New COVID-19 cases in the county reached over 19,000 and 18,000 on Wednesday and Thursday respectively. This is a direct result from the impact of the December holiday season. We clearly are in the middle of widespread pandemic that will not improve until the end of January, a best case scenario. If there was ever a time to stay at home, now is that time. It's critical you protect yourself and others.
Just before 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 27, a fire broke out in a home on Sumner Avenue in Claremont, but tragedy was averted after a tight-knit group of neighbors went into action. Dean Raki and his friend Luke Podmers, of Minneapolis, were sitting on folding chairs in Mr. Raki’s driveway when they noticed some smoke but did not know where it was coming from. photo by Nick Jones
The city of Claremont’s annual Christmas tree recycling program is now underway and will run through next Friday January 15. Unlike this tree spotted in north Claremont, the stand needs to be removed as does all ornaments, lights and tinsel prior to pick-up. Residents can place the bare tree at the curb by 6 a.m. on their regular refuse collection day however trees over 6 feet tall must be cut in half. For more information, please contact the community services department at (909) 399-5431. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
On Sunday at approximately 1:18 p.m., officers responded to a report of an armed robbery near First Street and Indian Hill Boulevard. According to police, the two suspects and the victim agreed to meet at the location for sale of merchandise negotiated on Offer-Up. During the transaction, the suspects brandished a firearm and demanded the victim’s property.
During the holiday week, community spread of the coronavirus reached a record pace in Los Angeles County with hospitalizations, and tragically deaths, on the rise.
In its first news briefing of the new year, county public health officials gave a dire warning that, as bad as the current outbreak may appear, the next few weeks are likely to be a lot worse.
California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA), part of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), announced that the deadline for the first round of applications for the Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program will be extended until January 13, 2021.
The line of cars to the Mt. Baldy Ski Lifts stretched for miles down the mountain on Sunday, January 3. But that didn’t stop a mass of humanity from charging up Mt. Baldy Road around noon to play, picnic and ski. The weather in the Baldy area was warm, hovering to 50 degrees, with mostly sunny skies. If you are interested in skiing the slopes, I would do it sooner than later given the rapid snow melt. In the Claremont area next week, plan on sunny skies with high temperatures in the 60s, lows in the 40s. There is no chance of rain even in the long range forecast. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
The biggest story of 2020 will come as no surprise, even to those individuals who remain skeptical of its very existence: SARS-CoV-2—the coronavirus.
The pandemic has upended life in such a profound manner that literally everything has changed.
On February 21, 2020, a profile of Susan Lominska and her efforts to assist 195 Americans who were flown from Wuhan China to quarantine at March Air Reserve Base was the first story about the coronavirus to appear in the pages of the COURIER. Little did we know how the pandemic would shape our lives for now, and forever.
Even in the land of sunsets, it will be hard to match the sheer color from the sunset that appeared on Wednesday, December 30. From over 300 feet in the sky and pointed west, the intense colors were so bright, it almost didn't seem real. But it was. And what you are seeing is the closest rendering of what I witnessed that evening. Turn the camera around, and the orange glow lit up the mountains with more bright colors. Maybe the new year will bring a new perspective how we see the world. Temperatures for Claremont will remain cool with highs in the 60s, lows in the 40s. There is a slight chance of rain for the next week, but nothing major on the horizon—except more beautiful colors at sunset! Today's sun drops at 4:51 p.m. Happy New Year! COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
The first big winter storm of the season blew through southern California on Monday, blanketing the local mountains with snow and drenching the valleys with much needed precipitation. The National Weather Service reports that downtown Los Angeles recorded 1.5 inches of rain, while Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties recorded nearly three inches. Snowfall was expected to be between six and 14 inches. Mt. Baldy Resort is reporting 16 inches at the parking lot and 21 at the notch. Unfortunately, Mt. Baldy road remains closed after nearly 100 vehicles were stranded on the mountain Monday evening. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
In the month of November, CPD responded to 22 residential burglaries in the City, whereas in previous months in 2020, we averaged 4 per month. These burglaries are occurring throughout the City and mostly occurring between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Earning the rank of Eagle Scout is difficult and requires years of dedication. In fact, according to the Boy Scouts of America, the requirements are so rigorous that since its inception only four percent of scouts reach the highest rank.
So, it is remarkable that this year seven members of Claremont’s own Boy Scout Troop 407 achieved Eagle Scout rank—and in the middle of a pandemic.