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McKeon Gets Closer To Chair Of House Armed Services Committee

Today, Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon issued the following statement after being recommended by the Steering Committee to replace Rep. John McHugh as Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee.

His appointment will be finalized after a vote of the entire Republican membership of the House, which should take place very soon.


First Musician To Perform At Hoefflin Benefit, Kenny Rankin, Dies

Singer-songwriter Kenny Rankin, whose musical creations ran from smooth jazz to pop, died Sunday of complications of lung cancer.

Rankin, 69, was working on a collection of new material to record when he fell ill a few weeks ago.

His career started in the 1950s, when he signed with Decca Records while still in his teens. His most popular work, the pop standard “Peaceful,” debuted in 1967.

City Asks For Sierra Club Alternate For Recycling Committee

Environmental activist Lynne Plambeck might seem like the perfect person to appoint to a group looking to site a recycling facility.


She’s an award-winning involved citizen and has been at the front of several battles defending natural areas in and around the city.


However, for the ad-hoc, non-binding, advisory committee being named to help the city find a place for its required recycling facility, city officials asked for someone else to represent the Sierra Club, which automatically gets a seat on the 13-member panel.

Oak Trees An Important Part Of Heritage

Given how quickly Santa Clarita has grown over the years, some might say we have no history. If only our oak trees could talk!

Some of these majestic trees have been here for 400 years. They would have amazing stories to share, such as the first recorded discovery of gold in California. It was in 1842 that a ranch worker found gold beneath an oak tree in Placerita Canyon. That site is now known as the Oak of the Golden Dream.

Budget, Recycling Facility Add To Crowded City Council Agenda

newscitymattersAs is a regular occurrence every June, the city of Santa Clarita will be taking a look at their proposed fiscal year budget.

Facing declining revenue and uncertainly of state funding, the city budget will try to accurately project how much revenue can be counted on for a full year's worth of responsibilities, projects and capital improvements.

The city expects to make $171,936,091 for fiscal year 2009-2010, about $8 million less than last year.

Spotting Out-Of-State Plates Is More Than Child's Play

CHP calls on citizens to help enforce proper vehicle registration.

These words, followed by a swift jab to the shoulder of a less observant friend, have been a staple of road trips for years. However, while adding a bit of much needed variety to California’s famous traffic jams, these oddball plates can also deny the state much needed funds in lost registration fees.

CHP calls on citizens to help enforce proper vehicle registration.

Schwarzenegger Pushes To Digitize Textbooks

Move can save money according to our Governor.

arnoldschwarzeneggerGovernor Arnold Schwarzenegger is continuing to expose the potential of digital textbooks in the classroom. The drive is part of his plan for cutting costs in education without negatively impacting students.

Valencia's Drake Wins CIF Track Championship

Aly Drake entered the CIF State Track and Field Championship as the only representative from Valencia High School in the meet. She came home as the only state champion from the Foothill League.

Six athletes from the Foothill League competed in the CIF state meet in Clovis over the weekend.

Saugus High School sent five to the meet. Four of them were in the girls 3,200 race. Daniel Swarbrick competed in the shot put and discus.

Antonovich Calls For Release Of Journalists

A motion by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich calls on President Obama to engage the North Koreans in negotiations without delay to secure the release of American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who are being held hostage by the North Korean government.

“The arrest of American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee by the North Korean Government requires immediate intervention by the American Government,” said Antonovich.


COC Graduates Its First Land Surveying Student

As an engineering student at Ventura College, Joey Waltz didn’t like the idea of working indoors. Fortunately, when a professor mentioned surveying as a career option during a civil engineering lecture, Waltz was paying attention.


“It sounded like a good major for me because it combines working outdoors with the technical challenges of engineering,” said Waltz.