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McKeon plans to tighten the belt

Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, got back to work in the nation's capital Wednesday, adhering to new rules while pursuing old policies and seeking to keep last year's election promises.

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


Castaic high school may help spur growth

Editor's note: First in a series that examines possible effects of the Castaic high school site selection and reaction from local landowners.

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


Year in Review: The year of chloride ends with no resolution

Editor's note: Third in an occasional series on major Santa Clarita Valley stories of 2010.

December 26, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Year in Review: Murder trial rivets SCV

Editor's note: This is the first in an occasional series on major Santa Clarita Valley stories of 2010.

December 21, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valleywide raid nets a variety of arrests

Gang members were arrested, guns were seized and marijuana confiscated in an early morning dragnet carried out across Santa Clarita Valley on Thursday.

December 17, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall library plans shovel-ready

Shovels will go into the ground by Valentine's Day for construction of the Old Town Newhall Library, said an official with the company that will build it.

December 16, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


State casts a shadow over city

If you break the little laws in Santa Clarita - get a parking ticket, build without a permit, make too much noise - it's going to cost you more money than before.

December 15, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


City may contract premier consultant

Santa Clarita is considering buying the "Ferrari" of environmental consultants to create a plan to meet state goals on reducing greenhouse gases, a city planner said Monday.

December 14, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Wading through wages

There's a lid for every pot, the old adage goes.

December 13, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Toxic lot nears milestone

Government officials monitoring the cleanup of nearly 1,000 acres of contaminated Whittaker-Bermite property in the heart of Santa Clarita could deem a portion of that land clean as early as February, an official said Wednesday.

December 09, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


No milk spills as cars crash in rain

A sudden, gusty rainstorm over Santa Clarita Valley was part of the reason a big-rig milk truck flipped on Interstate 5 near the Newhall Pass on Monday and contributed to more than a dozen traffic crashes Sunday night.

December 07, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Investigators expected to keep quiet on fraud probe

The probe into allegations of fraud and illegal building contracts handled by the Los Angeles County Fire Department - punctuated with the recent suicide of a local fire chief who oversaw local station construction - will not likely wrap up before year's end, the county's top claims investigator said.

December 05, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Woman injured in patrol car crash

A woman was hospitalized with serious injuries Monday after a California Highway Patrol officer, driving 90 mph on Interstate 5 in his patrol car to join a pursuit, slammed into the back of the SUV she was riding in, authorities said.

November 30, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Land deal builds dream

Close to a thousand acres in the heart of the Santa Clarita Valley are still uninhabitable - the soil still contaminated with traces of explosive material and the water still dirty with perchlorate. But city planners are happy today over a court settlement that will save them about $5 million in the long process to, one day, make it fit to live on.

November 29, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Alaskan chill visits SCV

A cold, wet low-pressure front on its way from Alaska to Santa Clarita Valley carries with it the threat of frost and rain this weekend and a reminder that winter is on its way.|

November 27, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


Building the ride of his dreams

From the time he held a 3-inch toy version of the Batmobile in his tiny hands as a kid, Ernie Lepore knew he had to own and drive a Batmobile replica.

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


2 injured in San Francisquito Canyon crash

Two people were injured and taken to the hospital Wednesday following a two-car crash on San Francisquito Canyon Road, according to inspectors with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

June 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: SCV water quality gets high marks from state health officials

While beer brewed with local water may turn out a little funky due to miniscule amounts of metal, the drinking water in the Santa Clarita Valley is safe, clean and problem-free, according to a California Department of Public Health report released Wednesday.

June 18, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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