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1915 - Pioneer Juan Batista Suraco buried in a family graveyard, currently unmarked, in Bouquet Canyon near Benz Road [story]


Articles Written By Leon Worden
Sunday, Jul 24, 2016

1864 – Walker/Reynier family patriarch Jean Joseph Reynier, then 15, arrives in Sand Canyon from France; eventually homesteads 1,200 acres [story]

Saturday, Jul 23, 2016

1982 – Vic Morrow & two child actors killed in helicopter crash at Indian Dunes during filming of “Twilight Zone: The Movie” [story]

Friday, Jul 22, 2016

2000 – Historic Larinan house in Pico Canyon burns down [story]

Monday, Jul 18, 2016

2009 – Two killed in crash of experimental plane in Sand Canyon [video]

Sunday, Jul 17, 2016

1834 – Sinforosa, daughter of Narciso and Crisanta, born at Mission San Fernando; mom from Tejon, dad from Piru; believed to be last speaker of Tataviam language (died 1915) [record]

Saturday, Jul 16, 2016

1925 – Actor Harry Carey files patent on the original 160-acre Saugus homestead he’d purchased in 1916 (now Tesoro Del Valle) [story]

Friday, Jul 15, 2016

1891 – R.E. Nickel publishes area’s first newspaper, The Acton Rooster [story]

Sen. Sharon Runner, 62, Succumbs to Ill Health
Thursday, Jul 14, 2016

Click image to watch: 2011 Newsmaker of the Week Sharon Runner, co-author of the 2006 Jessica’s Law that cracked down on sexual predators, and the sitting state senator for most of the Santa Clarita, Antelope and Victor valleys, died Thursday morning at her home in Lancaster. She was 62. Runner, who...

1769 – Portolá party sets out from San Diego; first Europeans to “discover” Santa Clarita Valley 3½ weeks later [story]

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2016

1884 – Hardison & Stewart start drilling Star No. 1 oil well in Pico Canyon; later form Union Oil Co. [story]

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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
The Child and Family Center recently celebrated 40 years of helping children and families challenged with emotional, learning and behavioral issues.
Child, Family Center Celebrates 40 Years
A 27-year-old man has been charged with starting a brush fire near Highway 138 and 269th Street West in Neenach, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday. He also faces a second count of arson in an unrelated incident.
Caught on Video, Man Charged with Starting Neenach Brush Fire
Wishtoyo Foundation filed a lawsuit Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court against the State Water Resources Control Board over the use and management of recycled water throughout California. Wishtoyo alleges that new regulations issued by the State Board on June 7, 2016, fail to adhere to the requirements of the California Constitution, Water Code, and Public Trust Doctrine.
Indigenous Group Sues State Over Recycled Water Management
Traffic investigators from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station are investigating the circumstances of a solo vehicle, fatal traffic collision that occurred on West Avenue G at 55th Street West in the City of Lancaster.
Wanted: Witnesses to Fatal July 20 Collision in Lancaster
The Painted Turtle's annual BBQ fundraiser will include delicious food, beer and wine, live music by The Hit Machine, silent and live auctions, tours of camp and more.
Sept. 17: Hawaiian Beach BBQ to Help Painted Turtle Camp in Lake Hughes
Crime reports for Canyon Country (West)
Crime Blotter: Burglaries, Thefts in CC-West
2000 - Historic Larinan house in Pico Canyon burns down [story]
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, a memorial service is planned to celebrate the life of State Senator Sharon Runner. Plus, the heat wave hit hard on Thursday, so find out what's in store for the next few days. Click the link to see these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Thursday, July 21, 2016
Bank of Santa Clarita announced continuing significant growth in loans Thursday for the second quarter of 2016, as total loans grew to $209.5 million, a growth of 14 percent in the first half of 2016
Bank of Santa Clarita Posts 25% Higher Profit on 14% Loan Growth
The new Gallery of Santa Clarita Artists' Association will hold its grand opening Aug. 18 starting at 5 p.m. A reception with wine and appetizers will be at 22508 6th St. in Newhall showcasing artists and their artwork. The reception is free to the public.
Aug. 18: New Artists’ Assn. Gallery Opening in Newhall
A Castaic School Board member said Thursday he will be resigning from the position. Michael Lambarth announced his departure during a special meeting of the board.
Lambarth Resigns from Castaic School Board; Seat to be Appointed
Castaic Animal Shelter is one of more than 55 shelters and rescue organizations across Southern California set to lower its adoption fees in honor of the nationwide “Clear the Shelters Day” on Saturday, July 23.
July 23: Castaic Animal Shelter Cutting Adoption Fees for ‘Clear the Shelters Day’
Sheriff Jim McDonnell announced the destruction Thursday of 7,044 weapons confiscated within in Los Angeles County. Yielding nearly 10 tons of metal. they'll be melted into steel reinforcing bar and transformed into elements of construction for upgrades in freeways and bridges in Arizona, California and Nevada.
Swords to Plowshares: Confiscated Guns to Become Rebar (Video)
Dozens of children and parents showed their support for the California Highway Patrol with a “Chalk the Walk” event outside the CHP Newhall office, just days after a series of shootings targeting law enforcement officers.
Santa Clarita Chalks the Walk for CHP
On Tuesday, July 26, and Wednesday, July 27, 2016, Golden Valley Road between Sierra Highway and Lost Canyon Road, and the State Route 14 on and off ramps will be subject to night closures between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. to accommodate roadway paving for the Golden Valley Road Bridge widening project.
July 26-27: Nighttime Closures of Sections of Golden Valley Road
The El Torito restaurant property on The Old Road in Valencia is available for $3.6 million from NAI Capital Inc. El Torito has left the building.
For Sale: El Torito Restaurant Property
The service will be held at Grace Chapel, located at 44648 15th Street West, Lancaster, on Friday, July 29, at 1 p.m.
July 29: Memorial Service for Sen. Sharon Runner
Longtime financial analyst and educational administrator Jeffrey Forrest takes over the position vacated by Joe Klocko, former dean of Economic and Workforce Development, who retired earlier this year.
COC Names New VP of Economic, Workforce Development
Sunday saw a derby matchup between the cross-valley rivals Santa Clarita Storm and Valley United FC as the United Premier Soccer League’s summer season opened.
Santa Clarita Storm Splits Summer Soccer Season Opener
California, along with 11 other states and the District of Columbia, has joined the United States Department of Justice in filing a civil antitrust lawsuit to block the proposed $48.3 billion merger of two major insurance companies, Anthem and Cigna.
California Joins Suit to Block Merger of Anthem, Cigna