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Cemex deadline expires

A five-year written "truce" between Santa Clarita and Cemex that staved off a major mine in Canyon Country expired Thursday, meaning the Mexican mining firm could move ahead with plans to haul millions of tons of sand and gravel out of Soledad Canyon.

June 01, 2012 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hart High grads enjoy 1 last harmony

Seniors of Hart High School's vocal music program harmonized together for the last time Thursday, singing the national anthem for the 540 classmates in the graduating class of 2012 of Hart High School.

June 01, 2012 | By Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Golden graduates

Golden Valley High School grads roared with wild abandon Wednesday as they said goodbye to friends and four years of high school.

May 30, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Building on dreams

Raised by a single mom while moving around the Santa Clarita Valley some 30 times in her young life, Golden Valley High School graduate Carla Simental is now prepared to plant both feet firmly on the ground.

May 30, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Senate primaries a preview for November

21st State Senate District Profiles

May 29, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Wilk closer to McKeon in campaign funding

Click here for a link to the candidates' profiles and endorsements.

May 28, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Paul Strickland's endorsements for the 38th Assembly District race

Paul Strickland, veteran member of the William S. Hart Union High School District governing board, has racked up scores of education endorsements.

May 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Patricia McKeon's endorsements for the 38th Assembly District race

Patricia McKeon, wife of Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, in her first run for public office has more than just her husband to list as an endorsement.

May 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Edward Headington's endorsements for the 38th Assembly District race

Edward Headington, the only Democratic Party contender in the 38th Assembly District race, keeps a growing list of endorsements on his website.

May 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Scott Wilk's endorsements for the 38th Assembly District race

Scott Wilk posts a running log online of the people who have endorsed him for the 38th Assembly District seat. They include:

May 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fundraiser for crash victim

A Little League softball team and coworkers of a woman killed in a single-car crash Sunday are holding a fundraiser for the victim's family Saturday.

May 25, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


'Backyard butcher' sentenced to 90 days

A Canyon Country man accused of unlawfully slaughtering animals for sale pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and was sentenced Thursday to 90 days in county jail, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's office said.

May 24, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Crime Reports


High winds expected to increase in Santa Clarita Valley this evening

Your potted plant may have been knocked over due to strong winds Tuesday night. But by Thursday morning, your front-yard tree could be in the neighbor's yard.

May 23, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Purse theft leaves woman ‘scared’

LANCASTER - When a brazen thief drove through a Canyon Country parking lot, bumped a woman visiting from Lancaster, snatched her purse and drove off, he stole far more than 17 dollars and change.

May 22, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Owner in hot water for reptile

Dogs without tags and cats up trees just don't compare to animal control officers having to collar a 2-foot-long caiman - an alligator-like reptile - from a home in Saugus.

May 21, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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No mandatory water cutbacks expected in SCV unless winter 2014-15 is dry

Even though the water in Castaic Lake continues to recede and the protracted statewide drought deepens, local water officials say Santa Clarita Valley residents are still a year away from the possibility of mandatory water conservation.

July 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: FBI releases photo of "Bombshell Bandit" Valencia bank robbery suspect

FBI agents released photographs Thursday of a woman they've dubbed, the Bombshell Bandit, suspected of robbing a Valencia bank with the threat of a bomb early last month all in the hope someone will recognize her, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

July 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Divers find body of second boater on Pyramid Lake

Divers searching Pyramid Lake on Wednesday found the body of a 64-year-old man just 30 feet from where the man's companion was found dead Sunday.

July 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Driver arrested following high-speed chase on I-5

A 27-year-old man faces several criminal charges today following a high-speed chase that started in Orange County and ended in a scuffle with California Highway Patrol officers in Castaic Tuesday night, a CHP spokesman said.

July 02, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Woman gets 3 days for leaving child in car

A Frazier Park woman was sentenced to three days in jail Tuesday after pleading no contest to a charge of child endangerment for leaving an infant inside a car for half an hour.

July 01, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: 6 sheriff's personnel convicted in federal obstruction case

A Sheriff's Department lieutenant who lives in Santa Clarita was among six sworn officers found guilty Tuesday of obstruction of justice for interfering with a federal civil rights investigation at the Men's Central Jail.

July 01, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Whittaker-Bermite groundwater cleanup moves ahead

The seven-year plan to clean up groundwater on the contaminated Whittaker-Bermite site will be tweaked according to comments made by concerned Santa Clarita Valley residents, according to the state agency monitoring the cleanup.

July 01, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputies arrest one more suspect in Canyon Country bike path robberies

Local sheriff's deputies investigating recent robberies reported on bike paths in Canyon Country have arrested one juvenile and are looking for another youth following raids on two locations today, according to a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

July 01, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV jail death appears to be heroin related

Jenna Marie Coleman, found dead in a jail cell Saturday, appears to be Santa Clarita Valley's latest heroin-related casualty, according to a sergeant with the local sheriff's narcotics section.

June 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Victim of Pyramid Lake boating accident identified

The victim of a fatal boating accident on Pyramid Lake Sunday has been identified as 52-year-old Rick Tanovan, of West Covina, as the lake search for his friend, continues, according to county sheriff and coroner officials.

June 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deliberations continue in FBI obstruction-of-justice case with new juror on panel

One juror was replaced with an alternate today as deliberations entered their second week in the trial of six Sheriff's Department sworn personnel accused of obstructing the FBI in its investigation of jail wrongdoing.

June 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Woman injured in Newhall hit & run

A woman was injured and taken to the hospital Sunday after a motorist allegedly hit her car as she was getting something out of the vehicle, an investigator with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Traffic Section said.

June 30, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Motorist survives plunge down ravine

A motorist survived a harrowing plunge of more than 100-foot down a ravine in Agua Dulce Sunday, according to law enforcement and fire officials.

June 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV radio club holds disaster prep event

When it comes to disaster preparedness, the folks at the Santa Clarita Amateur Radio Club are the ones law enforcement and fire officials look to for keeping the lines of communication open and Sunday was their day to prove it.

June 30, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV deputies make sweep of homeless encampment

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies have broken up a homeless encampment in the Santa Clara River wash near Bouquet Creek and Valencia Boulevard, arresting some of the denizens, a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said Thursday.

June 27, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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