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Oak Park woman, 47, accused of having sex with 14-year-olds

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A 47-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of having sexual relations with two 14-year-old high school students, police said. Amalia Marie Utz is due in Ventura County court Oct. 25 to answer to charges of committing lewd or lascivious acts with a minor and oral sex with a minor under the age of 16, according to a statement released […]

Hikers, bikers and horses jockey for position

It’s important to know who has the right of way


A jogger on Cheeseboro Canyon Trail comes around a curve and finds herself face-to-face with a cyclist. Someone has to make room, but who is supposed to yield? In this case, the cyclist should move aside. The National Park Service is embarking on an educational campaign to make sure bikers, hikers and equestrians who use the trails are aware of […]

Land agency floats property tax hike

MRCA seeks funding for fires, open space


The property tax bill is chock-full of add-on assessments that allow schools, water districts and fire departments to raise revenue for services. There could be a new tax on the bill received by property owners that would raise funds for the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, a public land management agency formed in 1985 to help acquire and protect open […]

More cougars poisoned

Poison commonly used to kill rodents and pests has been linked to the death of two more mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains. A healthy 6-year-old male known as P-30 and a female, P-53, died from the effects of anticoagulant rodenticide poisoning, the National Park Service said. On Sept. 9, NPS biologists hiked into Topanga State Park to look […]

Water pioneer remembered

Hal Helsley monument unveiled


A monument to honor a leading pioneer in local water use will stand forever at Rancho Las Virgenes Composting Facility in Calabasas. Hal Helsley, who died last year at 81, established the 25-year-old composting plant as a means to reuse the wastewater produced by homes and businesses in the far-reaching Las Virgenes Municipal Water District. “This facility is something he […]

Foundation’s expert field looks ahead

Genes, robots, clean water and alternative housing solutions are some of this year’s topics at the fifth annual Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation 10×10 Speaker Event Oct. 24 at the Grant Brimhall Library. The FBI will be there, too. Ten experts in their field will speak for 10 minutes each on 10 key topics that are important to the region. The […]

Armed robbery in Westlake

A man and woman were arrested for holding another couple at gunpoint in a Westlake Village apartment Sept. 25 as they reportedly sought to collect on a drug debt. A 29-year-old woman called the Thousand Oaks Police Department to say there were two armed robbers inside a Westcreek Apartments unit near the intersection of Kanan and Lindero Canyon roads. Detective […]

Puma shooter gets one month in jail



An employee of Brandeis-Bardin campus of the American Jewish University who shot and killed a mountain lion in July was ordered to serve a month in jail and perform 240 hours of community service at a local animal shelter. Alfredo Gonzalez, 60, of Simi Valley pleaded guilty Oct. 3 in Ventura County court to the illegal killing of a protected […]

Mountain lion shooter sentenced to jail

Simi Valley resident Alfredo Gonzalez was sentenced to 30 days in Ventura County Jail for the July killing of a mountain lion on the Brandeis-Bardin campus of the American Jewish University in the Santa Susana foothills. Judge David Hirsch also ordered the 60-year-old Gonzalez to join a 30-day work release program and perform 240 hours of community service at an […]

New green space a walk in the park

Trail fronts Lindero Cyn. Road


The Westlake Village City Council cut the ribbon on the city’s newest park last week, but unlike other recreation areas in the region this park doesn’t feature playground equipment or open fields in which to run. In fact, people might not realize it’s a park at all. The Lindero Canyon Linear Park stretches along Lindero Canyon Road between Agoura Road […]


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