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Towers upset neighbors

A monster stands 200-feet tall in the north end of Valencia, towering over the gray-haired men and women who look up at it in wonder and anger.

October 28, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


City Council back in session

The first meeting of Santa Clarita City Council was a collective "How I spent my summer vacation."

October 28, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Power lines pose problems

Some Valencia residents who chose to spend the latter part of their lives in Santa Clarita Valley, enjoying the view from their homes of sunsets setting over low rolling hills, vistas dotted with oaks and sycamores, didn't plan on taking in big black hydro-electric towers.

October 27, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fistfight leads to gunfire

PALMDALE - A pleasant Sunday afternoon drive turned into a harrowing experience for a Quartz Hill family caught in the middle of gunfire that erupted on an open street.

October 26, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lanes closing in Castaic

Early morning commuters may want to sleep in a bit this week as workers demolishing the Hasley Canyon Bridge prompt the shut down of lanes in both directions.

October 26, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Officials form panel to deal with drought

Local water officials, as well as city and country decision-makers, have banded together to form a Drought Committee in response, in large part, to the deepening state-wide drought declared by the governor two months ago.

October 23, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘High fire hazard zone’?

Elderly Stevenson Ranch folks shouldn't be living in a middle of a high fire hazard zone, say those opposed to a senior citizen complex slated to be built next to Towsley Canyon.

October 22, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water district reviews financial concerns

The Newhall County Water District is holding a special finance meeting tonight to review a report on post-employment benefits and other financial concerns.

October 22, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lyons Canyon hearing Wednesday morning

Stevenson Ranch residents concerned about plans for a senior citizen complex next door to Towsley Canyon will have another opportunity to express their concerns publicly.

October 20, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Purse snatchers meet their match

An elderly shopper outwitted a elusive gang of persistent wallet-lifting thieves at every turn recently in a harrowing aisle-to-aisle cross-store encounter.

October 20, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Mentryville vs. chain saw

History is being wiped out in Mentryville, one pepper tree at a time, says a man who grew up in the hilly historic area tucked away in a corner of the Santa Clarita Valley.

October 19, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crime Watch: Brothers re-arrested for murder of Mugsy's Bar owner

Two brothers arrested and released two years ago in connection with the beating and stabbing death of Mugsy's Bar owner Louis Campanelli have been arrested again for the same slaying, this time charged with first-degree murder.

October 19, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Crime Watch


UPDATED: Mentryville vs. chain saw, part II

On an early morning hike through Mentryville recently with Darryl Manzer, past the big house, the wrought-iron pen he said he built to contain pigs, the gray splintered and crumbling shed by the school, past the school itself and through wisps of swaying pepper-tree branches laden with clusters of peppers, it becomes clear that Manzer has done his research.

October 19, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Nine line up for water board race

Experienced local insider water officials running for a seat at the Castaic Lake Water Agency have seen the numbers on water scarcity and say sound leadership is more important now than ever before.

October 18, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Pomeranian, undergarments stolen

A series of luxury items stolen in the last couple of weeks suggests some Santa Clarita Valley residents are trying hard to maintain a high standard of living.

October 18, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Still running strong

Local marathon runner Dennis Lebman never got a chance to celebrate after completing last year's Boston Marathon, so now he's going back to run again in one of the world's most renowned foot race, determined to let terrorists know that he and his fellow runners are unshaken, he said.

April 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Survey: US gas prices jump 9 cents per gallon

CAMARILLO (AP) - Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg says the average U.S. price of gasoline has jumped 9 cents a gallon in the past two weeks, bringing the total increase to 40 cents over 10 weeks.

April 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Deceptive drug practices outlined by SCV J Team

More than 100 people, many of them local moms and dads, learned how kids can smoke drugs through a hollowed-out apple or a crumpled pop can during a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Department workshop this week.

April 17, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Charge against Valencia private school teacher dismissed

More than 100 people, many sporting white shirts that read "Truth will prevail," rallied behind a Santa Clarita Valley teacher after a judge dismissed a child molestation charge against him Wednesday.

April 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Driver killed in I-5 collision

Investigators Tuesday were trying to unravel the circumstances behind the death of an Oakland man killed when the car he was driving slammed into the back of a truck on Interstate 5 north of Castaic.

April 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deal on table in fatal car-motorcycle crash

SAN FERNANDO - Prosecutors have a plea deal on the table for a Stevenson Ranch woman accused of fatally injuring a motorcyclist with her car last August, allegedly while she was intoxicated, court heard Tuesday.

April 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Last-minute rush at local tax service firms

The day before tax day was crunch day for both taxpayers crunching their own sets of numbers and the tax businesses that re-crunch them.

April 14, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘We stayed with her and prayed for her’

A Bay Area couple traveling southbound on Interstate 5 pulled two adults out of a shattered SUV that was involved in a high-speed crash, then told stories and prayed for the couple's 16-year-old daughter when they couldn't get her out of the crumpled vehicle, one of the rescuers said Monday.

April 14, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A jump start on the egg hunt

More than 70 kids gathered Easter eggs at Summit Park on Sunday as part of the YMCA's Egg-stravaganza event.

April 13, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Thousands get muddy at Castaic Lake

Thousands of runners got down and dirty Sunday as they competed in the annual Merrell Down & Dirty Obstacle Race at Castaic Lake.

April 13, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


3 kids, 3 adults injured in two-vehicle crash near Gorman

Six people including three children were "critically injured" and airlifted to the hospital Sunday following a two-vehicle crash near Gorman, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

April 13, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Driver Fatigue blamed in fatal crash near Agua Dulce

Driver fatigue is suspected to have played a part in a single-car crash near Agua Dulce Saturday night that claimed the life of a Palmdale man, according to the California Highway Patrol officer investigating the incident.

April 13, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Trial postponed in nearly 2 1/2-year-old SCV murder case

The murder trial of three young men was postponed Thursday to another day - almost two and a half years after a "good Samaritan" was gunned down trying to stop a robbery.

April 10, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sex offender arrested for allegedly living in Stevenson Ranch home while registered in Ventura

A man registered as a sex offender in Ventura was allegedly found living in Stevenson Ranch this week and arrested for failing to register in the Santa Clarita Valley.

April 10, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Investigators trying to determine cause of death for body found in car

Investigators with the county coroner's office are trying to determine the cause and manner of death for a man found dead in his car in a store parking lot in Canyon Country, a spokesman said Thursday.

April 10, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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