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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


Bermite sale nixed

Developers shocked local officials when they announced Wednesday they would not purchase the contaminated 996-acre chunk of land in the middle of Santa Clarita.

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


Shake, rattle & fake a quake

The overall fallout of the Great Southern California ShakeOut can be summed up: shaken, not stirred.

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


Study: Air quality worst near freeways

When it comes to breathing in the Santa Clarita Valley, the most significant factor diminishing air quality and increasing the risk of cancer is microscopic cancer-causing chemicals released in the diesel emissions from trucks traveling along freeways.

November 12, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Cemex probe in Europe won't affect SCV issues

An anti-trust investigation into Cemex SAB and a handful of other cement companies in Europe does not affect U.S. operations including a federal bill that would prevent a mine operation in Soledad Canyon, a company spokeswoman said.

November 12, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Santa Clarita Valley safe drop-off drug box fills up

At first, it seemed someone may have confused the converted mailbox in front of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station with the Valencia Library book drop-off bin around the corner.

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


A non-vicious cycle

Diehard cyclist Mike Rose bicycled across America to see his cousin in the Santa Clarita Valley - and now that the visit's almost over he's going back home, cycling across America again.

January 24, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Search continues for missing Castaic girl

The mother of a 2-year-old girl missing more than two months in an apparent abduction by the girl's father said she's worried new information about the case might prompt him to hurt her.

January 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Kids face real dangers with ‘sexting’

Children texting, "sexting" and otherwise communicating via handheld device should be encouraged to talk, listen and engage in face-to-face, real-time dialogue with their parents, a local psychotherapist said Wednesday.

January 23, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water officials bring Bay Delta Plan message to SCV

A lunchroom full of Santa Clarita Valley movers and shakers heard why their fragile water-delivery system across the San Joaquin Delta is in need of urgent repair and that the best way to fix it is with the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.

January 21, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia students get valuable CPR training

Sports Medicine students at Valencia High School learned the true value of their life-saving course first-hand early this school year when they grabbed a defibrillator and saved the life of a fellow student.

January 21, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Mini-mussel menace assessed

SANTA CLARITA - Park officials aided by a university dive team have been assessing Lake Piru to determine the spread of the destructive quagga mussel, a tiny mollusk that some fear could endanger part of the Santa Clara River.

January 20, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


String of robberies not linked, sheriff's detective says

A string of recent strong-arm robberies in the Santa Clarita Valley – cases in which valuables are taken from victims by force – are not believed to be related, according to the sergeant in charge of the Sheriff's Station robbery task force.

January 20, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Volunteers give big help to Agua Dulce therapy ranch

More than 250 volunteers put Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s message of civic responsibility into action Sunday when they spruced up Carousel Ranch, ultimately helping the kids treated there.

January 20, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Overturned tanker spills 50 gallons of crude in Valencia

SANTA CLARITA - A tanker-trailer hauling crude oil flipped and spilled 50 gallons at the intersection of The Old Road and Rye Canyon Road in Valencia on Sunday, prompting a shutdown of the intersection and re-routing of traffic.

January 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Utah murder-suicide hits home

Students at Rancho Pico Junior High School who just got to know 13-year-old Kenadee Oliva last semester were receiving grief counseling Friday following news of a murder-suicide in Utah that claimed her life.

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


Former Rancho Pico student dead in murder-suicide

Students at Rancho Pico Junior High School who just got to know 13-year-old Kenadee Oliva last semester were receiving grief counseling Friday following news of a murder-suicide in Utah that claimed her life.

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


Phone scams on the rise in SCV

Mary and Ray Schulz weren't born yesterday, so when a con artist phoned and asked for their credit card information, the Newhall couple suspected the call was a scam.

January 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Castaic teen killed in Stevenson Ranch collision

An 18-year-old Castaic man hit by a car while skateboarding across The Old Road in Stevenson Ranch has died of his injuries, officials said Wednesday.

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


Blond Scammer gets suspended sentence for SCV crimes

A woman dubbed the "Blond Scammer" and suspected of identity thefts in two counties received a suspended sentence Wednesday for crimes committed in the Santa Clarita Valley last January.

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


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