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Rain, rain go away

The sun is expected to return for a couple of days with a chance of rain returning for the weekend, according the National Weather Service.

February 18, 2009 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Budget solution: Spend less money

Democrats and Republicans who represent Santa Clarita Valley residents say the current state budget crisis is a large-scale version of over-extended home budgets and irresponsible decisions.

February 17, 2009 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water district wants to annex

The Newhall County Water District wants to redraw a boundary line so more than 1,178 of its customers can vote in the next water board election.

February 17, 2009 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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


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Charges dismissed against Canyon Country woman in attempted murder

The lone charge against a Canyon Country woman for the attempted murder of a Newhall man was dismissed this week, a District Attorney's Office spokesman said Wednesday.

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


UPDATE: Movie prop 'suicide vest' sparked bomb scare

The suspicious-looking vest that sparked Monday's four-hour bomb scare in Valencia did exactly what it was supposed to do - mimic a "suicide vest" - because it was a movie prop stolen from a Santa Clarita Valley home, a sheriff's spokesman said Wednesday.

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


UPDATE: Man arrested on suspicion of domestic assault

A man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of domestic assault after he was pulled over by more than a dozen sheriff's deputies for erratic driving.

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


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


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