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Clock ticking on chloride fines

Local sanitation officials have 18 days to come up with an acceptable plan for reducing chloride discharged into the Santa Clara River watershed or face fines of $10,000 a day for each of two water treatment plants, The Signal has learned.

June 09, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A shell shock stop

The county's mussel-fighting efforts thus far hinge on a single question that boat ramp staff asked visitors at Castaic Lake's main boat launch Saturday.

June 06, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County to mull Acton plans

County planners are looking to Acton today and Tuesday about the small town's development.

June 06, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV district starts to shape up

As maps continue to be drawn, erased and redrawn at the ongoing hearings into redistricting, the Santa Clarita Valley has so far been kept intact.

June 04, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Redistricting commissioners may keep SCV whole

Preliminary redistricting ideas discussed suggest that the Santa Clarita Valley will be kept whole, according to some early reports.

June 03, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Official worry mussels might threaten lakes

County officials have waged a preemptive war on a creature that could threaten both Castaic and Pyramid lakes.

June 03, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water officials ink Devil’s Den deal

Local water officials who have gone to the well at Devil's Den in the past for both water and energy are turning to the remote stretch of wilderness once again - this time with hopes of better managing their debt.

June 02, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Preschool may stay open

The day Kids Corner Preschool staff announced the school was closing, parents were sad and crying, angry and vocal - all of them suddenly worried about their future.

May 31, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Support for a fellow Marine

The two Marines had never met prior to the Santa Clarita Valley Armed Forces Day Festival on May 21.

May 30, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Centurions set sights on future

Saugus High School Principal Bill Bolde told his graduating class of 2011, "Dare to dream and never give up."

May 27, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Twin sisters realize American dreams

When they arrived at Saugus High School four years ago, neither Vaneh Assadourian, nor her twin sister Nouneh, spoke a word of English.

May 27, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


In honor of Indian initiative

The oldest high school in the Santa Clarita Valley saw 455 new faces graduate Wednesday, as Hart High School's graduating class of 2011 marched on the football field at College of the Canyons' Cougar Stadium for Hart's commencement ceremony.

May 26, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Preschool may stay open

The Santa Clarita Valley Child & Family Center's daycare may not close this summer after all, officials said Wednesday.

May 26, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Well-rounded student manages eclectic list of interests

Hayden Jeffrey Scott is Hart High School's version of a Renaissance man.

May 25, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Coming to SCV: inmates

Local jailers plan to re-open all closed facilities at Castaic's Pitchess Detention Center in light of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling this week aimed at alleviating overcrowding in state prisons.

May 25, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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UPDATE: Sex offender takes deal for 12 years

A Valencia registered sex offender, accused of annoying a young girl at a Santa Clarita Valley department store, has accepted a deal offered by prosecutors calling for a 12-year prison term, court officials said Thursday.

July 31, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita Valley faces landscape-watering limitations

Under a plan proposed to meet state water-use demands, Santa Clarita Valley lawns could soon be watered only every other day - and never on Saturday.

July 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Jury selection begins in SCV child annoyance case

Jury selection began Wednesday in the trial of a local registered sex offender accused of annoying a young girl at a Santa Clarita Valley department store, a court bailiff said.

July 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


One injured in crash involving sheriff’s vehicle

One person was injured and taken to the hospital shortly after noon today following a two-car traffic collision involving a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's station vehicle, according emergency response crew officials.

July 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV water officials puzzle over how to become water cops

When California water officials approved strict emergency water conservation regulations earlier this month, they put the responsibility of enforcing those rules on local water agencies.

July 29, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Body found near Gorman ID’d as Los Angeles man

Homicide detectives have identified the murder victim whose skeletal remains were found near Gorman, a detective heading up the investigation said Monday.

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


Canyon Country school vandalized; loss more than $10,000

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's detectives are looking for at least three youths who broke into and trashed a Canyon Country school last week, causing more than $10,000 in loss due to damage and stolen property.

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


Strangers seek to help baby girl orphaned in crash

Women profoundly affected by reports of a baby girl orphaned in an Acton traffic collision last week have expressed a desire to somehow help the little girl who survived and contribute to a fund in her name, The Signal has learned.

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


Detectives make ID of John Doe

Homicide detectives trying to unravel the story behind skeletal remains of murder victim found near Gorman five months ago now know who their victim is, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner's Department.

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


Family comes forward for orphaned baby

Baby Violeta Martinez was just learning to walk when Tuesday's fatal crash in Acton claimed the lives of her parents, relatives of the orphaned girl said Thursday.

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


UPDATE: Castaic man pleads no contest to attempted murder in savage bar beating

Editor's note: Corrects that bar beating occurred last year/

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


Brush fire doused near Interstate 5

Firefighters from both the county and the U.S. Forest Service jumped on a small brush fire north of Castaic Thursday, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service said.

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


2 knife-point robbers given prison sentences

Two convicted bandits who robbed Santa Clarita Valley residents at knife-point for their cellphones and wallets last fall have been sentenced to prison, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said Thursday.

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


Teens collared for allegedly smoking marijuana outside sheriff's offices

Detectives made their latest drug pinch easily Wednesday when the drug bust came to them for a change.

July 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Baby survives Highway 14 crash that killed her parents

A baby girl pulled from the wreckage of a Highway 14 crash that killed her parents suffered major injuries - including some broken bones - but was recovering Wednesday, law enforcement officers said.

July 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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