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January 6, 2013 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
A group of friends gathered in Roman Weiser's Newhall garage one September day in 2005. They had with them crushed grapes from Paso Robles, compressed in an oak barrel. They added yeast. And then they waited, periodically monitoring the barrel's contents, straining it of pulp and sediment. A year later, the friends - most of them amateur vintners - had produced a barrel of wine. "Our hopes were not really to create outstanding wine," said Weiser, 51, a graphic designer in the advertising industry.
September 7, 2012 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
The new "drug free" social clubs at Santa Clarita high schools offer field trips, dances and counseling. But there's a catch: Members must agree to random drug tests. That's no problem, say the 30-plus teenagers who have already signed up for the club at Valencia High School, committing to providing urine samples on demand. "This is a great solution for those people trying to get a better life and stay out of drugs," said Charlie La Vine, 17, co-president of the club at Valencia High, part of an initiative called Drug Free Youth in Town, or DFYIT.
June 19, 2011 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
The body of a Santa Clarita woman who disappeared last week has been found in the Angeles National Forest. Investigators confirmed Friday that the body was that of 59-year-old Renata Klein. Her husband, Dusan Klein, also 59, was still missing, along with their 10-year-old black-and-white cocker spaniel, Cindy. Public works employees found Renata Klein's body about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday off Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road. The cause of death remains unknown, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.
May 10, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A seven-car pileup had drivers trapped on the northbound 5 Freeway in Santa Clarita on Friday afternoon, after a crash that authorities said began with a hit-and-run left four lanes of the roadway blocked for an hour. California Highway Patrol officials said that about 11:12 a.m. they began receiving calls concerning a multi-car pileup on the freeway north of Gavin Canyon near Calgrove Boulevard. Seven cars were involved in the crash, which clogged the highway between downtown L.A. and the canyon communities, officials said.
September 16, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A man who was stabbed and nearly killed in Santa Clarita over the weekend was in a parked car beforehand that may have been intentionally rammed by his attackers, authorities said. The 25-year-old man was stabbed in the 23600 block of Newhall Avenue at about 8 p.m. Sunday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The man "was severely wounded" and taken to a hospital "where he underwent emergency surgery in order to save his life," according to a statement from the department.
October 22, 1989
Thank you for the Oct. 2 report by Steve Padilla, "Growth Forces Santa Clarita Churches Into Odd Venues." However, Padilla failed to note the very questionable legality of these church groups being effectively subsidized by the rest of us taxpayers by using public school facilities for religion. Their violation of the principle of "separation of church and state" is self-evident! ALFRED N. PEARL Van Nuys
March 16, 1992
Authorities were searching Sunday for a man who hijacked an empty Southern California Rapid Transit District bus at gunpoint and forced the driver to ferry him 35 miles from West Los Angeles to the Santa Clarita Valley. The man climbed aboard the bus about 6:10 p.m. Saturday as driver Ajay Gandhi took a break at the West Los Angeles Transit Center at Washington Boulevard and Apple Street, district spokesman Anthony Greno said.
January 25, 2012 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
On a cold, wet afternoon two cowboys trudge across a muddy street in a western town carrying saddles on their backs as a loudspeaker blasts Jim Croce's hit song "I Got a Name. " The scene was being played out at the historic Melody Ranch in Santa Clarita, where director Quentin Tarantino was filming his upcoming western "Django Unchained," starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx. "It's a blast shooting here," Tarantino said during a break from shooting. "Most other western towns look like dollhouses.
June 19, 2008 | Pauline OConnor
ABOUT 35 miles northwest of downtown L.A., encircled by the Santa Susana, San Gabriel and Sierra Pelona mountains, lies Los Angeles County's fourth-largest city, Santa Clarita. Rather than follow the typical pattern of spreading outward from a central starting point, Santa Clarita was incorporated in 1987 as the union of several existing, separate communities, all of which had been part of the former Rancho San Francisco. These include the towns of Canyon Country, an equestrian haven; Newhall, where many silent films were shot; Saugus, site of an infamous train robbery in 1929; and Valencia, a planned community developed in the 1960s.
August 30, 2000 | DAVID KARP
As the season for peaches and nectarines draws to a close, the harvest of vineyards is in full swing. At Sunday's Santa Clarita farmers market, Betty Apkarian of Reedley offered bountiful baskets of grapes: Muscat of Alexandria, still the standard of flavor despite its seeds; Melissa, a promising new variety that resembles Thompson Seedless with a dash of Muscat perfume; and a seedless Concord hybrid with much of the "foxy" wild flavor of classic Concord but a thinner, less astringent skin.
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