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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 […]

Man shot mountain lion, DA says



The Simi Valley man charged with the fatal shooting of a mountain lion in the Santa Susana foothills 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. Alfredo Gonzales, 60, worked as a caretaker for the animals at the Jewish camp that covers […]

Renovations in store for 23 Freeway

State commits more than $100 million

The state says it’s investing about $100 million over the next four years to improve the 23 Freeway between Thousand Oaks and Moorpark. The job was listed this month along with 132 other projects Caltrans says will be paid for with $1.1 billion from SB 1, the state’s 2018 gas tax and vehicle registration hike. Work on many of the […]

Acorn wants creative minds put to work

In today’s world of apps where the writing and thinking are often done for you, The Acorn places high value on personal creativity. One of the newspaper’s most popular and enduring competitions is Fiction in a Nutshell, and this year the longtime contest returns. Entries are being accepted in the 2019 Fiction in a Nutshell competition, which calls for submissions […]

FOR THE RECORD

Our article about the Oak Park School District gender identity and antibullying program incorrectly reported counselors will visit classrooms once a month. The program for elementary-age kids occurs once a year, not monthly.

Rancho Simi defends work in Oak Park



The Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District came under fire at its recent meeting by some Oak Park residents who say the district hasn’t done enough for their community compared to the time and money that it spends on the parks in Simi Valley. The Rancho Simi district manages 11 park facilities including a dog park in Oak Park. Wayne […]

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 […]


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