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Castaic housing greenlit by county

At a time when it seems no one is building much of anything anywhere, Castaic is getting a new neighborhood - or at least the green light to build one.

April 27, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Chloride bill gets stalled

A recently introduced bill calling for a statewide chloride standard is already opposed by agriculture interests eager to sit down and talk before it becomes law, a local lawmaker said this week.

April 24, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Turbo on the move at Placerita

If a groundhog wakes up after sleeping all winter and alerts the world to more winter when it sees its shadow, what does it mean when a tortoise sleeps all winter, opens its eyes and goes back to sleep?

April 23, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hospital to ditch ‘team nursing’

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital administrators are abandoning their "team nursing" program and introducing a more intimate model that allows nurses more time with fewer patients, hospital officials announced Thursday.

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


Official: State water plentiful

Water, water everywhere.

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


Cemex bill heads to committee

Santa Clarita city staff members are hoping for a chance to appear before the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee so it can weigh in on the importance of the Cemex bill, officials said Wednesday.

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


Doctors, leaders look to diagnose concerns

Failed talks between doctors and administrators at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital have necessitated both parties meet with a mediator next week, the hospital's CEO said Tuesday.

April 20, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Nurses to hold vigil on ‘team nursing’

Registered nurses at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital have scheduled a candlelight vigil for next week to draw attention to their concerns about "team nursing," one of the hospital's staffing strategies, a nurse representative said Monday.

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


Festival a reminder to conserve

The most popular thing about the trees of City of Santa Clarita Earth Arbor Day Festival 2011 appeared to be the shade they provided to hundreds turning out for the environment.

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


Water board not an easy plunge

A completed application form sits on the desk of local water official B. J. Atkins.

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


Familial support: Locals raise money for family with mounting medical bills

Steve and Lisa Arakaki have worked hard all their lives - Steve toiling in the produce section of the neighborhood store, arranging oranges and limes, Lisa delivering bread for the Oroweat Baking Co.

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


Local nurses upset about team strategy

A petition protesting "team nursing" and signed by more than 100 nurses at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital was sent to administrators last month, but a spokesman for the nurses said Friday no response has been received.

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


Store to raise funds for mother

Imagine going to bed healthy and happy only to wake up the next morning a completely different person.

April 15, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Board floats sewer-rate hike

Sewer rates are likely going up, following a decision by the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District board of directors Thursday night.

April 15, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hospital swaps cleaning service

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital switches to a new housekeeping and food-preparation service next month, changing subcontractors after more than 10 years with the same firm.

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


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Alleged tagger arrested in Canyon Country for felony vandalism

A 20-year-old Canyon Country man arrested Wednesday after a brief chase through Canyon Country faces a count of felony vandalism, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said.

April 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Body found in San Francisquito Canyon 1 year ago remains unidentified

In early 2013, a Honduras woman in her mid-20s wearing a pink T-shirt and gray sweatpants crossed the border into the United States illegally with the help of human smugglers called "coyotes."

April 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Former pro wrestler Ultimate Warrior dies at 54

James Hellwig, better known as former pro wrestler The Ultimate Warrior, has died, the WWE said. He was 54.

April 09, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Some precincts report heavy voting in Santa Clarita City Council election

Voter turnout for Tuesday's 2014 Santa Clarita City Council election was heavier than normal for at least some precincts during the day, poll workers said Tuesday, though others reported an average or light turnout.

April 08, 2014 | by Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lawsuits dominate Santa Clarita Valley water board agenda

The directors of Santa Clarita Valley's water wholesaler, Castaic Lake Water Agency, are likely to spend as much time on lawsuits at Wednesday night's meeting as they are on water issues.

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


UPDATE: Firefighters extinguish spot fire near Acton

Firefighters wasted no time extinguishing a "spot fire" near Highway 14 just north of Escondido Canyon Road Tuesday, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

April 08, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


1 injured, 2 arrested in Jakes Way street fight

A man being beaten up during a street fight in Canyon Country attempted to flee the scene in his vehicle and ran into a crowd of people, injuring a woman, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputy said Monday.

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


Newhall man arrested on attempted murder charge

A Newhall woman was injured and rushed to the hospital with lacerations to her head and neck, a local sheriff's deputy said Monday.

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


Deputies investigating home egging incident

School bullies are suspected in the "egging" of a house and a car in Valencia last week, according to a report filed by a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Deputy who responded to the incident.

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


Vandals strike Castaic Elementary again

In what has become a monthly occurrence this year, vandals illegally entered Castaic Union School District classrooms recently, damaged property and, in the most recent case, rifled through the desks of at least two teachers, according to a report on file at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station on Sunday.

April 06, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Short-term fix for Bouquet water impasse moving ahead

A temporary quick fix to the Bouquet Canyon water impasse is under way, but a more permanent solution that would allow the creek to flow freely appears stymied for now, officials from various agencies said.

April 05, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Drought bill targets homeowner association rules

A bill approved nearly unanimously by the Assembly on Thursday would protect people in homeowner associations from retribution if they take steps to reduce water use for landscaping.

April 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Trial set to begin May 1 in SCV murder-for-hire case

Jury selection is scheduled to begin next month for a Canyon Country businessman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill his wife, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said Thursday.

April 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Tree that red-tagged two Saugus homes is reduced to firewood

The four-story-tall pine tree that fell on one Saugus house this week, smashing through its roof, and threatened a second home became firewood on Wednesday.

April 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Saugus house red-tagged after tree topples on it

A Saugus family's home was red-tagged Monday after a tree blew over onto it, Santa Clarita and fire officials said.

March 31, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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