Suspect charged in decades-old Agoura Hills child murder

The Los Angeles County District Attorney filed charges Oct. 22 against a man suspected of murdering a 6-year-old boy in Agoura Hills 29 years ago. Kenneth Rasmuson, a 53-year-old Idaho man, was believed to have strangled, stabbed and sexually assaulted the boy in 1986. The body of young Miguel Antero was found in a remote Triunfo Canyon creek bed near […]

Beach access hard to define

It’s a perfect day for the beach. The sun is shining, the ocean is calm and there’s not a cloud in sight. You lie back on the sand and shut your eyes, ready to relax and enjoy the tranquility . . . until a security guard appears and asks you to leave. That’s what happened to Noaki Schwartz when she […]

Power to the people

EDUCATOR AWARDS ANNOUNCED— Above, Susan Levy of Chaparral Elementary School, far right, receives support from her fellow educators as she is named Teacher of the Month on Oct. 13 at the Las Virgenes Unified School District headquarters in Calabasas. At left, Edna Sandoval, a health clerk at Sumac Elementary School in Agoura Hills, learns she is named the school district’s […]

Clothing drive benefits foster kids

The Southeast Ventura County YMCA has launched an ongoing clothing drive to provide new and gently used clothing, bedding and other items to children in foster care through the Ventura County Foster Parent Association. The drop-off sites are at the Y’s four local branches: Conejo Valley YMCA (serving Thousand Oaks and Moorpark), Miller Family YMCA of Newbury Park, Simi Valley […]

New director for college foundation

Westlake Village resident David Mirisch has been named executive director of the Moorpark College Foundation. Mirisch, who moved to the area last year from the Palm Springs area, has helped produce over 2,500 fundraising events for organizations throughout the United States and in seven countries. He estimates the proceeds from those events total $35 million. Recently, Mirisch has worked with […]

Old Calabasas oak tree down, almost

Trunk saved in hopes of a comeback

A large oak tree more than two centuries old was recently cut down in Old Town Calabasas, but not all the way. Arborists from the City of Calabasas and a private firm determined that the valley oak tree in the 23500 block of Calabasas Road was dying and presented a hazard to the public. The tree grew in front of […]

Honored for a lifetime of service

Myra Turek helped shape Calabasas parks and rec programs

Myra Turek, a 42-year Calabasas resident who helped to shape the city’s parks and recreation programs, is stepping down from the Parks, Recreation and Education Commission after 15 years of service. Turek’s replacement will be announced after the Nov. 3 election, when the new City Council members will choose who will represent them on the commission. “It’s been a wonderful […]

Haunted mansion event will help local critters

The Herman Bennett Foundation will present its Haunted Mansion Dinner, Ghost Tour and Magic Fundraiser Oct. 30 at the historic Bard Mansion on the Port Hueneme Naval Base. The foundation is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to working with local veterinarians to determine target areas most in need of both educational and low-cost spay and neutering programs to help control […]

Students to learn techniques from violinist/composer

Students in string orchestra at Lindero Canyon Middle School in Agoura Hills will have an opportunity to learn and perform with international jazz violinist and recording artist Christian Howes at an upcoming concert. Howes will conduct a clinic for the students during the day and perform with them in concert in the evening. The show will be at 7:30 p.m. […]

Commission considers membership fees for new Calabasas senior center

As construction continues on a new senior center behind the Calabasas Civic Center, officials are discussing different financial options for the 9,500-square-foot, city-owned enterprise. The $4.5-million building will include activity and multipurpose rooms, a kitchen, a sports and game room and an outside deck. It will provide a gathering place for the city’s older residents. At a meeting last month, […]