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SCV in midst of moderate drought

Santa Clarita Valley is faring better than the rest of California as the statewide drought proclaimed a month ago by the governor continues to deepen, according to weather and water experts.

September 09, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water usage up 13.5 percent in SCV

Conservation? What conservation?

September 08, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


It’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day

Sipping lemonade under the recycled roof was sweet.

September 07, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Signal Lifestyle


Fate of heritage oaks awaits autumn

Thirteen big old oak trees will have the summer to do what big old oak trees do.

September 04, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Acton cowgirl crowned state rodeo queen

As the cloud of dirt clears on this Santa Clarita Valley ranch, the door of the pickup truck swings open and out steps royalty that is unmistakable - the sequins, the tiara, the sash.

September 03, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


New city on west side?

Santa Clarita Valley is pregnant with a new community.

September 02, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Just another day in bankruptcy court

The Newhall Land and Farming Co. and 20 other debtors listed in a bankruptcy petition filed earlier this month by LandSource Communities Development LLC are settling in for a long court case.

September 01, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Housing project would remove heritage oaks

When Wendy Langhans leads a small band of hikers back from a night hike through Towsley Canyon, she stops halfway down the trail and points across The Old Road to a place in the dark, under the stars.

August 29, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water approved for 482 new homes

Local water officials gave developers of the Copper Creek North project the green light last night when they promised to deliver water to nearly 500 new homes proposed by the builder.

August 27, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Ban on home carwashing?

If you're thinking of washing your car at home you better do it soon, and when you do, you better have the garden hose fitted with a shutoff nozzle.

August 26, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local water officials discuss drought crisis tonight

Local water officials are expected to hear tonight about the state's "impending water crisis" and about implications of the governor's recent declaration of a drought, from the lobbyists they pay to stay close to politicians in Sacramento.

Lobbyists Ralph F. Simoni and Dennis K. Albiani of California Advocates, Inc., are expected to debrief members of the Castaic Lake Water Agency's Government Relations and Outreach Committee tonight via conference call on the implications of the governor possibly declaring an emergency.

August 25, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


City planning a block party

The City of Santa Clarita is having a block party.

Before you start putting your barbecue in the trunk and your drinks on ice, however, be aware that the party is open only to those who live in a particular neighborhood, specially chosen by City officials.

August 24, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Filling blank walls - with art

Imagine hundreds of moms and dads strolling the halls of Valencia Valley Elementary School, casually looking at yards and yards of blank walls.

August 22, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


They'll buy Valencia Water if ...

Local water officials would consider buying Valencia Water Co. should the water retailer be put up for sale, according to Dan Masnada, general manager of the Castaic Lake Water Agency.

August 22, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


2,420 homes planned for SCV

Despite a near-record number of foreclosures in Santa Clarita Valley, residents of Canyon Country are now bracing themselves for more than 2,420 new homes expected to arrive with a handful of newly-approved housing developments.

And, if you count the developments that are pending - and many Canyon Country residents are - the population of Canyon Country will mushroom to include more than 3,800 new residents in the next few years.

August 21, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


Santa Clarita man dies in off-roading rollover

A 44-year-old Santa Clarita Valley man died this weekend after his SUV rolled backward down a hillside in the Rowher Flats Off-Highway Vehicle area in Canyon Country, according to the California Highway Patrol.

March 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


1 injured, 2 dogs found after I-5 rollover in Valencia

Two dogs left stranded on the highway Sunday morning after the pickup truck they were in crashed and sent the driver to the hospital are "doing well" at the Castaic Animal Care Center, a center spokesman said.

March 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


From helper to author

From the time she was a little girl running barefoot through the woods, bringing wounded animals home to mend, Gentle Barn founder Ellie Laks has made it her mission to care for animals, she said, and now she's put her journey in writing.

March 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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