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Eastside Story: Seniors live, play, learn together

The Mayan calendar may have given 2012 a bad rap, but the owners of one popular senior center on Santa Clarita Valley's east side painted this year bright for many of the residents who live there.

March 06, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bronze vases stolen from graves

On Valentine's Day, John Rice visited the graves of his fiancee and his parents buried at Eternal Valley Memorial Park & Mortuary, only to discover thieves had stolen bronze vases from the graves.

March 05, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County approves path plan

Spurred by a failing economy, rising gas prices and a need to inspire coach potatoes, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has endorsed a 20-year master bicycle plan to change the car-dependent lifestyle of county residents.

March 04, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Criminal minds

COMMERCE - On the steps of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau, detectives are unveiling information about a mystery victim.

March 04, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Races for state Senate line up

Tough fights are brewing in the two state Senate districts that encompass the Santa Clarita Valley after both Republicans currently serving those districts have announced they are not seeking re-election.

March 02, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Hospital nurses without contract

A contract between Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital and its 450 registered nurses has expired, and while nurses staged a demonstration Wednesday, administrators said they were confident an agreement would be reached.

February 29, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Wright announces run for Congress

The daughter of a former state Republican assemblywoman and state senator is the latest challenger in the 25th Congressional District race.

February 29, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


The pizza shop machete murder

Editor's note: Fourth in a series of four about SCV "cold case" homicides more than 5 years old.

February 26, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: McKeon announces new bill to protect U.S. in Afghanistan

Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, is expected to present a bill to Congress next week seeking to stop private security firms from being contracted to protect U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

February 24, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Disappointment in Agua Dulce

A dozen Agua Dulce residents lost a key land battle Wednesday in their 10-year struggle to become part of the Santa Clarita Valley.

February 23, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Phase 1 of Newhall Ranch gets supervisors’ nod

With county supervisors approving the first phase of Newhall Ranch on Tuesday, officials at Newhall Land Development Inc. expect to start building homes for the development's first phase as early as 18 months, a spokeswoman for the long-standing local land developer said.

February 21, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘CARPing’ program saves county millions

Local sheriff's deputies responding to incidents in and around Santa Clarita Valley Sunday heard a familiar voice in their cruisers.

February 20, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


3 injured in 2-vehicle rollover collision

At least three women suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle rollover collision on Bouquet Canyon Road on Sunday afternoon, including an elderly woman taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

February 19, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Pregnant woman involved in crash

A head-on collision early Sunday morning caused concern for a pregnant woman whose "water broke" during the incident.

February 19, 2012 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Official: Hit-and-run victim was walking in the road

The woman hit by a car and killed Feb. 3 on Orchard Village Road in Valencia was walking in traffic lanes, a sheriff's investigator confirmed Wednesday.

February 16, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Santa Clarita Valley safe drop-off drug box fills up

At first, it seemed someone may have confused the converted mailbox in front of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station with the Valencia Library book drop-off bin around the corner.

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


A non-vicious cycle

Diehard cyclist Mike Rose bicycled across America to see his cousin in the Santa Clarita Valley - and now that the visit's almost over he's going back home, cycling across America again.

January 24, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Search continues for missing Castaic girl

The mother of a 2-year-old girl missing more than two months in an apparent abduction by the girl's father said she's worried new information about the case might prompt him to hurt her.

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


Kids face real dangers with ‘sexting’

Children texting, "sexting" and otherwise communicating via handheld device should be encouraged to talk, listen and engage in face-to-face, real-time dialogue with their parents, a local psychotherapist said Wednesday.

January 23, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water officials bring Bay Delta Plan message to SCV

A lunchroom full of Santa Clarita Valley movers and shakers heard why their fragile water-delivery system across the San Joaquin Delta is in need of urgent repair and that the best way to fix it is with the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.

January 21, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia students get valuable CPR training

Sports Medicine students at Valencia High School learned the true value of their life-saving course first-hand early this school year when they grabbed a defibrillator and saved the life of a fellow student.

January 21, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Mini-mussel menace assessed

SANTA CLARITA - Park officials aided by a university dive team have been assessing Lake Piru to determine the spread of the destructive quagga mussel, a tiny mollusk that some fear could endanger part of the Santa Clara River.

January 20, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


String of robberies not linked, sheriff's detective says

A string of recent strong-arm robberies in the Santa Clarita Valley – cases in which valuables are taken from victims by force – are not believed to be related, according to the sergeant in charge of the Sheriff's Station robbery task force.

January 20, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Volunteers give big help to Agua Dulce therapy ranch

More than 250 volunteers put Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s message of civic responsibility into action Sunday when they spruced up Carousel Ranch, ultimately helping the kids treated there.

January 20, 2014 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Overturned tanker spills 50 gallons of crude in Valencia

SANTA CLARITA - A tanker-trailer hauling crude oil flipped and spilled 50 gallons at the intersection of The Old Road and Rye Canyon Road in Valencia on Sunday, prompting a shutdown of the intersection and re-routing of traffic.

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


Utah murder-suicide hits home

Students at Rancho Pico Junior High School who just got to know 13-year-old Kenadee Oliva last semester were receiving grief counseling Friday following news of a murder-suicide in Utah that claimed her life.

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


Former Rancho Pico student dead in murder-suicide

Students at Rancho Pico Junior High School who just got to know 13-year-old Kenadee Oliva last semester were receiving grief counseling Friday following news of a murder-suicide in Utah that claimed her life.

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


Phone scams on the rise in SCV

Mary and Ray Schulz weren't born yesterday, so when a con artist phoned and asked for their credit card information, the Newhall couple suspected the call was a scam.

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


UPDATE: Castaic teen killed in Stevenson Ranch collision

An 18-year-old Castaic man hit by a car while skateboarding across The Old Road in Stevenson Ranch has died of his injuries, officials said Wednesday.

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


Blond Scammer gets suspended sentence for SCV crimes

A woman dubbed the "Blond Scammer" and suspected of identity thefts in two counties received a suspended sentence Wednesday for crimes committed in the Santa Clarita Valley last January.

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


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