• Another Tragic Death On Foothill Boulevard

    by Karen Perdue A vigil for Max Gonzalez was held Friday night in front of the old K-mart building. Family, friends, and members of the foothills communities attended. A vehicle was reported to

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  • Latest 4th of July Parade Is Best Ever

    by David DeMullé The 4th of July Parade presented by the Rotary Club of Sunland-Tujunga/ Shadow Hills began at the bend of Foothill Boulevard and Mount Gleason at 10 a.m. and traveled two miles

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  • It’s Wildfire Season in S-T

    by David DeMullé The risk of wildfire in Sunland-Tujunga is a reality. Fire officials are particularly concerned about the rain that came just after the wildfires. As a result,“fire season” began

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Local News

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

Assault 05/20/16 08:00 PM 7800 BLOCK OF APPERSON ST Robbery 05/24/16 12:00 PM 10300 BLOCK OF WILSEY AV Robbery 05/24/16 12:00 PM 10300 BLOCK OF WILSEY AV Burglary 05/24/16 12:00 PM 10700 BLOCK OF

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


Community Comes Together for 4 of July Parade

What an incredible 4th of July we had here. For the first time in about four years, the community came together to have fun — some by participating and some by providing support by cheering the

Movie Reviews


Movie Review: The Secret Life of Pets

by Bob Garver “The Secret Life of Pets” is an animated kids’ movie where two dogs don’t like each other, but they find themselves stranded and in danger, so they have to work together if they


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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Community Invited to Connect

DMH worker gives out information packet

Dear Editor and Community Stakeholders, On Thursday, June 16, I wish to extend to you and to the entire S/T Community an invitation to attend the Homeless Connect Day at North Valley City Hall, organized by LA Council Member Felipe Fuentes, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., east of the Library,. (Entry for this event

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Help For The Homeless

Volunteers and homeless people at a past Homeless Connect Day

Dear Friends, Recently, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) released its 2016 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. Sadly, homelessness in the Valley jumped 35%. While the City Council tries to figure out how to better spend resources in various communities, I spent the past year coming up with strategies and solutions towards addressing homelessness

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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,


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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Chipotle HoneyVinaigrette Caprese Salad


by Chef Randy Here’s a fun and different recipe for those end-of-theseason fresh tomatoes in your garden. It is a spicy takeoff of the classic Italian Caprese Salad. It includes fresh tomatoes and mozzarella. Then I substitute avocado slices for the basil leaves and add a spicy vinaigrette with chipotle adobo sauce and a touch

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