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SCV a soft-water test zone

Just call the Santa Clarita Valley green and salt-free.

December 03, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local vintner hit with lawsuit

A stage manager to the stars is suing the Loose Goose Wine Festival's organizer, claiming he has not been paid for helping create one of Santa Clarita's signature annual events.

December 01, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita taps into a change

State and city legislators have seen the future of water, and the future feels soft.

December 01, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


The hard case for soft water

A groundbreaking water experiment is flowing through pipes under Santa Clarita Valley.

November 30, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


I-5 project year late, over budget

Delayed by unexpected digging problems and running more than $6 million over budget, major road upgrades near Six Flags Magic Mountain are proving far from magical for city of Santa Clarita and Los Angeles County administrators who now hope to have the entire project completed by the end of 2009.

November 29, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man shot in broad daylight

A passenger sitting in a pickup truck waiting for the light to change at a busy Newhall intersection Friday suddenly found himself locked in a life-and-death struggle with an armed robber.

November 28, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Giving, and giving thanks

Here's how the whole Thanksgiving Day thing works: You give.

November 28, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Turkey Day means Turkey Bowl

No TV station carried the great Santa Clarita Turkey Bowl on Thanksgiving Day, and that suited a dozen sweaty traditionalists just fine.

November 28, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic cops get new patrol boat

Police patrolling the waters of Castaic Lake are doubling their presence with the addition of a second patrol boat.

November 28, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Online donations aid fire victims

If you've felt moved to donate household items to recent fire victims who were left with nothing but ashes, the state of California can help you do so with a click of the mouse.

November 28, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Alamo arrested in Arizona

Moments before FBI agents arrested evangelist Tony Alamo in Flagstaff, Ariz., Thursday, he completed an interview with The Signal.

November 27, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water retailer finds a 'hole new way to work

A local water retailer plans to make potholes, not fix them.

November 26, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Saugus wells flowing again

Two formerly perchlorate-tainted Saugus wells shut down for more than a decade should be pumping fresh, clean drinking water for Santa Clarita rate payers this spring, local water officials said.

November 26, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Locals gear up for ‘Great California Shakeout’

Lee Ryan will drop to the floor right there in the bread aisle of Ralph's if it means bringing attention to earthquake preparedness.

November 25, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Students hope to solve water woes

A local scholarship program called the High School Water Challenge is not about swimming, diving or even getting wet.

November 25, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Missing hiker gratefully returns home

Injured hiker Brian Napoli is back at home in Valencia after more than a week in the hospital for injuries suffered in a fall down the rocky side of a mountain, he said this week.

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


Appellate court rejects reversal in Newhall Ranch case

A California appellate court has ruled in favor of developers planning to build 21,000 homes on the banks of the Santa Clara River and has tossed out a 2012 court decision opposed to the project.

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


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


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