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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 school grading to begin

Graders are expected to be on site and moving earth at Castaic High School within the next few weeks, according to officials with the William S. Hart Union High School District.

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


A reason to ride

Heart of the West is the biggest annual fundraiser for Carousel Ranch, a nonprofit dedicated to providing therapy for disabled children through horseback riding.

August 25, 2014 | By Dan Watson Signal Photo Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall mechanic turns crank cases into art

The floor of the German Autohaus body shop garage in Newhall is littered with what you would expect - a crankshaft here, an engine block there.

August 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


3-year-old boy airlifted after near-drowning in Valencia

A 3-year-old boy was airlifted to Children's Hospital Los Angeles Sunday evening after falling into a pool in Valencia, according to a sergeant at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

August 24, 2014 | By Ryan Fonseca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


COC campaign aims to help students to success

As the new school year begins Monday at College of the Canyons, school officials are launching a program to help students succeed when they arrive at college inadequately prepared.

August 24, 2014 | By Alexa Ferrante For The Signal | Santa Clarita Valley News


Residents get a chance to tell Santa Clarita what they want

What do you want to see and do in Santa Clarita?

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


More rabid bats turn up in the Santa Clarita Valley

The Santa Clarita Valley continues to account for the majority of rabid bat discoveries countywide this year, with four found so far this month in the SCV, according to a report released by Los Angeles County.

August 24, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Families get out, get active at sports and health festival

Families tossed, paddled and climbed Saturday during the city of Santa Clarita's Youth Sports and Healthy Families Festival at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex.

August 23, 2014 | By Alexa Ferrante For The Signal | Santa Clarita Valley News


Memorial held for city activist

A crowd of around 200 gathered at Eternal Valley Memorial Park Saturday to pay their respects to and share their memories of longtime local volunteer and advocate Connie Worden-Roberts.

August 23, 2014 | By Alexa Ferrante For The Signal | Santa Clarita Valley News


Delays expected this week for I-5 pavement improvement project

In addition to upcoming Labor Day traffic, Santa Clarita residents can also expect delays starting Sunday on Interstate 5.

August 23, 2014 | By Alexa Ferrante For The Signal | Santa Clarita Valley News


Containment fails to catch shoplifter

Deputies set up a containment area around Valencia Boulevard and McBean Parkway as they searched for a shoplifter Saturday afternoon, but the man got away.

August 23, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Crash kills two COC football players, seriously injures a third

Two young men who played football at College of the Canyons were killed Friday night when a 2005 Nissan 300Z they were riding in crashed into a van on San Fernando Road in Sylmar, police and college officials said Saturday.

August 23, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


More rabid bats turn up in the Santa Clarita Valley

The Santa Clarita Valley continues to account for the majority of rabid bat discoveries countywide, according to a report released this week.

August 23, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hart District: Canyon field safe, needs work

Hart district Superintendent Rob Challinor says the Canyon High School softball field, the subject of a discrimination investigation by federal education officials, needs some maintenance but is due for improvements and is safe for use.

August 22, 2014 | By Jon Stein Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita Valley ice bucket challenge: The big chill on steroids

When a Valencia-based construction company with a contract to rebuild a local freeway decides to get in on the Internet phenomenon known as the ice bucket challenge - well, you just know it has to involve heavy equipment.

August 22, 2014 | By Hector Gonzalez Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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