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Acton cowgirl crowned state rodeo queen

As the cloud of dirt clears on this Santa Clarita Valley ranch, the door of the pickup truck swings open and out steps royalty that is unmistakable - the sequins, the tiara, the sash.

September 03, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


New city on west side?

Santa Clarita Valley is pregnant with a new community.

September 02, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Just another day in bankruptcy court

The Newhall Land and Farming Co. and 20 other debtors listed in a bankruptcy petition filed earlier this month by LandSource Communities Development LLC are settling in for a long court case.

September 01, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Housing project would remove heritage oaks

When Wendy Langhans leads a small band of hikers back from a night hike through Towsley Canyon, she stops halfway down the trail and points across The Old Road to a place in the dark, under the stars.

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


Water approved for 482 new homes

Local water officials gave developers of the Copper Creek North project the green light last night when they promised to deliver water to nearly 500 new homes proposed by the builder.

August 27, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Ban on home carwashing?

If you're thinking of washing your car at home you better do it soon, and when you do, you better have the garden hose fitted with a shutoff nozzle.

August 26, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local water officials discuss drought crisis tonight

Local water officials are expected to hear tonight about the state's "impending water crisis" and about implications of the governor's recent declaration of a drought, from the lobbyists they pay to stay close to politicians in Sacramento.

Lobbyists Ralph F. Simoni and Dennis K. Albiani of California Advocates, Inc., are expected to debrief members of the Castaic Lake Water Agency's Government Relations and Outreach Committee tonight via conference call on the implications of the governor possibly declaring an emergency.

August 25, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


City planning a block party

The City of Santa Clarita is having a block party.

Before you start putting your barbecue in the trunk and your drinks on ice, however, be aware that the party is open only to those who live in a particular neighborhood, specially chosen by City officials.

August 24, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Filling blank walls - with art

Imagine hundreds of moms and dads strolling the halls of Valencia Valley Elementary School, casually looking at yards and yards of blank walls.

August 22, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


They'll buy Valencia Water if ...

Local water officials would consider buying Valencia Water Co. should the water retailer be put up for sale, according to Dan Masnada, general manager of the Castaic Lake Water Agency.

August 22, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


2,420 homes planned for SCV

Despite a near-record number of foreclosures in Santa Clarita Valley, residents of Canyon Country are now bracing themselves for more than 2,420 new homes expected to arrive with a handful of newly-approved housing developments.

And, if you count the developments that are pending - and many Canyon Country residents are - the population of Canyon Country will mushroom to include more than 3,800 new residents in the next few years.

August 21, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water agency to mull over budget

Fewer homes built in Santa Clarita mean fewer taps being turned on, which now means less money for the Castaic Lake Water Agency.

August 18, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Film industry lauds city for its friendliness

Santa Clarita Valley was a hot movie location back when Tom Mix was shooting at bad guys and a its still hot movie location with CSI, 24 and NCIS agents shooting at bad guys.

August 15, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


No worries: We've got 2 years of stored water

If the Big One happens today and an earthquake destroys our water supply from the San Joacquin Delta, Santa Clarita Valley residents can get by on stored water for two years, the valley's top water official told a group of local business people Thursday.

August 14, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Newhall Land sighs in relief

Newhall Land officials are breathing a sigh of relief today now that an East Coast bankruptcy court has given its parent company permission to keep the lights on - at least until the end of the month.

August 13, 2008 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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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


Judge tosses lawsuit aimed at blocking Newhall Ranch Phase 1

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by local environmentalists against Los Angeles County for approving the first phase of Newhall Ranch, a development proposed for the northwestern Santa Clarita Valley.

February 06, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Appeals court hears Newhall Ranch arguments

Environmentalists opposed to Newhall Ranch, along with the developer expected to start building it, presented arguments Wednesday for and against the 21,000-home development west of Interstate 5 along Highway 126.

February 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATED: Motorcyclist seriously injured in Newhall Pass freeway collision

A motorcyclist who suffered serious injuries following a traffic collision on Interstate 5 this morning was reported in stable condition at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said before noon.

February 05, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Former Saugus High student to stand trial in mother’s killing

VAN NUYS - A former Saugus High School student was ordered to stand trial Tuesday on a charge of murder in the shooting death of her mother a year ago.

February 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country man ordered to pay restitution in wrong-way driving case

A Canyon Country man found guilty of driving the wrong way on the Highway 14 freeway last summer, injuring 13 people, has been ordered to pay his victims more than $165,000 in restitution, a District Attorney's spokesman said Tuesday.

February 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV Water Committee imposes non-voluntary water conservation plan

Facing a worsening drought statewide, Santa Clarita Valley water officials called on local residents Tuesday to conserve water, unveiling the first phase of a drought action plan.

February 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Saugus High grad killed at motocross race

SANTA CLARITA - Friends and fans of local motorcycle racer Tommy Aquino are mourning him on Facebook today after the young competitor was killed in a crash in Piru Sunday.

February 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV water officials eye conservation measures in light of drought

State water officials have turned off the tap that supplies half of Santa Clarita Valley's water as California's dry fall and early winter slides into a dry late winter with no sign of relief.

February 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Homeless woman gets 15 days in jail over scuffle at shelter

A 33-year-old woman who assaulted a worker at the Santa Clarita Valley homeless shelter the day after Christmas has been sentenced to 15 days in jail and three years probation, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Monday.

February 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Castaic man sentenced to 3 years in attempted child kidnapping

SANTA CLARITA - A Castaic man who pleaded no contest to charges of attempted kidnapping and stalking in connection with a plot four months ago to kidnap his child has been sentenced to more than three years in state prison, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said.

February 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: SCV residents still simmering over Super Bowl TV outage

SANTA CLARITA - Time Warner Cable officials offered an apology Monday for the blackout that cut off Sunday's Super Bowl telecast for customers in Southern California, including the Santa Clarita Valley.

February 03, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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