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Year in Review: The year of chloride ends with no resolution

Editor's note: Third in an occasional series on major Santa Clarita Valley stories of 2010.

December 26, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Year in Review: Murder trial rivets SCV

Editor's note: This is the first in an occasional series on major Santa Clarita Valley stories of 2010.

December 21, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valleywide raid nets a variety of arrests

Gang members were arrested, guns were seized and marijuana confiscated in an early morning dragnet carried out across Santa Clarita Valley on Thursday.

December 17, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall library plans shovel-ready

Shovels will go into the ground by Valentine's Day for construction of the Old Town Newhall Library, said an official with the company that will build it.

December 16, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


State casts a shadow over city

If you break the little laws in Santa Clarita - get a parking ticket, build without a permit, make too much noise - it's going to cost you more money than before.

December 15, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


City may contract premier consultant

Santa Clarita is considering buying the "Ferrari" of environmental consultants to create a plan to meet state goals on reducing greenhouse gases, a city planner said Monday.

December 14, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Wading through wages

There's a lid for every pot, the old adage goes.

December 13, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Toxic lot nears milestone

Government officials monitoring the cleanup of nearly 1,000 acres of contaminated Whittaker-Bermite property in the heart of Santa Clarita could deem a portion of that land clean as early as February, an official said Wednesday.

December 09, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


No milk spills as cars crash in rain

A sudden, gusty rainstorm over Santa Clarita Valley was part of the reason a big-rig milk truck flipped on Interstate 5 near the Newhall Pass on Monday and contributed to more than a dozen traffic crashes Sunday night.

December 07, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Investigators expected to keep quiet on fraud probe

The probe into allegations of fraud and illegal building contracts handled by the Los Angeles County Fire Department - punctuated with the recent suicide of a local fire chief who oversaw local station construction - will not likely wrap up before year's end, the county's top claims investigator said.

December 05, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Woman injured in patrol car crash

A woman was hospitalized with serious injuries Monday after a California Highway Patrol officer, driving 90 mph on Interstate 5 in his patrol car to join a pursuit, slammed into the back of the SUV she was riding in, authorities said.

November 30, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Land deal builds dream

Close to a thousand acres in the heart of the Santa Clarita Valley are still uninhabitable - the soil still contaminated with traces of explosive material and the water still dirty with perchlorate. But city planners are happy today over a court settlement that will save them about $5 million in the long process to, one day, make it fit to live on.

November 29, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Alaskan chill visits SCV

A cold, wet low-pressure front on its way from Alaska to Santa Clarita Valley carries with it the threat of frost and rain this weekend and a reminder that winter is on its way.|

November 27, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


The fixings by the fix-it shop

The spirit of giving shut down Main Street Thursday.

November 26, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A grateful gathering

Before Don Ferguson tucked into his Thanksgiving Day dinner of mashed potatoes and turkey at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, two boys on the Valencia High School football team sat down at his table.

November 26, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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State officials still inspecting amusement park following coaster crash

State inspectors returned to Six Flags Magic Mountain Wednesday as they continued their assessment of the Ninja roller coaster ride derailed Monday by a falling tree.

July 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: SCV Sheriff's Deputies arrest bank employee

A Santa Clarita Valley bank employee has been arrested on suspicion of using bank information to steal thousands of dollars from customers, a sheriff's deputy said Wednesday.

July 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Resident delivers explosives to SCV Sheriff’s Station

A woman found a box marked "explosives" in a storage unit and took it to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station Wednesday, prompting a swift response by sheriff's bomb squad detectives.

July 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Grease police on the case of the purloined cooking oil

The "grease police" are helping Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies catch cooking oil thieves who made off with 100 gallons of the stuff from a fast-food restaurant in Canyon Country, a spokesman for the specialized investigative unit said Tuesday.

July 08, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Ninja coaster remains closed as officials investigate fallen tree that left riders stranded

A state public safety agency wants to know what made a tree fall on the Ninja roller coaster ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain, derailing the first car and injuring two occupants.

July 08, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: SCV Boys & Girls Club CEO resigns

Sandra E. Silva, who was selected in March to replace Jim Ventress and head up the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley, has resigned the position, club officials announced Tuesday.

July 08, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 2 injured, riders stranded on Magic Mountain ride

Two young men sitting in the first car of the Ninja roller coaster were hurt in an accident at Six Flags Magic Mountain late Monday afternoon, which stranded 22 people on the thrill ride for more than two and a half hours, according to park and fire officials.

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


2 more arrests in bike path robberies

Local sheriff's deputies investigating recent robberies reported on bike paths in Canyon Country have arrested another man and another juvenile bringing the number of people arrested in the crackdown to six, said the detective heading the investigation.

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


Man arrested in Airsoft gun assault, burglary

A 22-year-old man arrested in connection with a burglary at a store that sells Airsoft guns was also arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly shooting a man with such a gun earlier the same night, according to sheriff and court records.

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


UPDATE: Santa Clarita Valley water agency launches buy-your-lawn program

Attention, drought-conscious ratepayers: local water wholesalers want to buy your lawn.

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


Law enforcement: Man arrested with heroin, hand gun on Valencia street

A man was arrested on suspicion of possessing both heroin and a loaded handgun inside a vehicle parked on a residential street in Valencia, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputy said Monday.

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


CLWA's mammoth water tank covers need replacing

Local water officials are having a tough time finding ways to replace two 15-million-gallon water tank covers crucial to ensuring drinking water quality in the Santa Clarita Valley as the drought deepens and revenue slows.

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


CLWA's mammoth water tank covers need replacing

Local water officials are having a tough time finding ways to replace two 15-million-gallon water tank covers crucial to ensuring drinking water quality in the Santa Clarita Valley as the drought deepens and revenue slows.

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


1 injured in solo motorcycle crash near Agua Dulce

A motorcyclist was taken to the hospital Sunday after he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed through a chain-link fence near Agua Dulce.

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


No mandatory water cutbacks expected in SCV unless winter 2014-15 is dry

Even though the water in Castaic Lake continues to recede and the protracted statewide drought deepens, local water officials say Santa Clarita Valley residents are still a year away from the possibility of mandatory water conservation.

July 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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