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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


A home at 100

He's hopped freight trains, fought in World War II, wrote poetry and sold paintings for thousands of dollars.

February 24, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Agency angles to reset chloride standards

The cost of removing salty chloride from the Santa Clara River may not be as high as first feared.

February 23, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CORRECTED: From the big house to the big screen

A half-dozen former inmates from the local jail spent the weekend slogging through the mud in a remote rainy area near the Angeles National Forest.

February 21, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Why legislators like land-swaps

When the Cemex land-swap bill goes before the 112th Congress, Washington legislators can look west to Nevada or Virginia for proof that similar bills adopted more than 10 years ago continue to work effectively, according to public officials reached in those states.

February 20, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Storm plays fatal role in crash

Rain drenched roads are partly to blame for the highway death of an elderly man Friday night, according to the California Highway Patrol investigating a multivehicle pile-up.

February 20, 2011 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Man sentenced in parental abduction case

A man arrested for parental abduction after he was found in Louisiana with his daughter, a 2-year-old Castaic girl missing for two months, is now serving a 92-day sentence in Los Angeles County jail, a D.A. spokesman said Tuesday.

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


Vest among contents of fake bomb that shut down Valencia shopping center

The contents of a suspicious-looking package that included a "suicide vest" fastened with protruding wires was being studied Tuesday after a bomb scare that shut down a Valencia shopping center.

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


Two suspicious packages “rendered safe” in Valencia

Sheriff's Department bomb squad deputies shut down a shopping center between Delmonte Drive and Valencia Boulevard near McBean Parkway Monday after they discovered two suspicious packages - one in a car parked at the center and another in a bush in the same parking lot - according to officials with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic Union School District tables election debate to July meeting

Members of the Castaic Union School District decided Monday night they need more information about by-district elections and California's Voting Rights Act before they discuss the possibility of changing the district's at-large election system.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


No restitution sought from ‘hot tub’ burglars

Three burglars who tried to break into a Castaic home and then hid from sheriff's deputies in an empty Westridge hot tub and trash can were out of hot water with homeowners this week.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country robbery suspect was on parole

One of the three robbery suspects arrested in a series of Canyon Country bike path crimes had been previously sentenced to half a year in county jail and was out on parole, a spokesman said Monday.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall classic car show draws a crowd

They just don't make 'em like they used to.

June 23, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Driver in San Francisquito Canyon collision dies of injuries

An 18-year-old man who just graduated from Valencia High School died Wednesday following a two-car collision on San Francisquito Canyon Road, authorities said Thursday.

June 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Building the ride of his dreams

From the time he held a 3-inch toy version of the Batmobile in his tiny hands as a kid, Ernie Lepore knew he had to own and drive a Batmobile replica.

June 19, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


2 injured in San Francisquito Canyon crash

Two people were injured and taken to the hospital Wednesday following a two-car crash on San Francisquito Canyon Road, according to inspectors with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

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


UPDATE: SCV water quality gets high marks from state health officials

While beer brewed with local water may turn out a little funky due to miniscule amounts of metal, the drinking water in the Santa Clarita Valley is safe, clean and problem-free, according to a California Department of Public Health report released Wednesday.

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


UPDATED: 3 arrested at Canyon Country ‘honey oil’ lab in home

A woman and two men have been arrested on suspicion of manufacturing "honey oil" - a potent form of hash oil - at a Canyon Country residence, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station official said Wednesday.

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


LASD officer takes stand for third day

LOS ANGELES - A Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Internal Affairs lieutenant testified Tuesday he ran a separate investigation that focused on an FBI agent while the FBI conducted its civil rights probe at Men's Central Jail in 2011.

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


Suspect in SCV cold case makes FBI fugitive list

The prime suspect in the near-fatal stabbing of a local man 16 years ago has been added to the FBI's fugitive profile website, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Monday.

June 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


ID released on Sun Valley truck driver killed evading car on I-5

Investigators with the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office have identified the Sun Valley man killed last week after his big rig jack-knifed on Interstate 5 near Pyramid Lake.

June 16, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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