Los Robles to keep status quo

Although the parent company of Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks has agreed to a multibillion-dollar merger, the move will have no effect on hospital jobs and patient care, officials said. “There is not going to be any change in the services we offer,” said Los Robles President and CEO Jim Sherman. “We are committed to providing […]

Students prep for back to school

FRESH START-From kindergarten to college, students are revving up for the fall semester as summer draws to a close and classes begin. Above, from left, Westlake High School sophomores Ted Baum, Brian Levine, Seseslolas Carnoskvitch and Jared Erickson complete registration on Tuesday after leaving the school library with their required books. Right, Hector Santiago of Agoura Hills receives a book […]

Microchips required on local dogs

To reduce the number of dogs euthanized at animal shelters, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has amended animal control codes to require that all dogs in the county’s unincorporated areas must be spayed or neutered and have a microchip implanted containing the owner’s contact information. The city of Agoura Hills said it will follow suit. Nathan Hamburger, assistant […]

Oak Park RV law back under review

The Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council wants to reconsider the community’s oversized vehicle ordinance. The original ordinance was drafted and passed in 2001 in response to the unwanted storing of RVs and other oversized vehicles in the community. “Our current ordinance just isn’t effective,” said Jay Kapitz, a council member. Vehicles that fall into the oversized category are described by […]

Author favors the bizarre

WEIRD STUFF-Children’s book author Kelly Milner Halls, who attended Westlake High School, digs deep for tales of strange creatures said to roam the earth. Her latest book, “Tales of the Cryptids, Mysterious Creatures that May or May Not Exist,” explores the science and fiction of several legendary creatures. Below, the infamous Loch Ness Monster. See page 8A for the complete, […]

Simi Acorn editor named

Acorn staff writer Kyle Jorrey has been named editor of the Simi Valley Acorn, replacing Steve Carlson, the current editor. Carlson, who has headed up the Simi paper for the past two years, is editor of the Moorpark Acorn. Jorrey, 24, is a 2004 graduate of Pepperdine University where he spent three years at the university’s student newspaper, The Graphic, […]

Children’s author specializes in cryptozoology, and that’s strange

Author Kelly Milner Halls likes “weird stuff.” The Westlake High School graduate has found her niche writing nonfiction children’s books about bizarre creatures-some that are supported by scientific evidence, and other legendary beasts that feed the imagination but continue to escape scientific scrutiny. Hall’s latest book, “Tales of the Cryptids, Mysterious Creatures that May or May Not Exist,” explores the […]

Passion for writing has interesting twist

Kelly Milner Halls broke into the competitive children’s book market through necessity. A single mother who wanted to work at home while her children were growing up, Halls studied journalism in college and launched her writing career as a freelance writer for children’s magazines, including “Boys’ Life” and “Highlights for Children.” Halls has written about 1,600 articles to date and […]


+A recent article on the Agoura Mustang All-stars said the team made Agoura Pony Baseball history by nearly advacing to the world championships in Texas. In 2002, Agoura won a Pony Baseball world championship in the Bronco division. +A recent article on Jafra said the Westlake company employs 500,000 women in 22 countries. Jafra does not employ its independent beauty […]

Holiday forces early deadlines

Mon., Sept. 4 is Labor Day, which creates early deadlines for the Acorn issues of Sept. 7 and 8. Letters to the editor and press releases for the Sept. 7 and 8 editions must be received by 11 a.m. Thurs., Aug. 31. Real estate advertising must also be reserved no later than 11 a.m. Thurs., Aug. 31. The deadline for […]