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Tom McMurtry honored with FAA Master Pilot Award

Shortly before his retirement in June 1999, Tom McMurtry heads out for a final flight in one of NASA Armstrong's workhorse F/A-18 mission support aircraft. (NASA / Tom Tschida)

PALMDALE – Retired NASA Armstrong research pilot Thomas C. McMurtry was honored by the Federal Aviation Administration Oct. 25 with the presentation of the agency’s Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award during a ceremony before family, friends and associates at the AERO Institute in Palmdale. Richard Dilbeck, coordinator of the Master Pilot award presentations for the…

Local robotics teams join forces in ‘Battle at the Border’

The Palmdale Aerospace Academy and Lancaster High School teamed up to make it to the quarterfinals.

PALMDALE – In a heated Battle at the Border, two Antelope Valley robotics teams formed a powerhouse partnership to make it to the quarterfinals in a competition last week in San Diego. The Palmdale Aerospace Academy’s Gryffingear Robotics Team joined together with Lancaster High School’s Eagle Robotics Team to compete in the quarterfinals competition at…

Palmdale offers Halloween safety tips for AV residents

Trick-or-treaters should always be in groups so they are not a tempting target for predators; and parents should accompany young children, Palmdale city officials warn.

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale’s neighborhood services department is offering Halloween safety tips to residents. “Halloween is meant to be a fun holiday but it can also be a scary time for parents and children alike,” said Palmdale Crime Prevention Officer Kery German.  “It’s important to know basic safety tips before children go out…

Lancaster Station’s Most Wanted

Lancaster Most Wanted 10.30.14

The Lancaster Sheriff’s Station is seeking your help in locating the following suspects. If you recognize them and know where they might be hiding, contact detectives using the information next to the suspects’ photo or by calling 1-800-222-tips (8477). Takirah Kravett Young Takirah Young is 37-year-old black female with black hair and brown eyes. She…

3 arrested in local AB 109 sweep

Authorities said these weapons were found Wednesday at the Lancaster home of an AB 109 offender who was targeted for violating his post-release conditions. (Photo courtesy LASD)

LANCASTER – Multiple firearms, several hundred rounds of ammunition and drugs were seized Wednesday during a local operation that targeted AB 109 offenders. “Multiple teams hit 15 different locations looking for 10 absconders,” said Lancaster Community Relations deputy Miguel Ruiz. He said absconders were AB 109 offenders who were in violation of their post-release conditions.…

Public forum set for Nov. 5 to weigh-in on Metrolink station closure

The City of Lancaster is proposing to close the existing Lancaster Metrolink Station in order to address issues that are occurring in the downtown Lancaster area, according to public notice of intent to hold a scoping meeting. Click the image to view the notice.

LANCASTER – The public is invited to a scoping meeting next week on the proposed closure of the Lancaster Metrolink station. Lancaster city officials are hoping to receive public input regarding environmental concerns associated with closing the station as the city’s prepares an Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration for the project. The scoping meeting…

Palmdale Station’s Most Wanted

Palmdale Most Wanted 10.29.14

PALMDALE – Palmdale Sheriff’s Station detectives are seeking your help in locating a forgery suspect and a suspect wanted for indecent exposure, 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 calling…

AV Wall returns to Palmdale Amphitheater next week

Master Sergeant Gerald Lockwood played Battle Hymn of the Republic on trumpet.

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale and Point Man Antelope Valley are preparing to host the 5th annual display of the Mobile Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall for the Antelope Valley (AV Wall). The AV Wall will be on display from 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6 through 11 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11 at the Palmdale Amphitheater,…

Dog shot, man placed on psychiatric hold after standoff

Deputies surround a home Monday in the 36400 block of Colcord Avenue. A military veteran locked himself in a bedroom after deputies shot the man's dog. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

LITTLEROCK – A local military veteran was placed on a 72-hour psychiatric hold Monday after barricading himself in a bedroom for more than an hour. The man was upset because deputies responding to a domestic dispute shot the man’s dog, authorities said. “We’re dealing with a man who’s spent 15 years in the military…possibly suffering…

Help authorities find fatal hit-and-run driver

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

PALMDALE – The Palmdale Sheriff Station is asking for the public’s help in identifying the driver who struck and killed a pedestrian nearly two weeks ago on Avenue T, east of 70th Street East. The pedestrian has been identified as Jorge David Santiago, a 45-year-old homeless man, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.…

Local public hearings set for High Desert Corridor

High Desert Corridor project

PALMDALE – The Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Report(Draft EIS/EIR) for the High Desert Corridor is now available for review and comment through December 2, 2014 at 5 p.m. View the document here. Two public hearings will be held in the Antelope Valley. The hearings will feature displays, a copy of the Draft EIS/EIR and a short…

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…

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…

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…