Believe it or not, heavy rain a concern

Filtering storm water an expensive proposition

In the middle of a record drought, it’s hard to believe that storm water runoff is high on the list of worries. But when it rains it pours, and on May 14 a group of 50 people gathered in a community room at Diamond X Ranch to discuss what to do when polluted runoff from those winter storms enters the […]

On the Trail

Clamoring for a canoe

In a swimming pool in a Thousand Oaks backyard one summer’s day, I came nose to bow with the object of my desire: a 12-foot long canoe. It had been set afloat to prove its soundness by the person selling it to me. At that time I’d recently moved to a rural Agoura community that had its own small lake. […]

Stalking Agoura Hills

Oil spill tar invades Malibu beaches

The Refugio oil spill Unified Command has extended its shoreline assessment into southern Ventura and northern Los Angeles counties in response to hundreds of tar balls spotted on beaches as far south as Malibu. Shoreline teams are especially looking at beaches identified as environmentally or culturally sensitive, the command said. This is nesting season for the endangered snowy plover bird […]

Westlake freeway on-ramp closed for month

Just as one busy freeway on-ramp is set to reopen after a 17-day closure, another is about to be closed for an extended period of time. City of Thousand Oaks senior engineer Mike Tohidian said last week that Security Paving Co., the general contractor working to expand the 101-23 freeway interchange in Thousand Oaks, plans to close the southbound 101 […]

Mac Stelle, LVMWD leader, dead at 94

Macneil “Mac” Stelle, one of the founding members of the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, died May 17 at the age of 94. According to David Pedersen, general manager of the water district, Stelle died in his sleep at home in Thousand Oaks. Both Stelle and his wife, Alice, were instrumental in the growth of not only the water district […]

AHS 50 years in the community

Agoura High School is celebrating its golden anniversary this year. Principal Brian Mercer has been making the rounds to City Council and school board meetings to accept commendations and proclamations from city and school leaders. At the May 13 Agoura Hills City Council meeting, Mayor Illece Buckley Weber gave an overview of the school’s growth. Agoura High School opened in […]

Pet of the week

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