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Rough birth for foal, mother in Canyon Country

Dave Spencer still recalls the miraculous birth of Faith, the newest foal at his Sand Canyon property.

June 23, 2008 | By Tammy Marashlian Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


City to swear in open space overseers

The five members of the citizen panel formed to oversee the Open Space Preservation District will be sworn in Wednesday at the panel's first meeting.

June 23, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Blood drive at Northlake Hills

Northlake Hills Elementary School is hosting its 2nd annual blood drive Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

June 23, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Understanding wild animals

Residents of Sand Canyon should not have been alarmed when they saw a mountain lion, a Russian brown bear or a bobcat in a backyard of a home on Cliffie Way on Sunday afternoon. Despite recent reports of mountain lion sightings in the area, these exotic wildlife animals were part of a traveling exhibit and invited to the large backyard to put on a show for more than 200 spectators.

Brought to Sand Canyon by Kimberly Sylvester-Malzahn and Jeff Lee, the wildlife show provided attendees, which included over 60 young children, with a first-hand look at animals rarely seen in ...

June 22, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two arrested in Castaic on drug charges

Two men were arrested in Castaic shortly after 3 a.m. on Sunday morning, after deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station discovered large amounts of methamphetamines and a weapon inside a vehicle parked on Lake Hughes Road, according to Lt. Tom Bryski.

Jimmy Beserra, 27, and Antonio Duran, 25, were in custody after deputies saw them in a parked vehicle at the 31000 block of Lake Hughes Road with several beer cans on top of their trunk. When deputies came up to the vehicle - which was occupied by Beserra, Duran and two other men - they allegedley smelled ...

June 22, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Earth Day reminds nation to 'go green' everyday

Tuesday will mark the international celebration of Earth Day, which gives local residents the chance to promote environmental awareness and maintain a green lifestyle.

Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel, leader of the Community Hiking Club, sees educational opportunities for not only youngsters, but entire families.

June 22, 2008 | By Tammy Marashlian Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local musician survives cancer

They may be a blues band, but no one was singing the blues on Sunday afternoon at The Londoner Pub in Canyon Country. Quite the contrary, the Alan Wright Blues Band cast a spell on its audience - all in the name of Jay Spell, who survived a bout with esophageal cancer.

The 62-year-old blind keyboardist, originally from Myrtle Beach, S.C., calls the stage at the Canyon Country pub 'home.' As Alan Wright performed vocals and a trio of instruments created harmonic melodies behind him, Spell, who now lives in Canyon Country, razzled and dazzled on stage.

June 22, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Emergency Expo aims to prepare locals for disasters

The nearly 2,000 visitors to the 2008 Emergency Expo wanted to learn one thing: How to prepare their home, family and pets for just about any type of disaster.

The 16th annual expo, sponsored by the city of Santa Clarita, brought in nearly 80 exhibitors to showcase their products, emergency kits and expertise.

June 21, 2008 | By Tammy Marashlian Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall plans receive mixed response

Downtown Newhall is in the midst of a major change that could ultimately lead to a complete transformation of the entire area.

By establishing an arts and entertainment district filled up eclectic shops and fun destinations, the city hopes to establish an "Old Town Newhall" that will one day set its own trend.

June 21, 2008 | By Tammy Marashlian Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Student loan company files for bankruptcy

The Education Resources Institute, the oldest and largest nonprofit guarantor of private education loans in the country has filed for bankruptcy protection in Boston while it reorganizes, listing debt of as much as $1 billion and assets of more than $1 billion in its Chapter 11 petition.

This action was necessary as the nation's ongoing credit woes continue to cause unprecedented volatility in the student loan market and immense hardships on loan-related companies. Difficulties in financing the securitization of private education loans, along with a rise in borrower defaults and delinquencies brought on by a slow economy, have adversely ...

June 20, 2008 | By Signal Staff And Wire Services | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castro jury will meet again Monday

The jury in the trial of Esperanza Castro had not reached verdict by late Friday afternoon and deliberations were set to continue Monday, a court official said.

Attorneys for both sides remain on call.

June 20, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Proposal gives Newhall a brand new Main Street

From street name changes to a switch in businesses, downtown Newhall is beginning to see the product of the city's plans to transform the aging area into a visitor-friendly, historic old town.

Two years from now, downtown Newhall will likely see Main Street lined with trees and old-fashioned street lamps, a traffic circle at the south end of the street, new retail centers and a new library under construction.

June 20, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


EMT union moves up strike date

The workers union representing 60 Santa Clarita Valley paramedics and emergency medical technicians announced this week it will be moving up its planned strike date from May 2 to April 28 after some of the American Medical Response employees reported encountering negativity on the part of their management staff.

The reports led the union to file an unfair labor practice complaint against AMR, according to Matthew Levy, national director of the International Association of EMTs and Paramedics. Levy said the reports originated in the Lancaster office.

June 20, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Northlake Hills named California Distinguished School

Just four and a half years after opening its doors, Northlake Hills Elementary School has joined the ranks of other outstanding schools in the state by being named a 2008 California Distinguished School.

Bob Brauneisen, principal of the Castaic school, said the success of the school can be attributed to several components, and praised the school's great families, PTA support and well-trained staff.

June 20, 2008 | By Sharon Cotal Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Registered sex offender lives too near school

A registered sex offender listed on the Attorney General's Megan's Law Web site, which alerts the public about sex offenders, lives less than a tenth of a mile from a Canyon Country school, The Signal has learned.

John Joseph Gambill, 48, is a registered sex offender who was convicted for continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14, according to the Megan's Law sex offender locator Web site.

June 20, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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3 kids, 3 adults injured in two-vehicle crash near Gorman

Six people including three children were "critically injured" and airlifted to the hospital Sunday following a two-vehicle crash near Gorman, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

April 13, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Driver Fatigue blamed in fatal crash near Agua Dulce

Driver fatigue is suspected to have played a part in a single-car crash near Agua Dulce Saturday night that claimed the life of a Palmdale man, according to the California Highway Patrol officer investigating the incident.

April 13, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita City Council votes to be tallied Tuesday

The race for the Santa Clarita City Council seat formerly occupied by Frank Ferry is expected to be decided Tuesday - a week after the election was held.

April 13, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Thousands attend waste disposal event

Thousands of people hauled obsolete electronics, unneeded paint and flammable liquids to College of the Canyons on Saturday to take part in an event meant to rid them of the household materials considered too dangerous to go into the normal trash.

April 13, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Churches to host Easter celebrations

Higher Vision Church will celebrate Easter the same day as everyone else, but it's joining with another Castaic-area church in throwing a party the day before.

April 13, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Residents can chat with new sheriff’s captain

Santa Clarita is inviting residents to a "meet and greet' for the new Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station captain Wednesday at City Hall.

April 13, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Branching out to green living

Thousands of people were schooled on how to reduce their impact on the environment during Santa Clarita's annual Earth Arbor Day at Central Park on Saturday.

April 13, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


The pack looks back

As election returns rolled in during last Tuesday's challenger-heavy Santa Clarita City Council race, a pattern emerged: The two incumbents were comfortably out front, and a pack of two to five challengers was clumped behind them in a race for the third seat so close that its results won't be known, at the earliest, until the last ballot is counted this Tuesday.

April 13, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Couple: Truck on fire before deadly crash

ORLAND, Calif. - A tractor-trailer already was on fire as it came across a median and crashed into a tour bus, killing 10 people, according to a couple whose car was sideswiped by the big rig.

April 12, 2014 | Signal staff and wire reports | Santa Clarita Valley News


Community invited to Walk of Western Stars induction ceremony

City officials will hold a ceremony Thursday to induct film legends Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson into the Walk of Western Stars in Newhall.

April 11, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Friends of the Library Bag Sale continues

The Santa Clarita Public Library Bag Sale carries into the weekend, with plenty of selections for book lovers to peruse on Saturday.

April 11, 2014 | By Dan Watson Signal chief photographer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Closures for I-5 Truck Lane Project

Santa Clarita - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) plans to implement the closures listed below as part of a project that is constructing truck lanes on I-5 between Pico Canyon Road/Lyons Avenue and the Antelope Valley Freeway (SR-14).

April 11, 2014 | Source: Caltrans | Santa Clarita Valley News


$20,000 sunglass burglary may have been part of ring

At least some of the women believed to have stolen $20,000 in merchandise from a Valencia sunglasses store last month may have been arrested earlier this month in Camarillo, Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's officials said Friday.

April 11, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: SCV student among those on bus in fatal crash

A West Ranch High School student was among the survivors aboard a Humboldt State Unversity-bound bus hit by a FedEx truck, killing 10 and injuring at least 30 in Northern California.

April 11, 2014 | By Signal Staff and Wire Service | Santa Clarita Valley News


Ohio regulators link seismic activity to fracking

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State regulators for the first time have linked earthquake activity in eastern Ohio to hydraulic fracturing, confirming the suspicions of activists pushing unsuccessfully for a drilling ban.

April 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Santa Clarita Valley News


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