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City celebrates more space

Flanked by horseback riders poised on the edge of Haskell Canyon, Santa Clarita city officials unveiled more than 500 acres of open space at the eastern edge of Santa Clarita Valley's northern perimeter Monday.

July 12, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Drilling rigs not ‘fracking’

Despite concerns raised online and in local media reports over implications of the gas company's stepped-up drilling near Interstate 5, no hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," is taking place there, a SoCalGas spokeswoman said.

July 11, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water officials tout debt-deal savings

A debt-managing deal hammered out last month by local water officials has been used to save a local water district $2.4 million - a savings they say could be passed on to ratepayers.

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


Boat crash leads to felony charge

A Quartz Hill man faced a felony charge Thursday in connection with a boating crash at Pyramid Lake that injured two people and killed a dog.

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


Landfill hopes to get greener

Owners of the Chiquita Canyon Landfill were a step closer Wednesday to producing "green energy" by marketing the methane that's produced as a natural byproduct of the landfill.

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


County abandons plan for Agua Dulce road improvement

County supervisors abandoned plans for an easement on an Agua Dulce road this week after five years of inactivity on the proposal.

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


UPDATED: Bring your own bags

Grocery-bag options are no longer a simple matter of "paper or plastic" for local consumers as the county's plastic-bag ban targets some local supermarkets and not others.

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


Hunt for illegal water devices hardens

Officials are coming down hard on owners of salt-generating illegal water softener systems.

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


Hart museum gives glimpse of cowboy days

When you have to turn people away, it means you still have what they want.

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


Blood, car paint grim setting in Las Vegas

Drug trafficking, car theft and fly-by-night nightclubs are commonplace in the "run-down" neighborhood of North Las Vegas where a blood-stained Jeep belonging to murdered local woman Renata Klein was recovered, area residents said Thursday.

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


Utility: No need to bristle about our brine mines

Local water and gas officials said Thursday the brine-injection wells that are part of stepped-up natural-gas extraction in the Santa Clarita Valley do not affect the levels of salt in the Santa Clara River watershed.

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


Detective: Blood in Klein vehicle not human

Blood found in the car belonging to murdered Canyon Country resident Renata Klein and her missing husband, Dusan, is not human blood, a homicide detective confirmed today.

June 30, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water officials pitch plan

In an effort to avoid being hit with hefty water fines by the state, local sanitation officials have presented state officials with a brand new plan on how to reduce chloride ending up in the Santa Clara River watershed.

June 30, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SIGNAL EXCLUSIVE: Coroner says murdered Canyon Country woman was asphyxiated

The Canyon Country woman who disappeared mysteriously with her husband, and whose body was found earlier this month in the Angeles National Forest, died of asphyxiation, The Signal learned Tuesday.

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


One dead, 2 injured in boat crash

Two passengers injured in a Colorado River boating accident that claimed the life of a Canyon Country woman remain in an Arizona hospital with major injuries, a spokesman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said.

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


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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


UPDATE: Castaic brush fire knocked down

Sparks from the broken axel of a vehicle towing a boat may have started a small brush fire in Castaic Sunday afternoon, according to emergency response crews.

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


Motorcyclist injured in I-5 collision

A motorcyclist was injured and taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital on Sunday following a traffic collision near Gorman involving the motorcycle and a truck, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

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


Son recovers from knife attack allegedly committed by father

A 24-year-old man stabbed several times, allegedly by his father, has been released from the hospital and has left the state to visit his mother, a person close to the man said.

March 27, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country man arrested on assault charge

A Canyon Country man was arrested on suspicion he assaulted someone with a deadly weapon following an alleged knife incident Wednesday night, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said.

March 27, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Gorman crash victim identified as Fontana man

California Highway Patrol officers Wednesday identified the truck driver killed in a Tuesday Interstate 5 truck crash as 42-year-old Richard Topete of Fontana.

March 26, 2014 | by Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Legacy teacher arrested for inappropriate conduct

A teacher at a private Santa Clarita elementary and middle school was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of inappropriate contact with an 11-year-old student, investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday.

March 26, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Man killed in two-truck crash near Gorman

A box truck and a tanker fully loaded with jet fuel collided on Interstate 5 near Gorman on Tuesday, killing the tanker truck driver.

March 25, 2014 | by Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Car hits butterfly sculpture

The butterfly sculpture that adorns a median near Central Park in Saugus was packed up and taken to Santa Clarita City Hall on Monday after it was hit by a car.

March 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


LAPD chaplain injured in bike incident

A Los Angeles Police Department chaplain was injured in the Santa Clarita Valley on Monday when the motorcycle he was riding crashed in Valencia, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

March 24, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


You’ve got a friend in her

Sarah Kennedy is fast becoming Santa Clarita Valley's ambassador of goodwill for kids with special needs - one gumball at a time.

March 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Vandals strike again in Castaic

Local sheriff's deputies already investigating incidents of vandalism at Castaic school classrooms and, more recently, to cars parked on the street now have more incidents of vandalism to add to their list.

March 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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