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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


Coastal domination

The board that decides the issue of chloride in the Santa Clara River includes two advocates of Ventura County strawberry farmers.

August 03, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water’s recycled future

In the wee early hours of any morning, as you drive along The Old Road near Magic Mountain by the Tournament Players Club Valencia golf course, you might see the sprinklers hard at work watering the 10th or 11th hole.

August 02, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fallen Marine Pfc. Jake Suter: On son’s birthday, a mother grieves

Fallen United States Marine Corps Pfc. Jake William Suter would have turned 19 today.

July 31, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Rain keeps chloride level low

Chloride levels in the Santa Clara River have risen above the limit demanded by Ventura County farmers only once in the past six months - and then only by two milligrams per liter, a Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District official said Thursday.

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


Delayed, but not defused

Santa Clarita Valley sewer ratepayers will wind up spending more in the long run, despite a decision Tuesday night to delay rate-hike discussion until spring.

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


Salty talk stalls rate hike

The vote on a proposed sewer-rate hike was delayed until spring following a lengthy public hearing Tuesday night that drew complaints from residents.

July 28, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Vandals target cars parked in Castaic driveways

Less than a month after detectives stood amid the rubble of a Castaic classroom trashed by vandals, investigators are now probing three separate cases of car vandalism, with windows of at least two vehicles smashed in at Castaic homes, according to local sheriff's documents.

March 20, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bouquet cleanup measures approved

U.S. Forest Service officials have approved the first of two emergency measures proclaimed by county supervisors last month in an effort to clean up the sediment-filled Bouquet Creek bed and release much-needed water from Bouquet Reservoir, a Los Angeles County spokesman said Wednesday.

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


UPDATE: Motorcyclist found safe in Canyon Country after night stranded in ravine

An off-road motorcyclist crashed near Rowher Flats in Canyon Country and spent the night at the bottom of a darkened ravine, hiking out of the ravine Wednesday morning, a sheriff's official said.

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


Work truck suspected as cause of brush fire near Gorman

A brush fire that burned more than 100 acres near Gorman on the weekend was apparently caused by the overheated undercarriage of a work truck, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

March 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 25-year-old found dead in apparent heroin overdose

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff officials logged what appears to be the first heroin overdose death of the year Tuesday with the sudden death of a 25-year-old man in Newhall, law enforcement sources said.

March 18, 2014 | by Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Quake near Encino felt by many in SCV

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake Wednesday shook residents awake in parts of Los Angeles and was felt by many in the Santa Clarita Valley.

March 17, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man faces preliminary hearing in peace officer battery case

A preliminary hearing has been set for as Azusa man charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance and battery of a peace officer following a struggle with law enforcement officers of the California Highway Patrol in August, said a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.

March 17, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Body found at burn site may be shooting victim

A man whose decomposed body was found near Gorman last weekend by firefighters battling a 100-acre brush fire was the victim of foul play and may have been shot, a homicide detective said Monday.

March 17, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Young chess players hit the boards for massive state tournament in Valencia

Scores of dueling chess players walked away from the Hyatt Regency Valencia Sunday hauling trophies almost as big as some of the competitors.

March 17, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Remains discovered after fire

Human skeletal remains found in a rugged area burned by a brush fire east of Gorman are believed to be "years old," according to one of several investigators who scoured a blackened hillside Sunday.

March 17, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


One dead, one injured after car plunges off Lake Hughes Road

One man is dead and another "glad to be alive" after they both plunged 400 feet down a ravine in a pickup truck Friday night and were found 36 hours later, an investigator with the California Highway Patrol said.

March 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


VALENCIA: Motorcyclist injured in Sunday morning crash

A 28-year-old motorcyclist was taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries Sunday following a traffic collision involving a car and a "Ninja" motorcycle, according to officials with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

March 16, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


COC student charged with misdemeanor battery

A 20-year-old College of the Canyons student is facing a misdemeanor battery charge following a skirmish on campus that left college football player Joey Cicoria with a bloody nose, according to college, law enforcement and district attorney sources.

March 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


An ease for the water squeeze

Six years ago when Santa Clarita Valley water officials told residents to cut back on their water use, a Valencia couple we shall call Jack and Jill complied by turning off their sprinklers.

March 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sulphur Springs School District announces settlement in Voting Rights Act lawsuit

The Sulphur Springs School District board has reached a settlement agreement in the California Voting Rights Act lawsuit filed against it, the district's superintendent said today.

March 14, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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