Kids climb Mt. Whitney in one day

Rock on!

At 14,500 feet, Mount Whitney is the tallest mountain in the continental United States. It’s a two-day challenge for most hikers. On Oct. 10, Calabasas residents Tiffany Sax, 11, and her brother Brayton, 9, reached the summit and made it back down in a stunning 14 hours. Why didn’t they spend the night on the mountain and take two days […]

Agencies roll out 101 wildlife bridge

Plans discussed for $60-million Liberty Cyn. catwalk

Supporters of the Liberty Canyon wildlife bridge came in droves to last week’s hearing in Calabasas to voice support for the wildlife crossing and to also seek a bridge extension over Agoura Road that would give mountain lions, coyotes and other creatures a better chance to safely cross the 101 Freeway as they move between the Santa Monica Mountains to […]

Reyes Adobe Days

HELLO, AGOURA HILLS—Grand Marshal Deena Kastor and her daughter Piper, 6, are followed by athletes from various sports teams at Agoura High School during the Reyes Adobe Days parade on Oct. 17. To see more photos from the weekend celebration, turn to Page 26.

Storytellers, get busy

This year marks the 10th anniversary of The Acorn Fiction in a Nutshell contest, the popular storytelling challenge in which writers submit a complete fiction story in 100 words or less. The contest is now open. The stories must have a beginning, middle and end as well as characters, conflict and preferably a plot twist. Writers in two categories, 18-and-over […]


SONIC ZOOM—Air Force F-15, F-16, F-22 and F-35 jets fly over Oak Park and Simi Valley Oct. 13 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of supersonic flight. The four jets from Edwards Air Force Base flew over dozens of schools that offer STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs in Ventura, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.

Westlake needs rec advisors

The Cultural Recreation Advisory Board, established in 2003 to advise the Westlake Village City Council on cultural and recreational programs, special events and city parks, is seeking new members. The board consists of 12 adults appointed by the City Council and the appointment is for a two-year term. Meetings are typically held at 7 p.m. every other month. The positions […]

Lawmaker has parent-leave bill signed

A local state lawmaker’s bill that was signed into law last week will allow new parents who work for small companies to take up to 12 weeks off to bond with their babies without fear of losing their jobs or health benefits. State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Oxnard) wrote Senate Bill 63, also called the New Parent Leave Act, which provides […]

Bay Club gets new owner

A local sports and fitness franchisee has signed a new lease at 2400 Willow Lane, the former home of Thousand Oaks Bay Club and before that, Spectrum Athletic Club. Curtis Harman, CEO of Harman Fitness, which operates sports gyms and fitness clubs across Los Angeles and Ventura counties including nearly two dozen under the name Crunch Fitness, said the deal […]

People need homes—don’t lock them out

Twin projects in the Conejo Valley are boosting optimism about the future of housing in the region and the need for more affordable units. On the other hand, critics of overdevelopment remain wary that the new construction comes with a cost. In Thousand Oaks, a plan being discussed would bring 142 apartments and commercial space to East T.O. Boulevard, but […]