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East Side Story: Charred tree becomes local shrine

A lone burned sycamore on an isolated stretch of Sierra Highway looks like no other.

February 07, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Pigskin parties

Even without a horse in the race, local football fans turned out to watch two east coast teams duke it out in Sunday's Super Bowl.

February 05, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Attacks increasing on U.S. troops inside bases

The number of attacks in Afghanistan that kill American soldiers inside American-held bases is dramatically increasing, witnesses told members of the House Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C., this week.

February 03, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


McKeon, Rogers count their contributors

The Democratic challenger to Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, raised more than $30,000 last year in his bid to unseat McKeon, who had accumulated nearly $1 million by year's end.

February 02, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Supervisors to consider amnesty for old traffic violations

If you've been meaning to pay that traffic ticket you got back in 2008, you may be in luck.

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


County may add to road improvement project for Sierra Highway

Plans are under way to bolster county road work on Sierra Highway, but a safety advocate say there's still quite a lot of ground to cover before the rural road is considered safe.

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


Fair attracts with music, merchandise

The Santa Clarita Street Fair should be renamed "Santa Clarita Street Excellent," according to attendees who gave it top marks.

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


Wilk gathers more support

As Republican Assembly candidate Scott Wilk gets ready for the upcoming 38th District Assembly seat race, a handful of prominent locals have already endorsed him.

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


Acosta wins hearing on security provided to U.S. troops abroad

High-ranking military officials are expected to testify next week about the death of Army Spc. Rudy A. Acosta of Santa Clarita in Afghanistan and the rogue private security firm recruit who killed him.

January 26, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Seeking starry skies

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has adopted a resolution that promises to cut down on light pollution in outlying areas of the county, including some in the Santa Clarita Valley.

January 24, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Owner of softener learns hard truth

Mike Stafford learned the hard way that soft water won't pass scrutiny in the Santa Clarita Valley if it's obtained with an illegal salt-based softener.

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


Crash survivor faces long recovery

Colt Doherty, who was put on life support after surviving the crash that killed his friend last week, has been moved from the intensive care unit to another section of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, his mother said Thursday.

January 19, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Another delay granted in trial involving Rosemary Flynn death

SAN FERNANDO - For the second time in just over a month, the attorney representing a local man charged in the death of his girlfriend was granted more time for tests relating to the girl's death nearly a year and a half ago.

January 18, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


McKeon: Nobody told me loan had VIP treatment

U.S. Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, says he was unaware he was on a special VIP list when Countrywide Financial Corp. allegedly shaved hundreds of dollars off the cost of his 1998 refinancing loan.

January 18, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Strickland announces bid for congressional district

Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark, officially declared his candidacy Tuesday for the newly drawn 26th Congressional District seat, which takes in part of the Santa Clarita Valley's West Side.

January 17, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


Man arrested in Canyon Country hit-and-run

A Valencia man faces a charge of hit and run causing serious injury or death after he allegedly left the scene of a traffic collision in which a 42-year-old man suffered serious injuries, spokesmen for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said Tuesday.

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


UPDATE: Tanker truck overturns, spills corrosive chemical

A tanker truck took a freeway off-ramp too fast Tuesday morning, flipped onto its side and spewed 50-70 gallons of a highly corrosive liquid onto the Highway 126 overpass over Interstate 5.

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


4 injured in separate SCV crashes

Four people were hurt, rescued and taken to the hospital Monday in three separate collisions around the Santa Clarita Valley.

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


UPDATE: COC faculty rejects proposed contract

Members of the union representing instructors at College of the Canyons have rejected a contract from the Santa Clarita Community College District administration, marking the first time in two decades the full-time faculty has voted down a proposed contract.

June 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Woman injured in SCV as car careens into ravine

A woman was taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries Monday after her car went over a cliff on Vasquez Canyon Road and plunged to the bottom of a 125-foot ravine.

June 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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