Brad Howe designed One Desert Sky For HIGH DESERT REGIONAL HEALTH CENTER




Throughout the construction of the new Los Angeles County High Desert Regional Health Center, two artists endeavored to understand and reflect on the Antelope Valley community through an artwork that supports a healing environment while harmonizing with the building’s architecture.

One Desert Sky

Antelope Valley native and internationally renowned artist Brad Howe designed One Desert Sky. The artwork was inspired by the distinct stories of Antelope Valley community members collected through a series of artist initiated participatory activities prior to the opening of the High Desert Regional Health Center in 2014.

Produced by artist Rebecca Niederlander, the activities engaged nearly 500 Antelope Valley community members and stimulated open conversations revealing diverse cultural perceptions that influenced Howe’s artwork. The activities culminated in an artwork naming contest administered by the Lancaster Museum of Art and History from which the winning title, submitted by an Antelope Valley resident, One Desert Sky was selected by the artist from over 100 entries.

One Desert Sky converts the voices of Antelope Valley residents into icons and symbols that the viewer’s eye may string together as the pieces move and intersect with one another. Representing a collaboration on multiple levels, One Desert Sky’s 8,000 laser cut aluminum pieces were individually attached to metal rods, spray painted with automotive paint and hand assembled by a team of six in Howe’s studio. The fabrication process took over 3,600 hours.




Brad Howe, born in the Antelope Valley, is a Los Angeles-based sculptor with work in collections world-wide including Samsung Corporation, UCLA Anderson School of Business, and Mexico City Ministry of Business and Trade Building. He has been described by art critic Peter Frank as “one of America’s wittiest and most versatile makers of public art.” Howe is represented by Katherine Cone Gallery in Los Angeles as well as various national and international galleries.

Rebecca Niederlander is a Los Angeles-based visual artist whose practice includes sculpture, print-making, drawing and social practice. Her most recent work includes an ongoing collaborative project with Iris Anna Regn titled BROODWORK: Creative Practice and Family Life which investigates the interweaving of creative practice and family life. Her solo exhibition at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History was titled, “Rebecca Niederlander: We are stardust, we are golden, and we have to find our way back to the garden.” Niederlander received her MFA from UCLA in 2000 and her BFA from California College of the Arts in 1997.


Huell Howser Around the Golden State

Huell Howser was on California PBS television for many years until his early passing in 2013 at the age of 67. Huell had several programs all built around him and a single camera/sound crew travelling around the Golden State. Huell talked to people,toured their homes, businesses, sites and spent 30 minutes having discovery conversations. Huell had been a news person in his home state of Tennessee, but in California he had conversations. Huell was fresh, believable and fun to follow. Huell was a bit travel agent,big kid, explorer and positive force. I myself have always enjoyed exploring our world and esp our state. There are places to go, people to meet, and fun things to do. Huell left us with at least 750 television shows which you can view at Chapman University. Chapman is the recipient of the entire Huell Howser estate and the University has developed an amazing display. Most important of which is a 45 minute documentary by JefferySwimmer about Huell entitled California Gold. My cohort inAVNice, Jim Greenleaf and I and a longtime dear friend Steve Kngsleytravelled to Orange, CA to view the film in March 2014.


Luis Fuerte 12 yr Camera/Sound for Huell Howser 661.948.6006 Luis was very gracious to chat with Jim Greenleaf and myself. We were attending the premier of the film about Huell Howser entitled California Gold at Chapman University. We will learn more about Luis and Huell working together when Luis finishes his book.

Mary Platt,director of Communications/Media Relations Chapman University 661.948.6006 Mary Platt was very helpful when we wanted to come view the Huell Howser movie premier of his Documentary/Memorial/Story California Gold… the story of his life and the telling of how he made his over 700 television programs.


Joseph Rinaudo films, projectors and Huell Howser 661.948.6006 Joe Rinaudo was featured in several of Huell Howser’s California Gold television episodes. Joe was at the premier of Huell’s film at Chapman University. Jim Greenleaf and I got a chance to talk with Joe.

California Gold, Huell Howser’s movie by Jeff Swimmer, Chapman University 661.948.6006 Steve Kingsley, Jim Greenleaf and I went to Chapman University in March to view the premier of Huell Howser’s film California Gold. An amazing film,part Documentary, Memorial, travel film. Huell was an amazing guy…

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Capt MARK KELLY, Astronaut, Writer, Speaker, Husband 661.948.6006 He loves Mojave, we talk about the tech community, commercial space travel. The VIP reception was full of folks who wanted to say hello to Capt Kelly, the Capt had a chance to meet our WW2 Vet Mr Larry Chimbole too. Capt Kelly’s book Gabby is a great story of success and challenge. I found Mark Kelly to be humble, easy to talk with and a great listener. The Antelope Valley Board of Trade has chosen a fantastic keynote speaker for its Outlook Event.

He loves Mojave, we talk about the tech community, commercial space travel. The VIP reception was full of folks who wanted to say hello to Capt Kelly, the Capt had a chance to meet our WW2 Vet Mr Larry Chimbole too. Capt Kelly’s book Gabby is a great story of success and challenge. I found Mark Kelly to be humble, easy to talk with and a great listener. The Antelope Valley Board of Trade has chosen a fantastic keynote speaker for its Outlook Event.

Capt. Mark Kelly, record-setting American astronaut, retired US Navy combat pilot, and husband of former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle (Gabby) Giffords, is the keynote speaker for Southern California’s Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.

Kelly, a veteran of four  NASA Space Shuttle flights to orbit, and one of only two astronauts to have visited the International Space Station on four missions, will address an expected capacity audience attending the day-long business conference at Mojave Air & Space Port’s newly completed Stuart Witt Conference Center .

Capt. Kelly will be accompanied on the program by a long list of presenters who are leaders in the fields of regional economics, business, manufacturing, technology, renewable energy, education, aerospace research and development, defense, and transportation. The 42nd annual Business Outlook Conference, organized by the Antelope Valley Board of Trade, opens at 7:30 a.m. and adjourns at 2:30 p.m.

The 2014 Business Outlook Conference theme, “Breaking Boundaries” will be brought to life in a number of ways, beginning with its location at Mojave Air and Space Port, where private-sector companies pioneer in the great civilian leaps into commercial space business, alternative renewable energy, rail transportation, diversified manufacturing, aerospace fabrication and other pursuits.

Outlook Conference Chairman and Boeing executive Al Hoffman said the 2014 event will also give attendees the opportunity to see first-hand the cutting-edge aerospace hardware emerging from many of the Mojave Air & Space Port tenants.

photos by Jim Allen produced by Jim Greenleaf for #av nice

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Andrew Nelson COO XCOR shows Chris the Hardware

Professor Bill Nye got to touch it, Chris Spicher SITS INSIDE. We take you along as we rocket off the runway at Mojave Air/Spaceport, in 4 quick 6G minutes we are at 320+ Thousand feet, weightless in a space suit..Public Space Travel is close, a reality. Mr Andrew Nelson is a scientist, engineer and a people person, the perfect chap to lead this enterprise. To meet, talk with and be able to share this full size mock up, to sit next to an astronaut, to become an Astronaut myself, amazing, in fact need to invent some more words, or wax poetic… Xcorriffic, Spacetacular, unbefrigginlievable


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Chris Spicher AV Nice at The Mojave Air Space Port Breaking Boundaries Chris Spicher gives us a little sneak peek of at The Mojave Air & Space Port “Breaking Boundaries,” the theme for the 2014 Antelope Valley Board of Trade Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference, based on innovative plans and preparations that promise to break decades-old program practices, while enlivening the experience for an expected 800 visitors.

Terry and Sylvia Norris of Precision Labs Palmdale Ca USA, Center of the Universeexactly 661.948.6006

Terry and Sylvia Norris believe in the strength and opportunity of the Economic Region they live and have their business in. Come enjoy the Calibration, formed over 18 years ago they and their staff count and measure ANYTHING… the word is getting out!!

Welcome to Precision Labs

Precision Labs started in 1995 with a single multi-function meter calibrator and two dedicated professionals. While one of the founders had 4 years of formal metrology training, the other was a calibration lab manager. We worked long hours and reinvested any profits back into the company, a process of self improvement that continues to today.

The only work we could perform back then was at the customer’s facility because we lacked a formal location. But that changed once a small 10foot by 15 foot lab with climate control was built after 1 year of service. At that point we had approximately 30 instruments. Many customers were surprised to see us with such a strong technical background for the size of the company.

We quickly moved to a 1000 square foot facility in Palmdale. At that point we had a crew of 4 people. The amount of instrumentation had also grown, but we still always felt as though we were always sharing tools. Someone termed the phrase “calibration co-operative” to explain our philosophy of sharing our resources in such a manner as to help customers. That method of though continues today as many loyal customers may seek a single calibration, but we will invest heavily to calibrate this one item on the plans to help others.

We were one of the first companies to become ISO 17025. In fact, so few companies were ISO 17025, that the Automotive Industry Action Group had to act in order to help the industry. The lessons of ISO 17025 removed the last vestiges of military standards that we used as guides to run the company. That allowed the company to improve efficiency to help work process in a much better fashion.

After a short stay of only two years, we had to move into 2000 square feet building in the city of Lancaster. After many shelves and a storage facility for our 30 filing cabinets of manuals was built, we realized the time to move had come again. By this time, we had well over 300 customers to include all of our original customers. The breadth of our calibration capabilities were hundreds of calibration items, computer networks, front office personal more than the first staff, company cars, and more.

We now have nearly 6000 square feet and continue to find more ways to expand. Major customers are now demanding that we continue to find innovative methods to help them cut costs while continuing to improve quality. Our efforts of the strongest team we have ever assembled stands together to tackle your next challenge.

The teamwork continues to build here at Precision Labs as co workers are obtaining safety, managerial and workforce training. The keys to our success has always been the quality of the work that we can perform for you: our best team member and the reason we exist.

Primary NAICS of 541380 and 811219. Other Naics codes may also apply.

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