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Tuesday June 21 2016

Fire Update from the City

Press Release posted 6/21/16 - FIRE UPDATE: The fire remains east of us with no threat at this time to the Sierra Madre Community. City officials will continue to monitor the fire events throughout the day. It is expected to be another hot day with very bad air quality due to the fires. We remind everyone [...]

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Monday May 11 2015

SMFD Extinguishes Car Fire on Montecito

Posted 5/11/15 – Around 8pm this evening, SMFD responded to a call that turned out to be what appeared to be a pick up truck on fire.  The vehicle was right next to a very tall tree with low hanging foliage, but SMFD got the fire out quickly, averting a very dangerous situation.  In any [...]

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Saturday October 04 2014

Hastings Albertson’s To Close In Early November

Posted 10/4/14 – Multiple sources are reporting that the employees of the Albertson’s at Michillinda and Sierra Madre Blvd. were told yesterday that their store will be closing in the first week of November.  According to one source, the investment company that acquired the chain, Cerberus Capital Management, has decided that the store is no [...]

Monday September 15 2014

Brush Fire Contained Off 800 Block of North Auburn Ave. – Updated (Photos)

Brush Fire Contained Off 800 Block of North Auburn Ave. - Updated (Photos)

Posted 9/15/14-  Update from the City at 8:30pm - Update: Auburn Ave is now open to the public. Electricity has been restored. The fire has been completely extinguished. Sierra Madre Police would like to thank the community for being so cooperative throughout the duration of the incident. We wish all our community residents a safe night! [...]

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Sunday August 10 2014

Water Main Replacement To Begin 8/11, Thru 10/8, Drivers Advised to Avoid North Mt. Trail

Press Release Posted 8/10/14 – On Monday, August 11 construction will begin on the replacement of the existing water main in North Mountain Trail Avenue. The existing main was installed in 1928 and has been subject to multiple serious leakage incidents in recent years (Editor’s Note – see our coverage from 11/18/12 here: http://www.sierramadrenews.net/?p=11478. A [...]

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Saturday June 14 2014

Blog Names Sierra Madre One of CA’s Ten Safest

The 10 Safest Places In California By Movoto Real EstatePress Release posted 6/14/14 – Movoto, the real estate research blog, recently completed research on the safest places in California.  This morning, the city was notified that Sierra Madre was ranked as the 8th safest place in California, for all cities with populations over 10,000.  There [...]

Wednesday May 21 2014

Suspect Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography.

Suspect Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography.

Press Release posted 5/21/14 – An early morning Search Warrant was served at a residence in the 400 Blk of Sturtevant Dr., in the City of Sierra Madre.  The Sierra Madre Police Department and the Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) Task Force were involved in the investigation.  Edward L. Sanchez, 66, of Sierra Madre was [...]

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Tuesday May 20 2014

Fire Engulfs Laurel House

Fire Engulfs Laurel House

Posted 5/20/14 – One thing for sure, Matt Gallagher, his wife and two teenagers will not be sleeping at home in the house they’ve lived in since 2001 tonight, after fire swept through their home early this morning, leaving it uninhabitable for now, if not for good.  Insurance investigators were at the site on West [...]

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Wednesday April 30 2014

City Closes Mountain Recreation Areas, Cites Fire Danger

Press Release posted 4/30/14 - Due to the Red Flag conditions and high fire danger City Officials along with the Department of Forestry have decided to keep the local mountain recreation areas closed until Friday for the public’s safety. Santa Anita Canyon Road, Chantry Flats, Bailey Canyon Park, and Mount Wilson Trail will remain closed until [...]

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Sunday April 27 2014

Updated – Suicide Victim a Sierra Madre Resident

Updated 5:30pm, 4/28/14 – I just got off the phone with the LA Dept. of Coroner, who confirmed for me that the investigation into the incident at Bailey Canyon Park is closed.  Fifty-four year old Sierra Madre resident  and pilot James Cummiskey died from a self-inflicted gunshot.  More details can be found here: http://www.losangelesregister.com/articles/cummiskey-598474-sierra-park.html Updated at [...]

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Saturday March 29 2014

Dick Johnson Named SM Older American, Reception to be Held May 30th

Press Release posted 3/29/14 – Sierra Madre will be honoring Dick Johnson as the 2014 Sierra Madre Older American of the Year at a local reception held at the Hart Park House Senior Center on Friday, May 30, 2014 from 4:30-6:00 PM The City of Sierra Madre Community Services Department and the Senior Community Commission [...]

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Saturday March 29 2014

CAL FIRE Moves to Peak Staffing in Southern California

Press Release posted 3/29/14 - Despite Some Rain In March Fire Activity Remains High Despite recent rainfall, CAL FIRE continues to respond to a significant increase in wildfires, especially in Central and Southern California where rain totals have done little to combat drought conditions. Starting Monday, March 31, CAL FIRE will move to peak staffing levels [...]

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Saturday March 29 2014

La Habra Quake Shakes Up Sierra Madre, No Reports Of Damage

Posted 3/29/14 – A 5.1 earthquake shook through Sierra Madre last night, rocking us with a good jolt followed by some rolling for several seconds afterward.  The quake, reported by the USGS as being centered 1 km South of La Habra, appears to have left Sierra Madre undamaged, though in the light of day there’s [...]

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Tuesday February 25 2014

City Encourages Rainwater Harvesting During Storm, for Non-Potable Use

Press Release posted 2/25/14 – With considerable rainfall in the forecast for the upcoming week, the City of Sierra Madre would like to encourage residents to think about opportunities to collect rain water and use it to supplement their potable supply. One inch rain on a 1000 square foot roof will yield 600 gallons of [...]

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Saturday January 18 2014

SMRFA Seeks Float Designs for 2015 T of R Parade

SMRFA Seeks Float Designs for 2015 T of R Parade

 Press Release posted 1/18/14 - Richard L. Chinen officially announced the theme for the 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade, “Inspiring Stories”.  “The 2015 theme allows us to reflect on and appreciate the many people around us who elevate the human spirit by who they are, what they have done and what they continue to do,” said [...]

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Saturday January 18 2014

Richard Chinen Elected T of R President, Announces 2015 Theme

Richard Chinen Elected T of R President, Announces 2015 Theme

Press Release posted 1/18/14 – In a ceremony on January 16th, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Association’s Board of Directors confirmed Richard L. Chinen as President for the 2014-2015 Tournament year. Chinen will provide leadership for the 126th Rose Parade and the 101st Rose Bowl Game®, which will host the first College Football semifinal, on [...]

Thursday January 16 2014

No, Sierra Madre Isn’t Burning – Knock on Wood

No, Sierra Madre Isn't Burning - Knock on Wood

Posted 1/16/14 – The Colby fire, which started in the vicinity of Glendora Mountain Road and the Colby Truck Trail in the hills behind Glendora early this morning, has now burned 1,709 acres (as of the last update of the InciWeb website http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3766/  at about 3pm).  There are more than 500 fire personnel fighting it from [...]

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Monday December 23 2013

Hey, Frosty’s Back in Town

Hey, Frosty's Back in Town

Posted 12/23/13 – For back story and pictures from previous years, click here.

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Wednesday October 23 2013

Neil the Pig Not Going Anywhere: City Says Matter is Closed

Update posted 10:23 at 8:30 – Statement from Katherine Emerson’s Facebook page: I want to thank Larry Giannone, Chief of Police, Sierra Madre Police Department for working so diligently to save Neil Pig. Due to social media and a close knit community a resolution was reached within 24 hours. This would not have been possible without our [...]

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Monday September 09 2013

Sierra Madre Residents to Hold Candlelight Vigil Tonight to Urge Rep. Chu to Vote Against Bombing Syria

Press Release posted 9/9/13 – Residents of Sierra Madre will hold a candlelight vigil at Kersting Court at 7pm on Monday evening (tonight) to urge Representative Judy Chu to vote against bombing Syria. The event in Sierra Madre is part of a national day of action being organized by the progressive organizations MoveOn.org Civic Action, [...]

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Friday July 12 2013

John Napolitano to Testify at Khalid Sheik Mohammed Hearings at Gitmo

John Napolitano to Testify at Khalid Sheik Mohammed Hearings at Gitmo

Posted 7/11/13 – We have received word that occasional Sierra Madre News Net contributor John Napolitano, NYPD retired and father of FDNY Lt. John Napolitano, who was killed in the North Tower following the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11, has been asked to testify at the military commission hearings of Khalid Sheik Mohammed and [...]

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Thursday July 11 2013

West Nile Virus Found in Neighboring Arcadia

Press Release posted 7/11/13 – San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District vector ecologists confirmed that three dead crows collected last week from the cities of Arcadia and Covina tested positive for West Nile virus (WNv). So far this year, the District has confirmed a total of four WNv infected birds; three from the [...]

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Monday May 20 2013

Oklahoma Tornado Update, Here’s How You Can Help, + Connection Site Online

Posted 5/20/13 – If you are looking for a friend or family member in Oklahoma, you may find some help at www.SafeAndWell.org.  Of course, they will have to have been able to access a computer or contact someone who has access, but it’s a place to start. The Red Cross is accepting monetary donations via [...]

Saturday May 04 2013

SGV Red Flag Warning Expires, CA Statewide Fire Summary

Press Release posted 5/4/13 (Received 7:20am) – Despite continued gusty winds yesterday, firefighters are making good progress towards containment on the rash of wildfires that have sparked the past couple days. Over 4,000 firefighters are on the frontlines of the nearly half dozen major wildfires that are burning in California. Yesterday, the winds shifted in [...]

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Thursday May 02 2013

Sierra Madre Tennis Court Resurfacing Closure – EXTENDED

Press Release posted 5/2/13 – The number of days the tennis courts at Sierra Vista Park and Memorial Park are closed for court resurfacing has been extended. Due to the curing process, the court closure will continue through Sunday, May 5, 2013. Sierra Vista Park is located at 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, [...]

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Thursday April 25 2013

A Look Back Five Years After the Sierra Madre Fire of 2008 – Are We Ready If It Happens Again?

A Look Back Five Years After the Sierra Madre Fire of 2008 - Are We Ready If It Happens Again?

Posted 4/25/13 – Santa Anita Fire: Facts and Background Saturday, April 26th, 2008, started out like many other spring days in Sierra Madre.  Blue skies, a high of 80 degrees expected, and multiple community activities scheduled.  The City was going to hold dedication ceremonies for its first new park in thirty years, Goldberg Park in [...]

Wednesday April 24 2013

City Tennis Courts to Close Next Week for Resurfacing

Press Release posted 4/24/13 – The tennis courts at Sierra Vista Park and Memorial Park will be closed for court resurfacing the week of Monday, April 29, 2013 through Friday, May 3, 2013.  Sierra Vista Park is located at 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd..  Memorial Park is located at 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd..  Tennis [...]

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Saturday April 20 2013

Updated 4/21 – 9PM and 9:40PM 4/20 Updates from City of Monrovia re: Madison Fire

Posted 11am, 4/21/13 - Update 9:52 am from City of Monrovia - Evacuations have been lifted for Briar Cliff and Alta Vista. The fire is 55 percent contained and has burned 125 acres.  Also, in a separate report, according to one of the Monrovia Planning Commissioners, the fire was started by a gardener, “whacking” brush. Posted 10pm, [...]

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Saturday April 20 2013

Monrovia Brush Fire Reportedly More Than 50 Acres

Monrovia Brush Fire Reportedly More Than 50 Acres

Posted 4/20/13 – Heading out to a SMRFA fundraiser, no further updates till late tonight when I return.  Not sure how long this link will be live in Monrovia, but as of right now, it’s aerial shots of Monrovia fire.  http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/live Updated at 5:05 from 4:25 press release from City of Monrovia -  “Updated 4:25 [...]

Saturday April 20 2013

Brush Fire in Hills of Monrovia

Press Release posted 4/10/13 at 2:30pm Monrovia Hillside Brush Fire at Madison and Crescent Avenues April 20, 2013 At 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, the Monrovia Fire Department responded to a call of a brush fire in the Monrovia hillside at 322 N Madison Avenue.  As of 1:45pm, the fire covers 15 acres and [...]

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Saturday April 20 2013

CAL FIRE on Alert for High Fire Danger

Press Release posted 4/20/13 – CAL FIRE firefighters are on high alert as gusty winds will increase the fire danger across much of Southern California. The National Weather Service issued a “Red Flag Warning” starting Thursday morning through Friday afternoon due to a moderate Santa Ana wind event. Gusty winds up to 50 mph are [...]

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Monday April 15 2013

Mtn. Views News Reports Tim Osti is Fine in Boston

Posted 4/15/13 – Just thought I’d share this post I just saw on the Mtn. Views News Facebook page: UPDATE ON SIERRA MADREAN IN BOSTON MARATHON: TIM OSTI IS OKAY. He had completed the race and was on a bus at the time of the explosion. Just got off the phone with the Osti family! He [...]

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Monday February 11 2013

Sierra Madre Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison for Enticing Minors to Have Sex

Press Release posted 2/11/13 – from FBI.gov RIVERSIDE, CA—A 27 year old man who enticed juvenile females to engage in sexual acts was sentenced Tuesday to 240 months’ imprisonment by United States District Court Judge Virginia A. Phillips, announced Andrė Birotte, Jr., the United States Attorney in Los Angeles, and Bill Lewis, the Assistant Director [...]

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Sunday January 13 2013

Sierra Madre Search And Rescue December, 2012 Rescue Log

Sierra Madre Search And Rescue December, 2012 Rescue Log

Posted 1/13/13 – During the month of December, Sierra Madre Search and Rescue (SMSR) responded to five calls for assistance.   December closed out a busy 2012 for SMSR with the Team responding to 105 incidents during the year.  During these search and rescue operations SMSR provided assistance to 123 individuals lost or injured in the [...]

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Sunday January 13 2013

SR710 Study Team to Share Alternatives Information, Public Invited

SR710 Study Team to Share Alternatives Information, Public Invited

Press Release posted 1/13/13 – Metro for the State Route 710 (SR-710) Study team is hosting three All Communities Convening Open Houses in the month of January. During our Open Houses, we will be sharing information about the five Alternatives that will be carried into the Draft Environmental Impact Report/ Environmental Impact Statement for in [...]

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Wednesday January 09 2013

The Late Huell Howser Calls Sierra Madre “A Fine Example of California Gold”

The Late Huell Howser Calls Sierra Madre

Posted 1/9/13 – In October of 2007, Huell Howser presided over the City of Sierra Madre’s Centennial Closing Ceremonies, including being named honorary mayor for the day. In this video, Huell Howser talks about how he feels about Sierra Madre, and tells residents not to take what they have here for granted.  For more pictures [...]

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Tuesday December 18 2012

Winds Knock Out Power in Parts of the City – Updated

Update 10:30 – Edison has removed the larger of the two outages from their outage website, I can only assume that the 494 now have power again.  The other outage has been reduced to 161 impacted customers, and the status has changed to “we are in the process of completing repairs.” Updated 9:30 – Pretty [...]

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Sunday November 18 2012

Grandview, Mountain Trail Closed Due to Water Leak, Hole in Street

Grandview, Mountain Trail Closed Due to Water Leak, Hole in Street

UPDATE Posted 11/18/12 – This just in from Elaine Aguilar in response to our question about how many residents are without water and how long they will be without it: “All the homes on both sides of the street on Mt. Trail between Grandview and Alegria.  We are still aiming to get the water back [...]

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Sunday September 23 2012

Assemblyman Donnelly Launches 59th Assembly District’s Constitution Essay Contest

Assemblyman Donnelly Launches 59th Assembly District's Constitution Essay Contest

Press Release posted 9/23/12 - If you are in Jr. High or High School and live in the 59th Assembly District, you are eligible to enter the 2012 Constitution Essay Contest! Please submit an essay of 400 – 800 words describing which signer of the Constitution you admire most and why. Please submit all essays via e-mail [...]

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Thursday September 13 2012

SMFD Introduces New Captains

SMFD Introduces New Captains

Posted 9/13/12 – Sierra Madre Fire Chief Steve Heydorff introduced the new (and old) captains of the Sierra Madre Fire Dept. to the City at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.  Greg Christmas is the new EMS Captain, overseeing the Paramedic program.  Mike Goth, a 20-year veteran Firefighter (with various departments) will oversee training.  Rich Snyder [...]

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Thursday September 13 2012

August Rescue Log, Sierra Madre Search And Rescue

Posted 9/13/12 – During the month of August, Sierra Madre Search and Rescue (SMSR) responded to a dozen calls for assistance.   A selected set of calls are described below. Injured Hikers, Big Santa Anita Canyon: Sierra Madre Search and Rescue responded to reports of an injured hiker below Chantry Flat.  Initial reports indicated that the [...]

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Tuesday September 11 2012

It’s 344, Not 343 – Remember Glenn Winuk

Posted 9/11/12 – A few years back, I heard that there was actually a 344th firefighter that died on 9/11/2001.  As it was described to me, the media had contacted the International Association of Firefighters to find out how many NYFD personnel had died, and it was 343.  That’s a fact.  But the story, as [...]

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Wednesday September 05 2012

SM Farmers’ Market Switches to Fall/Winter Hours

SM Farmers' Market Switches to Fall/Winter Hours

Press Release posted 9/5/12 – The  hours have changed (starting today) to 3:00-7:00pm every Wednesday throughout the fall and winter months. The Farmers’ Market is a great opportunity to come on down and meet the farmer directly. Dry Dock Fish has fresh and delicious wild caught varieties of fish. Rustic Loaf has your artisanal breads [...]

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Tuesday August 28 2012

Update on Gold Line from Habib Balian of Foothill Extension Authority

Update on Gold Line from Habib Balian of Foothill Extension Authority

Op-Ed posted 8/28/12 – Earlier today (Monday, 8/27/12) Governor Brown signed AB1600 into law, amending the Construction Authority’s enabling legislation to extend the Foothill Extension project boundaries to Montclair in San Bernardino County. The changes also make Montclair an “Extension city” and the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) a non-voting member of the Authority board [...]

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Monday August 27 2012

Family Seeks Help to Find Missing Man

Family Seeks Help to Find Missing Man

Posted 8/27/12 – I know I generally don’t publish a story unless it relates to Sierra Madre, but in this case it is about a friend who is concerned for her missing brother, so I’m going to go ahead and post it.  Pomona’s not too far away, maybe someone will have seen him. Craig Scully, [...]

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Friday August 17 2012

Sierra Madre Search And Rescue Rescue Log, July, 2012

Sierra Madre Search And Rescue Rescue Log, July, 2012

Posted 8/17/12 - During the month of July, Sierra Madre Search and Rescue (SMSR) responded to 18 calls for assistance.   Details on a selection of the calls are described below. Busy 4th of July:  After participating in the Sierra Madre 4th of July parade SMSR responded to several calls in the local area.  The first was [...]

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Wednesday August 15 2012

CAL FIRE Issues Statewide Burn Ban

Press Release posted 8/15/12 - Dry Conditions and Increased Fire Activity Lead to Burning Suspension Sacramento-California’s increased fire activity, coupled with the current weather forecast for continued heightened fire danger, has prompted CAL FIRE to suspend all burning permits and open fire within the State Responsibility Area of California. The Burn Ban suspends all residential burn [...]

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Wednesday August 15 2012

Sierra Madre News Net Reintroduces SMCalendar.info

Sierra Madre News Net Reintroduces SMCalendar.info

Posted 8/15/12 – SierraMadreNews.Net is pleased to re-introduce our Sierra Madre calendar of events, found at www.SMCalendar.info.  On our calendar, you’ll find listings for Sierra Madre events, including commission meetings, non-profit organization events, library activities and much more.  Many of these events link to more information about the event or the organization posting the event. [...]

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Wednesday August 15 2012

California Statewide Fire Summary, Wednesday Aug. 15

California Statewide Fire Summary, Wednesday Aug. 15

Press Release from California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection at 9:47am, posted 8/15/22 – Nearly a dozen wildfires continue to burn across California and more than 8,000 firefighters are on the frontlines battling these fires. Above average temperatures coupled with extremely dry conditions are causing fires to burn very actively. Afternoon and evening thunderstorms [...]

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Saturday July 14 2012

Waterworks Aquatics Mentorship Volunteer Program

Press Release posted 7/14/12 – Waterworks will be accepting participants for the Mentorship Volunteer Program. This program is similar to the Junior Lifeguard Program that the City of Sierra Madre offered in the past. Program Details: For ages 11-15 years old There is NO CHARGE for this program Dates and times will be discussed between [...]

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Saturday July 07 2012

Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Log, June 2012

Press Release posted 7/7/12 – During the month of June, Sierra Madre Search and Rescue (SMSR) responded to 18 calls for assistance.   Details on a selection of the calls are described below. A Busy June 3rd:  The afternoon of June 3rd turned out to be very busy for SMSR.  The afternoon started with the rescue [...]

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Friday June 15 2012

Cud You Help Us Find the Missing Cow?

Cud You Help Us Find the Missing Cow?

Posted 6/15/12 – From SMPD Bulletin On 06/14/2012, at 12:36 am, the unknown female suspect, pictured in photo #1(above and below), took a cow statue (also in photo #1) from the front of Mother Moo Creamery, 17 Kersting Ct., and left the location with the statue.  The suspect was at a nearby bar with several [...]

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Thursday June 14 2012

Partial Closure of EB 210 Tonight

Partial Closure of EB 210 Tonight

Posted 6/14/12

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Thursday June 07 2012

Car-B-Q and Structure Fire at Esperanza Building, Fire Out, No Injuries

Car-B-Q and Structure Fire at Esperanza Building, Fire Out, No Injuries

Posted 6/7/12 - At 8:51 this morning, SMFD Engine 41 responded to a 911 call dispatched through Verdugo, arriving on the scene at 8:54:28.  The fire was at 59 Esperanza, but at the rear of the apartment complex, abutting Mariposa.  A pickup truck was on fire (origin under investigation) and it had spread to the carport [...]

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