October 25, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Hikers find dead mountain lion in hills outside of Newbury Park

A mountain lion was found dead in Point Mugu State Park near Newbury Park on Sunday, according to a press release from the National Park Service. On Oct. 21 a small group of hikers noticed a bad odor and left the trail to investigate. More...

Health & Wellness

Cyclists go the extra mile

John Bressan talks about his cycling with an offhanded modesty that belies the fact that when he sets off on his 30-speed bike five times a week he’ll usually ride between 30 and 50 miles.  The Camarillo resident said the exercise regimen More...

Briefs

Joint replacement classes held monthly   More...

On the Town

Ask-the-author event part of T.O. Reads program

Thousand Oaks Reads: One City One Book will present An Afternoon with T.C. Boyle at 2 p.m. Sat., Nov. 3 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. More...

Some mighty fine pie

  ‘LOOK, MOM, NO HANDS’—Drew Haber, 6, of Thousand Oaks takes a breather during the pumpkin pie-eating contest at the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival on Sunday. MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers More...

Learn western dressage at event in Simi Valley

The Greater Los Angeles Paint Horse club will host a Western Dressage clinic at 10 a.m. Sat., Oct. More...

Sports

The Acorn’s High School Football Game of the Week

Moorpark Musketeers (7-1) at Oaks Christian Lions (7-1)

Friday, 7 p.m. Oaks Christian High   This isn’t just business. It’s personal, at least for Austin Cole.  Cole played football at Oaks Christian High his freshman year. He transferred to Moorpark as a sophomore.  More...

Weekend schedule

Newbury Park at Simi Valley Friday, 7 p.m.  Agoura at Calabasas Friday, 7 p.m.  Royal at St. Bonaventure Friday, 7 p.m.  Hillcrest Christian at Antelope Valley Christian Saturday, 1 p.m.   More...

Marmonte East standings

League Overall St. Bonnie 3-0-0 7-1-0 Westlake 3-1-0 6-3-0 Royal 1-2-0 5-3-0 More...

Pets

Is wild parrot population on the rise?

Some mornings, Scott Bailey wakes up to the sound of birds chirping—other days, it’s the screech of parrots.  “It sounds like you’re in the Amazon jungle,” Bailey said. More...

Pet of the Week

NEEDS A HOME—Jack is an altered male orange domestic medium-hair cat. He is about 13 years old. He is mellow and very loving. If you would like to adopt Jack, ask for ID No. A4496972 at the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road. More...

Family

Making trail work a family affair

CARING FOR MOTHER EARTH—Jeff Boberg of Thousand Oaks, far right, works with his sons, Jeremy and Nils, both 9, during the Conejo Open Space Trails Advisory Committee’s annual Trail Work D More...

Turkey Day Dash has new locale

The Conejo Valley YMCA will host its eighth annual Turkey Day Dash with registration starting at 7 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thurs., Nov. 22, at the old football stadium at California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road., Thousand Oaks.  More...

Stand up for kids

PUTTING CHILDREN FIRST—Above, Cal Johnston honors Mary and Richard Carpenter for their support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Conejo Valley, of which Johnston is the founder, during the 10th annual Stand up for Kids fundraiser at More...

Columns

On the Trail

Qualms about quicksand

What constitutes adventure? More...

Family Men Don't Wear Name Brands

Halloween rules!   I bought my 9-year-old son a skeleton costume for Halloween.  I remember dressing up for Halloween. More...

The Art of Being

“We are so constituted that we believe the most incredible things; and, once they are engraved upon the memory, woe to him who would endeavor to erase them.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe  Do you really believe what you say you More...

Bruno also returns donations from automotive group

Candidate received contributions from six Silver Star dealerships

It turns out incumbent Jacqui Irwin isn’t the only candidate for City Council returning contributions this election cycle.On Fri., Oct. More...

Complaint leads Irwin to return Silver Star donations

COUNCIL RACE

Contributions made to Thousand Oaks City Council candidate Jacqui Irwin’s reelection campaign have been returned to donors following a complaint to the city attorney’s office.  More...

Zombie Time in T.O.

Spooky Dance - A Zombie flash mob made up of nearly 50 Zumba and dance enthusiasts and coordinated by Amanda Welti perform Michael Jackson's "Thriller" in front of the Best Halloween Store Ever during Thousand Oaks Street Fair on Sunday. More...

Community

School board votes to refinance Measure R bonds to help taxpayers

Better interest rate will reduce tax bills

Property owners will see a small savings on their tax bills next year following Conejo Valley Unified School District’s decision to refinance approximately $18 million of its remaining Measure R bonds.  Approved by Conejo Valley voters in More...

Candidate: ‘I’m my own man’

Candidate profile: Thousand Oaks City Council

If the public has one misconception about Thousand Oaks City Council candidate Al Adam, supporter Joe Gibson says, it’s that he’s beholden to a particular faction or council member. More...

Farris takes initiative in race for council

Candidate profile: Thousand Oaks City Council

Mic Farris says he would be an independent voice on the Thousand Oaks City Council. “I am a scientist. I look at the data in front of me. You have to be independent when you do that,” said the planning commissioner, who completed a Ph.D. More...

Schools

La Reina taking applications for 2013-14 school year

The La Reina High School admissions office has opened the application season for the 2013-14 school year. More...

Briefs

La Reina student wins poster contest Isabella Brignardello, a student at La Reina High School, submitted the winning artwork that will represent the 2013 Ventura County Science Fair. More...

High School Highlights

Newbury Park Panthers Sat., Oct. 27: FHA HERO region 9 fall meeting/Westchester High School/7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Boys’ water polo pancake breakfast/ cafeteria/ 7: 30 to 10:30 a.m.  More...

Business

Briefs

Porsche dealer opens showroom Rusnak/Westlake Porsche has scheduled a grand opening ceremony for today, Oct. 25, to showcase its new 9,200-squarefoot showroom at the Thousand Oaks Auto Mall. More...

New Calabasas townhomes OK’d

The Calabasas Planning Commission has approved a new multifamily housing project slated for a vacant parcel at 4240 Las Virgenes Road.  The Entrada at Malibu Canyon townhomes will consist of 78 units in 12 two-story buildings between Las Virgene More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  Oct. 3   A woman, 38, was cited for punching someone in the 200 block of Castilian Avenue.  Oct. 11   A woman, 19, was cited for stealing in the 1000 block of Newbury Road.  Oct. 13   More...

Faith

Pastor practices what he preaches

Obstacles in life should be looked at as hurdles, not fences.  The Rev. Bob Bjerkaas relies on this philosophy daily to overcome his own obstacles and make the most of life.  More...

Concert with Rob Biagi

Living Oaks Community Church invites the community to a free family concert with Christian recording artist Rob Biagi at 7 p.m. Wed., Nov. More...

Church will host boutique

Holy Cross Catholic Church will present its 29th annual Christmas Boutique in the parish hall (Cosgrove Center) at 13955 Peach Hill Road, Moorpark.  Hours are 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 3 and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun., Nov. More...

Letters

Smart meter complaints legit

Roger Krenkler sounds like an active or retired engineer from SCE (“Blame the sun, not smart meters,” Letters, Oct. 18).  He lauds smart meters as “energy helpers” that have been betatested in smaller markets.  More...

Resurfacing didn’t fix potholes

Recently a perfectly good section of Moorpark Road was resurfaced. More...

Keep the faith, America

In the midst of countless cam- paign advertisements, candidates shaking my hand, volunteers calling everyone in the county more than once and politically motivated social interactions, let us take a moment to celebrate the United States.  Each e More...

Editorials

School campaign misguided

While the eyes of most local voters have been trained on the race for Thousand Oaks City Council, there’s plenty of intrigue to be found in this fall’s campaign for Conejo Valley school board: Tony Dolz is running hard against incumbents More...

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FOR THE RECORD

•The chart featured with last week’s story about API scores in the Conejo Valley Unified School District neglected to include MATES and Bridges charter schools, which are overseen by the Ventura County Office of Education. More...