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Castaic housing greenlit by county

At a time when it seems no one is building much of anything anywhere, Castaic is getting a new neighborhood - or at least the green light to build one.

April 27, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Chloride bill gets stalled

A recently introduced bill calling for a statewide chloride standard is already opposed by agriculture interests eager to sit down and talk before it becomes law, a local lawmaker said this week.

April 24, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Turbo on the move at Placerita

If a groundhog wakes up after sleeping all winter and alerts the world to more winter when it sees its shadow, what does it mean when a tortoise sleeps all winter, opens its eyes and goes back to sleep?

April 23, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hospital to ditch ‘team nursing’

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital administrators are abandoning their "team nursing" program and introducing a more intimate model that allows nurses more time with fewer patients, hospital officials announced Thursday.

April 22, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Official: State water plentiful

Water, water everywhere.

April 22, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Cemex bill heads to committee

Santa Clarita city staff members are hoping for a chance to appear before the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee so it can weigh in on the importance of the Cemex bill, officials said Wednesday.

April 21, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Doctors, leaders look to diagnose concerns

Failed talks between doctors and administrators at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital have necessitated both parties meet with a mediator next week, the hospital's CEO said Tuesday.

April 20, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Nurses to hold vigil on ‘team nursing’

Registered nurses at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital have scheduled a candlelight vigil for next week to draw attention to their concerns about "team nursing," one of the hospital's staffing strategies, a nurse representative said Monday.

April 19, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Festival a reminder to conserve

The most popular thing about the trees of City of Santa Clarita Earth Arbor Day Festival 2011 appeared to be the shade they provided to hundreds turning out for the environment.

April 18, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water board not an easy plunge

A completed application form sits on the desk of local water official B. J. Atkins.

April 18, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Familial support: Locals raise money for family with mounting medical bills

Steve and Lisa Arakaki have worked hard all their lives - Steve toiling in the produce section of the neighborhood store, arranging oranges and limes, Lisa delivering bread for the Oroweat Baking Co.

April 17, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local nurses upset about team strategy

A petition protesting "team nursing" and signed by more than 100 nurses at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital was sent to administrators last month, but a spokesman for the nurses said Friday no response has been received.

April 17, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Store to raise funds for mother

Imagine going to bed healthy and happy only to wake up the next morning a completely different person.

April 15, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Board floats sewer-rate hike

Sewer rates are likely going up, following a decision by the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District board of directors Thursday night.

April 15, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hospital swaps cleaning service

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital switches to a new housekeeping and food-preparation service next month, changing subcontractors after more than 10 years with the same firm.

April 14, 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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