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The Signal.com's Daybreak: June 11, 2009

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June 11, 2009 | By Signal Staff and Wire Services | Santa Clarita Valley News


Three men rob local pharmacy

Three men robbed a Canyon Country pharmacy Wednesday morning, making off with a bag full of prescription painkillers and evading sheriff's deputies.

June 11, 2009 | By Brandon Lowrey Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputies give lessons, bikes

Seven kids on the verge of their teens huddled around a list of bicycle safety rules Wednesday night, just minutes before they were set to graduate from a Sheriff's Department program on bicycle safety.

June 11, 2009 | By Brandon Lowrey Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Families could lose homes

If Sacramento cuts off federal stimulus money for CalWorks as proposed, 1,300 Santa Clarita Valley families will end up homeless, according to a county official.

June 11, 2009 | By Brian Charles Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Headed for Annapolis

Cameron Dann never dreamed of joining the Naval Academy during his days at Golden Valley High School.

June 11, 2009 | By Brian Charles Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


LandSource could be broken up, sold off

The bankrupt owner of Newhall Land and Farming Co. may wind up with a trustee in charge of liquidating the corporation and selling off assets to the highest bidder.

June 11, 2009 | By Josh Premako Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sweet rewards for reading at Mint Canyon

Mint Elementary School students made chocolate sundaes out of five teachers as a reward for the students earning more accelerated-reader points than the teachers for the school year.

June 11, 2009 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Robbers hit pharmacy, escape with drugs

Three men robbed a Canyon Country pharmacy Wednesday morning, making off with a bag full of prescription painkillers and evading sheriff's deputies.

June 10, 2009 | By Brandon Lowrey Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


City faces $68.6M budget reduction

With the adoption date drawing nigh, the City Council got a look Tuesday night at Santa Clarita's proposed budget for the coming fiscal year.

June 10, 2009 | By Josh Premako Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: Fire department maintains staffing amid cutbacks

The Los Angeles County Fire Department has enacted a hiring freeze for nonessential personnel and slowed hiring of firefighters amid a widespread budget crisis, but expects to be able to maintain its current staffing levels, a spokesman said.

June 10, 2009 | By Brandon Lowrey Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


McKeon blasts detainee transfer

The transfer of Guantanamo Bay prison detainee Ahmed Ghailani to a prison in New York was strongly criticized today by Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon. Ghailani is an accused co-conspirator of the Aug. 7, 1998, U.S. Embassy bombings in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, that killed 234 people. In a statement issued Tuesday, McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, slammed the decision by President Barack Obama to begin transferring prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to the U.S.

June 10, 2009 | By Brian Charles Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Celebrate Flag Day with the Elks

Show your patriotic spirit this Flag Day by coming to the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, Santa Clarita Lodge No. 2379 for dinner. Flag Day is Sunday the 14th. The Santa Clarita Elks Lodge No. 2379 opens its doors to the public with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday, with the annual Flag Day Ceremony beginning at 8 p.m. Flag Retirement immediately follows. In addition, well known local singer Sharon Rose will provide entertainment in the lounge. Please call (661) 251-1500 for more information.

June 10, 2009 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


District holds off on vote for rate increase

A vote on whether to annex new homes from an area of Castaic into the district is on the agenda for a Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District meeting today.

June 10, 2009 | By Brian Charles Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Keeping art alive

Valencia Valley Elementary School was transformed into the Newhall School District's very own museum Monday as thousands of kid-created works of art draped the walls of the elementary school during the district's second art show.

June 10, 2009 | By Tammy Marashlian Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


COC clips summer classes

College of the Canyon administrators have cut 20 percent of the school's summer-session classes as the community college braces for a budget cut that could top $8 million, a college official said Tuesday.

June 10, 2009 | By Tammy Marashlian Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Castaic Wilderness designation pondered

In what was described as but one of many necessary discussions, Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, and a large crowd gathered in Santa Clarita City Hall Tuesday to discuss the idea of creating a wilderness area near Castaic.

August 19, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV Burrito Bowl set for next Tuesday

It's nearly time for high school football, tailgate parties and the Burrito Bowl.

August 19, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Saugus bond added to county ballot

Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to add a bond measure for the Saugus Union School District to the county's ballot in November.

August 19, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Man dies on Santa Clarita Valley school campus

A state inspector died on the campus of a Santa Clarita Valley high school Tuesday.

August 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt and Luke Money Signal Staff Writers | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita extended deadline yields more applications for city commissions

An extended deadline for citizens to apply for seats on several city commissions has yielded the desired results: More applications.

August 19, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV Instagram threat suspect denies charge

The 15-year-old boy arrested last weekend and accused of threatening to kill Valencia High School students denied the felony criminal charge in juvenile court Tuesday, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said.

August 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: McKeon announces drive for St. Francis Dam memorial

Standing in front of one of the few buildings to survive the wall of water when the St. Francis Dam collapsed 86 years ago, Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, announced Tuesday his bid for a memorial for one of the worst disasters in California history.

August 19, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Saugus High senior killed by car

A 17-year-old girl who became the heart and spirit of the Saugus girls swim team has died after she was hit by a car while jogging, law enforcement and school officials said Tuesday.

August 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Investigation continues into man with slit throat

Homicide detectives investigating the discovery last week of a man found dead with his throat slit inside a Valencia business's bathroom are awaiting autopsy results to determine if he was murdered, a Sheriff's Department homicide detective said today.

August 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Insult to injury: Bouquet Canyon gates closed for 5 days

Scores of Bouquet Canyon residents frustrated over the five-day closure of their only access road can expect similar inconveniences in the future as water officials work to further reduce a "trickle" causing road problems, county sources said Monday.

August 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 13-year-old Canyon student in custody over online threats

A 13-year-old Canyon High School student was arrested Monday for making threats after he allegedly texted a message about school violence to a friend, who posted the message on Instagram, officials said.

August 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Many SCV parents still concerned following online threats

Jittery parents voiced concerns about student safety Monday outside Valencia High School after a weekend punctuated by online death threats leveled at students in particular, culminating in Sunday's announced arrest of a 15-year-old.

August 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Santa Clarita to residents: Be our water police

The city of Santa Clarita is inviting residents to become its water police: to report when and where they spot broken city-owned sprinkler heads geysering water or other city watering systems wasting the precious liquid.

August 18, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Billboard ballot arguments posted on city site

The ballot arguments for and against a much-discussed measure on the November ballot involving digital billboards in Santa Clarita have been posted on the city's website.

August 18, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Billboard battle already bringing in big bucks

The battle over billboards in Santa Clarita is shaping up to be a big-money affair, according to financial disclosures on file with the city.

August 18, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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