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Valencia-based Aquafine Sells to Colo. Water Firm

Nearly 56 years after it was organized by Luis Veloz, Aquafine Corp. announced Monday that it has been sold to a Colorado-based water treatment firm for an undisclosed amount. The deal to sell the Valencia-based manufacturer and supplier of industrial ultraviolet water treatment equipment to Hach Co., a division of Danaher Corp., closed Friday. Aquafine manufactures and distributes water purification equipment for companies around the world. Hach manufactures and distributes instruments used to test the quality of water.

Hart High Band Wins Fourth Straight State Competition

The two hours of daily practice, the Saturday commitment, the two weeks of eight-hour-a-day band camp, the formation on the field through all kinds of weather – it paid off. The William S. Hart School Marching Band beat the best of the best Saturday at Long Beach City College. The Hart marching band was chosen to compete against the top 10 highest-scoring marching bands in the Southern California Schools, Band and Orchestra Association – Representing schools from Bakersfield to San Diego – and won for the fourth year in a row.


Caltrans will close the following lanes of the Golden State Freeway (I-5), as part of a $41.6-million project to construct High Occupancy Vehicle, (HOV), or carpool lanes, on northbound and southbound I-5 from State Route 118 to State Route 14:
5 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- One lane of northbound I-5 from State Route 210 to State Route 14
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. – One lane of northbound I-5 from I-405 to State Route 210
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – One lane of northbound I-5 from State Route 118 to I-405

Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce Launches New Website

The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce is proud to unveil its new website;

After months of work building, redesigning and adding features the Chamber is pleased with the tremendous results. Working with WildCat Technology Solutions, locally run and owned by Joe Messina, the site will be a powerful tool in promoting the Santa Clarita Valley and its businesses.

CLWA Hub in Midst of Facelift

The Castaic Lake Water Agency’s Saugus headquarters has been undergoing construction to expand for about a year, with some of the agency’s employees working in trailers while waiting for their new offices to be built. Construction began in September 2004, said Ken Petersen, the agency’s engineering and operations manager. However, he said, things didn’t get into full swing until last summer. “We — by convenience — terminated the contractor and now we restarted construction as of August 2005,” Petersen said.

Val Verde Group Calls for Break off

As the pressure of increased housing bears down on the rural community of Val Verde, an older civic group is attempting to break off from a newer one, saying the new group no longer represents its interests.

Semi-Truck Crash Snarls Freeway

Traffic on the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 was backed up and nearly brought to a standstill Friday afternoon when two semi-trucks collided near Gavin Canyon, sending one of the drivers to the hospital. In addition to the two tractor tailors, a late model Ford carrying three passengers was involved, though none were seriously injured. The accident occurred about 12:25 p.m. and was due in part to the rain and wet road, said Officer Wendy Hahn of the California Highway Patrol. Close to Gavin Canyon, a Volvo semi-truck was traveling in the No.