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9/11 events honor victims, the first responders and others who have given their lives

Three thousand miles away and nine years later, the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks were remembered throughout Santa Clarita Valley.

September 12, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


In remembrance of their sacrifice

From the tragic minutes that unfolded nine years ago on Sept. 11 to the tragic minutes that recently claimed the life of a local, young United States Marine Corps hero, first responders to the terrorist attacks and our latest responders were remembered Saturday.

September 12, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


No fine lines for water board

Water-law enforcers have hit the Santa Clarita Valley with some of the largest fines in Southern California during the past few years, including a half-million-dollar fine against the city and close to a million dollars in penalties against Six Flags, The Signal has recently learned.

September 12, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water board levies four more fines

A nonprofit marine institute devoted to understanding and minimizing human impact on oceans is among the latest agencies to be fined by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board for polluting water.

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


Smyth to float bill

Santa Clarita Valley Assemblyman Cameron Smyth wants the regional water boards that issue "devastating fines" against small towns to be more accountable to the public and is calling on an oversight body to see that it happens.

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


The faces behind the fines

Santa Clarita Valley has a chance to control its own water destiny this fall when most of the seats on the ruling water board come up for grabs.

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


Crashed and burned

An explosive, fiery crash shut down Highway 14 for hours and sent a truck driver to the hospital Wednesday after his big rig, which was hauling several cars, reportedly collided with a parked Caltrans truck north of Sand Canyon Road, authorities said.

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


No silver bullet for salt

After talking to farmers, water officials, engineers, scientists and city officials from the San Joaquin Delta to the Pacific Ocean, a monthlong investigation by The Signal into chloride in the Santa Clara River and those who enforce a clean water balance comes down to one simple observation: We're adding too much salt to our state.

August 22, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Salt-of-the-earth solution

DIXON - If you take Interstate 80 from Oakland to Sacramento, you'll pass near the tiny farming town of Dixon.

August 20, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


High cost of compliance

FILLMORE – Never has the Santa Clara River been filtered so vigorously, so urgently and at such great cost to tiny towns as it has in the last two years.

August 18, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV challenges water cops

At a raucous public hearing in July, Santa Clarita Valley residents made it clear they have no intention of shelling out $210 million from their own pockets so farmers downstream can raise salt-sensitive crops in the Santa Clara River Valley.

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


Patented rides

A Santa Clarita man has reinvented the wheel - and put a bicycle seat on it.

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


‘Fair and firm’ cash grab

You might call them the water police.

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


Hate-crime handling questioned

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station is one of two Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department stations singled out as lacking in the way it investigates hate crimes, according to a county report examining stations throughout Los Angeles County.

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


Ex-deputy sentenced on drug charge

An "aggressive" undercover probe by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department led to the arrest, conviction and sentencing of three people, including a former sheriff's deputy, trying to smuggle drugs into the North County Correctional Facility, a spokesman says.

August 04, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Three arrested at SCV marijuana growing operation

Three men listed as transients from Santa Clarita have been arrested on suspicion of running a pot-growing operation in the hills near Templin Highway,

August 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia High baseball coach remains on leave as new semester approaches

Valencia High School teacher and head baseball coach Jared Snyder will not be among those returning to school when it re-opens next week, said a spokeswoman for the William S. Hart Union High School District.

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


More SCV residents sign up to cash in their lawns

Close to 100 Santa Clarita Valley residents are tossing out their lawns and cashing in on a water conservation program that offers them $2 for every square foot of that green expanse that they replace.

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


Woman ID’d in Utah bank robbery

The woman suspected of being the Bombshell Bandit has been identified as 24-year-old Sandeep Kaur of Union City, California, a neighborhood outside of San Francisco, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.

August 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia man accused of shooting woman in the eye with a BB gun due back in court

A Valencia man arrested in May on suspicion he wounded a woman in her eye during a road rage incident has been scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing on the charges filed against him.

August 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two injured in Canyon Country crash

Two people were injured and taken to the hospital Tuesday after a car and a big rig hauling cement cylinders collided on Soledad Canyon Road, spilling more than 50 gallons of diesel, according to emergency response officials.

August 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Possible Bombshell Bandit arrested in Nevada

A woman suspected of robbing a bank in Utah and being chased across the state line into Nevada may be the Bombshell Bandit, wanted for three bank robberies including one in the Santa Clarita Valley in June, a police sergeant said Monday.

August 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Personal documents rival loot on burglars’ to-get lists

Burglars and thieves are finding a new treasure trove of loot in Santa Clarita Valley homes and cars, not hidden away in safes or shoeboxes, but rather in plain sight on desk tops or tucked away in desk drawers. That treasure is personal information.

August 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV gets sprinkled

The spattering of rain that fell on the Santa Clarita Valley this weekend amounted to just one hundreth of an inch as the statewide drought deepens, a spokeswoman for the National Weather Service said.

August 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Questions linger years after man’s murder

On Feb. 5, 2011, thousands across the country got together with friends to celebrate Super Bowl Sunday. Ricardo Lopez got together with friends too - and was never seen again.

August 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV Jewish community shows support for Israel

Santa Clarita Valley's Jewish community showed its support for Israel Sunday when rabbis from three congregations spearheaded a demonstration of unity.

August 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man injured in solo vehicle crash on San Francisquito Canyon Road

One man was injured and taken to the hospital Sunday morning following a single-car crash on San Franciscquito Canyon Road, fire officials said.

August 03, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Sex offender takes deal for 12 years

A Valencia registered sex offender, accused of annoying a young girl at a Santa Clarita Valley department store, has accepted a deal offered by prosecutors calling for a 12-year prison term, court officials said Thursday.

July 31, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita Valley faces landscape-watering limitations

Under a plan proposed to meet state water-use demands, Santa Clarita Valley lawns could soon be watered only every other day - and never on Saturday.

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


Jury selection begins in SCV child annoyance case

Jury selection began Wednesday in the trial of a local registered sex offender accused of annoying a young girl at a Santa Clarita Valley department store, a court bailiff said.

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


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