The Powerhouse Fire continues to blaze as the damage toll rises, but the 30,000 acre flames are nearly contained, said a leading official. 30 homes were destroyed, according to the latest count, in addition to 28 outbuildings. The total cost of the operation has risen to $20 million. The fire is 84 percent contained, and is not expected to grow beyond its current size.
The Santa Clarita WorkSource Center officials held a free recruitment event on Friday for people seeking careers in industrial, clerical or transportation services. “We work with the WorkSource Center to help recruit employees to help support the local businesses in the community. We have partnered with them several times now and always had a great turnout. Great employees have come from this program and we would like to continue the partnership with the Worksource Center” said Erica Caban, Branch Manager for Staffmark.
Over 1,300 College of the Canyons students graduated on Friday at the Valencia COC Campus. “This is the largest graduating class we’ve ever had” said Chancellor Dianne G. Van Hook. Speakers included Dr. Michael Wilding, Dr. Renard Thomas, Michael Kramer, Megan Dinsmore, Natalie Mendoza, Ally Kidd, Justin Tillit, Aidan Munoz-Went, Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook, Edel Alonso, Sydney Shanks, Joe Gerda, Casey Jennerson, Kristina Smolenski and Michael Berger.
On Friday, the Santa Clarita Valley Small Business Development Center officials put on a Virtual Hangout Wth Brad Feld at the College of the Canyons University Center. Feld talked via video chat about entrepreneurships and how to buld an entrepreneurial ecosytem in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Placerita Canyon Nature Center officials and the Community Hiking Club members presented a Creepy Crawlies of the Natural World class Sunday. “We want to try and show people that creepy crawlies are not really that scary,” said Paul Levine, who led the class. “They’re all around us. We have more insects around us than anything else. They’re very gorgeous.” Levine showed the class that “creepy crawlies” are really very beautiful and nothing to be afraid of, he said.
On Thursday, May 23rd, Straightening Reins hosted an open house. Straightening Reins is an organization that uses horses and other animals as tools to help promote emotional growth. To help raise awareness about their new organization, Straightening Reins held an Open Barn to show the community about their programs. They have classes that help teenagers express their creativity through painting and photography. Through interactions with horses and barnyard animals, teenagers are taught to understand their feelings and struggles. Sraightening Reins offers programs to help teens cope with the stresses of school. Teens are taught valuable lessons like how to handle bullying. Staightening Reins offers tutoring for its students as well. "Straightening Reins' mission is to transform the lives of at-risk youth and their families by providing the building blocks to deal with life on life’s terms." Their summer program includes: horse grooming care and riding, art w/ colored pencils chalk charcoal paint watercolors & collage materials, reading - fiction/ non-fiction/ multi-media, and writing processes including note taking, outlines, summarizing and editing. They are located at 30255 Quail Trail Road, near Vasquez Canyon, on the left along San Francisquito Canyon – 2.6 miles from Copper Hill.
On Saturday, May 18th, Valencia Kia celebrated Armed Forces Day. KHTS broadcasted directly from the event and was giving out prizes, they brought their 1948 Mac Firetruck with them to the event. From Wednesday to Sunday Valencia Kia offered rebates of up to $1,000 to active military and up to $500 rebates to all veterans. For every car sold from Wednesday to Sunday Valencia Kia donated $50 to Santa Clarita Child & Family Center and Habitat for Humanity for their veteran programs. People test driving Kias were given free American flags.
On Saturday, May 18th, Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita hosted a Women Empowerment Build (WE Build). Local women gathered and built parts of a neighborhood that will later go into an 87-home community. The projects took place in the parking lot at COC. Female family members who are going to receive homes and female community members worked towards building for the new Habitat for Heroes Veteran community located here in Santa Clarita. This year female veterans, widows of the fallen, and those who have persevered through tragic losses during during wartime were honored. The women at the build were divided up into teams and worked towards specific projects including: painting, hammering, using wood saws, nailing things together, and working with drills to put pieces together.
The evacuation order for 19 homes was lifted by Los Angeles County Fire officials Friday afternoon as a 575-acre Castaic fire headed toward Castaic Lake, a natural break. The fire is 60-percent contained, fire officials said. "We have a lot of resources battling this fire, and a lot of interagency cooperation," said Inspector Miller of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.