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Santa Clarita's Unsung Hero - Ken Schwartz


Ken Schwartz is in the spotlight as Santa Clarita Valley’s Unsung Hero. Schwartz has lived in Saugus since 1990 and has given his all into this community through his experience, expertise and heart. Schwartz became visually impaired due to retinitis pigmentosa and was inspired to advocate transportation issues related to seniors and the disabled. He serves on the Advisory Council for the SCV Senior Center.

“As Director of Volunteers at the SCV Senior Center, I’ve had the privilege of working with so many special volunteers. Ken Schwartz is a rare person who stands out even in this elite group,” said Robin Clough, Director of Volunteers and Recreation. “I deeply admire and am even in awe of his extraordinary mind and heart, not to mention his uniquely hilarious sense of humor!

Ken is a JPL retiree, a literal rocket scientist, who elevates heroism to a whole new plane. With his incredible technical expertise and compassion, Ken is a champion for seniors and the disabled. The fact that he is visually impaired has amazingly not been a deterrent. He is dedicated to disaster preparedness and set up ham radio terminals linking the Senior Center and other strategic locations throughout Santa Clarita. He is very involved with transportation issues and his advocacy and ideas have resulted in better service for seniors and the disabled. Moreover, he has served as Chair of the SCV Senior Center Advisory Council and the steering committee for the Visually Impaired Support Services at the Senior Center and at Veteran’s hospitals in Los Angeles. He has also served on the Community Advisory Committee on Access Services for Los Angeles County. Ken has made an enormous impact on the safety and quality of life for seniors, the disabled, and the entire community.”

Peeples Place At KHTS: Bill Cosby To Pass The Microphone As Playboy Jazz Emcee

pbj_cosby_chan_021612Dr. William H. Cosby, the famed comedian, Grammy-winning recording artist, author, philanthropist, community activist and educator, will intro the artists this weekend for his 31st turn as emcee of the Playboy Jazz Festival, but for the last time, according to a statement released by the festival.

Santa Clarita's Unsung Hero - Megan Smith


Megan Smith works as an assistant technician at Happy Pets Veterinary Center in Valencia and volunteers once a week at the Wildlife Care of Ventura County in Simi Valley. Megan began volunteering at the age of 14 and has volunteered at old Burbank Animal Shelter, Los Angeles Zoo, Feline Conservation Center, Placerita Canyon Nature Center and Wildlife Care of Ventura County.

“I always volunteered because gaining good experience working with animals is difficult and the field is very competitive,” said Smith. “So gaining vast amounts of experience through volunteering helps me stand out a bit.”

Megan is currently taking classes at College of the Canyons and is working towards a Bachelors in Biology to become a register veterinary technician. With both schooling and volunteering, Megan has had to find a balance between the two and her social life. In the end, Megan values the experience she has gained throughout her volunteering and advises other students to take heed.

“If someone wants to do both school and volunteering, it is hard and time consuming. But if you have a passion for animals it won't matter,” said Megan. 

UPDATED: School Bus Detained For HazMat Examination

khts_breakingnews2UPDATED 2:50 p.m. Wednesday

The L.A. County Fire Department Hazmat Team determined that the white substance found inside a balloon at Canyon Country Park was flour and not a harmful material. All children detained as a precaution have been released and are currently returning to their school, Canyon Springs Elementary, in Canyon Country.



Farenheit 451 Author Ray Bradbury Dead At 91

by Carol Rock/Photo by Leon Worden

bradbury_ray-010304Iconic science fiction writer Ray Bradbury has died in Los Angeles.

Bradbury’s work “Farenheit 451” was the subject of “The Big Read” that captivated Santa Clarita in April 2007, with community leaders, local performers and students reading passages from the book-burning classic as part of a national campaign.

Deputies Ask For Public's Help In Identifying Tree-Felling Vandals

khts_crime_genericDetectives from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station are seeking public assistance in identifying several suspects responsible for an incident of vandalism that occurred overnight Friday at Canyon High School.


On that night, several unknown suspects between the ages of 15 and 19 entered the Canyon High School campus and cut down a tree, using chainsaws. When the tree fell, it narrowly missed power lines and campus structures.

Suicide: A Permanent Solution To A Temporary Problem

suicide_DrugOverdoseAn older local doctor killed himself in a murder-suicide in Bridgeport in August. A middle-aged man hung himself at home in Santa Clarita in September. A man of undetermined age was found dead in his car on the remote Ridge Route in October, and officials ruled it a suicide. There were nearly 20 other deaths by suicide in 2011, according to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.