Saving goodbye to Indian Hills High is difficult

There was little pomp but plenty of circumstance during the Indian Hills High School graduation ceremony at the Agoura High School performing arts education center June 12. The students sitting on the stage overcame personal setbacks, including family hardships and learning problems, to earn their diplomas. The intimate afternoon event honoring the nine graduates also paid tribute to the alternative […]

Westlake hit and run results in shots fired

Man allegedly drove vehicle at deputy as he tried to escape

A Gilroy man was shot by a Thousand Oaks police officer Saturday night, after he allegedly smashed his vehicle into one patrol car and attempted to reverse into another deputy in Westlake Village, according to authorities. The man, who TOPD later identified as 33-year-old Rogelio Gutierrez, suffered several gunshot wounds and was taken to the emergency room at Los Robles […]

Federal funding needed for new interchange

U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles) sent a letter June 7 to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood urging the department to support an application submitted by the City of Calabasas for funding for its Lost Hills Road at US-101 Freeway Interchange Improvement Project. “The Lost Hills Road/US 101 interchange project is important for the City of Calabasas and the […]

Eco-friendly ways to effectively cool your home

commentary | Environment

Summer is here in Ventura County and you’re probably dreading the increased air conditioning bills that come along with hotter weather. Instead of traditional air conditioning, there are low cost, energy-efficient, and environmentally aware alternatives to beat the heat in the home. Your family will thank you, and so will your bank account. Reduce oven usage: Especially in the summer, […]


Oak Park resident is ordained a rabbi

SPIRITUAL LEADER—Left, Rabbi Michael Menitoff, dean of the Rabbinical School of the Academy for Jewish Religion in California, ordains Ron Li- Paz at the Stephen S. Wise Temple in Los Angeles. Li-Paz, above, lives in Oak Park and ministers at the Valley Outreach Synagogue. Li-Paz will lead Shabbat services with the synagogue on Fri., July 12 at Oak Canyon Community […]

Glad grads

Calabasas auto tech program teaches common-sense skills

Haydn Cooper, 17, isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. Aside from changing the oil in her own car, she knows how engines are built and how to keep them running. “It’s a stereotype that girls are so frail,” said the Calabasas High student who is the captain of an automotive technology team at her school. The group of five […]

NatureBridge receives grant

For the second year in a row, NatureBridge has received a $5,000 grant from Western National Parks Association. The grant will be used to provide field science education for Southern Californian students from under-resourced schools, allowing youth from diverse backgrounds to benefit from NatureBridge programs. The mission of NatureBridge, founded in 1971, is to teach science and environmental education in […]

The perils of parenting in the wild

The man-made lake at Seminole Springs in rural Agoura supports a population of red-eared sliders. These turtles are a nonnative species popular as pets but often released to the wild. They have a distinct ive r ed band near their eyes. Female sliders have been operating in some sort of fast-lane mothering mode this spring. These carapace-clad matriarchs are undeniably […]

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