2010-07-08

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THURS., JULY 8 Conejo Gem & Mineral Club Meeting 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Steve Wolfe gives program on petrified wood. Public welcome, no fee. Pebble Pup workshop (youth program) during the meeting. Phone: 805.494.7734 Contact: Rob Sankovich Email: rmsorca @adelphia.net Web: www.cgamc .org Time: 7:30 p.m. Date: 7/8/ […]

Local housing report brings mixed news



Total housing starts in California rose a bit in May, the California Building Industry Association reported. According to statistics compiled by the Construction Industry Research Board, permits were pulled for 3,088 total housing units in May, up 4 percent from the same month a year ago but down 6 percent from April. Permits for single-family homes totaled 1,902, down 19 […]

The freeloading cowbird



Spring often conjures images of verdant hillsides covered in wildflowers, peaceful scenes of young romping animals and weather coming in like a lion yet leaving like a lamb. But now, as spring fades into early summer, the season reveals a fierce competition for survival. In the past two weeks I have watched adult carp swim through schools of newly hatched […]

School district looks for outside ed help



If Las Virgenes Unified School District’s annual outdoor education program is to continue, officials say they must turn over control of the program to an outside organization. The district has operated the five-day, four-night program for fifth-grade students for more than 30 years, but due to state budget cuts the program costs must be lowered. Rose Dunn, director of elementary […]

Moorpark Acorn names editor



Acorn staff writer Joann Groff has been named editor of the Moorpark Acorn. Groff, 27, replaces Simi Valley Acorn editor Kyle Jorrey, who has headed up the Moorpark paper for the past year. Groff is a 2005 graduate of Pepperdine University, where she served as editor in chief of the student newspaper, The Graphic. She was named Pepperdine’s Journalism Graduate […]

Park district reducing costs



Hoping to cut costs and streamline its budget, the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District has reduced the benefits package for executive managers and new employees. The district includes Oak Park. When Larry Peterson was promoted to district general manager six years ago, he eliminated three of the six executive manager positions, including the one he’d previously occupied. The move […]

New charter school to open in Westlake Village



A new charter school for independent study students will open in Westlake Village on Sept. 7. The Ventura County Board of Education on June 28 approved the River Oaks Academy for kindergarten through 12thgrade students. A group of parents, most of whom had children attending Las Virgenes Academy, a home-schooling program in Las Virgenes Unified School District, petitioned the board […]

Aerospace pioneer honored



The book “ B-25 Mitchell: The Magnificent Medium” was a labor of love for author Norman “Jim” Avery in more ways than one. As a design engineer on the B- 25, North American Aviation’s twin-engine medium military bomber used for four decades, Avery followed the plane’s history as if it were family. He documented every significant fact during the service […]

‘California Gold’ found in Agoura Hills