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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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FDA decision regarding MannKind delayed

MannKind Corp. of Santa Clarita announced Monday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has extended by three months the review period of its ultra-rapid-acting diabetes treatment.

April 07, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


1 injured, 2 arrested in Jakes Way street fight

A man being beaten up during a street fight in Canyon Country attempted to flee the scene in his vehicle and ran into a crowd of people, injuring a woman, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputy said Monday.

April 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


New standardized tests prompt school districts to update technology

With new, technologically demanding standardized tests on the horizon, Santa Clarita Valley school districts have worked for months, or even years, to prepare their technology infrastructures, teachers and students for the shift, officials said last week.

April 07, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall man arrested on attempted murder charge

A Newhall woman was injured and rushed to the hospital with lacerations to her head and neck, a local sheriff's deputy said Monday.

April 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputies investigating home egging incident

School bullies are suspected in the "egging" of a house and a car in Valencia last week, according to a report filed by a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Deputy who responded to the incident.

April 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Samsung expanding into SCV

Samsung, one of the world's leading electronics companies, has selected Santa Clarita to open its new research and development lab, setting its sights on becoming an audio systems powerhouse.

April 07, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Rising through the ranks

When Gabriel Magdaleno was a kid, he enjoyed accompanying his grandfather to the Van Nuys General Motors plant, where Camaros and Firebirds were then built.

April 07, 2014 | Charlie Kaijo | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sheriff hopefuls talk at forum

Working to restore public trust was among the top priorities stated Saturday by a selection of the candidates running to be the new sheriff of Los Angeles County.

April 07, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Vandals strike Castaic Elementary again

In what has become a monthly occurrence this year, vandals illegally entered Castaic Union School District classrooms recently, damaged property and, in the most recent case, rifled through the desks of at least two teachers, according to a report on file at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station on Sunday.

April 06, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Congressional candidates spar in early campaign forum

With longtime Santa Clarita Valley Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, set to depart this year from the seat he has held for more than two decades, three men made their cases to succeed him during a candidate forum Saturday.

April 05, 2014 | Luke Money | Santa Clarita Valley News


Volunteers recognized at Senior Center ceremony

Some of the Santa Clarita Valley's most dedicated volunteers were recognized for their service Saturday during an international-themed party at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center.

April 05, 2014 | Signal | Santa Clarita Valley News


Short-term fix for Bouquet water impasse moving ahead

A temporary quick fix to the Bouquet Canyon water impasse is under way, but a more permanent solution that would allow the creek to flow freely appears stymied for now, officials from various agencies said.

April 05, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita Valley pint-sized chefs cook cuisine

Dozens of youngsters donned their chef hats Friday for an up-close look on how to prepare a healthy meal.

April 05, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita seal appears on City Council materials

Some candidates for Santa Clarita City Council may have improperly used the city seal on campaign mailers that were sent out to members of the public.

April 04, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Convicted serial rapist may be released in unincorporated area near Palmdale

A Santa Clara Superior Court judge ruled Friday that a serial rapist who admitted to attacking dozens of women could potentially reside at a home in an unincorporated area near Palmdale, according to officials.

April 04, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


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