The video program at West Ranch High School continued its award-winning work this spring, bringing home honors from state and national competitions.
At the 42nd annual California Media Festival, the WRTV daily broadcast was named the Best Student Produced Television Show in the state of California. "The Coffin," a short film by Tyler Sellars and Josh Chocooj, was named Most Creative Video and "Cruel Melody," a music video by Aaron LaRue and Jordan Paterson, won Best Cinematography at the festival.
Some 30 young children and teenagers swimming in a community pool at Soledad Canyon's Thousand Trails in Acton were surprised Saturday when a cannon was fired.
Thankfully, the cannon was not real. Instead, the fake piece of artillery was used to take about 300 onlookers back in time to the 1860s, when America was engulfed in the Civil War.
A lot of people complain about the skyrocketing price of gasoline, but a West Ranch High School chemistry teacher, with the help of his students, decided to do something about it.
After gathering used vegetable oil from a local Burger King, teacher Benjamin Scott taught his students how to turn the leftover french fry grease into biodiesel fuel.
As the week rounded out with average gas prices reaching $4.40 per gallon, city bus ridership is now at an all-time high, according to a Santa Clarita Transit official.
"People need public transportation now more than ever," said Transit Manager Jeff O'Keefe. "Clearly the rising fuel prices have had an effect on ridership."
A Saugus man was arrested Saturday morning after a neighbor saw him beating his Pit Bull Terrier repeatedly with a shovel, officials said.
According to Lt. Tom Bryski of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station, Matthew Lantzy, 30, was taken into custody after his neighbor called the station to report that Lantzy used a shovel to beat the head of his dog.
A local teacher has also been awarded a $10,000 A+ for Energy grant from BP America.
Wendy Shaner, a special education teacher at Canyon Springs Elementary School, received a grant for a project she developed called Nature's Energy at Work. The project will give students the opportunity to learn about solar, thermal and biomass energy through the creation and maintenance of a solar greenhouse, outdoor solar garden, solar water farm and biomass compost station.
A 3-acre grass fire erupted Saturday morning just off the right hillside shoulder of northbound Interstate 5 at the 2,000-foot level. Fire crews fought the Turn Incident, which burned along the rugged, mountainous gap between northbound and southbound lanes of I-5 approximately 2 miles north of Lake Hughes Road in Castaic, for nearly one hour.
According to Batallion 6 Fire Chief Michael Flocks, the fire started just before 11 a.m. Saturday. About 80 county firefighters and crew members assisted in dousing the blaze.
LandSource Communities Development, LLC, owner of Newhall Land, Sunday filed a voluntary petition for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware in Wilmington.
As a LandSource subsidiary, Valencia-based Newhall Land is included in the filing.
Saturday was SCV Dodger Day at Dodger Stadium, as the team played an afternoon game, the third in a series of four games with the visiting Chicago Cubs.
A group of eighth graders at Rio Norte Junior High just completed a two-year experiment involving an educational concept called "looping."
Simply put, looping is the practice of allowing a classroom teacher to "promote" with his or her class of students to the next grade, so that a team of students stays with the same teacher for both seventh and eighth grades.
The city of Santa Clarita's Newhall Community Center recently received a donation of more that $4,000 worth of top brand name soccer shoes on behalf of Planet Soccer. Planet Soccer is a retail establishment in downtown Newhall owned by Carlos Marroquin.
"Planet Soccer is providing the community center's low-income youth with this prestigious opportunity that would be otherwise unaffordable for them and is also contributing to and creating a positive alternative for the high-risk youth in the community," Efren Galindo, sports coordinator for the center, said in a statement.
With oil hitting yet another record price Friday, we asked men (and women) around the SCV how they are coping with the higher price of gas and goods.
"My husband is getting a second job just to get us through."
To hear Kim Jaserie's aunt tell it, Suzy Hamblen was "like a stone being thrown into a quiet pool that left a ripple of love."
To hear other family members tell it, the widow of the late gospel singer Stuart Hamblen ruled the house with tenderness and strength.
City officials are set to break ground next week to add a larger skatepark and gymnasium to the Santa Clarita Sports Complex in Canyon Country.
The sports complex will get a $25 million spruce-up that also includes a multi-use playing field, more parking and landscaping.
The Valley Fair will once again be held in Santa Clarita, this time promising go-cart races, monkeys and an international food court, all beginning on June 26.
"There's a lot of value for your buck," fair CEO Catherine Garcia told The Signal this week. "You can have a full day of nonstop education and entertainment for young and old for under $5, if you plan it right."
Plans for the Albert Einstein Academy for Letters Arts and Sciences to open an elementary school at a property on Rye Canyon Road hit a roadblock Tuesday when members of the Santa Clarita Planning Commission voted to deny an application for a necessary permit.
Marked by downy feathers and two curious, marble-like eyes, Edward the baby emu is set to be the friendliest emu on the farm.
The 80 or so attendees of a Santa Clarita City Council forum held Tuesday afternoon at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center sat in chairs on a floor scuffed, scratched and worn from use.
Fewer people in the Santa Clarita Valley are using heroin compared to the alarming numbers witnessed two years ago, local narcotics detectives said this week.
College of the Canyons' Humanities Department on Saturday will host a celebration of independent films that have ties to the Santa Clarita Valley.
SACRAMENTO – Secretary of State Debra Bowen today announced the proponent of a new initiative may begin collecting petition signatures for his measure.
Santa Clarita Water (SCWD), a division of Castaic Lake Water Agency (CLWA), received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award presented by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada for its FY 2013/14 Budget. To receive the award, the budget document must be rated "proficient" in all four categories, and the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, that demonstrate how well the budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communications device. The award reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meet the highest principles of governmental ...
On Thursday, March 6th 2014, the City of Santa Clarita, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station and Valencia High School officials will join in partnership to conduct the Every 15 Minutes program at Valencia High School.
The Santa Clarita Public Library invites residents to attend a FREE special evening with New York Times and international best-selling author Jamie Ford at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 28, 2014 at the Old Town Newhall Library, located at 24500 Main Street.
A veteran Sheriff's Department official with experience in community-based policing has been named the new captain of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station, it was announced Monday.
U.S. Forest Service officials are inviting off-road enthusiasts to weigh in on making their favorite off-road destinations a better place.
A lack of surveillance equipment and a concealed point of entry make Castaic Middle School an easy target for vandals, says the detective heading the probe into the school district's third case of vandalism in two months - and the second at Castaic Middle School.
Residents interested in joining the City of Santa Clarita's team of dedicated water safety professionals are invited to attend lifeguard tryouts on Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center. All candidates must complete and submit an online application form in advance at Agency.GovernmentJobs.com/SantaClarita/ in order to be considered.
Santa Clarita Valley residents interested in a progress report on the Whittaker-Bermite site cleanup can catch a quarterly meeting on that topic Wednesday at City Hall.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A body has been found in the Los Angeles River north of downtown.