Pair of Westlake fires keep local residents on edge

Newbury Park residents Jim Greer and his son Mitch are part of a family that’s been fighting fires for three generations. Greer, who has 25 years of experience as a reserve with the Ventura County Fire Department, was watching the July 6 blaze as it devoured brush on a rocky hillside near Lake Sherwood. The flames were moving quickly downhill […]

Calabasas Inn could be on the way out

The Calabasas City Council and Planning Commission last week discussed the razing and redevelopment of the Calabasas Inn. The nearly 4 0 y e a ro l d banquet facility sits on a 5.43acre parcel of land at 23500 Park Sorrento Drive near Calabasas Lake. It has been used for weddings and other events, but in March, Calabasas-based D2 Development […]

Great-great grandma is 100

Ina Mae Robbins of Westlake Village recently celebrated an impressive milestone: her 100th birthday. Family and friends gathered at the home of her granddaughter and grandson-inlaw, Cheryl and Skip Toller, to honor Robbins on Sat., July 8. Robbins was born July 10, 1906 in Seward County, Neb. She lived in Seward until her marriage to Frank Brokaw Robbins in 1925, […]

Westlake night light

LUNAR LUSTER-These homes on the hill above Westlake Lake and Lindero Canyon Road are caught in the erie light between sunset and the full moon rising Monday.

Battery recycling the proper thing to do

Throwing old batteries in with trash destined for the local landfill is not a good practice, mainly because it allows heavy metals contained in the cells to leach into the earth and contaminate groundwater, environmental experts say. In Calabasas, the improper disposal of used batteries is illegal. The city has been voluntarily recycling dry cell batteries for years. An increasing […]

Logo revealed for upcoming county fair

GOTTA HAVE HEART-The 2006 Ventura County Fair poster features a hand-sewn quilt made by Kim Leach, exhibit supervisor for the annual fair. Leach began quilting nine years ago and still attends the Ventura Adult Continuing Education quilting classes to learn new skills about the craft. “To me, a quilt is meant to be used, not hidden away in a closet,” […]

State hopes to weed out the pot farms

California State Attorney General Bill Lockyer announced the kick-off of California’s 2006 Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP) eradication program. “State, local and federal agencies worked together last year to seize more than 1 million illegal marijuana plants growing on public lands, which set a new CAMP record,” Lockyer said. “The CAMP program is a key component of our state’s anti-drug […]

Compost put on hold

The Rancho Las Virgenes Composting Facility has suspended its community compost program until November due to facility maintenance and upgrades, water district officials said. The Calabasas plant produces rich soil amendment, or compost, which is available free to the public. The plant has been in operation for 12 years and is jointly owned and operated by the Las Virgenes Municipal […]

Westlake flag theft not too patriotic

Jay Perry, the manager of Johnny P’s restaurant on Westlake Boulevard, helped catch a group of four people who allegedly stole 800 miniature American flags placed in front of the restaurant for the July Fourth holiday. While leaving the Thousand Oaks restaurant at about 11 p.m. on Thurs., July 6, Perry saw a truck pulling into an access road next […]

Reyes Adobe Days return

The city of Agoura Hills has announced that the second annual Reyes Adobe Days will be coming this fall with events beginning throughout the city in September and continuing through October. This event celebrates the city’s rich heritage with fun and cultural experiences for all ages. Scheduled events include a hay fever teen dance, Sept. 29; Reyes Adobe Days pageant, […]