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Boxer-sponsored bill is last-ditch try to block Cemex mine

Mining and airborne dust in Soledad Canyon, along with a daily parade of gravel trucks on Highway 14, would likely become fixtures if an omnibus bill introduced by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., goes off the rails in the Senate, according to the city official monitoring Santa Clarita's relationship with Washington, D.C.

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


Valentine’s Day business has rosy outlook

Red roses and dark chocolate remain the valentines of choice for lovers in Santa Clarita Valley.

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


Sweet seconds at Super Bowl

Ten-year-old Hunter Terry really does feel like he's a kid in a candy store since an estimated 111 million people worldwide saw him in a TV commercial that aired during the big game on Super Bowl Sunday.

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


Mystery still surrounds local Marine’s death

It's been more than eight months since local United States Marine Corps Pfc. Jake William Suter died in Afghanistan, and military officials are still waiting for official word from their investigators as to how he died.

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


From free to fee

Parents of football players, saxophonists and swimmers - and any other students participating in school-related events after hours - might have to pay their own way to their respective events, a school official said Wednesday.

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


Car dealer sues partner

Kevin Malone, part owner of the Mercedes-Benz car dealership in Valencia, is suing his business partner Leonard Sage for allegedly breaching his trust when it came to managing the company.

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


Water plans may drown in earmark moratorium

Recent rules on earmarks are casting a cloud of doubt on Capitol Hill over the fate of two key projects pursued by the local water wholesaler: the ongoing cleanup of toxic salts in groundwater and a growing water recycling program.

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


Fire academy sets teens on right path

Santa Clarita Valley's prep school for firefighters is heating up.

February 07, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Cemex bill may die in Senate

A Washington state congressman sidelined the bill to ban mining in Soledad Canyon due to House earmark rules, and he's also committed to sinking a Senate omnibus bill that would spare the Santa Clarita Valley the proposed 56 million-ton open-pit mine.

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


Harken back to a time when silence was golden

If Trekkies are a testament to the success of Star Trek, then the appearance of at least one "Chappy" at Santa Clarita Valley's first ever ChaplinFest this weekend bodes well for organizers hoping to make it a tradition.

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


McKeon: no Cemex bill in ’11

Blaming prohibitive new anti-earmark rules, the Santa Clarita Valley's congressman said Tuesday he will not introduce a new bill to ban mining in Soledad Canyon during this congressional session.

February 02, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


School officer charged in shooting

A police officer who lives in the Santa Clarita Valley and works in the San Fernando Valley was arrested Thursday night and charged with a felony for allegedly filing a false police report in connection with claims he had been shot in the chest.

January 29, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water officials extend savings for dry days

Despite recent heavy rains that swelled water levels, local water officials voted this week to keep out-of-town water reserves in their cache.

January 29, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Officials close Ottman case

Local civilian Fire Chief Timothy John Ottman, who shot and killed himself while being investigated for allegations of wrongdoing, committed no crime, according to Ottman's relatives.

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


Agency to go solar

Water resource planners want the public to weigh in on their plan to turn part of the Castaic Lake Water Agency's back lot into a cost-saving field of solar panels.

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


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Gorman Residents on tractors help firefirefighters put out brush fire

Using farm tractors, Gorman residents helped firefighters extinguish a quarter-acre grass fire Sunday morning, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

July 20, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Tracking the ‘Bombshell Bandit’

She walks into a bank wearing sunglasses, sometimes a head scarf, and at least once in flip-flops. She leaves with cash - investigators and banks won't say how much - and promptly disappears.

July 20, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bouquet Canyon residents appeal to state

Months after their wells ran dry due to a bureaucratic impasse, Bouquet Canyon residents have banded together to appeal to the state - while agencies involved point fingers at each other, several sides say.

July 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


3 arrested for burglary in SCV

Two men and a woman, all from out of town, were arrested by Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies on suspicion of burglary , according to documents released Thursday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

July 17, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Investigation under way in alleged SCV teen nude photos

Some Santa Clarita Valley teens were identified in nude photographs posted on a Twitter account this week, according to detectives assigned to the Special Victims Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

July 17, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water restrictions: Who’s going to enforce them?

While California's top water agency determined Tuesday that water-wasters are going to face stiff fines, the enforcement of those new regulations falls to local agencies, officials said Wednesday.

July 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Not guilty plea entered for former deputy charged with firing gun after prank

A not-guilty plea was entered Wednesday for a retired sheriff's deputy charged with firing his gun after neighborhood kids played a "ding dong ditch" prank on him.

July 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Parts stolen from 2 vehicles left at SCV commuter parking lots

In two separate incidents at commuter parking lots on opposite ends of the Santa Clarita Valley, a car and a truck were stripped of parts after owners left them on the lots.

July 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man arrested in burglary, burglary attempt in Fair Oaks Ranch

A 22-year-old Canyon Country man out on bail after being charged with burglary and assault with a deadly weapon last month was arrested Tuesday for burglary and attempted burglary, a sheriff's official said.

July 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Captain to business: Beware cyber crime

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's Capt. Roosevelt Johnson told local business leaders Tuesday he wants to have one of his investigators give them a training session on cyber crime.

July 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


No criminal charges in May 31 SCV traffic collision

No criminal charges are expected in a single-car crash last May that left five teenage girls injured, one seriously, according to a traffic collision investigator with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

July 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Big cleanup ahead in SCV

As the cleanup of nearly 1,000 acres of contaminated soil and the air above it continues in the heart of the Santa Clarita Valley, with much of the cleansing infrastructure in place, crews are now poised to implement its water decontamination plan.

July 14, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CORRECTION: CLWA's water rate increase thrown out

Editor's note: This version corrects the previous, which incorrectly stated the agency to which he referred in his "cheap shot" quote.

July 14, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall eye doctor blindsided by break-in

A Newhall eye doctor never saw it coming.

July 14, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 2 SCV retailers arrested in illegal drug sales sweep

Deputies carried out a sweep of four local tobacco stores this week, looking for sales of synthetic marijuana compounds commonly called "bath salts" or "spice," a Santa Claita Valley Sheriff's Station deputy said Wednesday.

July 09, 2014 | Source: Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station | Santa Clarita Valley News


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