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Judge laments liability limits

A Superior Court judge saddled with the "impossible" task of dividing a maximum of $200 million among scores of victims in the fatal 2008 Metrolink crash was praised for his grace and humanity Thursday by two local lawyers who represented many of the injured train passengers.

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


Officials are committed to recycled local water

Local water officials firmed up the Santa Clarita Valley's commitment to recycled water Wednesday with plans to expand the master plan for recycling and begin the process at the Saugus Water Reclamation Plant.

July 14, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Redrawing conclusions

Commissioners overwhelmed by feedback on proposed new electoral lines have abandoned Thursday's deadline to release another round of maps and seek more public comments.

July 12, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


City celebrates more space

Flanked by horseback riders poised on the edge of Haskell Canyon, Santa Clarita city officials unveiled more than 500 acres of open space at the eastern edge of Santa Clarita Valley's northern perimeter Monday.

July 12, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Drilling rigs not ‘fracking’

Despite concerns raised online and in local media reports over implications of the gas company's stepped-up drilling near Interstate 5, no hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," is taking place there, a SoCalGas spokeswoman said.

July 11, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water officials tout debt-deal savings

A debt-managing deal hammered out last month by local water officials has been used to save a local water district $2.4 million - a savings they say could be passed on to ratepayers.

July 08, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Boat crash leads to felony charge

A Quartz Hill man faced a felony charge Thursday in connection with a boating crash at Pyramid Lake that injured two people and killed a dog.

July 08, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Landfill hopes to get greener

Owners of the Chiquita Canyon Landfill were a step closer Wednesday to producing "green energy" by marketing the methane that's produced as a natural byproduct of the landfill.

July 07, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County abandons plan for Agua Dulce road improvement

County supervisors abandoned plans for an easement on an Agua Dulce road this week after five years of inactivity on the proposal.

July 06, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: Bring your own bags

Grocery-bag options are no longer a simple matter of "paper or plastic" for local consumers as the county's plastic-bag ban targets some local supermarkets and not others.

July 05, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hunt for illegal water devices hardens

Officials are coming down hard on owners of salt-generating illegal water softener systems.

July 04, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hart museum gives glimpse of cowboy days

When you have to turn people away, it means you still have what they want.

July 01, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Blood, car paint grim setting in Las Vegas

Drug trafficking, car theft and fly-by-night nightclubs are commonplace in the "run-down" neighborhood of North Las Vegas where a blood-stained Jeep belonging to murdered local woman Renata Klein was recovered, area residents said Thursday.

July 01, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Utility: No need to bristle about our brine mines

Local water and gas officials said Thursday the brine-injection wells that are part of stepped-up natural-gas extraction in the Santa Clarita Valley do not affect the levels of salt in the Santa Clara River watershed.

July 01, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Detective: Blood in Klein vehicle not human

Blood found in the car belonging to murdered Canyon Country resident Renata Klein and her missing husband, Dusan, is not human blood, a homicide detective confirmed today.

June 30, 2011 | By Jim Holt Senior Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Detectives make ID of John Doe

Homicide detectives trying to unravel the story behind skeletal remains of murder victim found near Gorman five months ago now know who their victim is, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner's Department.

July 28, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Family comes forward for orphaned baby

Baby Violeta Martinez was just learning to walk when Tuesday's fatal crash in Acton claimed the lives of her parents, relatives of the orphaned girl said Thursday.

July 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Castaic man pleads no contest to attempted murder in savage bar beating

Editor's note: Corrects that bar beating occurred last year/

July 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Brush fire doused near Interstate 5

Firefighters from both the county and the U.S. Forest Service jumped on a small brush fire north of Castaic Thursday, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service said.

July 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


2 knife-point robbers given prison sentences

Two convicted bandits who robbed Santa Clarita Valley residents at knife-point for their cellphones and wallets last fall have been sentenced to prison, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said Thursday.

July 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Teens collared for allegedly smoking marijuana outside sheriff's offices

Detectives made their latest drug pinch easily Wednesday when the drug bust came to them for a change.

July 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Baby survives Highway 14 crash that killed her parents

A baby girl pulled from the wreckage of a Highway 14 crash that killed her parents suffered major injuries - including some broken bones - but was recovering Wednesday, law enforcement officers said.

July 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘Bombshell Bandit’ suspected in third bank robbery

The "Bombshell Bandit" wanted for robbing a Valencia bank with the threat of a bomb early last month is now suspected in a third bank robbery, this time in San Diego, FBI officials said.

July 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bombshell Bandit now suspect in Ariz. robbery

The "Bombshell Bandit" wanted for robbing a Valencia bank with the threat of a bomb early last month is now suspected in an Arizona bank robbery, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

July 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A weekend of RC racing

The 17th annual Hot Rod Hobbies and Raceways Offroad Shootout has become not only a tradition for remote car competitors in the Santa Clarita Valley but for enthusiasts across the country, according to some faithful returnees.

July 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two injured in single-car crash

Two people were hurt in a single-vehicle crash near the Big Oaks Lodge on Bouquet Canyon Road Sunday, said a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

July 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Ninja roller coaster reopened at Six Flags

The Ninja roller coaster that partially derailed two weeks ago reopened at Six Flags Magic Mountain Saturday after state regulators finalized their inspection of the popular ride, said park and state officials.

July 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Gorman Residents on tractors help firefirefighters put out brush fire

Using farm tractors, Gorman residents helped firefighters extinguish a quarter-acre grass fire Sunday morning, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

July 20, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Tracking the ‘Bombshell Bandit’

She walks into a bank wearing sunglasses, sometimes a head scarf, and at least once in flip-flops. She leaves with cash - investigators and banks won't say how much - and promptly disappears.

July 20, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bouquet Canyon residents appeal to state

Months after their wells ran dry due to a bureaucratic impasse, Bouquet Canyon residents have banded together to appeal to the state - while agencies involved point fingers at each other, several sides say.

July 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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