July 21, 2012
It may be too obvious an intro, but filmmaker Todd Solondz - whose new film “Dark Horse” opens next week - could himself be considered a dark horse. His films have a strong following at festivals and in art houses, but they are too honest, too dark, and too bitterly funny to fit any major studio's notion of “commercial.” Most of all, they are relentlessly unsentimental - which doesn't mean they're not emotionally engaging. He first attracted attention with “Welcome to the Dollhouse” (1995)
June 28, 2012
A 1,000-pound horse is safe and sound after falling into an empty pool at a home in the Shadow Hills area of Sun Valley Thursday. The horse's caretaker arrived at the home on the 10900 block of Walnut Drive around 8:30 a.m. and found the 27-year-old horse at the bottom of the pool. Rescue workers were able to tranquilize the horse and pull him to safety. He is expected to be okay. According to the caretaker, the male Arabian horse is kept in a stable behind the home. They do not know how the horse escaped from the stable and ended up in the empty pool.
June 1, 2012
Up in the Crescenta Valley, residents often see signs referring to Dunsmore, as in canyon, avenue, park, elementary school and even as in sediment debris basin. But who was the person behind all those signs? Jo Anne Sadler, the valley's resident historian, decided to find out. The first thing she found was that his name has many spellings. She's seen it as Dunsmoor, Dunsmore and Dunsmuir. She says the correct spelling was Dunsmoor. “While the Dunsmoor family only lived in the valley for a few years, they left their mark," she wrote in the Crescenta Valley Historical Society's newsletter, the Ledger, published in March 2011.
January 28, 2012
“Oh my goodness.” That's the first thing Mara Baygulova said 13 years ago when she laid eyes on a donkey-zebra hybrid - called “zonkeys” or “zedonks” - in Shadow Hills. She had to have the rare equine. Lucky for her, the donkey dealer had no idea what he had on his hands, Baygulova said, and she ended up getting for free what could have cost thousands of dollars. “He didn't know her value,” she said. Baygulova grew up with a donkey named Mona Lisa and had promised her son, Andreas, a donkey just like hers.
January 5, 2012
A horse named Cowboy found it a tough trot home in Altadena when he stepped on a manhole cover that gave way. The man riding the horse, Damon Scott, managed to leap from the horse to safety. But the horse became trapped in the manhole along Lincoln Avenue, KTLA-TV reported. Scott and two other riders tried to pull Cowboy out. Scott even climbed into the hole to loosen Cowboy's saddle. Continue reading > > -- KTLA-TV Photo: Horse named Cowboy after falling down manhole cover.
November 30, 2011
Lisa Herron and her 1,100-pound horse, Zip, are currently forced to clip-clop on asphalt at Bette Davis Park, but come next year, the duo could be trotting along a new 3-acre bridle loop connecting with a new Glendale park and trail system along the L.A. River. “I'm really excited,” Herron said. “It's just really dangerous to ride on the street with all the cars.” Herron and her white-and-brown horse were front and center at a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for the equestrian project, which is covered by $3 million from Los Angeles Department of Water & Power.
May 27, 2011
An outbreak of a potentially deadly equine herpes virus that has affected 18 horses in California has kept ticket sales for the Memorial Day Classic, a weeklong riding show at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, at about half of what they should be, according to a spokeswoman for the event. All 18 horses affected by the equine herpes virus-1, a highly contagious airborne virus, were placed under quarantine, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture. No new cases have been reported since May 23. Humans are not at risk of contracting the virus, for which there is no vaccine.
May 8, 2011
This past week saw Burbankers kick up their charitable and caring spirit by walking the Chandler Bikeway, enjoying a Western-themed horse show at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center and strutting the fashion catwalk to benefit the charities of Temple Emanu El. Supporters of the Family Service Agency of Burbank took to the Chandler Bikeway for the organization's fourth annual Care Walk on April 30. Following a welcoming ceremony conducted by the...
March 31, 2011
Bridle trails and horses have been an important part of life for residents of La Cañada Flintridge since it was first subdivided in the 1920s. Over the years, many residents have kept horses on their properties and the Karig family, who bought a place on Woodleigh Lane in 1950 for $45,000, was no exception. The house itself was a small ranch house built in 1937, but the draw was the enormous backyard with lots of space and access to the riding trails for the four Karig children, explained Mary Karig Durso.
March 25, 2011
NANCY CAROL KIRST Nancy Carol Kirst of Newport Beach, California entered eternal life on March 12, 2011 at 60 years of age. She was born July 13, 1950 in La Cañada, California, where she lived throughout her youth, and died on March 12 in Newport Beach. The second child and oldest daughter of Philip and Colleen Kirst, Nancy was a fourth generation Californian whose forebears were prominent early settlers of Los Angeles and La Cañada. She attended parochial grammar school at Saint Bede the Venerable, where her parents were founding members of the parish.