2015-06-18 E-Edition

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Teens tap into public works

Amanda Lopez, a junior at Agoura High School, wants to be an environmental engineer one day, as do classmates Camille Rubel and Rishi Sharma. But Matan Goldfill, a senior, said he would prefer to focus on structural engineering when he heads off to college in the fall. Last month at the school these students and others got a hint of […]

WLV GOP Women will recognize Conejo couple

The Westlake Village Republican Women, Federated will recognize the accomplishments of club member Joanie Young and her husband, Richard, during its annual fundraising gala at 6 p.m. Sat., June 27 at the Reagan Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. Each year the club recognizes a member who has represented the highest ideals of Americanism and leadership in the community. As […]

Undefeated champs

Malibu vineyard wins award

Sage Hill Wines, one of the smaller vineyards in the newly formed Malibu Coast American Viticultural Association, received recognition at the 2015 Decanter World Wines Awards. Sage Hill’s 2013 Syrah/Cabernet Sauvignon Special Blend won a bronze prize and its 2010 Syrah received a commendation. Sage Hill, founded by Gabrielle Harris, is the first vineyard from the Malibu area to receive […]


Local resident will bowl for Team USA in this summer’s Special Olympics

No one imagined that Erik Fido would one day become an Olympic athlete. Diagnosed with autism when he was 7, Fido didn’t participate in sports while he was in school. Then at 18, after graduating from Thousand Oaks High School in 2004, he started bowling weekly with Conejo Recreation and Park District’s Therapeutic Recreation Unit, which provides sports and recreation […]

Coyote encounter

They’re bold, smart and they’re back

A strong coyote presence has returned to my rural Agoura community after a long absence. Their vocalizations are frequent and sometimes startling. One weekend, a pack started up at dawn—one lead soloist, then a few random voices, and finally a manic yip-athon ensued. Although I have dwelt in coyote country for many years, it is a bit unnerving when they […]

Oak Park breaks 14-year drought in decathalon

Westlake High School may have won the regional Academic Decathlon competition in Ventura County for four years running, but the Oak Park High School team is gaining on them. Oak Park High’s Aca Deca team placed second in the regional competition earlier this year and qualified for state for the first time since they entered the event 14 years ago. […]

Zambri leads Trojans to top

USC men’s golf coach, a Westlake grad, guides school to its best NCAA tournament finish

Chris Zambri’s life revolves around golf. The 1988 Westlake High graduate and former Warrior golf standout played professionally on the Nationwide Tour before finding his true calling in coaching at his alma mater, the University of Southern California. Zambri, 44, led the USC men’s golf team to a second-place finish in the NCAA Division I Championships this season, the best […]

Hot Flashes


He creates award-winning science projects out of toothpaste, egg cartons, the lint from the dryer and Cheez Whiz. He solves gnarly word problems by drawing elaborate diagrams to explain how that plane landed in Paris at 5:02 p.m. When you have bronchitis, he makes matching hats out of the Sunday funny papers. At night he tucks you in tightly, curling […]