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Centurions set sights on future

Saugus High School Principal Bill Bolde told his graduating class of 2011, "Dare to dream and never give up."

May 27, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Twin sisters realize American dreams

When they arrived at Saugus High School four years ago, neither Vaneh Assadourian, nor her twin sister Nouneh, spoke a word of English.

May 27, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


In honor of Indian initiative

The oldest high school in the Santa Clarita Valley saw 455 new faces graduate Wednesday, as Hart High School's graduating class of 2011 marched on the football field at College of the Canyons' Cougar Stadium for Hart's commencement ceremony.

May 26, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Preschool may stay open

The Santa Clarita Valley Child & Family Center's daycare may not close this summer after all, officials said Wednesday.

May 26, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Well-rounded student manages eclectic list of interests

Hayden Jeffrey Scott is Hart High School's version of a Renaissance man.

May 25, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Coming to SCV: inmates

Local jailers plan to re-open all closed facilities at Castaic's Pitchess Detention Center in light of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling this week aimed at alleviating overcrowding in state prisons.

May 25, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Neighbors tried to put out mobile-home fire

Residents of a Newhall mobile home park have safety concerns today following a Friday night fire that claimed the life of their friend and neighbor.

May 24, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man arrested on suspected kidnapping, molestation

A 29-year-old day laborer from Newhall was arrested Sunday on suspicion of kidnapping and molesting a child who is under 14 years old, sheriff's officials said today.

May 23, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Officials look for drop in water use

The buzz phrase among local water officials these days is "20 by 2020."

May 23, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Leader looks at state of county

A library for Stevenson Ranch, a new boat ramp for Castaic, a half-dozen new fire stations for the Santa Clarita Valley and a new courthouse - possibly at Castaic Junction - were among the projects outlined Wednesday by Los Angeles County Mayor Michael D. Antonovich at a luncheon attended by many local community leaders.

May 19, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic complex looks to expand

The public is expected to weigh in today on plans to develop three dozen industrial lots on what was once the chosen site for a Castaic high school.

May 17, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Senator wants board reform

State Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark, wants to make state agencies such as the regional water board accountable to the people.

May 16, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Detectives recover goods after daylong standoff

Burglary-squad detectives are still looking for the man suspected of stealing a truck and sparking an all-day standoff in Newhall on Wednesday.

May 13, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bus drivers, bosses do battle in a playful game of inches

The city bus pulled up in front of 10 black barrels set evenly apart along two straight lines.

May 13, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


High-speed rail could be a boon for the SCV

High-speed trains zipping in and out of the Santa Clarita Valley would be a boon to the people who live and work here, chamber leaders say.

May 10, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior 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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