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Water agency notifies customers about murky water

About 70,000 Santa Clarita Valley water users are expected to receive a notice from the Castaic Lake Water Agency that water from their taps was murkier than it was allowed to be for a day or two in mid-March but that the "cloudy" water poses no health problems.

April 04, 2012 | Jim Holt | Santa Clarita Valley News


East Side Story: Merchants worry about changing center

Video store owner Curt Waite doesn't want to see the Sand Canyon Shopping Center become a ghost town of mom-and-pop storefronts, but the signs all around him are spooky.

April 03, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man robs Santa Clarita Best Buy, flees on skateboard

As skateboarding tricks go, escaping on a skateboard from a daring daylight robbery of a major electronics store seems tricky to pull.

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


Stooges show off

April Fool's Day became "April Stooge Day" at Six Flags Magic Mountain Sunday when film promoters invited park visitors to dress up like Larry, Moe and Curly.

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


Clogged catch basins cause problems

County supervisors have voted to spend up to $240,000 to clean out some 10,000 catch basins this summer, including those along the dry Santa Clara River watershed.

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


Blustery day snaps branches

April Fool's Day was a blustery, branch-snapping windy day - no fooling.

April 01, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


$17 million ticket sold in Bakersfield

While the identity of a winning California Lottery Mega Millions ticket holder in Canyon Country remains a mystery, one more millionaire was made in California in the SuperLotto Plus draw Saturday night.

April 01, 2012 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia grad runs for 25th

A 25-year-old Valencia man has filed to run against Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon this year, but he says he can't afford to campaign because he's been laid off.

March 30, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


CORRECTION: Headington, Wilk take part in debate at COC

People arriving at the College of the Canyons on Tuesday night to hear two candidates debate for the 38th District Assembly seat didn't find a one-on-one political slugfest of the issues as many expected but, instead, agreement on just about all of them.

March 28, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local man sentenced for possessing child pornography

A Canyon Country man was sentenced to five years probation Monday after having pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography.

March 27, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Judge denies request in Agua Dulce crash trial

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Monday denied a lawyer's request to have the murder charge thrown out against an Agua Dulce resident accused of being intoxicated and killing his neighbor with his car.

March 27, 2012 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Cemex to extend talks

Although the deadline to begin mining in Soledad Canyon has come and gone, the firm that holds federal contracts to do so has agreed to more talks, hoping proposed legislation will solve the impasse.

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


Political notebook

Stalkers stalked?

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


GOP challengers sound off at forum

Heaping praise on the Santa Clarita Valley and scorn on Sacramento, local Republican candidates in this year's Assembly seat race Friday unanimously called for more jobs and less government.

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


Nature groups file Newhall Ranch suit

Several environmental groups filed a joint lawsuit against Los Angeles County on Thursday for approving the 21,000-home Newhall Ranch development in the northwest Santa Clarita Valley.

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


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Water district switching to flat rate

Newhall County Water District officials have pulled the plug on a tiered water rate structure initially designed to encourage ratepayers to conserve water.

June 14, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Guglielmelli pleads no contest in murder-for-hire plot

A Canyon Country businessman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill his wife, who's a model, faces nine years in prison after pleading no contest to attempted murder Friday.

June 13, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Truck pulling horse trailer catches fire on Highway 14

A truck pulling a horse trailer caught fire Thursday on Highway 14 near Agua Dulce but the blaze was quickly doused, halting any spread to nearby brush, a fire spokesman said.

June 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sheriff’s lieutenant takes stand in obstruction trial

One of six sworn Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officers accused of obstructing a federal investigation into the Los Angeles County jail system took the stand Thursday.

June 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Big rig driver killed on Interstate 5

The driver of a big rig was killed Thursday after his truck jack-knifed on Interstate 5 near Pyramid Lake, spilling fuel and sparking a brush fire, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

June 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Showdown at COC

On the heels of an overwhelmingly rejected contract offered to the instructors at College of the Canyons, the college's board of trustees approved raises for administrators Wednesday night in front of more than 100 angry, disappointed and frustrated faculty members.

June 12, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


COC negotiating settlement in Voting Rights Act lawsuit

College of the Canyons trustees announced publicly Wednesday what they presented in court last week: that the Santa Clarita Community College District is working toward a settlement to a lawsuit brought against the district alleging its election system violates minorities' voting rights.

June 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV man arrested in child predator Internet sting operation

A 64-year-old Santa Clarita Valley man was one of three men arrested in a joint forces sting operation targeting child predators, court and sheriff's officials announced this week.

June 11, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia man pleads not guilty in road rage incident

A Valencia man arrested last month on suspicion he wounded a woman in her eye during a road rage incident pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges filed against him.

June 10, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Man arrested in Canyon Country hit-and-run

A Valencia man faces a charge of hit and run causing serious injury or death after he allegedly left the scene of a traffic collision in which a 42-year-old man suffered serious injuries, spokesmen for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said Tuesday.

June 10, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Tanker truck overturns, spills corrosive chemical

A tanker truck took a freeway off-ramp too fast Tuesday morning, flipped onto its side and spewed 50-70 gallons of a highly corrosive liquid onto the Highway 126 overpass over Interstate 5.

June 10, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


4 injured in separate SCV crashes

Four people were hurt, rescued and taken to the hospital Monday in three separate collisions around the Santa Clarita Valley.

June 10, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: COC faculty rejects proposed contract

Members of the union representing instructors at College of the Canyons have rejected a contract from the Santa Clarita Community College District administration, marking the first time in two decades the full-time faculty has voted down a proposed contract.

June 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


UPDATE: Woman injured in SCV as car careens into ravine

A woman was taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries Monday after her car went over a cliff on Vasquez Canyon Road and plunged to the bottom of a 125-foot ravine.

June 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Anderson scheduled back in court in August

SAN FERNANDO - Lance Anderson, the Canyon Country man accused of killing his wife and sister shortly before Christmas, appeared briefly in court Monday on two counts of murder.

June 09, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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