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1839 - Gov. Juan B. Alvarado gives most of SCV to Mexican Army Lt. Antonio del Valle. [story]


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Keep Your Medicare Costs Down
Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019

Most doctors accept Medicare as full payment for their services. But some accept it only for certain services, and others don’t accept it at all. What does this mean for you? If you have Original Medicare, it means you should try to use doctors, hospitals, medical equipment suppliers, and other healthcare...

How to Lower Your Surgery Costs | Commentary by Greg Dill
Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018

Imagine going to the grocery store, picking up the items you need for the week, but not knowing how much anything costs until the store sends you a bill two weeks later. Sadly, that’s how our healthcare system works every day. Healthcare costs now represent one in every five dollars spent in our country....

Your Medicare Costs in 2019 | Commentary by Greg Dill
Thursday, Nov 15, 2018

As we head into the holiday season, I wanted to let you know how much your Medicare will cost in 2019. Most people with Medicare will pay the standard monthly premium for Medicare Part B, which will be $135.50 next year, an increase of $1.50 over 2018. Part B covers physician services, outpatient hospital...

How to Shop for Medicare Plans | Commentary by Greg Dill
Thursday, Oct 18, 2018

When you shop for a new car or truck, you don’t just buy the first one you see, do you? Probably not. You shop around, looking for the best deal you can get on a vehicle that fits your driving needs as well as your pocketbook. Well, it’s the time of year when you can shop for a Medicare health or...

Two Ways to Get Your Medicare | Commentary by Greg Dill
Friday, Sep 14, 2018

At a family reunion, my Aunt Abby and Uncle Glen got into a squabble over the best way to get their Medicare benefits. Uncle Glen is an Original Medicare man, and has been for a decade or so. Aunt Abby prefers Medicare Advantage, which is similar to a health plan she had before enrolling in Medicare. When...

Know Your Medicare Rights
Friday, Jun 15, 2018

As a person with Medicare, do you have any rights and protections? You certainly do. You have rights whether you’re enrolled in Original Medicare – in which you can choose any doctor or hospital that accepts Medicare – or Medicare Advantage, in which you get care within a network of health care...

Medicare and Osteoporosis
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Brittle bones could shatter your life. Every year, more Americans are diagnosed with osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to weaken and become more likely to break. You mgiht not know that you have this “silent” disease until your bones are so weak that a sudden strain, bump, or fall causes...

How Medicare Covers Kidney Disease | Commentary by Greg Dill
Monday, Apr 16, 2018

Did you know that one in three American adults is at risk for kidney disease? Major risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, a family history of kidney failure, and being age 60 or older. The best way to fight kidney disease is to find it before trouble starts. But if you’ve...

Medicare for Your Eyes
Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018

Are you at risk for glaucoma? Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes loss of vision—usually side vision—by damaging the optic nerve, which sends information from your eyes to your brain. Some forms of glaucoma don’t have any symptoms, so you may have it even if you don’t have trouble seeing or...

How Medicare Covers Mental Health | Commentary by Greg Dill
Thursday, Jan 11, 2018

Let’s hope it never happens, but there may come a time in your life when you need mental health care. Your Medicare covers a wide variety of such services, in both hospital inpatient and outpatient settings. If you have Medicare Part A (hospital insurance), you’re eligible for mental health services...

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1839 - Gov. Juan B. Alvarado gives most of SCV to Mexican Army Lt. Antonio del Valle. [story]
The Master's University women's basketball team is finding out how valuable that combination is as it rolled to a 93-30 victory over visiting Life Pacific on Saturday evening on Bross Court.
Women’s Hoops: TMU Defends, Rebounds to Victory Over Life Pacific
Tim Soares finishing with a season-high 32 points and lifted the No. 5-ranked Mustangs past Life Pacific, 104-96, on Saturday at TMU.
Men’s Hoops: Soares Hits Milestone, Lifts TMU Past Life Pacific
Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation President & CEO Holly Schroeder will be the keynote speaker at the Valley Industry Association's monthly luncheon on Jan. 29 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Jan. 29: SCVEDC’s Holly Schroeder to Keynote VIA Luncheon
Los Angeles County Sheriff's detectives have asked for the public's help to identify and catch two men suspected of burglarizing a home in the May Way area of Canyon Country Friday afternoon.
Detectives Seek Help to ID, Nab May Way Burglary Suspects
The Castaic Union School District and Los Angeles International Academy are partnering to bring Chinese students to district classrooms from their sister schools in China this week and next.
Jan. 22: Castaic Schools to Welcome Chinese Exchange Students
The National Weather Service has extended its weekend wind advisory for the Santa Clarita Valley through noon Wednesday, as the Los Angeles County Health Officer alerts residents of local mountains and the Antelope Valley to continuing cold temperatures through Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.
Wind Advisory in SCV; Cold Weather Alert for AV, Local Mountains
A trio of players from the Cougars' historic 2018 conference championship team will continue their playing careers together after committing to Warner Pacific University.
COC Cougars Send Three to Play at Warner Pacific University
The University of Antelope Valley Pioneers (8-11; 6-1 Cal Pac) remain tied atop the conference standings with Simpson University after defeating the Bobcats of UC Merced (9-10; 2-5 Cal Pac) on Saturday night, 79-69.
Men’s Hoops: UAV Pioneers Score 79-69 Win over UC Merced
The University of Antelope Valley Pioneers (16-4; 6-1 Cal Pac) remain tied atop the conference standings after defeating the No. 22-ranked Bobcats of UC Merced (17-5; 5-2 Cal Pac) Saturday evening, 95-81.
Women’s Hoops: UAV Downs UC Merced in Top-25 Cal Pac Clash
The University of Antelope Valley Pioneers (7-11; 5-1 Cal Pac) are now tied atop the conference standings with Simpson University (11-6; 5-1 Cal Pac) after defeating the Red Hawks on Thursday night, 101-67.
Men’s Hoops: Pioneers Blast Simpson with Cal Pac Lead at Stake, 101-67
The University of Antelope Valley Pioneers (15-4; 5-1 Cal Pac) continued their winning ways on Thursday evening, defeating the Red Hawks of Simpson University (12-8; 4-2 Cal Pac) handily, 89-59.
Women’s Hoops: UAV Handles Simpson; Moves to 5-1 in Cal Pac
Preparing for Monday's national holiday commemorating the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger shared King's powerful lesson with a group of youngsters at the Quartz Hill Library last week.
Barger Shares King’s Powerful Lesson with Quartz Hill Kids
iLEAD Schools, a network of free, public charter schools in California, Hawaii and the Midwest, is commemorating the 8th annual National School Choice Week with a series of events across its campuses Jan. 21-26.
Jan. 21-26: iLEAD Schools Celebrate National School Choice Week
The Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society will commemorate the 91st anniversary of the second worst disaster in California history with its annual St. Francis Dam Disaster lecture and bus tour to the dam site in San Francisquito Canyon to be held on Saturday, March 9.
March 9: Annual St. Francis Dam Disaster Lecture, Bus Tour
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station has released its crime information and public safety report for Newhall (Zone 6) for Jan. 7-13, 2019.
Crime Blotter: Spousal Assault, Grand Theft in Newhall
Over the last year, tips to Crime Stoppers have been of tremendous assistance and helped lower crime in the Santa Clarita Valley, SCV Sheriff's Station officials report.
Tips from LA Crime Stoppers Help Deputies Solve More Crimes Than Ever
1914 - Signal newspaper owner-editor Scott Newhall born in San Francisco [story]
1993 - Hart High grad Dee Dee Myers (1979) becomes first female White House press secretary [story]
1967 - Original airing of Star Trek "Arena" Episode: Kirk battles the Gorn commander (Saugus resident Bobby Clark) at Vasquez Rocks [watch]
Skylight Books in Downtown Los Angeles will host author and CalArts alum Johanna Hedva (Art MFA 2013, Critical Studies MA 2014) to discuss Hedva's 2018 book, "On Hell," with fellow CalArtian Asher Hartman (Art MFA 03) on Saturday, Jan. 26, starting at 5 p.m.
Jan. 26: CalArtians Asher Hartman, Johanna Hedva to Talk ‘On Hell’ at Skylight Books
Bank of Santa Clarita announced Friday that for the fourth quarter and full year of 2018, bank earnings continue at record levels, as net earnings for the quarter totaled $795,000, more than doubling its earnings for the fourth quarter of 2017.
Bank of Santa Clarita Reports Record Earnings for 2018
No. 9 Vanguard forced 18 turnovers, made 13 threes and led by as many as 18 on the way to an 82-75 win.
Men’s Hoops: No. 5 Master’s Falls to No. 9 Vanguard
The Mustangs held the Golden State Athletic Conference's top offense to four points in the fourth quarter, outscoring their host by 18 in a dominant final period.
Women’s Hoops: Lady Mustangs Dominate 4th to Beat Vanguard
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider a motion by Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Hilda L. Solis to develop a plan to increase the number of mental health hospital beds in the county.
Barger, Solis Seek Plan for More Mental Health Hospital Beds
The next meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is set for Tuesday, Jan. 22, starting at 1 p.m.
Jan. 22: LA County Board of Supervisors Meeting
The city of Santa Clarita wants to remind residents they can receive permit assistance from the comfort of their home or office by using the Online Permit Center available at santa-clarita.com/PermitCenter.
Reminder: City’s Online Permit Center Makes Process Easier
The St. Francis Dam Disaster National Memorial Act has been reintroduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein (both D-California), according to a Harris tweet Thursday.
St. Francis Dam Bill Reintroduced in US Senate as Stand-Alone
Despite an attorney for a former Los Angeles County jail officer telling a federal jury Friday her client didn’t know his report about fellow officers beating a man inside a jail in 2011 was wrong when the FBI interviewed him, jurors wasted little time in finding him guilty of lying to investigators.
Jury Finds Officer Lied to FBI in LA County Jail Beating Cover-Up
The fifth day of the Los Angeles teacher strike began Friday with bargaining talks and a union rally, capping off a tumultuous week for parents, students and educators.
Rallies Cap First Week of LA Teachers Strike
Thousands more children may have been separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border under the since-abandoned “zero tolerance” immigration policy than previously thought, a report by the Office of Inspector General revealed Thursday.
Report: Feds Separated Thousands More Families at Border Than Thought
The four Pacific storms that battered California in January produced the season's first significant rainfall, dumping enough moisture to ease the state's historic drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
January Storms Ease California Drought
Segments of California State Road 126 aka Highway 126 will be closed next week for a grinding operation in the cities of Ventura and Santa Paula, California Department of Transportation District 7 officials announced Friday.
Night Closures Set for Highway 126 Repaving in Ventura, Santa Paula
1899 - Martin & Richard Wood buy J.H. Tolfree's Saugus Eating House, rename it Saugus Cafe [story]
CBRE announced a full-service provider to the entertainment industry leased an industrial building in Valencia for $7.7 million.
Full-Service Entertainment Provider Leases Valencia Building for $7.7 Million
California State University, Northridge biology professor Steven Oppenheimer is celebrating 23 years of collaboration with Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) teachers to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research done by K-12 students with the debut of volume No. 23 of The New Journal of Student Research Abstracts.
CSUN Professor Celebrates 23 Year Collaboration with LAUSD STEM Students