2016-12-08 E-Edition

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Lingering drought keeps firefighters on edge

Just how dry is it out there? Much of Southern California is now deep into a second year of “exceptional” drought, the most extreme level. As a result, the amount of moisture in recent brush and grass samples from Ventura County’s hillsides is at the lowest level officials have ever seen, county firefighters said last week. Despite a recent storm […]

Testing ham radio skills

The Conejo Valley Amateur Radio Club will administer FCC amateur radio licensing examinations at 8:30 a.m. Sun., Dec. 11 in the conference room of the East County Sheriff’s Station, 2101 E. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. A fee of $15 will be charged for taking the test. For more information and to register, visit www.cvarc.org.

Adventists honor war pacifist

Members of the Thousand Oaks Seventh-day Adventist Church are feeling energized following the success of the Mel Gibson-directed film “Hacksaw Ridge,” which has grossed over $50 million in the U.S. since it was released in theaters Nov. 4. The movie tells the story of World War II Army medic Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector and devout Seventh-day Adventist who received […]

Putting passion to work for cancer

Prior to this year’s Calabasas Junior Tennis Open, 12-year-old Ryan Bloch broke his thumb during a school activity and found himself unable to compete in the annual October tournament. But having to pull out of the competition didn’t stop Ryan, a seventh-grader at A.C. Stelle Middle School in Calabasas, from putting his passion for tennis to work. With permission from […]

Positions open

Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks is looking for applicants to fill open seats on county-appointed councils and committees in District 2, which encompasses Oak Park, Casa Conejo and Somis. The municipal advisory councils provide a community forum for residents in unincorporated areas to discuss issues of land use, neighborhood beautification, roads and infrastructure. The boards then make recommendations to county […]

This year’s Christmas trees are pricey

If you end up spending a little more on a real Christmas tree this holiday, don’t blame Mother Nature. Retail prices on almost all varieties of real Christmas trees are up by around $4 to $5, “and it has nothing to do with the drought,” said Dave Lindren, who owns the 13-acre Big Wave Dave’s Christmas Trees in Camarillo, a […]

Ceremony to celebrate Sankta Lucia

Cal Lutheran University will present a free Sankta Lucia Festival today at 11:25 a.m. Thurs., Dec. 8 on campus in Samuelson Chapel at 165 Chapel Lane on the Thousand Oaks campus. The Swedish ceremony pays homage to the Christian martyr who died at the stake on Dec. 13, A.D. 304. The tradition, which was brought to America by Swedish immigrants, […]

‘Tis the season to get the flu vaccine

Health experts say getting the flu vaccine now will likely help keep the holiday season merry and bright for Ventura County residents. While seasonal flu activity begins as early as October, the virus spreads most rampantly between December and March, usually infecting an estimated 5 to 20 percent of Americans every year, according to the Atlanta-based Centers of Disease Control […]

Paws up, don’t shoot . . . or should we?

As if it weren’t hard enough to protect the area’s precious few majestic mountain lions from mange, starvation, destruction of habitat, inbreeding, poisoning and traffic collisions— now comes the threat of some people who are intent on putting down the animals the old-fashioned way: with a rifle and bullet. Outrage grew following last week’s announcement that the California Department of […]

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