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Keeping the tap flowing

First, pour yourself a glass of water from the tap.

December 29, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


What's next for the Christmas tree?

With "Ho ho ho" in the rear-view mirror but "Happy New Year" ahead, you might already be wondering what to do with that dried-out, needle-dropping Christmas tree that's drooping in the living room.

December 26, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita wins environmental award

The city of Santa Clarita has won a national environmental award for a project to restore the only unchanneled stretch of Bouquet Creek within city limits, officials announced Thursday.

December 26, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


West Ranch students raise more than $5,000 to play Santa

SANTA CLARITA - More than 40 under-privileged local kids woke up this morning to find Santa brought them exactly what they asked for - thanks to more than three dozen students at West Ranch High School who call themselves Santa's Special Forces.

December 24, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Harrowing rescue frees woman from crashed truck

SANTA CLARITA - A big rig driver was trapped inside the truck when it crashed through a guardrail, flipped onto its side and was left dangling over a 300-foot-deep ravine early Monday near Castaic.

December 23, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Last-minute shoppers take to SCV shops

'Tis the season to be a polite, happy shopper joining thousands of others in the Santa Clarita Valley for the crush of last minute Christmas shopping - but then there's still two days of shopping left.

December 23, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local cyclist embarks on a ride that almost killed him one year ago

More than 120 bicyclists surprised local cyclist Kevin Korenthal Sunday when they rallied around him on the one-year anniversary of an accident that almost killed him.

December 23, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Annual party for children with cancer spreads the holiday cheer

More than 180 kids got a chance to meet Santa and go home with a gift or two Sunday at the annual Michael Hoefflin Foundation & Golden Valley High School Holiday Party for Kids with Cancer.

December 23, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fry-filled big rig crashes on I-5

Do you want fries with that accident?

December 22, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia man arrested fourth time in 6 months

SANTA CLARITA - A Valencia man arrested three times in the last six months - picking up charges for burglary and drug possession - was arrested a fourth time this week, a prosecutor's spokesman said.

December 19, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


LASD Lt., Valencia resident charged in FBI probe

A Sheriff's Department lieutenant who lives in Santa Clarita has been identified as a central figure in a corruptions probe involving the Los Angeles County jail system.

December 19, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Memorial held for longtime SCV fire captain

SANTA CLARITA - A well-loved and highly respected local fire captain who died of cancer this month was honored Wednesday at a memorial service followed by a funeral procession across the Santa Clarita Valley.

December 18, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘Not guilty’ plea entered in Canyon Country murder-for-hire case

SANTA CLARITA - A Canyon Country businessman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill his wife pleaded not guilty today to charges of attempted murder and solicitation of murder, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

December 18, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Funeral procession will halt traffic this morning

SANTA CLARITA - A funeral procession Wednesday morning for Fire Captain John David Mazzocco, from Grace Baptist Church to Eternal Valley Memorial Park & Mortuary, is expected to stop traffic at intersections along its route, according to local fire and sheriff's officials.

December 18, 2013 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Church concert draws hundreds

Thousands of parishioners were filled with the sound of Christmas Sunday as Grace Baptist Church capped its three-day Christmas festival of song.

December 17, 2013 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Locals involved in deadly I-5 accident

An 18-year-old Saugus man was killed early Saturday morning in Sun Valley when he jumped from a car after it was involved in a traffic collision on Interstate 5, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol said.

March 08, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Little fish causes big headache

A critter the size of a goldfish has wiggled its way into a controversy that has turned off some canyon residents' tap water, halted bulldozers and periodically flooded a road in the Santa Clarita Valley.

March 08, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Saugus man killed in SunValley crash

An 18-year-old Saugus man was killed early Saturday morning in Sun Valley when he jumped from a car after it was involved in a traffic collision on Interstate 5, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol said.

March 08, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Valuable bicycles stolen in Valencia

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's detectives are looking for thieves who stole two rare and expensive bicycles valued together at $18,000, according to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station incident log.

March 06, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


A talk with SCV’s top cop

Newly appointed Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Capt. Roosevelt Johnson wants to preserve Santa Clarita Valley's reputation as one of the safest communities in the country, he said Wednesday during an interview at the Sheriff's Station.

March 06, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Truck driver sentenced to nearly a year in hit-and-run collision

A 66-year-old truck driver arrested last summer for leaving the scene of a crash where a woman was struck and killed is now serving close to a year in jail, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday.

March 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country man gets 9 years in prison for stabbing

A Canyon Country man charged in the stabbing of a 20-year-old man last May has been sentenced to nine years in state prison after pleading no contest to a charge of assault with a deadly weapon, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

March 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Driver gets close to year in jail for fatal hit-and-run on Highway 14

A 66-year-old truck driver arrested last summer for leaving the scene of a crash where a woman was struck and killed on northbound Highway 14 is now serving close to a year in jail after pleading no contest recently, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

March 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: New captain named for Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station

A veteran Sheriff's Department official with experience in community-based policing has been named the new captain of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station, it was announced Monday.

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


Suggestions sought on OHV improvements

U.S. Forest Service officials are inviting off-road enthusiasts to weigh in on making their favorite off-road destinations a better place.

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


School location means susceptibility to vandalism, investigator says

A lack of surveillance equipment and a concealed point of entry make Castaic Middle School an easy target for vandals, says the detective heading the probe into the school district's third case of vandalism in two months - and the second at Castaic Middle School.

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


Official: Drought not over yet

Although more than five inches of rain fell on the Santa Clarita Valley since mid-week, much more is needed to get us out of drought, according to the head of the local water distributor.

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


Valencia man recalls days as war photographer

Paul Berkowitz of Valencia will receive his 15 seconds of fame this evening when the retired Vietnam War photographer appears in an episode of the "Raw War" military show.

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


Vandals hit Castaic school for 3rd time in 2 months

For the third time in a two-month period, vandals broke into a Castaic Union School District classroom and trashed it, according to a report on file at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station on Sunday.

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


Vigil scheduled Friday for missing teen

Vigils for missing teen Bryce Laspisa are scheduled to unfold simultaneously at three points across the country Friday denoting where he grew up, where he went to school and where he disappeared, which was in the Santa Clarita Valley.

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


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