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Haskell Canyon: Keeping their way of life

There was a time when John Haskell and his hogs had the run of this place.

February 16, 2009 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fire officials get land

The Newhall Land and Farming Company is handing over an acre of land valued at $1.5 million to county fire officials as a bankruptcy court continues to restructure debt incurred by its parent company, LandSource Communities Development, LLC.

February 13, 2009 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


'Tea party' picks up steam

A number of rebels invited to Southern California's "Boston Tea Party" is mushrooming to include Los Angeles, Riverside and Orange counties, one party organizer reports.

February 12, 2009 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Development might not bear traffic

County planners hope to stifle a plan to build 484 homes on the unincorporated northern edge of the city of Santa Clarita, The Signal learned Tuesday.

February 11, 2009 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Come hail or high water

More than two inches of rain fell on the Santa Clarita Valley in the past week and it couldn't have come at a better time, sending water tumbling through the Santa Clara River and soothing the nerves of drought-fearing water officials.

February 10, 2009 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Locals awarded for budget

The Newhall County Water District is hanging a national award on its wall this week for having prepared a budget that stands out against all other budgets across the country as exemplary.

February 09, 2009 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Waiting for FEMA

Sitting on a stoop of my mobile home waiting for my FEMA check to come.

February 09, 2009 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Anger over hiring of rapist at county health center

Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich wants some accountability for rehiring a convicted rapist who worked as an x-ray technician at Roybal Comprehensive Health Center.

February 06, 2009 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County threatens tax revolt

Consider this your invitation to the Boston Tea Party.

February 05, 2009 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Supervisors allow water hauler to uncork well

A father and his son are thrilled to get back to pumping and hauling water from their Agua Dulce well today, but neighboring water company officials fear their wells will run dry.

February 04, 2009 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Residents oppose water merchant's plan to pump

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is expected to approve a Conditional Use Permit today granting a tireless Agua Dulce water merchant permission to pump and sell 40,000 gallons a day.

February 03, 2009 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


In spite of sprawl, a tiny fish fights to survive

The unarmored three-spine stickleback is one tough little prickly survivor.

February 01, 2009 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | A Closer Look


Sun shines on Devil’s Den

While Devil's Den may sound like an ominous and scary place, local water officials want to turn the Kern County water outpost into a green and sustainable, solar-powered, money-making enterprise.

January 30, 2009 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


VIDEO UPDATE: Bailout package not that stimulating

President Barack Obama's $819 billion stimulus bill approved Wednesday by the Democrat-controlled House might be historic, but it won't create the jobs most people think it will, says Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon.

January 29, 2009 | By Jim Holt Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Leasing company wants golf equipment returned from TPC

Two firms that lease equipment to the Tournament Players Club are seeking the return of their golf carts and course-trimming machines because they haven't received payment.

January 29, 2009 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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UPDATE: Man hit by car in Valencia

A cyclist was hit by an SUV Thursday on McBean Parkway and taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

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


PUC officially washes hands of Valencia Water

The California Public Utilities Commission sidelined itself Thursday in the dispute over Castaic Lake Water Agency's takeover of Valencia Water Company, making civil court the venue for further action.

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


3 crashes but no injuries as Santa Clarita Valley weathers first real winter storm of season

Emergency crews responded to at least three traffic collisions in the Santa Clarita Valley this morning. But despite rain and slick roads, they reported no injuries.

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


UPDATE: SCV residents of flood-prone areas warned of potential danger

Bouquet Canyon residents should have a small suitcase packed and be ready to go in the event of flooding caused by back-to-back storms moving into theSanta Clarita Valley starting tonight, said a spokesman for the National Weather Service.

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


UPDATE: County OK’s emergency status for Bouquet Canyon residents

County supervisors declared a state of local emergency Tuesday for the residents of Bouquet Canyon, paving the way for a speedy cleanup of the sediment-filled Bouquet Creek bed and the release of much-needed water from Bouquet Reservoir.

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


UPDATE: Sheriff’s Department traffic investigators map scene of fatal collision

Local traffic investigators gathered evidence Tuesday at the scene of a traffic collision at Copper Hill Drive and Copperstone Drive that claimed the life of a Valencia man.

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


All smell but no smoke in report of Valencia fire

The smell of smoke inside an office on Cinema Drive in Valencia prompted a swift response this morning from the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

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


Santa Clarita Valley drug drop boxes yield unusual find

A San Diego man was reunited with the gold chain he lost during high school after it was found inside a discarded 1988 prescription drug vial dropped off anonymously at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station,

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


Suspected student prank results in SCV bus evacuation

A Santa Clarita Transit bus was evacuated in Canyon Country on Monday after a "stink bomb" was set off inside it, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

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


Metal thieves hit Valencia business

Metal thieves have targeted a Valencia businessman five times in two weeks, making off with at least $8,000 in copper wiring during their last break-in, according to the owner and local sheriff's deputies.

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


Philharmonic performs its first concert

It's been about three years in the making, but on Sunday the sweet sounds of music signaled the beginning of public performances for the Santa Clarita Philharmonic.

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


Vote could boost Bouquet water

Many Bouquet Canyon residents hoping to fill their dry wells through an emergency county measure to release much-needed water from the Bouquet reservoir should not expect immediate results, said the official with his hand on the tap.

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


Driver gets probation, community service in hit-and-run collision

A Newhall man who turned himself in four hours after he hit a bicyclist with his car, seriously injuring the victim, was sentenced Tuesday to probation and community service.

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


Father waives extradition in Castaic parental abduction case

A man charged with parental abduction after he was found in Louisiana with his daughter, a 2-year-old Castaic girl missing November to January, will be picked up in Louisiana Friday and brought back to California, a Louisiana police officer said Tuesday.

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


UPDATE: Man fatally struck on train tracks in Newhall

A man believed to be in his 30s was struck and killed in Newhall Tuesday by a northbound Metrolink train.

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


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