2015-01-15

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Be rational when mountain lions come calling



There seems to be no shortage of voices in our community who are willing to speak up for the plight of the area’s tiny population of mountain lions. It’s probably a good thing that people have taken up the cause to save the animal, which is not on the endangered species list but whose habitat in the Santa Monica Mountains […]

Hot Flashes

Under your glass

And so it’s the new year. We’re going on diets of gravel and kale, jogging until our sciatica erupts, scraping glitter off the piano and placing some neglected reads on the nightstand instead of watching “Pawn Stars.” For a week. As for me, well, I found my inspiration under a martini glass. Not my glass. Must have been someone else’s. […]

Public schools must record pesticide usage




Changes are coming to the Healthy Schools Act, a California law that gives parents the right to know what types of pesticides are being used around their children. Starting in January, public K-12 schools and licensed child care centers will be required to develop integrated pest management plans and send pesticide use reports to the Department of Pesticide Regulation. According […]

Mentoring program supports cancer patients

No one should have to fight cancer alone, organization says


Battling cancer is a personal experience, often difficult for others to understand, says Jordyn Goodman of Calabasas. Goodman recently became regional director of Imerman Angels, an organization that helps cancer patients and caregivers obtain one-on-one support from cancer survivors. Founded in 2003 by Jonny Imerman, the nonprofit group matches a person seeking cancer support with a “Mentor Angel,” a person […]

Political Cartoon



Ida Lauper Smith

(1927 – 2014)

Ida Lauper Smith, 87, of Westlake Village passed away on Friday, December 26, 2014, surrounded by her family after a brief illness. Ida was born August 1, 1927 in Los Angeles, California to Albert Lauper and Ida Pfister Lauper. Ida grew up in Los Angeles and worked at the Shell Oil Company where she met her life partner, John Carter […]

Debate program open for high schoolers



The Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Debate Series, sponsored by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, will award $50,000 in scholarship funds to high school debate students from across the nation. Six regional competitions will take place between February and May at high schools in California, Texas, Missouri, Washington D.C. and New York as well as an online competition. Two finalists from […]

MELT workshop shows how to relieve pain



Ilene Berke, RYT and certified Pilates instructor, will host a MELT introduction workshop to show how to stay pain free from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Sat., Jan. 17 at the new Agoura Hills Recreation Center, 29900 Ladyface Court, Agoura Hills. A Conejo Valley resident for 43 years, Berke will demonstrate a self-treatment system invented by Sue Hitzmann called the MELT […]

Support for wildlife crossing



Because of the recent death of a mountain lion in addition to deer, coyotes and other wildlife trying unsuccessfully to cross the 101 Freeway in the Liberty Canyon area of Agoura Hills, an exciting new wildlife freeway crossing is now being planned. The 101 Freeway creates an impenetrable barrier for wildlife that is essentially trapped on one side of the […]


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