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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


Water agency wins budget award

The Castaic Lake Water Agency won its fifth consecutive award for having prepared an exceptional budget this year.

February 28, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Masses munch at Santa Clarita Food Truck Festival

It was like an outdoor rock festival where the rock stars were burgers and fries.

February 28, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Polar plunging for charity

About 50 polar plungers ran into Castaic Lake Saturday and ran shivering back onto land, proud to have helped raise money for local athletes competing in the Special Olympics.

February 28, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


The snowscape returns

It looked like snow, it felt like snow, and whatever it was that covered parts of Santa Clarita Valley Saturday certainly seemed like winter.

February 27, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


College of the Canyons hosts health fair

How are you feeling?

February 27, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


McKeon talks troop withdrawal

Learning what our troops need and watching schools being built were just a couple of the observations U.S. Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, shared with reporters Friday about his recent visit to Afghanistan.

February 26, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Doctors’ influence at heart of hospital struggle

A change in the makeup of voting members on the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital board of directors has raised complaints from doctors, while directors defended the move as bringing the board into compliance with corporate structure.

February 25, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CLWA OKs chloride analysis

The Castaic Lake Water Agency board voted Wednesday in favor of having consultants devise a model for calculating chloride content in water arriving here from Northern California.

February 25, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


Saugus woman pleads not guilty to hit and run

A Saugus woman who turned herself in for a hit-and-run collision that allegedly happened a year a half ago has pleaded not guilty to the charge filed against her, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

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


Valencia family struggles with death of son

The mother, father and younger sister of a young Valencia man who died from injuries suffered in a traffic collision Friday are living moment to moment, struggling with their loss, his mother said Monday.

February 17, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two small brush fires consume 10 acres near Gorman

Two tiny brush fires consumed close to 10 acres Sunday morning near Templin Highway, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

February 16, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local water company dispute could go to court

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

February 16, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Enforcement actions could be taken if drought severity grows

"Water cops" patrolling the streets looking for illegal water use. Fines on residents overusing water. Temporary water shutoff; flow regulators installed on homes.

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


Preliminary hearing begins in murder case against alleged Highway 14 wrong-way driver

SAN FERNANDO - A 47-year-old Lancaster man took the witness stand Thursday and described the head-to-toe injuries he suffered in a wrong-way-driver collision last summer that killed the other two occupants of his vehicle.

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


Water waning in Bouquet Canyon

Many Bouquet Canyon residents' wells are literally running dry, a crisis water officials attribute more to the condition of Bouquet Canyon Creek than to the current drought.

February 13, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Valencia man arrested on sex charges in Missouri

A 26-year-old Valencia man arrested on sex charges for crimes allegedly committed in St. Louis, Missouri, worked part-time at a Santa Clarita Valley church, officials confirmed Wednesday.

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


UPDATE: Man escapes after hit-and-run crash, catalytic converter theft attempt

A thief trying to steal a catalytic converter in Canyon Country on Tuesday was surprised by the car's owner and failed to grab the device, then got into a hit-and-run collision trying to flee the scene, sheriff's officials said.

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


UPDATE: Online car purchase goes south

A woman was detained at gunpoint in Valencia for driving a stolen car she bought off Craigslist - the first of two incidents Tuesday in which Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies drew their guns on suspects.

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


CORRECTION: Memorial set for man killed by deputies

Coroner's investigators were awaiting the results of toxicology tests to determine if drugs, alcohol or any other chemicals played a role in the death of Steven Burke Pettersen, who was shot dead by sheriff's deputies Jan. 30 after allegedly advancing on them with a knife.

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


UPDATE: Motorcycle crash victim described as ‘outdoorsy,’ ‘respectful’

A 16-year-old Ojai boy who died in a motorcycle crash at a Canyon Country off-road vehicle park Sunday was being remembered Monday as a caring and fun-loving young man who pursued a number outdoor activities.

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


SCV school vandalism, thefts mount to thousands of dollars in recent losses

Several Santa Clarita Valley schools have been burglarized and vandalized over the past month in a series of attacks that investigators believe are unrelated, officials said Monday.

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


UPDATE: 2012 murder trial postponed due to defense lawyer change

More than a year after a suspect was arrested in 2012's only Santa Clarita Valley murder, jury selection was set to begin Monday but was abruptly postponed due to a change in defense lawyers, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

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


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