• Second Annual WOW JAM in Sunland Park

    by Amelia Anderson WOW! It’s time to jam — again! The second year of the WOW JAM, a festival of hope and joy, is coming to the foothills on Saturday, August 6, from 1 to 5 p.m. It’s sort of a

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  • Volunteers Save The Day — and the Horses, Pigs, etc.

    by David DeMullé What started as a small, 25-acre fire in Canyon Country blasted out into a fire that has ravaged some 38,300 acres and burned up the news channels for four days. Life continued

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  • Help Your Child to Have A Successful School Year

    by Mónica Ratliff Every parent, child, and teacher begins each school year with a great deal of hope – hope that this school year will be a great year. Even if children do not say it, they hope

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  • Yes, Kathy’s Still There!

    Everyone is used to seeing Kathy’s old car on 8421 Foothill Blvd. in Sunland, and its presence let them know that she was inside working. Well, she got a new car, so come on by, say “Hello” and

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Jim Laris

Not Just Another Shaggy Dog Story

Jim Laris is Jim Laris.

by Jim Laris Well, I knew it was going to happen. Yes, I shot a few Democrats just to watch ’em die. No, that was Johnny Cash in “Folsom Prison Blues.” I always liked Johnny. No, no, I didn’t shoot anybody. What I did was get another dog. Yup, my life was just getting too

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Trivial Pursuits

Jim Laris is Jim Laris.

A wacky Wednesday with Ken and Alex by Jim Laris While you guys were working on a Wednesday afternoon a couple of weeks ago, I was, well, not working, so I went to see the “Jeopardy” king Ken Jennings at the Altadena Library. It was kind of cool. There were 79 other nonworking lowlifes like

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The No-Sip List

Jim Laris is Jim Laris.

All I want is a cup of coffee without your poorly parked car in the way by Jim Laris Being retired has enabled me to get into a number of things I didn’t have time for when I was a real person. I’ve been able to sit on the couch for very long periods of

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Enter The Dragon

Jim Laris is Jim Laris.

There are some smells that even a dog that sniffs just about anything can’t stand by Jim Laris I got up the other morning the way I get up every morning. I’m lying on my right side and I have somehow dislodged my attractive CPap machine mask and matching designer tubing, and my head is

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The Handyman Can

Jim Laris is Jim Laris.

By Jim Laris Even with a bit of a hangover, you just couldn’t beat this guy’s price Is it just me or do things like this happen to you, and I don’t know if things like this don’t happen to you because you don’t have a column, or is it that these things may happen

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Crime Sats


Crime Stats

Theft 07/12/16 12:30 PM 10400 BLOCK OF LA CANADA WY Theft 07/14/16 04:00 PM 9900 BLOCK OF ROSCOE BL Theft 07/14/16 03:40 AM 10000 BLOCK OF MARCUS AV Theft 07/14/16 01:00 PM 7800 BLOCK OF SANCOLA

News From Your Clinic

Dr. Sam

Itchy Insulation

by Sam Samalin, PA-C Today we have a letter from a concerned reader and possible patient, and owing to patient-doctor confidentiality, I have left out the person’s name. Dear Doctor Sam, I’m

View From The Rock



It’s really neat to be able to say good things about our community, and that’s pretty hard to do most of the time. I’ve gotten so used to calling out these stupid drivers that are killing off and

Movie Reviews


Movie Review: Ghostbusters

by Bob Garver The hoopla surrounding the remake of “Ghostbusters” will be remembered more than the movie itself. Many fans were opposed to the idea of touching the 1984 comedy classic. A


Angels Arrive to Fix Bikes


Dear Editor, It’s WOW JAM time again! I just saw a kid walk down the street clutching handlebars and bike wheels in hand. A candidate for an Angel Bike given out free at the festival! Everything’s free at the festival at Sunland Park on Sunday, August 6 from 1-5 pm. That’s why it’s a WOW

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Nat’l Breastfeeding Month

Dear Editor, Motherhood should be celebrated all year long and breastfeeding is a mother’s natural way of feeding their child. Next month is National Breastfeeding Month in the United States. Breastfeeding benefits both mother and baby after pregnancy. In honor of this special month, BelleMa Breast Pumps want to share some interesting facts about breastfeeding.

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Equestrian Driver Safety

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Things Are Getting Worse…

Dear Editor, Thank you for all the information you’ve been putting out in your paper. I’ve lived here for over 30 years and seen the rock change from great to bad to getting better. We never had this much traffic though. Mostly horses and motorcycles. How come we don’t have the LAPD drop-in station that

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More of Ed’s Sad Story

Dear Editor, Your article and photo of Ed Rock and our councilman, you know the one with the greasy smile, missed the point. Ed, a WWII and Korean War fighter pilot now in his 90s, ended up in the hospital due in part because the STNC was kicked out of the city office by Fuentes.

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Timothy Rakisits

July 24, 1954 – June 11, 2016 Timothy Rakisits passed away at Verdugo Hills Hospital on June 11, 2016 after a short illness. Tim was born in Glendale on July 24, 1954 to Julius and Irene Rakisits. Tim grew up in the Montrose-La Crescenta area and attended local schools. After high school, he learned the

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Jeanette “Jan” McLish


Sweetheart Jan was born June 6, 1933 and the angels took her home on the morning of Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Shortly after waking up, she collapsed in her husband’s arms and was rushed to Holy Cross Cardiac Trauma Center where she passed after a few minutes with cardiac arrest. Jan had a long time

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Claudia Holloway


Nana to all, Mom to me. Claudia Holloway passed away Sunday April 24, 2016. “I know she’s going to heaven because she already did her time in Tujunga!

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Louis Lata


Aug. 2, 1918–Feb. 15, 2016 Born in Ludlow, MA, he was the oldest of six children. His parents, John and Josephine Lata moved the family to Erie, PA where he grew up. He worked at many jobs while a youth. At one of those jobs, he met his future wife, Rose Rawa. They married on

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Craig Chereek


With the dawning of a new CD, the sun set one last time for local Foothills folk songwriter and Vietnam Vet, Craig Chereek. Friends from around the globe adored Craig, not only for his extraordinary musical talent, but for his cheerful demeaner, intellectual astuteness, and commitment to environmental protection and basic human rights. He had

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Kitty loves to vamp!

Pets and Social Media

Animals garner increased online attention From dogs and cats filling up social media feeds — some even with their own profiles — to true pet celebrities who command the attention of millions,


Chana Masala


by Chef Randy This vegan and glutenfree dish is a favorite of my friend Brandy. It is a savory dish of cooked garbanzo beans (chickpeas), onion, garlic, bay leaves and various Indian spices. It gets its heat from small red chilies and although I only use one chili in this recipe, you can add more

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Asparagus and Sun Dried Tomato Frittata


by Chef Randy There is something about the combination of asparagus, tomatoes and Fontina cheese that makes this recipe unique. I’ve made this same frittata with a number of different cheeses and always come back to Fontina. Fontina is a versatile cheese often used in egg dishes because it melts easily and compliments, without overpowering,

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Chef Randy’s Bread Pudding


by Chef Randy The origin of bread pudding is uncertain. Cooks from many countries and cultures, not wanting to waste stale bread, invented many uses for it including pudding. Today’s bread pudding shares these humble roots and adds a few twists depending upon the cook. Some cooks make it with day-old donuts but I prefer

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Asiago Baked Potato Halves


by Chef Randy Looking for a simple, fun and delicious side for your next dinner party? Look no further. This combination of tasty Asiago cheese and creamy, buttery Yukon Gold potatoes is hard to beat. Comfort food for sure. This recipe easily doubles. It’s a great appetizer or side dish for any large gathering of

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Randy’s Bread Pudding


by Chef Randy The origin of bread pudding is uncertain. Cooks from many countries and cultures, not wanting to waste stale bread, invented many uses for it including pudding. Today’s bread pudding shares these humble roots and adds a few twists depending upon the cook. Some cooks make it with day-old donuts but I prefer

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