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Defense funds may flow to SCV

Aiming to address the readiness of and strain on America's military, both the House and Senate are considering the National Defense Authorization Act today, which may bring more than $7 million in defense spending to the Santa Clarita Valley for Fiscal Year 2009.

The House of Representatives' Armed Services Committee considered the bill last week, and it is on the legislative docket for a vote in the lower house today. Debate on the bill began Wednesday night.

July 23, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Supervisors approve Sheriff academy probe

You can expect to hear plenty of grunting from inside the College of the Canyons gymnasium this summer as young recruits continue training for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, despite a call this week for a formal review of the training that goes on there and at other academies.

What you won't see at the academy, however, are recruits adjusting their hair in the mirror or practising their smiles for TV cameras.

July 23, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


3 arrested for bat attack

Three boys were arrested after they allegedly conspired to assault a fellow Valencia High School student and assaulted him with an aluminum baseball bat after school on Tuesday, sheriff's Lt. Tom Bryski said.

The attack took place shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Newhall Ranch Road and Dickason Drive, when a 16-year-old suspect allegedly spouted a racial comment and a gang name and then hit the victim on his head with the bat.

July 23, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic Lake Water Agency approves camera installation

If anyone should actually ever attend a water meeting they can expect to be videotaped.

The Finance and Administrative Committee of the Castaic Lake Water Agency is going to recommend the agency's board of directors hire a video company to install cameras at four agency locations at a total cost of $330,000.

July 22, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Applications available for July 4th parade

Applications are now available for the 77th annual Santa Clarita Fourth of July Parade in downtown Newhall.

The parade attracts more than 3,000 participants and 25,000 spectators each year.

July 22, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Mixed reactions to budget revisions

After educators, parents and teachers urged him to spare education from across-the-board budget cuts, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled a revised budget plan last week, calling for borrowing against future lottery sales in order to maintain minimum funding levels for K-14 education. The announcement of the revised budget coincided with California's "Day of the Teacher."

"The good part about the revise is that the governor is looking to fully fund Proposition 98," said Assemblyman Cameron Smyth. "I am pleased to see that the governor decided to increase funding for public education, ensuring that our schools receive the minimum guarantee under ...

July 22, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Rides to a transitional care unit offered

The city and county will soon be offering transportation for families with patients staying at a San Fernando Valley skilled nursing facility in response to fears that the closure of the local transitional care unit will mean frequent trips outside of Santa Clarita to visit their loved ones.

The transitional care unit at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital is set to close within two weeks and, although plans are in the works for a health care company to develop a new transitional care unit in Santa Clarita, it could take up to three years for those plans to come to ...

July 22, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: Winds fan fire in San Francisquito Canyon

Firefighters rushed to contain a 15-acre brush fire burning in the U.S. National Forest, north of the Santa Clarita Valley and south of Elizabeth Lake on San Francisquito Canyon Road near Powerhouse Lateral 14 this afternoon.

July 22, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Northbound on I-5? Leave early

An ongoing lane closure on northbound Interstate 5 at Templin Highway, approximately five miles north of Castaic, may make the holiday getaway take a bit longer for some drivers this Memorial Day weekend.

July 22, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


60-foot tree collapses on car

Commuters travelling on Arroyo Park Drive in Valencia had a difficult time trying to access McBean Parkway Wednesday afternoon, after high winds forced a 60-foot eucalyptus tree to be uprooted from the ground and blocked the road shortly after 2 p.m.

July 22, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Mom graduates after 17 years of night classes

When Jillian Griffith discovered she was pregnant two months after starting college, she knew that getting her degree was going to be more of a challenge, but after more than 17 years of night classes Griffith will graduate Thursday on her oldest daughter's 17th birthday.

"The fact that her birthday is the same day as graduation day, I feel like my life has come full circle," said Griffith, 36, of Valencia. "My goal was to graduate before my daughter did, and I made it."

July 21, 2008 | By Sharon Cotal Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Firefighters train at Disney Ranch

With hot temperatures and vast amounts of rugged terrain and dry brush, fires are a constant threat in the Santa Clarita Valley, especially in the summer months. Firefighters help combat that threat. Yet to ensure that they are able to keep the public safe while fighting a blaze, firefighters from the state, county and city fire departments constantly train together to streamline communications and operations.

On Monday, three firefighting agencies trained at Placerita Canyon's Disney Ranch. All three agencies came together to practice wildland hose-laying tactics and strategies.

July 21, 2008 | By Parimal M. Rohit Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Free child ID kits offered

The Newhall Community Center is offering free child identification kits through May 31 to give local parents the tools they would need if their children were to ever go missing.

As part of National Missing Children's Day, the Santa Clarita-based Mothers Against Sexual Predators of California is now providing the community center with identification kits containing fingerprinting materials, a place to keep a current photograph of their child and a place to record distinctive characteristics like birthmarks so that parents have what they need to provide to law enforcement officials.

July 21, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


500k people in the SCV?

If you ever get frustrated driving across McBean Parkway at rush hour and wonder just how big Santa Clarita Valley will likely get, city planners have the answer.

Take all the people in Santa Clarita Valley and double that number - that's the biggest Santa Clarita Valley will ever get, they say.

July 21, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Planners to discuss pending projects

Santa Clarita city officials are scheduled to give a presentation on all of the development projects currently proposed in and around the city at a Canyon Country Advisory Committee meeting on Wednesday.

July 21, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer 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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