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Fire academy sets teens on right path

Santa Clarita Valley's prep school for firefighters is heating up.

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


Cemex bill may die in Senate

A Washington state congressman sidelined the bill to ban mining in Soledad Canyon due to House earmark rules, and he's also committed to sinking a Senate omnibus bill that would spare the Santa Clarita Valley the proposed 56 million-ton open-pit mine.

February 06, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Harken back to a time when silence was golden

If Trekkies are a testament to the success of Star Trek, then the appearance of at least one "Chappy" at Santa Clarita Valley's first ever ChaplinFest this weekend bodes well for organizers hoping to make it a tradition.

February 06, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


McKeon: no Cemex bill in ’11

Blaming prohibitive new anti-earmark rules, the Santa Clarita Valley's congressman said Tuesday he will not introduce a new bill to ban mining in Soledad Canyon during this congressional session.

February 02, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


School officer charged in shooting

A police officer who lives in the Santa Clarita Valley and works in the San Fernando Valley was arrested Thursday night and charged with a felony for allegedly filing a false police report in connection with claims he had been shot in the chest.

January 29, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water officials extend savings for dry days

Despite recent heavy rains that swelled water levels, local water officials voted this week to keep out-of-town water reserves in their cache.

January 29, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Officials close Ottman case

Local civilian Fire Chief Timothy John Ottman, who shot and killed himself while being investigated for allegations of wrongdoing, committed no crime, according to Ottman's relatives.

January 26, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Agency to go solar

Water resource planners want the public to weigh in on their plan to turn part of the Castaic Lake Water Agency's back lot into a cost-saving field of solar panels.

January 25, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Nature’s latest local companion

The Placerita Canyon Nature Center and Natural Area has a new face.

January 22, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Group keeps up fight against Romero Canyon

More than 40 Romero Canyon residents opposed to having a high school built on the Castaic site already selected by the local school board want the board members to look at an alternate site that they say is more accessible.

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


Officials plan to pump up water pressure

If living with hard water is driving you crazy, then having to wait for it as it dribbles out of the tap might just be the last straw.

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


No car, no charges in hit-and-run crash

Los Angeles detectives are still looking for the car that struck and killed the father of a local sportscaster.

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


A swing to sunny skies

Just when you dig through the closet to find your hat and mittens so you can make another snowman, it's time to find your shorts and sunglasses.

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


Investigator in fire chief suicide to publish report

The investigator looking into allegations of fraud and illegal building contracts handled by the Los Angeles County Fire Department says her findings will be published on a Los Angeles County website, possibly as early as April.

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


Developer’s water fees could be rising

Local water officials responding to a drop in revenue - due to a drop in land development - want to increase the fees they charge developers to pay for projects like new pipelines.

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


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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


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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