2011-03-17 E-Edition

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Plane makes emergency landing at landfill

A 2001 Piper Cherokee aircraft made an emergency landing at the Calabasas Landfill on Thurs., March 10, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department report said. A Van Nuys Airport air traffic controller called the sheriff at about 6 p.m. to report the small plane was preparing to make its landing. Minutes later, deputies from the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station received […]

Women rewrite the aging experience

March is Women’s History Month. While not in the history books quite yet, scores of women today are changing the aging experience for the better by providing us with new models for positive aging. Here are a few of the trailblazers: Helen Dennis and Bernice Bratter are members of the first generation of women to work outside the home for […]

Advantages of spaying/neutering pets

Sterilized animals typically live longer and healthier lives

An average of 7 million dogs and cats are tragically euthanized at humane organizations every year in the United States. These are healthy and sweet pets that would have made great companions. The majority, about 60 percent, are unplanned puppies and kittens of cherished family pets because owners did not know the pet was in heat (estrus). Some pets in […]


A photo in last week’s Marmonte League baseball preview was misidentified. Agoura High catcher Jack Quina was pictured making a leaping catch on page 41.

Westlake city staff told to pay more for pensions

‘Benefits offered by the city unheard of in the private sector’

Operating under the increasingly resentful eye of the nation’s taxpayer, Westlake Village officials voted last week to make city employees contribute more to their public pensions. The City Council voted 4-1 to adjust the health and California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) packages for 10 current employees, two retired city workers and the five City Council members. Starting July 2012, […]

Ham radio operators prove that short waves can be long on benefits

Amateur radio operators say their old-fashioned broadcasting network is growing because it’s still relevant in today’s wired world. Amateur radio operators, also known as “hams,” are the primary method of communication after a disaster because cellphones and the Internet don’t work during power outages. Unlike other means of communications, the Federal Communications Commission requires users to have a license to […]

Homeless vets to receive military funeral

More than 150,000 homeless veterans live in the U.S. Many homeless vets risk having their remains unclaimed at their death and face burial in a pauper grave. The Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program will honor homeless vets with a military funeral service at 10 a.m. Wed., March 30 as part of Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park and Mortuary’s […]

Class teaches water awareness

Fourth-grade students at Willow Elementary School received a hands-on lesson in water science last week that city, school and environmental officials hope will last a lifetime. The city of Agoura Hills initiated an elementary school water education workshop in collaboration with Las Virgenes Unified School District and the Resource Conservation District. Kelly Fisher, Agoura Hills public works project manager, said […]