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Memorial gardens raise money for the troops

Two boys from Santa Clarita died in Iraq.

On Sunday, their service and the service paid by scores of other local military heroes to our country was honored, not with a gun salute or a parade down Main Street, but with a simple invitation to stroll through gardens of flowers and a simple message - remember those who serve.

August 10, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water rationing not likely in SCV

Mandatory water rationing is not "in the cards" for Santa Clarita Valley residents, local water officials said in response to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proclamation Wednesday of a statewide drought.

"We're in a good position and we don't have to draw on any backup water supplies," said Dan Masnada, general manager of the Castaic Lake Water Agency.

August 07, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Nearly 500 homes approved

A 492-unit Canyon Country housing development was approved by county supervisors Wednesday, clearing the way for grading of more than 500 acres of land.

Dubbed "Park Place," the development would be located in Tick Canyon at the very eastern edge of Canyon Country at the end of Shadow Pines Boulevard.

August 07, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A sea of green grads

The green and gold graduating class of 2008 marked the 40th anniversary of Canyon High School's opening last night as close to 600 students graduated Tuesday night.

August 05, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Tainted water still counts for land developers

Local water activists are saddened today now that a proposed law promising to slow development through tougher conditions set on groundwater assessment has been struck down in Sacramento.

Assembly Bill AB2046 requires water suppliers such as the Castaic Lake Water Agency to submit to the state the quantity and quality of groundwater being assessed in relation to supplying that water ultimately to an identified group, such as a 500-unit housing development.

August 04, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Despite bill hike, contract renewed

Local water officials have renewed their contract with a San Francisco consulting firm despite an 11th hour increase of 67 percent in the company's last bill and concerns voiced by one board member about "routine work" continually being farmed out to experts.

August 01, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


New Sheriff's station coming

As the population grows in Santa Clarita Valley, so will the number of "cop shops."

July 30, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


They call him ‘Mr. 300'

Just as Eddie LeGault was about to bowl a perfect game, everyone inside Valencia Lanes stopped.

July 29, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


District spent almost $10,000 a day on consultants

The only thing that cost the Castaic Lake Water Agency more money in March than water itself was consultants.

July 29, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Quake report unsettling

When the Big One hits Santa Clarita some will likely die, many will be injured and many buildings will be destroyed.

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


Supervisors approve Sheriff academy probe

You can expect to hear plenty of grunting from inside the College of the Canyons gymnasium this summer as young recruits continue training for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, despite a call this week for a formal review of the training that goes on there and at other academies.

What you won't see at the academy, however, are recruits adjusting their hair in the mirror or practising their smiles for TV cameras.

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


Castaic Lake Water Agency approves camera installation

If anyone should actually ever attend a water meeting they can expect to be videotaped.

The Finance and Administrative Committee of the Castaic Lake Water Agency is going to recommend the agency's board of directors hire a video company to install cameras at four agency locations at a total cost of $330,000.

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


500k people in the SCV?

If you ever get frustrated driving across McBean Parkway at rush hour and wonder just how big Santa Clarita Valley will likely get, city planners have the answer.

Take all the people in Santa Clarita Valley and double that number - that's the biggest Santa Clarita Valley will ever get, they say.

July 21, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Groundwater bill examined

Groundwater is stirring up deep opposition and resentment among some Santa Clarita residents who fear the resource is being manipulated by local water officials in order to facilitate more urban development.

July 21, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Back to court for Castro

SAN FERNANDO - A Canyon Country woman accused of killing her husband will be tried a second time.

Superior Court Judge Burt Pines ordered a new trial for Esperanza Castro Friday morning, three full weeks after her first trial ended in a hung jury.

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


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Group of women pulls mall heist

For the second time in two months, thieving bands have stolen thousands of dollars worth of sunglasses from a eye wear specialty store in the mall, according to local sheriff's deputies.

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


SCV hospital thanked with Labor Day lunch

While many were relaxing around a barbecue Labor Day, nurses and doctors working up an appetite at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital were treated to lunch by one local restaurant as a show of appreciation.

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


Woman killed in Sunday crash identified

The woman killed in a three-vehicle crash in Castaic Sunday afternoon has been identified as 36-year-old Cynthia Ray of Bakersfield.

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


One year after son’s disappearance, Laspisas still hold out hope

Less than a month before the first-year anniversary of their son's disappearance, Karen and Mike Laspisa received a phone call from police in Arizona reporting a possible sighting of their son, Bryce.

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


Newhall mechanic turns crank cases into art

The floor of the German Autohaus body shop garage in Newhall is littered with what you would expect - a crankshaft here, an engine block there.

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


UPDATE: Couple identified in selfie burglary case

A couple depicted in a selfie that turned up in a burglary victim's cloud database took the photo on a cellphone bought at a San Fernando swap meet, the man in the picture told Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station detectives Thursday.

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


Valencia man to stand trial in BB gun shooting

A Valencia man has been ordered to stand trial on a charge he shot a woman in the eye with a BB gun during a road rage incident in May. a District Attorney's Office spokeswoman said Thursday.

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


Former deputy receives probationary sentence for firing weapon

A retired sheriff's deputy accused of illegally firing his gun after neighborhood kids played a "ding dong ditch" prank on him received a probationary sentence Thursday after pleading no contest to the misdemeanor charge against him.

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


UPDATE: Selfie-takers sought following burglary

Sheriff's detectives investigating a residential burglary at a Santa Clarita Valley home are asking the public's help in identifying two "persons of interest" depicted in selfie photographs discovered by the victim.

August 20, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Gunfire alarm sends Newhall school into brief lockdown

Reports of possible gunfire near a Newhall elementary school prompted a brief school lockdown and road closure Wednesday morning, but the all-clear was sounded within 10-15 minutes, officials said.

August 20, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV Instagram threat suspect denies charge

The 15-year-old boy arrested last weekend and accused of threatening to kill Valencia High School students denied the felony criminal charge in juvenile court Tuesday, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said.

August 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Saugus High senior killed by car

A 17-year-old girl who became the heart and spirit of the Saugus girls swim team has died after she was hit by a car while jogging, law enforcement and school officials said Tuesday.

August 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Investigation continues into man with slit throat

Homicide detectives investigating the discovery last week of a man found dead with his throat slit inside a Valencia business's bathroom are awaiting autopsy results to determine if he was murdered, a Sheriff's Department homicide detective said today.

August 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Insult to injury: Bouquet Canyon gates closed for 5 days

Scores of Bouquet Canyon residents frustrated over the five-day closure of their only access road can expect similar inconveniences in the future as water officials work to further reduce a "trickle" causing road problems, county sources said Monday.

August 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 13-year-old Canyon student in custody over online threats

A 13-year-old Canyon High School student was arrested Monday for making threats after he allegedly texted a message about school violence to a friend, who posted the message on Instagram, officials said.

August 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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