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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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UPDATED: 3 arrested at Canyon Country ‘honey oil’ lab in home

A woman and two men have been arrested on suspicion of manufacturing "honey oil" - a potent form of hash oil - at a Canyon Country residence, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station official said Wednesday.

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


LASD officer takes stand for third day

LOS ANGELES - A Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Internal Affairs lieutenant testified Tuesday he ran a separate investigation that focused on an FBI agent while the FBI conducted its civil rights probe at Men's Central Jail in 2011.

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


Suspect in SCV cold case makes FBI fugitive list

The prime suspect in the near-fatal stabbing of a local man 16 years ago has been added to the FBI's fugitive profile website, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Monday.

June 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


ID released on Sun Valley truck driver killed evading car on I-5

Investigators with the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office have identified the Sun Valley man killed last week after his big rig jack-knifed on Interstate 5 near Pyramid Lake.

June 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Deputies look into two cases of identity theft

Detectives are investigating two recent reports of identity theft whereby thieves used personal information stolen from Santa Claria Valley residents to buy unapproved items, according to incidents reported by deputies at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

June 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Tony Martinez beat the odds

After emerging from a three-month coma in the fall of 1986, doctors told motorcycle crash victim Tony Martinez he would never have kids and never walk again.

June 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water district switching to flat rate

Newhall County Water District officials have pulled the plug on a tiered water rate structure initially designed to encourage ratepayers to conserve water.

June 14, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Guglielmelli pleads no contest in murder-for-hire plot

A Canyon Country businessman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill his wife, who's a model, faces nine years in prison after pleading no contest to attempted murder Friday.

June 13, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Truck pulling horse trailer catches fire on Highway 14

A truck pulling a horse trailer caught fire Thursday on Highway 14 near Agua Dulce but the blaze was quickly doused, halting any spread to nearby brush, a fire spokesman said.

June 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sheriff’s lieutenant takes stand in obstruction trial

One of six sworn Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officers accused of obstructing a federal investigation into the Los Angeles County jail system took the stand Thursday.

June 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Big rig driver killed on Interstate 5

The driver of a big rig was killed Thursday after his truck jack-knifed on Interstate 5 near Pyramid Lake, spilling fuel and sparking a brush fire, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

June 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Showdown at COC

On the heels of an overwhelmingly rejected contract offered to the instructors at College of the Canyons, the college's board of trustees approved raises for administrators Wednesday night in front of more than 100 angry, disappointed and frustrated faculty members.

June 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


COC negotiating settlement in Voting Rights Act lawsuit

College of the Canyons trustees announced publicly Wednesday what they presented in court last week: that the Santa Clarita Community College District is working toward a settlement to a lawsuit brought against the district alleging its election system violates minorities' voting rights.

June 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV man arrested in child predator Internet sting operation

A 64-year-old Santa Clarita Valley man was one of three men arrested in a joint forces sting operation targeting child predators, court and sheriff's officials announced this week.

June 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia man pleads not guilty in road rage incident

A Valencia man arrested last month on suspicion he wounded a woman in her eye during a road rage incident pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges filed against him.

June 10, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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