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New faces on the Castaic council

Castaic residents saw the faces of their newly elected local representatives Wednesday when the results of the Nov. 8 town council election were announced.

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


Inmates riot at jail

Inmates staged a relatively calm - and apparently unprovoked - riot at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic causing minor injuries to one deputy and one inmate Friday.

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


Vasquez is Teacher of the Year

Michelle Vasquez staples paper feathers to a paper head dress, puts it on and takes her place at the head of a tablecloth stretched out on the floor in front of her.

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


New Castaic High sites on the menu

Hart district officials are focusing on a short list of four possible sites for the long-awaited Castaic high school, a school board member said Thursday.

November 20, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Choir heading from Valencia to Vatican City

The Valencia High School Choir is scheduled to sing for the Pope at the Vatican in June 2009. Vatican officials selected Valencia from competing choirs around the world.

November 20, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Mayor says Bermite cleanup will happen

Cleanup at the Whittaker-Bermite site is proceeding as planned, Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar told a luncheon group Wednesday.

November 19, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Special fish fried by Sayre Fire

The fish are foul and the mosquitoes are multiplying.

November 19, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


AIG chaos may doom Bermite plans

Cleanup at the 996-acre Whittaker-Bermite site could come to screeching halt if the company funding the project declares bankruptcy, as many fear.

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


Local nurses counsel fire victims

SYLMAR - Gail Smith stood in line with her neighbors, waiting to tour her burned-out Sylmar neighborhood Monday.

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


UPDATED: Sayre Fire 64 percent contained

UPDATED 8:50 Monday:

November 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Stock woes hit home

If plans to build Castaic High School on the NorthLake site seemed remote before, the outlook appears bleaker now that the company backing its developer declared bankuptcy.

November 17, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Mum's the word, soccer moms

Local soccer moms and dads will observe 50 minutes of silence this weekend in the valley's first-ever silent soccer games.

November 15, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Motorcyclist killed in collision

Traffic detectives are looking for witnesses to a motor vehicle collision that killed a Canyon Country man late Thursday.

November 14, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Iwo Jima vet gets his dues

87-year-old Iwo Jima veteran, the Department of Veterans Affairs will pay him all the money he's owed.

November 14, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SunCal properties bankrupt

NorthLake in Castaic, a proposed development where a Castaic high school was planned for many years, is among more than a dozen SunCal properties that the developer placed in bankruptcy Thursday, a spokesman confirmed.

November 13, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


Giddyup Santa Clarita

Amid the charcoal smell of barbecues, the twirl of parasols and the jingling of spurs, thousands attended the 21st annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival on Saturday and enjoyed a sunny day of Western culture.

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


Lawsuit: ‘Fiscal integrity’ of SCV water service threatened

One of Santa Clarita Valley's four water retailers is suing the agency from which it buys a portion of its water, claiming the Castaic Lake Water Agency illegally purchased the Valencia Water Company, another water retailer.

April 25, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


3 arrested so far in ongoing billboard dispute

The ongoing Santa Clarita Valley dispute over electronic billboards between those petitioning against them and the "petition blockers" rallying in their support has netted three arrests and spurred several confrontations at local stores, a sheriff's official confirmed Friday.

April 25, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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