Local colleges on guard after shootings

As college faculty members and students everywhere struggled to comprehend last week’s tragic shootings at Virginia Tech University, authorities at Cal State Channel Islands dealt with an April 19 Internet incident that hinted at similar danger on the Camarillo campus. Alisha Salazar, a CSUCI freshman, had allegedly posted threatening remarks on Facebook.com, a social networking website. University officials said her […]

Special bond

Oak Park's Julia Rice knows the pitcher-catcher relationship is vital to softball success

There are few things on the softball field as important as the relationship between pitcher and catcher. Take Oak Park High’s Julia Rice for example. Rice is one of the finest pitchers in the Tri-Valley League, if not the entire county. The 16-year-old sophomore, who hopes to play for Oregon State after her high school career is complete, leads the […]

Celebrating chili at Conejo Valley Days

COOKIN’- A guest enjoys a steaming cup of chili at the Conejo Valley Days Chili Cook-off, a 30-year area tradition featuring 75 simmering pots of the spicy brew. This year’s Chili Cook-off will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun., April 29 at Conejo Creek Park. The annual Whiskeroo contest will also take place at the cook-off. Conejo Valley […]

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Scramble to the finish line

EASY DOES IT- Lindero Canyon Middle School sixth-grader Katelin Finn, aboard the quarter horse Bailey, balances an egg as she makes her way to the finish line during an event last weekend at Conejo Creek Equestrian Park in Thousand Oaks. Katelin received a blue ribbon for her fine balancing act.

Best friends enjoy lazy days together

COOL DRIVE- Wallace Friedman, of Westlake Village, relaxes with his miniature poodle Pierre Cardin, 4, who’s eying a Bichon Frise pup passing by as the pair hang out in Friedman’s 1973 Mercedes 450 SL on display at the Conejo Valley Days Car Show.

Camarillo jazz festival seeking creative poster

The second annual Camarillo Art and Jazz Festival, August 10 to 12, is seeking entries for its poster contest. The deadline for submissions is Fri., May 4. The contest is open to all Ventura County residents. The three-day art and jazz festival will celebrate Ventura County art and artists through several gallery and outdoor displays. “A poster contest highlighting the […]

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Crisis on campus Nobody likes to think about horrible things happening on a college campus. But after the recent shootings at Virginia Tech, college officials across the country are discussing crisis management plans. While the chance of being involved in this kind of tragedy is very small, and there’s a lower rate of homicide among college students than in the […]

In case of emergency, remember family pets

Be prepared to take your pets with you if evacuation orders are issued

As firefighters advise homeowners to prepare for a long and difficult fire season throughout many of the western states, the Humane Society of the United States urges residents to prepare now for the possibility of evacuation, and that includes preparing to take their pets with them. “Be prepared to take your pets with you if evacuation orders are issued,” said […]

Restaurants join cancer fight

A percent of proceeds from day's receipts to supporAmerican Cancer Society

The Alamo Bar & Grill restaurant will join Team Agoura Hills to raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life walkathon April 28 and 29 at Willow Elementary School. The restaurant will donate 20 percent of the day’s proceeds to help in the fight against cancer. The Agoura Hills city team is one of more than 50 whose […]