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Classmates killed in early morning crash on Westlake Boulevard

FREE Victims, 18 and 20, graduated from Oaks Christian in 2019


Two men, both members of the Oaks Christian High School Class of 2019, died early Sunday after the Tesla they were in veered off Westlake Boulevard and into a tree, according to police. Ventura County sheriff’s and fire department personnel arriving at the scene around 1:40 a.m. Aug. 2 found the vehicle completely engulfed in flames, the sheriff’s office said. […]

Patriotism gets flagged

Old Glory pegged atop Ladyface Mountain sparks debate


It began after the Woolsey fire of 2018. One by one, American flags started appearing on top of local Santa Monica Mountain peaks. Large flags, planted on proud soil, splashes of red, white and blue propped up against open skies from the Simi Hills to Malibu. People saw the flags as a beacon of hope, and their pride swelled. Almost […]

Commercial cannabis cultivation on November ballot



Ventura County voters will decide this November whether to allow companies to grow, process, distribute and sell cannabis wholesale within the unincorporated areas of the county. A petition for the measure, organized by a group calling itself Ventura County Citizens for Responsible Cannabis Cultivation, garnered roughly 50,000 signatures, more than enough to reach the Board of Supervisors, who had three […]

Governor’s order puts private schools in a pinch

Some are seeking path to reopen sooner


For Hillcrest Christian School in Thousand Oaks, word that Ventura County campuses would be required to begin the school year without students in the classroom came at an inopportune time. After years searching for a larger location, the K-12 school just completed its purchase of the former Pinecrest School campus on Wilbur Road, a deal made possible by the sale […]

Sidelined: Ban on team activities latest challenge for park district

New restriction forces cancellation of over 60 field-use permits


Conejo Valley sports fields have fallen silent again. As Ventura County grapples with slowing the spread of the coronavirus and getting off the governor’s watchlist, Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin made the call this month to prohibit all organized and recreational team sports activities until further notice, a decision that affects tens of thousands of amateur athletes and coaches […]

No charges for Thousand Oaks woman who pepper-sprayed protesters

DA not saying whether it plans to proceed


Nearly two months after a driver was caught on camera shooting pepper spray at a group of Black Lives Matter protesters in Thousand Oaks, the district attorney’s office has yet to file charges. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office identified the driver as Amy Atkisson of Thousand Oaks and arrested her June 2, just days after the May 31 event. Now […]

TO Transit overhauls bus routes

New services begin Aug. 3


The Thousand Oaks Transit bus schedule drives some riders loopy, literally. Because many of the routes form large loops, riders whose stop is the one before they board have to complete the entire circuit before getting to their intended destination. While some new routes introduced Aug. 3 will still have loops, riders just trying to get from one end of […]

State, county in talks over ICU benchmark

Officials feel use of figure is impractical


One of the six requirements for counties to get off the state’s COVID monitoring list and reopen is the ability to demonstrate that they have a sufficient number of intensive care unit beds for patients who need the most medical attention. As of last week, despite Ventura County never having more than 25 COVID patients in the ICU at one […]

Comet blazes across evening Conejo Valley sky

OUT OF THIS WORLD—Comet NEOWISE passes over the Conejo Valley on July 15. Local professional photographer Scott Hallock took the photo from a North Ranch hilltop using a Sony a7R IV camera with a 2- to 4-second exposure. The comet is named for the NASA space telescope that first spotted it March 27: the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. […]

Friday night lights dark until December as CIF delays fall sports



Let the games begin . . . or let the games be postponed. In an unprecedented decision, the CIF-Southern Section, the governing body of high school athletics in Acorn country, announced Monday that the upcoming fall sports season will begin in December due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Football, which typically kicks off in August, has been moved to a […]


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