Pack of pooches on park patrol

National Park Service launches Bark Rangers program to educate humans on proper dog etiquette on mountain trails

A new pack of volunteers will soon hit the trails in the Santa Monica Mountains to show visitors and their dogs how they can safely enjoy the outdoors. With hundreds of miles of walking, cycling and equestrian paths, the Santa Monica Mountains and surrounding backcountry are a magnet for people who enjoy communing with nature. The Bark Rangers volunteer group […]

Joy of giving

BOXES OF LOVE—Girl Scout Daisy Troop 2296 from Lupin Elementary School in Calabasas makes special boxes for ill kids at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Called “Jared Boxes,” the plastic containers are filled with toys, games, coloring books and crayons. The Jared Box, nonprofit gift- giving project began in the year 2001.


Lightning round

Charger girls’ water polo team favorites to win 13th straight league title

Agoura High’s girls’ water polo team has dominated the Marmonte League year after year. The Chargers are favored to capture another league title. Agoura’s secured 12 straight Marmonte crowns. Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks and Westlake shared second place the past two seasons. Expectations are high for an improving Oaks Christian squad. Calabasas is looking to turn things around in the […]

New mayor Weber promises infrastructure improvements


With the City of Agoura Hills’ government reorganization comes the requisite change of ideas and leadership, but for 2017, the new mayor, Denis Weber, said he doesn’t want to burden the city with new pet projects until other, much-needed work is completed. Weber asked his colleagues to forgo any “new or experimental projects that might burden an already busy staff” […]

Boys & Girls Clubs introduces new board member

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley recently announced that Chrissie Hand will join its board of governors. Hand is a 1995 USC School of Law graduate. She practiced work compensation insurance defense for 10 years before retiring to raise her children. She served two years as president of the Chaparral PFC and has been a member of […]

Make air carriers get into cost-cutting

Flying Squirrel

If you’re a flier, you’d covet a first-class seat to the destination of your dreams. Business class would do nicely, too. But for most of us, economy class is the way we traverse the skies. Most people would assume air travel couldn’t get any more basic than economy class. And they would be wrong. In 2015, the major legacy carriers—United, […]

Pet of the week

BIG BOY—MJ is a male orange tabby domestic shorthair cat about 9 years old. He is an indoor cat because he is declawed. He eats canned wet food because he is missing teeth. He gets along with other cats and is very sweet. If you would like to adopt MJ ask for ID No. A5003902 at the Agoura Hills Animal […]

Westlake football tabs Kirksey as head coach

Tim Kirskey has been hired as Westlake High’s new football head coach. Kirksey, who was an assistant the past two seasons for Oaks Christian head coach Jim Benkert, also served as an assistant under Benkert for 11 seasons at Westlake. Westlake assistant principal Brad Katz said Kirksey, a former Warrior football player who earned team MVP honors in 1991, stood […]

‘Tis a noble message

PLEASE COME IN—An elegant storefront sign greets shoppers at the Country Mart shopping center in Malibu Cross Creek last weekend. Only 10 days until Christmas, nine days until the start of Hanukkah.

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