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Fire officials look to dry, busy fire fighting season

With hundreds of acres in the Santa Clarita Valley already scorched by wildfires, fire officials Monday forecast a "drier, busier fire season" for 2012.

June 18, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Registered sex offender’s parole revoked

A registered sex offender living in Canyon Country has been arrested for allegedly violating his parole after corrections officers found pornography on his home computer, an official said Monday.

June 18, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country man ordered to trial in stabbing

A Canyon Country man confined to a wheelchair will be tried on an attempted murder charge in connection with a stabbing that happened on Feb. 29, a District Attorney's spokeswoman said Monday.

June 18, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Woman injured when apparently swerving to avoid deer

A woman who reportedly tried to avoid hitting a deer was injured when her car flipped and crashed on Placerita Canyon Road early Monday morning.

June 18, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Resident wins waterwise contest

It's likely to be a rocky road swapping green lawns for rock gardens in the Santa Clarita Valley, but the idea is getting thumbs up approval by local water officials eager to conserve water.

June 18, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fire officials to give season outlook

County fire officials are expected to reveal today just how deep budget constraints are likely to affect the way they battle wildfires this season.

June 18, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Diesel spill ties up I-5 traffic

An early morning traffic collision on Interstate 5 on Sunday caused a "minor" diesel fuel spill and prompted the brief closure of southbound lanes near Calgrove Boulevard, an officer with the California Highway Patrol said.

June 18, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water officials to review spending

Local water officials are expected to review how they spent their money in April at an evening meeting Tuesday.

June 18, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Crash injures two, causes fuel spill, prompts lane closure

An early morning traffic collision on Interstate-5 Sunday injured two, sending one to the hospital, caused a "minor" diesel fuel spill and prompted the brief closure of southbound lanes near Calgrove Boulevard, fire and law enforcement officials said.

June 17, 2012 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Wilk widens lead with latest tally

The tally of votes still being counted after last week's primary election now shows Republican Scott Wilk leading in the 38th State Assembly District race, edging out Democrat Edward Headington.

June 14, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Separate incidents lead to airlifts to hospitals

An 8-year-old was airlifted to a hospital from Central Park following a head-to-head injury with another girl, officials confirmed Wednesday.

June 14, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Boy airlifted from Towsley Canyon

A teenage boy who crashed a mountain bike in Towsley Canyon this morning was airlifted to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

June 13, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Report shows crime decline in Santa Clarita Valley

Crime, including violent offenses, is down across America, according to the latest FBI figures, and the Santa Clarita Valley is no exception.

June 13, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Challenger files complaint against congressman

The Democrat facing Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, in November's general election has filed a formal complaint against the incumbent claiming McKeon used a mailer to help his wife in her bid for a seat in the state Assembly.

June 13, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Zink, Pavley set for runoff battle

Santa Clarita Valley residents can expect to see a lot more of Republican state Senate race contender Todd Zink after he edged out his incumbent opponent last week in the California primary.

June 13, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Deputies seeking suspect in assault

Local sheriff's deputies are looking for a man who allegedly punched a woman, pulled her by the hair, "stomped" on her and threw her dog, according to a report filed by the deputy who responded to the attack.

January 27, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Carving out a winner

They roared with excitement at the race track Sunday as scores of young drivers competed for trophies.

January 27, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


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


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