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Warrant says Borderline owner stole from Rotary

Businessman accused of charity grand theft


The music has stopped for OakHeart Country Music Festival. After a multiyear run as one of the area’s most popular summer fundraisers—earning over $100,000 for the Rotary Club of Westlake Village’s charitable foundation—OakHeart’s future is in doubt, its co-founder accused of taking $43,000 for costs pertaining to the 2020 show and not returning the money after the concert had to […]

Warning of H2O shortage as drought persists

Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, the drinking water supplier to 75,000 residents in the region, upped the ante in the fight against drought and announced that the district’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan has been changed from stage one to stage two. The higher level warning comes in response to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s request Tuesday for voluntary statewide water use reductions […]

Agoura looks to Dorothy Drive for housing



Agoura Hills, like all communities in the Conejo/Las Virgenes region, is in the midst of an affordable housing dilemma. Some might call it a crisis. With home prices and rents at record highs, cost-effective housing in the city and throughout the Conejo-Las Virgenes region is all but non-existent. The state has required Agoura Hills to build 318 new homes over […]

Wanted: couch with a view

UNSIGHTLY MESS—Rangers with the National Park Service were dismayed to find a six-piece sectional sofa abandoned at an overlook above Deer Creek in southern Ventura County. “This land is your land, but it’s not your living room,” NPS said in a July 16 social media post. “It took some human muscle, hand carts and two trucks for five federal employees […]

Community’s trail posts fully repaired

The Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District announced the completion of its Post and Cable Replacement Fire Recovery Project in Oak Park. In November 2018, the community of Oak Park, among others, was severely damaged by the Woolsey fire. The fire destroyed the post and cable fencing that runs throughout the community. The project replaced the posts and cables that […]

Arrest warrant issued for Borderline Bar owner

Police: Hynes owes $43,000 to Westlake Rotary from OakHeart Country Music Festival


An arrest warrant has been issued for the co-owner of Borderline Bar and Grill, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said Friday. Newbury Park resident Brian Hynes, whose bar was the scene of a mass shooting in 2018, is accused of taking $43,000 from the Rotary Club of Westlake Village that was intended to cover expenses for the club’s 2020 OakHeart […]

Worsening case rate puts mask-wearers in a quandary

Face coverings still optional, with caveat


Amid the rows of crackers and ketchup, lettuce and legumes, many of the customers observed shopping recently at the Trader Joe’s grocery in Agoura Hills and Gelson’s in Westlake could still be seen wearing protective face coverings, despite the June 15 California public health order that said vaccinated citizens no longer must wear masks indoors. Fear of infection and concern […]

Appreciation day at Lost Hills

Confused by CRT? Often misunderstood theory comes under fire

Historical explanation about race in America seen as attack on white America, with schools caught in the middle



Despite the concern of some parents that the politically-charged discussion of critical race theory is being introduced into K-12 classrooms, local school officials say the much-debated and widely misunderstood theory about race will not become a part of their educational curriculum. The board of education at Las Virgenes Unified School District said that while it has adopted a policy of […]

Lawsuit filed against Cronies



The case between the City of Agoura Hills and its criminal lawsuit against a local restaurant that defied health orders and continued to offer in-person dining through the darkest days of the pandemic escalated this week. The city accuses Cronies Sports Grill on Kanan Road and Thousand Oaks Boulevard with conducting business without a valid L.A. County health permit and […]


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