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LANCASTER — An­tel­ope Valley Union High School District three new board members — Amanda Parrell, Victoria Ruffin, and John Rush — took the oath of office Wednesday evening before a standing-room-only boardroom.

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PALMDALE — The City Council on Tues­day unanimously ap­point­ed Palmdale Water Dis­trict Director Kathy Mac Laren to be the city’s second al­ter­nate rep­re­sen­tative to the Antelope Valley Transit Authority board.

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LANCASTER — Santa Claus ar­rived in the Antelope Valley a little ear­lier than usual this year, bringing thous­ands of unwrapped toys, cloth­ing and gift items to several local or­gan­izations who provide services to kids in need.

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LANCASTER — The City Council will consider a proposal tonight to spend up to $100,000 to hire a consulting firm to develop options for a proposed Hy­brid Law Enforcement Model to work in con­junc­tion with the Los An­gel­es County Sheriff’s De­part­ment.

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LANCASTER — University of Antelope Valley students, faculty and staff came together on Saturday afternoon to give back to the Antelope Valley community with the Marco and Sandra Johnson Foundation’s 12th annual Caring for the Community event.

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ACTON — The city of Santa Clarita is in the middle of its transportation de­vel­opment plan and is seek­ing public input to iden­tify transportation needs at specific locations.

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PALMDALE — The City Council tonight will consider whether the city may want to take part in a community choice ag­gre­gation program which may give it the ability to provide electricity to residents at lower rates by negotiating power purchases directly with energy producers, instead of Sout…

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MOJAVE — The Mojave Air and Space Port received a clean audit of its 2017-2018 financial state­ments, showing no recommendations for chan­ges or improvements to its record keeping.

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LANCASTER — The Antelope Valley Transit Authority launched a new website this week, an update of www.AVTA.com, with a bright new look and a focus on making it easier for passengers to get the information they need.

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PALMDALE — “Pre­cious memories reveal the beauty of love as lives are shared together.”

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LANCASTER — Area res­idents are invited to pro­vide their input as to where new voting centers should be placed in the An­tel­ope Valley to make voting more convenient and accessible beginning in 2020.

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PALMDALE — The Antelope Valley Watermaster, the body tasked with overseeing the 2015 court settlement that set limits on groundwater pumping for users across the Valley, will look to reduce administrative costs in the coming year by shifting some of the work to staff from the con­tract­ed wa…

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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hear­ing for the proposed Cen­ten­nial master-planned com­munity on the 150-year-old Tejon Ranch at Tuesday’s meeting.

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PALMDALE — Christ­mas carols, candy canes and classic cars weren’t the only things that made this year’s Palmdale Cham­ber of Commerce Wil­liam J. “Pete” Knight Christmas Parade super.

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Palmdale High School Falcon Corps Marching Band & Pageantry march for the Palmdale Chamber of Commerce William J. “Pete” Knight Christmas Parade.

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LANCASTER —  The city of Albuquerque will take BYD Coach & Bus to court for failure to meet con­trac­tual obligations and de­liv­ering unsafe buses to the city, Mayor Tim Keller announced Friday.

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CALIFORNIA CITY — The City Council on Thurs­day approved a $27.17 mil­lion budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, despite re­quests by two council mem­bers to post­pone a decision until after new council mem­bers are seated next week and they have an op­por­tunity to have a say in the document.

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EDWARDS AFB — Air Force, community and educational leaders came together Fri­day to celebrate a new science educational pro­gram befitting “the center of the aerospace testing universe” at Edwards Air Force Base.

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PALMDALE — Rates charged to other water agencies and other users of State Water Project water from the Antelope Valley-East Kern Water Agency will increase by 7.5% for each of the next five years to cover cost increases, after the AVEK unanimously board approved a new rate plan Tuesday.

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NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center Director David McBride and Edwards Air Force Base Installation Support Director David Smith help STARBASE instructor Janet Creech and fifth grade students launch a model rocket to punctuate the opening of the STARBASE education center Friday at Edwards AFB.

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The California Depart­ment of Education on Thurs­day unveiled the 2018 California School Dash­board — an updated ver­sion of the website that debuted last year — that pro­vides a user-friend­ly, col­or­ful interface for par­ents, students, and edu­ca­­tors to evaluate school and district per…

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PALMDALE — The Palmdale Aerospace Acad­emy will add a transitional kindergarten through fifth-grade campus next door to the existing campus on Palmdale Boulevard and 35th Street East.

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LANCASTER — From pizza to pineapple, siracha ketchup to yogurt mochas, Thursday’s annual food show for school districts had a wide variety of offerings for school officials and students to sample, evaluate and recommend for school menus in the coming school year.

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It was a white Dec. 6 for parts of the Valley on Thursday, as the first winter storm of the season brought snow to the higher elev­a­tions, causing road closures in Leona Valley, Tehachapi and the Grape­vine.

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LOS ANGELES — The grand jury transcript was unsealed Monday in the case of a Lancaster woman and her boyfriend, who are accused of torturing and murdering her 10-year-old son.

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LANCASTER — A state-of-the-art 31,705 square-foot medical cannabis cultivation and manufacturing research center is targeted for a 2.5-acre vacant lot on the southeast corner of Seventh Street East and Avenue L-8.

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LANCASTER — A thunderous sound filled Room 176 of the Fine Arts building at Antelope Valley College on a November Monday night as students hit their snare drums and bass drums and xylophones in a recent class led by instructor Gary Heaton-Smith.

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PALMDALE — Sheriff’s deputies are continuing to investigate a brief pursuit Saturday that ended after the driver lost control of the car on a curve and crashed over a curb and sidewalk, authorities said.

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LANCASTER — An­tel­ope Valley Hospital’s men­tal health unit will be ex­panded and upgraded under a plan approved Wed­nesday by the Antelope Val­ley Healthcare District.

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PALMDALE — Super heroes will abound on Saturday as the annual Palmdale Chamber of Commerce’s William J. “Pete” Knight Christmas Parade makes its way through town.

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CALIFORNIA CITY — The City Council agreed to accept a lump-sum pay­ment for the remaining 14 years of a lease on a cell tower behind the Police Department on Hacienda Boul­evard, a hedge against the technology becoming ob­so­lete and the firm ter­min­ating the agreement prior to the end of t…

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PALMDALE — The City Council’s regular December board meeting has been moved from Dec. 4 to Dec. 11, in order to ensure the results of the Nov. 6 election are certified before newly elected officials take the oath of office.

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LANCASTER — The Antelope Valley Healthcare District and Antelope Val­ley Hospital, Inc., will pay nearly $1 million in sev­er­ance packages to former An­tel­ope Valley Hospital CEO Michael Wall and Chief Financial Officer Co­lette Nichols, after the district determined it did not intend to t…

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LANCASTER ­— All was merry and bright Saturday morning as the holiday season commenced with the annual Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Christmas/Holiday parade down Lancaster Boulevard.

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LANCASTER — De­tect­ives arrested a convicted felon and his uncle and seized firearms after a dozen small dogs were rescued from “de­plor­able” conditions at a home, authorities said Friday.

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PALMDALE — Area water agencies are for­malizing an agreement to help each other out in times of emergencies, in much the same way public safety departments support each other when needed.

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My friend Sheri Arnold, then chief newsroom clerk at the Antelope Valley Press, was distributing the mail one morning in September 1998 when she came upon an envelope that caught her eye.

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MOJAVE — Richard Branson said this week his Virgin Galactic company’s pilots will fly into space by Christmas in a test flight of the SpaceShipTwo spaceplane.

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Along with the arrival of December, holiday festivities kick into high gear, with a full slate of activities holiday-themed and others today across the Valley.

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LANCASTER — The planned transfer of assets from the Antelope Valley Health­care District, which governs Antelope Valley Hos­pit­al, to a non-profit cor­por­ation created to oper­ate the hospital may not occur before a Dec. 31 dead­line, and governing board dir­ectors may consider taking a di…

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LOS ANGELES — Nearly a month after Election Day, the Los Angeles County election officials announced the certified results of the Nov. 6 election.

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LANCASTER — The city’s bus stops will align with new stan­dards adopted in May by the An­telope Valley Transit Auth­or­ity’s governing board after the Plan­ning Com­mission adopted the AVTA’s Bus Stop Guidelines at Monday’s meeting.

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LANCASTER — Visions of cotton candy and car­am­el apples coupled with the bright lights of the carnival midway are evoked in the theme for the 2019 An­tel­ope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival: “Sweet Delights and Carnival Lights.”

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MOJAVE — Masten Space Systems, among the original “New Space” companies at the Mojave Air and Space Port, has been named as one of nine commercial companies el­ig­ible to bid on providing delivery services to the moon’s surface for NASA.

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PALMDALE — Palm­dale seventh-grader Cruz Anthony Herrera, 12, was one of 20 stu­dents selected from thous­ands of submissions na­tion­wide for the TruStage Com­mu­nity Spark Awards.