Farmers markets stay active in winter

The Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association is kicking off the season with winter crops, fresh from the field. The markets are filled with winter selections, including Brussels sprouts, head lettuces, a large variety of carrots and a new crop of strawberries. Shoppers can choose from the many options to create winter soups or to use for juicing, a great […]

Without room to roam, lions inbreeding

Preliminary DNA results from three mountain lion kittens discovered in the Santa Monica Mountains last month show they are the result of inbreeding. The results underscore the need for improvements to the wildlife corridor, which is obstructed by the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills. “Unfortunately, this litter of kittens is the latest example of firstorder inbreeding in which a father […]

Disaster debris—cleaning up after the ShakeOut

The Wikipedia entry for “emergency” lists a common understanding of priorities. In a disaster, the first priority is saving people. The next priority is protecting property. Preserving the environment takes third place. Because the environment is lower on the list, preparation to minimize environmental impacts is not given as much attention. Once a year, many public agencies and some private […]

Piano recital of classics

Eric Kinsley, a California Lutheran University music faculty member, will present a piano recital of classical masterpieces at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Jan. 24 in Samuelson Chapel, 165 Chapel Lane on the Thousand Oaks campus. He will play works by Haydn, Beethoven, Pleyel and Mozart. Faculty members Daniel Geeting, clarinet, and Heidi Valencia Vas, vocalist, will also perform. Donations for the […]

Underdogs ready to seize the day

Coyote wrestling team building base for next season

Sports underdogs have secured cushioned seats in the pantheon of popular culture. There are the Average Joe’s from “Dodgeball.” Ralph Macchio in “The Karate Kid.” And of course the adorable leprechaun Sean Astin in “Rudy.” Along Mulholland Highway, there are the Calabasas High wrestlers, a motley crew of quirky characters and gutsy grapplers. The Coyotes’ sophomore captain, a third-generation wrestler, […]

Man, woman rescued at Malibu Creek State Park

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Malibu Search and Rescue Team assisted in the rescue of two stranded climbers stuck on a cliff face in Malibu Creek State Park on Jan. 15. The two hikers, a 21- year- old man from Agoura Hills and a 20-yearold woman from Pasadena, were climbing an area of the park known as Goats Butte. […]

JPL designer to discuss robots in space exploration

. Discovery Center talk on Feb. 6

The Discovery Center for Science and Technology will present “Robots and Humans: Exploring Our Horizons in Space” at 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 6 at the Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 T.O. Blvd. Michael Sander, retired manager of the Exploration Systems and Technology Office of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will give the presentation. The lecture is part […]

Pet of the Week


Emerson Painter is a third-generation wrestler. His father, Chris, and grandfather, Earl, grew up with the sport in Colorado. The Calabasas High sophomore captain grapples at 132 pounds. He’s fast and strong, and he’s embraced his leadership role. He’s lost 35 pounds since he started wrestling, and he tirelessly works on improving mentally, physically and technically. The honors student with […]

Plot thickens in 44th Assembly race

He is a Ventura County Community College District trustee who guided the district when three local colleges stood to lose their accreditation in 2012. She is a Port Hueneme City Council member who helped lead efforts to obtain $2 million in federal funds to stop beach shoreline erosion threatening to flood city streets and properties. Democrat Bernardo Perez and Republican […]