These photos are part of a series showing how fires polluted the air around the Claremont area. The clear Bonnie Brea Avenue image from the fall 2019, compared to the same polluted angle from last Saturday. Being born and raised in Claremont, I witnessed many extreme weather days that are still easy to remember. There was the time while in class at El Roble we started to hear screaming from all around the school. We open the door only to find it was snowing. Not just a little, but enough to accumulate about an inch or so. It was exciting and we all ran around like we never had seen snow before. Each year it would always seem to get hot in September, reaching extreme highs up to 105 degrees...not 113! COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
Claremont police stop drivers heading north on Mount Baldy Road while an Angeles National Forest fire crew passes on the left on Friday evening north of Claremont. A fire was reported at 5:40 p.m. in the canyon just below the town of Mount Baldy. According to the National Situational Awareness fire map, the blaze started on private land, and is called the Sunset Fire. The COURIER has called both fire and police officials for more information. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Southern California is dealing with its worse air quality in 26 years. The main cause are the fires that seem to be everywhere, spewing tons of smoke and ash in the air. Thursday the air was so thick at sunset, you could not even see across the Claremont Wilderness Park. Definitely not a day to be outside doing any sort of physical activity. Weather forecasters warned that an unusually extreme heat wave was headed our way—and they were certainly correct. Now with high temperatures in the 90s, the Bobcat fire to our west continues to burn with no end in sight. The COURIER will continue to follow the fire threat throughout the weekend. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
Halloween 2020 will be a mere ghost of its former self due to a set of regulations issued by Los Angeles County Public Health on Wednesday.
Health officials are warning that Halloween traditions such as door-to-door trick-or-treating and costume parties are high risk activities that will further the spread the coronavirus.
Be sure to check out all the virtual meetings for this year's election. Active Claremont will host an online forum for the upcoming CUSD school board election at 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 17. Candidates participating include Kathy Archer, Bob Fass and Chris Naticchia. This will be an opportunity to hear the candidates’ positions on a wide array of issues concerning the school district.
CLAREMONT SPEAKS BLACK: A virtual forum will take place Sunday, September 13 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. entitled, “An Elevated, Productive and Honest Conversation About Living in Claremont While Black,” and sponsored by the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Claremont.
Josue Barnes, co-founder of Claremont Change is the guest; moderators are Claremont residents Derik Smith, CMC professor, and Cynthis Barnes-Slater.
Zoom Meeting ID: 954 0404 0271
A Pomona College plan to temporarily furlough 264 non-faculty staff has raised concerns among a group of its educators that the institution’s pandemic-related cost cutting move is unnecessarily impacting its most vulnerable employees. The furloughs, 154 of them full and 110 partial, are in response to a Pomona College fiscal year budget gap in excess of $37 million.
VNA Hospice and Palliative Care of Southern California is currently working on its annual fundraiser event. Typically scheduled for the fourth Thursday each September, VNA has taken a different approach this year due to COVID-19.
The event typically includes dinner, entertainment and an auction was originally scheduled at a local hotel for September 24, but COVID-19 changed everything.
COVID-19 testing at the Pomona Fairplex, and a several other locations, has been suspended due to poor air quality caused by smoke from the fires currently burning in southern California. Los Angeles County Department of Public Health closed the Fairplex testing site for September 10 and 11.
While on the phone with the COURIER, Claremont City Councilmember Jed Leano was trying to get his six-year-old son Welles to sit down at the table and practice his sight words.
“That’s not ‘D,’ that’s ‘buh-buh B,’” said Mr. Leano to Welles. “Sorry,” he said, going back to the phone. “As you can tell, homeschooling means that when I talk to the newspaper, I am doing sight words.”
The founders of Claremont Cares, Deborah Kekone and Valerie Martinez, share a not-so-secret habit: if they see one of the group’s signs looking a little droopy or needing adjustment, they stop and fix the sign up. Why? Because Claremont cares.
The two started Claremont Cares seven weeks ago as a grassroots campaign to encourage people, in a friendly and positive manner, to wear a face covering. The main outreach so far has been the attractive blue and white signs that have been popping up all over town with the message, “Behind every mask is a person who cares.”
After 40 years teaching Claremont how to sing and dance, Moultrie Academy is closing its studio at the Old School House, but the show will go on.
Like many businesses that were declared “non-essential,” Moultrie Academy was forced to cease in-person classes back in March. Since then, owner Carly Moultrie has tried to keep the doors open with the income from private online lessons, but the roughly $6,000 per month rent on her studio was too much.
When Frances Ruhlen McConnel was just two, she stood up in her crib and announced that “candles are laughing in the night.” From that day her mother knew that Frances would grow to be a poet.
“That is even shorter than a haiku,” Ms. McConnel said recently from her Claremont home, “so she [her mother] just decided that I would be a poet, and really encouraged me to write poetry.”
On Wednesday the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced that the health officer order would be amended—allowing for limited on-campus instruction at LA County schools as well as limited indoor operations for barbershops and hair salons. Claremont has 371 cumulative cases of COVID-19, including cases from all of its unincorporated areas. This represents a 3.5 percent increase from one week ago.