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Several neighborhoods allowed to return as firefighters begin to get upper hand

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Almost 48 hours after it started, the Woolsey fire has left the greater Conejo Valley area in its wake, but the fight is far from over. Tonight, law enforcement lifted evacuation orders for several areas that were threatened by the now 70,000-acre blaze, including all of Simi Valley. Residents are also allowed to return to their homes if they live […]

Oak Park resident among two who perished in fire

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With a hazy sun rising on the third day of the Woolsey fire, authorities confirm that two lives were lost to the blaze Friday. As of Saturday morning, the wind-whipped fire had scorched more than 70,000 acres and destroyed up to 150 homes in L.A. and Ventura counties, though the exact number is unknown and expected to grow. A source […]

Homes destroyed as powerful winds propel Woolsey and Hill fires

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            Two-thousand firefighters continue to battle a pair major fires that broke out within an hour of each other Thursday afternoon, burning dozens of structures and sending wind-driven flames that found life along the Conejo Grade and in Simi Valley and spread rapidly to the Conejo Valley and onward to Malibu. Historic Western Town at […]

Motorcade bids farewell to Sgt. Helus

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They came to pay their last respects. Law enforcement officers and first responders from across the Southland gathered in mourning along with hundreds of others on the streets near Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks on Thursday. In stunned disbelief, they watched as a procession transported Sgt. Ron Helus—who died trying to stop the Nov. 7 mass shooting […]

Wind driving 10,000-acre brush fire toward ocean

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An approximately 10,000-acre brush fire is threatening parts of Newbury Park after the blaze broke out in east Ventura County on Thursday afternoon. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for Dos Vientos and other Newbury Park neighborhoods. The fire started near Hill Canyon in the Santa Rosa Valley sometime around 2 p.m. and crossed over the ridgeline into Newbury Park, the […]

First responder in T.O. mass shooting ‘died a hero’

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  Trained, poised and ready, Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus responded to the mass shooting Wednesday night at Borderline Bar—and made the ultimate sacrifice. Helus, a 29-year veteran of the department, is being hailed a hero today for charging into the restaurant first in an attempt by law enforcement to stop the shooter and save lives. He paid for […]

Details emerge in Borderline mass shooting

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      Thousand Oaks, long ranked among the safest cities in the U.S., has suffered America’s latest mass shooting. Police say Ian David Long, a 28-year-old Marine Corps veteran from Newbury Park, opened fire with a .45-caliber handgun around 11:20 p.m. Nov. 7 at Borderline Bar & Grill on Moorpark Road, which was hosting its weekly College Country Night. […]

New North Area Plan hopes to end party venue dispute

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Much of the Santa Monica Mountains comprises unincorporated territory, and when residents and businesses have a dispute to settle they must take their issue to the government of Los Angeles County. But the county code that controls businesses and development in the local mountains—known as the North Area Plan—hasn’t been updated in 18 years. Officials are working on a revised […]

Protesters show support for businesses



A protest outside the Oct. 25 meeting for the North Area Plan update got the attention it was after, although much of the focus was on the protestors and not their message. More than 45 people stood quietly outside the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District Headquarters wearing matching T-shirts and holding signs criticizing the noise limitation proposed in the plan’s […]

Brownley protects Dem seat in 26th District



U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Thousand Oaks) defeated actor Antonio Sabato Jr. Tuesday to represent much of Ventura County in the 26th U.S. Congressional District. The Democratic incumbent earned 96,489 votes as of Wednesday’s results, giving her slightly more than 59 percent of the vote and a fourth term in Congress. Her Republican challenger, Sabato, a first-time office seeker won 65,894 […]


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