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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

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. […]

Hike travels through former ranch

ACORN SERIES /// A Trail Less Traveled Before Lang Ranch was an upscale residential development in the northeast corner of Thousand Oaks, it was the Lang Ranch, a 3,000-acre expanse of picturesque rolling grasslands, oak woodlands and riparian corridors. The Lang family purchased the land in 1941, more than 20 years before the City of Thousand Oaks incorporated. Newspaper reports […]

Hikers can follow in footsteps of de Anza

Expect 1,000-foot elevation gain

ACORN SERIES /// A Trail Less Traveled In 1776, Juan Bautista de Anza passed through the Conejo Valley with a band of 198 settlers and 1,000 head of livestock while traveling from Mexico to San Francisco. The route de Anza’s group took followed along the presentday course of the 101 Freeway, but the National Park Service designated the Los Robles […]

Trail features giant oaks, Chumash village

Hikers can see pictographs, mortars

ACORN SERIES /// A Trail Less Traveled Connect with the Conejo Valley’s indigenous roots along the family-friendly trails that encircle the grounds of the Chumash Indian Museum. The museum is within the boundaries of Oakbrook Regional Park, a 428-acre expanse of open space in central Thousand Oaks that contains 11 archaeological sites clustered along the streambed of a narrow oak-wooded […]

Hike passes historic ranch house

ACORN SERIES /// A Trail Less Traveled For more than 150 years, ranchers called Cheeseboro Canyon home. Pablo Reyes, a descendant of one of Spanish California’s founding families, lived there in the late 1800s before John Morrison moved into the historic house in 1904. For nearly 60 years, the Morrison family worked to clear the land to grow hay for […]

Hike passes Two Ponds

ACORN SERIES /// A Trail Less Traveled

In landlocked Conejo Valley, it’s easy to forget the Pacific Ocean lies just on the other side of the Santa Monica Mountains. The Vista del Mar Trail in Dos Vientos is the perfect reminder that the coastline is just a mountain range away. Starting at the trailhead on Rancho Dos Vientos across from Via El Cerro, follow the path for […]

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