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Acosta: In honor of a friend, teammate, patriot

Against the backdrop of a house-sized American flag, among veterans arriving in the uniforms of previous battles, it was clear at his candlelight vigil that Specialist Rudy A. Acosta was a respected and admired soldier for his country.

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


UPDATED: Acosta: ‘Our son was a hero’

The inspiration and courage that came to define local fallen soldier Rudy A. Acosta will be formally recognized next week, when he will be honored posthumously with both the Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals, his father said Wednesday.

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


Jim Holt: Civic lessons straight from the Capitol

SACRAMENTO - I've been here before.

March 23, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Local Columns


Santa Claritans bus it to Sacramento

SACRAMENTO - State politicians got a busload of Santa Clarita Valley on Monday when more then 70 city delegates arrived, each with an agenda.

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


Salty talks tabled for time being

Talks of raising sewer rates to build two salt-ridding reverse-osmosis plants won't resume until all chloride reports are in, officials said Friday.

March 20, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Nurses challenge staffing

Team nursing - a pilot program in place at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital for more than a year - stretches registered nurses too thin and poses a danger to patients, registered nurses say.

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


Community: Newhall Memorial names Dr. Richard S. Frankenstein as interim chief medical officer

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital has hired a new interim, part-time chief medical officer, a board-certified physician in the areas of pulmonology and internal medicine with a track record for evaluating hospital standards at the national level.

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


Corlin will join leadership at Newhall Memorial as newest member of board

Think of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital as a sick patient complaining of something wrong.

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


Savings bonds owner, finder unite

Rick Steinbruecker's five-year search for the rightful owner of $15,000 in U.S. savings bonds that he found near the Santa Clara River officially came to an end Wednesday with a handshake, a hug and several repeated heartfelt thank yous.

March 10, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County OKs boost for mental health

Santa Clarita Valley is poised to get three more mental-health professionals specializing in intervention programs following a decision at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

March 09, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Owner of bonds found

One man's five-year search to find the rightful owner of $15,000 in U.S. savings bonds found near the Santa Clara River is coming to a close today after Signal readers responded to a published report of his discovery.

March 08, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


The $15,000 Santa Clara River mystery

At the end of a hard-bitten road of cracked asphalt, through a rusting iron fence that opens onto the dusty banks of the Santa Clara River, lies a mystery.

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


Hospital CEO: ‘We’re on par’ with rest of state

A survey of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital patients taken in 2009 shows the local hospital ranks about average in terms of patient satisfaction.

March 05, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fire Department honors locals for saving lives

Rushing to the aid of wounded SWAT officers, rescuing victims of an airplane crash and saving the life a motorcycle crash victim are the stories behind four local men honored for their bravery.

March 04, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Placerita Canyon Nature Center soars ahead

Think of it as the Oscars of environmental design.

March 01, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


Suspect in hit and run was on probation

A Valencia man suspected of being the driver in hit-and-run crash that knocked a pedestrian 50 feet into the air was on probation for a theft conviction at the time of the collision, a Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office spokeswoman said Thursday.

June 26, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Charges dismissed against Canyon Country woman in attempted murder

The lone charge against a Canyon Country woman for the attempted murder of a Newhall man was dismissed this week, a District Attorney's Office spokesman said Wednesday.

June 25, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Movie prop 'suicide vest' sparked bomb scare

The suspicious-looking vest that sparked Monday's four-hour bomb scare in Valencia did exactly what it was supposed to do - mimic a "suicide vest" - because it was a movie prop stolen from a Santa Clarita Valley home, a sheriff's spokesman said Wednesday.

June 25, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Man arrested on suspicion of domestic assault

A man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of domestic assault after he was pulled over by more than a dozen sheriff's deputies for erratic driving.

June 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man sentenced in parental abduction case

A man arrested for parental abduction after he was found in Louisiana with his daughter, a 2-year-old Castaic girl missing for two months, is now serving a 92-day sentence in Los Angeles County jail, a D.A. spokesman said Tuesday.

June 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Vest among contents of fake bomb that shut down Valencia shopping center

The contents of a suspicious-looking package that included a "suicide vest" fastened with protruding wires was being studied Tuesday after a bomb scare that shut down a Valencia shopping center.

June 24, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two suspicious packages “rendered safe” in Valencia

Sheriff's Department bomb squad deputies shut down a shopping center between Delmonte Drive and Valencia Boulevard near McBean Parkway Monday after they discovered two suspicious packages - one in a car parked at the center and another in a bush in the same parking lot - according to officials with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic Union School District tables election debate to July meeting

Members of the Castaic Union School District decided Monday night they need more information about by-district elections and California's Voting Rights Act before they discuss the possibility of changing the district's at-large election system.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


No restitution sought from ‘hot tub’ burglars

Three burglars who tried to break into a Castaic home and then hid from sheriff's deputies in an empty Westridge hot tub and trash can were out of hot water with homeowners this week.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country robbery suspect was on parole

One of the three robbery suspects arrested in a series of Canyon Country bike path crimes had been previously sentenced to half a year in county jail and was out on parole, a spokesman said Monday.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall classic car show draws a crowd

They just don't make 'em like they used to.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Driver in San Francisquito Canyon collision dies of injuries

An 18-year-old man who just graduated from Valencia High School died Wednesday following a two-car collision on San Francisquito Canyon Road, authorities said Thursday.

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


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