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Saugus wells to pump clean water

The two formerly perchlorate-tainted Saugus wells shut down for more than a decade should be pumping fresh, clean drinking water for more than 30,000 customers of the Newhall County Water District by April, said the newly elected president of the water district that owns them.

January 09, 2009 | By Jim Holt Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Owner fights for county approval to build Castaic hotel

County officials extended a permit Tuesday for a Bakersfield woman who continues her struggle to build a hotel on the main road to Castaic Lake despite the county's ongoing road repairs and a sagging economy.

January 08, 2009 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


High hopes for an auto tax credit

Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon wants to jump-start the economy by supporting a tax credit for new-car buyers.

January 07, 2009 | By Jim Holt Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water board honors outgoing president

R.J. Kelly and Peter Kavounas hold the two top posts at the Castaic Lake Water Agency after its board of directors named them president and vice-president respectively Monday night.

January 06, 2009 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Few surprises for CLWA election

Santa Clarita Valley residents overwhelmingly returned sitting board members to the Castaic Lake Water Agency during Tuesday's election, early returns indicated.

January 05, 2009 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


County specific measures

A local measure on water softeners and a county measure on a utility tax appeared headed for victory in Tuesday's election, but another county measure that would increase sales tax for mass transit was too close to call.

January 05, 2009 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Salty softener owners may get shaken

Local homeowners could be fined $1,000 and hauled in front of the District Attorney if they keep their salt-rendering water softeners. But enforcing the law might be tough, said the man who has to enforce it.

January 03, 2009 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Prop. 8 and the school debate

No student in Santa Clarita Valley will be taught comprehensive sexual health education, which includes teaching about alternative marriage, regardless of the vote on Proposition 8, local educators said.

January 02, 2009 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Violence ushers in the new year

One man was shot in the chest and another stabbed multiple times in separate Canyon Country incidents on the first day of the new year, officials said.

January 02, 2009 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Taking the (polar) plunge

Two dozen brave swimmers made a splash at the third-annual Glacier Slide Polar Bear Swim Thursday.

January 02, 2009 | By Jim Holt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Alleged I.D. thief wants trial

A man charged with four theft-related felonies for allegedly using his girlfriend's credit card to run up thousands of dollars in purchases is going straight to trial without a preliminary hearing.

January 01, 2009 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘Pirate ship’ docks in yard

Families looking for an exciting non-scary Halloween event can find one in Canyon Country where a couple just finished building an elaborate pirate ship.

December 30, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


New homes sought in Acton

One plucky developer is trying to push through red tape to build 16 homes in Acton near 38 homes that are in foreclosure.

December 30, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Agency not waiting for a drought

New home construction is slow, but local water officials are pressing forward with six work projects that require changes to pipelines, treatment plants and pumping stations in anticipation of a massive increase in demand for water over the next 20 years.

December 29, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


On Election Day, all this man wants is your vote

Yeah, it's funny - until someone loses an election.

December 28, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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New thrill splashes into SCV

Opening day of Bonzai Pipelines, the "terrifying" new water slide attraction at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor amusement park, received a resounding two shaky thumbs up, according to its inaugural riders.

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


SCV pays tribute on Memorial Day

Every year, as witnessed Monday, more and more people turn out for the Memorial Day Tribute in the Santa Clarita Valley, meaning more and more people proudly stand shoulder-to-shoulder with their local veterans honored on that day.

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


Hopeful swimmers react to Castaic beach closures

Scores of Castaic Lake patrons expressed anger and frustration Sunday when they learned at the gate that there was no swimming allowed at the park.

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


More for less?

As one of the worst droughts on record deepens, and water levels at Castaic Lake continue to drop, Santa Clarita Valley ratepayers could find themselves paying more for their water as a result, water officials said.

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


Man dies after crash at off-roading park

An off-roading enthusiast died Sunday following a crash at the Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreational Area entrance near Gorman, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Coroner said.

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


UPDATE: Detectives checking reports that missing Saugus High School grad has been found

Homicide detectives looking for a Saugus High School grad who went missing from her current home in Brentwood Saturday are now checking reports the woman has been found safe, according to an officer with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

May 25, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sylmar man killed in crash near Calgrove Saturday night

A Saturday night single-vehicle traffic collision on Interstate 5 near Calgrove Boulevard has claimed the life of a 33-year-old Dale James Starn of Sylmar.

May 25, 2014 | by Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Suspect sought in Newhall cold case

A man nearly killed 16 years ago when he was viciously stabbed in his Newhall home called a local sheriff's lieutenant recently with a simple message for investigators, said Deputy Josh Dubin.

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


Jury selection begins in trial of Valencia man accused in jail corruptions probe

Jury selection began Wednesday in the trial of a Valencia man named as a central figure in a corruptions probe involving the Los Angeles County jail system.

May 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Two sheriff's deputies injured in Castaic traffic collision

Two local sheriff's deputies were injured, and one was taken to the hospital, Wednesday morning when their cruiser and a glass company truck collided in Castaic.

May 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Valencia man charged with shooting woman, others with BB gun

A 28-year-old Valencia man was charged Wednesday for an alleged road rage incident in Stevenson Ranch Saturday in which a woman suffered a serious injury to her eye. The suspect, if convicted, could face multiple life terms in state prison, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

May 21, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


McKeon steps in on Bouquet Canyon water impasse

Stakeholders in the ongoing controversy over the Bouquet Canyon water impasse are expected to meet Thursday at the urging of the nation's top forestry official, said a spokesman for Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon - who kick-started the call to act.

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


Lawsuit filed in death of man killed during deputy-involved shooting in Canyon Country

The family of a man killed during a deputy-involved shooting in Canyon Country in January has filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles County, a member of the man's family said Tuesday.

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


Meeting set on Bouquet water impasse

Stakeholders in the ongoing controversy over the Bouquet Canyon water impasse are expected to meet Thursday at the urging of the nation's top forestry official, said a spokesman for Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon - who kick-started the call to act.

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


Replica gun near Valencia High School prompts swift response

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies detained a young couple at gunpoint near Valencia High School Tuesday morning in response to reports they were seen shooting at signs from their moving car, a lieutenant said.

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


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