School district readies for slower growth

A tepid California economy is translating into slower growth for the Oak Park Unified School District. A June 1 board of education study session presented a sluggish growth outlook that includes less funding for the school district under Proposition 98, the law that requires the state to spend a minimum percentage of its budget on education. Martin Klauss, OPUSD assistant […]

Rogers still has distinctive ‘velvety growl’

With Kenny Rogers due to retire after his farewell tour, “The Gambler’s Last Deal,” we decided to see what condition the 77-year-old singer’s condition was in (to paraphrase an early hit he had with The First Edition). In recent years, Rogers famously underwent plastic surgery and Botox treatments that he later regretted, and he’s been hobbled by knee replacement surgeries. […]

Querrey’s Wimbledon run ends

Sam Querrey won’t win a Wimbledon trophy, but he’ll always savor the tennis upset of 2016. Querrey, a Thousand Oaks High graduate, defeated defending Wimbledon champ and the No. 1-ranked player in the world Novak Djokovic 7-6(6), 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(5) in the third round on July 2. Querrey was 1-8 in nine previous matches against Djokovic entering Wimbledon. Querrey’s incredible […]

Deputy allegedly stole drugs

A Ventura County Sheriff’s Office senior deputy is suspected of taking prescription drugs from one of the department’s pharmaceutical drop-off bins. In early May an employee working at the East Valley Sheriff’s Station on Olsen Road in Thousand Oaks noticed a disparity in the amount of prescription medication in the disposal bin from the day before, a sheriff’s report said. […]

Car cellphone useage up

Despite the known dangers of distracted driving, the number of California drivers who use mobile devices while they drive is on the rise. According to a recent study by the California Office of Traffic Safety, almost 13 percent of California drivers were observed using a mobile device during the day, up from 9 percent in 2015 and passing the previous […]

Thrift store offers Christmas in July

Assistance League Conejo Valley will host “Christmas in July” starting Tues., July 19 at its thrift shop at 2853 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Store hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; open until 7 p.m. Thursdays. The sale features one-of-a-kind and handmade items for Christmas and the holiday season. All proceeds support philanthropic programs serving the […]

Grand old game

College baseball team soared to 17-9 start this summer

David Soliz tuned the car radio station to Game 3 of the College World Series while driving to Cal Lutheran University’s baseball field on June 30. The Conejo Oaks sixth-year skipper, who was preparing for a game against the Signal Hill Oilers later that day, listened closely for any mention of two of his former Oaks players: Arizona Wildcats Cody […]


Agoura Hills A thief stole a $100 wallet containing a bank card and insurance card from an unlocked vehicle parked on Lake Lindero Drive June 23. A resident on Lake Nadine Place reported that someone stole her mailbox valued at $30 from the front of her home. The incident occurred June 23. Someone stole a purse containing $ 200 in […]

Students schooled in ecology on Galápagos

Viewpoint pupils partner with field-based scientists

It is one thing to see the wonders of nature on television or learn about them in a classroom. But to see them up close and personal is another matter altogether. In June, students from Viewpoint School in Calabasas spent 10 days in the Galápagos Islands taking part in a conservation research program with Ecology Project International, a nonprofit based […]


THURS., JULY 7 Marines And FMF Corpsmen Dinner 6 p.m. at Elks Lodge, 1561 Kuehner Drive, Simi Valley. Dinner, business meeting for Ronald Reagan Marine Corps League Detachment 597. Contact: Ken Honaker. Phone: 805. 416.4063. Email: JrViceMCL597@gmail.com. Web: www.MCL597.04g. Camarillo Community Band 7 p.m. at Community Center Park, 1605 Burnley St., Camarillo. Band plays musical favorites. Bring picnic dinner. Kids […]

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