2006-08-31

Students back in school with clean slate



Facing the possibility of declining enrollment, Oak Park administrators say they are pleased to report that more students started school this week than in years past. “Enrollment seems to be up,” said Tony Knight, Oak Park Unified School District superintendent. “We thought we’d be down quite a few students, but it doesn’t look like it. We had more people moving […]

Las Virgenes campuses open



Las Virgenes Unified School District fall classes opened yesterday with slightly fewer students overall, but more kindergartners at some campuses and increases at the Agoura Hills and Calabasas high schools. “We’re still in a slight decline,” Deputy Superintendent Donald Zimring said. “We were just above 12,000 last year and we anticipate being just below 12,000 this year.” Enrollment numbers at […]

More local wines being cultivated



GROWING TREND-Randy and Karin Bilsland and children, from left, Colin, Chole and Chris, look forward to next month’s grape harvest at Slide Peak Vineyard in rural Agoura. The Bilslands are one of several families who raise grapes locally, signaling the area’s growing role in the California wine industry. See story on page 18A.

Gun range suicide hits Agoura again



Over the years, Robert Kramer, 57, periodically visited the Agoura Hills Target Range. Although Jim Davis, owner of the range, hadn’t seen Kramer for several months, he had known him for more than 15 years and was always happy to see his old friend come in to shoot. Kramer visited the range at 5040 Cornell Road on the afternoon of […]

District puts bond measure to work



The first issuance of Measure G bond funds for facility improvements and technology is underway at the Las Virgenes Unified School District. Voters approved the $128 million facilities bond measure in June and the first distribution will be $40 million. Deputy Superintendent Donald Zimring said district staff has been working with a citizens’ oversight committe, school principals and others to […]

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 […]

Calabasas collision claims life



Crosses and flowers mark the spot where a 61-year-old Temple City man died after a collision on Las Virgenes Road in the early morning of Aug. 18. Enrique Gutierrez was driving a pickup truck on his way to a construction site. Gutierrez’s son was following close behind him in another vehicle and stopped to check on his father. “I happened […]

Old Agoura residents prep for emergency



KEEPING TRACK OF LIVESTOCK-Cyrena Nouzille, an Old Agoura resident, holds the reins of her chestnut-colored Arabian named BC, 8, who is painted and tagged with Nouzille’s ID numbers. Nouzille was was part of an equestrian emergency evacuation demonstration last weekend at Old Agoura Equestrian Park.

Mayors support emissions bill



Municipal leaders from across the state converged on Sacramento last week to encourage passage of new laws to curb global warming. A dozen mayors and locallyelected officials, including Westlake Village Mayor Susan McSweeney, visited with Assembly Speaker Fabian Nñez and Assemblymember Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills in a show of support for Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act. […]

Splendid day for New West fundraiser