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Fire academy sets teens on right path

Santa Clarita Valley's prep school for firefighters is heating up.

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


Cemex bill may die in Senate

A Washington state congressman sidelined the bill to ban mining in Soledad Canyon due to House earmark rules, and he's also committed to sinking a Senate omnibus bill that would spare the Santa Clarita Valley the proposed 56 million-ton open-pit mine.

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


Harken back to a time when silence was golden

If Trekkies are a testament to the success of Star Trek, then the appearance of at least one "Chappy" at Santa Clarita Valley's first ever ChaplinFest this weekend bodes well for organizers hoping to make it a tradition.

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


McKeon: no Cemex bill in ’11

Blaming prohibitive new anti-earmark rules, the Santa Clarita Valley's congressman said Tuesday he will not introduce a new bill to ban mining in Soledad Canyon during this congressional session.

February 02, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


School officer charged in shooting

A police officer who lives in the Santa Clarita Valley and works in the San Fernando Valley was arrested Thursday night and charged with a felony for allegedly filing a false police report in connection with claims he had been shot in the chest.

January 29, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water officials extend savings for dry days

Despite recent heavy rains that swelled water levels, local water officials voted this week to keep out-of-town water reserves in their cache.

January 29, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Officials close Ottman case

Local civilian Fire Chief Timothy John Ottman, who shot and killed himself while being investigated for allegations of wrongdoing, committed no crime, according to Ottman's relatives.

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


Agency to go solar

Water resource planners want the public to weigh in on their plan to turn part of the Castaic Lake Water Agency's back lot into a cost-saving field of solar panels.

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


Nature’s latest local companion

The Placerita Canyon Nature Center and Natural Area has a new face.

January 22, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Group keeps up fight against Romero Canyon

More than 40 Romero Canyon residents opposed to having a high school built on the Castaic site already selected by the local school board want the board members to look at an alternate site that they say is more accessible.

January 21, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Officials plan to pump up water pressure

If living with hard water is driving you crazy, then having to wait for it as it dribbles out of the tap might just be the last straw.

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


No car, no charges in hit-and-run crash

Los Angeles detectives are still looking for the car that struck and killed the father of a local sportscaster.

January 18, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A swing to sunny skies

Just when you dig through the closet to find your hat and mittens so you can make another snowman, it's time to find your shorts and sunglasses.

January 18, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Investigator in fire chief suicide to publish report

The investigator looking into allegations of fraud and illegal building contracts handled by the Los Angeles County Fire Department says her findings will be published on a Los Angeles County website, possibly as early as April.

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


Developer’s water fees could be rising

Local water officials responding to a drop in revenue - due to a drop in land development - want to increase the fees they charge developers to pay for projects like new pipelines.

January 14, 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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