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ACORN SERIES /// A Trail Less Traveled

Hikers must make a choice in the aftermath of November’s firestorm in the Santa Monica Mountains: Tread lightly or tread elsewhere. The Woolsey and Hill fires burned 100,000 acres in and around the Conejo Valley, dramatically reducing the trail options for residents accustomed to living adjacent to the largest urban park in the country. Nearly 90 percent of the Santa […]

Canyon suspect sentenced

But not for recent burglaries

A man suspected of committing multiple burglaries in the upper Malibu Canyon area has been sentenced to 160 days in jail for a parole violation, court records show. No other charges have been filed against Anthony Rauda, 42, in the two months since his high-profile arrest in the Santa Monica Mountains. Rauda, who is believed to have lived in the […]

Music therapy

Show raises funds and lifts spirits

A group of caring Ventura County residents helped raise around $30,000 at a Sunday event to benefit families impacted by the Nov. 7 Borderline Bar and Grill shooting. The day of music, food and community took place at Nabu Wines in Westlake Village, where for four hours, nearly 1,000 people streamed in and out of the winery and its parking […]

Still no answer as to ‘why’?

Law enforcement agencies investigating the Borderline Bar and Grill massacre in Thousand Oaks earlier this month say they have no answer to the question foremost on the mind of survivors, family members and the community at large: “Why?” Three weeks after they began collecting evidence from the venue and from the gunman’s car, home and social media accounts—as well as […]

Young male didn’t make it

The National Park Service reports that P-74, the latest cougar captured and collared as part of the ongoing NPS mountain lion study, likely did not survive the Woolsey fire. The GPS collar mounted on the 1½-year-old male hasn’t responded since Nov. 9, the day the wildfire hit the central Santa Monica Mountains. NPS is tracking 13 cougars in its study […]

Paramount Ranch looks for sequel

Venerable movie set hopes to rebuild

Paramount Ranch, a spot straight out of the Wild West, finally met its match. But even though the historic film set featured in old movies and new television shows was almost destroyed in the recent fire, park officials are confident the popular old venue will make a comeback. The Woolsey fire destroyed a saloon, jail, sheriff’s station and other structures […]

Seminole Springs park will dig out from the ashes

Half the residents lost their homes

Residents from Calabasas to Oak Park are thankful the Woolsey fire stayed mostly in the hills and ravines that surrounded their homes. But some mountain communities wedged into the line of fire had no such luck. Nearly half the residents of the Seminole Springs Mobile Home Park, on Mulholland Highway and deep in the Santa Monica Mountains, lost their homes. […]

Deputy from Agoura Hills arrested on charges of raping a minor

  A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy whose task was to investigate sex abuse crimes was arrested Nov. 16 on suspicion of committing forcible rape against a minor in a case he was believed to be working on. Neil D. Kimball, a 45-year-old Agoura Hills resident, was being held on $2-million bail. The Ventura County district attorney’s office, which filed […]

Lawsuit charges Edison with starting fire

A Ventura County resident has filed a lawsuit against Southern California Edison alleging that the utility company’s negligence caused the Woolsey fire. The claim filed Nov. 15 with the Los Angeles County Superior Court by a group of attorneys on behalf of Malibu resident Michael Henthorn says that the Nov. 8 blaze started underneath Edison-owned power lines at the Santa […]


Community chips in as fire relief operations get underway

Schools set to resume Students received an extended Thanksgiving break due to the Woolsey fire, and while the blaze caused no major damage to local campuses, workers still needed time to clean air conditioners, remove debris and make the classrooms habitable again. Both the Las Virgenes and Oak Park unified school districts will reopen classes on Mon., Nov. 26. Flames […]

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