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Fireworks safety tips, illegal fireworks warning

Fireworks safety

PALMDALE – Dozens of local nonprofit organizations are selling “safe and sane” fireworks at various locations throughout Palmdale, and city officials are asking consumers to use the fireworks safely. The City of Palmdale’s neighborhood services department offers these important safety tips for residents using “safe and sane” fireworks in legal areas of the City of…

AVTA awarded $24.4 million for Bus Rapid Transit route

AVTA bus from vid

LOS ANGELES – Metrolink, Metro and the Antelope Valley Transit Authority were among the recipients of $224 million in California State Transportation Agency grants aimed at bolstering public transit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, authorities announced Tuesday. AVTA was awarded $24.4 million to develop a Bus Rapid Transit route in Lancaster and Palmdale, including the…

Jose Lopez selected as Point Foundation Scholar

Jose Lopez (contributed)

LOS ANGELES – Knight High School Class of 2015 graduate Jose Lopez was selected as a Point Foundation Scholar. He was one of 36 high school graduates across the country awarded new scholarships this year for demonstrating “academic excellence and leadership in their communities, despite facing obstacles such as bullying and financial hardship,” according to…

Ohio man pleads to raping Lancaster girl he met online

Michael Scheetz (booking photo courtesy LASD)

LANCASTER – A 46-year-old man pleaded no contest Monday to multiple felony counts for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old Lancaster girl he met via Facebook in 2012. Jury selection had already begun for the trial of Michael Scheetz of Westerville, Ohio, when he entered his plea to seven of eight counts – two counts of committing…

AV Hospital Auxiliary presents health care scholarships

Back row [left to right]: volunteer, Mary Overton; AVH Volunteer Coordinator Mary Binkowski; volunteers Millie McMillan, Harriet Lee, Marsha Pedersen and Bobbie Patton. Front row [left to right]: scholarship recipients Carmela Martinez, Jeanie Paek, Ryan Bugsch, Chau Le and Jamie Gordon. Other recipients not pictured include Kathryn Davis, Cassandra Quijada, Cindy Noriega, Stepheny Saavedra, Jelci Barraza, Oscar Buenrostro, Stephanie De La Melena, Arshlee Mamangun, Alexis Gomez and Irene Ramos. (contributed)

LANCASTER — For the 21st consecutive year, Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) Auxiliary awarded scholarships to 15 local high school students interested in pursuing a career in medicine. Scholarship recipients include: Kathryn Davis, Chau Le and Cassandra Quijada of Quartz Hill High School; Cindy Noriega, Stepheny Saavedra, Jelci Barraza and Oscar Buenrostro of Palmdale High School;…

AVTA delays service changes

AVTA bus from vid

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) will be delaying the implementation of its upcoming service changes due to unforeseen software integration problems with its new vehicle location system, officials announced. Instead of Monday, June 29, the new service changes will take effect July 27, 2015. The delay will provide technicians with the time…

Local students advocate for STEM education on Capitol Hill

Team 5012 members meet with Congressman Steve Knight in his office to discuss STEM legislation. (contributed)

PALMDALE – Students from The Palmdale Aerospace Academy took to Capitol Hill recently to advocate for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational programs. Members of Team 5012 “Gryffingear” traveled to Washington D.C., as participants in the FIRST (For Inspiration Recognition of Science and Technology) National Advocacy Conference June 14-16. The event brought together robotics…

Video: Highland’s Rachel Garcia is Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year!

Rachel Garcia

PALMDALE – Highland High School’s Rachel Garcia is the 2014-15 Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year! Garcia was surprised with the news recently by two-time Gold Medalist and former UCLA Bruin Stacey Nuveman. “Rachel really deserves to be this year’s Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year because she embodies everything the award stands…

Kaiser Permanente AV kicks-off ‘Walk with a Doc’

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LANCASTER –Physicians, employees, patients, community leaders and local residents kicked-off Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley’s inaugural Walk with a Doc community program this week. Pediatrician David Bronstein, MD, led the 30-minute walk on Wednesday, June 17, around the Thrive path at the Antelope Valley Medical Offices. The Thrive Path offers two walking trails—quarter mile and half…