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Surprises delay murder trial

SAN FERNANDO - A prosecutor on the verge of tears and a juror nearly fainting delayed closing arguments at the Esperanza Castro murder trial Tuesday as both sides continue to revisit the evidence.

Deputy District At-torney Paula Gonzales was granted extra time to prepare the last segment of her final argument when Superior Court Judge Burt Pines questioned her well-being.

June 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Burrtec trashes MRF plan

It appears the plans to build a giant recycling facility along Sierra Highway in Newhall are getting tossed out.

June 17, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hit-and-run under investigation

A Santa Clarita motorcyclist remained in critical condition Wednesday after being hit by a motor home Sunday night.

June 17, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Quakes, wildfires, floods & landslides

In a valley that sits atop numerous earthquake faults and is surrounded by dry hillsides, city and county planners outlined the biggest threats to public safety in the Santa Clarita Valley for the city's Planning Commission on Tuesday.

Planners released the draft version of the safety element of the One Valley One Vision General Plan, a long-term planning document that will act as a sort of constitution for the Santa Clarita Valley. The city and county are developing the final stages of the plan, which likely will be adopted in the spring of 2009.

June 17, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


News Briefs

Hart Park hike set for Friday

There will be a free, ranger-led tour of William S. Hart's Horseshoe Ranch, at 7 p.m. Friday. The two-mile hike will offer a bit of history about the 265-acre park named for the late silent film star. Hiking boots and water are recommended. Hart Park is located at 24151 Newhall Ave.. For more information call (661) 259-1750.

June 17, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Honoring those killed while in their youth

Wednesday night, city officials will honor 71 Santa Clarita Valley youth who lost their lives to traffic-related incidents in recent years.

June 16, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita staging quake drill

There probably won't be a whole lotta shakin' goin' on Wednesday morning, but city officials are hoping residents at least play the part.

June 16, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


CalArts CAPs showcases young musical talent

The Community Arts Partnership program, dubbed "CAP," links California Institute of the Arts with communities throughout Los Angeles County, offers free after-school and school-based arts programs for youth, such as Sunday's CAP concert at CalArts.

June 16, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hart district, rights group clash on gay, lesbian issues

According to Diversity Coordinator Greg Lee, teachers and administrators in the Hart district are trained to be sensitive to the needs of gay and lesbian students. However, the president of the Santa Clarita PFLAG chapter says that while the district has made progress, he still feels more could be done.

Dave McEachern, president of the local Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays chapter and a former teacher in the William S. Hart Union High School District, said that despite the district's efforts, there are still incidents of harassment toward gays and lesbians on district campuses.

June 16, 2008 | By Sharon Cotal Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castro prosecutor: 'This was a murder'

SAN FERNANDO - Prosecutors began their closing arguments Monday in the murder trial of a Canyon Country woman accused of killing her husband, focusing on "contradictory statements" she had made to investigators.

June 16, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Paramedic, EMT strike looms

About 60 paramedics and emergency medical technicians working in the Santa Clarita Valley are preparing to go on strike beginning May 2, a union official said late Monday afternoon.

June 16, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


City to present safety plan tonight

From earthquakes to floods, Santa Clarita city officials will outline what they think will be the biggest threats to public safety at a study session tonight.

June 16, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


American flags stolen from front lawn

About a year and a half ago, Alex Reza started planting American flags in his front lawn as of silent protest against the war in Iraq.

Last week, his display apparently provoked a silent crime.

June 15, 2008 | By Josh Premako Signal City Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Public safety study session Tuesday night

From earthquakes to floods, Santa Clarita city officials will outline what they think will be the biggest threats to public safety at a study session Tuesday night.

June 15, 2008 | By Katherine Geyer Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Countdown is on to 5th Summer Meltdown concert

With April being recognized as national "Autism Awareness Month," the final countdown is on to the 2008 "Summer Meltdown Autism Awareness and Social Inclusion Concert."

June 15, 2008 | By Stephen K. Peeples Signal Online Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Local students respond to Twitter scandal

As a special Sheriff's Department's unit continues to investigate a Twitter account that posted nude photos of teenagers, including Santa Clarita Valley teens, several local high school students said they have no idea who created the account.

July 19, 2014 | By Alexa Ferrante For The Signal | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bouquet Canyon residents appeal to state

Months after their wells ran dry due to a bureaucratic impasse, Bouquet Canyon residents have banded together to appeal to the state - while agencies involved point fingers at each other, several sides say.

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


UPDATE: Saugus district tabs Dave Powell to join board

After more than a year, the Saugus Union School District board is finally back to a full complement of members.

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


UPDATE: Deputies find apparent blasting cap in Valencia

An apparent detonated blasting cap was reported in Valencia Friday, prompting an investigation from local deputies.

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


Aquatic center holds annual ‘water safety day’

About 400 kids and parents at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center learned tips for free on staying safe in the water during the city's annual Water Safety Day on Friday.

July 18, 2014 | By Alexa Ferrante For The Signal | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Santa Clarita’s jobless numbers down 1.3 percent from last June

While the June unemployment rate in Santa Clarita crept up to 5 percent from 4.8 percent in May, the year-over-year rate for June fell a full 1.3 percent from last year's numbers, officials said Friday.

July 18, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


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


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