2015-01-29 E-Edition

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Westlake Village dog owns world record for popping balloons

Local canine Anastasia has become a national celebrity thanks to her balloon-popping ability and knack for predicting winning Super Bowl teams. The Jack Russell terrier owned by Westlake Village resident Doree Sitterly is the current world record holder for popping balloons. Before Jay Leno retired from “The Tonight Show,” Anastasia guest-starred on the program four years in a row and […]


I was saddened to read the article about Agoura rural property owner Jack Gill who lost several of his small goats to a mountain lion that entered his property. I was sad for the death of these goats, but also saddened by the news that Mr. Gill was granted a depredation permit to kill the mountain lion if it entered […]

Habitat for Humanity, Home Depot, Calvary Church repair homes for vets

Veterans representing WWII, the Korean and Vietnam wars, or their surviving spouses, will celebrate the completion of 15 home preservations from 9 to 10 a.m. Sat., Jan. 31 at Ranch Mobile Home Park, 2193 Los Feliz Drive, Thousand Oaks. The Home Depot Foundation provided a grant of $20,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County to offset repairs and project […]

Cats set their own agenda in busy world

There is a cat in our rural Agoura community that leads a charmed life. A lean and handsome orange-and-white tabby, he is capable of roaming far and wide from his owner’s home without calamity befalling him. This is somewhat of a miraculous feat in a community of narrow, twisting, hilly streets traversed by school buses, trash trucks, delivery trucks, menacing […]

Librarian connects with aquarium

When Joann Fritzen spotted a story in The Acorn about the grand opening of the Aquarium Connection in Simi Valley, she clipped it and set it aside for future reference. It turned out to be a serendipitous decision. As librarian at Red Oak Elementary School in Oak Park, Fritzen was especially interested in the shop’s interest in educa- tional outreach. […]

Sheriff gets new opportunity

Former Lost Hills captain assigned to Marina del Rey

The nation’s law enforcement community fell under heavy scrutiny following the polarizing Ferguson, Mo., case of 2014. But in the aftermath of the attention-grabbing incident, the nation also learned that police men and women, like the citizens they serve, remain innocent until proven guilty. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Capt. Joseph Stephen lost his job as commander of the Lost Hills […]

Poop update

I am beginning to wonder why residents of Oak Park are so obsessed over poop. I am wondering how Oak Park residents, living in such a rural area, have become “poop experts,” and immediately determine the difference between coyote poop and dog poop. A variety of wildlife occupied the area long before these residents did. They still do, and of […]

Take radio exam

The Conejo Amateur Radio Club will administer the FCC licensing examination for $15 at 8:30 a.m. Sun., Feb. 8 in the conference room at the East County Sheriff’s Station, 2101 Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, go to cvarc.org.

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