The city has closed the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park due to extreme fire danger as two fires burn in the San Gabriel Mountains on Monday. The fires, one off highway 39 in Azusa and the other in the foothills above Duarte, started around noon and quickly spread. By 2 p.m. Claremont had reached the high for Monday at 108 degrees. The fire so far as burned 3500 acres, while impacting the air quality throughout the Southland.
It was not only record heat on Monday reaching 108 degrees, but wildfires west of Claremont impacted air quality as huge clouds of smoke covered the Southland. Early in the evening a full "strawberry moon" popped up from the horizon, colored in deep red early on, then getting brighter as the moon rose in the sky. The color of the moon was also influenced from the smoke still lingering from wildfires. Our weather will remain warm in the 90s until the weekend, where high temperatures will cruise past the 100 degree mark starting Saturday. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
As Claremont suffers through record-breaking temperatures, the city is offering designated cool zones around town for residents who want to beat the heat.
Four locations are available for Claremonters who wish to seek refuge during the triple-digit heat wave, according to the city’s website.
The city of Claremont and Golden State Water Company are finally going head-to-head over the future of the Claremont Water System.
Opening statements began this week before presiding Judge Richard Fruin at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles.
The revisiting of a zone change ordinance was met with tension in the chamber during Tuesday night’s city council meeting.
Councilmember Larry Schroeder pulled the second reading of the zone change from the consent calendar for discussion. The item was passed with a 3-2 vote on May 24.
On Friday, June 10 police arrested a Monrovia man on drug charges after he called police eight times in a 30-minute span. Pedro Garcia, 38, first called police from a phone at the Claremont Lodge at 10:14 a.m. While the responding officer was waiting for backup, a second call to the police was made.
Mt. Baldy Fire Department Chief Graham Hendrickson has lived in Mt. Baldy since 1976 and has been part of the volunteer fire department since he was 18. This year they are changing the department’s annual fundraiser by having food trucks, live music and craft beer instead of a steak fry. The event will be at the Mt. Baldy Trout Pools on Saturday June 25 from 12 to 8 p.m.
Tickets are now on sale for the annual Craft Beer Walk, which takes place Saturday,?Jue 25 from 4 to 8 p.m.
More than 40 Village businesses will serve as craft beer tasting and food sampling sites while entertainment rocks the Village at 14 different locations during this seventh annual event.
The trial to determine control over the Claremont water system is set to begin on Monday, June 13.
The proceedings will be the city’s golden opportunity to convince Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard Fruin that it has the standing to claim eminent domain over the system, which is currently operated by Golden State Water Company (GSW).
Claremont had a 40.5 percent voter turnout at Tuesday’s presidential primary, about equal with the state average.
Of the 20,998 registered voters in Claremont, a total of 8,504 ballots were cast.
There are 9,578 registered Democrats in town, of which 4,856 voted. Republicans in Claremont had a lower voter turnout at 2,327 of the 6,086 registered.
Special Olympian Patrick Nguyen, right, leads an entourage that includes Claremont police officers and other local citizens during the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics in Claremont. Four other athletes from the Pomona Valley chapter also carried the torch along Foothill Boulevard including Kenny Williams, Austin Fredrick, Michael Evans and Michael Berry. The event is part of the lead up to the Special Olympics Summer Games to be held June 11 and 12 at Cal State Long Beach. Courier photo/Steven Felschundneff
Folk Music Center employee Jerry O’Sullivan helped chase down a thief who stole Ben Harper’s Grammy award from the store last Thursday. The Grammy had been on display at the Village area store for over a decade but has now been moved to an undisclosed location. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff