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Agoura Road body identified

By John Loesing | October 02, 2020

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner has identified the body of a man found on Agoura Road on Sept. 24. Investigators announced that 58-year-old Vrezh Bazikyan of Glendale died of stab wounds to the neck. Bazikyan’s body was discovered lying 15 yards into the brush on Agoura Road just west of the Liberty Canyon overpass. The body was discovered by […]

Officials use cougar death as call to arms for new wildlife bridge

By John Loesing | September 24, 2020

While plans to build a new wildlife crossing over the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills move ahead, the toll paid by the brave mountain lion that dares to cross the busy highway continues to mount. A cougar was found dead on the 101 southbound lane in nearby Calabasas the morning of Sept. 23. The animal appeared to have been struck […]

Fish kill hits Lake Lindero again

By John Loesing | September 24, 2020

    As algae blooms and chokes off the oxygen supply to the lake’s carp and catfish, the summer kills are a common occurrence at the 14-acre lake. The recent heat blast has made problems worse. Thousands of mostly carp fish could be seen floating on the lake’s surface this week. “We are still experiencing fish dying off and a […]

Residents labor through record heat

By John Loesing | September 07, 2020

Local residents labored through record temperatures over the holiday weekend. The West San Fernando Valley lived up to its reputation as the hottest place in Los Angeles County with a record 121 degrees on Sept. 6. The previous high was 119 in 2006, National Weather Service said. The L.A. County Department of Public Health extended an extreme heat warning through […]

Local hair salons make the cut

By John Loesing | September 03, 2020

As soon as the announcement came on Sept. 2 that Los Angeles County hair salons could reopen, shops up and down the Conejo and Las Virgenes valleys pulled out the scissors and plugged in the blow-dryers. Despite a new, four-tier reopening system that keeps the county pegged in the highest risk group amid continued growth in COVID-19 cases, restrictions were […]

Park service says poison killed both mountain lion and bobcat

By John Loesing | August 27, 2020

The death of a female bobcat and a male mountain lion this year in the local mountains was found to be caused by anticoagulant rat poison, biologists from the National Park Service said. It’s only the second time in the 24-year history of park service animal tracking that a bobcat has died directly from the poison. The adult female cat, […]

Key Los Angeles County pandemic figures improve

By John Loesing | August 24, 2020

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reports significant improvement this week in several key COVID-19 indicators. Daily hospitalization numbers have decreased by 45% from the more than 2,200 in mid-July. Only 1,220 of the county’s 232,900 coronavirus cases are currently hospitalized. About a third of the hospital patients are in intensive care, the county said. Health officials use […]

Oak Park preschoolers head back to class Monday

By John Loesing | August 21, 2020

Oak Park public schools say they will keep distance learning in place for the time being, despite an Aug. 19 announcement by health officials that public and private elementary schools in Ventura County can submit waiver applications to allow for in-person learning. In counties that remain on the state’s COVID-19 watch list, including Ventura County, middle and high school students […]

Washburn in and out of Calabasas City Council race

By John Loesing | August 20, 2020

A shake-up in the candidate lineup has thrown the Calabasas City Council election into a state of flux. Word came Wednesday that one of the challengers is withdrawing from the Nov. 3 race. Dennis Washburn–who helped found the city, became its first mayor, and served on the council for 20 years until his retirement in 2011–joined the campaign earlier this […]

Brush fire scare at Malibu Creek State Park

By John Loesing | August 16, 2020

In the midst of a blistering weekend heatwave, a brush fire erupted in the Santa Monica mountains early Sunday afternoon, sparking immediate memories of the 2018 Woolsey fire that ripped through the same dry hills and caused extensive damage. This blaze, dubbed the Rockpool fire and later the Rock fire because of its proximity to Malibu Creek State Park, failed […]