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Cemex deadline expires

A five-year written "truce" between Santa Clarita and Cemex that staved off a major mine in Canyon Country expired Thursday, meaning the Mexican mining firm could move ahead with plans to haul millions of tons of sand and gravel out of Soledad Canyon.

June 01, 2012 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hart High grads enjoy 1 last harmony

Seniors of Hart High School's vocal music program harmonized together for the last time Thursday, singing the national anthem for the 540 classmates in the graduating class of 2012 of Hart High School.

June 01, 2012 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Golden graduates

Golden Valley High School grads roared with wild abandon Wednesday as they said goodbye to friends and four years of high school.

May 30, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Building on dreams

Raised by a single mom while moving around the Santa Clarita Valley some 30 times in her young life, Golden Valley High School graduate Carla Simental is now prepared to plant both feet firmly on the ground.

May 30, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Senate primaries a preview for November

21st State Senate District Profiles

May 29, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Wilk closer to McKeon in campaign funding

Click here for a link to the candidates' profiles and endorsements.

May 28, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Paul Strickland's endorsements for the 38th Assembly District race

Paul Strickland, veteran member of the William S. Hart Union High School District governing board, has racked up scores of education endorsements.

May 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Patricia McKeon's endorsements for the 38th Assembly District race

Patricia McKeon, wife of Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, in her first run for public office has more than just her husband to list as an endorsement.

May 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Edward Headington's endorsements for the 38th Assembly District race

Edward Headington, the only Democratic Party contender in the 38th Assembly District race, keeps a growing list of endorsements on his website.

May 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Scott Wilk's endorsements for the 38th Assembly District race

Scott Wilk posts a running log online of the people who have endorsed him for the 38th Assembly District seat. They include:

May 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fundraiser for crash victim

A Little League softball team and coworkers of a woman killed in a single-car crash Sunday are holding a fundraiser for the victim's family Saturday.

May 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


'Backyard butcher' sentenced to 90 days

A Canyon Country man accused of unlawfully slaughtering animals for sale pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and was sentenced Thursday to 90 days in county jail, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's office said.

May 24, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Crime Reports


High winds expected to increase in Santa Clarita Valley this evening

Your potted plant may have been knocked over due to strong winds Tuesday night. But by Thursday morning, your front-yard tree could be in the neighbor's yard.

May 23, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Purse theft leaves woman ‘scared’

LANCASTER - When a brazen thief drove through a Canyon Country parking lot, bumped a woman visiting from Lancaster, snatched her purse and drove off, he stole far more than 17 dollars and change.

May 22, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Owner in hot water for reptile

Dogs without tags and cats up trees just don't compare to animal control officers having to collar a 2-foot-long caiman - an alligator-like reptile - from a home in Saugus.

May 21, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Tips received in Newhall gun club theft

The release Wednesday of a video surveillance image depicting a suspect wanted in connection with the theft of ammunition from a local gun club has produced tips from the public that are now being pursued by detectives, a deputy said.

May 08, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


One sentenced following arrest during Santa Clarita billboard signature-gathering process

Of the eight people arrested during 10 days of signature-gathering at local stores only one has been prosecuted, found guilty and sentenced to three days in jail, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

May 08, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Manner of death ‘undetermined’ in case of Castaic boy found in washing machine

Investigators with the county coroner's office have closed their case on 8-year-old Cole Hartman - the Santa Clarita Valley youngster found face-down and submerged in a water-filled washing machine last summer - without declaring the autistic boy's death an accident, suicide or homicide.

May 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Suspect escapes deputies by bolting across I-5

A man arrested on Interstate 5 Wednesday on suspicion of transporting drugs kicked out the rear window of the cruiser he was placed in and ran across the entire freeway to escape sheriff's deputies, officials said.

May 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man who struggled with arresting officers gets 38 months in prison

An Azusa man initially charged with seven offenses has been sentenced to 38 months in state prison after pleading no contest to just two of the charges - evading an officer and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

May 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia Water Company: Down to the gallon

For water company customers who respond "How much is that?" when told to reduce consumption by 20 percent, Valencia Water Company says it has the exact answer.

May 07, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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


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