Bird talk

FEATHERED FRIENDS—Above, Mollie Hogan from Nature of Wildworks shares facts about her Macaw parrot during the Bird Fest event Nov. 4 at King Gillette Ranch’s Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center in Calabasas. Top right, Debbie Sears, with Dolly, answers questions about California condors, as guests (at right) look on.

Grethe Rivera


Michael Hing Yee

1938 to 2017

Taste of Conejo will tempt palates with wine, beer, spirits, food

Foodies rejoice! The ninth annual Taste of Conejo returns to the Four Seasons Westlake Village from 5 to 8 p.m. Fri., Nov. 17 at 2 Dole Drive. The event is presented by the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce. Attendees can sample food, wine, beer and spirits from over 60 local restaurants, breweries and wineries. Among the new vendors expected […]

Students learn about careers in aviation

FLIGHT SIMULATOR—Oak Park High School sophomore Kelly Dobson, 15, checks out a Cozy Mark IV experimental plane while Luka LeClair, a 2-year-old from Antelope Valley, peeks in. The kids were attending Ventura County Aviation Career Day on Oct. 20 at the Camarillo Airport.

Pumping up the price of gas

Because of tax, unleaded is 12 cents higher, diesel 20 cents

California drivers last week started paying higher prices at the pump due to a new fuel tax that will finance the state’s massive new road-repair plan, which is expected to cost taxpayers $5.3 billion and take 10 years to complete. Residents of Los Angeles County could be on the hook even longer for street repairs and transit improvements because they […]

Play it cool, prevent fires

Winds, heat spark local blazes

Southern California’s fire season—fueled by recent hot weather and high winds—has public safety officials worried. Steve Swindle, an engineer with the Ventura County Fire Department, said his agency is was put on high alert with the arrival of conditions ideally suited for brush fires. “It’s hot, the humidities are (low), we’ve had east winds blowing,” Swindle told The Acorn during […]

Polly wants a cracker and a loving place to live: birds as pets


People get pets for myriad reasons, like companionship or unconditional love, and often because they want something to take care of that doesn’t talk back to them. If that’s what you’re looking for, you might not want to get one of our beautiful feathered friends because some of them, like the African grey parrot, can learn thousands of words, so […]

Who let the dogs out?

Lions capture third straight Marmonte League championship

It only takes one play to change a game. Such a play almost never happens in the first quarter, but that’s exactly what happened during an annual high school football clash between rivals Westlake and Oaks Christian last weekend. In a scoreless first quarter, the Warriors attempted a short screen pass on the first play of their third possession. The […]

Key Information Systems of Agoura Hills is named Business of the Year

Not every tech company stands on the cutting edge ready to deliver the next big thing. Some work behind the scenes helping other businesses stay up-to-date in a world where technology innovations seemingly advance at the speed of light. One such company, Key Information Systems, was named Agoura Hills Business of the Year at Mayor Denis Weber’s State of the […]