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1961 - CalArts grad (MFA '92) and marine biologist Stephen Hillenburg, creator of Spongebob SquarePants, born in Oklahoma; developed prototype for Spongebob while studying at CalArts in 1989. Estimated net worth in 2012: $90 million. Died 2018. [story]
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COC Only Community College Selected to Participate in PLACE Initiative
Tuesday, Jul 23, 2019

College of the Canyons is the only community college selected to participate in the Bringing Theory to Practice’s (BTtoP) Partnerships for Listening and Action by Communities and Educators (PLACE) initiative, a collaborative network of academic-community partnerships focused on civic-engagement and...

Alvarez Brings Arts Education, Commitment to Social Justice to CAP
Monday, Jul 22, 2019

Veronica Alvarez, Ed.D., began her tenure last week as CalArts’ new director of the Community Arts Partnership Program, or CAP, which offers free after-school and school-based arts programs for youth ages 4-18. With a background in the classics, teaching, community building, arts education and...

Discrimination Study Shows Impacts on Health, Substance Abuse
Wednesday, Jul 17, 2019

A new discrimination study by California State University, Northridge child and adolescent development professor Virginia Huynh suggests that the impact from an individual’s experiences of discrimination can spill over into their family life, including depression among teenagers and increased marijuana...

COC Receives Online Career Education Grant

College of the Canyons will be able to offer more online education classes and lower the cost of textbooks by expanding the use of online textbooks thanks to a recent education grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. COC was one of 70 community colleges to receive up to $500,000...

COC’s Gribbons Named President of LA Valley College
Monday, Jul 15, 2019

After nearly two decades serving College of the Canyons and its students, Dr. Barry Gribbons has agreed to become president of Los Angeles Valley College. Gribbons is the 10th person to leave COC and become a college president, according to College of the Canyons officials. “I’m excited about the...

July 10 Agenda – COC Board of Trustees Business Meeting
Monday, Jul 8, 2019

The July 10 agenda for the Santa Clarita Community College District’s Board of Trustees business meeting has been posted. The meeting is set to start at 4:30 p.m., preceded by a closed session at 4 p.m. The meeting will take place on the College of the Canyons Valencia Campus, Hasley Hall (HSLH-137),...

July 12: COC to Host ‘Meet the Grant Makers’ Event

The College of the Canyons Office of Grants Development will host a “Meet the Grant Makers” panel presentation and seminar on Friday, July 12 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., offering the Santa Clarita Valley’s non-profits an opportunity to learn how to improve their fundraising efforts and see...

COC Foundation Celebrates Fundraising, New Members
Wednesday, Jul 3, 2019

The College of the Canyons Foundation hosted its annual Board Installation Dinner at the Sand Canyon Country Club on Tuesday, June 18. The meeting provided an opportunity for the Foundation to celebrate the wrap up of the two-year First-Year Promise campaign by raising more than $500,000, two months...

CSU Announces Formation of Scholarship Program for New K-12 Teachers
Thursday, Jun 27, 2019

The California State University (CSU) Office of the Chancellor announced the formation of a CSU Residency Year Service Scholarship Program to prepare K-12 teachers. Funding for the statewide program is provided by a $3.1 million grant from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. It will augment other sources...

Canyons Promise Sees Record-Breaking Growth, First Graduates
Wednesday, Jun 26, 2019

“I am going to be the first of my family to go to college,” wrote one of the 738 students who were accepted into the 2019-20 Canyons Promise cohort in their application essay. “Being a part of this program will help me succeed in my future and have the ability to transfer to a UC or Cal State University.”...

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Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide investigators have connected a man arrested in Canyon Country Friday morning to a drive-by double murder last Wednesday in an unincorporated area of South Los Angeles.
Man Arrested in Canyon Country Linked to Double Murder
1961 - CalArts grad (MFA '92) and marine biologist Stephen Hillenburg, creator of Spongebob SquarePants, born in Oklahoma; developed prototype for Spongebob while studying at CalArts in 1989. Estimated net worth in 2012: $90 million. Died 2018. [story]
Stephen Hillenburg
The next Canyon Country Advisory Committee (CCAC) meeting will be held Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., at the Mint Canyon Moose Lodge.
Aug. 21: Canyon Country Advisory Committee Meeting
LANCASTER - Under the direction of first-year head coach Nicole Brouillard, the University of Antelope Valley women’s volleyball program will look to improve its record during the 2019 season after finishing its 2018 campaign with a 5-25 (.167) overall record and a 5-11 (.313) California Pacific Conference mark, finishing eighth out nine teams in the conference standings.
UAV Women’s Volleyball Looking to Improve Record with New Head Coach
The eighth annual Comics for the Cause benefiting the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project will take place Thursday, Aug. 22, from 7:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m., at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center.
Aug. 22: Comics for the Cause Benefiting SCV Youth Project
Dearly beloved, we will gather at Central Park on Saturday, Aug. 24, for the final performance in this year’s Concerts in the Park series, presented by Logix Federal Credit Union.
‘Party Like It’s 1999’ at Final Concerts in the Park 2019 Series
Houssam Toutanji, who has served as dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Western Michigan University for the past four years, has been named dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at California State University, Northridge.
CSUN’s College of Engineering & Computer Science Names New Dean
The next regular meeting of the William S. Hart Union High School District Governing Board is set for Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Aug. 21 Meeting Agenda: Hart District Governing Board
The future of the Gibbon Conservation Center (GCC) remains uncertain as efforts to reach an agreement with its current landlord have reached an impasse, according to a message released by the Center's Director, Gabriella Skollar.
Future Uncertain for Gibbon Conservation Center
Come see linemen from each of Santa Clarita's six high school varsity teams race against time and each other to eat a four foot burrito on Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., on Town Center Drive at Westfield Valencia Town Center.
Fox Sports West Staff, NFL Players from Hart to Take Part in Burrito Bowl
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies arrested five robbery suspects at the Newhall Metrolink Station on Monday night.
Five Robbery Suspects Arrested at Newhall Metrolink Station
LOS ANGELES – According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) forecast, air quality will be unhealthy for sensitive individuals in the Santa Clarita Valley, San Gabriel Mountains, West San Gabriel Valley, East San Fernando Valley and West San Fernando Valley tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 21.
Air Quality Advisory Issued for SCV
1967 - New Town of Valencia dedicated; homes sell for $25,000 [story]
Deed of Title
Stephen Merle Houk, 48, was found guilty Monday of kidnapping his two young children and fleeing from law enforcement authorities in a motorhome last year, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Houk Convicted of Kidnapping, Fleeing Cops in Motorhome
Not a single motorist was arrested for impaired driving during Friday’s DUI checkpoint carried out by the California Highway Patrol, despite 400 drivers stopped.
No DUI Arrests in SCV Sobriety Checkpoint
A man and a woman arrested in Canyon Country Friday morning, one of them on suspicion of murder, have been identified as being from the Antelope Valley.
Pair Detained in SCV Traffic Stop ID’d; 1 Suspected of Murder
The city of Santa Clarita has been awarded the prestigious 24th Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement for 2019 from the National Procurement Institute Inc.
City Wins ‘Excellence in Procurement’ Award for Purchasing
Will Gaddis pitched well and his batterymate, Joel Diaz, delivered three RBIs to help lead the Lancaster JetHawks to a 6-4 win over the Modesto Nuts in the series' rubber game on Sunday night at John Thurman Field.
JetHawks Take Rubber Game, Series from Nuts
Ryan Vilade delivered a tie-breaking hit in the eighth inning to lead the JetHawks to a 4-3 win over the Modesto Nuts on Saturday night at John Thurman Field.
Ryan Vilade Hit Leads to Lancaster Win Over Nuts
Two equipment trailers used by the Canyon High School Gold Star Brigade were tagged with profane graffiti at some point over the weekend, Brigade officials reported Monday.
Canyon High Band Trailers Tagged, Fund Opened to Repaint
A California judge on Friday tentatively overturned Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s decision to reinstate Caren Mandoyan, an officer fired for domestic violence, but a final ruling is expected next week.
Judge May Overturn Villanueva’s Rehiring of Mandoyan
The LA County coroner has identified the man killed Wednesday after his pickup truck collided with a big rig on Interstate 5, near Castaic, as 35-year-old Sergio Martinez of Grand Junction, Colorado.
Grand Junction Man ID’d as Person Killed in I-5 Crash
More than 30% of Los Angeles County high school students have reported ever using e-cigarette products and 10% of high school students regularly use e-cigarette products, according to the latest data from the 2017-18 California Student Tobacco Survey and the California Healthy Kids Survey.
Surveys: Vaping Increases Among LA County Youth
Deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station will take part in a bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operation on Thursday, August 22, between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Aug. 22: LASD Bicycle, Pedestrian Safety Push in SCV