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Holiday Travel Up from Last Year

Despite a relatively flat national holiday season, the number of Southern Californians taking to the skies and streets this Thanksgiving are up by the thousands. More than 2.9 million people are expected to take holiday trips this weekend – a 4.7 percent increase over the number who traveled last year, according to reports from the Automobile Club of Southern California.

This Story can be found in today's Signal Newspaper!

Sheriff’s Department Set to Restaff COPS Program

Community policing once had its heyday in Santa Clarita’s unincorporated areas. Deputies would scour the streets, look for quality of life issues and work to create more harmony in the community. It was part of a Los Angeles County program called Citizens Options for Public Safety. Curtailed in 2002 due to a lack of funding, COPS once had about 250 deputies focusing on community policing in the county.


City Tallying Park Votes

The votes are in and being tabulated for the city’s proposed Open Space and Parkland Preservation District. The balloting period ended with the closing of a public hearing on the issue at the Tuesday session of the Santa Clarita City Council. Of approximately 48,500 ballots mailed to city property owners in October, a little more than 17,600 completed ballots were returned, City Clerk Sharon Dawson said Wednesday.

Judge Rules in Favor of Cemex

 A U.S. District Court judge ruled in favor of a proposed mega-mine in Soledad Canyon this week, a setback in the city of Santa Clarita’s years-long battle with the mining company.   The judge ruled Tuesday in favor of Cemex in a case involving the Federal Endangered Species Act. The case was filed against the Bureau of Land Management and the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Attorney Geralyn Skapik said while the court believes the environmental impact report completed for the mining property was sufficient, the city still holds it was “insufficient ...

Celebrate 25 Years of Tradition at the Holiday Home Tour

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital's Holiday Home Tour League presents the 25th Annual Holiday Home Tour, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sat. Dec. 3, with a special preview gala Dec. 2. A unique tradition of its own, the Holiday Home Tour allows you to visit marvelously decorated homes in beautiful holiday themes while helping to raise money for the hospital's Women's Services unit.

Classes soon to be added at COC for Academic Enrichment

High-achieving students will be pleased to learn that College of the Canyons will offer new academically enriching and challenging core classes starting the spring 2006 semester.  The classes will bring welcome opportunities to High-Intensity Transfer Enrichment (HITE) and Honors students.  The HITE and Honors Programs are designed to challenge students to achieve their highest academic potential, transfer to four-year institutions and continue on successfully. One requirement of the HITE Program is for students to complete 18 HITE units.

Holiday Concert at the Vital Express Center-Dec. 9th

"Tis the season to be jolly" and to help usher in the Christmas season, the College of the Canyons Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble will feature traditional holiday music in its Holiday Concert at 8 p.m. on Friday Dec. 9 at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts. For information regarding ticket purchases for the holiday concert, call the Vital Express box office at (661) 362-5304 or visit the website at

Kings lose 4-3

On this special Thanksgiving Day game, the Los Angeles Kings lost to the Nashville Predators 4-3.  The Kings fought hard tonight but could just not overcome the Predators.  Making a comeback effort the Kings scored 2 goals in the 3rd period but the clock ran out and the Predators took the win.  Hopefully the Kings will be can bring back their winning streak this Saturday when they take on the Chicago Blackhawks.  Keep your dial tuned into your Hometown Station AM1220 KHTS for more exciting  Los Angeles Kings Action.

Actor Keith Andes Found Dead in Home

County coroner's office rules the death as a suicide.A second lead actor in the 1950s & 1960s, 85-year old Keith Andes was found dead at his Canyon Country home November 11.  Get the details in Wednesday's Signal.

Santa Clarita Crime On the Rise

Report shows city slips from 27th to 36th safest in the nation...

This report comes from a Morgan Quitno study using FBI crime statistics.  To learn more, get the full story in Wednesday's Signal.