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Land Bureau Denies Cemex’s Mining Contract Extension
Tuesday, Jul 28, 2020

On Friday, July 31, 2020, the decades long battle to ensure that mega-mining never occurs in the Santa Clarita Valley, will be over, as CEMEX’s second 10-year mining contract will officially expire. CEMEX did request a one-year extension of the mining contract, a request which was denied by the Bureau...

City Reacts to BLM’s Formal Notice Demanding CEMEX to Pay Up
Tuesday, Apr 28, 2020

In what has been a decades long battle to ensure that mega-mining never occurs in the Santa Clarita Valley, on Friday, April 24, 2020, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a formal notice to CEMEX regarding the outstanding amount of $6.3 million owed to BLM. This amount is for CEMEX’s first 10-year...

BLM Lands, Trails Open but Campgrounds Closed
Sunday, Apr 5, 2020

SACRAMENTO – The Bureau of Land Management has temporarily closed all developed campgrounds and developed recreation sites in California, to help limit the spread of COVID-19. The closure is in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and with the Governor’s shelter...

Cemex Appeals BLM Decision Ordering Company to Pay $25M
Friday, Mar 6, 2020

The decades-long battle over a proposed Cemex mega-mine on Santa Clarita’s eastern border in Soledad Canyon appears headed for the courts, as the multi-national mining company recently filed a petition appealing a BLM decision ordering the company to pay $25 million in past-due fees. The mining company...

Trump Administration Sued Over Oil & Gas Drilling Plan in California
Wednesday, Jan 15, 2020

A consortium of conservation groups sued the Trump administration Tuesday to try and stop it from opening a million acres of public lands in Central California for oil and gas drilling. The Center for Biological Diversity filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, claiming the Bureau of...

Wilk Intro’s Bill to Re-Open Protest Period on Cemex Megamine
Monday, Jan 6, 2020

SACRAMENTO – In his first order of business for the 2020 legislative session, Senator Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) has introduced Senate Bill 797, a measure that would give the public the opportunity to weigh in before the Cemex megamine can proceed. “I have been committed to stopping this...

Cemex Has Options to Simply Paying $25M Bill
Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019

Handed a bill to pay more than $25 million in missed annual payments over the last two decades, Cemex now has three options, according to the Bureau of Land Management, which issued the bill Friday. The mining giant can pay the bill. That’s option one, BLM spokeswoman Erica St. Michel said Monday. Option...

BLM Gives CEMEX 30 Days to Pay $25M+ or Mining Contracts Canceled
Monday, Dec 9, 2019

More than $25 million – that is how much the federal Bureau of Land Management or BLM claims is owed to them by CEMEX Corporation. In a pair of decisions sent on Friday, December 6, 2019, addressed to CEMEX, INC., BLM states for each of the two mining contracts no actual production has occurred...

Feds Push to Open 1 Million Acres to Fracking in California
Friday, Nov 1, 2019

The Trump administration unveiled a plan to open another million acres in California to oil and gas development and fracking, one day after being sued by conservationists for similar plans in a different part of the state. The Bureau of Land Management released its environmental analysis Thursday concluding...

City Takes Wait-and-See Approach on Cemex Suit
Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019

Members of Santa Clarita’s subcommittee on the Cemex issue said Tuesday there was no public announcement in response to the international mining corporation’s recently filed lawsuit because the city is not a party in the litigation. The decision runs contrary to years of campaigning by the Santa...

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1945 - Acton Hotel, est. 1890, burns down; arson is suspected [story]
Acton hotel fire
1876 - Southern Pacific begins subdividing town of Newhall (original location at Bouquet Junction) [story]
Campton store
1837 - Trapper Peter LaBeck killed by grizzly bear at El Tejon [story]
Peter LaBeck
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health encourages residents to get flu immunization as soon as possible, especially this year.
Get Flu Immunization Now, L.A. County Public Health Urges Residents
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on Friday confirmed 27 new deaths and 1,072 new positive cases of COVID-19, including 41 new cases in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Friday COVID-19 Roundup: Total 287K Cases in L.A. County, 6,734 in SCV
Governor Gavin Newsom announced Friday afternoon that the president has approved California’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration to bolster the state’s emergency response to wildfires across the state.
California Secures Presidential Major Disaster Declaration on Wildfires
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department detectives are seeking the public's help to identify an unmasked alleged criminal threats suspect accused of pulling a knife on a liquor store clerk.
Detectives Seek ID of Unmasked Criminal Threats Suspect
This year, October 11-17 marks National Veterinary Technician Week where we celebrate the critical and lifesaving work performed by our veterinary technicians.
L.A. County Animal Care Celebrates Veterinary Technicians
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present its 6th annual and first virtual Careers in Film Summit on Saturday, October 24 and Saturday, October 31.
Academy Offers 2-Day Virtual ‘Careers in Film Summit’ for Students
Following a legal demand from California officials, the state Republican Party said Friday it has agreed to remove unofficial drop boxes.
California GOP Agrees to Remove Unofficial Ballot Drop Boxes. Or Did They?
After two years of planning, the city of Santa Clarita unveiled “California Scape,” the latest public art project, Thursday at Fair Oaks Park in Canyon Country.
Santa Clarita Unveils Latest Public Art Project
Many of the more than 100 dogs rescued by Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control from a breeding operation during the recent Bobcat Fire are now available for adoption.
Dogs Rescued During Bobcat Fire Now Ready for Adoption
Santa Clarita City Council members approved Tuesday sending a letter to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in support of keeping indoor malls open while urging for consistent guidelines to help prevent further conditions that prevent businesses from full recovery.
City Council OK’s Letter to Supes on Keeping Indoor Malls Open
1853 - Sarah Gifford, community leader and wife of Newhall's first railroad station agent, born in England [story]
Sarah Gifford
A new model of studying the workplace culture is being created as a team from the Autonomy Research Center for STEAHM (ARCS) at California State University, Northridge collaborates virtually with staff at the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to create the laboratory of the future.
CSUN’s Autonomy Research Center, JPL Collaborate for Future Laboratory
After a fiery call for L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s resignation last month, the county’s Civilian Oversight Commission voted Thursday formally calling for him to step down.
Civilian Oversight Panel Formally Calls for Villanueva to Resign
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed Thursday 24 new deaths and 1,233 new cases of COVID-19, including 6,693 total cases in the Santa Clarita Valley, while Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital reported 3 additional deaths bringing the hospital's COVID-19 deaths to 29.
Thursday COVID-19 Roundup: Henry Mayo Reports 3 Additional Deaths; 6,693 Total SCV Cases
The American Red Cross Northern Valleys Chapter welcomes Hector LaFarga Jr. as the new executive director serving the Santa Clarita, San Fernando, Antelope valleys, and adjacent areas of Los Angeles County.
American Red Cross Northern Valleys Names Hector LaFarga Jr. New Executive Director
The application period for the County’s Small Business Revitalization Grant Program, which opened last week, has been extended to Monday, Oct. 19, 11:59 p.m.
County Extends Small Business Grant Application Deadline
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies arrested a Newhall man Monday evening on suspicion of hit and run causing an injury, after their investigation into a report of a vehicle-vs.-pedestrian collision in Newhall, near a local bar.
Newhall Man Arrested on Suspicion of DUI, Felony Hit & Run
Ahead of Halloween this year, Santa Clarita Mayor Cameron Smyth announced Wednesday residents can trick-or-treat within the city, despite state and county officials recommending against traditional practices due to the pandemic.
Smyth Announces Santa Clarita Residents Allowed to Trick-or-Treat
The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the city of Santa Clarita and collaboration with the Veterans Collaborative, are proud to announce the honorees for the 10th Annual Salute to Patriots: an event honoring local veterans for their service to our nation and leadership in our business community.
Chamber Announces Salute to Patriots 2020 Honorees
The Saugus Union School District governing board decided to table its discussion on child care until its next board meeting Oct. 27.
Saugus Union Tables Discussion on District’s Child Development Program
As we remain focused on keeping our customers, staff and community safe, SCV Water is pleased to announce our new live distance learning opportunities for students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade.
SCV Water Launches Live Distance Learning for K-6th Students