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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]