Fight and flight: Playing war in the skies with a true ace


I was performing my usual preflight routine of folding the lower half of my toothpick body into the seat pocket in front of me when a boy appeared in the aisle, staring. Under his curly head of hair was a timid face, and a lip that quivered slightly on the right. He looked about 13 years old. Our eyes met […]

Take Your Acorn on Vacation

College Honor Roll

Travis Rice of Westlake Village was named to the dean’s list at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, for the spring 2012 semester. Students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.5 or above. The following local students received bachelor’s degrees from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Hidden Hills: Taylor Lake, business administration, and Erin Weiss, liberal studies. Oak Park: […]

Dueling tax increases impact local schools

Public school districts across the state are facing a fifth consecutive year of massive funding cuts, and at least two propositions on the November ballot aim to solve that problem. On Nov. 6 California voters will decide “yes” or “no” on Gov. Jerry Brown’s Prop. 30—also known as the Schools and Safety Protection Act of 2012—and Pasadena-based attorney Molly Munger’s […]

Changing lives under the sun

OPHS team gives a cheer for camp

Funds help schools maintain small classes

T.H.E. Foundation for Las Virgenes Schools recently donated $200,000 to the Las Virgenes Unified School District for the 2012-13 school year. The gift will be used to compensate for state budget cuts. Not only is the district facing continuous reductions to funding, but the state is more than five months late in payment to the district. Entering the 2012-13 school […]

Local candidates build cash hoard in race for 26th Congressional District

Strickland, Brownley raise $2.3 million so far

In one of the most expensive races this year for the U.S. House of Representatives, the campaign war chests in Ventura County’s 26th U.S. Congressional District continue to swell with the two candidates reporting a combined $2.3 million in receipts as of June 30. Republican state Sen. Tony Strickland, who finished first in the June 5 primary with 44 percent […]

Oak Park road work

Due to underground pipeline work, a small section of one lane on Kanan Road in Oak Park will be closed from July 31 through Aug. 17. About 400 feet of the road’s eastbound lane will be closed to traffic beginning at Golden Eagle Drive. The Triunfo Sanitation District, which operates Oak Park Water Services, is building a new 2.1-million gallon […]

Ride in the cool breeze

The Kiwanis Club of Ventura and Channel Islands Bicycle Club will conduct the 18th annual Cool Breeze Century ride on Sat., Aug. 18 starting at the Ventura Educational Service Center, 255 W. Stanley Ave. The event will feature a very flat 34-mile ride and a flat 62- mile ride, a 100-mile event that will feature some hills and a very […]

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