The air up there

Conejo Valley’s Cole Seely is one of top pro riders in supercross circuit

As a child and a fan of off-road motorcycle races, nosebleed seats sufficed for Cole Seely. These days, Seely has the best seat in the house—the driver’s seat. Born in Westlake Village and raised in Newbury Park, Seely hasn’t missed an American Motorcyclist Association Supercross Series event at Angel Stadium since he was 10. Now in his ninth year as […]

Things to know about reverse mortgages that could help your retirement

COMMENTARY /// Home finance

Ten-thousand people a day are turning 62. Did you know that 62 is the minimum required age to take out a reverse mortgage? What was once considered a loan of last resort, today’s reverse mortgages are much different than their predecessors. Interest rates and costs for reverse mortgages are much lower. There is a financial assessment in place ensuring that […]

Try a little tenderness

With the new year upon us, many people are thinking about resolutions. Some common ones are to lose weight, exercise more, eat healthily or find balance and simplicity in daily life. But what if we all made a resolution to practice more love and kindness toward everyone, including ourselves? Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in […]

Comedy benefit

Nothing funny about Alzheimer’s —except this show

The Alzheimer’s Comedy Initiative of the Alzheimer’s Association, California Central chapter will host its inaugural Alzheimer’s benefit comedy show from 6 to 8 p.m. Sun., Jan. 28 in the Scherr Forum at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. The family-friendly performance is titled “There’s Nothing Funny About Alzheimer’s, Except This Show.” The lineup will feature […]

This is her time

Longtime best supporting actor gets top billing with first-place Chargers

Megan Lee is in the spotlight, finally. As someone who has started four seasons at point guard for Agoura High’s basketball team, Lee gracefully played supporting roles to older players, including Emily Cangelosi, now at UC San Diego, and Jazz Been, who stars for Biola University. Those days are over. Lee is the star. Lee is in charge. “Now this […]


New federal ID cards out Jan. 22

A new driver’s license is coming to California starting Jan. 22 when the Department of Motor Vehicles begins offering a form of photo identification that could make getting through airport-security checkpoints a tad easier. But there’s no need to rush to your nearest DMV office in Thousand Oaks or Simi Valley to apply for one. Your current driver’s license and […]

Saluting our Scouts

Conejo Valley native Alison Canton of Girl Scout Troop No. 60565 in Westlake Village recently earned a Gold Award for her project titled Volunteen Conejo. Because she found it difficult to find fun volunteer opportunities as a child/young teen, the 17-year-old compiled a website that offers local ways to involve children under age 16. Parents can click on links on […]

Catch up with the Chargers

Agoura High’s girls’ basketball team opened league with some nifty fireworks. The Chargers, 11-7 overall, toppled Oaks Christian 53-48 in double overtime on Jan. 8 in the Marmonte League opener. They’ve also defeated Westlake (48-34) and Thousand Oaks (47-44). “We don’t have great athletes, but we have very, very smart basketball players,” third-year head coach Jason Ancrum said. “I believe […]

Custom-designed Somis estate sits on 2.5 acres and has a guest house

Property includes covered garden work area, fruit trees, pool, spa and fire pit

This custom-designed estate in Somis is on the market for the first time. The spacious rooms are full of large windows to let in the light and take in the views all around. The main house has approximately 7,000 square feet of living space on 2.5 acres. The property also has a guest house. A circular auto court behind gates […]

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