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Bus Evacuated After Noxious Vapor Released

More than a dozen passengers were overcome by fumes on a Santa Clarita Transit bus Monday afternoon when someone reportedly released a noxious vapor inside the vehicle. Of the 40 passengers on the bus, 18 were treated for irritated eyes and coughing, said sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Cambra. Three of the injured passengers, who are underage, were transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. Cambra said they were taken to the hospital because there were no adults to whom they could have been released.

Gasoline Prices Continue Spiral Downward

Continuing a steady decline that began mid-October, gasoline prices have hit a recent new low in Santa Clarita, averaging $2.263 for a gallon of regular unleaded at neighborhood stations.  However, this is still higher than last year’s early December average of 2.093, according to a survey conducted for The Signal by Randy Cressall, owner of the Valencia Chevron AutoSpa. Information from the Automobile Club of Southern California attributes the decline, in part, to increased oil production, forecasts for a mild East Coast winter and lower seasonal demand.

Celebrating SCV History

Sunday signaled the 30th anniversary of the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society, and the Heritage Junction Historical Park was home to the celebration. Inside the wooden former train station, next to William S. Hart Park in Newhall, near the many historical displays that line the museum inside, members of the society and local history buffs gathered for an afternoon of recognition for the group that has as its objective educating local residents of the valley’s rich history.

Pyramid Cleanup a Long Process

Oil that cascaded down a hillside and into Pyramid Lake last March is still being cleaned up, a process that one state official likend to "trying to get the toothpaste back into the tube. "We're probably going to he there quite awhile," said Dana Michaels of the state Fish and Game Department, the lead agency in the cleanup. "Any time there's an oil spill, it's a long process."

This story can be found in Saturday's Signal Newspaper.


Cowboys Celebrate

It is often said football is a game of inches. With rivals as closely matched as the Canyon and Hart football teams, Friday Night's CIF-Southern Section Division II Championship at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Proved every little inch would count toward determining a champion. In the end, that one inch was the distance that kept Hart senior receiver Troy Yudin just shy of the 1-yard-line needed for one last shot at the end zone. Canyon defensive back J.J. DiLuigi got in the way, with a tackle to preserve a 21-13 victory.

Lane Closures for I-5 Carpool Lane Construction 12/12 - 12-17

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

Supervisor Antonovich Recognizes Los Angeles County Teachers Of The Year

At the Board of Supervisors meeting on November 15, 2005, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich presented a congratulatory scroll to Catherine Nicholas in honor of her selection as one of thirteen Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year for 2005-2006.

Catherine is a life science teacher at Rio Norte Junior High School in the William S. Hart Union High School District. Pictured from left to right are John Krinkel (Principal, Rio Norte Junior High School), Catherine Nicholas, and Supervisor Antonovich.

Kings Defeat Panthers 3-1


The Los Angeles Kings defeated the Florida Panthers 3 to 1 in a game heard live Saturday on KHTS.  Make sure to tune in Wednesday evening at 7 as the Kings take on Washington.