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Online donations aid fire victims

If you've felt moved to donate household items to recent fire victims who were left with nothing but ashes, the state of California can help you do so with a click of the mouse.

November 28, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Alamo arrested in Arizona

Moments before FBI agents arrested evangelist Tony Alamo in Flagstaff, Ariz., Thursday, he completed an interview with The Signal.

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


Water retailer finds a 'hole new way to work

A local water retailer plans to make potholes, not fix them.

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


Saugus wells flowing again

Two formerly perchlorate-tainted Saugus wells shut down for more than a decade should be pumping fresh, clean drinking water for Santa Clarita rate payers this spring, local water officials said.

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


Locals gear up for ‘Great California Shakeout’

Lee Ryan will drop to the floor right there in the bread aisle of Ralph's if it means bringing attention to earthquake preparedness.

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


Students hope to solve water woes

A local scholarship program called the High School Water Challenge is not about swimming, diving or even getting wet.

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


The last piece of the water puzzle

Local water officials put the last piece of their overall water supply puzzle in place Monday when they agreed to replace the Sand Canyon Reservoir's dirt road with a paved one.

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


New faces on the Castaic council

Castaic residents saw the faces of their newly elected local representatives Wednesday when the results of the Nov. 8 town council election were announced.

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


Inmates riot at jail

Inmates staged a relatively calm - and apparently unprovoked - riot at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic causing minor injuries to one deputy and one inmate Friday.

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


Vasquez is Teacher of the Year

Michelle Vasquez staples paper feathers to a paper head dress, puts it on and takes her place at the head of a tablecloth stretched out on the floor in front of her.

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


New Castaic High sites on the menu

Hart district officials are focusing on a short list of four possible sites for the long-awaited Castaic high school, a school board member said Thursday.

November 20, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Choir heading from Valencia to Vatican City

The Valencia High School Choir is scheduled to sing for the Pope at the Vatican in June 2009. Vatican officials selected Valencia from competing choirs around the world.

November 20, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Mayor says Bermite cleanup will happen

Cleanup at the Whittaker-Bermite site is proceeding as planned, Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar told a luncheon group Wednesday.

November 19, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Special fish fried by Sayre Fire

The fish are foul and the mosquitoes are multiplying.

November 19, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


AIG chaos may doom Bermite plans

Cleanup at the 996-acre Whittaker-Bermite site could come to screeching halt if the company funding the project declares bankruptcy, as many fear.

November 18, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior 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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