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LANCASTER — From a stage set diorama to a slide of microscopic balantidium coli to crime scene photos and faux blood spatter patterns, there was something to pique the curiosity of prospective students at Antelope Valley College’s RegFest 2021.

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Some Democrats are calling for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to resign, or at least apologize for comments he made during a GOP fundraiser this weekend in which he talked of hitting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with a gavel.

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PALMDALE — A motorcyclist was killed in a collision on 170th Street East near Avenue N-12 on Friday, the California Highway Patrol reported.

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LANCASTER — The Lancaster Sheriff’s Station continues to crack down on drunk drivers and made 18 arrests last week, as the result of their latest effort.

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ROSAMOND — The Rosamond Community Services District is seeking outside expertise to develop a risk assessment and emergency response plan to comply with federal requirements.

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PALMDALE — Detectives from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing runaway.

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PALMDALE — Palm Tree Elementary School second-grade teacher Jackie Howarth’s classroom is ready to welcome students this Thursday.

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PALMDALE — Koda is an energetic, six-month old black, white and gray Siberian husky with clear blue eyes and a playful demeanor. Nelson is a brown, shorthaired four-year-old Chihuahua-mix with an expressive face. Winston is a 10-year-old brown and white shorthaired Chihuahua-mix with floppy …

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PALMDALE — After much discussion regarding the impact of allowing additional groundwater pumping on the underlying basin, the Antelope Valley Watermaster granted permission for a new well for a pistachio farm on the Valley’s west side.

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PALMDALE — A request by Councilmember Juan Carrillo to formally discuss changing the meeting night for the City Council was discouraged by Mayor Steve Hofbauer and Councilmember Richard Loa at the Council’s July 13 meeting.

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LANCASTER — The Lancaster Sheriff’s Station is inviting residents, including those in the unincorporated communities, to come together this week to celebrate National Night Out with a series of gatherings.

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As the battle continues to rein in the once-again climbing numbers of COVID-19 cases — largely attributed to the highly contagious delta variant of the virus — officials are turning to vaccination requirements in an effort to increase the number of people protected from the disease and stop …

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LANCASTER — The City will receive a total of approximately $36.34 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to be distributed in two payments, one this fiscal year and the second in the 2022-23 fiscal year.

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LANCASTER — The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Community Advisory Council will hold a drive-thru food distribution event and backpack giveaway Saturday at Lancaster Baptist Church.

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LANCASTER — The Lancaster Performing Arts Center Foundation will begin accepting applications for the 2021/2022 Community Performing Arts Grant Program on Monday.

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CALIFORNIA CITY — Residents can anticipate farm-fresh fruits, vegetables and other goodies when the Cal City Farmers Market begins in September.

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PALMDALE — Four Palmdale School District campuses will get playfield upgrades, shade structures and other work done as part of Phase 4 of the District’s facilities master plan.

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PALMDALE — Scientists are studying the effects of certain kinds of intense thunderstorms on the upper atmosphere — and by extension, climate — and they are using NASA’s high-flying ER-2 airplane to do it.

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LANCASTER —Antelope Valley Transit Authority will purchase 28 bus side WAVE inductive receptors for new buses for approximately $2.22 million. The award-winning technology will allow the agency’s battery-electric buses to charge en route to their destinations.

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PALMDALE — Do you have expired or unused medication hanging around in your medicine cabinet? The Palmdale Sheriff’s Station can help you safely get rid of it.

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PALMDALE — The California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators will hold a return to school town hall from 4 to 5:30 p.m. today at the Living Praise Christian Center, 2320 East Ave. R.

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LANCASTER — The City has requested Antelope Valley Healthcare District director Michael Rives resign from the Board or take a leave of absence until the City’s lawsuit to remove him is resolved, according to a letter from City Attorney Allison Burns.

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Large crowds turned out Tuesday for Palmdale’s National Night Out event at Domenic Massari Park. Residents had the opportunity to meet first responders, learn about services available in their community and talk to neighbors. A variety of community organizations and agencies took part in the…

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PALMDALE — It’s a long way from the desert of Palmdale to the tropical shores of French Polynesia, but that’s the trek made recently by NASA’s SOFIA flying telescope.

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PALMDALE — The Antelope Valley Watermaster 2020 Annual Report, approved by the Board of Directors, showed improvement in the stabilizing the groundwater basin.

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CALIFORNIA CITY — The City Council made official the hiring of former City of Palmdale executive Anne Ambrose as interim city manager on Tuesday by approving a six-month contract.

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LANCASTER — An armed man who barricaded himself in an eastside house was taken into custody Thursday afternoon after he set the residence on fire after an approximately four-hour long standoff, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 on Tuesday to approve a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger co-authored by Supervisor Hilda Solis to create a Blue Ribbon Commission on Homelessness.

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LAKE HUGHES — Lake Hughes’ 49er Day celebration will return this Saturday with a parade, live music and craft and food vendors after a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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LANCASTER — As part of a larger effort to improve traffic safety, the Lancaster Sheriff Station will hold a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint Friday somewhere within city limits.

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CALIFORNIA CITY — The City Council will continue discussions for setting the annual rate of the voter-approved special parcel tax which funds the Police and Fire departments during a special meeting on Aug. 4, after determining they needed clarification on the tax revenues used to calculate it.

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LANCASTER — Detectives need the public’s help in identifying a woman for allegedly using a stolen credit card at a local business.

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LANCASTER  — The City Council awarded Rancho Cucamonga-based Ferreira Construction Co. Inc. an estimated $2.7 million contract for Phase 1 of the State Route 138/14 Avenue K interchange improvements.

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The following information was left out of the story about the AVTA transit centers in Wednesday’s edition:

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LANCASTER — Seeking help in finding the man suspected of killing an Army veteran in Lancaster in December, authorities announced a $20,000 reward on Tuesday.

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PALMDALE — The Palmdale Water District is moving closer to increasing its water storage capacity by removing more than a million cubic yards of sediment from the reservoir behind the Littlerock Dam.