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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


Cemex mine deal brokered

An agreement that would put a halt to the long-proposed Cemex mine in Canyon Country was announced today by Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita.

The deal, which was introduced to Congress as HR Bill 5877 Thursday, would in effect swap the proposed Soledad Canyon mine site for land in Victorville.

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


CLWA OKs more consulting funds

Money paid to engineering consultants trying to reduce the amount of chloride entering the water system has increased by more than two-thirds at the Castaic Lake Water Agency.

In June, the agency's Board of Directors authorized $150,000 to be paid to Kennedy/Jenks Consultants for general engineering services which includes the agency's handling of chloride that ends up in the Santa Clara River.

June 26, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hundreds remember former Hart student killed in crash

Hundreds of family and friends gathered Thursday afternoon at a memorial for James "Jimmy" Neill, the 23-year-old Castaic resident who died on April 16 when his vehicle flipped over and collided with a tree on Hasley Canyon Road near his home.

More than 400 people packed Grace Baptist Church in Saugus to pay their last respects to Neil, a former Hart High School football player who nurtured a post-grad passion for golf.

June 26, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘Great Strides' fundraiser set for Saturday

For the eighth year in a row, the Southern California chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is hitting the pavement.

The Great Strides walk starts at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at Westfield Valencia Town Center, aiming to raise money for research.

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


Two pedestrians injured in traffic collision

The driver walked away, but two pedestrians were sent to the hospital Thursday after an out-of-control car jumped the curb and slammed into the pair.

Alfonso Garcia of Saugus, and Anna Martinez of Valencia, both 19, were walking on the sidewalk along Bouquet Canyon Road near Espuella Drive on Thursday morning, when they were hit by a 1989 Honda CRX driven by 19-year-old Preston Barton of Palmdale, according to Lt. Tom Bryski of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

June 26, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita jobless rate rises slightly

Santa Clarita's unemployment rate rose slightly between February and March, according to figures from the city's Employment Development Department.

June 25, 2008 | By Tammy Marashlian Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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SCV residents hear Bay Delta Conservation Plan proposed as solution to Delta problems

The Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta is not sustainable in its current state, and the Bay Delta Conservation Plan is a viable option to ensure the continuing availability of a large portion of the Santa Clarita Valley's water supply, an expert said Friday.

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


Red-legged frog named state amphibian

You probably would have guessed that California's state mineral is gold. Its state mammal is the grizzly bear - makes sense, since the bear dominates the state flag.

July 18, 2014 | By Josh Ortiz For The Signal | Santa Clarita Valley News


RC racers to hit the track for ‘Offroad Shootout’ this weekend

About 300 professional and privateer remote control car drivers are expected to visit the Santa Clarita Valley this weekend for the 17th annual Hot Rod Hobbies and Raceways Offroad Shootout.

July 18, 2014 | By Katharine Lotze Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


City receives purchasing award

The City of Santa Clarita was the recipient of the "Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award" (AEP) for 2014 from the National Procurement Institute (NPI) in recognition of the City's commitment to purchasing innovation and leadership. This is the fourth time the City has received this award in recognition of Santa Clarita's purchasing policies and practices.

July 18, 2014 | Source: City of Santa Clarita | Santa Clarita Valley News


A rockin’ good time in Newhall

An estimated 2,000 people attended the "rockabilly"-themed Senses event in downtown Newhall on Thursday evening.

July 18, 2014 | By Katharine Lotze Signal Staff Photographer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Immigration protest planned Saturday in Valencia

Opponents of the recent influx of migrant children across the nation's southern border have scheduled a two-day national protest, and the Santa Clarita Valley will be one of the sites where they plan to demonstrate.

July 17, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fifth rabid bat found in the Santa Clarita Valley

Another rabid bat has turned up locally, this one in Canyon Country, bringing the total found year-to-date in the Santa Clarita Valley to five.

July 17, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Dividing a school district: Hart ponders the how-to

Instead of waiting for a law firm to draw a line in the sand, members of the Hart district governing board voted this week to draw some lines of their own and move forward with splitting the Santa Clarita Valley's largest school district into separate voting districts.

July 17, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


3 arrested for burglary in SCV

Two men and a woman, all from out of town, were arrested by Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies on suspicion of burglary , according to documents released Thursday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

July 17, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Israel says it has sent ground troops to Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - The Israeli military says it has launched a ground offensive in Gaza.

July 17, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Santa Clarita Valley News


Strickland continues to outpace Knight in fundraising

The fundraising gap between two Republicans duking it out to represent the Santa Clarita Valley in Congress has continued to grow, financial filings show, with one candidate raising more than $1 million more than his opponent over the life of the campaign.

July 17, 2014 | By Luke Money | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Investigation under way in alleged SCV teen nude photos

Some Santa Clarita Valley teens were identified in nude photographs posted on a Twitter account this week, according to detectives assigned to the Special Victims Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

July 17, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hart school board votes for districting

Another Santa Clarita Valley school district plans to move to district-based elections after Hart district board members voted Wednesday night to move toward changing their election system.

July 17, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Rare summer snow hits Santa Clarita

July 17, 2014 | By Katharine Lotze Signal Photo Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water restrictions: Who’s going to enforce them?

While California's top water agency determined Tuesday that water-wasters are going to face stiff fines, the enforcement of those new regulations falls to local agencies, officials said Wednesday.

July 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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