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Palmdale Station’s Most Wanted

Palmdale Most Wanted 5.4.16

Palmdale Station detectives are seeking the public’s help in locating a suspect wanted for burglary and a suspect wanted for domestic violence, both believed to be in the Antelope Valley area. If you recognize them and know where they might be located, contact detectives using the information next to the suspects’ photos or by calling…

Local homeschool students earn ‘Memory Master’ award

MEMORY MASTERS [Top row:] Kate Priest, Kyra Brown, Caden Sepp, Emily Paquette, Jedidiah Eberhard, Seth Albert. [Bottom row:] Judah Brown , Ansley Priest, Lindsey Paquette, Eva Sepp, Makaela Fogde. (contributed photo)

LANCASTER – Eleven students from the Lancaster Classical Conversations homeschool community recently capped months of study by correctly reciting more than 400 facts from a multitude of subjects as part of the national Classical Conversations Memory Master program.  The students, who range in age from 6 to 12, earned their Memory Master awards April 29…

AVTA recognized for excellent financial management

AVTA's finance team. [contributed]

LANCASTER – For the third consecutive year, the Antelope Valley Transit Authority [AVTA] has been recognized for its financial accounting by the Government Finance Officers Association [GFOA]. The transit agency was recently awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report [CAFR]. This award is the highest form…

Lancaster Station’s Most Wanted

Lancaster Most Wanted 4.29.16

LANCASTER – The Lancaster Sheriff’s Station is seeking your help in locating the following suspects. If you recognize them and know where they might be located, contact detectives using the information next to the suspects’ photos or by calling 1-800-222-TIPS. Krystal Shrell Stanley Krystal Stanley is a 28-year-old female with brown hair and brown eyes.…

Palmdale employees show support for “Denim Day”

Palmdale denim day

PALMDALE – City of Palmdale employees wore denim on April 27 in support of the 17th Denim Day, a cause to raise awareness about sexual assault and to show support for survivors.   The campaign is presented by Peace Over Violence, a non-profit agency designed to educate the public about rape and sexual assault. “The…

Local robotics team wins Build Award

The local team won the Build Award, which is given to a team with a well-crafted and constructed robot that also shows a clear dedication to safety and attention to detail. [contributed]

PALMDALE– The Vex Jets Robotics Team 4073b from Joe Walker Middle School won the Build Award at the 2016 Vex World Championship, which took place  April 20-23.  The students competed against 86 teams in their division from a total of 172 teams from around the world for the title. The team of 12 students traveled…

Young entrepreneurs put on their PR hats

Students enrolled in the Young The team at Passantino Andersen provided post-presentation feedback and tips for
improvement. [contributed]

LANCASTER – The Young Entrepreneurs Academy gained some insight in the world of public relations during a recent field trip to Passantino Andersen Communications, a local award-winning public affairs firm. Each year students enrolled in the program have visited the firm to improve their strategic communication skills and help pitch their companies and products to…

Palmdale residents use HERO PACE Program to save water, money

The Purcells used HERO financing to install drought tolerant landscaping and drip irrigation at their Palmdale home. HERO estimates they will save more than 3 million gallons of water over the lifetime of the landscaping project, netting them an estimated $31,960 savings on their water bills. [contributed]

PALMDALE – Palmdale homeowners Shane and Karie Purcell were joined by city officials and water district representatives recently to unveil their new 2,500 square foot drought tolerant landscaping project that was installed and financed through the HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program. PACE financing enables people to make water and energy efficiency improvements to…

Freethinkers suing local school district

Antelope Valley Freethinkers President David Dionne stands in front of the offices of the Antelope Valley Union High School District. [contributed]

LANCASTER – Two groups are suing the Antelope Valley Union High School District for allegedly not informing students about scholarships aimed at non-religious students. According to a lawsuit filed in federal court last week, the Antelope Valley Freethinkers and the Freedom from Religion Foundation asked district officials to include descriptions of their competitive scholarships in…

Palmdale celebrates April as Fair Housing Month

[L to R] Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford, Housing Coordinator Terri-Lei Wheeler and Councilmember Fred Thompson chat with students at the City's Yucca Neighborhood House about fair housing. [contributed]

PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale proclaimed April as Fair Housing Month in the city with a gathering at the Yucca Neighborhood House on Monday, April 18. Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford presented a proclamation to Housing Coordinator Terri-Lei Wheeler on behalf of Housing Rights Center Executive Director Chancella Al-Mansour. Students who attend programs at the Yucca House…

AV Hospital says “Thank You” to volunteers

Volunteers Karen and Chuck Duty, who together have volunteered more than 1,000 hours, pose with pet-therapy volunteers, Daisy Mae and Cody Jake. [contributed]

LANCASTER – At a special volunteer appreciation banquet Thursday, April 14, Antelope Valley Hospital recognized its 500 volunteers who collectively contributed nearly 60,000 hours of service to the hospital in 2015. “We are fortunate to have a wonderful team of volunteers who give so much of their time to care for our patients,” stated John…

1 killed, 1 critically injured in Lancaster traffic crash

The pickup's driver, a Lancaster woman in her 60s, was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said. [LUIS MEZA]

LANCASTER – A female driver was killed and her passenger was critically injured in a two-vehicle traffic collision at a Lancaster intersection Saturday night, authorities said. It happened around 8:29 p.m. Saturday, April 16, on Avenue H at Challenger Way, according to a news release from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station. “Preliminary information gathered at the…

2 killed, 2 injured in Lancaster traffic crash [updated]

The Integra crashed into a 2008 Honda Civic being driven by a 36-year-old Lancaster woman, CHP officials said. [LUIS MEZA]

LANCASTER – Two drivers died in a head-on traffic collision in Lancaster Thursday afternoon, authorities said. The fatal collision happened around 3:50 p.m. Thursday, April 14, on Avenue E, east of 70th Street East, according to a California Highway Patrol report. A 20-year-old Rosamond man was driving a 2000 Acura Integra eastbound on Avenue E…

Summer fun at the Palmdale Amphitheater

Top L to R: LeAnn Rimes, Salt-N-Pepa with DJ Spinderella. Bottom L to R: DJ Streak, Bump City, Stone Soul, Herbie Kae & Tony Capko, Gina Eckstine, Adam Cohen. [contributed images]

PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale has announced the lineup for its summer concert series and Family Movie Nights at the Palmdale Amphitheater (The Amp). Now in its 12th year, The Amp will kick off its summer concert series on Saturday, July 2, with a free “Freedom Symphony” concert performed by West Coast Classical Orchestra,…

Cultural Heritage & Service Day coming April 28

A drum line performs at the event to announce details of the inaugural Community Cultural Heritage & Service Day. [contributed]

PALMDALE – Local elected officials, law enforcement representatives, school administrators and students performing musical selections gathered Wednesday to announce details for the inaugural Community Cultural Heritage & Service Day. The event is scheduled for Thursday, April 28, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Guidance Charter School campus, located at 37230 37th Street East in…