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Wading through wages

There's a lid for every pot, the old adage goes.

December 13, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Toxic lot nears milestone

Government officials monitoring the cleanup of nearly 1,000 acres of contaminated Whittaker-Bermite property in the heart of Santa Clarita could deem a portion of that land clean as early as February, an official said Wednesday.

December 09, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


No milk spills as cars crash in rain

A sudden, gusty rainstorm over Santa Clarita Valley was part of the reason a big-rig milk truck flipped on Interstate 5 near the Newhall Pass on Monday and contributed to more than a dozen traffic crashes Sunday night.

December 07, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Investigators expected to keep quiet on fraud probe

The probe into allegations of fraud and illegal building contracts handled by the Los Angeles County Fire Department - punctuated with the recent suicide of a local fire chief who oversaw local station construction - will not likely wrap up before year's end, the county's top claims investigator said.

December 05, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Woman injured in patrol car crash

A woman was hospitalized with serious injuries Monday after a California Highway Patrol officer, driving 90 mph on Interstate 5 in his patrol car to join a pursuit, slammed into the back of the SUV she was riding in, authorities said.

November 30, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Land deal builds dream

Close to a thousand acres in the heart of the Santa Clarita Valley are still uninhabitable - the soil still contaminated with traces of explosive material and the water still dirty with perchlorate. But city planners are happy today over a court settlement that will save them about $5 million in the long process to, one day, make it fit to live on.

November 29, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Alaskan chill visits SCV

A cold, wet low-pressure front on its way from Alaska to Santa Clarita Valley carries with it the threat of frost and rain this weekend and a reminder that winter is on its way.|

November 27, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


The fixings by the fix-it shop

The spirit of giving shut down Main Street Thursday.

November 26, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A grateful gathering

Before Don Ferguson tucked into his Thanksgiving Day dinner of mashed potatoes and turkey at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, two boys on the Valencia High School football team sat down at his table.

November 26, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Giving thanks for the place they call home

VAL VERDE - Thanksgiving in Val Verde has a lot to do with thanking the children who give back to their community.

November 25, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Help for those in need of food — or just company

Roger Hasper loves to feed people.

November 25, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Agency fined for ‘chronic’ problems

The state department responsible for delivering water to Santa Clarita Valley from Northern California has been charged $33,000 for discharging muddy, greasy water from Pyramid Lake, officials said Monday.

November 23, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Chief’s suicide under scrutiny

VENTURA - A Los Angeles County Fire Department chief who committed suicide in a Ventura County parking lot last month may have been under investigation for contract irregularities, a Ventura County coroner's official confirmed.

November 21, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Heavy rains flood Southland freeways

Heavy rains contributed to a freeway crash near Magic Mountain Parkway on Saturday that sent four people to hospital with minor injuries.

November 21, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


The show must, and does, go on — for 24 hours

"Watch me pull an all-nighter out of my hat."

November 21, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Deputies seeking suspect in assault

Local sheriff's deputies are looking for a man who allegedly punched a woman, pulled her by the hair, "stomped" on her and threw her dog, according to a report filed by the deputy who responded to the attack.

January 27, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Carving out a winner

They roared with excitement at the race track Sunday as scores of young drivers competed for trophies.

January 27, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita Valley safe drop-off drug box fills up

At first, it seemed someone may have confused the converted mailbox in front of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station with the Valencia Library book drop-off bin around the corner.

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


A non-vicious cycle

Diehard cyclist Mike Rose bicycled across America to see his cousin in the Santa Clarita Valley - and now that the visit's almost over he's going back home, cycling across America again.

January 24, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Search continues for missing Castaic girl

The mother of a 2-year-old girl missing more than two months in an apparent abduction by the girl's father said she's worried new information about the case might prompt him to hurt her.

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


Kids face real dangers with ‘sexting’

Children texting, "sexting" and otherwise communicating via handheld device should be encouraged to talk, listen and engage in face-to-face, real-time dialogue with their parents, a local psychotherapist said Wednesday.

January 23, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water officials bring Bay Delta Plan message to SCV

A lunchroom full of Santa Clarita Valley movers and shakers heard why their fragile water-delivery system across the San Joaquin Delta is in need of urgent repair and that the best way to fix it is with the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.

January 21, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia students get valuable CPR training

Sports Medicine students at Valencia High School learned the true value of their life-saving course first-hand early this school year when they grabbed a defibrillator and saved the life of a fellow student.

January 21, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Mini-mussel menace assessed

SANTA CLARITA - Park officials aided by a university dive team have been assessing Lake Piru to determine the spread of the destructive quagga mussel, a tiny mollusk that some fear could endanger part of the Santa Clara River.

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


String of robberies not linked, sheriff's detective says

A string of recent strong-arm robberies in the Santa Clarita Valley – cases in which valuables are taken from victims by force – are not believed to be related, according to the sergeant in charge of the Sheriff's Station robbery task force.

January 20, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Volunteers give big help to Agua Dulce therapy ranch

More than 250 volunteers put Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s message of civic responsibility into action Sunday when they spruced up Carousel Ranch, ultimately helping the kids treated there.

January 20, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Overturned tanker spills 50 gallons of crude in Valencia

SANTA CLARITA - A tanker-trailer hauling crude oil flipped and spilled 50 gallons at the intersection of The Old Road and Rye Canyon Road in Valencia on Sunday, prompting a shutdown of the intersection and re-routing of traffic.

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


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