• More Traffic Fatalities On La Tuna Canyon Rd.

    by David DeMullé Ed Winters of the L.A. County Coroner’s office identified the two men killed two weeks ago in a three-car fatality accident on La Tuna Canyon Road that injured six other

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  • Foothills Set to Explode in Flame

    With ash still filtering down from out trees and the smoke all but gone, life seems to have gotten back to normal. While watching the fires on either side of Southern California, ranging from San

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  • Homeless Day Laborer Is Also a Petty Thief

    by David DeMullé Kurt Koesler went from Hero to Zero when he started stealing copies of The Foothills Paper from the DIY Center and stores in Tujunga. Not content with his petty thefts, Koesler —

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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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Local News

210 West, or East — or North?

Wrecks Of The Week

Slow down and live… There were way too many accidents to cover here; visit Facebook.com/thefoothillspaper

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 08/15/16 02:30 PM 00 BLOCK OF OSWEGO ST AND FLORALITA AV Theft 08/15/16 12:40 PM 8900 BLOCK OF VILLAGE AV Theft 08/17/16 09:00 PM 10400 BLOCK OF ELDORA AV Theft 08/17/16 05:00 AM 8900 BLOCK

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


Local Social And Service Clubs Back On Top

Can you believe it? We’re nearly to the end of the year — and what a year it has been. For all of you that questioned my comments about the local social and service clubs, you will begin to see a

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


Fuentes’ Final Farewell To The People of Sunland-Tujunga!


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The Bullet That Could

Dear Editor, “DON’T RAILROAD US!” said the little hand-painted wood sign by the street. It stares stubbornly at me, as my car rounds a corner of my Shadow Hills neighborhood. There used to be a lot more of these signs shouting out in loose chorus lines along the suburban streets. But now, there’s something about

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WOW JAM Burns It Up

Dear Editor, A panoply of good and evil, street theatre sponsored by 20 local churches…by the people, of the people and for the people. Dawn broke with a big black bad-ass semi-truck gliding like the Devil incarnate onto the football field in Sunland Park. Police cadets stood at vigilant attention. Stealth panels open to reveal

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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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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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Sausage-Stuffed Poblano Peppers


This is a tasty and colorful appetizer that doubles as a complementary side dish for almost any entrée. It’s that good. Nuff said. Ingredients: 5 Poblano peppers 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil ½ white onion (chopped fine) 1 small jalapeño pepper (seeded and chopped fine) 2 Lightlife Meatless Chorizo sausages (chopped into ¼-inch pieces)

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Grilled Cheddar Cheese Sandwich with Apple Chutney


by Chef Randy You are tired of cooking and want a break from the kitchen but your family and/ or holiday guests expect even more from you in the kitchen. What do you do? Do what I do. Tell them that they are getting cold cereal for breakfast and that you are making reservations for

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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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