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Archive By Author - Hector Gonzalez


Christmas trees grow tall, their price does too

At Nancy's Ranch on Magic Mountain Parkway, where families come from across Los Angeles County and often from far beyond to pick out a fresh-cut Christmas tree, or for the simple joy of cutting down their own, owner Nancy Roatcap was stumped.

November 29, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Power outage strikes Valencia

A Santa Clarita Valley electrical outage disabled traffic signals and left about 900 people in the dark Wednesday in Valencia.

November 26, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Veterans take in SCV concert for a cause

Eric Clapton sang about it: "After Midnight."

November 24, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local music company students put on eclectic music show

Nothing says Christmas like string instruments sweetly performing Tchaikovsky, Bach and Mendelssohn - plus a little Led Zeppelin.

November 21, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Reparations ordered in Canyon Country street racing death

Two men who were street racing in Canyon Country nearly three years when one slammed his car into a tree, killing his passenger, were ordered Friday to pay more than $23,000 each to the victim's family.

November 21, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Firefighters douse blaze in Stevenson Ranch

Firefighters responded to a house fire in Santa Clarita Valley on Friday and were able to contain the blaze to a single bedroom.

November 21, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Grenade ‘gift’ empties Stevenson Ranch Goodwill store

A "donation" dropped into a Santa Clarita Valley Goodwill store's collection box Friday prompted a Sheriff's Department Arson Bureau response and the evacuation of the store.

November 21, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Concert to benefit Wounded Warrior Project set for Saturday

Fans of punk rock, rap, hip-hop and alt-rock will be able to get all those musical genres in one dose while helping a worthy cause at Saturday's second annual 91384 Benefit at Howie's Pub in Castaic.

November 20, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


When an aging parent says 'no' to a nursing home

One of the toughest decisions an adult may face is deciding what to do with an aging parent facing an urgent medical problem.

November 17, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Senior Living


Festival celebrates arts, literacy

Little Nico Esparza was trying in vain to string beads onto a thread to make a necklace while holding onto a bag of goodies he'd collected during Saturday's Santa Clarita's Literacy & Arts Festival at the Old Town Newhall Library.

November 16, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Festival of Trees ushers in Christmas season

Holiday music, dozens of ornate trees, whimsical gingerbread houses, elaborate wreaths and other seasonal decor created an early Christmas mood at Friday's opening of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley's 12th annual Festival of Trees fundraiser.

November 14, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Better make sure it's the tax man

Recent reports of a rash of scams in which victims are targeted by someone claiming to be a tax collector for the Internal Revenue Service illustrate why seniors, in particular, need to be aware of fraud schemes.

November 10, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Senior Living


SCV hosting Veteran’s Day events

As the nation honors its military veterans Tuesday, Santa Clarita Valley residents can attend local events to pay tribute to those who serve and have served our country.

November 10, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lack of wind helps firefighters whip small SCV blaze

A lull in the Santa Ana winds Friday gave county firefighters a break battling a small grass fire that broke out next to Interstate 5 just south of Calgrove Boulevard, officials said.

November 07, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hart holds meeting on voting areas

Fewer than a handful of people turned out Thursday night at the first of five public meetings William S. Hart Union High School District officials are holding this month and next to provide details of two possible configurations for splitting the district into five voting areas.

November 07, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Local seniors flock to expo

Dan Stern needed to have his hearing checked and Saturday's second-annual Golden Years Expo and Senior Health Fair in Valencia provided the perfect opportunity.

February 09, 2015 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV sheriff’s deputies seek felony vandalism suspect

The victim may have been battered to pieces, but not without exacting revenge: It left behind a video of the alleged perpetrator caught in the act.

February 06, 2015 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Four, including Santa Clarita man, agree to $1.6M fines

A Santa Clarita man was among four people who agreed this week to settle civil charges of an elaborate insider trading scheme that generated nearly $750,000 in illegal profits, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced.

February 06, 2015 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Child Abducted in Palmdale

Sheriff's officials in Palmdale issued a child abduction alert Friday evening for a 3-month-old girl allegedly taken by her father, who might be armed with a handgun.

January 30, 2015 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Alleged burglary attempt in Valencia ends in wrestling match

Two Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies wrestled an attempted burglar to the floor inside a Valencia home Friday following a brief car chase through the neighborhood.

January 30, 2015 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


5-star system provides guide to dialysis facilities

Seniors who need dialysis now have a new tool to help them select a quality facility.

January 25, 2015 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Senior Living


High winds buffet SCV

Powerful Santa Ana winds buffeted the Santa Clarita Valley on Saturday, but Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said they received no reports of serious wind-related damage.

January 24, 2015 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Families peruse preschools in the SCV

Shopping for a preschool for 5-year-old Dylan became a one-stop affair Saturday for parents Ken and Kristine Rudell of Valencia.

January 24, 2015 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital hosts concussion conference

A high school football coach faced a dilemma after one of his players suffered a concussion.

January 24, 2015 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Asteroid to appear in night sky Monday

Local sky-watchers who planned to view a major asteroid flyby of Earth on Monday will probably be disappointed by the forecast, which calls for mostly cloudy skies and a chance of rain Monday night through Tuesday.

January 23, 2015 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Victim injured in Valencia home-invasion robbery

An intruder broke into a Valencia home Friday, punched the homeowner several times and then fled with an unknown amount of property, a Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's official said.

January 23, 2015 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV seminar tackles health care, retirement

At the end of financial advisor Janell Percy's recent presentation, "Health Care and Retirement," at the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce, one gentleman raised his hand.

January 19, 2015 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Special needs hockey players face off in Valencia

With coach Rob Muir at his side, Sebastien Mancipe skated onto the hockey rink Saturday and moved gingerly toward the goalie.

January 17, 2015 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man performs science demonstration in Valencia to inspire kids

Kayla Nelson learned about static electricity during a science demonstration Saturday at West Creek Park, even if she couldn't quite put into words what is what she learned.

January 17, 2015 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


MLK Day closures scheduled around SCV

Santa Clarita Valley residents can honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a MLK Day celebration at Dr, Richard H. Rioux Memorial Park on Monday.

January 16, 2015 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


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