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Archive By Author - Jim Holt


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


Crime rises in unincorporated SCV

While crime in the city of Santa Clarita dropped last year, the number of crimes reported in the unincorporated areas of the Santa Clarita Valley went up, according to local sheriff's statistics.

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


SCV homeless shelter opens its doors

For more than 20 cold and hungry homeless people, the doors swung open Monday to food, shelter and a place to stay as the Santa Clarita Valley's homeless shelter officially opened.

November 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


3 Valencia burglaries connected

An Albuquerque woman arrested on suspicion of burglary for allegedly breaking into a Valencia home is blamed for two other residential break-ins, a Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's official said Monday.

November 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: High-speed chase through SCV ends in suspect surrender

A motorist pursued for suspicion of reckless driving sped through the Santa Clarita Valley on Monday and through several Southern California cities until he was surrounded on a Culver City rooftop and surrendered.

November 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Deputies reopen Bouquet Canyon Road

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies shut down Bouquet Canyon Road at Vasquez Canyon Road for about an hour Monday on reports of a barricaded suspect in the area.

November 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man brandishes knife while stealing TV at Stevenson Ranch store

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies are looking for a man who brandished a knife at a Stevenson Ranch Walmart worker today after being confronted about stealing a TV, a lieutenant said.

November 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


The importance of a ‘safe place’

Michael Crosby is homeless and lives in the wash but this time of year, he comes to the Bridge to Home shelter and finds the two things he needs: "A safe place to stay and a bed to lay down on."

November 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


Deep well injection gets extension

Sanitation officials currently gathering comments from the public on plans to build a deep well injection system on the West Side of the Santa Clarita Valley are giving citizens three more weeks to weigh in on the controversial subject.

February 23, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Chinese New Year welcomed in at Valencia Library

A bright yellow lion made a grand entrance through the courtyard at the Valencia Library Sunday as the two young men manipulating the 10-foot-long puppet ushered in the Chinese Lunar New Year.

February 23, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Protest, counter-protest in SCV

More than 200 people representing a variety of ideologies - pacifists, atheists, Christians, bikers and Satanists - protested visiting Westboro Baptist Church members Sunday morning as the Kansas parishioners carried out their promise to protest five churches in the Santa Clarita Valley.

February 22, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Four arrested in suspected Newhall ID theft ring

Four people were arrested and at least four stolen cars seized Thursday when sheriff's deputies disrupted what they believe was an identity theft operation in Placerita Canyon, a lieutenant for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said.

February 19, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deep well brings big yell

More than 300 angry residents from Westridge and Stevenson Ranch sent a resounding message to Santa Clarita Valley sanitation officials at a public meeting Wednesday night: There is no way we're going to let you put a deep well injection system in our community.

February 19, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Former jail teacher pleads no contest in classroom sex case

A former Pitchess Detention Center teacher pleaded no contest Wednesday to having unlawful sexual contact with an inmate, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

February 18, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


No charges to be filed against gasoline-soaked man

A man who walked into the local sheriff's station doused in gasoline last Friday is not expected to be arrested, said a lieutenant with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

February 18, 2015 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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