Leadership academy has new officers

Ventura County Leadership Academy has selected its new officers for the 2016-17 term. Mike Paule is the new president and a 30-year resident of Ventura County. He owns a video production and marketing consulting firm and is an elected director of Triunfo Sanitation District. Paule also serves as president of Ventura County Special Districts Association and as trustee on the […]

High School Highlights

Agoura Chargers Fri., Dec. 9: Love 146 benefit concert/G building/6:30 a.m. Winter pep rally/gym/10:05 a.m. Dodgeball/gym/6 p.m. Mon., Dec. 12: Spirit team meeting/ faculty dining room/7 p.m. Wed., Dec. 14: TAB meeting/ faculty dining room/7 p.m. Calabasas Coyotes Fri., Dec. 9: Homeroom recycling contest, ongoing NHS meeting/lunch Cabaret/7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 10: ACT Dance classes for theater program/ 9 to […]

Step into high gear

Oak Park girls seek chemistry on the hardwood

Midnight Madness was a hit. Oak Park High’s girls’ basketball program, all 22 players and varsity head coach Erin Somers, busted out the sleeping bags and crashed on the gym floor on Nov. 18. Players bonded all night and all morning in the Bird Cage, playing kickball, noshing on snacks and going on a scavenger hunt. Some players didn’t sleep […]

Wildlife meeting turns into wild shouting

A small community meeting on Nov. 30 that was organized to teach ranchers about protecting their livestock in mountain lion country turned ugly when animal rights advocates showed up to protest a permit that would allow a rancher to hunt and kill the cougar thought to be responsible for dozens of livestock deaths over the past year. The National Park […]

Shelter needs new kennels for animals

Ventura County Animal Services is running its annual Giving Tuesday fundraiser for new medical kennels through Jan. 5. According to Tara Diller, VCAS director, the new kennels will be larger and will allow for less stress on the animals, which will decrease their recovery time and help sustain the no-kill organization. Managing veterinarian Dr. Heather Skogerson said the current situation […]

Chaminade schools win mock trials

Chaminade middle and high school mock trial teams won both the 2016 junior and senior divisions of the Los Angeles County Championships in November at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in L.A. This is the first time that one school has won both divisions. The competition was sponsored by the Constitutional Rights Foundation. More than 150 schools and over 2,500 students […]

P-45 mountain lion gets reprieve as rancher calls off the hunt

More protective livestock pens recommended for predator defense

Frustrated and afraid, Victoria Vaughn-Perling decided to act. Having lost 10 of her beloved alpacas Nov. 19 in a single mountain lion attack, the rancher turned to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for help. What the department suggested started a firestorm, with Vaughn-Perling at the center. The 58-year-old Malibu resident now says she never wanted P-45, the cougar […]

Book club a safe place for veterans to share their own wartime stories

The peer-led reading group meets at the Camarillo Library

Doug Devine had just finished reading “Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War,” a New York Times best-seller by Karl Marlantes, when he learned about a reading group that meets at the Camarillo Library. What caught Devine’s attention was the fact that the group members were discussing the book by Marlantes—a decorated Marine who fought in Vietnam— but he was […]

Donations needed to stuff kids’ bags

Sixteen Southeast Ventura County childcare sites are collecting items for the My Stuff Bags Foundation throughout December. In addition, students who attend the before-and-after-school YMCA childcare programs will make blankets to donate. My Stuff Bags Foundation, based in Westlake Village, provides new belongings to nearly 300,000 children around the country each year who must enter crisis shelters and foster care—often […]

How to build a better world

GOOD VIBRATIONS—Annie Reznik sings with the band Clockwork City during the Build a Better World Foundation Launch Concert Celebration Dec. 3 at the Agoura High School performing arts education center. The event also featured music by youth and special guests as well as a silent auction. Proceeds from the concert will help build a Native American wellness center, rebuild schools […]