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Search & Rescue team sharpens its skills

With springtime in the Santa Clarita Valley in full swing, many residents take it upon themselves to enjoy a beautiful warm morning at one of the areas many canyons, trails, paths and nature walks. However, enjoying a nature walk is not risk-free. The threat of injury or entrapment along any of these trails or canyons can be life-threatening, and it is incumbent upon the county Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team to seek out individuals in distress and assist them to safety.

June 29, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


School named for leader with foresight

Editor's note: Over the next several weeks, The Signal is giving you a closer look at local schools named for individuals.

Of the 15 schools in the Saugus Union Elementary School District, two have been named for former superintendents who left legacies of fostering excellence in education for all students in the communities of Canyon Country, Saugus, and Valencia.

June 29, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Boydston reflects on council term

Over the last 16 months, TimBen Boydston made each of the Santa Clarita City Council meetings a lot longer than they already were - and he's not apologizing for it.

During his brief time serving on the City Council, the Newhall resident was known for his many probing questions and criticism aimed at not only local developers and their massive projects, but fellow council members and city staff as well.

June 29, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Veterans dept. says ex-marine owes nearly $4,000

Picture in your mind the iconic Iwo Jima flag-raising photograph of the Second World War.

One of the proudest moments in American history - five brave U.S. Marines and one U.S. Navy serviceman working together to erect the Stars & Stripes atop a strategic island in the West Pacific Ocean.

June 29, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Volunteers clean home sites lost to wildfires

Every few seconds, volunteers walked onto the sidewalk carrying a shovelful of debris.

Wearing white masks on their faces, they tossed the remains into a large dumpster, sending dust and ash into the air.

June 28, 2008 | By Tammy Marashlian Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bouquet Junction is city's busiest crossroad

Known for congested intersections and jam-packed, gridlocked freeways, busy roads are as much a part of life in Southern California as food and air.

Santa Clarita is no different. While many roads in the Los Angeles area rank among the busiest in the world, several roads in the Santa Clarita Valley are busy enough to raise the blood-pressure of just about any motorist traveling in the area.

June 28, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Car jumps curb, goes off the wall

A driver escaped injury late Saturday afternoon when her late-model Honda Accord sedan jumped a curb in a Canyon Country parking lot and landed on a retaining wall with one wheel hanging in mid-air.

The mishap took place in the Rainbow Market lot at the corner of Rainbow Glen and Golden Triangle Road in Canyon Country.

June 28, 2008 | By Stephen K. Peeples Signal Online Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Rio Norte PTSA named best in state

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.

June 27, 2008 | By Sharon Cotal Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Saugus district boasts 5 new distinguished schools

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.

June 27, 2008 | By Sharon Cotal Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Gas prices close on $4

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.

June 27, 2008 | By Tammy Marashlian Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


An end in sight for Cemex in Soledad Canyon?

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 site.

June 27, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Thousands taste cowboy life

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.

June 27, 2008 | By Tammy Marashlian Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: Walk of Western Stars to induct Carradine, Saxon, Lilley

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.

June 26, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


English learners' test scores up in SCV

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.

June 26, 2008 | By Sharon Cotal Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


City releases income disclosure report

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 kept confidential due to the attorney-client privilege.

June 26, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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LAPD officer dies following crash in Valencia

A 45-year-old Los Angeles Police Department officer died at a hospital Saturday - two days after suffering what authorities said was a brain aneurysm while driving off-duty in her hometown of Valencia.

July 26, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez and Luke Money Signal Staff Writers | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sixteen arrested at two checkpoints

A pair of checkpoints set up Friday night to check for drivers who may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs resulted in 16 arrests in Santa Clarita, according to officials.

July 26, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Annual balloon festival lifts off again

The main attractions of the 2014 Citrus Classic Balloon Festival took off Saturday morning, with around 25 hot air balloons joining the festivities in Santa Paula.

July 26, 2014 | By Dan Watson Signal Photo Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Pop boy band mixes anti-bullying message with harmonies

A screaming crowd of young female fans braved baking heat Friday afternoon to hear the five-member boy band After Romeo deliver anti-bullying messages interspersed with catchy upbeat pop tunes on an outdoor stage at Westfield Valencia Town Center.

July 25, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Car slams into 4 parked vehicles in Valencia

A car slammed into four vehicles parked on the side of westbound Magic Mountain Parkway across from the Westfield Valencia Town Center on Friday.

July 25, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Cumulative voting heads to court

Whether the city of Santa Clarita can employ a relatively unknown voting system to settle its California Voting Rights Act lawsuit is set to be decided in court.

July 25, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Another rabid bat found in Newhall

Newhall claims the lion's share of rabid bats found this year in the Santa Clarita Valley, with the fourth discovered there within the past week.

July 25, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


DA's office: It's illegal to leave pets in a hot car

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office is reminding pet owners that it's against the law to leave their animals in their vehicles during the dog days of summer.

July 25, 2014 | Source: Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV comes out for a 'Beach Bash'

Canyon Country residents were spared a 40-mile drive to the beach in busy freeway traffic Friday when city officials brought the community the next best thing, trucking in tons of sand for Santa Clarita's Beach Bash event.

July 25, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Designer: Bay Bridge bolts don't need replacing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The chief designer of the new, $6.4 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge says more than 2,000 bolts and rods on the span that have been called into question are safe and can remain in place, a newspaper reported.

July 25, 2014 | Associated Press | Santa Clarita Valley News


West Nile Virus Update: County Vector Control District Confirms More Activity

Santa Fe Springs, Calif. - With temperatures expected to rise in Los Angeles County this weekend, the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD) advises residents to protect themselves from mosquitoes by using insect repellent and removing dirty, stagnant water around the home.

July 25, 2014 | Source: Los Angeles County | Santa Clarita Valley News


Closures for the I-5 Pavement Improvement Project

Gorman - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) plans to implement the closures listed below during the week of July 28 to August 2, 2014, as part of a pavement improvement project on the Golden State Freeway (I-5) between Vista Del Lago Road and the Kern County line. More information about the project is here.

July 25, 2014 | Source: Caltrans | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia man’s photograph could lead to an Old West windfall

A 130-year-old photograph signed by a legendary Old West lawman is expected to fetch a fistful of dollars for a Valencia man.

July 25, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sheriff's Department: Beware of phone scam

If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and threatening to arrest you for failing to appear for jury duty, hang up - it's a scam, sheriff's officials said Thursday.

July 24, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Balloon festival launches again in Santa Clara River Valley

It's "Up, up and away" time in Santa Paula this weekend as the 2014 Citrus Classic Balloon Festival launches with a "balloon glow," entertainment and other activities starting at 6 p.m. Friday.

July 24, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


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