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Bud Marley, education leader, dies

His personal touch appreciated by those who knew him


Albert “Bud” Marley, an educational pioneer in the Las Virgenes community who nurtured a lifelong love for kids in the classroom, died on Sept. 4. The former Agoura Hills resident who moved to Thousand Oaks in his later years was 87. He had suffered from heart failure and pulmonary fibrosis. With his homespun style and personal connection to students, parents […]

Team follows in wake of boat tragedy

Local divers assist recovery operation


Thousand Oaks scuba instructor Tim Coates was already awake when the news broke at 4:30 a.m. Labor Day morning. He watched in horror as images of a dive boat ablaze off the coast of Santa Cruz Island flashed across his TV screen. “I went, ‘Wait a minute, wait a minute, back that up. The Conception? The Conception burned?’ And then […]

New sheriff embraces the community



Matthew Vander Horck, a captain with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, believes he has the best job in the world. Not just because he’s the new chief at the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station in Calabasas, although that’s an accomplishment in itself. The law enforcement veteran says he loves his work because it gives him the chance to affect the […]

Mountain lion dead at hands of Simi Valley man, D.A. says

60-year-old charged with killing a protected mammal

This story was updated at 11:13 a.m. Sept. 11, 2019. The Simi Valley man charged with the fatal shooting of a mountain lion in the Santa Susana foothills in July was an employee of the Brandeis-Bardin Campus of American Jewish University in Simi Valley where the shooting took place, the Ventura County district attorney’s office said today. Deputy District Attorney […]

Bud Marley, beloved Las Virgenes educator, dies



Albert “Bud” Marley, an educational pioneer in the Las Virgenes community who nurtured a lifelong love for kids in the classroom, died on Sept. 4. The former Agoura Hills resident who moved to Thousand Oaks in his later years was 87. With his homespun style and personal connection to students, parents and teachers, Marley helped make the local public school […]

Motorcycle fatality hits troubled Agoura Hills intersection

Drivers believe Kanan, Eagleton not safe


Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the cause of a Sept. 1 traffic fatality at an intersection on Kanan Road in Agoura Hills—the same spot where previous accidents and close calls have been reported. A 56-year-old male motorcycle rider was killed at around 5:40 p.m. when his bike ran into a Ford Escape automobile at the intersection of the city’s Kanan Road […]

Over-under discussed for Liberty Canyon wildlife crossing

Bridge favored instead of tunnel


Until a wildlife bridge is built over the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills, possibly within the next decade, an existing path and tunnel underneath Liberty Canyon Road remains the only place in the region where mountain lions and other wild animals can safely cross the highway as they roam the Santa Monica Mountains. The decades-old underpass gained notoriety in early […]

Ethnic studies curriculum viewed as anti-Semitic

Plan promotes Jewish stereotypes, critics say


Stung by accusations of anti Semitism, the California Board of Education announced that its ethnic-studies curriculum will be dropped in favor of a new model that is more sensitive to the Jewish experience. The state’s Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum that was awaiting approval as a potential high school graduation requirement came under heavy criticism by multiple cities, public school boards […]

Creative Fest brings out the artist in all of us

Homeowners lose insurance because of fire

Area too risky, agents say


Southern California is one of the most desirable places to live in the country, but it comes at a price. The risk of natural disaster hits property owners in the pocketbook. Due to the fires last November, homeowners in the region are facing higher rates and fewer options for insurance coverage, and some companies are shutting down policies altogether for […]


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