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Archive By Author - Jim Holt


UPDATE: Rain snarls SCV freeways, floods streets

Almost two inches of rain fell on parts of Santa Clarita Valley Tuesday, capping a soggy day that saw flooding, a mudslide and more than two dozen "spin-outs" on local roadways.

December 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


City braces for up to 2 inches of rain today

City crews were already filling sand bags Monday as part of preparations for a storm expected to dump as much as 2 inches of rain on the Santa Clarita Valley today.

December 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV woman pleads no contest to nearly $1M embezzlement

A Canyon Country woman who worked as a personal assistant to the president of Galpin Motors embezzled more than $875,000 from the man's family, officials said Monday.

December 01, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 8 injured in Castaic I-5 crash that shuts down freeway

Eight people were hurt - two seriously, including a 4-year-old boy - and all were taken to hospitals Monday following a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 in Castaic.

December 01, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sweet tooth robbers hit Castaic convenience store

Two robbers held up a convenience store in Castaic, stealing cash, iced tea and several Kit Kat chocolate bars, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said Monday.

December 01, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Rainfall leads to crashes in SCV

Rain-slick roadways in and around the Santa Clarita Valley factored into several traffic collisions Sunday, including one in which two children were taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, according to fire and law enforcement officials.

December 01, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fans of Paul Walker honor actor on anniversary of fatal crash

Despite rain and road blocks, hundreds of motorists returned to the 2013 crash scene in Valencia Sunday where "Fast and Furious" star Paul Walker died.

December 01, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


New venue, same fun for at Newhall Thanksgiving Feast

The little Thanksgiving Day dinner that grew kept right on growing Sunday when the annual street party welcomed thousands to a parking lot feast at the Newhall Library.

November 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Seniors feast in Newhall

As much as they look forward to a steaming hot Thanksgiving Day meal of turkey and mashed potatoes, diners at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center enjoy meeting the young people who help serve up Thanksgiving each year.

November 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


LARC Ranch still thirsty, but has a goal

As LARC Ranch muscles forward to raise $3 million for a permanent water supply, ranch officials reported this week that they're still parched and have spent more than $168,000 importing more than 5 million gallons of water.

November 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Eight hurt in Thanksgiving Day crash in Sand Canyon

Eight people were hurt and taken to various hospitals Thursday following a multi-vehicle traffic pileup on Highway 14 near Sand Canyon Road, emergency response crews said.

November 27, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Chloride-removal costs to dip due to state grant

The state grant announced by Castaic Lake Water Agency officials this week will help offset the sewage rate hike planned in the Santa Clarita Valley to foot the bill to reduce chloride in the Santa Clara River.

November 26, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: State grant expected to reduce SCV chloride-removal costs

The cost of reducing chloride in the Santa Clara River got a little cheaper Tuesday as state officials announced they were awarding a substantial grant to Santa Clarita Valley's water wholesaler.

November 25, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Woman injured in Newhall parking lot collision

A woman crossing a Newhall parking lot on her three-wheel scooter was hit by a vehicle Tuesday and taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, Santa Clarita Valley emergency response crews said.

November 25, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘Swarming’ suspected in some SCV mall thefts

Santa Clarita Valley robbery detectives say they're seeing a new criminal practice emerging - thanks to the power thieves have to communicate instantly and widely through texting.

November 25, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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UPDATE: Sanitation district board calls for moving deep well injection site out of Westridge

Plans to build a deep well injection site in Westridge were abandoned Monday after Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation Board members Laurene Weste and Marsha McLean announced they were siding with fellow board member Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich in moving the deep well site away from the Santa Clarita Valley's West side.

March 02, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


U.S. Forest Service opens up public commenting period

U.S. Forest Service officials are inviting off-road enthusiasts to help them make off-roading better and safer by taking part in a public comment period over the next month.

March 02, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fun abounds at Purim Carnival in Newhall

About 100 kids turned out for the Purim Carnival held at Temple Beth Ami Sunday, taking part in games, music and storytelling.

March 02, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic woman found competent to stand trial for murder

Following an extended period of psychiatric assessment, a Castaic woman accused of killing her elderly father has been found competent to stand trial on a charge of murder, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said.

March 02, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Rainfall in SCV contributes to multiple crashes, at least two injuries

Heavy sudden rain, punctuated by lightning strikes, late Sunday afternoon is suspected to have played a role in four local traffic collisions that sent two people to the hospital and in the "precautionary" landing of a helicopter nearly hit by lightning, weather and emergency response officials said.

March 02, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Big rig crash in Newhall Pass spills diesel fuel

Hazardous material crews mopped up about 75 gallons of spilled diesel fuel early Sunday morning after a big rig crashed into a concrete divider in the Newhall Pass, according to emergency response officials.

March 01, 2015 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Experts speak to deep well injection concerns

From toxic chemical disposal to touching off earthquakes, plans for a deep well injection site on the Santa Clarita Valley's West Side has touched off fears among residents of the area for the safety of their families and the security of their homes.

February 28, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Hairdresser arrested in Valencia stabbing

Adds name, court appearance of suspect

February 26, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Three taken to hospital following Newhall crash

At least three people, including two children, were injured and taken to the hospital Wednesday following a multi-vehicle traffic collision in Newhall, according to a witness and emergency response officials.

February 25, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Man killed in San Francisquito crash ID’d

Coroner's office provides home town of victim.

February 25, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Placerita Canyon Nature Center unveils new museum

The Placerita Canyon Nature Center officially entered a new era Wednesday as county officials unveiled renovations that elevate the Santa Clarita Valley fixture to museum status.

February 25, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A heartfelt thanks to SCV firefighters

Three and a half years ago, Joe Clopton broke "pretty much every bone in his body" when his car plunged into a ravine near the Valencia Boulevard off-ramp at Interstate 5.

February 24, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Former SCV man sentenced to 32 months for sex registration violation

A man registered as a sex offender in Ventura but found living in Stevenson Ranch last year was sentenced Tuesday to 32 months in state prison.

February 24, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


One injured in crash with ambulance in Newhall

A motorist who allegedly rear-ended an ambulance in Newhall on Tuesday was injured and taken to the hospital by a California Highway Patrol officer before being charged, a CHP spokesman said.

February 24, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia Water planning rate hike

The operational day-to-day cost of delivering water to Valencia Water Company ratepayers has prompted a proposed rate increase to be discussed at a public meeting in April, the company's general manager said Monday.

February 24, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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