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2002 - Hollywood premiere of Disney's "The Country Bears," filmed at Golden Oak Ranch in Placerita Canyon [story]


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Why Laemmle?
Sunday, Jan 31, 2016

The subject of much community discussion, the Laemmle Theater project proposed for a portion of a vacant lot on the corner of Main Street and Lyons Avenue is expected to be voted on by the Santa Clarita City Council on Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. It’s important that you, the citizens of our fine city, understand...

Roadmap to Recovery | Commentary by Kevin D. Korenthal
Monday, Nov 17, 2014

It was after my second major traumatic injury and fourth extended hospital stay that I began to piece together what would eventually become a nonprofit called Forged by Fire Foundation. FbFF seeks out and comes alongside those recovering from traumatic injury and disease to assist them with mentorship...

Why I’m a Good Pick for Parks
Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014

My name is Kevin Korenthal, and I am a 32-year resident of Santa Clarita – specifically Canyon Country, but I have worked with citizens, elected officials and city staff on issues all around this great city of ours. Having been raised in this community since age 10 and now raising my own family...

California Water Woes: A History | Commentary by Kevin D. Korenthal
Friday, Feb 28, 2014

The bureaucracy that governs the water that originates as snowpack in the Sierra Mountains just cut off millions of customers from access to the second most necessary element to life. We’re told this unprecedented reduction in water allocation is due to the ongoing drought that California has been...

Councilman Has History of Attacks
Friday, Nov 15, 2013

The Santa Clarita city councilman whom everyone loves to hate just threw more kindling on the fire of disgust that has plagued much of his tenure on City Council. If it were just an infrequent outburst of petty annoyance at the often laborious Democratic process, Frank Ferry could be forgiven for lashing...

Why Did Michigan Go Right-To-Work?
Wednesday, Dec 19, 2012

Michigan used to be one of the heaviest unionized manufacturing states in the country. In the intervening years since it boasted 26 percent union membership (1998), jobs have left the state faster than the number of union households has declined. In fact, Michigan has the auspicious title of the leading...

An Inside View of Einstein Academy’s Charter Hearing
Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012

Kevin D. Korenthal Eighty school officials, parents, teachers and students of the Albert Einstein Academy for Letters, Arts & Sciences enthusiastically appeared at the Los Angeles County Office of Education in Downey on Tuesday for the hearing on appeal of the denial of their K-6 petition to the...

One Small Victory for Anti-School Choice, One Giant Opportunity for Einstein Academy
Thursday, Oct 25, 2012

Kevin D. Korenthal After eight years of working in government affairs and association public relations, I thought I’d seen how low an adversary can sink in order to score a victory. I was, after all, advocating against the most powerful special interest group of all time, Big Labor. And in that respect,...

Why School Choice is Essential
Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012

Kevin D. Korenthal Charter schools are a wonderful option for parents who wish to seek alternatives to traditional public schools to educate their children. However, Charters do have some opposition, usually among administrators within the public school system. One of the most common arguments is that...

Mountain Bikers Want Equal Trail Access
Friday, Aug 26, 2011

When government inserts itself into the process of determining winners and losers, the people always lose. No example illustrates this fact better than the decision by Los Angeles County Park and Forestry Service officials to ban mountain bikes on many recreational trails controlled by the county. It...

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2002 - Hollywood premiere of Disney's "The Country Bears," filmed at Golden Oak Ranch in Placerita Canyon [story]
As of 7 p.m. Monday, July 25, residents in all evacuated areas are allowed to return home, with the exception of three areas.
Most Sand Fire Evacs Lifted; 3 Areas Still Under Evac Monday Night
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, the Sand Fire continues to rage on. Plus, the Red Cross has set up evacuation centers for residents who needed to leave their homes due to the approaching fire. Check out these stories and more on SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Monday, July 25, 2016
Detectives are investigating the death of a woman who was struck and killed by a vehicle in the 17600 block of Sierra Highway, near the Salvation Army store in Canyon Country.
Pedestrian Struck, Killed by Vehicle on Sierra Highway
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved a grant requested by the California Office of Emergency Services to ensure the availability of resources to fight the Sand Fire and enable local and state agencies to recover eligible costs.
FEMA Agrees to Pay 75% of #SandFire-Fighting Costs
Sierra Bancorp recognized consolidated net income of $4.086 million for the second quarter of 2016, which represents a drop of 10% relative to net income in the second quarter of 2015.
Bank of the Sierra Parent Posts 10% Lower 2Q Profits
The county of Los Angeles has filed a lawsuit to order Southern California Gas Co. to install sub-surface safety shut-off valves on every gas storage well and underground pipeline it operates in the County, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich announced Monday.
County Sues to Force SoCalGas to Install Safety Valves
The Santa Clarita Storm went into Saturday’s match looking for its first win of the summer after last week’s thrilling draw with Valley United.
Storm Loses Heartbreaker to New Glendale Club
Verizon Communications Inc. and Yahoo! Inc. announce they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Verizon will acquire Yahoo's operating business for approximately $4.83 billion in cash, subject to customary closing adjustments.
Verizon Buying Yahoo for $4.83 Bil.
To address the growing problem of unmanned aircraft systems impeding wildland firefighting efforts, the U.S. Department of the Interior and industry partners activated a prototype warning system that provides real-time alerts and geofencing alarms to prevent drone pilots from interfering with firefighting operations.
Feds, Industry Testing No-Fly Alert System for Drone Operators
Netflix and 20th Century Fox Television Distribution announced their first global SVOD licensing agreement Monday. Netflix will be the exclusive global streaming home for FX’s hit, American Crime Story.
Netflix, Fox TV Ink First Global Deal
This week's events and activities from the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce.
SCV Chamber This Week (7-25-2016)
Right now, 345 horses, 165 goats, 111 chickens, 33 pigs and many other animals including llama, mules, sheep, rabbits, ducks, turkeys, donkeys - even a Brahma bull - are under the watchful care of Los Angeles County staff, volunteers and mutual aid partners.
County Shelters Caring for 768 ‘Other’ #SandFire Evacuees
Updates on the Sand Fire for Monday, July 25, 2016.
Sand Fire Day 4: Evacs, Road Closures Continue
Due to the impact fire fighting resources have had on the campus of Golden Valley High School, all remaining summer school classes at the school will be moved to La Mesa Junior High beginning Tuesday morning, July 26.
GVHS Summer Classes Moved; More to Know from Hart District
Sergio Toscano of the Little Tujunga Hotshots was fighting a fire in San Diego County when his home on Bear Divide went up in the #SandFire.
Fundraising Page for Firefighter Who Lost Home in #SandFire
According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, air quality will be unhealthy for all individuals in Santa Clarita Valley and for sensitive individuals in San Gabriel Valley and San Gabriel Mountains today. The Sand Fire smoke advisory issued July 23 is still in effect.
Air Quality Unhealthy for Everybody in SCV
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Nicholas L. Godinez graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. He graduated in 2011 from Saugus High School and earned an associate degree in 2014 from College of the Canyons in Valencia.
Godinez, Saugus & COC Grad, Completes Air Force Basic Training
At tomorrow’s Board of Supervisor’s meeting, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich will be requesting a State of Emergency for the county and asking the governor to declare a State of Emergency, which will help get more resources.
Knight: Antonovich to Seek Emergency Declaration
If you’ve read the headlines over the past few months, you’ve probably heard about the Zika virus. You might wonder how serious the virus is and what steps you can take to help protect yourself and your family.
How You Can Prevent Zika Virus
1915 - Pioneer Juan Batista Suraco buried in a family graveyard, currently unmarked, in Bouquet Canyon near Benz Road [story]
After the wind carried the Sand Fire south into the Magic Mountain wilderness Friday, the wind shifted and blew the fire back into the Santa Clarita Valley. Firefighters waged war on several fronts over the weekend as the flames assaulted Placerita and Sand canyons, Agua Dulce and Acton. One person was found dead in Sand Canyon, and 18 structures were reported lost. The latter figure will rise when Sunday's house fires are tabulated. The Placerita Nature Center and Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve made a narrow escape; less fortunate was Sable Ranch, which lost its Western movie town.
Sunday: 33,117-acre Sand Fire Blows Back Into Placerita, Sand, Agua Dulce, Acton
The Tarahumara are known around the world as amazing, legendary runners. Since 1992, they have been running from Alaska to Panama where they meet up with another group running from the tip of South America up to Panama. I was lucky enough to see them arrive last week when they passed for the first time through the Santa Clarita Valley.
Legendary Runners | Commentary by Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel
1864 - Walker/Reynier family patriarch Jean Joseph Reynier, then 15, arrives in Sand Canyon from France; eventually homesteads 1,200 acres [story]
The Sand Fire in the Santa Clarita Valley has grown to 20,000 acres with 10 percent containment throughout Saturday with more mandatory evacuations in effect.
Sand Fire: 20,000 Acres, 10% Contained; Evacs, Road Closures (Video)
Structures have been destroyed or damaged in the Bear Divide and Sand Canyon areas.
Sand Fire Numbers
The Wildlife Waystation has been saved, thanks to the hard work of firefighters, the volunteer efforts of the Waystation's community of animal lovers, and a shift in wind direction - which sent the fire heading back toward Sand and Placerita canyons.
News from Wildlife Waystation
1982 - Vic Morrow & two child actors killed in helicopter crash at Indian Dunes during filming of "Twilight Zone: The Movie" [story]
A brush fire that erupted Friday afternoon in the Santa Clara River bed in Canyon Country was blown south into the Angeles National Forest and had charred 3,327 acres with no containment by 9:45 p.m., with hundreds of homes evacuated.
Sand Fire Grows to 3,327 Acres; 200-300 Evacuations
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, the Sand Fire reaches 2,500 acres with no containment as of 6 p.m. Friday. Plus, a rally brought dozens of residents together in front of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station to show their support for law enforcement.
SCV NewsBreak for Friday, July 22, 2016
Antonovich is asking the board to instruct the Chief Executive Officer to work with the Department of Animal Care and Control and the Sheriff to report back in 30 days on the feasibility of establishing an animal shelter for small animals on the grounds of Pitchess Detention Center.
Antonovich Proposes Shelter for Small Animals on Castaic Jail Property
The Helitanker, leased annually from Erickson Aviation Inc., will arrive for service in Los Angeles County on Aug. 1 and will join the SuperScooper, which will be leased later in the season.
Fire-fighting Helitanker to Arrive 2 Weeks Early
Introducing therapy dogs inside the Twin Tower Correctional Facility is proving to be a great success and a desired program for the inmates.
County Jail System Goes to the (Therapy) Dogs
A recent opinion piece by Newhall County Water District Director Lynne Plambeck made some serious – but patently untrue – allegations regarding Castaic Lake Water Agency that demand correction and clarification.
Don’t Let Plambeck Fool You
Erin Nahas, a 15-year-old Girl Scout from Castaic, spent two weeks in Costa Rica and Panama where she and her cohorts helped reroute water in a rainforest, painted an elementary school and assisted with a sea turtle conservation project.
Castaic Girl Scout Has Unforgettable Experience in Costa Rica, Panama
Multiple employers will be looking to fill over 100 job openings. Employers attending the event include AMS Fulfillment, ITT Aerospace Controls, Princess Cruises, Regent Aerospace Corporation, Target, Six Flags Magic Mountain and many more.
July 29: Job Fair at COC Features 29 Employers