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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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Tips received in Newhall gun club theft

The release Wednesday of a video surveillance image depicting a suspect wanted in connection with the theft of ammunition from a local gun club has produced tips from the public that are now being pursued by detectives, a deputy said.

May 08, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


One sentenced following arrest during Santa Clarita billboard signature-gathering process

Of the eight people arrested during 10 days of signature-gathering at local stores only one has been prosecuted, found guilty and sentenced to three days in jail, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

May 08, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Manner of death ‘undetermined’ in case of Castaic boy found in washing machine

Investigators with the county coroner's office have closed their case on 8-year-old Cole Hartman - the Santa Clarita Valley youngster found face-down and submerged in a water-filled washing machine last summer - without declaring the autistic boy's death an accident, suicide or homicide.

May 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Suspect escapes deputies by bolting across I-5

A man arrested on Interstate 5 Wednesday on suspicion of transporting drugs kicked out the rear window of the cruiser he was placed in and ran across the entire freeway to escape sheriff's deputies, officials said.

May 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man who struggled with arresting officers gets 38 months in prison

An Azusa man initially charged with seven offenses has been sentenced to 38 months in state prison after pleading no contest to just two of the charges - evading an officer and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

May 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia Water Company: Down to the gallon

For water company customers who respond "How much is that?" when told to reduce consumption by 20 percent, Valencia Water Company says it has the exact answer.

May 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


No gun found following report of possible weapon spotted near Sierra Vista

Reports of a student in possession of a gun near Sierra Vista Junior High School Tuesday prompted swift response by local sheriff's deputies, but no weapon was found, school and law enforcement sources said.

May 06, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crash in Valencia today snarls traffic

Lunchtime traffic was tied up on Creekside Road at Valencia Boulevard today following a multi-vehicle crash at the intersection, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said.

May 06, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Body in charred Newhall apartment remains unidentified

A week after finding the body of a man inside a burning Newhall apartment, investigators with the county Coroner's Department have still to identify the victim, a department spokesman said Monday.

May 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Santa Clarita: Billboard petitions have sufficient signatures

After estimating the number of signatures on 15 of 28 boxes of billboard petitions turned in at City Hall today, Santa Clarita city officials declared a minimim number of signatures had been collected to send the issue up to the next level: verification of those signatures by Los Angeles County officials.

May 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Taste of the Town returns to Valencia

Santa Clarita is 'sweet' according to thousands who attended the 26th annual Taste of the Town event in Valencia Sunday.

May 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Wings for Life World Run draws hundreds to Santa Clarita

In the dead of the night, more than 1,100 runners gathered at Westfield Valencia Town Center to compete in an event embraced simultaneously by runners in 35 cities around the world, all to raise money for research into spinal cord injury.

May 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crash victim gets some helping hands

One man was injured and taken to the hospital Thursday after his truck left the southbound lanes of Highway 14 and crashed on an embankment, prompting about a dozen concerned witnesses to stop and hold his truck stationary, according to the emergency response officials.

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


Group of alleged petition 'blockers' arrested

Local sheriff's deputies have arrested three more alleged petition "blockers" as the deadline approaches for petitioners seeking to overturn a city ordinance allowing electronic billboards, sheriff's documents show.

May 01, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Thirsty bullet thief sought

A thief who apparently became thirsty after he kicked down the door of a local gun club and stole more than 3,000 bullets may be undone by fingerprints lifted off a refrigerator door, according to documents at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

May 01, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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