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Oscar Dominguez: Refinancing goals

In the past few months, four Union Bank branches in the Santa Clarita Valley have received numerous inquiries about refinancing, a topic especially relevant as the economic climate continues to trend downward, and mortgage interest rates plummet to record lows.

January 31, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns

Maureen Stephenson: No time like the present to tighten things up

I bet that got your attention.

January 31, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns

Michael Picarella: 'News briefs' from the Picarellas

TV broke, conversation a must

January 31, 2009 | Signal Staff | Local Columns

Who gives a hoot for your claim to fame?

It's been a week since Willy Gutman's nauseating letter to the editor appeared in The Signal, and the thought of it is still annoying.

January 31, 2009 | VaNile Risser Canyon Country | Letters to the Editor

'Card check' for union membership issue

The recent Senate confirmation hearing for Rep. Hilda Solis for the Secretary of Labor has become a platform for an issue that's front and center after the presidential election.

January 31, 2009 | David Desmond Victorville | Letters to the Editor

How to win a big award in Hollywood

Wow! Now is the time for the big Hollywood awards. And the best way to get a big Hollywood award is to commit homosexual acts on the big screen.

January 31, 2009 | By Edward Miller Former Santa Clarita resident Pensacola, Fla. | Letters to the Editor

Wildcats boys basketball edges feisty Cowboys

With the Canyon boys basketball team down by two with 13 second left to go in the game, everyone in the Cowboys' gym knew where the ball was going.

Sure enough, just like West Ranch had anticipated, the ball flew to the Cowboys' Mike Edwards, who was double-covered and forced into an off-balance miss from 3-point land with one second left and the Wildcats (14-8, 3-3) escaped with a 46-43 victory Friday night.

January 31, 2009 | By Trevor Sojka For The Signal | SCV Prep Sports

’Cats girls basketball nearly let game get away

With the game seemingly in control, the West Ranch girls basketball team relaxed its suffocating defense for the last two minutes of the Friday night's game.

That's when Canyon cut a 10-point deficit with 2:01 to go down to a one-point deficit with seven seconds left and the Cowboys having possession of the ball.

January 31, 2009 | By Trevor Sojka For The Signal | SCV Prep Sports

Reader Meter results, Jan. 23-30, 2009

Here are the results of's latest Reader Meter poll.

January 30, 2009 | By Signal Staff | Reader Polls

Sierra Vista Junior High goes 'green' next week

Recycling and caring for the planet will take center stage at Sierra Vista Junior High School next week as the Canyon Country school's Associated Student Body and yearbook class sponsor Go Green Week.

January 30, 2009 | Courtesy William S. Hart Union High School District | SCV Raw

‘The Reader’ is Hard to Love

As in 2002's "The Hours," director Stephen Daldry and screenwriter David Hare's last pairing, "The Reader" has the flawless production values and sheen of prestige that make it easy to admire, yet an emotional detachment that makes it difficult to embrace fully.

January 30, 2009 | By Christy Lemire AP Movie Critic | Movies

‘Taken’ with Liam Neeson is a mindlessly entertaining and blissfully brief thriller

A great deal of the allure in "Taken" comes from the wild juxtaposition of its premise: the idea of Liam Neeson - esteemed, acclaimed, 56-year-old Liam Neeson - kicking all kinds of butt in a Euro B-revenge thriller.

January 30, 2009 | By Christy Lemire AP Movie Critic | Movies

‘New In Town’ is sweet romantic comedy set in the small town heartland of the country

We open on a gathering of the Scrappers Club, four women around a kitchen table pasting things into scrapbooks. The moment we hear one of them talking, we're not too surprised to find her name is Blanche Gunderson. Her sister Marge, the trooper, must have been the ambitious one. Not that Blanche isn't, just that she's relentlessly nice.

January 30, 2009 | By Roger Ebert The Critic's Critic | Movies

Smyth recognized for commitment to small businesses

Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, has been recognized by the California Small Business Association (CSBA) for his support and dedication to small business issues. Smyth was awarded the distinction of Summa Cum Laude, the highest category of the CSBA Honor Roll.

January 30, 2009 | Office of Assemblyman Cameron Smyth R-Santa Clarita | SCV Raw

‘Frost/Nixon’ still relevant

Strange, how a man once so reviled has gained stature in the memory. How we cheered when Richard M. Nixon resigned the presidency!

January 30, 2009 | By Roger Ebert The Critic's Critic | Movies

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Santa Clarita homebuyers find many advantages with Pardee Homes and Fair Oaks Ranch

Whether priorities are schools, recreation or convenience and friendly neighborhoods, home buyers are finding that Fair Oaks Ranch by Pardee Homes fills the bill.

March 31, 2013 | For The Signal | Business & Real Estate

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