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Savings bonds owner, finder unite

Rick Steinbruecker's five-year search for the rightful owner of $15,000 in U.S. savings bonds that he found near the Santa Clara River officially came to an end Wednesday with a handshake, a hug and several repeated heartfelt thank yous.

March 10, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County OKs boost for mental health

Santa Clarita Valley is poised to get three more mental-health professionals specializing in intervention programs following a decision at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

March 09, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Owner of bonds found

One man's five-year search to find the rightful owner of $15,000 in U.S. savings bonds found near the Santa Clara River is coming to a close today after Signal readers responded to a published report of his discovery.

March 08, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


The $15,000 Santa Clara River mystery

At the end of a hard-bitten road of cracked asphalt, through a rusting iron fence that opens onto the dusty banks of the Santa Clara River, lies a mystery.

March 06, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hospital CEO: ‘We’re on par’ with rest of state

A survey of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital patients taken in 2009 shows the local hospital ranks about average in terms of patient satisfaction.

March 05, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fire Department honors locals for saving lives

Rushing to the aid of wounded SWAT officers, rescuing victims of an airplane crash and saving the life a motorcycle crash victim are the stories behind four local men honored for their bravery.

March 04, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Placerita Canyon Nature Center soars ahead

Think of it as the Oscars of environmental design.

March 01, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water agency wins budget award

The Castaic Lake Water Agency won its fifth consecutive award for having prepared an exceptional budget this year.

February 28, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Masses munch at Santa Clarita Food Truck Festival

It was like an outdoor rock festival where the rock stars were burgers and fries.

February 28, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Polar plunging for charity

About 50 polar plungers ran into Castaic Lake Saturday and ran shivering back onto land, proud to have helped raise money for local athletes competing in the Special Olympics.

February 28, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


The snowscape returns

It looked like snow, it felt like snow, and whatever it was that covered parts of Santa Clarita Valley Saturday certainly seemed like winter.

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


College of the Canyons hosts health fair

How are you feeling?

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


McKeon talks troop withdrawal

Learning what our troops need and watching schools being built were just a couple of the observations U.S. Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, shared with reporters Friday about his recent visit to Afghanistan.

February 26, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Doctors’ influence at heart of hospital struggle

A change in the makeup of voting members on the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital board of directors has raised complaints from doctors, while directors defended the move as bringing the board into compliance with corporate structure.

February 25, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CLWA OKs chloride analysis

The Castaic Lake Water Agency board voted Wednesday in favor of having consultants devise a model for calculating chloride content in water arriving here from Northern California.

February 25, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


Sprinkler program gets extension

Directors of the Santa Clarita Valley's water wholesaler have agreed to extend for another year a free water sprinkler program credited with conserving about 10 percent of water used by the average single-family household - one "smart sprinkler" at a time.

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


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