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Salt-of-the-earth solution

DIXON - If you take Interstate 80 from Oakland to Sacramento, you'll pass near the tiny farming town of Dixon.

August 20, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


High cost of compliance

FILLMORE – Never has the Santa Clara River been filtered so vigorously, so urgently and at such great cost to tiny towns as it has in the last two years.

August 18, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV challenges water cops

At a raucous public hearing in July, Santa Clarita Valley residents made it clear they have no intention of shelling out $210 million from their own pockets so farmers downstream can raise salt-sensitive crops in the Santa Clara River Valley.

August 16, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Patented rides

A Santa Clarita man has reinvented the wheel - and put a bicycle seat on it.

August 16, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘Fair and firm’ cash grab

You might call them the water police.

August 15, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hate-crime handling questioned

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station is one of two Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department stations singled out as lacking in the way it investigates hate crimes, according to a county report examining stations throughout Los Angeles County.

August 07, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Ex-deputy sentenced on drug charge

An "aggressive" undercover probe by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department led to the arrest, conviction and sentencing of three people, including a former sheriff's deputy, trying to smuggle drugs into the North County Correctional Facility, a spokesman says.

August 04, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Coastal domination

The board that decides the issue of chloride in the Santa Clara River includes two advocates of Ventura County strawberry farmers.

August 03, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water’s recycled future

In the wee early hours of any morning, as you drive along The Old Road near Magic Mountain by the Tournament Players Club Valencia golf course, you might see the sprinklers hard at work watering the 10th or 11th hole.

August 02, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Fallen Marine Pfc. Jake Suter: On son’s birthday, a mother grieves

Fallen United States Marine Corps Pfc. Jake William Suter would have turned 19 today.

July 31, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Rain keeps chloride level low

Chloride levels in the Santa Clara River have risen above the limit demanded by Ventura County farmers only once in the past six months - and then only by two milligrams per liter, a Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District official said Thursday.

July 30, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Delayed, but not defused

Santa Clarita Valley sewer ratepayers will wind up spending more in the long run, despite a decision Tuesday night to delay rate-hike discussion until spring.

July 29, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Salty talk stalls rate hike

The vote on a proposed sewer-rate hike was delayed until spring following a lengthy public hearing Tuesday night that drew complaints from residents.

July 28, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Salty talks stall rate hike

The vote on a proposed sewer rate hike was delayed until spring following a lengthy public hearing Tuesday night that drew complaints from residents.

July 27, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Salty showdown draws near

The biggest battle in the on-going water war over chloride happens Tuesday.

July 25, 2010 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


SCV residents make blankets for kids in need

More than 200 volunteers contributed to this warm and fuzzy story Sunday when they turned out in force to make "warm and fuzzy" blankets for children requiring surgery around the world.

February 10, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Volunteers show troops they care with packages

Nothing says "I love you" like a care package of Ramen noodles and a chocolate bar - just ask the hundreds of servicemen and women receiving packages prepared by the group Prayer Angels for the Military.

February 10, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Teen dies after motorcycle incident at Rowher Flats

A 16-year-old Ojai boy is dead following an off-road motorcycling incident Sunday at Rowher Flats, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol said.

February 09, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


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