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Murder Hornets arrive in the United States: have the potential to diminish bee population

Lauren Guss, Staff Writer

May 18, 2020

   Asian Giant Hornets, otherwise known as “Murder Hornets,” have arrived and established in the US from likely East, South and Mainland Southeast Asia and parts of Russia in the far East. They have been witnessed decapitating honey bees in Washington State, and nests have been found and demol...

Six feet Supplies, a local non-profit, gives back to the community during global pandemic

Christina Riel and Krysta Mendoza, both juniors at West Ranch.

Chika Winston and Ashley Park

May 16, 2020

COVID-19 has affected many worldwide, with countries being forced into lockdown, schools shutting down and people living in constant fear. People with compromised immune systems are forced to stay at home in fear that they will get the virus if they make contact with the outside world.  Despite the...

Hundreds gather to protest stay-at-home orders

Hundreds gather to protest stay-at-home orders

Iman Baber

May 14, 2020

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, governments across the globe have enforced quarantines, or periods of social distancing, in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. However, many have protested against the stay-at-home orders across the U.S. One such protest took place here in Santa Clarita.  On May 5...

Coronavirus can’t stop the coronation of the 2020 Prom King and Queen

Coronavirus can't stop the coronation of the 2020 Prom King and Queen

Alyssa Chang and Brooke Johnston

May 13, 2020

   Prom: an important milestone during seniors’ long journey of high school. For the class of 2020, the journey has been one full of unexpected twists and turns, yet, despite the strange circumstances in quarantine, West Ranch still found a way to honor its persevering seniors.    Alexa Spitzer ...

The coronavirus pandemic leads to the rise of the ‘infodemic’

Noor Baber, Staff Writer

May 8, 2020

   The coronavirus has affected people all across the globe, with countries imposing strict lockdown orders and millions of people being forced to quarantine at home. Today,  there are 1.3 million confirmed cases of coronavirus, and 77,212 people have lost their lives— a number higher than the Americ...

Southern California beaches are packed with people in the midst of the coronavirus

Southern California beaches are packed with people in the midst of the coronavirus

Jasmine Wongphatarakul, Staff Writer

May 5, 2020

   On the week of April 26, Southern California beaches were packed with people ignoring the state’s stay-at-home order.    Ventura and Orange County beaches were opened to the public; however, Los Angeles and San Diego County beaches stayed closed.    According to CNN, about 90,000 people c...

Gov. Newsom discusses plans to reopen California schools as early as July

Gov. Newsom discusses plans to reopen California schools as early as July

Lauren Guss, Staff Writer

May 4, 2020

   On Tuesday, April 28, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that schools around the state have a chance of reopening in late July or early August to compensate for the learning disruption that occurred due to the quarantine. This, however, is a very loose idea and may be unlikely if conditio...

U.S. COVID-19 cases surpass 1,000,000 as Santa Clarita Valley nears 500 cases

Alyssa Chang, Staff Writer

May 4, 2020

   As of May 4, there have been 3,642,068 coronavirus cases and 252,024 deaths worldwide. In the U.S. alone, there have been 1,212,345 confirmed cases and 69,725 deaths.    In the Santa Clarita Valley, at least 571 cases have been confirmed with 15 individuals hospitalized, while a total of 48 h...

Distance learning: how local students and teachers are affected by the new system

Jaeeun Park, Staff Writer

April 24, 2020

   As the world’s medical workers and researchers struggle to control the COVID-19 pandemic, ordinary civilians feel the strain of this disaster in their everyday lives. A new system for education during social distancing called “distance learning” has brought with it both benefits and drawb...

The COVID-19 pandemic causes dramatic changes to the AP exam

The COVID-19 pandemic causes dramatic changes to the AP exam

Jasmine Wongphatarakul, Staff Writer

April 23, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College Board announced that the 2020 AP exams will consist of a 45-minute online exam of only free-response questions. The College Board ultimately decided to make several changes to allow students to still earn their AP exam scores while in quarantine. According to ...

Himalayas become visible, bring hope to India amid lockdown

Himalayas become visible, bring hope to India amid lockdown

Reya Mehta, Staff Writer

April 22, 2020

   As COVID-19 forces a worldwide lockdown, an unexpected benefit of staying indoors has come to light: pollution is reducing everywhere.     China’s air pollution has dropped by a quarter, while in the northeast US, there has been a 30% reduction according to NASA. In northern India, the red...

Bernie Sanders drops out of the presidential race; Joe Biden is the presumptive Democratic nominee

Noor Baber, Staff Writer

April 20, 2020

   Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders announced on April 8 that he was dropping out of the presidential race, clearing the way for former Vice President Joe Biden, who is now considered the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.    On Wednesday, millions of supporters from around the count...

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