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Cemex bill heads to committee

Santa Clarita city staff members are hoping for a chance to appear before the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee so it can weigh in on the importance of the Cemex bill, officials said Wednesday.

April 21, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Doctors, leaders look to diagnose concerns

Failed talks between doctors and administrators at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital have necessitated both parties meet with a mediator next week, the hospital's CEO said Tuesday.

April 20, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Nurses to hold vigil on ‘team nursing’

Registered nurses at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital have scheduled a candlelight vigil for next week to draw attention to their concerns about "team nursing," one of the hospital's staffing strategies, a nurse representative said Monday.

April 19, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Festival a reminder to conserve

The most popular thing about the trees of City of Santa Clarita Earth Arbor Day Festival 2011 appeared to be the shade they provided to hundreds turning out for the environment.

April 18, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water board not an easy plunge

A completed application form sits on the desk of local water official B. J. Atkins.

April 18, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Familial support: Locals raise money for family with mounting medical bills

Steve and Lisa Arakaki have worked hard all their lives - Steve toiling in the produce section of the neighborhood store, arranging oranges and limes, Lisa delivering bread for the Oroweat Baking Co.

April 17, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local nurses upset about team strategy

A petition protesting "team nursing" and signed by more than 100 nurses at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital was sent to administrators last month, but a spokesman for the nurses said Friday no response has been received.

April 17, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Store to raise funds for mother

Imagine going to bed healthy and happy only to wake up the next morning a completely different person.

April 15, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Board floats sewer-rate hike

Sewer rates are likely going up, following a decision by the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District board of directors Thursday night.

April 15, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hospital swaps cleaning service

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital switches to a new housekeeping and food-preparation service next month, changing subcontractors after more than 10 years with the same firm.

April 14, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Officials to discuss sewer-rate increase

Directors on the local Sanitation District board want to hear from ratepayers Thursday night on a proposed sewer-rate increase.

April 13, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Captain zeroes in on trends

Law enforcement officers, eager to get the jump on crime trends that crop up in particular areas, are redrawing the small-town image of the Santa Clarita Valley, the SCV's top cop said Monday.

April 12, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Portions of property won’t get cleaned of perchlorate

A small percentage of contaminated Whittaker-Bermite land may never be cleaned up enough to meet standards that allow for schools, homes or hospitals to be built there, city and state officials said this week.

April 09, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Cemex bill will have another go in Congress

Santa Clarita city planners are optimistic that the latest version of the Cemex bill, which Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., introduced to Congress on Thursday, will stand on its merits, offering a way out of the impasse between the city and the Mexican mining firm.

April 08, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Leaders decry water-fee hike

The local Economic Development Corp. wants the Santa Clarita Valley's water wholesaler to wait a year before it raises fees charged to land developers.

April 07, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


High winds topple trees in SCV

Severe winds knocked down at least a dozen trees and tree limbs across the Santa Clarita Valley on Tuesday, sending some crashing onto roads and created traffic hazards, city and fire officials said.

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


Body found in Newhall apartment fire

The discovery of a body inside a burning Newhall apartment is under investigation by homicide detectives and arson investigators, county fire and coroner officials said Tuesday.

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


UPDATE: SCV Sheriff's Station weekend saturation patrol nets 10 arrests

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies arrested 10 people during a weekend "saturation patrol" aimed at getting under-the-influence drivers off the road, a sheriff's spokesman said Monday.

April 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Car found abandoned in ravine

California Highway Patrol officers are looking into the circumstances surrounding a black Corvette found abandoned at the bottom of a ravine along Bouquet Creek over the weekend, according to the CHP.

April 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Twin sisters recount the Holocaust

Twin sisters Rita Kahane and Serena Rubin told a small congregation at Beth Shalom Sunday how lucky they were to have survived several life-threatening moments during the Holocaust, most notably perhaps being the day Nazi doctor Josef Mengele came looking for twins.

April 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Another arrest in billboard showdown

A continuing battle over the Santa Clarita City Council's decision to approve electronic billboards along local freeways resulted in another arrest this weekend and a face-to-face showdown between billboard supporters and opponents on the dusty Western streets at the 21st annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival on Saturday.

April 26, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


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