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first_img“Clubs raise money for things all the time. They raise money for themselves to go on field trips or Disneyland, but these kids dedicated $3,500 to a person they don’t even know,” Hood said. “These kids are bigger than themselves.” The monument will honor Lancaster graduates besides Leon, people who die while in the line of duty in public service, such as law enforcement officers and firefighters, Hood said. “It’s funny. Christopher Leon did graduate from our school but was not in our program. These kids are very patriotic and committed to people,” Hood said. “They understood that somebody from our high school gave their life so they could continue to go to high school.” [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s a great honor to see high school students in the corps take the extra step to honor fallen comrades who have attended the school,” Johnson said. The 4 1/2-by-3-foot rock slab was installed Tuesday in front of the school’s flag pole. A public unveiling and dedication ceremony is tentatively scheduled for 9 a.m. April 24, and Leon’s family is expected to attend. Leon, a 20-year-old Marine corporal, died June 20, 2006, of wounds suffered during combat in Iraq’s western al-Anbar province. He is among six servicemen who grew up in the Antelope Valley to die in Iraq. The Lancaster Junior ROTC program has 263 cadets, the largest in California, ROTC instructor Senior Master Sgt. David Hood said. The students raised the money over a two-week period by selling cookie dough. LANCASTER – Lancaster High School Air Force Junior ROTC cadets raised $3,500 to install a 950-pound black granite monument to honor a former student who died of wounds suffered during combat in Iraq. The monument will honor the memory of Christopher Leon, a 2004 graduate, and other alumni who give their lives in the service of others. “I think it’s an incredible honor to be able to put up the monument,” said Cadet Miranda Fitch, a senior. “It’s paying tribute to all the men and women who have sacrificed their lives so our nation is free, especially for kids who go into the military from our school.” For Cadet Nicholas Johnson, 17, who has enlisted in the Marines and will leave June 4 for basic training, the monument holds a special meaning. last_img read more


first_img“We made him realize that the best thing for him and everyone concerned was to release the remaining three hostages,” said Capt. Jerry Smith of the Butte County Sheriff’s Department. Turbo Her, an 18-year-old senior who was in the drama class where the incident took place, said other students in the class initially thought it was a joke. “I said, `Oh no, this is a real gun,”‘ Her said. He said the student fired one shot into the ceiling. Authorities said at least two shots were fired from the .22-caliber handgun the boy was carrying. “The girls were crying and hysterical,” Her said. “He wanted to scare them, to let them know it’s real. The girls were freaking out.” Eventually, the student told his classmates that “anyone who’s scared can leave,” and about 26 students left. OROVILLE – A 17-year-old student surrendered peacefully Friday at a Northern California high school after taking more than two dozen classmates and a teacher hostage in a drama class and firing at least one shot, authorities said. No one was injured in the incident at Las Plumas High School in Oroville, about 80 miles north of Sacramento, Butte County Sheriff Perry Reniff said. All student hostages and the substitute teacher were released a little more than an hour after the incident began around 9:15 a.m. Schools in the Oroville Union High School District were locked down while Deputy Will Brewton, who is stationed at the high school and is a trained hostage negotiator, talked to the hostile student on a cell phone. Smith said during a press briefing that three girls were kept behind in the class, but authorities did not know why they were chosen. The boy’s name was not released because of his age. Smith said he was a student at the school.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Quartz Hill Town Council President Ed Frommer said he was saddened but not surprised by the outcome. Frommer said he would like to see the county do a study looking at where the runoff water is coming from and make those responsible for that runoff contribute to a solution. “Development has added to the water flow,” Frommer said. “Those people should be paying for what we’re getting.” Last winter, dozens of homes, businesses and garages – even the Quartz Hill library – flooded during a series of storms. Fuming residents blamed the flooding on new homes and businesses built upstream in Palmdale, but Palmdale officials said they’ve spent millions on flood-control facilities in recent years. Palmdale officials said they require new subdivisions’ catch basins to take in more storm water than what flows onto the property naturally. QUARTZ HILL – Property owners overwhelmingly rejected paying an annual assessment to help finance an underground drain that would channel the storm runoff that regularly inundates Quartz Hill streets and buildings. In a mail-in election, formation of a drainage assessment district was opposed by 409 property owners out of the 698 ballots that were returned. The mail-in ballot had gone out to 1,876 property owners, according to Don Wolfe, the county’s director of public works. The assessment would have charged most homeowners $45 to $94 a year. The assessments would have paid for a two-mile-long storm drain, nearly 6 feet in diameter at its widest point, that would have been buried beneath 50th Street West from Avenue M-4 to Avenue K-8. “We not going to give up on it,” said Norm Hickling, field representative for county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who had pushed for the vote. “We’ll look at the data from this election. We’ll talk with the community to find out what they liked, what they didn’t like, and go from there.” Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford said the vote was a missed opportunity for Quartz Hill residents to assist in addressing the flooding problem. “I think we do a very good job of mitigating, but it won’t eliminate all water heading to a bowl and that’s what Quartz Hill is – a bowl,” said Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford. “There is a shared responsibility here. Everybody has to be part of the solution.” Attention will now turn to a pair of advisory vote measures on next Tuesday’s ballot aimed at gauging Antelope Valley citizens’ interest in either creating a new flood control district or in joining the existing Los Angeles County flood control district. The vote is not binding, but rather is intended to measure the level of public support for what could be a long process. Measure J asks voters whether they support creating an Antelope Valley flood control district. The district, expected to take three years to four years to create, would be financed with annual property assessment estimated to be about $150 to $200 per lot. Measure K asks whether voters prefer to be annexed into the existing county district, which now ends at Avenue S. Annexation would take two years to three years. Annual lot assessments are estimated to be in the range of $125 to $175. If there is interest, a committee would be formed to look at what type of flood control facilities should be put into place. More detailed engineering work, projected to cost in the range of $3 million to $4 million, would have to be conducted before a formal vote, with firm assessment costs, could be put before property owners. In 1995, by a 4-1 margin, voters struck down a proposed flood control district that would have covered all of the Antelope Valley. Opponents had argued that such a district would create an unneeded bureaucracy and that a joint powers agreement between the cities and Los Angeles County would be more practical. Efforts to fashion such an agreement, however, have failed. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more