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Smyth and challengers spar in debate

A depressed economy, the loss of jobs and the state budget dominated a three-way televised debate Thursday night among candidates vying for the seat in the state Assembly.

October 15, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Magic Mountain hit with water fines

State water officials have fined Magic Mountain $57,000 for contaminants in storm-water runoff that was released into the Santa Clara River.

October 13, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Father honors son after death

The father of a young local chess champ struck down by leukemia four years ago is expected to visit young hospitalized cancer patients in the next couple of weeks, presenting them with magnetic chessboards as gifts.

October 04, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Letter flap blows up

A Santa Clarita city councilman's letter opposing a water-board candidate has left both the councilman and the candidate under scrutiny, but the candidate said Friday it's given his campaign a boost.

October 02, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Faith-based intiatives

A downtown Newhall building that used to serve as the U.S. Post Office is in escrow to an Islamic organization, several sources have told The Signal.

October 01, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Faith / Religion


Ferry takes aim at candidate

Local water-agency candidate Kevin Korenthal said Thursday he is weighing his legal options after learning City Councilman Frank Ferry sent a letter - on city of Santa Clarita letterhead - to Korenthal's employer criticizing his campaign.

October 01, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Duct tape, stun gun, ransom

SAN FERNANDO - A Castaic tow-truck driver already facing several criminal charges including kidnapping was charged Monday with witness intimidation and ordered to stand trial next month.

September 28, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Building a model of efficiency

A doorway to the future was revealed when the new Newhall County Water District offices officially opened.

September 27, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Good ol’ family fun

Castaic Days turned out to be great days this year, even though they weren't wild and wet days splashing around in Castaic Lake.

September 27, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Intertribal celebration: Native American groups celebrate culture at Hart Park

A heat wave and a tough economy apparently kept scores of people from the 17th Annual Pow Wow and Native

September 26, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Kidnapping hearing set for Monday

A Castaic tow-truck driver charged with kidnapping and four other offences has been scheduled to appear in San Fernando Superior Court on Monday.

September 25, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Six Flags lays off 10 park employees

With summer officially over and the rush of vacationing visitors to Six Flags now tapering off, the amusement park has found it necessary to lay off about 10 of its full-time employees.

September 24, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Cities say ‘no’ to mandates

California needs to provide special funding to meet strict environmental standards or block its agencies from fining cities for failing to meet the unfunded mandates, city leaders from throughout the state have agreed.

September 21, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Charity’s winning hand

The United Way came up with a winning hand Saturday night, combining poker with fresh-baked cupcakes.

September 20, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Rides, tradition and tasty fundraising

If you could fit a state fair into the back lot of a church, what would it look like?

September 19, 2010 | 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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