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2Day in the SCV: Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010

Posted: September 4, 2010 2:18 p.m.
Updated: September 5, 2010 4:30 a.m.
 

Welcome to The-Signal.com's "2day in the SCV," a compendium of today's events and a quick journey through the past, present and future.

Let’s go to the beach
What: The city of Santa Clarita Transit provides bus service to and from Santa Monica. Costs $3 for all children and adults, $1.50 for senior citizens (60+) and persons with disabilities (with proper ID). See website for routes and pickup locations.
When: Through today
Contact: (661) 294-1287 or visit SantaClaritaTransit.com

Gentle Barn open house
What: See and play with all kinds of rescued animals while hearing their stories at The Gentle Barn Foundation. Suggested donation of $5 per person.
When: Sundays at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: 15825 Sierra Highway, Santa Clarita
Contact: (661) 252-2440 or www.gentlebarn.org

Oktoberfest
What: Oktoberfest at Pine Mountain Club’s Lampkin Park. Includes entertainment and activities for the whole family. Free admission, abundant parking and shuttle transport.
When: 11 a.m.
Where: Pine Mountain Club, 18 miles west of Interstate 5; exit at Frazier Mountain Park Road and follow signs.
Contact: (661) 242-3788 or www.pinemountainclub.net

Summer art expo
What: Proxart, the city of Santa Clarita Arts & Events Department and others host this mixed-media art show featuring artwork from regional artists.
When: Through Monday, noon to 6 p.m.
Where: William S. Hart Hall, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall 91321
Contact: staff@proxart.org

Live music
What: Route 66 Classic Grill hosts live bands year-round on the patio.
When: Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.
Where: 18730 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country 91351
Contact: (661) 298-1494

2day in history
Today is Sunday, Sept. 5, the 248th day of 2010. There are 117 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 5, 1972, Black September terrorists attacked the Israeli delegation at the Munich Olympic games; 16 were killed in the siege.

Five years ago: President George W. Bush nominated John Roberts to succeed the late William Rehnquist as chief justice of the United States. Jerry Rice ended an NFL career that included three Super Bowls and records for most career receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.

One year ago: Top finance officials from rich and developing countries agreed during a meeting in London to curb hefty bankers’ bonuses and maintain stimulus measures such as extra government spending to boost the global economy.

2day’s Birthdays

Former Federal Reserve Board chairman Paul A. Volcker is 83. Comedian-actor Bob Newhart is 81. Actress-singer Carol Lawrence is 78. Actor William Devane is 71. Actor George Lazenby is 71. Actress Raquel Welch is 70. Movie director Werner Herzog is 68. Singer Al Stewart is 65. Actor-director Dennis Dugan is 64. College Football Hall of Famer Jerry LeVias is 64. Singer Loudon Wainwright III is 64. Actor Michael Keaton is 59.

AP odd news
Goats on the brink

HELENA, Montana (AP) — Two young goats wandered onto the thin ledge of a railroad bridge and spent nearly two days high above the ground until rescuers in a towering cherry picker plucked them from their perch, hungry but safe.

The rescue occurred Wednesday 60 feet above a little-trafficked rural roadway in southern Montana between Billings and Roundup, after a caller told the Rimrock Humane Society the goats were stranded on the 6-inch ledge.

The young female animals weighing 25 and 35 pounds mostly stayed on the angled ledge, even though there was a wider surface area on a pillar just a few feet away.

“The whole time, we thought they were going to fall off,” said Sandy Church, humane society president. “These guys are just babies.”

Speedy fix to budget crisis

CARSON CITY, Nevada (AP) — One Nevada gubernatorial hopeful sees a speedy fix to Nevada’s budget crisis.
Nonpartisan candidate “Gino” DiSimone believes people would pay for the privilege to drive up to 90 mph on designated highways — and fill the state’s depleted coffers.

DiSimone calls his idea the “free limit plan.” He estimates the plan would bring in $1 billion a year.

First, vehicles would have to pass a safety inspection. Then vehicle information would be loaded into a database, and motorists would purchase a transponder.

After setting up an account, anyone in a hurry could dial in, and for $25 charged to a credit card, be free to speed for 24 hours.

The Nevada Highway Patrol isn’t keen on the idea, saying it would lead to increased injuries and traffic deaths.

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