Explorers with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station returned victorious this week from a grueling competition against their counterparts in other departments.
Here are the results of The-Signal.com's latest Reader Meter poll.
The-Signal.com visitors cast a total of 434 votes from late afternoon Friday, July 24 to late afternoon Friday, July 31, 2009.
So you say you want a Castaic High School?
It's time to touch base again and talk about some of the trends, concerns, challenges, and successes we've seen in the first six months of 2009. As you know, it is my philosophy that the better informed our deputies and the community are, the more efficiently and effectively we can work together to keep our community safe.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - The House voted overwhelmingly Friday to rush $2 billion into the popular but financially strapped "cash for clunkers" car purchase program, heeding calls from consumers eager to keep taking advantage of thousands of dollars in trade-in incentives.
House members approved the measure 316-109 within hours of learning from Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood that the program was running out of money.
The SCV Allstars, produced by Pramik Entertainment, is made up of 11 of Santa Clarita's busiest professional musicians. These talented musicians, from our own backyard, have been seen on stage worldwide, in movies and television, on tour with major artists, and heard in countless recordings and commercials. They will be performing for Santa Clarita's Concerts in the Park summer concert series at Central Park this Saturday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m.
What does a wine store, hardware store, bookstore, and lingerie store all have in common? They're all specialty stores. Retailers who specialize in a particular type of merchandise and who employ a knowledgeable staff trained to answer questions and solve problems. Think of it this way: When you need a bra, do you go to the grocery store? Or a special wrench. Would a bookstore have that item?
The Canyon Theatre Guild's 2009-2010 Season begins with the comedy, "Who Was That Lady I Saw You With?" Set in the 1950s, the story centers David Williams, an innocent Columbia University chemistry professor (Michael Keane) who can make liquor as easily as an alchemist can make gold. Unfortunately, his wife, Anne (Kelly Bader) discovers him kissing a female student.
The 16th annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival serves Cajun-style crawfish dinners, prepared by Bristol Farms, this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1 and 2, at Rainbow Lagoon, 400-403 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802. The Saturday hours are noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday it's noon to 10 p.m.
ESCAPE (no connection) Theatre's production of "Grease" at Hart High School Auditorium will feature 60 talented teens on stage, in some of your favorite numbers such as "We Go Together," "Summer Nights," and "Born to Hand Jive."
Stand-up comics feel compelled to make you laugh. They're like an obnoxious uncle, with better material. The competition is so fierce these days that most of them are pretty good. I laugh a lot. But unlike my feelings for Catherine Keener, for example, I don't find myself wishing they were my friends. I suspect they're laughing on the outside but gnashing their teeth on the inside.
This fall, the College of the Canyons Cooperative Work Experience Education program will have helped more than 1,000 students acquire internships.
My first-ever job was at a Dairy Queen. They fired me after one day.
Since then I've delivered pizzas, officiated laser tag matches and assembled electrolysis machines. I've stocked shelves at an office supply store, sold knives in people's living rooms and tried to convince people to agree to refinance their homes over the telephone.
Recently, we have seen several opinion pieces summarizing Joe Messina's chances for election to the Hart district school board. As a result, we now have projected numbers about the potential votes and estimates of the campaign coffers. Even the best pollsters know that predicting the outcome of elections is fraught with hazards.
While Sacramento lawmakers are busy patting themselves on the back for finally passing their past-due annual budget, local governments throughout California are busy figuring how to absorb the new cuts to their budgets made by the state to achieve the state's "balanced" budget.
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel agreed Saturday to extend a 12-hour humanitarian truce in the Gaza war by four hours, a Cabinet minister said. In Gaza, a health official said the Palestinian death toll in 19 days of fighting had surpassed 1,000.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A third execution by lethal injection has gone awry in six months, renewing debate over whether there is a foolproof way for the government to humanely kill condemned criminals, and whether it's even worth looking for one.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The sprinklers outside the California's state Capitol are off and the lawn is withering, the lemon- and cucumber-infused "water stations" at the state pension building are gone, and prison inmates are taking shorter showers while campers at some popular parks can't take them at all.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - State transportation officials are reserving the right to install toll lanes on a notoriously congested section of Interstate 405 in Orange County, but local officials aren't happy.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - U.S. Sen. John McCain says the execution of an Arizona inmate that lasted two hours was torture.
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in suburban Washington after signing a secrecy agreement.
BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Union on Friday extended its Ukraine-related sanctions to target top Russian intelligence officials and leaders of the pro-Russia revolt in eastern Ukraine, official documents showed.
A war breaks out between Israel and Hamas. An airliner is shot out of the sky in Ukraine. A Portuguese bank's finances look shaky.
Next Sunday, more than 2,000 children and their parents will flock to Iglesia Vida Real to receive backpacks and school supplies in preparation for the start of the school year.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Yasiel Puig tied a franchise record with three triples and added a double and two RBIs as the Los Angeles Dodgers moved within a half-game of NL West-leading San Francisco by beating the Giants 8-1 on Friday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Relatives of an 8-year-old boy who was beaten to death are suing Los Angeles County for failing to remove him from his Palmdale home.
As part of a project that is constructing truck lanes on Interstate 5 between Pico Canyon Road and Lyons Avenue and the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway, Caltrans will implement several freeway closures next week. Closures will begin Monday and continue through Friday, Aug. 1.
Department of Motor Vehicles officials will hold two public hearings, in Los Angeles and in Northern California, to receive the public's comments on proposed regulations related to a new law allowing driver's licenses to be issued to undocumented California residents.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Stan Lee is missing in action at Comic-Con.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Roman Catholic priest has been removed from his post in Guam over allegations that he molested two boys four decades ago while serving in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, church officials said Friday.