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1919 - Mike Shuman, Placerita Junior High School principal, born in Fitchburg, Mass. [story]


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County Registrar Opens Mobile Voting Center at COC
Thursday, May 7, 2020

By Teruko Morishita The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office is giving aid to the Santa Clarita community by helping them cast their ballots for the 25th congressional district special election in the midst of the shelter-in-place order. COC’s parking lot No. 8 on...

California Insurance Companies Ordered to Provide Premium Refunds
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued an order to auto insurance companies to provide refunds to customers because fewer cars are on the road during the COVID-19 pandemic. With people remaining home as much as they can due to California’s shelter-in-place order, there’s been an...

COC’s International Students Face Uncertainty Amid Pandemic
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

By Daniela Torres, Priscillia Mugwa, Veronica Secchi, Jessie Abarques, Daniela Torres, Sarah Perez Students are beginning to feel the impact of COVID-19 and the major transitions it has brought to their college education. But for international students, the choices they have faced have not been easy....

‘Mask Initiative’ Provides Free Face Masks Amid COVID-19 Shortages
Tuesday, Apr 28, 2020

Inside a Canyon Country strip mall, machines ring out through a building that was not nearly as crowded just three weeks ago. Now, more than a dozen 3D printers work to help provide a much-needed assist to a healthcare system in danger of being overwhelmed. A.J. Apone is in his third week of printing...

SCV Musicians Play to 300 Amid Technical Difficulties; Find New Friends Along the Way
Friday, Nov 25, 2016

[Mauricio La Plante, Cougar News Contributor] – On a dusty and dark Halloween night, deep in the hills of Canyon Country, a local band had to improvise when their equipment suddenly failed in front of a cellphone-lit crowd of 300 people. “People were just getting bored with the silence, so we...

Lost Comic Strip Grants Wish of Local Artist
Wednesday, Dec 16, 2015

Morgan Weistling, a Santa Clarita resident and accomplished western artist. [Rachel Neverdal, COC Cougar News] – A WWII veteran and father’s dream of becoming an artist was given up in exchange for providing for his family. But it was fulfilled in the life of his son, Santa Clarita resident...

Local Restaurants Showing Their Support for Vets with Discounts
Wednesday, Nov 11, 2015

File Photo [Cougar News] – As our nation honors its military veterans this Wednesday, Santa Clarita Valley residents can locally pay tribute to those who have served and those who continue to serve our country. In honor of our veterans, the City of Santa Clarita will be hosting a Veterans Day ceremony,...

Newhall Bank Robber Sentenced to 70 Years
Thursday, Apr 17, 2014

By Haile Cook – Cougar News A 24-­year-­old Palmdale man was sentenced to 70 years to life in prison this week by a San Fernando judge for robbing a Newhall bank more than a year ago. Judge Hayden R. Zacky struck down a Romero Motion and sentenced Demarie Rashad Mackey to state prison for robbing...

Comments from COC Instructor Betsy Kenyon, Who Ran in Boston (Audio)
Monday, Apr 15, 2013

Betsy Kenyon, an adjunct instructor of photography at College of the Canyons, crossed the finish line in Boston about 30 minutes before the first explosion. On Monday afternoon, Kenyon spoke about the incident in a phone interview with the Cougar News team at COC.  

COC Canyon Country Campus Riddled with Bullets Saturday
Thursday, Feb 7, 2013

Vandalism involving a small-caliber weapon damaged several areas at College of the Canyons’ Canyon Country campus early Saturday morning, officials said Wednesday. An unknown number of individuals entered the locked campus and took shots at 10 overhead light fixtures and six windows as well as...

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1919 - Mike Shuman, Placerita Junior High School principal, born in Fitchburg, Mass. [story]
The city of Santa Clarita's Film Office has reported three productions now shooting in the Santa Clarita Valley:
Now Shooting in SCV: ‘Eden’ TV Show, 2 Still Photoshoots
Another resident of the city of Santa Clarita has died due to COVID-19, the city's 26th fatality and the 33rd in the Santa Clarita Valley to date, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
Monday COVID-19 Roundup: 33rd SCV Resident Dies; New Cases Surge in 18-40 Demo
Air quality will be unhealthy for sensitive groups and individuals in the Santa Clarita Valley on Tuesday, July 7, according to the latest South Coast Air Quality Management District forecast.
Tuesday SCV Air Quality: Unhealthy for Sensitive People
After breaking a daily coronavirus testing record over the July 4 holiday weekend, California Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday said hospitalizations remain alarmingly high as COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the state’s largest counties.
Newsom Reports Spike in California COVID Hospitalizations, Patients in ICU
Caltrans is adopting a set of new, high-priority actions to improve access to walking, bicycling and transit options throughout California.
Caltrans Adopts Action Plan to Increase Walking, Bicycling Statewide
A brush fire dubbed the Soledad Fire burned more than 1,000 acres and shut down Highway 14 Sunday, and as of 9 a.m. Monday was 30% contained, according to Los Angeles County Fire Chief Deputy David R. Richardson Jr.
Soledad Fire in Agua Dulce Burns 1,500 Acres, 48% Contained
Smoke from the Soledad Fire burning near Agua Dulce has caused unhealthy air quality in the Santa Clarita Valley and the San Gabriel Mountains, sparking a smoke advisory from Los Angeles County Public Health officials.
Soledad Fire Prompts Smoke Advisory for SCV, Local Mountains
As firefighters worked through the night battling the Soledad Fire in Agua Dulce, a second blaze, named the Cambria Fire, was reported Monday morning in nearby Placerita Canyon.
Cambria Fire Scorches 5 Acres in Placerita Canyon
The city of Santa Clarita has canceled the 2020 Concerts in the Park series due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and in accordance with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Safer at Home order.
Santa Clarita Cancels Concerts in the Park Summer Series
After improving the data processing systems, which resulted in no data being reported since Thursday, July 2, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on Sunday reported an increase of 7,232 new cases for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
L.A. County Reports 7,232 New COVID-19 Cases After 3 Days of Data Upgrades
1850 - Town founder Henry Mayo Newhall arrives in California to look for gold [story]
Henry Newhall
1914 - Rev. Wolcott H. Evans, the future "pastor of the disaster," named pastor of Newhall's First Presbyterian Church [story]
church
1932 - Robert Poore wins the greased pole climbing contest and $2.50 at Newhall's July 4th celebration [story]
4th of July Parade
Park officials have announced Los Angeles County regional parks and natural areas, which include William S. Hart Park, Placerita Nature Center and Vasquez Rocks, will now be closed Mondays and Tuesdays due to staffing reductions.
SCV Regional Parks, Natural Areas Reduce Operating Hours
As the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health suspends daily reports until Monday, the California Department of Public Health on Friday confirmed a total of 248,235 cases statewide as of July 2 (up from 5,688 from July 1 and another 2,352 results received), with 6,263 deaths (up 100 from July 1) from the disease.
Friday COVID-19 Roundup: Cases, Hospitalizations, Deaths Rise Statewide
The Old Town Newhall Library will exhibit works by Santa Clarita artists created during "The Quarantine Art Challenge" from July 14 to October 9.
‘Quarantine Art Challenge’ Exhibit to Open at Newhall Library July 14
The Committee for College of the Canyons — Yes on Measure E has been ordered to pay a $9,000 fine for infractions committed in 2016 and 2017.
Committee for College of the Canyons Bond Measure Ordered to Pay $9K Fine
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services has launched a new website to provide county residents with general program information on DPSS services.
L.A. County Launches New Website for Public Social Services Dept.
At the direction of the Department of Public Health, all Los Angeles County beaches will be closed this weekend, resulting in the closure of all lifeguard towers.
Beaches in L.A., Ventura Counties to Close for Holiday Weekend
Air quality will be unhealthy for sensitive individuals in the Santa Clarita Valley on Saturday, July 4, according to the latest South Coast Air Quality Management District forecast.
July 4 Air Quality: Unhealthy in SCV for Sensitive People (and Pets)
The city of Santa Clarita has changed the language of its Code Enforcement’s mission statement -- by omitting a portion stating that issues are addressed using the "broken windows" theory -- to reflect what officials said is a more accurate reflection of operations.
City Changes Code Enforcement Mission Statement Regarding ‘Broken Windows’ Theory
In a multiagency partnership, several Santa Clarita Valley nonprofits were able to receive enough food donations to allow them to serve thousands of local families in need.
Acts of Kindness: Enough Food Donations to Last the Summer
When Simon Mee, owner of Newhall Refinery, heard that officials were ordering bars and wineries to close once again, he wondered if SCV restaurants would be next.
SCV Restaurants in ‘Survival Mode’ Amid Ever-Changing COVID-19 Restrictions