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1876 - California oil industry born as CSO No. 4 in Pico Canyon becomes state's first commercially productive oil well [story]


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Deadly Mojave Green
Sunday, Jul 1, 2018

Crotalus scutulatus, the Mojave rattlesnake or “Mojave green,” is a highly irritable and unpredictable pit viper. By comparison, the Pacific rattlesnake you might be accustomed to is fairly tame. The Mojave green can be found primarily in the deserts of the south and western U.S. and Mexico. This...

Mysteries of the Glaciers
Sunday, Jul 30, 2017

One of the reasons I wanted to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro was to see the glaciers before they were completely gone. It’s an amazing site to stand on an area near the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro as the sun is rising and watch the small, remaining glaciers turn pink. It was breathtaking, to say the least. The...

Noodling for Your Dinner?
Sunday, Jul 9, 2017

When I was younger, I learned to hunt in Africa. Native Masai taught me how to throw a spear and how to fight off an attacking lion and win. Many years later, I joined a hunting and gathering group in the Amazon basin, and my African hunting experiences came in handy. I made fishhooks so we could fish,...

From High to Low in California
Sunday, Jul 2, 2017

The summit of Mt. Whitney is the highest point in the contiguous United States, reaching an elevation of 14,508 feet. (This is a bit higher than it was believed to have been; a recent survey just put it at that height.) And just across the mountains, 84.6 miles away in Death Valley, you will find Badwater...

You Want to Live Forever?
Sunday, Jun 18, 2017

A recent study uncovered the 25 healthiest cities across our great nation. Lots of factors were taken into consideration to determine how these cities rose above the rest to become “healthy.” Criteria included the obesity rate, healthy and non-healthy behaviors such as smoking and physical activities,...

Winema Riddle, Peace Maker
Sunday, Jun 11, 2017

Toby “Winema” Riddle was born in 1846 on a Modoc Reservation near Klamath Lake. These were troubled times. The U.S. government was pressuring the Modoc and Klamath people to leave their land and move to a reservation near Klamath Lake. Whites seeking gold were demanding land to mine in northern California...

Titus and the Raccoons
Sunday, Feb 5, 2017

I have a cat, Titus, who is half Asian Leopard Cat, and half African Savannah. Needless to say, he is a handful. Recently, he discovered that raccoons come into our yard at night and party. They swipe my vegetables right off the plants, the fruit from the trees and munch out all night long. I found it...

Monumental Management
Sunday, Nov 6, 2016

On Oct. 10, 2014, President Obama signed a proclamation that made 342,177 acres of the Angeles National Forest a National Monument. It is the eighth national monument under Forest Service management. Along with this designation came stricter guidelines for protection of the forest, the species that live...

From Toilet to Table
Sunday, Oct 30, 2016

A couple of years ago I wrote about recycling urine for use in the garden, as is done in Sweden. The overwhelming response from the community was a loud and resounding, “Yuck.” Well, San Diego has taken this idea a huge step forward. They are recycling treated sewage for tap water – and they’ve...

Hey, Couch Potato
Sunday, Oct 23, 2016

In the spring, I see an increase of people exercising, getting ready for bathing suit weather. Now it’s autumn, and thoughts go to cuddling up on the couch in front of the TV and drinking hot cocoa. But exercise should be an everyday activity, not just in the spring. Low-impact aerobic exercise is...

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1876 - California oil industry born as CSO No. 4 in Pico Canyon becomes state's first commercially productive oil well [story]
An estimated 4,000 students and their parents attended the 2018 College & Career Fair at Golden Valley High School.
Annual Hart District College Fair Sees Record Crowd
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors gave the green light Tuesday to a sprawling housing development set to ruin 1,000 acres of critically important habitat for imperiled animals in a wildfire-prone area of Santa Clarita Valley.
Conservation Group’s Appeal of Northlake Project Denied
The city of Santa Clarita has updated the list of productions shooting in the city and the Santa Clarita Valley for the week of Sept. 24 - Sept. 30.
‘S.W.A.T.,’ ‘Unbelievable,’ ‘Santa Clarita Diet’ Now Filming in SCV
On Wednesday, a number of prominent world leaders, global CEOs, activists and celebrities will join forces to launch new global initiatives for gender equality at the 2018 United Nations HeForShe Impact Summit in New York City.
CalArts President, Animation Take Part in Global Initiative for Gender Equality
Vincente Amigo, the “technically stunning and emotionally free-flowing” (The Seattle Times) Flamenco guitarist will give a rare Southern California performance on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya).
Oct. 17: Grammy-Award Winner Vicente Amigo at The Soraya
NORTHRIDGE - The University of San Diego edged No. 13 CSUN 1-0 in men's soccer action Sunday night at Matador Field.
Missed Opportunities Cost Matadors Game Against San Diego
A special meeting of the Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency's Engineering & Operations Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 5:30 p.m. in the Training Room, at Rio Vista Water Treatment Plant, located at 27234 Bouquet Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, 91350. .
Oct. 3: SCV Water’s Engineering & Operations Committee Meeting
David Ayer, Rod Bogart, Theo Gluck, Leslie Iwerks, Colette Mullenhoff and Jeff Taylor have accepted invitations to join the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, bringing the Council’s 2018–2019 membership roster to 25.
New Members Added to Academy’s Science & Technology Council
California State University, Northridge has received the 2018 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.
CSUN Nationally Recognized for Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion
Over 500 teachers, administrators and supporters gathered at the Universal Hilton Friday to honor the Los Angeles County of Education’s Teachers of the Year, including Hart High School Biology teacher Erica Hardbarger.
County Honors Hart District Educator as Teacher of the Year
In an effort to help local employees grow their careers, College of the Canyons is offering eight new short-term career skills classes during the fall 2018 semester.
COC Offering Short-Term Career Skills Classes During Fall 2018 Semester
The city of Santa Clarita will host a ribbon cutting event on Friday, Sept. 28, at 10:00 a.m., to celebrate the new addition of a 16 foot wide trail undercrossing to the San Francisquito Creek Trail, on the west side of the Newhall Ranch Road Bridge.
Sept. 28: Ribbon Cutting to Celebrate San Francisquito Trail Addition
Deputies at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station want to remind residents of the “9 PM Routine” and to be sure to try and follow a routine every night to secure your property, residence, and vehicles.
SCV Sheriff’s Deputies Remind Community of ‘9 PM Routine’
Beware the Dark Realm haunted house is a high intensity walk-through attraction filled with terrifying live monsters, amazing special effects, and incredible sets, based off a medieval castle, making this Santa Clarita amateur & family run for over 45 years, one of the premiere home haunts in California.
Oct. 13: Award-Winning Haunted House ‘Beware the Dark Realm’ Opens
1970 - Lagasse family helps save Mentryville buildings as Newhall and Malibu brush fires erupt & join into worst fire in SoCal history. Twelve fires over 10 days burn 525,000 acres, kill 13 people and destroy approx. 1,500 structures. [story]
Three individuals and one writing team have been selected as winners of the 2018 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition.
Academy Reveals 2018’s Winning Nicholl Screenwriters
The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation will present an art show, a pow-wow, a series of country music concerts and a pet adoption fair at William S. Hart Regional Park in September and October.
Art Shows, Powwow, Country Concerts, Pet Fair Coming to Hart Park
East meets West in legendary playwright Stan Lai’s new original work, "Nightwalk in the Chinese Garden," co-produced by CalArts' Center for New Performance and The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino.
CalArts Center for New Performance Stages New Stan Lai Play at Huntington
The College of the Canyons theatre department will open its season with a production of 'Our House,' running Oct. 5-14 at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center's Black Box Theatre.
Oct. 5-14: COC Theatre to Present ‘Our House’ at Black Box
The Master's University women's volleyball team continued its best start to a season since 2012 on Saturday night in El Cajon, sweeping San Diego Christian.
Mustangs Volleyball Team Wins Another Conference Sweep
The TMU Mustangs women's volleyball team went on the road to face Life Pacific College on Friday in San Dimas and won 3-1 by scores of 20-25, 25-18, 27-25 and 25-17.
TMU Women’s Volleyball Wins on the Road at Life Pacific
The Charlie Fire near Castaic remains at 3,380 acres burned but is 30 percent contained, according to an update from the fire's Incident Commander just before 7 a.m. Monday.
Firefighters Hold Charlie Fire to 3,380 Acres; 30 Percent Contained
The Saugus High School music program's new salsa band will stage its first fundraiser at Dario's restaurant in Canyon Country on Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sept. 25: Fundraiser for Saugus Salsa Band at Dario’s
Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell announced the official launch of the LASD “Surviving an Active Shooter” brochure which is being made available to the 70 school districts composed of 1.7 million students in the county.
Sheriff Unveils Active Shooter Brochure for County Schools
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Monday published its list of upcoming submission deadlines for 91st Academy Awards consideration.
Oct. 1, Nov. 15: Submission Deadlines for 2018 Oscars
Top California policymakers testified Monday in strong opposition to the Trump Administration’s proposed rule rolling back existing cleaner cars standards.
California Officials Blast Feds’ Proposed Cleaner Car Standards Rollback
Separate hearings in Los Angeles Superior Court and before the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will address a lawsuit and an appeal against the Newhall Ranch and NorthLake mixed-use developments, respectively, in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Sept. 25: County Hearings on Newhall Ranch, NorthLake Developments
The renowned Chinese Warriors of Peking troupe will bring its astounding martial arts and acrobatics performances to the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons on Saturday, Oct. 6 starting at 4 p.m.
Oct. 6: Chinese Warriors of Peking Bring Martial Arts, Acrobatics to PAC
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station has released its public safety and crime information report for Newhall (Zone 6) for the week of Sept. 10-16.
Crime Blotter: Grand Theft, Domestic Violence in Newhall
On the heels of the Global Climate Action Summit, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Monday called for accelerated climate action at all levels and sectors of society in remarks at the opening of Climate Week NYC.
Brown Opens Climate Week NYC with Heads of State, UN Officials
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station has released its public safety and crime information report for Valencia (Zone 5) for the week of Sept. 10-16.
Crime Blotter: GTA, Assault with Deadly Weapon in Valencia
While still a sellers’ market, the inventory of homes and condos listed for sale in the Santa Clarita Valley increased for the third consecutive month in August, rising to its highest level since September 2014.
SCV Home, Condo Resale Prices Near Record Highs in August
California gets mixed reviews from the personal-finance website WalletHub in its report on 2018’s "Best and Worst States for Teachers."
California Gets Mixed Reviews in WalletHub Teachers Study
1855 - Sanford & Cyrus Lyon establish Lyon's Station (for stagecoaches) near today's Sierra Hwy & Newhall Ave [story]