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The new millennium has been a transformative time for newspaper publishing.

Changing reader habits and the advent of new technology have placed big demands on companies in the print news business.

The Acorn and its parent company, Times Media Group, understand that their biggest responsibility is not only the delivery of credible, relevant information in a timely fashion, but making sure residents have easy access to the publication when stories become available.

That’s why we’re super excited about the news being shared today.

Following a five-year stretch in which Acorn readers were given the option of purchasing online subscriptions to the paper, that so-called “paywall” is coming down.

“Mr. Publisher, tear down this wall,” the late President Ronald Reagan might have once said.

And so we did.

Starting immediately, all online content from our five Acorn publications will be available at no charge to the reader, meaning a paid subscription is no longer required to click and read articles. The weekly Acorn has always been delivered to your driveway at no cost—that more than 40-year tradition will continue—and from now on The Acorn on the internet will be free as well.

Why the change?

The Acorn is your community newspaper, and we want to make sure it stays that way. We believe it’s important that residents feel a connection to the stories we write and also learn about the businesses that advertise in their community. The absence of a paywall is the best way to ensure this free-flow of information remains.

We also invite readers to sign up for the new, easy-to-read Acorn newspaper e-edition delivered weekly to your e-mail. Viewed on mobile, desktop or laptop, the pages are super easy to navigate and, free, just like the print paper.

Local journalism is first gear in the engine that drives America’s free press, and a free press it shall be.



There were some incorrect dates in last week’s notice about the upcoming Conejo Players Youth Theatre Intensive program. The program gets underway Feb. 18 (not Feb. 25) and there is also a March 25 date on the schedule. —KJ


  HONORING THOSE LOST—Above, a flag memorializing 9/11 hangs in the community room of the Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge during a remembrance on Sept. 11.

Helping hands carry the burden


Part three of a three-part series On a chilly October afternoon, as the nearby 101 Freeway thundered in the background, Grace joined the line of men, women and children in the parking lot of the Premier Inn in Newbury Park waiting for a hot meal. Grace, 47, used to work in the mortgage industry but is now on disability due […]

Unhoused, not unloved


Part two of a three-part series on homelessness in Thousand Oaks Erica Miller spends her days checking bus stops, street corners and river bottoms in search of her son Brandon. Brandon is 25 years old, mentally ill and homeless. He’s been living on the streets of Ventura County since March after he suffered a “complete psychotic break” earlier this year, […]

Homeless hometown: Living in the shadows


Part one of a three-part series on homelessness in Thousand Oaks It was just after 5 on a Thursday morning in August when California Highway Patrol officers found Amy’s body lying lifeless in the northbound lanes of the 23 Freeway in Thousand Oaks. She’d been hit by a car after walking into fast-moving traffic. Then she was run over. Neither […]


The Acorn’s guide to what’s going on

THURS., SEPT. 3 ‘The ReadIn Series’ Phylicia Rashad (“The Cosby Show”), Yvette Nicole Brown (“Community”) and Roy Wood Jr. (“The Daily Show”) are among 34 actors taking part in an online weekly reading marathon of W.E.B. Du Bois’ “Black Reconstruction In America.” The series, produced by CSU Channel Islands instructors MiRi Park and Heather Castillo, will also feature appearances by […]

Hike offers mountain, ocean views

ACORN SERIES /// A Trail Less Traveled

The southern edge of the Santa Monica Mountains runs along the Pacific coast. To get the best of both worlds and enjoy mountain and ocean views at the same time, check out Ray Miller Trail. Ray Miller Trail is the westernmost section of the Backbone Trail, a 67-mile-long path that runs the length of the Santa Monica Mountains from Will […]

Journey deep into the jungle

FREE How a failed rescue mission spawned another attempt 30 years later

Part three of a three-part series As Staff Sgt. James Shorten and his crew scoured the remote jungle where a fighter jet went down, time worked against them. Hundreds of enemy troops equipped with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades rushed toward the crew’s position. It was May 14, 1970, the day after U.S. Air Force Capt. Eric Huberth of Thousand […]

The pain of not knowing

Their brother missing in action, the Huberth sisters struggle to come to grips with lack of information

Finding Eric: Part two of a three-part series Today, more than 40 years after the conflict ended, 1,597 U.S. troops who served in the Vietnam War remain unaccounted for. Many were shot down over enemy territory or taken captive and died in prison camps. The figure comes from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, a branch of the Department of Defense, […]

Finding Eric

Nearly 50 years after their brother’s jet was shot down over Cambodia, three T.O. sisters haven’t stopped searching for answers

Part one of a three-part series Suzanne Huberth was 9 years old when the two men in blue military uniforms came knocking at her family’s home in Thousand Oaks. It was the start of summer 1970, and her brother, Eric, an Air Force fighter pilot, had only recently left for Vietnam. Suzanne, a latchkey kid, was home alone after school. […]

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