In recognition of its outstanding creativity, outreach and parent involvement, the Rio Norte Junior High School PTSA has been named the best in the state. The school's Parent Teacher Student Association, which boasts 1,450 members, has several programs that set it apart from other organizations, according to President Dee Dee Jacobson. For instance, the WINGS - Welcoming In Newcomers and Giving Support - program is designed to ease the transition into junior high school.
Five schools in the Saugus Union School District have been named 2008 California Distinguished Schools by the state Board of Education. Bridgeport, Charles Helmers and North Park elementary schools in Valencia, and Emblem and Mountainview elementary schools in Saugus will receive the honor at a special ceremony hosted by state Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell on May 16.
The price for a gallon of mid-grade gasoline hit the $4 mark this week in the Santa Clarita Valley while regular unleaded moved yet closer to the mark, according to a weekly gas survey. Seven local stations are charging at least $4 for a gallon of mid-grade and all but four of the 34 locations surveyed have begun charging at least $4 for a gallon of premium grade gas, according to a survey conducted Thursday by Randy Cressall, owner of Valencia Auto Spa.
An agreement announced Friday by U.S. Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon could halt a nearly decade-long battle between the city of Santa Clarita and global mining company Cemex, Inc. over a planned large-scale mine in Soledad Canyon. McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, on Thursday introduced what he called "win-win" legislation that would cancel Cemex's two, ten-year mining contracts with the federal Bureau of Land Management, effectively ending any chance that the company could mine at the Soledad Canyon ...
Thousands of visitors experienced the cowboy lifestyle on Saturday during the 15th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival at Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studios in Newhall.
The city of Santa Clarita's 2008 Walk of Western Stars will honor three legends of the silver screen on Friday, April 25, starting at 3 p.m. with the unveiling of their stars on the sidewalks of Old Town Newhall and culminating with a western gala dinner and awards ceremony at the Valencia Hyatt Hotel starting 7 p.m.
The results of the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) were released Wednesday, with all five Santa Clarita Valley school districts showing improvement in the test scores of their English language learners. The number of SCV students taking the CELDT also increased, and the number of English learners who took the test this school year increased by nearly 24,000 - 2 percent - over last year statewide.
The Santa Clarita City Council this week voted to release to the public a city attorney report outlining the income disclosure requirements for City Council members on the state-required disclosure forms. City Attorney Carl Newton compiled the report after a local activist pointed out that Mayor Bob Kellar had not disclosed some of his income information on his State of Economic Interests forms since he began on the council in 2000. The report had been ...
An agreement that would put a halt to the long-proposed Cemex mine in Canyon Country was announced today by Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita. The deal, which was introduced to Congress as HR Bill 5877 Thursday, would in effect swap the proposed Soledad Canyon mine site for land in Victorville.
Money paid to engineering consultants trying to reduce the amount of chloride entering the water system has increased by more than two-thirds at the Castaic Lake Water Agency. In June, the agency's Board of Directors authorized $150,000 to be paid to Kennedy/Jenks Consultants for general engineering services which includes the agency's handling of chloride that ends up in the Santa Clara River.
Hundreds of family and friends gathered Thursday afternoon at a memorial for James "Jimmy" Neill, the 23-year-old Castaic resident who died on April 16 when his vehicle flipped over and collided with a tree on Hasley Canyon Road near his home. More than 400 people packed Grace Baptist Church in Saugus to pay their last respects to Neil, a former Hart High School football player who nurtured a post-grad passion for golf.
For the eighth year in a row, the Southern California chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is hitting the pavement. The Great Strides walk starts at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at Westfield Valencia Town Center, aiming to raise money for research.
The driver walked away, but two pedestrians were sent to the hospital Thursday after an out-of-control car jumped the curb and slammed into the pair. Alfonso Garcia of Saugus, and Anna Martinez of Valencia, both 19, were walking on the sidewalk along Bouquet Canyon Road near Espuella Drive on Thursday morning, when they were hit by a 1989 Honda CRX driven by 19-year-old Preston Barton of Palmdale, according to Lt. Tom Bryski of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.
Santa Clarita's unemployment rate rose slightly between February and March, according to figures from the city's Employment Development Department.
Interstate 5 through Castaic will be closed in both directions Thursday night for pavement rehabilitation.
High winds buffeted the Santa Clarita Valley on Monday, toppling at least two trees and sending deputies scrambling to respond to residential burglar alarms in several neighborhoods.
SANTA CLARITA - Two robberies were reported in a six-hour period in Newhall late Sunday and early Monday, and investigators say they may be linked.
Two men have been charged with stealing wreckage of the car in which "Fast and Furious" actor Paul Walker and his friend, Valencia businessman Roger Rodas, died in a fiery crash in the Santa Clarita Valley on Nov. 30.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal officials on Monday unsealed five criminal cases filed against 18 current and former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies as part of an FBI investigation into allegations of civil rights abuses and corruption in the nation's largest jail system.
Los Angeles County social workers rallied outside a county supervisor's office in El Monte on Monday, demanding the county hire more workers for the Department of Children and Family Services to relieve caseloads and provide better care.
College of the Canyons will host a free orientation next Monday for job seekers interested in the fields of aerospace and biomedical manufacturing.
SANTA CLARITA - One woman was injured and taken to the hospital this morning following a four-car crash near the Valencia post office on McBean Parkway.
Visitors to the Valencia Library last weekend were greeted with a sweet surprise: icing-topped and candy-cane-lined gingerbread houses on display for what organizers hope will become a yearly Gingerbread House Contest.
A multi-vehicle crash in Saugus Sunday morning ended with one of the vehicles flipped onto its roof.
The annual Metrolink Holiday Toy Express has been stopped in its tracks because of budget cuts.
Sheriff's Department officials called in deputies from throughout the county Sunday for the Paul Walker-Roger Rodas memorial, which drew some 6,000 to a business park in Valencia.
An estimated 6,000 people converged on Valencia Sunday for a memorial to "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas, jamming traffic around the crash site where the two men died more than a week ago.
Santa Clarita city officials are urging residents to stay away from the Rye Canyon Business Park Sunday, where potentially thousands of car enthusiasts are expected for a memorial event for actor Paul Walker and local businessman Roger Rodas.
Local residents in the north Valencia housing communities near the Paul Walker crash site are bracing for heavy traffic today as a memorial for Paul Walker and Roger Rodas gets underway from noon- 5 p.m.
Northbound lanes of Interstate 5 through the Grapevine were closed for hours Saturday after a winter snow storm blew through Southern California, dropping snow and rain in its wake.