Soda burglar targets Drake

Not all thieves who target celebrities are after their riches. Some just want to chill out and have a soda. Deputies from the Lost Hills Sheriff’s station arrested a 24-year-old South Carolina woman April 3 after she reportedly broke into the Hidden Hills home of Canadian rapper Aubrey Graham, better known as Drake. The incident occurred at about 10:30 p.m. […]

Online mail tracking is now available

In this day and age, with incidences of mail theft increasing, the U.S. Postal Service is looking for ways to help its customers hang on to their identities. Introducing Informed Delivery, a nationwide online service that gives people a look at what’s coming to their mailbox before it arrives. After piloting the new program in select areas, the USPS made […]

Fisheries program helps veterans reel in jobs

Corp members help study, restore wildlife habitats

National Guardsman Phil Taylor felt he needed some direction in his life when a fellow soldier suggested he try the California Conservation Corps. “Life wasn’t going the way I wanted it,” the 22-year-old said. Now the resident of Taft, a small oil town in Kern County, spends days camping in isolated areas helping federal researchers restore the habitats of steelhead […]

Nominate outstanding volunteers

The Conejo Valley Historical Society is seeking nominations from members of the public of men and women from the Conejo Valley who have provided outstanding volunteer services to their community. The Conejo Valley covers Westlake, Thousand Oaks, Agoura, Newbury Park and Oak Park. This program has run each year since 1965. To obtain a nomination form, call the Stagecoach Inn […]

Oak Park goalie signs soccer scholarship

SIGNING DAY—Oak Park High senior Courtney Ahdoot signed a women’s soccer scholarship with St. Mary’s University, Texas with her parents, David and Julie, by her side. Courtney started at goalie for the Eagles. As the first girl to play varsity football in Oak Park history, she was a starting kicker in the fall. St. Mary’s is a Division II program […]

Calabasas student fights against dog cruelty

While most Westerners value dogs for their companionship and therapeutic or working skills, some Eastern cultures use canines for food. Many of the animals destined for slaughter are brutalized prior to death in the belief that high adrenaline will produce tender meat and increase health benefits. “It’s devastating. These dogs are being beaten for hours at a time when they’re […]

Easter treats

EGG INSPECTORS—Above, 2-year-old Phoebe Kupper of Calabasas examines a colorful Easter egg as her 5-year-old sister, Sophie, finds eggs of her own and mom captures the moment during the Bunny Trail Junior Egg Hunt at Juan Bautista deAnzaParkin Calabasas on April 15. At right, Aleksandra Antonio photographs daughter Julianna, 2, and dad, Ed, as they meet the Easter Bunny. The […]

On a real winning streak

GO TEAM, GO!—The Real SoCal North Ranch Boys’ Soccer Team win the Nike Winter Cup Tournament. Front row, from left: Santiago Diaz, Kaleb Nehdar, Griffin Valladares and Stephen Ouvaroff. Top row: Coach Kenny Dapello, Jerry Shifman, Daniel Geft, Todd Norton and Braeden Wynalda. Team members not pictured are Justice Sullivan and Jonathan Schwartz.

‘A poor man’s Robocop’

Calabasas long jumper returns better than ever from major injury

Palmer Naftal’s nagging lower back pain became excruciating. Naftal, now a Calabasas High junior, couldn’t even muster the willpower to walk himself back to the team bus after last year’s Ventura County Track and Field Championships at Moorpark. “The pain was unbearable,” he said. “It was so bad.” While Naftal managed to limp his way from the jumping pit up […]

Knight urges NASA to save test stands used at Simi field lab

U.S. Rep. Steve Knight is spear­­heading an effort to save the remaining rocket test stands and preserve the Chumash cave paintings at the Santa Susana Field Lab in the southern hills of Simi Valley, north of Oak Park. On March 21, Knight (R-Simi Valley) sent a letter to Robert Lightfoot, NASA’s acting administrator, urging the preservation of the test stands […]

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