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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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Not guilty plea entered on Bouquet Canyon Road reckless driving charge

One of two people arrested in June on suspicion they were driving recklessly in a show of speed on Bouquet Canyon Road pleaded not guilty to the charge in court Wednesday, a spokesman for he Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

August 13, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water officials list some exemptions to drought rules

Santa Clarita Valley residents who have cut their water consumption by 20 percent over the past year will be exempt from watering schedule restrictions - and from the fines they carry, water officials said Tuesday.

August 13, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man held for trial in BB gun shooting incident

A Valencia man arrested in May on suspicion he wounded a woman in her eye during a road rage incident has been ordered to stand trial on the charges filed against him.

August 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Tempers high during Acton-Agua Dulce bullet train meeting

Acton residents sent a message loud and clear to California High-Speed Rail Authority officials Monday night: we don't want your stinking train.

August 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County workers hunt for pit bulls

Worried the dogs might chase and attack again, county animal control officers scoured the Santa Clara River wash Monday searching for a pair of pit bulls, a spokeswoman said.

August 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Three arrested at SCV marijuana growing operation

Three men listed as transients from Santa Clarita have been arrested on suspicion of running a pot-growing operation in the hills near Templin Highway,

August 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia High baseball coach remains on leave as new semester approaches

Valencia High School teacher and head baseball coach Jared Snyder will not be among those returning to school when it re-opens next week, said a spokeswoman for the William S. Hart Union High School District.

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


More SCV residents sign up to cash in their lawns

Close to 100 Santa Clarita Valley residents are tossing out their lawns and cashing in on a water conservation program that offers them $2 for every square foot of that green expanse that they replace.

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


Woman ID’d in Utah bank robbery

The woman suspected of being the Bombshell Bandit has been identified as 24-year-old Sandeep Kaur of Union City, California, a neighborhood outside of San Francisco, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.

August 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia man accused of shooting woman in the eye with a BB gun due back in court

A Valencia man arrested in May on suspicion he wounded a woman in her eye during a road rage incident has been scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing on the charges filed against him.

August 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two injured in Canyon Country crash

Two people were injured and taken to the hospital Tuesday after a car and a big rig hauling cement cylinders collided on Soledad Canyon Road, spilling more than 50 gallons of diesel, according to emergency response officials.

August 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Possible Bombshell Bandit arrested in Nevada

A woman suspected of robbing a bank in Utah and being chased across the state line into Nevada may be the Bombshell Bandit, wanted for three bank robberies including one in the Santa Clarita Valley in June, a police sergeant said Monday.

August 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Personal documents rival loot on burglars’ to-get lists

Burglars and thieves are finding a new treasure trove of loot in Santa Clarita Valley homes and cars, not hidden away in safes or shoeboxes, but rather in plain sight on desk tops or tucked away in desk drawers. That treasure is personal information.

August 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV gets sprinkled

The spattering of rain that fell on the Santa Clarita Valley this weekend amounted to just one hundreth of an inch as the statewide drought deepens, a spokeswoman for the National Weather Service said.

August 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Questions linger years after man’s murder

On Feb. 5, 2011, thousands across the country got together with friends to celebrate Super Bowl Sunday. Ricardo Lopez got together with friends too - and was never seen again.

August 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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