unanimously to send a letter of support to Governor Jerry Brown asking him to intervene to help keep Kinkisharyo International, L.L.C. from leaving Palmdale and building its permanent manufacturing facility outside of California. In the letter, signed by Board Chairman Marvin Crist, the…

Joe Walker hosts VEX Jets Skyrise Competition

The team received the overall Tournament Champions Award, the Design Award and the Energy Award on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the 2nd Annual Joe Walker Middle School Stealth Academy Sky Rise Robotics Tournament. (Contributed photo)

LANCASTER – The VEX Robotics Team at Joe Walker Middle School took home three notable honors at the 2nd Annual Joe Walker Middle School Stealth Academy Skyrise Robotics Tournament on Saturday at the home of the Jets in Lancaster. The team, made entirely of junior high school students at Joe Walker, received the overall Tournament…

So-Cal Solar donates solar system to disabled AV veteran

So-Cal Solar Inc. Vice President Xiomara Roman (center) decided to donate a solar system to a disabled Antelope Valley veteran recently after hearing the veteran’s story at a public utilities meeting in Palmdale. Roman is pictured with Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford (left) and So-Cal Solar Inc. President Todd Ayers at a recent event.  [Contributed photo]

LANCASTER – A public hearing in Palmdale earlier this month allowed local residents to weigh in on Southern California Edison’s rate increases. Kiesha Jackson spoke at that hearing, explaining that the rate hike would be especially difficult for her because she is a disabled veteran on a fixed income. Jackson’s story struck a chord with…

Raising awareness of domestic violence, prevention

a Toyia Conway-Hampton, founder, CEO and director of the Two-Lifestyles Women Empowerment Program, speaks to Edwards personnel during an interactive workshop Oct. 9 at the Airman and Family Readiness Center in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jet Fabara)

EDWARD AFB – In conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, Edwards welcomed founder, CEO and director of the Two-Lifestyles Women Empowerment Program, La Toyia Conway-Hampton, to host a unique and interactive workshop recently at the Airman and Family Readiness Center. The workshop event, titled “Crossing the Line,” involved dynamic and inspirational speakers who…

Tenants, managers urged to work together on mobile home park problems

Dissatisfied Desert Palms Mobile Home park residents brandish signs outside Lancaster City Hall before Tuesday's council meeting.

LANCASTER – Mayor R. Rex Parris provided disgruntled tenants and defensive managers of the Desert Palms Mobile Home Park Community an opportunity at Tuesday’s council meeting to go public with their grievances. Tenants complained to the city that they have had to endure ongoing water shut-offs and sediment-filled water, along with inconsistent utility fees from…

Man killed by hit-and-run driver in Palmdale

A fatal hit-and-run collision occurred Wednesday, Oct. 15 on Avenue T, east of 70th Street East in Palmdale. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

PALMDALE – Authorities need the public’s help to identify the driver who struck a 45-year-old man in Palmdale Wednesday night and then fled the scene. Around 7:32 p.m., personnel from Palmdale Sheriff’s Station responded to the fatal collision on Avenue T, east of 70th Street East, according to Detective Brent Bunch. “The preliminary facts of…

AV Hospital honors families of organ and tissue donors

Firefighter/Paramedic Brian Hinsley, a liver-transplant recipient, shares his gratitude for organ donation. (Contributed)

LANCASTER — Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) and OneLegacy, the organ and tissue recovery organization serving the greater Los Angeles area, recently honored families of AVH organ and tissue donors at a Donate Life Rose Ceremony. During the event, staff from AVH thanked the family members for their loved ones’ life-saving and healing gifts of organs…

Plans for Kinkisharyo plant in Palmdale derailed by labor dispute

Kinkisharyo canceled

PALMDALE – Kinkisharyo International told the city it is forfeiting its decision to construct a 400,000-square-foot rail car manufacturing plant in Palmdale. Announced in June 2014, the proposed $60 million manufacturing and assembly facility, to be located at Avenue M near Sierra Highway, raised expectations toward creating hundreds of construction jobs, along with 150 to…

Video: High Desert Fallen Heroes Ride raises $10K

12th annual fallen heroes ride

LANCASTER – The 12th annual High Desert Fallen Heroes Ride on Sunday raised approximately $10,000, organizers said. The 50-mile ride in support of local fallen heroes and their families drew more than 200 participants, according to Lancaster Community Relations deputy Miguel Ruiz. Participants first gathered at Antelope Valley Harley-Davidson in Lancaster for the singing of…