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On safari for the stickleback

Officials at Placerita Canyon Nature Center and Natural Area are polishing a tabletop in a corner of their visitors center where they plan to put a big aquarium and fill it with a tiny, tenacious fish indigenous to our area - but that very few have seen.

June 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Drunken boaters targeted

For being the largest body of fresh water in the area, Castaic Lake was a pretty dry place this past weekend, according to sheriff's deputies looking for drunken boaters.

June 24, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Motorcyclist identified

Details were emerging Sunday in the motorcycle crash that killed a 26-year-old Canyon Country man Friday night.

June 24, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Dead man, dog found in Westridge apartment garage

Homicide detectives were called to a parking structure on Silver Aspen Way late Sunday afternoon after a man and a dog were both found dead in a parked car there, sheriff's deputies said.

June 24, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Traces of chemicals found in local well

Traces of an organic chemical linked to plastics and harmful to humans was detected last month in miniscule amounts - well below the threat level - at a well owned by the Valencia Water Co.

June 22, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Strickland, Brownley ready for November

Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark, who snagged more than 40 percent of the June 5 primary vote in his first run for the 26th Congressional District, says he's confident he can sway a large number of independent voters by the November general election.

June 21, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lawsuit filed in senior death at Valencia assisted living facility

A Valencia home for seniors is being sued by a man whose elderly mother died after she was allegedly left alone on the home's patio in triple-digit temperatures last year.

June 20, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Why the peacock crossed the road

Surprised motorists heading south on Interstate 5 Tuesday dodged a pair of peacocks in the slow lane near Templin Highway, the latest in a series of animals-on-the-highway encounters in the Santa Clarita Valley.

June 20, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Man arrested in hammer assault

A woman was taken to the hospital Tuesday morning after she was apparently assaulted by a man with a hammer at a fast food restaurant in Newhall, according to fire and law enforcement officials.

June 19, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Crime Reports


Fire officials look to dry, busy season

With hundreds of acres in the Santa Clarita Valley already scorched by wildfires, fire officials Monday forecast a "drier, busier fire season" for 2012.

June 19, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fire officials look to dry, busy fire fighting season

With hundreds of acres in the Santa Clarita Valley already scorched by wildfires, fire officials Monday forecast a "drier, busier fire season" for 2012.

June 18, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Registered sex offender’s parole revoked

A registered sex offender living in Canyon Country has been arrested for allegedly violating his parole after corrections officers found pornography on his home computer, an official said Monday.

June 18, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country man ordered to trial in stabbing

A Canyon Country man confined to a wheelchair will be tried on an attempted murder charge in connection with a stabbing that happened on Feb. 29, a District Attorney's spokeswoman said Monday.

June 18, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Woman injured when apparently swerving to avoid deer

A woman who reportedly tried to avoid hitting a deer was injured when her car flipped and crashed on Placerita Canyon Road early Monday morning.

June 18, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Resident wins waterwise contest

It's likely to be a rocky road swapping green lawns for rock gardens in the Santa Clarita Valley, but the idea is getting thumbs up approval by local water officials eager to conserve water.

June 18, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Authorities ID man found in Newhall fire

Investigators with the Los Angeles County Coroner's Department have identified the man whose body was found inside a burning Newhall apartment last month as 61-year-old Clyde Wayne Henderson, a spokeswoman said.

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


Man collapses on bike path

A man who collapsed of an apparent heart attack on a bike path near Camp Plenty Sunday is alive after paramedics applied cardio-pulmonary rescue techniques to revive him, emergency response officials said.

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


Valencia baseball situation has raised fundraising questions

When it was announced on March 21 that Valencia High School teacher and head baseball coach Jared Snyder was taking a leave of absence, it left many parents with questions about the money raised by the team's booster club.

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


UPDATE: Hot just like we thought

Temperatures rose to more than 100 scorching degrees in the Santa Clarita Valley on Thursday as forecasters called for a slow cool-down beginning Friday and continuing through the weekend.

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


Contaminated groundwater meeting called 'premature'

Local environmentalists attending a public meeting Thursday on the proposed cleanup of contaminated groundwater on Whittaker-Bermite called the meeting "premature," citing the exclusion of state mandated environmental documents.

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


Two wheeling to work on Bike to Work Day

Bike To Work Day is pretty straight forward. I get it.

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


2 nabbed in probation/parole sweep

Local sheriff's deputies conducting an early morning probation/parole sweep Thursday arrested two men at two of four locations, a deputy involved in the sweep said.

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


UPDATE: SCV firefighters prep for worst day yet

Los Angeles County fire officials upped firefighter staffing countywide and extended a fire danger warning into Thursday, preparing for the crescendo of the current Southern California heat wave.

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


20-year-old vandal serves 1 month, gets 3 years probation

A 20-year-old man found guilty in December of spray-painting sexually explicit graffiti on at least three vehicles and a Valencia home was placed on three years probation Wednesday after serving 28 days in jail, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

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


UPDATED: Canyon Country man arrested in gun club theft

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies acting on a tip have arrested the man they believe is the gun club burglar, recovering all the loot stolen from a Newhall gun club - except a bottle of water, a sheriff's deputy said Tuesday.

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


Santa Clarita’s Bike to Work Day is Thursday

It's time to leave your car at home, dust off that bike in the garage and peddle to work because Thursday is the 11th annual Bike to Work Day.

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


Valencia man gets 10 days in jail for failure to appear

A Santa Clarita Valley man convicted two years ago of pointing a laser at an aircraft has been sentenced to 10 days in county jail for failing to appear in court to update the judge on his community service.

May 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Whittaker-Bermite groundwater cleanup plan set for public comment

State officials prepped to unveil their seven-year plan to clean up contaminated groundwater on the Whittaker-Bermite site have extended the public comment period from 30 to 49 days in anticipation of an enthusiastic response from the community.

May 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Father pleads not guilty in son’s stabbing

A 56-year-old man ordered to stand trial for the stabbing of his son has pleaded not guilty to the charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

May 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Saugus stuntman planning record-breaking firewalk

Three years ago, Saugus stuntman Jayson Dumenigo set the world record for being on fire for the longest period of time - and surviving.

May 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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