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Stooges show off

April Fool's Day became "April Stooge Day" at Six Flags Magic Mountain Sunday when film promoters invited park visitors to dress up like Larry, Moe and Curly.

April 02, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Clogged catch basins cause problems

County supervisors have voted to spend up to $240,000 to clean out some 10,000 catch basins this summer, including those along the dry Santa Clara River watershed.

April 02, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Blustery day snaps branches

April Fool's Day was a blustery, branch-snapping windy day - no fooling.

April 01, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


$17 million ticket sold in Bakersfield

While the identity of a winning California Lottery Mega Millions ticket holder in Canyon Country remains a mystery, one more millionaire was made in California in the SuperLotto Plus draw Saturday night.

April 01, 2012 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia grad runs for 25th

A 25-year-old Valencia man has filed to run against Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon this year, but he says he can't afford to campaign because he's been laid off.

March 30, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CORRECTION: Headington, Wilk take part in debate at COC

People arriving at the College of the Canyons on Tuesday night to hear two candidates debate for the 38th District Assembly seat didn't find a one-on-one political slugfest of the issues as many expected but, instead, agreement on just about all of them.

March 28, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local man sentenced for possessing child pornography

A Canyon Country man was sentenced to five years probation Monday after having pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography.

March 27, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Judge denies request in Agua Dulce crash trial

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Monday denied a lawyer's request to have the murder charge thrown out against an Agua Dulce resident accused of being intoxicated and killing his neighbor with his car.

March 27, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Cemex to extend talks

Although the deadline to begin mining in Soledad Canyon has come and gone, the firm that holds federal contracts to do so has agreed to more talks, hoping proposed legislation will solve the impasse.

March 26, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Political notebook

Stalkers stalked?

March 26, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


GOP challengers sound off at forum

Heaping praise on the Santa Clarita Valley and scorn on Sacramento, local Republican candidates in this year's Assembly seat race Friday unanimously called for more jobs and less government.

March 24, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Nature groups file Newhall Ranch suit

Several environmental groups filed a joint lawsuit against Los Angeles County on Thursday for approving the 21,000-home Newhall Ranch development in the northwest Santa Clarita Valley.

March 23, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


State pays for new floating john in Castaic

A new floating restroom has been approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for the Castaic Lake State Recreation Area.

March 21, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A raiment roundup

Curators at the William S. Hart Museum challenged fashion experts to distinguish between fake film wardrobe and antique vintage clothing this weekend in what they called the "real from reel" test.

March 19, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


The impact of inmates

The real impact of inmates transferred to the Santa Clarita Valley from state prisons lies in the sheer number of bodies behind bars, local jailers say.

March 18, 2012 | 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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