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Water officials look at raising facility fees

Local water officials want to increase the fees they charge developers in order to pay for capital projects needed to bring more water to more and more residents moving into Santa Clarita Valley.

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


Wake boarders fly over Castaic

Fast boats, white water, hot dogs and not a single pair of water skis in sight.

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


Senior project speeds toward final approval

Stevenson Ranch residents, shocked to learn a senior citizens housing project is about to become a done deal, are preparing their arguments and questions for the last scheduled public meeting on the plan.

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


Lifeguards conquer the dark

Trial by fire became trial by water Thursday night when more than 70 young lifeguards jumped into the darkened waters of Castaic Lake and began swimming a mile to shore.

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


Afghanistan on a Saugus movie set

Who would have thought Afghanistan would be a five-minute drive from Central Park?

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


A buckle for Zwarkowski

DEATH VALLEY - Cheryl Zwarkowski would have stopped running 135 miles and started crying a million tears if pressed to explain her performance, she said.

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


Racing through Death Valley

DEATH VALLEY - A wiry Victorville ultra-marathon runner, now competing in a 135-mile foot race through Death Valley, credits the Santa Clarita Marathon with having helped her accomplish some of her running goals.

September 16, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


How does tap water get to Santa Clarita?

The thirst for Northern Californian water began long before the statewide drought declared by the Governor last month.

September 15, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | A Closer Look


Ed Begley stops by Whole Foods in Valencia

Start off small like a wee green pea shoot and grow to become an oak-sized beacon of green living - that's the Ed Begley Jr., way.

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


How does tap water get to the Santa Clarita Valley?

Snow falls on the rocky crest of Kettle Rock in Northern California, 500 miles from Santa Clarita.

September 14, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | A Closer Look


Area man buys second Dodge Challenger

Even though gas prices are at an all-time high, consumer confidence wanes and the U.S. dollar drops, sometimes love just trumps all other considerations.

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


Goodbye to softeners?

Santa Clarita residents who just can't live without their water softeners are the only ones standing in the way of avocado and strawberry growers trying to eliminate chloride from the Santa Clara River watershed.

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


Water agencies joining forces

Like tributaries of a river, local water agencies are coming together this week to forge a plan for better management of the Santa Clara River and to elicit state grant money to do the job.

September 10, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV in midst of moderate drought

Santa Clarita Valley is faring better than the rest of California as the statewide drought proclaimed a month ago by the governor continues to deepen, according to weather and water experts.

September 09, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water usage up 13.5 percent in SCV

Conservation? What conservation?

September 08, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior 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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